J Street Daily News Roundup 2/24/2014

February 24th, 2014

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J Street in the News

The pro-Israel freakout, The Nation

Noting that the pro-Israel establishment “appears to be panicking,” Michelle Goldberg quoted J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, who said, “There’s a major shift taking place in the Jewish American community and in its politics… It’s a shift that is generational and will take time but is certainly a challenge for all those organizations and individuals who’ve experienced only an ‘Israel-right-or-wrong’ relationship between the American Jewish community and Israel.”

US must give diplomacy a chance in our dealings with Iran, Portland Press Herald

“While there will be plenty of time to increase sanctions if Iran proves uncooperative, as long as they appear to be negotiating in good faith, so must we,” said J Street Maine member Noah Nesin. “There is simply no other way to stop Iran from getting a weapon. For the sake of peace and security for the Middle East and the world, we must give diplomacy a chance.”

Top News and Analysis

Netanyahu: Kerry's peace efforts 'only way' to peace, Haaretz

On the eve of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Secretary of State Kerry’s initiative is the "only way" to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Merkel said Saturday that she would lobby on behalf of Kerry's peace efforts to reach Israeli-Palestinian peace. "We need a stable two-state solution as soon as possible, with a Jewish state of Israel as well as a state for the Palestinians," she said.

Erekat: Abbas to receive White House invitation, Times of Israel

President Obama has reportedly invited President Abbas to meet with him in Washington, sometime after Netanyahu’s own talks with Obama next week.

US diplomat in Israel: Iran deal will permit 'monitored, verified' enrichment program, Haaretz

In Jerusalem, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said that in a comprehensive agreement with world powers, Iran would be able to maintain a domestic enrichment program that is "limited, discrete, constrained, monitored and verified."

AIPAC to Congress: Iran must dismantle nuclear program, JTA

In an op-ed in The New York Times, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee urged Congress to outline terms for a final nuclear accord with Iran that would include dismantling its nuclear program. This was part of the message, the writers said, that thousands of AIPAC activists would take to Capitol Hill next week during the annual AIPAC policy conference.


Livni slams MKs for ad warning PM not to freeze settlements, Times of Israel

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni lashed out at right-wing MKs after a letter they wrote to Netanyahu warning against a potential settlement freeze appeared in an ad paid for by a settler umbrella organization. Livni said the lawmakers “should decide whether they are servants of the public or the Yesha Council.”

PLO official: Palestinian leadership could recognize Israel as Jewish state, Jerusalem Post

Senior Fatah official and former PA minister Nabil Amr said that the current Palestinian leadership could possibly recognize Israel as a Jewish state in some form, however, a popular referendum would be required to approve any such recognition.

Ministers vote down proposal to pay settlers to evacuate, Jerusalem Post

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation rejected on Sunday a Meretz-sponsored bill to compensate settler residents for leaving their homes in the event of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, Danon to face off at Supreme Court today, Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu’s and Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon’s lawyers will go head to head at the Supreme Court Monday in their dispute over the right to convene the Likud’s institutions.

Israeli soldiers, Palestinians clash in Hebron, Haaretz

Israeli soldiers and Palestinians clashed Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron during protests marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 attack in which a settler shot and killed 29 Muslim worshippers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Opinion and Analysis

It’s not about Kerry. It’s about us, Times of Israel

In a wakeup call to Israelis, Donniel Hartman says, “I have skin in the game… It’s not about Kerry; it’s about us: who we are and who we want to be. We need to reclaim this conversation and reposition it at the center of our national discourse, motivating and guiding our political policies.”

Why Jewish organizations should mark the Green Line, Haaretz

Amos Schonfield  and Ella Taylor write that “the absence of the Green Line in our materials sends a dangerous message that we in Anglo-Jewry wish to dismiss the measures that have been adopted, in Oslo and beyond, and one that flattens the complex issue about the status of the land over the Green Line.”