Progress or explosion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Emanuel Rosen - (Opinion) March 10, 2013 - 12:00am


The International Monetary Fund published a report last week in praise of the Steinitz-Fayyad agreement, which, according to the IMF's experts, is the most efficient way to reinforce the economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, for the benefit of both sides.


Obama in Israel: The start of a new era?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Ami Ayalon - (Opinion) March 8, 2013 - 12:00am


Israel, I fear, is on a suicidal path: It could cease to be the democratic home of the Jewish people.


Israeli-Palestinian peace - the hidden agenda item
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Hill
by Alan Elsner - (Opinion) March 8, 2013 - 12:00am


This week, some 13,000 pro-Israel advocates in town to attend the annual AIPAC policy conference fanned out across Capitol Hill to lobby their congressional representatives to tighten sanctions against Iran and designate Israel as a “major strategic partner” of the United States. Curiously missing from the list was any mention of Israeli-Palestinian peace, which is a vital interest for the United States, but more importantly the single most important guarantor of Israel’s future as a democratic Jewish state.


Is a Jew Meshuga for Wanting to Live in Palestine?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Bloomberg
by Noah Feldman - (Opinion) March 7, 2013 - 12:00am


If Israelis and Palestinians agree on one thing, it’s that more settlements in the West Bank will eventually make a two-state solution impossible. Rabbi Menachem Froman, who died on March 4 at age 68, thought differently.


Europe can engineer peace in Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Patrick Seale - March 7, 2013 - 12:00am


The Middle East is experiencing some of its greatest political upheavals since the creation of the Arab state system after the First World War. Right across the region, regimes have been toppled and authority challenged. In one country after another, people have gone down into the street in their tens of thousands to demand jobs, bread, respect, an end to corruption and police brutality, a greater say in how they are governed.


New routes to racism
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) March 5, 2013 - 12:00am


At the beginning of the week, separate bus lines were launched for Palestinians in the territories who travel into Israel. The Transportation Ministry claims the lines are meant to ease travel conditions for the Palestinians, but they’re actually another manifestation of a regime based on discrimination and segregation.


Barak: Consider unilateral separation from West Bank
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
March 4, 2013 - 12:00am


 Israel should consider unilateral steps to separate itself from the Palestinians should peace talks fail, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. Such steps would include dismantling settlements beyond the separation barrier and maintaining a military presence in the Jordan Valley along the West Bank-Jordan border, Barak said Sunday at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington. "We should consider unilateral steps in order to place a wedge on this extremely dangerous slippery slope to a binational state," he said.


Dennis Ross: Netanyahu's attorney in Washington
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from 972 Magazine
by Noam Sheizaf - (Opinion) March 4, 2013 - 12:00am


Veteran U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross had a full page op-ed in The New York Times this weekend, in which he presents a 14-step program that is supposed to establish a framework for renewing the diplomatic process.


To Achieve Mideast Peace, Suspend Disbelief
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Dennis Ross - (Opinion) March 2, 2013 - 12:00am


THESE are hard times for trying to promote, much less make, peace between Palestinians and Israelis. The rise of political Islam, Syria’s civil war and looming implosion, and the Iranian nuclear imbroglio not only dominate the environment, but they also render it forbidding for peacemaking. And while all these factors make Israelis and Palestinians reluctant to take risks for peace, they do not represent the biggest hurdle for ending the conflict. The most fundamental problem between Israelis and Palestinians is the problem of disbelief.


A campaign to talk up a two-state solution
In Print by Ghaith al-Omari - The Washington Post (Opinion) - March 1, 2013 - 12:00am

 



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