J Street Daily News Roundup 12/13/13

December 13th, 2013

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Top News and Analysis


Kerry meets Netanyahu in snow-covered Jerusalem; follows talks with Abbas, Times of Israel

Secretary of State Kerry met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem a day after meeting with President Abbas in Ramallah to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Kerry is reportedly working toward a framework agreement between the two sides to extend negotiations beyond the initial nine-month timeframe. Channel 2 reported that Kerry was also pushing for a tripartite meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas.



EU set to offer massive aid to Israel, Palestinians for peace deal, Haaretz

The European Union is expected to announce on Monday that it will offer an unprecedented assistance package to Israel and the Palestinians, if the two parties sign a final-status agreement. The organization also promised to upgrade relations with both parties to the highest level possible for nonmember nations in the event of a peace treaty.



Iran, big powers' nuclear talks complex, need more time: EU, Reuters

The European Union said on Friday that Iran and six world powers need more time to work out complex technical steps on implementing last month's deal for Tehran to curb its nuclear program, after four days of expert-level talks in Vienna.


News


Israeli government halts controversial plan to resettle 30,000 Bedouin, Haaretz

The government has decided to drop the current draft of a controversial bill to resettle nearly 30,000 Bedouin living in the Negev into already recognized villages, the former minister overseeing the plan said on Thursday.



Exclusive: Israeli, Palestinian officials to coordinate civilian emergency responses, Jerusalem Post

Israeli and Palestinian officials held a meeting in Hebron this week, the first of its kind, to improve joint coordination in responding to civilian emergencies such as fires and accidents, and to figure out ways to protect the local environment together.



At Parley, Palestinians Cite Lack of Shared Vision, Associated Press

An unprecedented gathering of top Palestinian  politicians and academics this week suggested that the split between Islamists and secular nationalists has hardened into permanence. The clear sentiment at the Doha conference was that Israeli-Palestinian talks cannot succeed.



Finance committee to revisit issue of settlement funding, Jerusalem Post

The Knesset Finance Committee is expected to revisit the issue of allocating NIS 80.5 million to local and regional councils of West Bank settlements on Tuesday, with an eye to approving the transfer of funds. A political fight between two coalition parties, HaBayit HaYehudi and Yesh Atid, delayed the transfer when the issue was raised last Tuesday.



Hoyer Praised For Backing Off Eric Cantor’s Iran Resolution, Think Progress

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) put the brakes on a non-binding House resolution aimed at defining the contours of any final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program and calling for additional sanctions on the Islamic Republic, in a move that’s drawing praise from Congress and nuclear nonproliferation experts.



Iran official says US sanctions violate Geneva deal spirit, Reuters

Iran said on Friday that a new US measure targeting companies and individuals for supporting its nuclear program violated the spirit of a nuclear deal reached with major powers in Geneva last month.


Opinion and Analysis


New Right-Wing Poll Misrepresents Americans’ Views On Iran Sanctions, Think Progress

Ben Armbruster reports on a misleading survey of US opinion on Iran.