PLO officials say expectations low for Obama visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 12, 2013 - 1:00am

Palestinian officials said Tuesday that the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama is unlikely to aid the peace process. Obama plans to visit the region in spring, a White House official said last week, in his first trip to the region since taking office. Secretary-General of Palestinian People's Party Bassam al-Salhi told Ma'an that the visit may create the "illusion" of returning to negotiations, but would have no impact on the peace process as Israel has consistently violated its principles, with US complicity.

Palestine’s Democratic Deficit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by David Keyes - (Opinion) February 12, 2013 - 1:00am

LAST week, a 26-year-old Palestinian activist, Anas Awwad, was sentenced in absentia by a court in Nablus, the West Bank, to one year in prison for “extending his tongue” against the Palestinian Authority’s president, 

Palestinian panel starts updating voter registers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
February 11, 2013 - 1:00am


Toward a New Palestinian Strategy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Ayyam
by Atef Abu Saif - February 11, 2013 - 1:00am

The deadlock in the Palestinian political scene is not a historical coincidence or the result of a single factor, but of many.

A Middle-Class Paradise in Palestine?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Atlantic
by Armin Rosen - (Opinion) February 11, 2013 - 1:00am

The sole outlet to Rawabi sits off a dizzying two-lane highway flanked by round, scraggly hills. In this part of the West Bank, just north of where the Jerusalem suburbs thin into a dry, granite-gray wilderness, the mountains seem to aid in the illusion that Israeli and Palestinian spheres of authority can remain perfectly, even harmoniously separate.

Witnesses: Settlers vandalize Hebron community center
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 11, 2013 - 1:00am


PA Employees in Gaza Key to Reconciliation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Omar Shaban - (Editorial) February 11, 2013 - 1:00am

In response to the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, the Palestinian Authority (PA) took several measures, all of which — according to their claims — aimed to render the Hamas government’s task of running the Gaza Strip impossible, and to push it to quickly be exposed and collapse.

Only by fear of international sanctions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yitzhak Laor - (Opinion) February 11, 2013 - 1:00am

It's doubtful if there was such foolishness in global politics since World War II as the settlement enterprise. The fact that the Israeli political leadership has engaged in it since 1967 makes the pill all the more bitter.

On My Mind: Peace expectations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Kenneth Bandler - (Opinion) February 11, 2013 - 1:00am

With the Israeli-Palestinian peace process stuck in neutral for so long, any ostensibly positive development is assumed to signal a possible opportunity to advance. Some observers contend that Israel’s recent elections provide such a turning point. The New York Times, for instance, argued in an editorial that the results set the stage for a breakthrough in moribund peace negotiations.

Oscar contender on Palestinians angers many
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Diaa Hadid - February 10, 2013 - 1:00am


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