No Israeli strike on Lebanon soil - Lebanese security source
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Oliver Holmes - January 30, 2013 - 12:00am


A Lebanese security source said on Wednesday that a reported attack by Israeli forces on a convoy near the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight had not occurred on Lebanese territory. A western diplomat and regional security sources said earlier that Israeli forces had hit a convoy in the border area, a few days after Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said that any sign that Syria's grip on its chemical weapons was slipping could trigger Israeli intervention. There were no details of precisely where the action had occurred.


Israel Must Invest to Deter Iran
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Alon Ben David - (Opinion) January 30, 2013 - 12:00am


It’s a safe bet that investing in building military capabilities vis-à-vis Iran will continue in the next government, regardless of its composition.


Palestinian villagers take IDF to High Court over military drills
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - January 29, 2013 - 12:00am


The army has been carrying out training exercises for about a week near three Palestinian villages in south Hebron, in violation of a High Court of Justice order that also forbids the villagers' eviction from their homes, said local farmers backed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. The farmers of a-Tabban, Mirkez and Jinba reported that military drills in a "firing zone" adjacent to their villages started last Monday with no warning, damaging their fields, pasture areas and wells.


Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by George Bisharat - (Opinion) January 29, 2013 - 12:00am


LAST week, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, declared that if Israel persisted in its plans to build settlements in the currently vacant area known as E-1, which lies between Palestinian E


Israel Girds for Attacks as Syria Falls Apart
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Anne Barnard, Jodi Rudoren - January 28, 2013 - 12:00am


JERUSALEM — At least one Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed Sunday in northern Israel amid reports of intense security consultations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Syria and the possibility of chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist rebels or being transferred to the militant group Hezbollah.


Ehud Barak at Davos: U.S. Could Strike Iran to Block Nuclear Progress
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
(Interview) January 25, 2013 - 12:00am


Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is confident, he says, that the United States has plans for surgical strikes against Iran as a last-ditch measure if Tehran refuses to stop its development of a nuclear weapons capability.


Israeli navy arrests Palestinian fisherman
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 17, 2012 - 12:00am


GAZA, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Israeli naval forces arrested a Palestinian fisherman on Monday after wounding him by shooting at his boat off Gaza City shore, a Palestinian official said. Nezar Ayyash of the fishermen syndicate said that Israeli gunboats encircled the fishing boat of Mas'ad Bakr, opened fire at the boat, wounded the guy and arrested him.


West Bank: Israeli Military Raids 3 Palestinian Organizations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


Israeli soldiers raided three Palestinian nongovernmental organizations in Ramallah before dawn on Tuesday, seizing computers and other equipment from two of them: Addameer, which supports Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees.


US to give Israel thousands of 'bunker-buster' bombs
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


The Pentagon has appealed to Congress in a bid to increase the United States' military aid to Israel by $647 million, Ynet learned Tuesday.


Israel Needs Diplomatic Iron Dome
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Yaakov Livne - (Opinion) December 10, 2012 - 12:00am


Israel experienced in the past weeks two highly significant events that have far-reaching implications for its future. The first was Operation Pillar of Defense, and the other was the UN General Assembly resolution to grant Palestine the status of an observer state in the international body, which is another step toward recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a full-fledged state.



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