Ambassador Oren: Israel's clock on Iran 'ticking faster' than Obama's
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Natasha Mozgovaya - August 14, 2012 - 12:00am

While White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that the Obama Administration still believes that there is "time and space" for a diplomatic track, coupled with sanctions, to succeed in convincing Iranian leadership to stop the nuclear program, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren stressed in an interview to MSNBC that the Israeli clock "is ticking faster."

Ex-Obama Official Warns: Take Israel Iran Threat 'Very Seriously'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Laura Rozen - August 14, 2012 - 12:00am

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl traveled to Israel 13 times during his tenure as the Obama administration’s top Pentagon Middle East civilian policy advisor from 2009 to the end of 2011. Kahl, now a Georgetown University professor, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign, told Al-Monitor in an interview Tuesday that he takes the signs that Israeli leaders are contemplating a fall strike on Iran “very seriously.”

UC report on anti-Semitism draws ire
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The San Francisco Chronicle
by Nanette Asimov - August 9, 2012 - 12:00am

Katherine Orr had just started her freshman year at UC Berkeley last August when she was stunned to see five students in military fatigues carrying what looked like rifles and stopping students at Sather Gate.  

For Sheldon Adelson, political and Jewish giving are all of a piece
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - August 7, 2012 - 12:00am

Call it the Adelson conundrum: What happens when the guy who acts as if he owns the room really does? In March at TribeFest, the annual gathering of young adults organized by the Jewish Federations of North America at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, Sheldon Adelson walked in on a surrogate debate between Matt Brooks, who directs the Republican Jewish Coalition, and his counterpart at the National Jewish Democratic Council, David A. Harris.

Obama: real actions, not bluster, in support of Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Edgar M. Bronfman - (Opinion) August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

I have always held the well-being of the Jewish people close to my heart. On its behalf, I have engaged countless heads of state on matters relating to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Zionists frighten US presidency
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
by Yousef Al Kuwailet - (Opinion) August 3, 2012 - 12:00am

American Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seems more to be a cowboy than a person who can be considered to be in a responsible position as president of a great nation. He speaks in street slang, not the formal language of a diplomat. His remarks that questioned London's preparation for the Olympics sparked fury even among those with a cool temper (“A few things that were disconcerting” about London’s Olympics preparations). Both British officials and the media reacted strongly against Romney’s remarks.

US-Israeli threats against Iran put diplomacy last
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Editorial) August 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Not a week goes by before another embattled Israeli or American politician prods the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme. And every week this tactic - all stick, no carrot - fails to deliver any progress to bring a peaceful end to the standoff.

Palestinian freedom counts for nothing - or so it seems
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Hill
by Mustafa Barghouthi - (Blog) August 2, 2012 - 12:00am

Gov. Romney’s visit to Israel – and occupied East Jerusalem – very nearly succeeded in erasing Palestine from the agenda. Save for a short visit with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Palestine was largely a non-matter. And Romney did not publicly raise Palestinian rights a single time. 

Palestinian Divisions Displayed During Romney, Haniyeh Visits
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Ayyam
by Hani al-Masri - (Opinion) August 1, 2012 - 12:00am

As is customary for American presidential candidates, Republican candidate Mitt Romney visited Israel. The aim of the visit was to show that he was the “closer friend” to Israel [compared to President Barack Obama].

Romney’s Visit Shows Israel as Rising Power
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by David Hazony - (Opinion) July 31, 2012 - 12:00am

For people used to presidential candidate visits to Israel, Mitt Romney’s was a short, strange trip. Missing were the carefully scripted visits to high-profile places like Yad Vashem and Sederot. And though he did get a photo-op at the Western Wall, it wasn’t planned in advance. Press coverage was strictly controlled and interviews were minimal. Compared with candidate Barack Obama’s visit in 2008, this was a low-key affair. What was going on?

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