J Street Daily News Roundup 10/22/13

October 22nd, 2013

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If You Want To Be Politically Irrelevant, Support BDS, Open Zion

Having just returned from Israel, J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Co-Chair Rabbi John Rosove wrote that J Street “was formed to demonstrate widespread American Jewish support for the two-state solution to this conflict and to influence American government officials to do everything possible to assist Israel and the Palestinians in resolving their conflict. I believe it is a serious political mistake for American Jews to support any kind of BDS (even one limited to the settlements) because we risk having our friends and allies in Congress walk away from us as pro-Israel, pro-peace advocates and align themselves with regressive, right-wing forces that do not support two states for two peoples.”

The “Jewish and Democratic” State of Israel – Israel Journal Part II, Jewish Journal

Rosove discussed inequality between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem.

Time is now for Israeli-Palestinian compromise, Johns Hopkins News-Letter

“As an American, I know that only the United States is capable of bringing both sides together, as former President Clinton showed in the 1990s with the Oslo Accords,” said Ben Schwartz. “And as a student leader in J Street U, the student organizing arm of the pro-peace, pro-Israel advocacy group J Street, I know that officials here and in the Middle East are looking to form a ‘great constituency for peace,’ as Secretary Kerry put it earlier this year. We, as students and as young people, must be there to support the stakeholders as they work towards compromise on these important issues. Israelis, Palestinians and Americans must reach out together for the solution — for the heavens — knowing that only if we do so will Jerusalem once again be that symbol of a better world in which peace and justice are the rule, not the exception.”

Fifty Shades of J Street, New Voices

According to Derek Kwait, “We are the gray generation, and it’s Our Time to Lead.”

Top News and Analysis

Kerry: As peace talks intensify, all core issues on the table, Times of Israel

Speaking in Paris on Monday after a meeting with the Arab League, Kerry said that Israel and the Palestinians “have been engaged now in 13 meetings — serious meetings. They had three meetings in the last four days… All the core issues are on the table. And they have been meeting with increased intensity.” He also used announced that Qatar was forgiving $150 million in Palestinian Authority debt.

Bennett calls on Netanyahu to bring Jerusalem bill for urgent cabinet vote, Haaretz

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to bring a controversial bill that would require a Knesset supermajority to negotiate on Jerusalem before the cabinet for a vote. Knesset opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich criticized the bill, accusing right-wing lawmakers of seeking to hampering negotiations in advance.”


Lithuania says settlement expansion will ‘ruin’ peace efforts, Times of Israel

After meeting with President Abbas, the president of Lithuania called for Israel to freeze settlement building, saying continued expansion beyond the Green Line was “likely to ruin” peace prospects. He added that “peace talks are the only way to bring to an end the decades-long conflict between Palestine and Israel. It is a historic opportunity for both nations to ensure peace and stability in the region. The European Union strongly supports a peaceful two-state solution, which would enable Israel and Palestine to live side-by-side in peace and security.”

Palestinians slam Israeli 'incitement' against Abbas, say it hurts peace talks, Jerusalem Post

The Palestinian Authority condemned Israeli “incitement” against Abbas and warned against its negative impact on the peace talks. The PA’s attack came in response to statements made by Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, who was quoted as saying that Abbas is not a peace partner.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian militant in West Bank shootout, Reuters

Israeli forces on Tuesday killed an armed Palestinian militant wanted for his alleged involvement in a Tel Aviv bus bombing last year, Israel's Shin Bet security service said.

Ya'alon: West Bank seeing 'infectious wave of terror attacks,' but no signs of intifada, Jerusalem Post

Defense Minister Ya'alon on Tuesday warned that an "infectious wave of terror attacks" was being seen in the West Bank over the past month, but said he did not see signs of a third intifada.

Palestinians in Nablus, once known for suicide bombers, now seeking better days, Washington Post

A decade ago, the ancient town of Nablus was a crucible of terror and resistance — and produced more suicide bombers than any other city in the devastating second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel. Now, Nablus wants desperately to get back to normal — back to work, back to the world. But it is not so easy.

US negotiator to brief Congress on Iran talks, Al-Monitor

Lead US Iran negotiator, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, is expected to brief Congressional leaders and relevant committee chiefs in classified session this week on the talks between six world powers and Iran held in Geneva last week.

Opinion and Analysis

'The Jewish State of Israel', Huffington Post

Alon Ben-Meir argues, “The absurdity of linking peace with the Palestinians to their recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is glaringly clear because this will neither mitigate the challenging growth of the Israeli Arabs nor advance the peace process. Moreover, it will neither retain the democratic principle of the state nor will it ensure Israel's Jewish national identity. Therein lies the danger to Israel's existence as a Jewish state, regardless of by what name Israel is recognized and by whom.”

Netanyahu may push for early primaries, Al-Monitor

According to Mazal Mualem, Netanyahu is considering moving up Likud’s primary election to solidify his party support in advance of “concessions” to the Palestinians.

Where Does Geneva Leave Us?, Open Zion

Matt Lerner examines the recent P5+1 talks with Iran.

The ‘I Hate Israel’ Handbook, The Nation

Eric Alterman reviews Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath.”