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JFNA Daily Media Report -- Feb. 23, 2012

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February 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM


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
Ha’aretz -- Peres: A nuclear Iran would be a catastrophe
Ha’aretz -- Lieberman denounces public statements on Iran as ‘harmful’
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Iran set to expand nuclear activities in bunker’
JTA -- Wife of slain Iranian scientist: His goal was ‘annihilation of Israel’
Ynet News -- Russia warns Israel not to attack Iran,7340,L-4193517,00.html
Foreign Policy (analysis, David Makovsky) -- Friendship Under Fire
Jerusalem Post -- Israel, Egypt working to stop Hamas attacks from Sinai
Ynet News -- ‘Hezbollah’s powerbase in w. Africa growing’,7340,L-4193128,00.html

For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page:

For security news, see this e-letter of JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN):

Israel Advocacy:

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)
Ha’aretz (blog, Bradley Burston) -- It’s Israeli Apartheid Week. Just tell the truth.
N.J. Jewish News (op-ed, Elliot Mathias) -- Advocacy 101: Give reasons to support Israel
Gallup -- Support for Israel in U.S. at 63%, Near Record High

For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s IAN Insider:

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
Ha’aretz -- Israeli ultra-Orthodox confident yeshiva students won’t be drafted to IDF

For more on religious-secular issues in Israel, see this JFNA resource page:

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
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- Local Leader Speaks at Knesset (highlights JFNA, Federation)
Forward -- Avodah Shifts Focus of Israel Trip (highlights AJWS, mentions JDC)
JTA -- In Japan, Israelis bring trauma relief to tsunami victims (highlights Federations, IsraAid)
The Daily Pennsylvanian -- Taglit-Birthright Israel Gaining Popularity (highlights Federations)


Times-Herald Record (Middletown, NY) -- Newburgh synagogues host fundraiser for federation (highlights Federation)
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- A Truly Super Sunday (highlights Federation)
Philadelphia Jewish Exponent -- JCC Going Up in N.J. Right Near Bucks (highlights Federation)

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