J Street Daily News Roundup 10/23/13

October 23rd, 2013

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J Street Students Speak Out On Being Shut Out of Jewish Debate at Berkeley, Forward

J Street U national communications co-chair Shayna Howitt and J Street U Berkeley co-chair Elon Rov wrote that J Street U “will continue to advocate for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will demonstrate that Berkeley’s Jewish community is strong enough to welcome a diverse range of voices. Eventually, even JSU will get the message.”

Brockman moves to J Street, Sun Sentinel

J Street Southern Regional Director Scott Brockman discussed his move from Hillel to J Street, his love of Israel and his commitment to peace.

Israel's Next Best Thing? It's Bibi, Al-Monitor

Ben Caspit mentioned Knesset opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich’s address at the J Street conference in his examination of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s competition.

Once Again, the Anti-Defamation League Defames, Open Zion

In his discussion of the Anti-Defamation League, Jay Michaelson referred to himself as “a two-stater, J Streeter, and progressive Zionist.”

Top News and Analysis

In seven-hour Rome meeting, Kerry to press Netanyahu for answers on peace talks, Haaretz

Netanyahu will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in Rome today for seven hours, four of which will be spent in private talks with no aides present. Senior Israeli officials said most of the meeting will be devoted to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Kerry seeking clear answers from Netanyahu on what compromises he is willing to make to obtain a final status agreement.

Abbas says he’s ready to meet with Netanyahu, Times of Israel

President Abbas declared in an interview that he’s prepared to meet with Netanyahu for direct peace talks. The Palestinian leader laid down no preconditions for talks but strongly condemned Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, which he said was illegal and undermined the peace process.


Palestinians, Israelis discuss water in latest peace talks, AFP

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators recently held a new round of peace talks in Jerusalem, a Palestinian official said, saying it had focused on the issue of water resources.

US university to open ‘peace campus’ in Nazareth, Times of Israel

Texas A&M University announced plans to build a “peace university” satellite campus in Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city. It would mark the first time an American university established a major physical presence in Israel.

In a Harvest, Palestinians Cast a Light on Hardship, The New York Times

The olive harvest has been a beloved annual ritual for Palestinians for hundreds of years, as important to the culture as to the economy. Lately, a new tradition has been added, in which Palestinians and the advocacy groups that support them use the harvest to highlight hardships under Israeli occupation.

Opinion and Analysis

Demonizers of Israel: De-legitimization begins at home, Haaretz

Bradley Burston argues, “For good or ill, the only branding that matters will stem directly from what Israel does, what Israel is, and the direction its leaders - and voters - choose to take us – toward a better future, or a cliff.”

Netanyahu the fundamentalist, Haaretz

David Landau calls Netanyahu “a fundamentalist” for demanding that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

New Hopeful Signs in Negotiations, Partners for Progressive Israel

Ralph Seliger says that “it would probably be saying too much to speak of optimism, but there are new reports of earnestness in reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, even as right-wing elements within Israel attempt to dig in against compromise on Jerusalem (perhaps anticipating something they fear).”