Demography scare strengthens occupation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Dmitry Shumsky - (Opinion) February 13, 2013 - 1:00am

  The results of last month's election show that without a doubt, most Israelis are not afraid of a "binational" state.

Netanyahu’s coalition options seen to be closing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Gil Hoffman - February 12, 2013 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to build a broad national unity government suffered multiple setbacks on Monday when his potential coalition partners refused to compromise on key issues.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Americans For Peace Now
by Yossi Alpher - (Opinion) February 11, 2013 - 1:00am

Alpher discusses the interaction of the dynamics of President Obama coming to Israel shortly after PM Netanyahu is expected to present his new coalition, where does Netanyahu's coalition-forming project currently stand, the positions Netanyahu and Obama will present to one another on the key issues at stake, and what should the administration consider proposing when Obama comes to Jerusalem, in order to ensure a degree of harmony and the prospect of progress on the Palestinian issue. 

Include Arab party in coalition
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Naftali Rothenberg - February 10, 2013 - 1:00am

Speaking at the President's Residence after being tasked with forming the next government, the prime minister called on Abbas to return to the negotiation table. The Palestinian leader may or may not return to the table, but in any case, peace, at least at this point, is not high on the agenda of the "equal share of the burden" government, which will begin its term with a major budget cut.

Lapid and Bennett – a love story
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ben Caspit - (Opinion) February 8, 2013 - 1:00am

The only thing that I can do better than being foreign minister, says Yair Lapid, is to be chairman of the opposition. Lapid does not fear the opposition. In fact, the opposite might be true. If he were to join the government, it would be hard to meet expectations. He has made promises, and now he would need to follow through with them. In Binyamin Netanyahu’s government, so far not one person has actually kept his or her promise (including Netanyahu himself).

Who Did the Jewish Settlers Vote For?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Ori Nir - (Opinion) February 8, 2013 - 1:00am

How did Benjamin Netanyahu do in West Bank settlements? Considering his party’s pro-settlement policies and the staunch pro-settlement positions of its leading Knesset members, you’d expect Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu list to perform better among West Bank settlers than it did in Israel proper. It didn’t. Surprising as it may be, overall, only 19 percent of the settlers’ vote went to Likud-Beiteinu, compared to 23 percent of the overall Israeli national vote, according to official Israeli data.

Israel's Netanyahu hits snags in building team
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Josef Federman - February 5, 2013 - 1:00am

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to take office for a third time, his attempts to form a new coalition government have gotten off to a rocky start.

Who Are the Israeli Centrists and Why Did They Vote for Yair Lapid?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Larry Derfner - (Opinion) February 5, 2013 - 1:00am

People overseas don’t understand the amazing success of Yair Lapid in Israel’s January 22 parliamentary elections. He hardly said a word about the Palestinians, the peace process, terrorism, war — all those things that Israelis are supposedly preoccupied with every waking minute.

ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Roger Cohen - (Opinion) February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

I was sitting the other day at a cafe called English Cake in a shopping center at the heart of this cluster of settlements near Jerusalem. Israeli settlers — many would not like the term — were sipping Turkish coffee, flirting over pastries and enjoying the afternoon sun. The scene was relaxed, as life generally is these days. The conflict, at least in the West Bank, is present but not pressing.

News Analysis: Palestinian despair grows after Israeli elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Saud Abu Ramadan - (Analysis) February 3, 2013 - 1:00am

  Two weeks after the Israeli elections, the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank feel a solution to their conflict with Israel is further away with incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely to stay. Although his Likud party shrank from 42 to 31 seats in the parliament after the vote, Netanyahu has been charged with forming the new government after the right wing parties in total won 61 seats, two more than the seats won by the centrist and left-wing parties combined.

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