J Street Daily News Roundup 3/21/14

March 21st, 2014

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J Street in the News


J Street and AIPAC speak the same language on Israel, JWeekly

Arthur Slepian argued that “peace may require difficult compromises, but peace is essential for Israel to be the Jewish and democratic state that we so desperately want our future generations to inherit. AIPAC and J Street are the proud pro-Israel voices of the American Jewish community today, and perhaps taken together, they provide the balance of support and concern that is needed at this pivotal moment in our history.”



J St.'s '2 Campaign' Visits NYC with Ami Ayalon, Partners for Progressive Israel

Ralph Seliger discussed a recent 2 Campaign town hall in New York City, which featured former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon.


Top News and Analysis


Israel promotes plans for 2,372 settler homes in the West Bank, Reuters

Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in eight settlements in the West Bank in the past month. The plans, the largest of which is for 839 homes in the Ariel settlement bloc, are at different stages of approval but none has yet been given the final green light needed from the Defense Ministry.



Iran meeting commitments under nuclear deal, Reuters

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran is continuing to implement its commitments under a landmark nuclear agreement reached with world powers late last year.



If not two states, what?, Philadelphia Inquirer

Warning that a two-state solution is becoming more and more difficult to achieve, Trudy Rubin stresses that there still remains no viable alternative.


News


Deputy minister threatens Likud mutiny over peace talks, Times of Israel

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon threatened to oust Prime Minister Netanyahu from the party’s leadership if he takes peace talks with the Palestinians “too far.”



Upon return from US, Abbas vows not to ‘capitulate’, Times of Israel

Met by hundreds of cheering supporters upon his return from the United States, President Abbas declared, “You know all the conditions and circumstances, and I say to you that capitulating is not a possibility.”



US, Middle East church leaders laud Kerry for peace moves, JTA

US and Holy Land church leaders commended Secretary of State Kerry for advancing a framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The praise from over 40 leaders – all but five from the United States — representing several denominations came in part because of the opportunities it would provide for Christians in the region.



Jewish groups slam Ya'alon's remarks against US policy, Ynet

The National Jewish Democratic Council and the Israel Policy Forum condemned the remarks made by Defense Minister Ya'alon against US diplomatic policies worldwide, dubbing them "absurd" and "over-the-top.”



IDF says it exposed massive Gazan ‘terror tunnel’, Times of Israel

The Israeli military announced on Friday that it had uncovered a tunnel from Gaza into Israel meant for carrying out a terror attack, hours after Hamas dismissed the find as an old tunnel.


Opinion and Analysis


The Strange Currency of the Israeli Occupation, Huffington Post

Jessica Montell writes, “For 47 years, the settlement enterprise has entangled all of us in the barbed wire of occupation. Let's hope we can all be extricated from this entanglement.”



From hocus pocus to open sesame to recognition as Jewish state: It’s a kind of magic, Haaretz

Chemi Shalev suggests that once Abbas were to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, other excuses would emerge as to why he isn’t a partner for peace.



Framework document for the establishment of permanent peace, Jerusalem Post

Gershon Baskin proposes his own framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace.



Fire Israel's defense minister, Haaretz

Yoel Marcus urges, “Ya’alon ought to be removed from his post, so that our relationship with our best of friends isn’t permanently ruined.”