In Israel, Arab MKs seek the impossible - voters
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Jack Khoury - October 26, 2012 - 12:00am

Today, the Arab and Muslim world will observe Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. The holiday atmosphere has been felt since the start of the week. In recent days, stores and shopping malls in Arab towns and villages in the Galilee and the Little Triangle area of Baka al-Garbiyeh, Taibeh and Tira have been packed. Concurrently, however, support committees operating within mosques report that they are fielding numerous calls for assistance from those lacking the resources to prepare holiday meals.

Netanyahu's ‘big bang’ gambit with Lieberman might blow up in his face
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chemi Shalev - (Opinion) October 25, 2012 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to reunite with his former protege Avigdor Lieberman is a gamble of epic proportions, a “big bang” of Israeli right wing politics that Netanyahu hopes will ensure his reelection - but which could very well blow up in his face and achieve the opposite outcome.

Netanyahu Announces Coalition With a Nationalist Party
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - October 25, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM — The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced Thursday that his conservative Likud Party would run on a joint ticket with the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu Party in January elections. The surprise joining of forces immediately shook up Israel’s political map and was apparently intended to cement Mr. Netanyahu’s chances of leading the next government.

Support for Netanyahu not to be affected by Gaza region fighting
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - (Analysis) October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is standing for re-election on Jan. 22 next year and most polls indicate that his Likud party would become the largest party in Knesset (parliament) and that he would form the next government.

The Man on a Mud-Stained Horse
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Gershom Gorenberg - (Opinion) October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Somewhere in Israel, a printing house awaits Ehud Olmert's decision on his political plans before printing a Hebrew version of that most despairing of election slogans, "Vote for the Crook. It's Important." Or so you might think while reading Israeli headlines of recent days.

Israeli center-left can't challenge Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - (Opinion) October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- A possible comeback by former prime minister Ehud Olmert has hit a snag as the State Prosecutor' s Office on Tuesday announced that it will appeal Olmert's acquittal in a recent corruption case.

Many disillusioned Arabs say voting is pointless
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ilene Prusher - October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

At the Khubez bakery and coffee shop in the village of Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, men meet for coffee and conversation every morning. Faisal Abdul Rahman is in the minority, because he says he’ll vote in national elections this January. Most of the others, including Muhammad Ibrahim – who has worked with Abdul Rahman in construction in the past – say that voting is pointless.

Israeli statesmen are the almost-peacemakers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - (Opinion) October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Once every few years, usually before the elections, a story of this kind comes out. An Israeli statesman was a hairbreadth away from achieving peace. Had he only had two months more, even two weeks more, the great peace would have been signed, forever. Shimon Peres almost achieved peace with the London Agreement; Ehud Barak almost did so at Camp David; Ehud Olmert almost had it with Mahmoud Abbas, and with Bashar Assad too. Even Tzipi Livni came close with Ahmed Qureia, and the Oslo agreement was of course almost peace.

Popular Israeli politician back to help lead party
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
October 17, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM —A popular ultra-Orthodox Israeli politician previously jailed for accepting bribes has agreed to return to his powerful party in upcoming parliamentary elections. The Shas Party announced Wednesday that Arieh Deri would share the party's leadership along with the party's current chief Eli Yishai and senior party member Ariel Atias. The decision came after lengthy negotiations with the three politicians, and with the blessing of the party's spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Israel’s upcoming elections: No hope we can believe in
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) October 17, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel’s next elections will take place in a bit more than three months, and there have been some interesting developments. Aryeh Deri’s return to the helm of Shas might turn this party from an appendix to the anti-democratic right-wing policies of the current coalition into a more productive contributor to urgently needed social policies.

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