J Street's News Roundup 5/23/14

May 23rd, 2014

J Street works to promote an open, honest and rigorous conversation about Israel. The opinions reflected in articles posted in the News Roundup do not necessarily reflect J Street's positions, and their posting does not constitute an endorsement from J Street.

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J Street in the News

Interview (25:30), Nana 10

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami discussed the growing divide over Israel within the American Jewish community.

The Role of Empathy in Israeli Peace Negotiations (9:10), Slate

In an interview with Mike Pesca, Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis defended J Street’s right to be critical of Israeli government policies and still be considered pro-Israel.

American Jews and the Israeli right: the end of a beautiful friendship?, Haaretz

Chemi Shalev wrote, “What seems to be missing, from a political perspective, is an Israeli partner. J Street’s rejection by the Conference of Presidents, for example, was barely noticed or protested in the Israeli media or in its political circles.” He added, “A sizeable chunk of American Jews who care about Israel are no longer willing to defer to the right, whether they are in Jerusalem, Washington or New York.”

Top News and Analysis

Palestinian PM said set to head new unity government, Times of Israel

Prime Minister Hamdallah will reportedly head the Palestinian unity government to be formed under last month’s reconciliation deal.

Poll: Barghouti top Palestinian presidential candidate, Times of Israel

According to a new poll of Palestinians, imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti is the Palestinians’ favored candidate for their next president, while few would vote for Hamas in parliamentary elections.

Netanyahu Says Obama Got Syria Right, Bloomberg

In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Prime Minister Netanyahu says, “I hope we resolve [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] because I don’t want a binational state. I hope we resolve it because I’d like to have broader and more open relations with the Arab world, and I hope to resolve it in order to remove the unjustified attacks on Israel. But we are proceeding ahead despite this. We don’t mortgage our future to the maturation of Palestinian politics.”


New CNN footage of Nakba Day killings fuels debate over deaths, Haaretz

CNN released new footage on Thursday, adding fuel to the fire involving the controversial killing of two Palestinian youths on Nakba Day, May 15, by Israeli forces.

Livni: Bennett, anti-peace camp leading Israel to a bi-national state, Jerusalem Post

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday attacked those of her coalition partners who "do not want a peace agreement and are doing everything they can to torpedo diplomatic efforts." Speaking at a conference in Eilat, Livni said that "this same group and its leaders must tell Israel's citizens the truth: that they are leading us to a bi-national state."

Livni must quit and proclaim that PM doomed the talks, says Meretz MK, Times of Israel

Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz said Livni owes it to the people of Israel to resign from the government and make plain that there’s a comprehensive peace deal to be done with President Abbas but Netanyahu is preventing it.

Bennett urges Netanyahu to impose Israeli law on West Bank, Haaretz

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett urged Netanyahu to impose Israeli law on the entire West Bank.

‘Greater Jerusalem’ bill aims to incorporate settlements, Times of Israel

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced Thursday he would present a bill to redraw the lines of the Jerusalem municipality to include a number of West Bank settlements in a single “Greater Jerusalem” polity.

Iran, EU negotiators may meet soon, Al-Monitor

Top Iran and European Union nuclear negotiators may meet as early as next week, possibly in Istanbul, though representatives of neither side would confirm a meeting date or venue.

Opinion and Analysis

America and Iran: The Morning After a Nuclear Deal, National Interest

Navid Hassibi and Janne Nolan argue that “a comprehensive nuclear deal could be the beginning of a strategic recalculation in Washington and Tehran and could lead to further regional cooperation.”

Holes in their backs, Haaretz

According to Yossi Sarid, “We have no choice but to wait for the findings of the investigation which is opening right away - and never closes.