Savir's Corner: Raising expectations
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Uri Savir - (Opinion) February 21, 2013 - 1:00am

On March 20, Air Force One will land on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport. US President Barack Obama will be received with pomp and circumstance by President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his new government. All of Israel, the region and indeed the world will be watching.

Palestinians’ negotiator Erekat, Israeli security chief Amidror visiting D.C.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
February 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Saeb Erekat, the top negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, and Yaakov Amidror, the Israeli national security adviser, are visiting Washington. Erekat will meet this week with David Hale, the top U.S. official handling Middle East peace talks, the State Department said in a statement Wednesday. Israeli officials confirmed that Amidror also is in Washington, but would not identify with whom he is meeting. The meetings comes ahead of President Obama's planned visit next month to Israel and Palestinian areas next month.

Arne Christenson to manage policy and politics at AIPAC
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
February 19, 2013 - 1:00am

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee appointed public affairs professional Arne Christenson as its managing director for policy and politics.

Moving past stalemate in the Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Los Angeles Times
by Maen Areikat - (Opinion) February 19, 2013 - 1:00am

With the U.S.

Obama's best and worst-case scenarios for Israel's new government
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Bradley Burston - (Opinion) February 19, 2013 - 1:00am

For Benjamin Netanyahu, it wasn't supposed to break this way.  Four months ago, when he called early elections, advisers assured the prime minister that his best-case scenario was also among the most likely:

Campus today, Capitol Hill tomorrow: Israel is losing future Democratic leaders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Tom Dan - (Opinion) February 19, 2013 - 1:00am

Will, an American Harvard student, looked up as we were eating dinner and said in a trembling voice, as if the 200-year-old ceiling would cave in the second he opened his mouth: “I cannot see one good reason we should continue supporting you guys over there.”

Israeli public asked to choose logo for Obama visit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

The Israeli prime minister's office is asking the public to choose an official logo for next month's state visit of the US president by voting for one of three proposed designs on Facebook. Participants have until 1400 GMT on Tuesday to choose their favourite design by clicking "like' on Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page, a statement from the prime minister's office said.

Israel: Obama to Receive Award
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Jodi Rudoren - February 18, 2013 - 1:00am

President Shimon Peres plans to give President Obama a special award at a state dinner next month when Mr.

Israel is the sleeping enemy within the US
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Gulf News
by Tariq A. Al-Maeena - (Opinion) February 16, 2013 - 1:00am

When writers daringly break barriers and put out reports on the dangers of Israeli manipulation of US politics for self-serving interests, their pieces are quickly dismissed as anti-Semitic hysteria. But historical events justify the alarm raised by a few western writers against a deeply embedded menace within the US political system. It is a menace that singularly promotes Israeli interests above American ones, and effectively uses US politicians for that purpose.

Inside Out: Netanyahu’s Palestinian predicament
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Jonathan Rosen - (Opinion) February 14, 2013 - 1:00am

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Palestinian predicament is truly vexing. The stakes are so high, and the confidence in the outcome is so low it is no surprise Netanyahu’s response in the past three years has been to do virtually nothing.

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