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JFNA Daily Media Report -- March 5, 2012

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March 06, 2012 at 9:44 AM


On the Mideast news front, PM Netanyahu meets with President Obama, and says the world remains united on the Iran nuclear issue. Just how close the two leaders stand on the details remains unclear. Meanwhile, several commentators dissect the meeting and dynamics of the U.S.-Israel relationship on Iran. JFNA, the JCPA and IAN are hosting a teleconference tomorrow on the meeting, with Haaretz editor Aluf Benn and Washington analyst David  Makovsky – see the call-in details here:


N.Y. Times -- Obama Cites ‘Window’ for Diplomacy on Iran Bomb
Haaretz -- After meeting Obama, Netanyahu says world ‘united’ over Iran
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Israel’s positions accepted with understanding’
Wall St. Journal -- Obama, Netanyahu split over ‘red line’ on Iran
Reuters -- Obama, Netanyahu give no sign of narrowing gap on Iran
White House -- President Obama Speaks at the AIPAC  Policy Conference (excerpts and full speech)
Haaretz -- IAEA voices serious concerns about possible military dimensions to Iran nuclear program
Haaretz (op-ed, Amir Oren) -- After AIPAC meeting, Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu is almost superfluous
National Journal (analysis, James Kitfield) -- The Centrifugal Crisis
L.A. Jewish Journal (analysis, Shmuel Rosner) -- Do Obama and Netanyahu understand one another?

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:

On the advocacy front, the new Joint Media News Service offers a breakdown of the recent Harvard “One State” conference.

Joint Media News Service (analysis, Alina Dain Sharon) -- Debunking Harvard’s ‘One-State Conference’

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

Israel-Diaspora and Social Issues:

In Israel social issues, Reuters reports on how more IDF religious conscripts are affecting the army, while a Knesset committee approves an older marriage age in Israel.

Reuters -- In Israeli military, a growing Orthodoxy
Haaretz -- Israeli ministerial committee okays bill raising marriage age to 18

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

Federations/Philanthropy/Global Jewish Issues:

In global news, a leading Conservative rabbi urges continued focus on Ethiopian Jews; JTA reports on last week’s controversial NYTimes ad on some Jewish groups, which Alan Dershowitz, in the Forward, disavows; a New Jersey news website looks at NORCs; and a newly launched Jewish news site reports on domestic security issues, highlighting the Federation-backed SCN.

Locally, Federations are featured in L.A.; Northern N.J.; and South Palm Beach.


N.Y. Jewish Week (op-ed, Rabbi Jerome Epstein) -- Increased Ethiopian Aliyah Reflects Jewish Values (mentions JFNA, Federations)
JTA -- Groups strike back against criticism in pro-Israel group’s ad (mentions Federations)
Forward (op-ed, Alan Dershowitz) -- ECI Should Distinguish Friend From Foe (mentions CJP, Federations)
New Jersey Spotlight -- Assembly Bill Would Help Neighbors Grow Old Together (highlights JFNA)
Algemeiner -- The Threat From Iran Hits American Soil (highlights JFNA’s Secure Community Network – SCN)


Barstow Desert Dispatch (CA) -- Conway tours Brightsource plant in Israel (mentions Federation)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Disabled women learn self-defense (highlights Federation),0,6768624.story
Newark Star-Ledger (NJ) -- Bergen County temple bombing suspect Aakash Dalal accused of plotting, encouraging friend's attacks (highlights Federation)

























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