Israeli airstrike complicates Syria's crisis
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 5, 2013 - 1:00am

Israel's recent airstrike on a Syrian military research center has complicated the Syria crisis that has been protracted for nearly two years with no signs of an end in sight. On Monday, Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij said Israel launched the Wednesday airstrike in cooperation with armed Syrian rebels fighting government forces on the ground.

Israeli army demolishes Palestinian protest camp out of its jurisdiction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 5, 2013 - 1:00am

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) demolished a Palestinian protest camp over the weekend although it was out of its jurisdiction, the Ha'aretz daily reported Monday. Israeli security forces on Saturday evacuated the camp in the Burin village near Nablus in the West Bank, where 150 Palestinian activists protested against Israel's expansion of its settlements. Clashes erupted following the eviction between the Palestinian activists, security forces and settlers living nearby.

Israeli Raid Against “Abstinence Policy”
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by George Semaan - (Opinion) February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

The Israeli raid on Syria achieved its purpose, regardless of the mystery that surrounded its goals and the exploitation attempts deployed by the Syrian regime and its opponents. Until now, Tel Aviv had abstained from interfering in what is happening on its northeastern border and had settled for monitoring the situation after it addressed warnings – at the beginning of the crisis – against any incidents on its border when Damascus tried to activate demonstrations in the Golan and South Lebanon.

In Israel raid, Syria options severely constrained
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Zeina Karam - February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Syria's defense minister signaled Monday that his country won't hit back at Israel over an airstrike inside Syria, claiming the Israeli raid was actually in retaliation for his regime's offensive against rebels he called "tools" of the Jewish state.

Israel’s ‘Gatekeepers’ break their silence
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Richard Cohen - (Film Review) February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

Imagine six former directors of the CIA talking with a distinguished filmmaker and confessing to the murder of two terrorism suspects, ordering the assassination of others, alleging a lack of real leadership by the president and stating to the camera and the entire world that the war in Afghanistan is an unconscionable botch — a bloody, daily slog without end or justification. This, of course, could never happen in the United States. It did, though, in Israel.

‘The Gatekeepers’ is a harsh portrayal of life outside the ghetto of self-denial
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Chemi Shalev - (Film Review) February 4, 2013 - 1:00am

The Gatekeepers is a very Israeli film. It is a film by Israelis, for Israelis and about Israelis. Even if it wins an Oscar. Even if you read the English subtitles. Even if you’ve heard that it mainly deals with the occupation, which it does, it is still essentially and exclusively Israeli.

Israel Rewrites Rules of Game To Deal With Syria
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Ben Caspit - (Opinion) February 3, 2013 - 1:00am

When big, historic structures disintegrate, laws are written anew. When familiar frameworks break up, rules change. This, more or less, is what’s happening now in the Middle East.

Syria Says It Has Right to Counterattack Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - February 1, 2013 - 1:00am

Tensions over the Israeli airstrike on Syrian territory appeared to increase on Thursday as Syria delivered a letter to the 

Official: Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Bassem Mroue - February 1, 2013 - 1:00am

Israeli warplanes flew over southern Lebanon Friday, two days after the Jewish state launched

Why the attack on Syria suits Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ben Caspit - (Opinion) February 1, 2013 - 1:00am

On the calendar, a little more than five years separate the attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor in July 2007 and the strike on Syria this week (according to foreign reporters, of course). In reality, the two episodes are light years away. At the time of that first attack, there was complete quiet here. Syria was calm, too, Israel was licking its wounds from the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah was in his bunker, the borders were quiet. You could hear a pin drop, if it dropped.

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