Netanyahu to push tougher Iran sanctions in France
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

PARIS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will urge French leaders to help strengthen sanctions against Iran and efforts to fight terrorism.

Virtual debate
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
(Editorial) October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

Arab officials and politicians are fond of spending an inordinate amount of time talking about the Palestine issue. They engage in the most Byzantine discussions of the need to support the Palestinian people in their struggle, how to offer this support, and who deserves “traitor” status for taking a given position.

Two Israeli policemen indicted for beating Arab youth
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
(Analysis) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

   Israeli Justice Ministry's Department of Police Investigation recently filed charges against two border police who allegedly assaulted a Palestinian youth and tried to cover up their action.

NGOs urge European states to cut trade with Israeli settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Analysis) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am


Is Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity Worth Preserving?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'ariv
by Adam Raz - October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

Since the 1960s, Israel has maintained a "nuclear ambiguity policy" under which it will not be the first nation to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East. This policy, according to which Israel refrains from declaring what it does and doesn't have is a "diplomatic fiction," and it isn't for nothing that it was deemed by some to deserve the Israel Defense Prize. It is a "fiction" since it is no secret that, according to foreign sources, Israel is a nuclear state, as even a child can discover reading Wikipedia.

UNRWA responds to Israel TV's Gaza war claims
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
(Analysis) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees issued a response this week to an Israeli TV channel's claim that Palestinian militants had used UNRWA facilities to fire rockets at Israel during its war on Gaza. During a recent interview, a reporter from Israel's Channel Two News claimed that during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9, Hamas militants had been operating from inside UNRWA installations and attempting to fire rockets at Israel. The popular Israeli news channel did not provide any evidence to substantiate the claims made by its reporter.

Israel believes sanctions on Iran hit Hezbollah
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Amy Teibel - (Analysis) October 29, 2012 - 12:00am


UN expert calls for boycott of companies in settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Michelle Nichols - October 25, 2012 - 12:00am

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- A frustrated UN investigator on Palestinian human rights urged a boycott of companies tied to Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land on Thursday, while the United States criticized the call as "irresponsible and unacceptable." Richard Falk, the independent special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories, said the companies - which include Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Volvo and Caterpillar - should be boycotted until they adhered to international rights standards and practices.

IDF judge: Troops must halt unlicensed settlement construction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chaim Levinson - October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

An Israeli military court has ruled that soldiers and police officers assigned to guard construction sites at West Bank settlements must ask to see building permits for the work, and to stop work at the site if valid licenses are not forthcoming.

The general from Jeddah must shout louder
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

About a month ago, I participated in one of the many seminars on the Arab Spring taking place around the world. One of the outstanding speakers was a retired general from the Saudi Arabian army who now heads a research institute in Jeddah. The general went out of his way to praise the Arab Peace Initiative that had been the brainchild of Saudi King Abdullah more than a decade ago.

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