In Mideast news, Iran warns it might take pre-emptive action should it feel threatened; Israel says it will rethink future peace deals if Egypt backs out of its treaty with Israel; US Jewish leaders hold frank talks with Jordan’s king; and President Obama’s Chief of Staff meets with N.Y. Jewish leaders.
N.Y. Times -- Iran Warns of Pre-emptive Action in Nuclear Dispute http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/world/middleeast/iran-says-un-weapons-inspectors-wont-visit-nuclear-sites.html
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Israel may rule out deals if Egypt changes treaty’ http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=258629
Times of Israel -- US-Jewish leaders hold ‘candid’ discussion with Jordan king http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-jewish-leaders-discuss-syrian-violence-israel-relationship-with-jordan-king/
JTA -- Lew meets N.Y. Jewish officials, talks Israel and Iran http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/19/3091735/lew-meets-ny-jewish-officials-talks-israel-iran
A series of advocacy stories today, including an Israeli conference on the issue; the Presbyterian Church USA’s consideration to divest from Israel; a NJ Federation promotes Israeli goods; Canadian Jews counter boycott attempts; the Forward profiles the David Project; outgoing Israel Project head Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi offers her rules on advocacy; the Times of Israel profiles Mr. Israel Advocacy; Jeff Goldberg, in Bloomberg News, looks at an old FDR aphorism and its relation to Israel advocacy; and Jewlicious reports on how Israel-basher Norm Finkelstein is actually saying the BDS movement should reveal its true goal – to eliminate Israel.
Jerusalem Post -- Edelstein addresses conference on Israel-bashing http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=258681
Huffington Post -- Presbyterians Consider Divesting From Select Companies in Israel (highlights IAN) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/israel-divestment-campaign_n_1285217.html
N.J. Jewish News -- Federation makes ‘BIG’ Israeli goods promotion (highlights Princeton Mercer Bucks Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8398/federation-makes-big-israeli-goods-promotion#.T0OpVIeYKf4
Israel National News -- Canadian Jews Fight Boycott Attempts (highlights Vancouver Federation) http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/152932#.T0OtS4eYKf4
Forward -- Hard-Nosed Campus Group Softens Tactics http://forward.com/articles/151479/
Times of Israel blog (Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi) -- Ten commandments for the Washington lobbyist http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/ten-commandments-for-the-washington-lobbyist/
Times of Israel -- Mr. Israel Advocacy http://www.timesofisrael.com/mr-israel-advocacy/
Bloomberg News (commentary, Jeffrey Goldberg) -- With These Enemies, Israel Needs More Friends http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-21/with-these-enemies-israel-needs-friends-commentary-by-jeffrey-goldberg.html
Jewlicious -- Norman Finkelstein Exposes the BDS Movement as Dishonest, a Cult http://www.jewlicious.com/2012/02/norman-finkelstein-exposes-the-bds-movement-as-dishonest-a-cult/
For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s IAN Insider: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=251515
Israel-Diaspora and Social Issues:
Leaders of the Washington Federation speak out in the Washington Post about a proposed sister-city partnership with Beit Shemesh and the challenges it faces due to recent extremist violence.
Washington Post (letter to the editor, Stuart Kurlander, Steven Rakitt) -- Extremist Ultra-Orthodox acts in Beit Shemesh are not the norm (highlights Federation) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/extremist-ultra-orthodox-acts-in-beir-shemesh-are-not-the-norm/2012/02/13/gIQAGhI4NR_story.html
For more on the religious-secular issues in Israel, see this JFNA resource page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=250702
Federations/Philanthropy/Global Jewish Issues:
In global news, the new JINSA director speaks out; JTA looks at the Alan Gross case; the Toronto Federation website reports on JFNA’s OTZMA; a Nevada newspaper report on nonprofit growth, citing JFNA; and the NY Times looks at how Israel is changing the face of organ donation.
Locally, the Federation is featured in Princeton Mercer Bucks County, N.J.
Algemeiner -- New director for Jewish Institute for Security Affairs http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/02/20/jewish-institute-for-national-security-affairs-gets-new-director/
JTA -- Alan Gross revelations could hamper campaign for his release (quotes JFNA) http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/21/3091770/gross-revelations-raise-concerns-and-spur-determination-for-his-release
Toronto Federation’s Shalom Life -- Young Jews Enjoy An Expanded OTZMA Experience (highlights JFNA) http://ca.shalomlife.com/news/16710/young-jews-enjoy-an-expanded-israel-experience/
Deseret News -- Nonprofits outpace businesses in job growth (highlights JFNA) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865550363/Nonprofits-outpace-businesses-in-job-growth.html
N.Y. Times’ ‘Well’ blog -- In Israel, A New Approach to Organ Donation http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/in-israel-a-new-approach-to-organ-donation/?ref=health?src=dayp
N.J. Jewish News -- Federation recognized for synagogue relations (highlights Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8403/federation-recognized-for-synagogue-relations#.T0OpX4eYKf4