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: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=252220.
N.Y. Times -- Obama Cites ‘Window’ for Diplomacy on Iran Bomb http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/world/middleeast/obama-cites-window-for-diplomacy-on-iran-bomb.html
Haaretz -- After meeting Obama, Netanyahu says world ‘united’ over Iran http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/after-meeting-obama-netanyahu-says-world-united-over-iran-1.416704
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Israel’s positions accepted with understanding’ http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=260607
Wall St. Journal -- Obama, Netanyahu split over ‘red line’ on Iran http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203458604577263463423624778.html
Reuters -- Obama, Netanyahu give no sign of narrowing gap on Iran http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/us-usa-israel-obama-idUSTRE8230EM20120305
White House -- President Obama Speaks at the AIPAC Policy Conference (excerpts and full speech) http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/04/president-obama-speaks-aipac-policy-conference
Haaretz -- IAEA voices serious concerns about possible military dimensions to Iran nuclear program http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/iaea-voices-serious-concerns-about-possible-military-dimensions-to-iran-nuclear-program-1.416620
Haaretz (op-ed, Amir Oren) -- After AIPAC meeting, Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu is almost superfluous http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/after-aipac-speech-obama-s-meeting-with-netanyahu-is-almost-superfluous-1.416491
National Journal (analysis, James Kitfield) -- The Centrifugal Crisis http://nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-centrifugal-crisis-20120301
L.A. Jewish Journal (analysis, Shmuel Rosner) -- Do Obama and Netanyahu understand one another? http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/do_obama_and_netanyahu_understand_one_another_20120305/
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/1091809/956a31c9bf/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/
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’ http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2012/3/5/debunking-harvards-one-state-conference.html
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:
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 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/us-israel-religion-idf-idUSTRE8240G720120305
Haaretz -- Israeli ministerial committee okays bill raising marriage age to 18 http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-ministerial-committee-okays-bill-raising-marriage-age-to-18-1.416489
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, 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) http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial_opinion/opinion/increased_ethiopian_aliyah_reflects_jewish_values
JTA -- Groups strike back against criticism in pro-Israel group’s ad (mentions Federations) http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/03/04/3091950/jewish-groups-respond-to-ad-in-new-york-times
Forward (op-ed, Alan Dershowitz) -- ECI Should Distinguish Friend From Foe (mentions CJP, Federations) http://forward.com/articles/152472
New Jersey Spotlight -- Assembly Bill Would Help Neighbors Grow Old Together (highlights JFNA) http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0305/0127/
Algemeiner -- The Threat From Iran Hits American Soil (highlights JFNA’s Secure Community Network – SCN) http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/03/05/the-threat-from-iran-hits-american-soil/
Barstow Desert Dispatch (CA) -- Conway tours Brightsource plant in Israel (mentions Federation) http://www.desertdispatch.com/news/brightsource-12521-conway-plant.html
South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Disabled women learn self-defense (highlights Federation) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-hk-disabled-self-defense-20120304,0,6768624.story
Newark Star-Ledger (NJ) -- Bergen County temple bombing suspect Aakash Dalal accused of plotting, encouraging friend's attacks (highlights Federation) http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2012/03/bergen_county_temple_bombing_suspect_aakash_dalal_accused_of_plotting_encouraging_friends_attacks.html