Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Following UN General Assembly Vote on Palestinian Observer State Status Resolution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Nations
by Susan E. Rice - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

Thank you, Mr. President.

Why U.S., Israel should welcome Palestinian move at U.N.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from CNN
by Rabbi Michael Lerner - (Opinion) November 28, 2012 - 1:00am

(CNN) -- Israel's security can only be assured when its neighbors believe that it is no longer oppressing the Palestinian people but instead living in peace and harmony with them.

Senators Cardin and Collins warn Abbas about U.N. bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
November 22, 2012 - 1:00am

(JTA) -- U.S. Sens Ben Cardin and Susan Collins sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict Won't Go Away
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Yossi Alpher - (Opinion) November 16, 2012 - 1:00am

Tel Aviv THE Israel-Hamas clash in and around the Gaza Strip offers an important reminder to the second Obama administration: You can ignore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for only so long.

The Foreign Policy Agenda
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
(Editorial) November 11, 2012 - 1:00am

National security didn’t play heavily in the presidential election. But President Obama’s legacy, and the country’s future, will be shaped as much by the foreign policy and defense decisions he makes over the next four years as by those on the domestic side.

Palestinians hope Obama changes Middle East policy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
November 7, 2012 - 1:00am


A Memo to the US President
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from NOW Lebanon
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) November 6, 2012 - 1:00am

Dear Mr. President: congratulations on winning today's election. The third debate with your esteemed opponent reflected a broad consensus on foreign policy. Both of you therefore appeared well-positioned to make any necessary course corrections, but the job is yours. US Middle East policy needs to be tweaked rather than overhauled. On most pressing issues, current policies reflect a reasonable balance between American values and interests, and the really existing options and politically plausible positions for any administration. 

Erekat warns of US 'retaliation' after UN bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - (Analysis) November 1, 2012 - 12:00am

  The Palestinians must be prepared for the possibility that the US and Israel may impose severe economic restrictions on the Palestinian Authority the day after the UN upgrades the status of a Palestinian entity to non-member state, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat warned on Thursday.

Jimmy Carter on Mideast peace, Arab Spring and looming US elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ahram Online
(Interview) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

  Ahram Online: You said in a recent interview that Israel 'never' keeps its promises regarding the rights of Palestinians. Were there any changes on the ground that prompted the so-called 'Elders' to visit the region to attempt to restart peace talks?

Challenging politics as usual in the U.S.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

  Two very different ways for the United States to deal with Arabs and Israelis were on show last week in the United States. The contrast was stunning between the televised debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in which “I Love Israel more than You Love Israel” was the background theme song that permeated most discussions of issues, and a letter to Congress by 15 American religious leaders asking for aid to Israel to be assessed according to law-based human rights standards that Washington applies around the world.

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