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The wisdom of a former Shin Bet chief, Jewish Currents
J Street Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner wrote, “When someone like [former Shin Bet Director] Ami Ayalon tells us we need peace, we should listen.”
JJ Goldberg noted that Hillel at Rutgers University is hosting Israeli one-stater Caroline Glick, who opposes a two-state solution and is fiercely critical of J Street.
Amram Altzman said that “if we expect [the Palestinians] to accept the reality of our existence, we must be ready to understand the real reasons behind their hatred… It is organizations like J Street and other liberal Zionist organizations, which have begun to take this on, and that work must continue.”
Judy Maltz interviewed J Street San Diego supporter Robert Price.
Top News and Analysis
President Obama met with President Abbas at the White House to discuss the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel. In a statement before the meeting, Obama said that everyone understands what the outlines of a peace deal would look like, adding that reaching an agreement would be very challenging. "We're going to have to take some tough political decisions and risks if we are able to move it forward and I hope we will see progress in the coming days and weeks,” he said.
A new survey by Blue White Future found that nearly 30 percent of the Israeli residents in West Bank settlements outside the major blocs would evacuate for compensation even if there were no peace deal with the Palestinians. Nearly 50 percent would voluntarily evacuate after an agreement, while 40 percent would not.
Iran and six world powers will try to make headway toward resolving their nuclear dispute in talks that started in Vienna .
PA official: We’ll consider Jewish state issue at end of talks, Times of Israel
Senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath said that Palestinians would be open to discussions about recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, but only at the end of peace talks.
One report said that at the White House, Abbas would demand that Israel halt all construction in West Bank settlements as well as release high-profile Palestinian leaders who were convicted of terrorism, among them Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Sa’adat, as a condition to continue peace talks.
Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to show their support for Abbas during his White House meeting.
Ashton: EU opposes Israel boycotts, Haaretz
The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that the EU opposes boycotts against Israel and reiterated that the EU will offer Israel and the Palestinians "unprecedented" support measures if they agree on a peace deal.
President Peres called King Abdullah of Jordan by phone to express regret over the incident at Allenby border crossing in which Raed Zueter, a Jordanian magistrate of Palestinian descent, was shot to death by Israeli soldiers. Peres had already sent a letter of condolence to the king over the incident last week.
According to a new survey, some 95 percent of Israelis believe racism is a problem in Israeli society.
Defense Minister Yaalon accused the United States of projecting weakness internationally and said Israel could not rely on its main ally to take the lead in confronting Iran over its nuclear program.
Opinion and Analysis
Obama Must Be Blunt With Abbas, Too, Bloomberg
Jeffrey Goldberg says that “Obama should also make it clear to Abbas, as he has to [Prime Minister] Netanyahu, that there will be consequences if Abbas cannot bring himself to offer [Secretary of State] Kerry at least a provisional, tentative yes.”
According to Chemi Shalev, amid the ongoing crisis with Russia, Obama is seeking to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from completely breaking down.
Mazal Mualem chronicles efforts by Housing Minister Uri Ariel to sabotage peace talks.
Only One Way To Change Hillel: Leave, Forward
Jay Michaelson argues that the only way that Jewish organizations will start to listen to their critics is if members start to leave.