Palestinians have little faith Livni can influence peace talks
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hugh Naylor - February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Palestinians are not optimistic about the influence of Tzipi Livni as Israel's negotiator in talks with them after her appointment in the emerging coalition government of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mrs Livni, a former foreign minister, was the leader of the opposition until March last year, when she formed her own party on a platform critical of Mr Netanyahu and his government's policy of expanding Jewish settlements.

Muasher: Obama Should Try to Solve Conflict in a 'Few Months'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Akiva Eldar - (Interview) February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

Among reports about President Barack Obama’s intention to restart the diplomatic process, which he will bring with him to Jerusalem and Ramallah on his visit next month, one especially prominent report says the senior visitor plans to pull the Arab Peace Initiative out of his hat. This initiative offers Israel a groundbreaking deal: “in exchange for a complete withdrawal from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a ‘just settlement’ of the Palestinian refugee problem (based on U.N.

A real Mideast peace process should look different
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Gideon Levy - (Opinion) February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

A moment before our attention shifts once more to the chatter about peace and the nonsense about the talks, about Barack Obama’s upcoming visit and Tzipi Livni’s appointment as “chief negotiator,” it would be good if we remembered what people ought to mean when they utter the words “peace process.” Not another round of negotiations, endless meetings and photo opportunities. We’ve already had enough of those to spare, and they led nowhere. The solution has long been known, and it could have been carried out long ago.

Doing business – tangible peacemaking
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Paul Hirschson - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

The anti-Israel crowd is all gung-ho on assaulting Israel’s legitimacy. They propose advancing this through imposing sanctions, calling for divestment and implementing boycotts. Indicting Israelis for all sorts of supposed wrongs would be the ultimate thrill, turning the individual Israeli into all of Israel, facilitating the next round of assault. Isolation achieved, the undermining of the very legitimacy of Israel, they argue, is feasible.

A case for Mideast peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by George S. Hishmeh - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to three key states in the Middle East — Israel, Palestine and Jordan — for the first time as president of the US has been described by his Secretary of State, John Kerry, merely as a bid to “listen” to the three leaders.

As long as Netanyahu is PM, Livni will have to deal with the Palestinians his way
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Tzipi Livni is no less trustworthy or cynical than other politicians who broke their word, bent over backwards, put away away their slogans and election speeches and galloped into the arms of the one they had described as the mother of all sin.

Guilty until proven innocent
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

The High Court of Justice will debate today a petition dealing with Ayman Sharawna, one of the prisoners released in Shalit deal, who was also the first to be re-arrested in January 2012. In fact, the High Court is being requested today to act to neutralize yet another yet another act of sabotage and erosion of principles of fair process by military law.

Israel's Tzipi Livni to head peace talks with Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
February 20, 2013 - 1:00am


Obama and Kerry should listen very hard
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

It was inevitable that the announcement of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the Middle East in mid-March would trigger expectations of new proposals for restarting Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. This visit, coupled with John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of state and the start of Obama’s second term, heightens speculation about what, if anything, the United States might do to prod the parties toward fresh negotiations.

Israel's Livni faces rough road in peace push with Palestinians
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Jeffrey Heller - (Analysis) February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Tzipi Livni's coalition pact with right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes about the obstacles ahead for the moderate former Israeli foreign minister in her new task of pursuing peace with the Palestinians. Expectations of a new peacemaking initiative have been raised by a planned visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan next month by U.S. President Barack Obama, who has clashed with Netanyahu over the prime minister's policy of expanding settlements on occupied land Palestinians want for a state.

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