Israel & Mideast:
In Israel, PM Netanyahu says Israel will strike those who threaten Israel; Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet; the IDF prepares for potential Syrian conflict; the Foreign Ministry shifts gears with a new approach focusing on Jewish refugees from Arab nations; Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate says he will support the peace treaty with Israel; and an Israeli columnist in the LA paper analyzes whether Israelis support a pre-emptive Iran attack.
JFNA will be holding a call tomorrow on global Iran sanctions -- see the briefing here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=253144).
Haaretz -- Netanyahu: We will strike those who threaten to attack Israel http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-we-will-strike-those-who-threaten-to-attack-israel-1.422390
Haaretz -- Israeli, Palestinian officials hold secret meeting amid stall in peace talks http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/diplomania/israeli-palestinian-officials-hold-secret-meeting-amid-stall-in-peace-talks-1.422352
Jerusalem Post -- Fearing Syria war, Gantz holds surprise drills http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=264345
Times of Israel -- Changing tack, Foreign Ministry to bring ‘Jewish refugees’ to fore http://www.timesofisrael.com/foreign-ministry-promotes-the-jewish-refugee-problem/
Times of Israel -- Brotherhood presidential candidate says he supports peace with Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/muslim-brotherhood-presidential-candidate-says-he-is-committed-to-peace-with-israel/
L.A. Jewish Journal (analysis, Shmuel Rosner) -- Do Israelis support an attack on Iran? http://www.jewishjournal.com/rosnersdomain/item/do_israelis_support_an_attack_on_iran_20120403/
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/Weekly-News-Items-in-Israel.aspx
For more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) news page: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1091809/4c6622a13c/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/.
A series of advocacy stories came out today – starting with NPR featuring NY Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt, who discusses Peter Beinart’s call to boycott West Bank exports; the Atlantic asks if Beinart will make a difference; the Times of Israel reports on attempts to ‘hijack’ a college Holocaust conference; the JPost reports a Norwegian retailer is boycotting Israeli products; and the Times of Israel says an Israeli theater company will perform in England despite boycott calls. Meanwhile, one commentator looks at campus advocacy, and the NJ Jewish News editor explores the impacts of one local advocacy effort.
NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ -- Boycotts Simplify Ongoing Issues in West Bank http://www.npr.org/2012/04/03/149914309/boycotts-simplify-ongoing-issues-in-west-bank
The Atlantic -- Crisis in Zion Square: Can Peter Beinart shake up American Zionism? (mentions JFNA, IAN) http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/crisis-in-zion-square-can-peter-beinart-shake-up-american-zionism/255369/
Times of Israel -- New film claims Holocaust week at Northeastern was ‘hijacked’ by anti-Zionists http://www.timesofisrael.com/new-film-claims-holocaust-week-at-northeastern-was-hijacked-by-anti-zionists/
Jerusalem Post -- Retail chain in Norway halts Ahava sales http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishFeatures/Article.aspx?id=264448
Times of Israel -- Despite Thompson-led protest, Israeli theater still set for London shows http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-thompson-led-protest-israeli-threater-still-set-for-london-shows/
Times of Israel (commentary, Stephen Kuperberg) -- Israel campus advocacy: Old wine in new bottles http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/resolving-the-cups-of-wine-dispute-at-least-for-israel-on-campus/
N.J. Jewish News (editor’s column, Andrew Silow-Carroll) -- Sighs and Wonders (highlights Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8751/signs-and-wonders
For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s most recent e-letter: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=252919.
Globally, PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon is honored, the Forward reports; the Baltimore Sun goes in-depth on the sale of the local Jewish paper; the Bank of Israel reports on the health of Israel’s economy; and JTA looks at the new list of America’s top rabbis.
Locally, Federations are featured in Baltimore, Cleveland and L.A.
Forward -- PJ Library Founder Honored for Philanthropy http://blogs.forward.com/the-shmooze/154096/pj-library-founder-honored-for-philanthropy
Baltimore Sun -- Jewish Times publisher sold at auction http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-jewishtimes-sold-20120402,0,6905512.story
Bank of Israel press release -- Report on Israeli economy http://www.boi.gov.il/press/eng/120402/120402f.htm
JTA -- Wolpe tops Newsweek’s list of 50 influential U.S. rabbis (mentions Federation) http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/04/02/3092501/wolpe-tops-newsweeks-50-most-influential-us-rabbis-list
Cleveland Jewish News (video) -- County in talks with Israeli companies following visit (highlights Federation) http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local/article_7c1f306e-7d1a-11e1-a5ee-0019bb2963f4.html
N.J. Jewish News -- Gov’s Israel trip combines business with pleasure – with politics (mentions Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/8947/govs-israel-trip-combines-business-with-pleasure-with-politics