J Street Daily News Roundup 3/12/2014

March 12th, 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 Mourns the Death of Ambassador Sam Lewis, J Street

J Street mourned the death of Ambassador Sam Lewis, a public servant in the best and broadest sense of the word and an unwavering advocate for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Admiral Ayalon on the Two-State Solution, Brian Lehrer Show

In the US as part of J Street’s 2 Campaign, former Shin Bet Chief Ami Ayalon

said that if Secretary of State Kerry introduces a framework that is accepted by both sides, it will change the paradigm of the peace process.

Kerry’s Framework: Key To Mideast Peace, New York Jewish Week

Ayalon said, “Everybody understands what the parameters will be if they are accepted. We see in polls taken over the last 10 years that we can live with two states for two people — Jewish and Palestinian — with borders based on the 1967 lines along with territorial swaps based on demography, security and contiguity.”

J Street holds Town Hall rally, Sun-Sentinel

J Street Southern Regional Director Scott Brockman said that J Street’s Boca Raton town hall “exceeded our expectations. We had a large number of our supporters turn out and a number of people with questions about the issue participate in an open conversation. J Street is fearless and has the courage to present this public forum about this controversial topic. We must ignore those who say peace is just a dream. We believe in hope. That's what we do as a people."

Stuart Kaplan, A Teaneck Voice for J Street, Jewish Link of Bergen County

The Jewish Link profiled Stuart Kaplan, executive committee member of J Street Northern New Jersey.


Cameron to tout benefits of peace in Knesset address, Haaretz

Prime Minister David Cameron will arrive in Israel today, to address the Knesset and meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Cameron is expected to tout the benefits of a peace agreement and stress that time is running out to reach a two-state solution.

PM: Prospects for peace agreement fading, Times of Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly said at a Likud party meeting that “in light of recent statements by the Palestinians, we are getting farther away from an agreement with them.”

Israeli-Palestinian talks shaping up over next prisoner release, Jerusalem Post

Israel and the Palestinians are keying up for a major battle over the coming two weeks regarding whether Israeli Arabs will be included in the next security prisoner release later this month.

Netanyahu expresses regret to Jordan after judge killed by Israeli fire, Haaretz

Israel issued a formal letter of regret on Tuesday over the killing of Jordanian judge Raed Zueter by Israeli soldiers at the Allenby crossing.

Palestinian shepherds bitter at rise in Israeli demolitions, Reuters

Palestinian officials say more than 180 people have been uprooted since the beginning of the year by what they say is an upsurge in Israeli demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

Knesset passes new draft law, which includes Haredi conscription, Haaretz

A new draft law, in terms of which young ultra-Orthodox men will be conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces beginning in 2018, was approved by the Knesset on Wednesday morning. The law was approved by 65 votes to 1, with the opposition boycotting the ballot.

Aryeh Deri endorses Isaac Herzog for prime minister, Times of Israel

Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog received a surprising endorsement Tuesday from Shas party head Aryeh Deri, who announced that come Israel’s next elections, the ultra-Orthodox party would rally behind Herzog and back the opposition leader in his run for the premiership.

Opinion and Analysis

Israel should heed Cameron’s friendly warning, Haaretz

Azriel Bermant says, “Anything that Cameron can do to reinforce [President] Obama’s message that time is running out for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement would clearly go down well in Washington.”

3 Dangerous Bills That Will Rock Israel This Week, Forward

Brent Sasley argues that Israel’s new referendum law “would tie the hands of the government in its responsibility to make policy. It would put to likely divisive vote a foreign policy decision, something that is not the property of citizens but rather is the prerogative of government. And given that the bill was pushed by Jewish Home and members of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, it undermines the purpose of the Basic Laws by translating them into convenient ideological documents.”

Governance Bill is a game-changer for Israeli politics, Times of Israel

Haviv Rettig Gur gets into the weeds of Israel’s big legislative week.