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Land or peace? The moment of choice approaches, Washington Jewish Week
Recalling a recent meeting between right-wing MKs and Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, J Street Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner wrote, “For opponents of a two-state solution, control of land – of every millimeter of the West Bank – trumps the prospects of peace with the Palestinians and the formal end of the long conflict between Arabs and Israelis.” But Elsner argued that “above all, we should choose life – if necessary over land – for the sake of the next generation and all generations of Israelis to come.”
At a 2 Campaign town hall in Boca Raton, supporters of J Street will gather to hear Ami Ayalon, former director of Israel's state security agency, Shin Bet, speak about the prospects for peace. J Street Southern Regional Director Scott Brockman said, “There is a sense of urgency to support the administration's efforts towards a negotiated peace agreement… We want to ask the difficult questions and keep the doors open to conversation."
Speaking to over 250 people at a town hall in San Francisco, former Mossad Director Danny Yatom said that “time is of the essence… I can say time is acting against the peace process, against those who are pro-peace. , if these efforts collapse, then I don’t know if there will be another opportunity.”
J Street U students discussed Middle East peace with Students for Israel and Students for Justice in Palestine.
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Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Aqaba, Jordan, in an unscheduled visit to discuss Middle East peace with Jordan's King Abdullah.
Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state, Times of Israel
President Abbas said there is “no way” he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of East Jerusalem, rebuffing what Palestinians fear will be key elements of a US peace proposal.
Ori Nir argues, “This may be the right time for Israeli leaders – and for leaders in the organizational Jewish community – to think about where they want the hearts and minds of American Jews to be once there is real progress toward peace, and once the price of a peace agreement becomes clear. Israeli leaders, once they choose the right side of history, will want America’s organized Jewish community to stand with them. For their own future maneuverability, it’s time to let some sunshine in.”
Recognizing Israel is enough, Haaretz
According to the Haaretz editorial board, “Israel’s security does not depend on outposts and settlement blocs, but on real peace with its neighbors. Only that can ensure the Israelis’ ability to maintain their Jewish state. The condition to recognize the state’s Jewishness must therefore be removed from the negotiation table.”
A senior Iranian official said that expert-level talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program were "substantive and useful.” The March 5-7 meeting in Vienna is to prepare for the next round of political negotiations on the issue later this month, also in the Austrian capital.
With Netanyahu, Obama Plays Bad Cop to Kerry’s Good Cop, The New York Times
With the deadline nearing for the Israelis and Palestinians to sign on to an American framework accord, President Obama and Kerry have fallen into a good-cop, bad-cop routine with Israel — a strategy that may push through a deal but will bruise feelings along the way.
Even when they disagree among themselves, business leaders on both sides of the conflict see advantages of a peace deal.
Peres fields questions from the Muslim world, Times of Israel
President Peres conducted an interview broadcast on a popular Arabic-language website serving Israel’s Arab communities. In the unusual interview, which was conducted in Hebrew and which briefly crashed the website’s servers due to the massive interest, the president answered questions originating in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.