In Mideast news, U.S. and Israeli officials say all options are on the table regarding Iran, at a Conference of Presidents meeting in Israel. Meanwhile, FM Lieberman blasts officials for making public pronouncements on Iran; The JPost reports Iran is set to expand its nuclear bunkers; the wife of a slain Iranian nuclear scientist says he wanted to annihilate Israel; and Russia issues Israel a warning. In other defense and security issues, Israel and Egypt are working to stop Hamas attacks via the Sinai, the JPost reports, while Ynet says Hezbollah is gaining a base in western Africa.
Jerusalem Post -- Shapiro: US, J’lem planning for ‘all options’ on Iran http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=259134
Ha’aretz -- Peres: A nuclear Iran would be a catastrophe http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/peres-a-nuclear-iran-would-be-a-catastrophe-1.414417
Ha’aretz -- Lieberman denounces public statements on Iran as ‘harmful’ http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/lieberman-denounces-public-statements-on-iran-as-harmful-1.414406
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Iran set to expand nuclear activities in bunker’ http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=259068
JTA -- Wife of slain Iranian scientist: His goal was ‘annihilation of Israel’ http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/22/3091801/wife-iranian-scientists-goal-was-annihilation-of-israel
Ynet News -- Russia warns Israel not to attack Iran http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4193517,00.html
Foreign Policy (analysis, David Makovsky) -- Friendship Under Fire http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC06.php?CID=1827
Jerusalem Post -- Israel, Egypt working to stop Hamas attacks from Sinai http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=259104
Ynet News -- ‘Hezbollah’s powerbase in w. Africa growing’ http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4193128,00.html
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/Weekly-News-Items-in-Israel.aspx
For security news, see this e-letter of JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN): http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1091809/dff5dad8b9/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/
In advocacy issues, Rutgers Hillel readies for Israel Apartheid Week; a Ha’aretz commentator says the truth about Israel will win out; a student advocacy leader says Israel supporters should focus on Israel’s positives to tell its story; and a new Gallup Poll says U.S. public support for Israel has neared a new high.
N.J. Jewish News -- Rutgers Hillel set to counter Israel Apartheid Week (highlights Metrowest NJ and Central NJ Federations) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8442/rutgers-hillel-set-to-counter-apartheid-week
Ha’aretz (blog, Bradley Burston) -- It’s Israeli Apartheid Week. Just tell the truth. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/it-s-israeli-apartheid-week-just-tell-the-truth-1.414182
N.J. Jewish News (op-ed, Elliot Mathias) -- Advocacy 101: Give reasons to support Israel http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8365/advocacy-101-give-reasons-to-support-israel
Gallup -- Support for Israel in U.S. at 63%, Near Record High http://www.gallup.com/poll/126155/support-israel-near-record-high.aspx
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:
Israel’s high court strikes down the historic military exemption of religious youth, the NY Times reports, while some religious leaders insist yeshiva students will not be drafted, Ha'aretz says.
N.Y. Times -- Israeli Court Invalidates a Military Exemption http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/world/middleeast/israeli-court-invalidates-a-military-exemption.html
Ha’aretz -- Israeli ultra-Orthodox confident yeshiva students won’t be drafted to IDF http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-ultra-orthodox-confident-yeshiva-students-won-t-be-drafted-to-idf-1.414219
For more on 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 Forward says Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s potential Congressional bid might invite scrutiny of his charitable work; the Philly Jewish Exponent highlights the Knesset appearance of NWP's Gail Norry; the Forward looks at a shift in mission plans by the group Avodah; JTA reports on IsraAid work in Japan; and a Pennsylvania college newspaper looks at record Birthright participation.
Locally, Federations are featured in Orange County, NY; Princeton, Mercer, Bucks County, NJ; and Philadelphia.
Forward -- Mulling Run for Congress, Boteach May Face Questions About His Charity http://forward.com/articles/151832
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- Local Leader Speaks at Knesset (highlights JFNA, Federation) http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/25344/Local_Leader_Speaks_at_Knesset/
Forward -- Avodah Shifts Focus of Israel Trip (highlights AJWS, mentions JDC) http://forward.com/articles/151839/
JTA -- In Japan, Israelis bring trauma relief to tsunami victims (highlights Federations, IsraAid) http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/22/3091797/in-israel-israelis-bring-trauma-expertise-to-tsunami-victims
The Daily Pennsylvanian -- Taglit-Birthright Israel Gaining Popularity (highlights Federations) http://thedp.com/index.php/article/2012/02/taglitbirthright_israel_gaining_popularity
Times-Herald Record (Middletown, NY) -- Newburgh synagogues host fundraiser for federation (highlights Federation) http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120223/COMM/202230305/-1/SITEMAP
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- A Truly Super Sunday (highlights Federation) http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/25333/A_Truly_Super_Sunday/
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- JCC Going Up in N.J. Right Near Bucks (highlights Federation) http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/25343/JCC_Going_Up_in_NJ_Right_Near_Bucks/