Neither Syria nor Israel benefits in broader conflict
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
(Editorial) February 1, 2013 - 12:00am

The exact details are still sketchy, but the series of deliberate leaks are enough to confirm the Israeli air strike inside Syrian borders on Wednesday. Syrian regime officials insist that it was only a weapons-research facility that was hit, while US officials are saying that an arms convoy headed for Lebanon (and perhaps for Hizbollah) was also targeted.

A bounty of empty threats
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
(Editorial) February 1, 2013 - 12:00am

Israel has no shame when it comes to attacking whatever it claims is a threat to its security, whether these targets are civilians or military in nature, wherever it wants around the Middle East. Syria, meanwhile, has no shame in claiming in the wake of every such attack that it will choose the “time and place” of its response to violations of its national sovereignty.

Israel busts Hamas cell in West Bank plotting abduction
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
(Analysis) February 1, 2013 - 12:00am


Israel may feel need to strike Syria again
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Josef Federman - January 31, 2013 - 12:00am

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Israeli PM says only U.S. military strike can halt Iran's nuke program
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
January 31, 2013 - 12:00am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that while American military action can eliminate Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, an Israeli strike will only temporarily set it back, local media reported Wednesday.

Calculated risk
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Alex Fishman - (Opinion) January 31, 2013 - 12:00am

Israel, according to the foreign press, attacked at dawn Wednesday a Hezbollah weapons convoy along the Lebanon-Syria border. If an attack did in fact take place, was it a prelude to a broad military conflict on the northern front? We should look for the answer to this question, first of all, in the IDF's General Staff.

Iran, Israel and Their Red Lines Over Syria
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Meir Javendanfar - (Opinion) January 30, 2013 - 12:00am

On Saturday [Jan. 26] the government of Iran drew a red line around Syria.

Israel hits target in Syria border area
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Oliver Holmes - January 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and regional security sources said on Wednesday, as concern has grown in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and advanced conventional weapons. The sources, four in total, all of whom declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, had no further information about what the vehicles may have been carrying, what forces were used or where precisely the attack happened.

Netanyahu must watch The Gatekeepers, if only to save his own legacy
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) January 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in an unenviable position. His next tenure is bound to be much more difficult than the one ending now, in which he could balance his various coalition partners against each other to do what he does best: stalling, evading and avoiding big decisions. Now he is faced with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which stands in a formidable bargaining position and is intransigent on a number of its demands.

Syria says Israel attacked military research centre
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by James Webb - January 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Israeli warplanes attacked a military research centre in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syria's military command said, denying reports that the planes had struck a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site in Jamraya, which it described as one of a number of "scientific research centres aimed at raising the level of resistance and self-defence". The building was destroyed, the military command said in a statement carried by state media.

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