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Alan Elsner makes the case for opposing new sanctions on Iran.
Tossing Around the Charge of Anti-Semitism, Huffington Post
After charges of anti-Semitism were hurled at the Huffington Post for an article on the new Iran sanctions bill, Jeremy Ben-Ami responded, “We must learn to distinguish between those with whom we disagree and those who hate Jews and wish our destruction. The more we conflate the two, the more we devalue the anti-Semitism charge until it ultimately becomes stripped of meaning. We are the child crying wolf and we need to stop.”
Top News and Analysis
Arab League rejects Kerry security plan for West Bank, Times of Israel
At an emergency meeting, the Arab League’s secretary-general said that not one Israeli soldier could remain in the West Bank.
Erekat: No Direct Talks with Israel in Weeks, Times of Israel
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that for the past several weeks, the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams have been meeting separately with American officials.
A pipe bomb exploded in an Israeli bus, just moments after it was successfully evacuated.
US to suggest peace formula this month, report says, Times of Israel
The unconfirmed report is based on leaks from the Arab League meeting.
A breakthrough could lead to the full restoration of diplomatic relations.
A rocket from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in the South.
Israel plays down news that US spied on its prime ministers, Times of Israel
The Prime Minister’s office issued no formal response to news of American spying.
Ynet profiles General Allen’s contribution to peace talks.
US offers to guard Jordan Valley, Palestinians say, Times of Israel
Palestinian sources say Secretary Kerry proposed a US force to guard the border between a Palestinian state and Jordan.
On 60 Minutes, Susan Rice rejected the idea that sanctions, once relaxed, would be difficult to reinstate.
Abe Foxman discusses pro-Israel advocacy, peace talks and many other issues in an interview with Tablet.
President Obama, in his end-of-year press conference, said that pressure on Iran could easily be dialed up if negotiations break down. For now, however, “there is no need for new sanctions legislation.”
By all accounts, Hamas has been greatly weakened. But its West Bank structure is reportedly growing in strength.
Opinion and Analysis
Ryan Ariel Simon calls for a more civil and open campus conversation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Will Congress Stand Up for Academic Freedom?, Politico Magazine
Michael Oren says that Congress should crack down on the academic boycott of Israel.
The Israeli right’s hypocrisy on Jerusalem, Al-Monitor
According to Ben Caspit, politicians who have long promised to never negotiate on Jerusalem are coming to terms with the reality that it must be on the table.
Reuven Pedatzur says that the strategic benefits of a peace deal ‘far outweigh’ the security case for demanding a continued presence in the Jordan Valley.
Recognition Redux: More Thoughts on an Israeli Demand, Partners for Progressive Israel
Paul Scham writes, “I would personally be happy, as well as surprised, if a formula could be found that would recognize the historical and national connection of both peoples to the same land, AND that would be acceptable to both Israel and the P.A… But as an analyst, I simply can't see it happening.”
Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth argues that, rather than generating important debates, academic boycotts “seek to cut them off by declaring certain academic institutions and their faculty off-limits.”
Abbas to visit Gaza?, Al MonitorDaoud Kuttab argues that President Abbas should visit Gaza to assert his leadership of all Palestinians.