J Street Daily News Roundup 12/3/13

December 3rd, 2013

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In Reaction to Iran Deal, a Clash of Worldviews, Forward

Describing how American Jews are caught in the middle of a  clash of worldviews between the Israeli and US governments, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami warned that if “Jewish communal organizations…  continue to provide unconditional support for the current Israeli government as it veers in a hawkish direction out of sync with the mainstream of American Jewry,” their constituents “will find new voices that better represent them.”

Top News and Analysis

Lieberman to meet Kerry for first time since return to foreign ministry, Haaretz

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will meet on Sunday in Washington with his American counterpart, Secretary of State Kerry. This will be the first meeting between Kerry and Lieberman since the latter was reinstated as foreign minister a few weeks ago.

On eve of Kerry visit, peace talks limping along, Times of Israel

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators reportedly met last week for the first time since the Palestinian delegation resigned last month.

Labor MK surprised by Abbas’s ‘practical’ stance on security issues, Jerusalem Post

Following a discussion in Ramallah with President Abbas, Labor MK Omer Barlev said that he was encouraged regarding the chances for a negotiated peace. Barlev said that during the meeting he presented his security concerns to the Palestinian president and was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only was Abbas prepared to accept that any future Palestinian state would be demilitarized, he also presented what Barlev described as a “moderate” position on key military issues.

US: Still no date or place set for Iran talks, Times of Israel

Despite reports from Iran that talks over “technical” details of the P5+1 agreement with Tehran on a six-month nuclear slowdown would be launched this week, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Monday that the date and place for those talks were still “being worked through.”


Israelis want to reduce dependency on US, poll finds, Jerusalem Post

A recent survey of Israelis found two-thirds in support of peace talks with the Palestinians and 71% who said the US is Israel’s most loyal and important ally.

Kerry: With global anti-Semitism on the rise, Israel's voice must be heard everywhere, Jerusalem Post

Kerry welcomed Israel’s inclusion into the United Nation’s Western Eastern and Others Group in Geneva, a move that grants it national rights at the UN’s Human Rights Council.

"At a time when the scourge of global anti-Semitism is on the rise, it is more important than ever for Israel to have a strong voice that can be heard everywhere," Kerry said.

Israel to allow building materials into Gaza - but only for international aid, Haaretz

Defense Minister Ya’alon has belatedly adopted recommendations by professional echelons of the defense establishment and is now allowing the transfer of building materials into Gaza for some large construction projects coordinated by international organizations.

Bloomberg To Dedicate $1M Genesis Prize to Boosting Israeli-Palestinian Trade, Forward

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will use the $1 million awarded to him as recipient of the inaugural Genesis Prize to “promote commerce between the people in Palestine and the people in Israel.”

Livni enlists Diaspora to fight bill defining Israel as ‘Jewish state’, Jerusalem Post

In a bid to thwart a draft bill defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will begin polling Diaspora Jews for their views on Israel’s character.

Shas and Labor forge unlikely alliance, Times of Israel

Shas Party chairman Aryeh Deri and newly elected Labor Party head Isaac Herzog have reportedly reached an agreement to work together to topple Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government.

Limitations of nuclear deal temper Iranians' enthusiasm, Reuters

Iranians' enthusiasm about the accord with world powers has been tempered by its complexity and expected gradual implementation, which puts off relief from restrictions on banking, trade and international travel that ordinary Iranians seek most.

Opinion and Analysis

‘Bibi’s Brain’ Comes to Washington, Politico

Ron Kampeas profiles Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

Allen mission key to Israeli-Palestinian security talks, Al-Monitor

Geoffrey Aronson examines the work of US Middle East Envoy for Security General John Allen.

Diplomats from Around the World Join Forces to Train Young Israeli, Palestinian Leaders, Open Zion

Lauren Gelfond Feldinger reports that “more than a dozen ambassadors, leaders and Nobel Peace Prize laureates from previously war-torn countries are joining forces to train young Middle East leaders in a new online diplomacy academy.”

An unending settler pogrom, Haaretz

Michael Sfard implores Israelis, “It’s time we removed our earplugs and listened to the sounds emanating from the shtetl of Burin. We might recognize familiar sounds from our own collective past.”

Powerful rivals don’t disappear, Jerusalem Post

Uri Resnick concludes that the two-state solution is the only way forward.