J Street's News Roundup 7/1/14

July 1st, 2014

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J Street mourns Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, J Street

J Street mourns Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach whose murdered bodies were recovered yesterday in the West Bank.

U.S. Jews react to murders with fury, calls for peace, Haaretz

Haaretz rounds up the responses of American Jewish organizations to yesterday’s tragic news.

Top News and Analysis

Israel’s Search for 3 Teenagers Ends in Grief, New York Times

After an 18-day search, the bodies of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were found in an open field about 15 miles from where they were last seen.

Live updates on the situation available from Haaretz here.

Iranian nuclear deal still is possible, but time is running out, Washington Post

In a Washington Post op-ed, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the gaps with Iran still remain substantial, but that talks can still succeed if Iran will simply demonstrates “that its nuclear activities are what it claims them to be.”



Israeli jets strike 34 targets in Gaza Strip, Times of Israel


Four people were reportedly wounded in Israeli strikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets.

Netanyahu’s commitment to 2 states seems shakier than ever, Times of Israel

In a speech being dubbed his ‘Bar-Ilan 3’, Netanyahu said that Israel must maintain security control over the entire West Bank for “a very long time.”


Netanyahu: Hamas will pay for the murders the three youths, Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu convened an emergency cabinet meeting to determine how to respond to the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach.

Ya'alon proposes new settlement in memory of murdered teens, Haaretz

A senior official told Haaretz that both Defense Minister Yaalon and Netanyahu proposed a wave of settlement construction--including the establishment of a new settlement--in response to the murder of the three kidnapped teenagers.


Settlers set up new outpost named after murdered teens, Times of Israel

The new outpost was assembled in the Etzion bloc.


Palestinians: Teenager killed by IDF fire in Jenin, Times of Israel

Israeli reports say the teenager threw an explosive device and the IDF responded with live fire.


Hamas denies blame for teens' murders, Gaza braces for Israeli strike, Haaretz

Hamas continued to deny complicity in the kidnapping while Abbas called an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank.


Record Fine for French Bank, Foreign Policy

BNP was fined nearly $9 billion by the US for using ‘sophisticated schemes’ to move money through the US financial system for sanctioned countries including Iran.

Kerry condemns murders, Congress takes on Palestinian unity government, Times of Israel

Secretary Kerry reacted with a call for justice ‘without destabilizing the situation’ while some members of Congress called on Abbas to voluntarily abandon the Palestinian unity agreement.

Rocket explodes in southern Israel, causing damage, Times of Israel

Two rockets were fired early Tuesday morning, one of which caused damage to several cars and started a small fire that was extinguished by emergency services.

Obama condemns killing of 3 Israeli teens, Ynet

President Obama offered his condolences, condemned the murders as acts of terror, and urged restraint from both sides.

Opinion and Analysis

The U.S. must inject life into a moribund peace process, Haaretz

Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer calls on the US to, “declare as U.S. policy a set of bold, forward-looking terms of reference that would require both sides to look beyond their current comfort zones, and to aim them toward a fair and reasonable negotiated outcome.”

The public demands revenge, but Netanyahu does not want long war with Hamas, Haaretz

Amos Harel warns that a major operation against Hamas in Gaza may turn into a long confrontation that brings with it intensified attacks on Israel’s homefront.

The PA Needs Its “Altalena” Moment – Now!, Rabbi John Rosove’s Blog

Rabbi John Rosove urges the PA to arrest the leaders of the clan responsible for the kidnapping, and in so doing to demonstrate that it is in command.