J Street Daily News Roundup 3/6/2014

March 6th, 2014

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J Street applauds House passage of US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, J Street

J Street applauded the passage in the House of Representatives of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act by a strong bipartisan vote. The legislation would declare Israel a major strategic partner of the United States, strengthen the United States-Israel Enhanced cooperation Act of 2012, which J Street also supported, and make it US policy to include Israel in the visa waiver program once Israel has satisfied the statutory requirements for participation in that program.

Signs Point To Continued Peace Talks, New York Jewish Week

J Street Director of Communications Jessica Rosenblum said J Street was pleased to see that President Obama was bringing the “weight and authority of the presidency to bear on the peace talks… There was thought and detail in each answer that indicates this is something he is knowledgeable about and is invested in.” She added that his strong language was a “warning not a threat… If you see a friend about to drive off a cliff, you warn him, you don’t say, ‘Have a nice trip.’”

AIPAC Knows It Has an Image Problem—But Hesitates to Offer a Solution, New Republic

John Judis said that “unlike J Street, AIPAC has not made the achievement of a two-state solution a major priority; and that was evident in the conference itself. At the conference, there were 149 workshops for the attendees. Seven were specifically on the peace process.”

Students talk two-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, Daily Northwestern

Several Northwestern students discussed a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine on Wednesday in the first of four educational initiatives by J Street U.

Top News and Analysis

Palestinian official denies receiving draft framework from US, Haaretz

The United States has not presented a draft of the framework peace agreement to be used as the basis for continued peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior Palestinian official said. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat remains in Washington and is holding meetings with American officials, but has yet to receive an outline or final proposal for an agreement.

Lieberman: Palestinians torpedoing peace talks, Times of Israel

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the Palestinians for the deadlock in the peace talks and said, “Israel will not agree to any further conditions for the continuation of talks.”

Israel’s choice, The New York Times

The New York Times editorial board asks, “What is [Prime Minister Netanyahu’s] long-term answer for Israel, if not a two-state solution?”


Washington denies Kerry ired by Obama’s Israel critique, Times of Israel

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki on Wednesday dismissed a report that claimed officials there had said that Obama’s recent interview on Israel had undermined peace talks.

Former Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiators plea for two-state solution, Ynet

Former Israeli negotiator Dan Meridor and Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath made an impassioned plea for a two-state solution, saying that it was the only viable way to resolve the decades-long conflict between the two sides.

Iran to get second tranche of payment under nuclear deal, Reuters

Iran will soon receive a second installment of previously frozen assets which are being returned to it under an interim nuclear agreement with world powers.

Opinion and Analysis

AIPAC speech pits Netanyahu vs. Herzl on the nature of moral divides, Haaretz

Peter Beinart argues, “What makes the Israel of today different from its neighbors is the principle that no group of people—no matter how powerful or certain of their own virtue—are beyond the law. Yet that principle barely operates in the West Bank.”

The America that Netanyahu ignores, Haaretz

Ari Shavit warns, “We’re losing the future. The younger generation of American Jews is much more Barack Obama than it is Netanyahu… But Netanyahu, instead of extending a hand to these young people, is turning his back on them.” He concluded that “only a progressive, determined, patriotic and energetic Zionism can go out to the real America and the real Judaism and win their hearts once again.”

Security, reciprocity and mutuality, Jerusalem Post

Gershon Baskin says that “If Netanyahu truly wishes to ensure the security of Israel in peace with the Palestinians it will not happen through continued Israeli security and military control over the Palestinians, but only through direct and genuine security cooperation with them.”

Is Palestinian Recognition Of Israel As A ‘Jewish State’ An Insurmountable Obstacle?, Think Progress

Matt Duss examines whether the Palestinians could come to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Benjamin Netanyahu Gives Declawed AIPAC Little To Fight For, Forward

According to JJ Goldberg, “An advocacy organization can’t function without unity in its ranks and anger toward its foes. A chastened, polite AIPAC, thrashing out the issues in public and avoiding insult, is a crippled pro-Israel lobby. Even critics of its policy choices shouldn’t welcome that.”

Young Israelis Meet Abbas; Will Israeli Government Follow, Ameinu

Discussing a recent meeting between President Abbas and Israeli students, MK Hilik Bar writes, “I promise to continue to do everything as chairman of the caucus and Secretary-General of the Labor Party, the party of Yitzhak Rabin who was murdered for his struggle for peace, to strengthen the dialogue between the parties, and to lay the groundwork for the day peace comes.”