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JFNA Daily Media Report -- Feb. 28, 2012

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February 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM


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:


Washington Post -- AP source: Israel will keep US out of the loop if it decides to strike Iran’s nuclear program
Haaretz -- U.S. policy aimed at ‘buying time’ with Iran, says senior official
Canadian Jewish News -- Netanyahu to visit Ottawa this week (mentions Federation)
JTA -- Barak meeting with Panetta in Washington
JTA -- At AIPAC conference, expect Iran talk on stage and behind closed doors
Forward -- Tough Senate Bill Takes Aim at Iran
Haaretz (op-ed, Chemi Shalev) -- The American public’s support for an attack on Iran will be widespread but short-lived
Ynet News (analysis, Guy Bechor) -- Hezbollah is in trouble,7340,L-4195486,00.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, 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
Times of Israel -- Eureka! UNESCO’s science study set to discover Israel
Forward (JTA) -- Judge Tosses anti-BDS Lawsuit
Haaretz -- Israel appoints first woman of Ethiopian origin as ambassador

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

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
Jerusalem Post -- MKs denounce segregation in maternity wards
JTA -- Will Israel’s Supreme Court tilt conservative after Dorit Beinisch leaves?

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

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:; 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\
Times of Israel (JTA) -- Raul Castro tells US senators: Gross ‘was no spy’
Jerusalem Post -- Yad Sarah: Gas hikes hurt voluntary organizations
Forward (JTA) -- Israel Will Admit More Ethiopian Immigrants
Forward -- Women Seek Role in Deciding Halacha


·         Cleveland Jewish News -- Outreach efforts connect St. Petersburg Jewish community (highlights Federation, JDC)
·         N.J. Jewish News -- A call to fund-raising and education action (highlights Federation)
·         Santa Barbara Independent -- New Board Members for Jewish Federation (highlights Federation)


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