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Conference’s rejection of J Street is a mistake, Jewish Advocate (see below)
Former Congressman Barney Frank, disappointed with the Conference of Presidents vote to exclude J Street, writes, ‘J Street’s support for a two-state solution is more in tune with longstanding Israeli government policy than the views of several organizations that are already members of the group which explicitly reject that goal.’
Shlomo Shamir argues that, ‘J Street represents the prevailing opinion among most American Jews more faithfully and reliably than most member organizations of the Presidents Conference which voted against it.’
An AEPi alumnus expresses his disappointment at the fraternity’s vote to exclude J Street from the Conference of Presidents.
Top News and Analysis
In Japan, Netanyahu said, ‘I don’t think that status quo is desirable...I don’t want a binational state.’ One ‘senior figure in Jerusalem’ told Haaretz that the PM has asked government and security officials to propose alternative diplomatic options.
Turkey-Israel deal reached, awaits Netanyahu’s approval, Times of Israel
Reports suggest a deal to restore full bilateral ties between Israel and Turkey to their pre-flotilla level has been reached and will be signed by Netanyahu when he returns from Japan.
A US official said that while, ‘the door remains open to the peace process’ the meeting was focused on America’s ‘ongoing relationship with the Palestinian people.’
Chuck Hagel has arrived in Israel ahead of joint training exercises for anti-missile defenses.
The fourth round of talks between Iran and the six world powers began in Vienna.
In sign of truce, Hamas evacuates Abbas’ Gaza residence, Times of Israel
Hamas forces removed desks and other items from the villa seized during their 2007 takeover of Gaza.
Speaking at the American Jewish Committee forum, former Secretary of State Clinton said that, while skeptical about prospects for an agreement, the US and its allies ‘need to test what can be achieved.’
Opinion and Analysis
Peter Beinart invites you to play a little game he’s calling, ‘Which famous Jews, past and present, could be barred from speaking at your local Hillel, based on the organization’s guidelines.’
Lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat argues that Palestinian recognition of Israel should be met by Israeli acknowledgement of the suffering that befell Palestinians in 1948.
The Riddle of Succession in the Palestinian Authority, Washington Institute
Ehud Yaari examines the ‘cloud of uncertainty’ hanging over the road to Palestinian succession.
Iranian Reality Check, New York Times
Roger Cohen expresses skepticism that an agreement with Iran will be reached by the end of July, while adamant that, ‘every diplomatic effort on both sides must now be exhausted to reach beyond immense differences and close a deal.’
Why Kerry Failed at Peace, Politico
Yossi Beilin argues that, whereas an interim approach may have been a mistake in the 1990’s, it is the best way forward today. If however, a gradual process is a non-starter, Beilin writes, ‘it will be important to publish the American vision set out for Israeli-Palestinian peace, so that this vision will become a new milestone in the region and will serve as a litmus paper to distinguish between those who are in the peace camp and those who remain in the refusal camp on both sides.’