In Mideast news, Israel reportedly says it will not give the U.S. a heads-up if it strikes Iran, in order to protect the U.S. from charges it backed any action; and a U.S. official says U.S. policy on Iran is aimed at ‘buying time.’ In DC, the JTA reports, the upcoming AIPAC conference will focus heavily on Iran; PM Netanyahu will meet with Canadian PM Harper before heading to the U.S., while Defense Minister Barak will meet with his counterpart, U.S. Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta; and a new Senate bill takes on Iran.
In commentary, Chemi Shalev of Haaretz says U.S. public support for an attack on Iran will only last so long; and Guy Bechor of Yediot Aharonot believes Iran's proxy Hezbollah is weakening. (PM Netanyahu met with JFNA and Federation leaders Sunday – see the JFNA briefing here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=251968.)
Washington Post -- AP source: Israel will keep US out of the loop if it decides to strike Iran’s nuclear program http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ap-source-israel-will-keep-us-out-of-the-loop-if-it-decides-to-strike-irans-nuclear-program/2012/02/28/gIQAtlQSfR_story.html
Haaretz -- U.S. policy aimed at ‘buying time’ with Iran, says senior official http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-policy-aimed-at-buying-time-with-iran-says-senior-official-1.415321
Canadian Jewish News -- Netanyahu to visit Ottawa this week (mentions Federation) http://www.cjnews.com/index.php?q=node/89413
JTA -- Barak meeting with Panetta in Washington http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/27/3091872/barak-to-meet-with-panetta-in-washington
JTA -- At AIPAC conference, expect Iran talk on stage and behind closed doors http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/27/3091831/at-aipac-conference-expect-iran-talk-on-stage-and-behind-closed-doors
Forward -- Tough Senate Bill Takes Aim at Iran http://forward.com/articles/151846/
Haaretz (op-ed, Chemi Shalev) -- The American public’s support for an attack on Iran will be widespread but short-lived http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/the-american-public-s-support-for-an-attack-on-iran-will-be-widespread-but-short-lived-1.415392
Ynet News (analysis, Guy Bechor) -- Hezbollah is in trouble http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4195486,00.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/e87ea0e116/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/
In advocacy issues, Jeff Goldberg looks at a Harvard conference promoting a ‘one-state’ solution to the Israel-Arab conflict; the Times of Israel report that UNESCO has finally discovered Israel; a Washington state judge denies a lawsuit against a BDS anti-Israel initiative; and in a historic milestone, the Jewish State names its first Ethiopian-Israel envoy – who is also a woman.
S.F. Chronicle (opinion, Jeffrey Goldberg) -- Anti-Israel One-State Plan Gets Harvard Outlet http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/02/28/bloomberg_articlesM02OQL1A74E901-M02OQ.DTL
Times of Israel -- Eureka! UNESCO’s science study set to discover Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-curious-saga-of-unesco-a-global-science-report-and-the-omission-of-nobel-prize-winning-israel/
Forward (JTA) -- Judge Tosses anti-BDS Lawsuit http://www.forward.com/articles/152137/
Haaretz -- Israel appoints first woman of Ethiopian origin as ambassador http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-appoints-first-woman-of-ethiopian-origin-as-ambassador-1.415405
For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s IAN Insider: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=251938.
Israel-Diaspora and Social Issues:
The Times of Israel urges greater coordination for Israel experience programs; the JPost reports Knesset members criticize segregation in Israeli maternity wards along ethnic and religious lines; and JTA looks at the evolution of Israel’s Supreme Court and its impact on the Jewish state.
Times of Israel (op-ed, Sarah Vanunu) -- Diaspora high-schoolers demand their birthright http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/diaspora-high-schoolers-claim-their-birthright/
Jerusalem Post -- MKs denounce segregation in maternity wards http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?id=259680
JTA -- Will Israel’s Supreme Court tilt conservative after Dorit Beinisch leaves? http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/28/3091879/will-israels-supreme-court-tilt-conservative-after-dorit-beinisch-leaves
For more on related 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, JAFI will aid Greek Jews; Castro’s brother says Alan Gross was not jailed for spying (see this related JFNA briefing on a new petition to free Gross: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=252026); and an Israeli non-profit blasts the impact of gas price hikes on local charities, the JPost reports. Also, Israel will take in more Ethiopian immigrants; and the Forward looks at Orthodox women who seek a greater voice.
Locally, Federations are featured in Cleveland; Monmouth County, N.J.; and Santa Barbara.
Jerusalem Post -- JAFI giving emergency relief to Greek Jews http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=259675\
Times of Israel (JTA) -- Raul Castro tells US senators: Gross ‘was no spy’ http://www.timesofisrael.com/raul-castro-tells-us-senators-gross-was-no-spy/
Jerusalem Post -- Yad Sarah: Gas hikes hurt voluntary organizations http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?id=259673
Forward (JTA) -- Israel Will Admit More Ethiopian Immigrants http://www.forward.com/articles/152137/
Forward -- Women Seek Role in Deciding Halacha http://forward.com/articles/151846/
· Cleveland Jewish News -- Outreach efforts connect St. Petersburg Jewish community (highlights Federation, JDC) http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/features/community/article_5029ef20-6182-11e1-a17a-001871e3ce6c.html
· N.J. Jewish News -- A call to fund-raising and education action (highlights Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8495/a-call-to-fund-raising-and-educational-action
· Santa Barbara Independent -- New Board Members for Jewish Federation (highlights Federation) http://www.independent.com/news/2012/feb/27/new-board-members-jewish-federation/