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Six world powers and Iran started a second day of talks in Vienna on Tehran's contested nuclear program, seeking to close a vast gap in expectations about what a final agreement should look like. Western diplomats said Tuesday's talks were "productive" and "substantive" but had led to no immediate agreements.
US asked Israel for partial settlement freeze — report, Times of Israel
The Obama administration has reportedly asked Israel to impose an unofficial settlement freeze outside of major settlements blocs if an Israeli-Palestinian framework agreement is agreed upon.
US diplomats study how to preserve Iran's dignity in nuclear talks, Los Angeles Times
US negotiators are working to shape a deal with Iran that looks like victory for both sides.
President Peres praised US peace-brokering efforts at a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus in Jerusalem, saying, “President Obama and Secretary [of State] Kerry are trying to bring peace to this region. Secretary Kerry’s contribution has been incredible… This is a small country with a long history and while it is not simple, it can be done.”
In a speech to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Israel needs to learn the lessons from the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip, but not use it as a reason to say no to more compromises.
The Tel Aviv District Court accepted Likud MK Danny Danon’s petition to allow Likud to discuss any issue at its convention , paving the way for Likud's central body to debate Kerry’s peace plan and potentially block Prime Minister Netanyahu from making controversial decisions regarding the plan.
Anti-Arab attackers should be treated as terrorists, Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz said , after the latest incident in a spate of vandalism in Arab areas in and around Jerusalem that police suspect is being committed by Jewish extremists.
Close to 100 members of the House of Representatives asked the leadership to invite Netanyahu to speak when he visits next month.
Netanyahu said to seek public presidential elections, Times of Israel
Netanyahu is weighing the possibility of amending the law to allow the public to select Israel’s new president, instead of a Knesset vote in April. Peres, whose seven-year term expires in July, was quick to reject the reported initiative.
Opinion and Analysis
BDS Is Not Anti-Semitism, Forward
Emily Hauser argues that “the problem is not BDS, the problem is the thing that BDS is trying to address. The problem is the occupation. If Netanyahu, Hoenlein and all those crying wolf right now really want to see BDS go away, there’s one surefire way to do it: End the occupation.”
As president of Berkeley Hillel, Bradley Burston learned that “the more that Hillel opened itself up to a broader range of views, the less politicized and the more welcoming it became.”
Jacky Hugi profiles Bashar al-Masri and his work to build Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city.
Netanyahu absent from Likud politics, Al-Monitor
Mazal Mualem reports that Netanyahu is growing tired of the Likud.
My Occupation Axioms, Partners for Progressive Israel
“Ending the occupation is inevitable, and ending the occupation is impossible,” says Peter Eisenstadt. “Somewhere in between the destinies of Israel and Palestine will be resolved.”