J Street News Roundup 4/21/2014

April 21st, 2014

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Top News and Analysis

If talks fail, Abbas said to be weighing dissolution of Oslo, PA, Times of Israel

President Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the Palestinian Authority and disband Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic problems for Israel. The PLO is scheduled to vote on Saturday, three days before the peace talks deadline.

Iran, world powers to start work on nuclear drafts next month, Reuters

Iran and world powers will reportedly begin work drafting a long-term settlement of Iran's disputed nuclear program at expert-level talks in New York City, May 5-9.

Iran state TV says dispute over Arak nuclear plant 'virtually resolved', Guardian

In what could be a major concession, Iran’s vice president said Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can produce.


Lieberman: EU's Ashton doesn't understand world's problems, Haaretz

Foreign Minister Lieberman criticized European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton after Ashton expressed concern over Israel's plan to appropriate land and expand settlements in the West Bank.

FM: ‘Price tag’ vandals harm Israel, Times of Israel

Lieberman decried the recent wave of “price tag” attacks, saying they harmed Israel, especially its nationalist camp.

Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site, Reuters

Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians and used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters who threw rocks and firecrackers at the Temple Mount.

Air force hits Gaza after rockets barrage south, Times of Israel

Ten rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in southern Israel Monday, prompting Israeli retaliatory strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory.

Hamas, Fatah to meet for Palestinian reconciliation talks, Haaretz

The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip announced that it would release six Fatah prisoners as a goodwill gesture to pave the road for reconciliation, as a PLO delegation prepared to travel to Gaza to meet with top Hamas leaders this week.

In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates, Associated Press

A tale of two accused teens--one Israeli and one Palestinian--provides a stark example of the vast disparities of Israel's justice system in the West Bank.

Palestinian Teaches Tolerance via Holocaust, The New York Times

Mohammed Dajani Daoudi is an unlikely advocate for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. He trained as a guerrilla with the PLO, was banned from Israel for 25 years because of his prominent role in Fatah, and still refers to Israelis as “my enemy.” But Dajani, now the library director and a professor of American studies at Al-Quds University, in East Jerusalem, has become a prominent activist for tolerance.

Opinion and Analysis

Temple Mount, a flash point ready to ignite, Haaretz

Amos Harel and Nir Hasson warn that “the biggest threat of escalation is events on the ground – from tensions between extremist settlers like those in Yitzhar and their Palestinian neighbors to the clashes on the Temple Mount.”

Don’t give up on John Kerry, Providence Journal

J Street Rhode Island Co-Chair Judy Kaye writes in a letter, “At this time of Passover and Easter, when many of us reaffirm our commitment to freedom, redemption, justice, peace, and reconciliation, it is appropriate and essential for us to support [Secretary of State] Kerry’s efforts.”

Common ground on Israel, JWeekly

Celia Menczel writes, “Although I identify as neither a supporter nor a detractor of [AIPAC or J Street], I’ll never forget the defense of Israel made by J Street’s Gordon Gladstone, at a sadly, blatantly, anti-Israel event at a church.”

T. Mitchell on ‘Hawk-Dove', Ari Shavit, Partners for Progressive Israel

Reviewing Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land,” Thomas Mitchell says that Shavit “raises questions but provides few satisfactory answers.”