New Congress will be missing some of its longtime pro-Israel pillars
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - December 11, 2012 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill.

Half of Israeli Arabs not to vote in upcoming elections: poll
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 10, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A new poll released Monday shows that half of Israeli Arabs would not vote in the Jan. 22 elections. The poll, aimed to check patterns of behavior related to the elections among Israeli Arabs, who constitute 20 percent of Israel 's population, was conducted by the Statnet Company for the Political Science department in the University of Haifa.

The Case Against Benjamin Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Blake Hounshell - (Opinion) December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

Ehud Olmert is running. Or maybe he's not. He insists he'll only make an announcement about his political future on Israeli soil, though he seems to take great pleasure in dropping hints. Either way, the former Israeli prime minister had a two-pronged message on this weekend's trip to America: Benjamin Netanyahu can be beaten in the upcoming elections in January. And peace with the Palestinians is still possible.

Blunt Israeli diplomat dropped from election list
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
December 4, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — Israel's foreign minister has dropped his deputy, known for international incidents, from his list of candidates for Israel's January 22 election.

Poll shows Israel's Netanyahu romping in election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
November 28, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — A new poll shows Israeli prime minister's hardline Likud Party handily winning the Jan. 22 elections despite the entry of a dovish new party into the race.

Israeli Defense Minister to Quit Politics
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - November 26, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM – The Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, announced Monday that he would soon “leave political life,” after a half-century career in the military and government that included two years as prime minister.

Operation Pillar of Defense is Ehud Barak's test
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Aluf Benn - (Opinion) November 18, 2012 - 1:00am

Operation Pillar of Defense is Defense Minister Ehud Barak's war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the public stage, the microphone and the tours in the field to him. Together, of course, with the political gamble.

Israel will avoid Gaza war but may mull Hamas assassinations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff - (Opinion) November 12, 2012 - 1:00am

Sunday was another grueling day for Negev residents as dozens of missiles and mortar shells rained down from the Gaza Strip, leaving three people with shrapnel wounds and forcing hundreds of thousands into their protected spaces. The Israel Air Force killed two Islamic Jihad activists in a retaliatory strike, but the escalation in the south is increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intensify Israel's military response.

Barak: Palestinian UN bid must be delayed
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Tovah Lazaroff - November 8, 2012 - 1:00am

Israel and the US must delay Palestinian unilateral statehood moves at the UN until after the Israeli elections, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday night. He spoke on Channel 10 hours after US President Barack Obama was elected to a second four-year term. “We have a joint interest, ours and theirs, to delay the Palestinian UN bid for nonmember state,” he said. “This has to be done now, immediately.”

Abbas tries to put Palestinian issue back on Israeli political agenda
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - (Analysis) November 6, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend gave an interview to Israeli TV Channel 2, in which he touched on a number of issues that are central to Israeli-Palestinian relations, including the 1967 lines, the Palestinian refugees' right to return, and the Palestinian uprising.

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