Things you can't see from DC
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Giora Eiland - (Opinion) March 4, 2013 - 12:00am


US President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are expected to visit the region together in late March to try and promote an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. It is amazing to see how American policy has not changed in 20 years. Each administration creates expectations regarding a solution to the conflict without reassessing it and asking the basic question: Why have the peace efforts failed so far?  


White House Announces New Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from White House Office of the Press Secretary
(Press Release) March 4, 2013 - 12:00am


Today, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon announced that Philip Gordon will be joining the National Security Staff as Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region. He will take up his duties beginning on March 11.


Biden and Netanyahu Stress Points of Unity in Speeches to Pro-Israel Group
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Mark Landler - March 4, 2013 - 12:00am


The thundering ovations, slickly produced videos and legions of lawmakers were the same as ever. But something was missing as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee convened here this week for its annual conference: tension.


A campaign to talk up a two-state solution
In Print by Ghaith al-Omari - The Washington Post (Opinion) - March 1, 2013 - 12:00am

 


Kerry to chide Turkish PM over Zionism comments
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Arshad Mohammed - March 1, 2013 - 12:00am


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will upbraid Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his description of Zionism as a crime against humanity, comments which could overshadow his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office. Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria's civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism. But Erdogan's comment at a U.N. meeting in Vienna this week, condemned by his Israeli counterpart, the White House and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has clouded his trip.


A campaign to talk up a two-state solution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Ghaith Al-Omari, David Makovsky - (Opinion) March 1, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Analysts Assess Chances of Progress on Mideast Peace Under Kerry
Media Mention of Ziad Asali In Voice of America - February 28, 2013 - 12:00am

The U.S. secretary of state is currently traveling in the Middle East, and the president will be travelling there next month.


Majority of Americans Want Equal Treatment for Israel, Palestinians but Sympathize More with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Real Clear World
by Greg Scoblete - February 28, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Majority of Americans Want Equal Treatment for Israel, Palestinians but Sympathize More with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Real Clear World
by Greg Scoblete - February 28, 2013 - 12:00am


A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll asked Americans for their thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (page 20). While 31 percent responded that the U.S. should favor Israel over the Palestinians, 55 percent said that the U.S. should "treat both the same." Only four percent wanted to favor the Palestinians over the Israelis.


A friend in the Pentagon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Alon Pinkas - (Opinion) February 28, 2013 - 12:00am


Let's begin by making it clear that new US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a friend of Israel and is attentive to the Jewish state's vital security and diplomatic interests.



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