J Street News Roundup 7/8/2014

July 8th, 2014

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Israelis, Palestinians Must Stand for Decency and Sanity Against Forces of Darkness, J Street Blog

J Street Vice President of Communications Alan Elsner wrote that “now is the time to end incitement and take a firm stance against racism, hatred and intolerance. Neither side can afford any longer to turn a blind eye to the extremists within their midst.”

WATCH LIVE: Haaretz's Israel Conference on Peace, Haaretz

President Peres, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and others spoke at Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace.

American Jewish organizations condemn murder of Arab teen, JTA

“Jewish groups ranging from the Union for Reform Judaism to the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel, and including erstwhile rivals J Street and AIPAC, all issued strongly worded statements forcefully denouncing the July 2 murder of 16-year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, apparently in retaliation to the murder of three Israeli teens.”

Top News and Analysis

LIVE UPDATES: Israel plans to call up 40,000 IDF reservists, Haaretz

Israel hit more than 50 targets in airstrikes on Gaza militants early on Tuesday, dubbing the offensive "Operation Protective Edge." Meanwhile, militants in Gaza fired more than 85 rockets toward Israel on Monday evening, with Hamas openly claiming responsibility for some of the launches for the first time since the current round of fighting began. Two Israelis were wounded in assault.The IDF plans to call up 40,000 reservists in preparation for further escalation, after the security cabinet decided on Monday afternoon to intensify attacks against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the Israeli army to prepare for a possible ground offensive.

Despite it all, most Israelis still support the two-state solution, Haaretz

According to a new poll, the majority of Israelis continue to view the two-state solution as preferable for the long-term, provided the prime minister is behind the proposal. However, most Israelis don’t believe the prime minister when he says he intends to advance that solution. Almost a quarter of Israelis say that a binational state in which the Palestinians will lack full rights is preferable.

Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians, Haaretz

President Obama promised that “the United States will never give up on the hope of a lasting peace, which is the only path to true security for Israel.”


Bereaved mother offers condolences to slain Arab teen’s family, Times of Israel

Rachelle Frankel, the mother of slain teen Naftali Frankel, offered her condolences Monday evening to the family of 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, whose burned body was found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning after he was apparently murdered by a group of Jewish extremists. “Even in the abyss of mourning for Gilad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem – the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country,” Fraenkel said.

The Hardline Soccer Fans Accused Of Killing A Palestinian Teenager, Buzzfeed

Six of the suspects in Abu Khdeir’s murder belonged to a far-right soccer gang in Jerusalem, La Familia.

Florida Cousin Beaten by Israelis Was Hoping for 'Joyous' Vacation in Jerusalem, Forward

Family and friends of a Florida teenager who says he was beaten by Israeli police while in detention describe him as a typical US high school student.

Labor chairman: Government on brink of collapse, Times of Israel

Labor Party chairman and opposition leader Isaac Herzog charged that the government is on the brink of collapse and its activities are at a complete standstill.

Poll finds Likud Beytenu breakup has little impact, Jerusalem Post

Foreign Minister Lieberman's decision to end his Yisrael Beiteinu party's alliance with Likud had negligible impact on the political standing of the two parties, according to a poll conducted Monday night.

Iran's Supreme Leader calls for more enrichment capacity, Haaretz

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country needs to significantly increase its number of centrifuges, underlining a gap in positions between Tehran and world powers as they hold talks aimed at clinching a nuclear accord.

Opinion and Analysis

Palestine's vision of peace is clear, Haaretz

Abbas says that “as the President of the Palestinian people I am totally committed to the vision of a two-state solution, normalization and peace with our neighbor – Israel.”

A sobering moment for complacent Israel, Times of Israel

“If we are to heal this nation, last Wednesday’s killing must rid us, once and for all, of the complacent illusion that we enjoy a distinctive moral superiority over our neighbors,” writes David Horovitz.

The Revenge Killing in Israel Has Resurrected Jewish Demons, New Republic

Yishai Schwartz stresses, “Demons are not just the rabid individuals who commit heinous acts, but the social pathologies that create their supporters. Recognizing this fact need not be either a condemnation of a society or an exoneration of the perpetrators themselves. But the first step to combating these pathologies is to realize that they have consequences, even for the Jews—and there is no stepping back from that sorry realization.”

Peace would be possible with the Arab Peace Initiative at its core, Haaretz

Prince Turki Al Faisal argues that “the 2002 initiative still provides a template for a just solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world.”

Why Avigdor Lieberman Dumped Bibi, Forward

JJ Goldberg does the political math following Lieberman’s departure

A Vision: Israel And Palestine Reach Peace Agreement, Times of Israel

Jeff Pozmantier imagines a future in which Israel and the Palestinians have reached a peace agreement.