J Street News Roundup 5/16/2014

May 16th, 2014

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Now playing at a Boston JCC: Divisiveness

J Street Board Member Alan Solomont, together with J Street Boston Executive Committee members Paul Egerman and George Krupp, penned an op-ed in response to the Newton JCC’s decision to screen an anti-J Street film.

Top News and Analysis

Mideast Peace Effort Pauses to Let Failure Sink In, New York Times

A US official said that President Obama is open to another American-led initiative before he leaves office, but it’s up to Israel and the Palestinians to approach the US with their own ideas.


Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians in Nakba clash, Washington Post

Two Palestinian teens were killed and three people wounded when troops fired on stone throwers near a military checkpoint.

Israeli minister sees 50 percent more settlers in West Bank by 2019, Reuters

Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel predicts significant settlement growth after the collapse of negotiations.

Peres: No nation can fill role of US as world’s peacemaker, Jerusalem Post

In a meeting with Chuck Hagel, Shimon Peres said that US-Israeli ties have reached ‘unprecedented heights.’

PA fears rioting after funerals of slain teens, Times of Israel

Palestinian security forces are concerned that rioting in response to the death of two Palestinians during Nakba Day demonstrations could cause clashes with the IDF after Friday prayers.

Israeli punitive action targets Palestinian banks, Haaretz

Israel barred Palestinian banks from making shekel deposits in Israel and has begun reducing electricity to East Jerusalem and the West Bank, citing PA debts.

Givat Assaf settlers begin voluntary evacuation, Times of Israel

Residents of an illegal settlement set to be demolished Thursday reached an agreement to voluntarily evacuate by Sunday.

Rabbi, Muslim join pope’s delegation in Holy Land, Times of Israel

The Pope’s May trip to Israel and the West Bank will mark the first official papal delegation to include members of other faiths.

Kerry meets with Livni in London, Times of Israel

US officials confirmed the surprise meeting between Secretary Kerry and Justice Minister Livni.

Palestinian official: PA to halt security coordination with Israel, Jerusalem Post

One anonymous official said that the PA is considering halting security coordination with Israel in response to the killing of two Palestinians during Nakba Day clashes near Ramallah.

PM to Hagel: Iran is fooling international community on nukes, TImes of Israel

Netanyahu cited a UN report on Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles. Hagel responded that the US will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

Rajoub begins his run, Haaretz

Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and Palestinian Football Association, may be setting his sights on a different post: the presidency of the PA.

Opinion and Analysis

Netanyahu rides nationalist wave, Al-Monitor

Mordechai Kreminitzer, VP of research at the Israel Democracy Institute, sees extreme nationalist trends intensifying within Israeli society.

Why the Mideast peace process is in tatters, Washington Post

David Ignatius says Israelis and Palestinians are further apart and mistrust deeper than when talks began.