GOP senators introduce proposed penalties for enhanced Palestinian status
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
November 29, 2012 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Republican U.S. senators introduced the first efforts to penalize the Palestinians and the United Nations should the body affirm enhanced Palestinian status. Language proposed this week as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would cut assistance to the Palestinians by 50 percent and U.S. fees to the United Nations by the same amount should the effort by the Palestinians to gain recognition as a non-member observer state succeed in the General Assembly. It would also cut by 20 percent U.S. aid to any country voting to approve.


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 - 12:00am


(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 - 12:00am


(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 - 12:00am


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 - 12:00am


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 - 12:00am


 


A Memo to the US President
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from NOW Lebanon
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) November 6, 2012 - 12:00am


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) October 31, 2012 - 11:00pm


  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 29, 2012 - 11:00pm


  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 28, 2012 - 11:00pm


  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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