J Street Daily News Roundup 3/11/2014

March 11th, 2014

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J Street in the News

For Bibi, time for talk is past, Reuters

J Street Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner wrote that the time is fast approaching for Prime Minister Netanyahu to support the two-state solution with action, and not merely with words. He argued that though “Netanyahu’s eloquence is a huge asset that will come into play again once he commits to peace,” the prime minister must now “search his soul” and decide whether or not he will accept Secretary of State Kerry’s peace framework.

Israeli, Palestinian speakers talk peace at OneVoice program, Jewish Chronicle

At a 2 Campaign event in Pittsburgh, J Street Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Rebecca Kirzner said, “I think that it’s important that this cause resonates across generations. And it’s very inspiring to hear from young Palestinians and young Israelis who are supportive of this moment.”

Students Say It's Dangerous To Ignore The Green Line, New York Jewish Week

J Street U National Student Board President Jacob Plitman argued, “In the American diaspora, we have a unique responsibility to support our Israeli family and friends in this process… Facing the facts of the conflict is a critical first step.”


Fatah refuses to recognize Jewish state, AFP

The Palestinian Authority Revolutionary Council on Monday unanimously endorsed President Abbas to reject demands to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in negotiations. Abbas said in his speech to delegates that at 79 years old, he wasn’t going to “back down on his people’s rights or betray their cause,” despite the “great pressure being exerted.”

David Cameron to visit Israel and Palestinian territories, BBC

Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Israel on Wednesday, to meet with Netanyahu and Abbas and address the Knesset.

Settlers strike secret deal with Ya’alon to save outpost homes, Haaretz

Following pressure from Defense Minister Ya’alon, the Amana settlement movement has moved four mobile homes placed illegally on private Palestinian land a few hundred meters away – into a settlement outpost that is also illegal. The settlers reportedly agreed to move the homes only after Ya’alon promised they would be safe from demolition in the new location.

Suspected price tag attack in Sharon Arab town, Times of Israel

A suspected price tag attack left 19 cars vandalized in the predominantly Arab Israeli town of Jaljulia.

Israeli air strike kills three Gaza militants, Reuters

An Israeli air strike on Tuesday reportedly killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Israel raises electoral threshold to 3.25 percent, Haaretz

The Knesset passed the Governance Law in its third reading on Tuesday with a majority of 67 votes, thereby raising the electoral threshold from 2 percent to 3.25 percent. The vote was boycotted by the opposition parties, among them the Labor Party, Shas, United Arab List-Ta'al and United Torah Judaism.

Opinion and Analysis

Not buying into Netanyahu's 'Jewish state', Haaretz

“Is today's Israel ‘the nation-state of the Jewish people?’” asks David Landau. “A lot of Jewish people, the center of whose lives is abroad, clearly do not think so. Many Israelis, too, have problems with Netanyahu's domineering view of Israel's past and present – but most especially with his insistence on the Palestinians, hopefully our partners in peace and pragmatism, becoming members of the Zionist executive.”

Delaying the apocalypse at Al-Aqsa/Temple Mount, Haaretz

According to Khaled Diab, “What history can teach us, and what is often overlooked in the heat of conflict, is that Jews and Muslims were, for many centuries, friends and allies and that they once stood side by side as brothers in faith on Jerusalem’s most hallowed ground.”

The Official Pro-Israel Test, Bumpspot

Jeff Pozmantier says that “the Israeli and Palestinian bargaining positions and potential deal points are known. The will to make the tough decisions necessary for each side to compromise is also known — it doesn’t yet exist. The US can serve a vital a role in helping each side recognize  that their ‘concessions’ will ultimately further  their own political and economic successes and are as much a gift to their own people  as they are to their bargaining partner.”