J Street News Roundup 7/14/2014

July 14th, 2014

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J Street Statement on the Current Crisis, J Street Blog

Ever more in this moment of danger and crisis, J Street remains committed to the principles of Yitzhak Rabin and to our core belief that the only way out of this death trap is a final status agreement that ends the conflict and occupation.

J Street critique of Diaspora Jewry highlights rift in views of Israel, Jerusalem Post

J Street’s statement elicited a wide range of reactions from Jewish organizations.

Where's Jewish Fury Over Tariq Abu Khdeir Beating?, Forward

Emily Hauser lamented that only “one American Jewish organization has condemned the beating of Tariq Khdeir — one: J Street.”

Israeli War Ethics and Two Recommended Articles, Jewish Journal

J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Co-Chair Rabbi John Rosove noted, “War always brings unintended consequences, and we are all witness to that now”

Top News and Analysis

LIVE UPDATES: Rocket strikes yard of Ashdod home, lightly wounding 8-year-old boy, Haaretz

Operation Protective Edge entered its seventh day Monday, as the IDF continued to carry out massive strikes within the Gaza Strip from land and sea, and Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israeli towns. Since the operation began, 172 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,100 have been wounded. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries. Thousands of northern Gaza residents fled their homes on Sunday after Israel issued warnings of forthcoming air strikes. More than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel, though only a fraction landed in urban regions. The Israeli cabinet met late on Sunday to discuss a ground operation. As of Sunday afternoon, 42,000 of the 48,000 reservists authorized by the cabinet had been called up in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

Netanyahu: Gaza conflict proves Israel can’t relinquish control of West Bank, Times of Israel

On Friday, Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed to fight Hamas and other Gaza terror groups until Israel was safe from the threat of missile attack, and then launched a highly unusual and extremely bitter verbal assault on would-be peace-brokers, including Secretary of State Kerry, who have been urging Israel to relinquish security control of the West Bank in return for a peace deal with the Palestinians.

PA hopes ceasefire will yield restart of peace talks, Times of Israel

The Palestinian Authority is trying to promote the idea of convening an international peace summit between the Israelis and the Palestinians that would take place in conjunction with a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

‘Suspects hit Abu Khdeir with a tire iron before burning him’, Times of Israel

Two weeks after the brutal slaying of East Jerusalem teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and nearly 10 days after the apprehension of seven suspects in his killing, the Shin Bet security service released the results of its investigation Monday, including a complete timeline of events on the night of Abu Khdeir’s killing.

US, Iran say disputes remain in nuclear talks as deadline looms, Reuters

In Vienna on Sunday, Kerry said major differences persist between Iran and six world powers negotiating on Tehran's nuclear program, with a week to go before a deadline for a deal.


Abbas slams Netanyahu: I don't have a partner for a two-state solution, Haaretz

President Abbas said, "The only solution to the current crisis is a diplomatic one, but I don't have a partner for a two-state solution.”

Abbas entreats UN to stop Israeli operation in Gaza, Haaretz

Abbas has decided to carry out at diplomatic campaign at UN institutions aimed at increasing international pressure on Israel to stop its operation in Gaza. Israeli diplomats said that as part of this campaign, the Palestinians and the Arab states will seek a UN Security Council vote this week on a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Palestinian UN rep says every missile fired from Gaza at Israel is ‘a crime against humanity’, Times of Israel

The Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that every rocket and mortar fired from Gaza toward Israel is a “crime against humanity.

Lieberman: Ending Gaza operation now will only mean more fighting in future, Ynet

Foreign Minister Lieberman said that Israel must press on with its military operation in the Gaza Strip, or it will find itself in the same situation in the near future.

Hamas rejected Egyptian proposal to hold fire, Times of Israel

As part of Egypt’s efforts to halt the fighting between Hamas and Israel, Cairo proposed to the Palestinian organization’s leadership and to the Israeli government that they mutually stop the fire for 40 hours, after which a broader ceasefire agreement would be discussed — but Hamas reportedly rejected the offer.

House unanimously voices support for Israel in current Hamas fight, JTA

The US House of Representatives unanimously approved a non-binding resolution in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

US Jewish groups launch emergency campaigns for Israel, JTA

American Jewish groups are launching emergency fundraising campaigns to send Israel aid while the fighting with Hamas continues.

Arab media lashes out at Hamas, calls it ‘guilty of massacre’, Ynet

Some media outlets in the Arab world have begun to criticize Hamas for its role in the Gaza conflict.

US message on enrichment helped open Iran channel, Al-Monitor

The secret US-Iran diplomatic channel that helped advance the interim nuclear deal last year got underway after a message from President Obama was conveyed to Iran: the United States would be prepared to accept a limited Iranian domestic enrichment program as part of a nuclear agreement in which Iran would take concrete and verifiable steps to assure the world its nuclear program would remain exclusively peaceful.

Iran back in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs, Al-Monitor

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday dedicated to “Iran’s destabilizing role in the Middle East.” And on Thursday, the conservative Foreign Policy Institute and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies will partner with the Bipartisan Policy Center to host a panel on the expectations for an Iran deal with some of the leading Iran critics on Capitol Hill.

Opinion and Analysis

Take one for Tehran, Foreign Policy

James Traub urges President Obama to “stand up to the warmongers who want to kill the Iranian nuclear deal."

A damaging distance, The New York Times

According to Ethan Bronner, “While mixing [Israelis and Palestinians] in [the Oslo] years was no panacea, divorcing them has only made things worse.”

What Hamas wants, what Israel needs, Foreign Policy

Natan Sachs warns, “Without a fundamental change to the regime in Gaza -- one which Israel would like to avoid carrying out itself -- the dismal cycle of this war of attrition will likely continue.”

This renewed violence suggests a bleak future for Palestinians and Israelis, Guardian

Daniel Levy makes the case that “a toxic cocktail of greater radicalisation, lack of mediators and Binyamin Netanyahu do not bode well for the region.”

Israel and Hamas' lose-lose situation, Al-Monitor

“How unfortunate then that once again Israel is falling into the trap set for it by Hamas and allowing it to exit the conflict with a stalemate,” writes Akiva Eldar. “That result is considered a resounding victory by the path of violence over the path of peace.”

Orthodox Jews - and all Jews - owe President Obama a big 'thank you', Haaretz

Rabbi Eliyahu Fink argues, “It’s no contradiction to assert Israel’s ability to defend itself while also urging restraint.”

As Jews, we can't be neutral in this conflict, Haaretz

“How can I be neutral when it is my friends running for the bomb shelter or leaving their children behind as they are called up for reserve duty in the army?,” asks Rabbi Neil Janes. “How can I be neutral when the loss of life is a trauma and tragedy inflicted on both Israelis and Palestinians – victims of the machinery of violence and warfare?”

The New Wave of Violence between Israelis and Palestinians: The View from Israel, Middle East Institute

Paul Scham recounts the events leading to the current crisis in Gaza.