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President Obama expressed “deep concern” about the three missing Israeli teenagers during a meeting with President Peres and American Jewish leaders, including representatives from J Street.
Securing Syrian refugees’ future tied to Israel’s security, Jewish Journal
Janet Halbert, a member of J Street’s national leadership circle, urged American Jews to support Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Top News and Analysis
In a White House meeting with President Obama and American Jewish leaders during his final visit to the United States, President Peres urged support for President Abbas, a “courageous partner in peace.” , Peres is slated to receive a Congressional Gold Medal and address the Congress leadership.
Foreign Minister Lieberman told Secretary of State Kerry in Paris that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is unattainable and therefore Israel should reach a comprehensive agreement that includes moderate Arab states, the Palestinians and Israel's Arab citizens.
IDF arrests 10 Palestinians in West Bank crackdown, Times of Israel, Times of Israel
The IDF arrested 10 Palestinians overnight and searched 136 locations--mostly in Hebron--as part of the ongoing crackdown in the West Bank to locate three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. The security cabinet voted to continue the operation, a day after voting to begin to scale back activities in the West Bank.
Palestinians clashed with IDF night after a man who was shot during a raid last week died of his injuries. The military initially used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse the riot in Qalandiyah but eventually resorted to firing rubber bullets. One Palestinian was hurt.
Putin calls for renewal of peace process in Abbas meet, Haaretz, Times of Israel
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Abbas in Russia and called for a resumption of the peace process.
Rivlin: Abbas speech could restore Israel-PA trust, Times of Israel
President-elect Rivlin said that Abbas’s call for the immediate release of the three kidnapped teenagers opened the window for an Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement, urging “direct communication” between Jerusalem and Ramallah to foster a better understanding of each other’s position.
Economics Minister Naftali Bennett called Abbas a "mega-terrorist" for transferring Palestinian Authority funds to Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons.
The security cabinet has decided to examine options for preventing the Palestinian Authority from transferring funds to Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.
MKs on Left, Right unite to comfort families of kidnapped teens, Jerusalem Post
Lawmakers from across the political spectrum showed support in the Knesset for the mothers of the kidnapped teens.
PM praises officials for ending prisoner strike, Times of Israel
Prime Minister Netanyahu praised senior officials for their involvement in bringing the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike to a close .
Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government.
Israeli officials are reportedly concerned that the United States and other world powers are softening their stance on how many centrifuges Iran would be allowed to retain under a permanent deal on its nuclear program.
Opinion and Analysis
Peter Beinart notes that “if you want others to care about the suffering of your people, it’s a good thing to care about the suffering of others.”
Adnan Abu Amer details the Palestinian security cooperation with Israel to find the kidnapped teens.
Israel should back Mahmoud Abbas to deter ISIS, Al-Monitor
Akiva Eldar suggests that Israel cannot help to deter Islamic fundamentalism if it does not reach a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority.
J Street cares deeply about Israel, Wicked Local Marblehead
J Street Boston Media Committee Chair Stan Fleischman writes in a letter that “J Street cares deeply about Israel and its future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people… A two-state solution that provides a secure Israel, maintaining its Jewish character while providing full rights to its minority population, coexisting side by side with a contiguous and viable independent Palestinian state, and Jerusalem as a shared capital, is the only solution that can work.”