A time to dream in Washington, D.C.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Rami Khouri - (Opinion) February 6, 2013 - 12:00am


We will find out in coming months whether the second term of the Obamaadministration will herald any significant changes in 


US: Obama regional agenda 'urgent' on Israel visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ian Deitch - February 6, 2013 - 12:00am


President Barack Obama will bring an "urgent" agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on regional developments including Iran and Syria as well as the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro said Wednesday.


Palestinian leaders welcome Obama's visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
February 6, 2013 - 12:00am


The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama’s announced plans to visit the region in March. President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeina told Ma'an that "the visit reflects that the US is willing to achieve peace in the region."


Kerry likely to move cautiously on Middle East peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Arshad Mohammed - (Analysis) January 31, 2013 - 12:00am


The United States has hinted it might try Middle East peace-making once again, but Secretary of State-designate John Kerry is likely to move cautiously, in contrast to U.S.


Earning The Nobel Peace Prize
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Huffington Post
by Alon Ben-Meir - (Opinion) January 31, 2013 - 12:00am


Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama early on in his first term was largely based on the premise that he would pursue peace and end existing violent conflicts to make the world a better and safer place for all people. The president's efforts to end the war in Iraq and wind down the war in Afghanistan are admirable, regardless of what may befall these countries in years to come. The president, however, fell short in his effort during his first term to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which remains extraordinarily pivotal to regional stability.


The Palestinian Implosion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Foreign Policy
by Ghaith Al-Omari, Ziad Asali - (Opinion) January 4, 2013 - 12:00am


  Three years ago, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched an ambitious plan to build effective, responsive, and clean government institutions. The results were impressive, and Fayyad was hailed as a figure who was making true progress toward a two-state solution even as formal negotiations faltered.


Washington Watch: Evading peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Douglas Bloomfield - (Opinion) December 12, 2012 - 12:00am


It was an “Aha! moment” for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. When Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal told half a million followers in Gaza on Sunday that “Palestine is ours from the river to the sea” and “Israel has no right in Jerusalem,” and when Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas failed to denounce the speech, which one of his aides called “very positive,” Netanyahu declared: “I told you so.”


Jordanian king carries U.S. assurances to Abbas: official
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 6, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Jordanian King Abdullah II conveyed U.S. assurances to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Washington will not allow a new Israeli settlement plan to pass, a Palestinian official said Thursday.


Senate amendment penalizing Palestinians for U.N. status does not pass
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
December 5, 2012 - 12:00am


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A U.S. Senate amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not attached to its intended law.


Europe mulls new Mideast peace plan: Palestinian official
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
December 4, 2012 - 12:00am


RAMALLAH, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- European countries are mulling a new plan to revive the peace talks that have been stalled since 2010 between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), a Palestinian official said Tuesday.



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