J Street Daily News Roundup 11/7/13

November 7th, 2013

J Street works to promote an open, honest and rigorous conversation about Israel. The opinions reflected in articles posted in the News Roundup do not necessarily reflect J Street's positions, and their posting does not constitute an endorsement from J Street.

Questions, comments, or suggestions? Please email newsroundup@jstreet.org

J Street in the News

The Time is Now, www.thetimeisnowforpeace.org

The Ki Va Mo’ed campaign urged, “Tell the American Jewish leadership that the time is now to support the Middle East peace talks.”

Top News and Analysis

Kerry extends Mideast trip in effort to salvage peace talks, Associated Press

Secretary of State Kerry has decided to stay an extra day in the Mideast on his latest trip to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Kerry said that he plans to return to Israel on Friday for another meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu after leaving Amman, Jordan, which was supposed to be the final stop in his two-day trip.

Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be 'illegitimate', Jerusalem Post

Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building, an issue that is weighing on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. "Let me emphasize at this point the position of the United States of America on the settlements is that we consider them... to be illegitimate," Kerry said after discussions with President Abbas.

US wants Iran to halt nuclear program for six months in exchange for economic relief, Haaretz

A US official said Wednesday in Geneva that the powers want Iran to halt its nuclear program for six months in exchange for temporary sanctions relief, as a "first step."

The American official added that imposing any new sanctions on Iran at this stage would seriously undermine the negotiations. A fresh round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany –  is due to begin in Geneva on Thursday.

Thinking about the shape of an Iran deal, Washington Post

Do the rewards of making a deal [with Iran] outweigh its costs?” asks David Ignatius. “That’s the calculus both sides will have to weigh for the next few months. It’s a makeable putt, as golfers like to say, but far from a sure thing.

The US, not Iran, has the upper hand in nuclear negotiations, Washington Post

Ray Takeyh writes, “An agreement that not only buys time but also prevents Iran from permanently reconstituting its nuclear weapons ambitions is within grasp. With patience and firmness, a great diplomatic victory can still be claimed.”


Peres urges Kerry not to allow anything to interrupt his mission for peace, Jerusalem Post

President Peres urged Kerry not to allow anything to interrupt his mission for peace.

Kerry met with Peres following his meeting with Abbas.

Abbas proposed Jerusalem united under supreme council, adviser says, Times of Israel

Abbas has proposed to leave Jerusalem united in an administrative sense following an Israeli withdrawal from its eastern section, a senior adviser said on Wednesday. Nimer Hammad said that the president’s recent proposal to make East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital and west Jerusalem the Israeli capital was received with “great international support,” while Israel continues to insist that Jerusalem remains united under its sovereignty.

Lieberman to be sworn in as FM next week, Jerusalem Post

Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman will be made foreign minister again next week, Knesset sources said after his acquittal from corruption Wednesday.

Israel says did not poison Arafat, Reuters

Israel said on Thursday it did not poison Yasser Arafat, making the denial after the Palestinian leader's widow said Swiss forensic tests had proven he died from radioactive polonium poisoning in 2004.

Opinion and Analysis

Negotiating atmospherics, Jerusalem Post

Gershon Baskin cautions that leaks are a normal and expected part of the negotiating process.

Avigdor Lieberman Is Back and Ready to Wreak Havoc, New Republic

Ben Birnbaum suggests that “the [Lieberman] verdict could very well prove a blessing in disguise. Better that Lieberman—and what he stands for—be defeated at the ballot box than in the legal system.”

Why I Joined 775 Rabbinic Colleagues in Opposing the Dispossession of Bedouin Israelis, Rabbi Gilah Langner asks, “Can a Jewish state in the 21st century perpetuate the forcible eviction of an indigenous people, ignoring Jewish history and the many expulsions we Jews were subject to? How can Israel ignore the Torah’s repeated injunctions to be kind to the stranger who sojourns in our midst, when we know what it is like to be a stranger in society?”

Young Zionist Calls for Progressive Change, Partners for Progressive Israel

In Jerusalem, Arieh Lebowitz discusses a speech by a Swiss member of the World Union of Meretz.