Breakthrough in talks to build new Israeli government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli news outlets reported on Thursday that a breakthrough has been made in talks to build a new government, following the January 22 election results. The reports cited senior members of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party who expressed certainty that a coalition agreement would be reached next week with two parties, Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayeudi, the second and fourth largest parties, respectively.

Israel: Autopsy of Detainee Shows Signs of ‘Resuscitation Attempts’
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

The Health Ministry said Thursday that tests showed that the hemorrhages and fractured ribs found during the autopsy of a Palestinian prisoner who died in Israeli detention last weekend were “characteristic of the resuscitation attempts that were performed on the deceased,” efforts that lasted for 50 minutes.

Zero Dark Zero
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Roger Cohen - (Opinion) February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

A minister in the outgoing Israeli government put it to me bluntly during a recent visit to Israel: “For the first time in these elections, the Palestinians did not come into it.” Israelis for the most part are comfortable enough to ignore their neighbors. If they are on the Titanic they prefer not to think about it.

Netanyahu urges "military sanctions" threat against Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community on Wednesday to threaten Iran with "military sanctions", saying economic measures are failing to curb Tehran's nuclear drive. "I believe it is incumbent upon the international community to intensify the sanctions and clarify that if Iran continues its programme, there will be military sanctions," Netanyahu said. He did not, in a statement released by the prime minister's office, specify what military measures he envisages.

Fair-weather friend: Israel's selfish attitude toward Diaspora Jewry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Shlomo Cohen - (Opinion) February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel pretends to represent the Jewish people. Its leaders wave the Jewish banner at every opportunity. But the sad truth is that Israel has never been truly worried about the situation of the world's Jews, about their well-being and their rights. World Jewry interests Israel only to the extent that it serves this country and its interests. Israel sees the Jewish people as a pool of resources for its use: financial and political support and human resources, in the form of immigrants.

Op-Ed: Don’t censor BDS, expose it for what it is
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Andy Bachman - (Opinion) February 28, 2013 - 1:00am

During the Vietnam War protests at the University of Wisconsin, students were said to have gathered on the front lawn of noted historian George Mosse, imploring him to stop supporting the university’s policy of allowing the ROTC on campus. To some students, this alignment with the machinery of war was a “fascist policy,” and they charged their teacher with the same label. “A fascist,” he was said to have mused. “Which kind?”

The spectre of a third intifada traps the PA in Israel's chains
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Dalia Hatuqa - (Opinion) February 27, 2013 - 1:00am


Israel: Mortar shell from Syria lands in Golan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Josef Federman - February 27, 2013 - 1:00am

A mortar shell fired from Syria exploded in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Wednesday, falling in an open area and causing no casualties, the Israeli military said.

Report: Mob attacks Palestinian woman in Jerusalem
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 27, 2013 - 1:00am

A group of Jewish women attacked a Palestinian woman Monday while she was waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem and beat her severely, Israeli media reported. Hebrew-language Israeli daily Maariv reported that an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman passed by the Palestinian woman and punched her all of a sudden. Other women, friends of the assailant, then joined her and together they started to beat the woman forcefully. The victim tried to defend herself, but the number of attackers was big enough to subdue he and continue to beat her.

Israel denies entry to American teacher working in West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - February 27, 2013 - 1:00am

An American citizen who teaches English in Ramallah was denied entry to Israel at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday, even though she has a valid one-year multiple-entrance visa. The Shin Bet security service said in a statement she was turned her away for refusing to cooperate under questioning on security issues.

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