Welcome, Secretary Kerry!
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Uri Savir - (Opinion) February 7, 2013 - 1:00am


Congratulations to John Kerry on his taking office as secretary of state of the United States. President Barack Obama could not have made a better choice than a man who was himself close to being in the Oval Office, a liberal democrat from Massachusetts with bipartisan support, a champion of human rights and democracy who understands all too well the might of the United States as leader of the free world, a true American and a cosmopolitan man who fathoms the changing world.


Chill Out, John Kerry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New Republic
by Aaron David Miller - (Opinion) February 7, 2013 - 1:00am


Here we go again.  A recently minted American secretary of state eager to burnish his foreign policy credentials barely a day after his confirmation has already called both the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian president to discuss the importance of trying to resume the peace process and to express America’s commitment to Arab-Israeli peace. 


Obama’s Israel trip is not about Middle East peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Josh Rogin - (Opinion) February 7, 2013 - 1:00am


U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Israel next month for the first time in his presidency, but few are expecting him to make a substantive push for real progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Secretary of State Kerry to visit Israel, PA
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Attila Somfalvi - February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


US Secretary of State John Kerry is planning to visit the Palestinian Authority in mid February, the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds reported Wednesday, citing "sources in the know." This will be Kerry's first visit to the region since taking office.


Yair Lapid's peace-process doublespeak
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zvi Barel - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


The peace policy advocated in the platform of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party is full of twists, turns and qualifications.


Obama ‘wants to host Netanyahu-Abbas meeting during visit’
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Adiv Sterman - February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


US President Barack Obama wants to host a summit between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit here this spring, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Wednesday. Ayalon said he was “certain” that efforts to arrange such a meeting were already under way.


Why Obama is visiting Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from CNN
by Aaron David Miller - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


 


Obama’s Israel visit will be the moment of truth for Netanyahu
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Itamar Rabinovich - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


The White House's surprising, dramatic announcement this week that President Barack Obama will come to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan has had an immedi


Obama’s Reset Opportunity with Israel
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Council On Foreign Relations
by Robert Danin - February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


 


Kerry Must Hurry
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Yossi Beilin - February 6, 2013 - 1:00am


Aaron David Miller is one of the most important American figures in the Middle East peace camp. Having served in the State Department for many years, he—like many of us, has oscillated between short phases of hope and long periods of frustration. However, unlike many of his colleagues, he has never sunk into pessimism but rather solely maintains a healthy dose of cynicism and much caution when advising new Secretary of State John Kerry.



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