J Street Daily News Roundup 10/28/13

October 28th, 2013

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J Street in the News

Time for Netanyahu to get honest about Hebron, Huffington Post

J Street Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner said that by appeasing settlers in Hebron, “[Prime Minister] Netanyahu is just making it more difficult for himself to make peace.”

Learning to share Jerusalem, Wesleyan Argus

J Street U Wesleyan's Co-Chair and J Street U Northeast Co-Chair Danny Blinderman stressed, “Anyone who advocates for a two-state solution must recognize the political necessity of sharing Jerusalem.”

Education Before Activism, Wesleyan Argus

Isabel Fattal reflected on her experience listening to a speaker from Breaking the Silence hosted by J Street U.

Why Resettlement of Bedouin Israeli Citizens is a Moral and Democratic Wrong, Jewish Journal

“If Israel is to embody the best of Jewish ethical tradition (as it does in so many areas) and the highest democratic standards,” wrote J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Co-Chair Rabbi John Rosove, “then the Knesset must defeat [the Begin-Prawer bill to resettle Bedouin Israelis].

What does it mean to be anti-Israel?, Haaretz

Mira Sucharov discussed J Street’s criticism of the Anti-Defamation League’s list of “anti-Israel groups.”

Top News and Analysis

Israel publishes names of Palestinian prisoners to be released for peace talks, Haaretz

Israel published early Monday the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners set be released on Wednesday as part of the resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. On Sunday, the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee rejected a bill proposed by HaBayit HaYehudi and the coalition chairman, MK Yariv Levin (Likud), outlawing the release of the prisoners. Ministers Yair Lapid, Tzipi Livni and Gideon Sa’ar criticized Economics Minister Naftali Bennett for supporting the bill.

Netanyahu rejects Palestinian right of return to Israel, Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday morning that the unity of Jerusalem is important and Palestinians can not have a right of return into Israel in any final status agreement for a two-state solution. “We ascribe importance to the unity of Jerusalem and, of course, to the cancellation of the right of return,” he said. He spoke on the same day that Channel 2 provided information which it said was leaked from the ongoing talks between Livni and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, claiming that both sides were far apart in their demands.

IAF strikes underground rocket launchers in Gaza following rocket attacks on Israel, Jerusalem Post

The Israel Air Force struck two underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday morning in response to earlier rocket fire on the Ashkelon region.

Violence Feared As Settler Pols Demonize Livni, Forward

JJ Goldberg discusses a Jerusalem Post report claiming that while HaBayit HaYehudi has attacked the government’s decision to release Palestinian prisoners, the party had privately supported the move over the summer, when Israel was tasked by Secretary of State Kerry to either release prisoners, declare a settlement freeze or support talks based on pre-1967 lines.

A prisoner release beset by extremists on both sides, Times of Israel

Avi Issacharoff notes, “Despite the waves of pessimism and the endless eulogies for the talks, some progress has been registered or the release would not happen.”

Devious and dangerous, Naftali Bennett shows his true face, Haaretz

According to Yossi Verter, Netanyahu and Likud have realized that Bennett’s goal is “to undermine the Likud with the goal of inheriting its place in the leadership of the right.”


Experts: Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation stronger than ever, Ynet

Israeli security experts say security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority remains solid despite three separate incidents in which Palestinians killed Israelis. The security experts say they do not see the killings as evidence of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

Palestinian downturn bites, aid falters, tunnels collapse, Reuters

The arteries of Gaza's economy have collapsed as Egypt demolishes the smuggling tunnels along its sandy border.

Senator Mitchell: Peace begins with tech prosperity, Times of Israel

George Mitchell said that investors have huge role to play in bringing peace to the region.

90-year-old Israeli peacemaker asks if Israel will exist in 90 years, Christian Science Monitor

Uri Avnery, a prominent early supporter of the two-state solution, is using his 90th birthday to prompt discussion about Israel's future.

Israel asks U.S. Jews, Israelis: Where do your loyalties lie?, Haaretz

Netanyahu ordered ministries to stop distributing an Israeli American Council survey, which asks questions about dual allegiance and the Jewish lobby in America.

Britain’s Jack Straw: Jewish funds wrecking Mideast peace possibilities, JTA

Jack Straw, a British lawmaker and former foreign secretary, said “unlimited” funds available to US Jewish groups are used to control American policy in the Middle East.

Tehran officials tear down anti-American posters, Reuters

Tehran city officials have ordered the removal of some posters featuring anti-American slogans, a sign that Iran is seeking better relations with the United States as the two sides hold talks over its nuclear program.

Senior Iran lawmaker says 20 percent uranium enrichment continuing, Reuters

Iran has not halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work, a senior Iranian parliamentarian said, contradicting a statement by another lawmaker last week.

Opinion and Analysis

Israel is a prisoner to its settlements, Haaretz

The Haaretz editorial board argues, “One can disagree with the decision to release prisoners, one can oppose it or take legal action to prevent the move, but there is an enormous gap between a decision that cannot affect the outcome of the negotiations and building homes whose sole purpose is to buttress the fortifications against a withdrawal from the territories.”

Why are Israelis tone deaf to incitement against Palestinians?, Open Zion

Emily Hauser stresses that “whether or not we want to talk about it, there exists mounds  and mounds of evidence  that Israelis are just as capable of hate and fear as anybody else.”


Adelson's bomb: Apologize or face sanctions, Haaretz

Rabbi Eric Yoffie says, “What is needed here from [Sheldon] Adelson is a thoughtful clarification and apology. The Iran problem is far too serious to be handled with bluster, blather, and idiocy.”

Settlers against the occupation, Times of Israel

Orit Arfa suggests that not all Israeli settlers are part of the problem.

J Street means inclusion, Jewish Standard

Peter Buxbaum writes in a letter, “Far from ostracizing organizations like J Street, mainstream Jewish organizations ought to embrace it, for two reasons: First, because it represents the views of the majority of our people in this country, and second, because J Street and other progressive Jewish organizations can provide the necessary framework to keep younger American Jews within the Jewish communal fold.”