J Street Daily News Roundup 2/26/2014

February 26th, 2014

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J Street in the News

War with Iran, canceled until further notice, Moveon.org (16:50)

On The Good Fight, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner explained the politics surrounding the debate over introducing new Iran sanctions legislation.

Exclusive Interview with Yael Patir, Director of the Israel Program at J Street, i24 News

J Street Director of Israel Programs Yael Patir discussed the 2 Campaign and J Street’s growing influence

BDS movement detracts from two-state solution, Daily Bruin

J Street UCLA Co-Chairs Dor Carpel  and Gil Bar-Or argued, “Those of us who truly care about Palestinian human rights and the continuation of a Jewish, democratic state should continue to advocate for the end of the occupation. We cannot do this effectively through BDS.”

The Presbyterian Church USA Confronts an Extremist anti-Semitic Faction, Jewish Journal

J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Co-Chair Rabbi John Rosove said that “Zionism Unsettled” “is hardly a guide to deeper understanding because it outright rejects the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own, calls Zionism a ‘pathology,’ ‘heretical’ and ‘a doctrine that promotes death rather than life.’”

One of Israel’s Most Highly Decorated War Heroes Talks Peace, Jewish Ledger

In Western Massachusetts for a 2 Campaign Town Hall, MK Amram Mitzna said that “most Israelis agree that the only alternative is a two-state solution. Most Israelis also agree that it is in Israel’s interest to achieve the situation where there is an Israeli state and a Palestinian state. But the majority of Israelis do not feel or do not assess that this is possible. This is today the main dilemma… But, if it’s agreed that it is a vital interest for the state of Israel, then we should do it even if there is no one to speak with on the other side.


Israeli lawmakers assail US envoy: Kerry coercing Israel into a terrible deal, Haaretz

At a tense meeting Tuesday with Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, 16 members of the Knesset's Land of Israel caucus attacked the ambassador for US policies regarding peace with the Palestinians.

Knesset Temple Mount debate raises hackles in Arab world, Times of Israel

A Knesset debate Tuesday on Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount set off intense criticism in the Arab world, including in countries with which Israel has signed peace treaties. Egypt’s foreign minister warned Tuesday that an Israeli declaration of sovereignty over the contested site could lead to an “explosion’” in the region. In Jordan, 47 out of 150 members of the country’s lower house signed a motion that the treaty be annulled. The PA asked the Arab League to hold an emergency session on Wednesday to discuss Israeli policy toward the Temple Mount.

Hezbollah says will respond to Israeli air strike, Reuters

Hezbollah said that it will respond to an Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases on the border with Syria on Monday night.

Feud Over Israel Erupts at Jewish Institutions, Forward

A debate is raging in the Jewish world about what constitutes acceptable discourse on Israel. And these events, occurring within days of each other in mid-February, seemed to underline the urgency of an issue coming to a head as never before: What speakers are appropriate at Jewish institutions that purport to be devoted to serious intellectual inquiry?

Opinion and Analysis

Jewish muzzling of pro-BDS speakers only makes them stronger, Haaretz

Chemi Shalev warns that “by closing the door on BDS supporters - and, more importantly, by chucking them out after they’ve already gained entry - these self-anointed guardians of the gate are providing their enemies with the kind of free publicity, automatic sympathy and sexy allure that money just can’t buy.”

Israel-Palestine Peace: A Hostage to History, American Prospect

Gershom Gorenberg writes, “A workable peace accord must be written so as to avoid direct denial of either side's narrative. But it cannot be conditioned on an agreed-upon account of the past. In the best case, the process will work the other way around: If peace is reached, if both sides actively seek reconciliation, if they let raw wounds become scars, a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians will sneak a look at the past from the other's angle as well as their own.”

Tycoons pressing for peace deal to protect their wallets, Haaretz

According to Carolina Landsmann, “Boycotts are threatening the wealthy so they're coming out of the political closet to press Netanyahu to cut a deal with the Palestinians.”