Israeli Defense Chief Says Iran Postponed Nuclear Ambitions
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Rick Gladstone - October 31, 2012 - 12:00am

Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday that the country had interpreted Iran’s conversion of some enriched uranium to fuel rods for civilian use as evidence that Iran had delayed ambitions to build a nuclear weapon.

As Morsi and Brotherhood spur alarm, what to do about Egypt?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
by Ron Kampeas - October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups looking for signals from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi regarding his views were appalled when one finally came -- in the form of a nod and what appeared to be a muttered “amen” to an imam’s call for God to “deal harshly” with the Jews.

The case for President Obama’s reelection
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Alan Dershowitz - (Opinion) October 30, 2012 - 12:00am

The case for the reelection of President Barack Obama is compelling for several important reasons.

American Elections Matter and the System is Open
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) October 25, 2012 - 12:00am

The silly season, the protracted multibillion dollar period of escalating frenzy leading up to US national elections, is coming to a close. All that is said or done in this season is fair if it is deemed legal. The game ends with one winner while two parties share the uneven pie of diffuse power across the nation.  The United States and its elections matter. What other countries do not know about the US system, including elections, cost them.

The general from Jeddah must shout louder
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Akiva Eldar - (Opinion) October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

About a month ago, I participated in one of the many seminars on the Arab Spring taking place around the world. One of the outstanding speakers was a retired general from the Saudi Arabian army who now heads a research institute in Jeddah. The general went out of his way to praise the Arab Peace Initiative that had been the brainchild of Saudi King Abdullah more than a decade ago.

In letter, Abbas tells Obama still wants 2 states
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
October 17, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to US President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisting his government was still committed to the two-state solution. The letter, according to Abbas' political adviser Nimir Hammad, explains that the intended bid to the UN General Assembly to obtain the status of a non-member state was not a unilateral move.

Ulterior motives
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
(Editorial) October 17, 2012 - 12:00am

Palestine has once again faced vocal rejection of its statehood bid, this time in a statement from the United States declaring that such a move would set back the peace process. The U.S. has said the decision must include Israel, and has further warned European countries, in a private memo, not to support Palestine’s bid.

Rice: US does not accept legitimacy of settlements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
October 16, 2012 - 12:00am

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan E. Rice said on Monday that the US "does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize outposts." Speaking at the Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, Rice emphasized: "The fate of existing settlements must be dealt with by the parties along with other permanent-status issues."

Michael Bloomberg and Magen David's Anti-Arab Rabbi
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jewish Daily Forward
by Eshkol Nevo - (Opinion) October 15, 2012 - 12:00am

When one enters Jerusalem, two structures immediately catch the eye. The first is a digital sign informing the traveler when the next Sabbath begins and ends. The second is a building bearing a sign identifying it as the William H. Bloomberg MDA Jerusalem Station.

Egypt's Islamists play to anti-Israel sentiment
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Aya Batrawy - October 13, 2012 - 12:00am

CAIRO — A fiery tirade against Jews by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's leader highlights one of the foremost diplomatic challenges facing the country's new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as he balances popular sentiment with the need for security relations with Israel.

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