J Street Daily News Roundup 11/27/13

November 27th, 2013

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What Pro-Israel College Organizations Really Need: Two-State Solution Activism, Open Zion

“Israel’s problem is not a lack of hasbara; rather it is the lingering conflict itself that is endangering its Jewish and democratic future,” wrote J Street U President Jacob Plitman. “Effectively countering critics of Israel means offering not just advocacy tools and high-level speakers, but addressing the underlying concern of many progressive student leaders: the need for serious leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The Pro-Israel Tent ‘Doesn’t Matter If It Can’t Hold Disagreement’, Jewish Exponent

J Street U Brandeis Co-Presidents Catie Stewart and Eli Philip suggested, “When having pro-Israel unity consistently means we must compromise on our democratic and Jewish values, perhaps it is time we forego it.”

Two voice solution: Campus press obscures dialogue, Georgetown Voice

J Street U Georgetown President Jake Sorrells called Students for Justice in Palestine’s “tactic of studiously avoiding ‘unequal’ dialogue… misguided and downright destructive to the vital goal of bringing about a just solution.”

Jewish Groups Back Away From All-Out Fight Over Iran Nuclear Deal, Forward

Even as Prime Minister Netanyahu has fiercely attacked the agreement signed by the United States and five other countries with Iran, American Jewish organizations have carefully sought a middle ground between Israel and America in their dispute over the six-month accord… “On the left, J Street and Americans for Peace Now praised the agreement and urged Congress to ‘get behind it.’”

Top News and Analysis

Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin, Reuters

A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through.

Israel and EU compromise on terms of joint initiative, following rift over settlement funding ban, Haaretz

Israel and the European Union reached agreement Tuesday evening on a compromise formula that would allow Israel to sign the Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation agreement despite the new EU guidelines that bar funding to entities over the Green Line.

The price of deception and apartheid, Haaretz

The Haaretz editorial board writes, “What the European Union, and essentially the entire world, is seeking is crystal clear: the reinstatement of the Green Line as the line that divides Israel from the occupied territories. Anything else will impose heavy economic, diplomatic and scientific costs.”


Most Israelis believe interim Iran deal endangers them, Times of Israel

A survey of Israelis found 60% who said the agreement with Iran “endangers Israel,” and 58% who said Netanyahu’s criticism of the Obama administration over the accord is “justified.”

Iran Hard-Liners Criticize Geneva Deal, The New York Times

Though most Iranian lawmakers have expressed support for the Geneva agreement, several hardliners have publicly criticized it in recent days.

Senior Palestinian official says peace talks stuck, Times of Israel

Senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath said that no progress has been made in the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and dubbed the negotiations “a dialogue of the deaf.”

Knesset panel to debate Levy Report, Jerusalem Post

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will debate the Levy Report, which provides a legal argument in support of West Bank settlements.

Israeli security forces kill three armed Palestinians suspected of planning terror attack, Haaretz

Israeli security forces on Tuesday killed three armed Palestinians suspected of planning a terrorist attack against Israel in the coming days. The three were killed in a joint raid by troops from the special police unit and the Shin Bet in the South Hebron Hills village of Kafr Yatta. The suspects were members of a Salafist group operating in the Hebron area, the Shin Bet said in a statement, adding that pistols and explosive devices were found in their vehicle during the raid.

Jews and Arabs were told to use separate lanes at West Bank crossing, Haaretz

A civil complaint has revealed that for a long time soldiers acted in contradiction to official rules, with separate lanes for Jews and Arabs West Bank checkpoints. Following the complaint, the office of the chief of staff and the Israel Defense Forces' Central Command has clarified that every Israeli citizen has the right to use any lane at the crossing.

Opinion and Analysis

Congress must keep the military option on the table, Haaretz

Expressing his opposition to the deal with Iran, Alan Dershowitz calls for the US to “keep the military option on the table if diplomacy fails, as it may well do.”

Never waver, Foreign Policy

Calling the Geneva deal “a small but genuine breakthrough,” Rosa Brooks predicts, “If all goes well in the next six months, we might even get to some bigger breakthroughs.”

Netanyahu's alarm about Iran balanced by military chiefs, Al-Monitor

According to Ben Caspit, “There’s no panic at all among Israel’s professional military echelons. Nobody talks about a catastrophe or an imminent second holocaust. People discuss the merits of the agreement with levelheadedness and discretion. After all, doomsday prophecies are not their thing. For this we have Netanyahu.”

Netanayahu plays the Iran card in Israeli politics, Al-Monitor

Mazal Mualem makes the case that Netanyahu is “using the Iranian nuclear project for internal political needs.”

Boxed in, Foreign Policy

“With the Geneva agreement a done deal,” says Amos Harel, “Netanyahu should look in the mirror and ask himself: What next?”