J Street Daily News Roundup 2/14/2014

February 14th, 2014

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.

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J Street in the News

Can Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts Succeed?, Huffington Post

J Street Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner said that “if we accept that [former Secretaries of State James] Baker and [Henry] Kissinger were both aided by regional upheavals, it is worth asking whether [Secretary of State] Kerry's efforts may be similarly helped by the current turmoil in Middle East where Syria is embroiled in a murderous civil war and Egypt consumed by internal dissension.”

Two State Valentines, Buzzfeed

In a two-state of mind, J Street shared the love on Valentine’s Day.


Danny Yatom to headline J Street rally at UCSD, San Diego Jewish World

Israeli security expert Retired General Danny Yatom plans to rally hundreds of pro-Israel activists from San Diego behind US-led efforts to reach a two-state resolution, one of a series of nationwide “Town Hall” meetings organized by J Street.

House letter against Iran sanctions garners half of Democrats, JTA

“Half of the Democratic caucus in the US House of Representatives signed on to a letter opposing any legislative action on Iran sanctions with talks underway… Jewish groups opposing the sanctions, including J Street and Americans for Peace Now, praised the letter. ‘J Street applauds the initiative of the letter’s signers to show the President and all interested parties that Congress has the backs of our negotiators as they undertake the difficult task of securing a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program,’ said Dylan Williams, the group’s director of government affairs.”

Top News and Analysis

PA tells Kerry no to framework deal in current form, Times of Israel

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki has reportedly informed Kerry that the Palestinians will not accept his framework peace proposal as it currently stands.

Kerry expected to meet victims of terrorism, Jerusalem Post

In an apparent attempt to reach out to Israelis who are opposed to the US-brokered talks, Kerry is expected to meet with victims of Arab terrorism on one of his upcoming trips to Israel. US officials have also been meeting with right-wing MKs over the past two weeks.

Obama and Jordan's king to discuss Mideast in California desert, AFP

President Obama will discuss Middle East peace today in California with Jordanian King Abdullah II.


Left wing MKs: E1 West Bank settler rally meant to sabotage peace process, Jerusalem Post

Left wing lawmakers lashed out at right wing ministers for their participation in a rally on Thursday evening in the controversial area known as E1, near the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. “The participation of ministers from the government and Knesset MKs reveals [Prime Minister] Netanyahu's two-headed monster," said Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On.

Palestinians renew call for UN World Heritage status for West Bank village, Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority has renewed its request to have the West Bank village of Batir recognized as a protected site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, hoping it will block the planned construction of part of the separation barrier there.

Palestinian killed by IDF near Gaza border, Times of Israel

A Palestinian man who approached the Gaza Strip border fence was shot dead by IDF soldiers Thursday near the Shuja’iyya neighborhood in east Gaza City.

Opinion and Analysis

An act of constitutional sabotage, Haaretz

The Haaretz editorial board says that “the [referendum] bill in its latest incarnation, which was born of a populist caprice, blatantly undermines the Knesset’s sovereignty, subverts the foundations of Israeli democracy and makes a peace agreement impossible from the outset. Those Knesset members who define themselves as peace seekers would be wise to put an immediate stop to this act of constitutional sabotage.”

The key to Mideast peace, neglected by the world, Times of Israel

Raphael Ahren examines the debate over recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Don’t forget what we lost, too, Economist

Correspondents at the Economist discuss the issue of Jewish refugees in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Liberman's secret plan to storm the Likud Party, Al-Monitor

Ben Caspit explores how Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s political angling could affect the peace process.