Israeli Secularlists Appear to Find Their Voice
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - January 28, 2013 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — Speaking to a group of ultra-Orthodox men shortly before he officially entered politics, Yair Lapid, a proudly secular talk-show host, declared that in a century-long competition to define Israel’s character, “we lost and you won.”

Jordan Prince Scorned For Participating In Jewish Event
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Adam Nicky - December 11, 2012 - 1:00am

AMMAN: Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan found himself in hot water this week after his participation in a Jewish charity event in the UK last month was exposed in local media.

Israel’s Addiction to the Status Quo
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Monitor
by Noam Sheizaf - (Opinion) December 2, 2012 - 1:00am

A well-known cliché in Israeli political discourse refers to a high rate of support among the Jewish public for a two-state solution. As the claim goes, despite the Second Intifada and the rounds of fighting against Hamas in Gaza, most Jews still prefer this solution to the annexation of the Palestinian territories.

Palestinians detached from Sidon instability
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Mohammed Zaatari - November 15, 2012 - 1:00am

SIDON, Lebanon: Palestinian officials are concerned about mounting sectarian tension in Sidon’s Taamir neighborhood, and stress that they want to remain detached from Lebanese affairs. The comments were made following armed clashes which erupted there last weekend between supporters of Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir and Hezbollah supporters, killing three. Also, Tuesday night, an explosion ripped through Taamir, close to the site of Sunday’s deadly clashes, damaging seven vehicles but causing no injuries.

An open letter to Akiva Eldar: Looking beyond the two-state solution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Carlo Strenger - (Opinion) November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Dear Akiva.

A party in denial
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Zvi Barel - (Opinion) October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

It took some effort to get worked up about the jubilant fanfare with which the Likud Central Committee welcomed the product of Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman's fusion. One might mistakenly suppose that two noble metals had just blended in the blistering crucible of the right wing.

Scots Hotel: Why the Church of Scotland has a Galilee getaway
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
by Angus Roxburgh - October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

Spot the odd one out: Hilton, Marriott, Radisson, Church of Scotland, Holiday Inn. Yes, you're right, they are all names of hotels apart from… but wait a minute, the Church of Scotland also owns a hotel, and a very splendid one at that.

More Jews praying on site also sacred to Muslims
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Edmund Sanders - (Analysis) October 28, 2012 - 12:00am

  A simple, ancient ritual is threatening the delicate security balance atop Jerusalem's most sacred plaza: Jews are praying.

Heading toward an irreparable rift between U.S. Jews and Protestants
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Eric H. Yoffie - (Opinion) October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

There have always been ups and downs in the relations between mainline Protestants and American Jews, but they have now hit a 45-year low.  And this time, they may not recover.

Christians’ letter was reasonable, worded sensitively
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Brant Rosen - (Opinion) October 23, 2012 - 12:00am

CHICAGO (JTA) -- There has long been an unwritten covenant between the Jewish establishment and Christian leaders when it comes to interfaith dialogue: “We can talk about any religious issues we like, but criticism of Israel’s human rights violations is off limits.”

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