Obama: Endorse the Arab Peace Initiative Now
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Israel Policy Forum
by M.J. Rosenberg - (Opinion) April 7, 2009 - 12:00am


President Obama returns from his first overseas trip even more popular (i.e., powerful) than when he left. It is not only that his predecessor set the bar so low. Barack Obama (and First Lady Michelle Obama) were the most impressive figures to represent the United States abroad in at least a good half century.


U.S. Congresswoman denies interceding in AIPAC spy case
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
January 1, 2009 - 1:00am


A former member of the House Intelligence Committee denied Tuesday interceding in an investigation into two pro-Israel lobbyists now facing a trial on espionage charges California Democrat Rep. Jane Harman's office said she never contacted the Justice Department about its prosecution of present or former AIPAC employees, and the Justice Department never informed her that she was or is the subject of or involved in an investigation.


Protecting civilians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm


My visit to Israel and Palestine a year ago left me with a profound sense of the difficult human rights situation faced by many Palestinians and Israelis. Still, the openness of representatives on all sides to engage seriously on the human rights challenges I identified was encouraging. Taking this spirit of constructive engagement as our point of departure, I and my staff have been watching closely for progress on the issues I raised with Israeli and Palestinian authorities in Gaza, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Tel Aviv.


Amid violence, pen pals in Congress focus on Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm


It happens almost like clockwork: Something happens in the Middle East, and it reverberates across the Atlantic with new letters from the U.S. Congress. With so many relatively new members looking to establish their pro-Israel credentials, the reaction in Congress to the recent violence in Israel was particularly swift.


Abbas agrees to peace talks based on 1967 borders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm


President Mahmoud Abbas has told France he is ready to attend a Paris peace conference if Israel accepts talks based on the 1967 borders, an aide told AFP Sunday. Nimr Hammad, a political adviser to Abbas, said the president had told French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe that he agreed officially to a French proposal to host a peace conference in Paris before July. Juppe raised the possibility of the conference during a visit to Israel and the West Bank this week.


President Obama’s Remarks on Middle East Peace from his UN Speech

Obama speaks at UNThe following are excerpts relevant to the Middle East peace process from the speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 23, as released by the White House. The text of the entire speech is reproduced in full below.



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Egypt Must Preserve its Strategic Ties with US While Addressing Security Threats, Says Asali

ATFP President Ziad Asali called on the Egyptian government to protect its strategic relations with the United States, and avoid playing into the hands of those who want to see those ties compromised.



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Award-winning Composer and Pianist Malek Jandali to Perform at ATFP 10th Anniversary Gala

The American Task Force on Palestine is proud to announce that the renowned Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali will be performing at ATFP's


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