Palestinians Protest Route of Marathon to Sponsors
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - February 22, 2013 - 12:00am


A lawyer representing Palestinian government agencies sent letters this week to an American sneaker company and an international hotel chain threatening a boycott and legal action if they did not withdraw their sponsorship of the Jerusalem Marathon, which the Palestinians say violates international law.


Israel gives OK for oil drilling in Golan Heights
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


Israel says it has given the go-ahead for a gas exploration project in the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau it captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Israel's Energy and Water Resources Ministry said Wednesday it has issued a permit for the American-Israeli company Genie Energy to drill for oil on the plateau. The company is headed by Effi Eitam, a hawkish former Israeli Cabinet minister.


Editor's Notes: What about a mini-region?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Steve Linde - (Editorial) February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


Uriel Halbreich, an internationally respected professor of psychiatry, has devoted much of his long career to finding ways to combat depression. This year, after being awarded a Fulbright grant, he decided to spend some time away from his work at the State University of New York at Buffalo and return to Jerusalem, where he was born in 1943, to pursue a research program on resilience and stress-related disorders.


Israel pressures UN over Palestinian status report: diplomat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


 


Muasher: Obama Should Try to Solve Conflict in a 'Few Months'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Akiva Eldar - (Interview) February 21, 2013 - 12:00am


Among reports about President Barack Obama’s intention to restart the diplomatic process, which he will bring with him to Jerusalem and Ramallah on his visit next month, one especially prominent report says the senior visitor plans to pull the Arab Peace Initiative out of his hat. This initiative offers Israel a groundbreaking deal: “in exchange for a complete withdrawal from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a ‘just settlement’ of the Palestinian refugee problem (based on U.N.


Commitment to a just cause
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Joseph A. Kechichian - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 12:00am


President Barack Obama will no doubt get a chance to discuss with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, several sensitive issues during his upcoming visit to Israel. Logically, the two men would reconsider the use of fake western passports by Mossad agents — as the most recent revelations involving Ben Zygier, an Australian citizen involved in the Dubai operation that killed the Hamas agent, Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in January 2010, confirmed.


Morsi playing Israel’s, US’ game on Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Michael Jansen - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 12:00am


It is becoming increasingly clear that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is colluding with Israel and the US to shut down the smuggling tunnels that link Gaza to Egypt and account for more than 30 per cent of the goods consumed in the besieged and blockaded coastal strip.


Center Field: Stop calling critics anti-Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gil Troy - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 12:00am


As preparations for President Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel proceed, we need some conceptual and linguistic groundwork, not just the usual itinerary generating, security planning and soporific statement-drafting. For too long, the debate about American-Israeli relations has been too polarizing. Let’s silence the sky-is-falling cries proclaiming crisis and predicting disaster.


Egypt brokering talks between Hamas and Israel on humanitarian issues
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 20, 2013 - 12:00am


For the second time in a week, Israeli security officials visited Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials focusing on the ceasefire brokered by Egypt last year between Israel and the Palestinian factions operating in the Gaza Strip.  A high-level Hamas official told Ma’an that the ongoing Egypt-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Islamist movement do not address “political issues but rather pure humanitarian issues.” 


Trial Offers Rare Look at Work of Hezbollah in Europe
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Nicholas Kulish - February 20, 2013 - 12:00am


LIMASSOL, Cyprus — In a little-noticed trial in a small courtroom here on Wednesday, a 24-year-old man provided a rare look inside a covert global war between Israel and Iran, admitting that he is an operative of the militant group Hezbo



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