Israel & Mideast:
In Mideast news, an Israeli official scoffs at Iranian claims to have snared an Israel-linked 'terrorist group.' Russia suggests sending UN forces now stationed along the Golan border to serve as observers in Syria. If Facebook 'friends' are any indication, PM Netanyahu has a big lead over his political rivals.
In the opinion pages, a YNet column explores why Israel fared so well on a UN 'Happiness Index,' a Washington Post column asserts that US-led sanctions are hurting Iran's wallet, and a Globes column urges the Israeli government to take a step back as US-led talks with Iran begin. JFNA held a call about global Iran sanctions last week -- see the briefing here: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=253378.
JPost/Reuters -- 'Claims of Israel-linked terror group in Iran baseless' http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=265587
Haaretz -- As Annan deal falters, Russia pushes for end of Syria violence http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/as-annan-deal-falters-russia-pushes-for-end-of-syria-violence-1.423615
JPost -- PM is most popular Israeli politician on Facebook http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=265385
YNet (opinion) -- Why is Israel so happy? http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4214341,00.html
Washington Post (opinion) -- The squeeze on Iran http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/the-squeeze-on-iran/2012/04/09/gIQALp9s6S_blog.html
Globes (opinion) -- Another "last chance" for Iran http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000740234
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/1091809/71b3a30022/521804587/6f6ce4dce4/
Israeli security prepares for a 'flytilla' of pro-Palestinian activists from Europe slated for Sunday; Arab groups seek a boycott of Adidas for its support of the recent Jerusalem Marathon. U2 lead singer Bono is visiting Israel; U2 had previously backed away from plans for Israeli concerts after pressure from pro-Palestinian groups.
YNet -- 'Flytilla' organizers: Israel won’t determine who enters Palestine http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4214776,00.html
Times of Israel -- Police preparing for pro-Palestinian European demonstrators http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-preparing-for-pro-palestinian-european-demonstrators/
Huffington Post -- Arabs Boycott Adidas as Public Displeasure Shifts From the West to China Arabs Boycott Adidas as Public Displeasure Shifts From the West to China
JTA -- U2’s Bono on surprise Israel visit http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/04/10/3092618/u2s-bono-on-surprise-israel-visit
For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s most recent e-letter: http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=253416 .
An eJewishPhilanthropy column uses the latest Forbes list of billionaires to contrast US and Israeli donor instincts. Israeli police arrest the head of a nonprofit on fraud charges. In the UK, the Prime Minister's office sees 'bogus charities' as one reason for a recent cap on tax relief for donations. A new CEO is named by the Council on Foundations. Former President Clinton's address to a group of Federation donors is noted.
Locally, Federations are featured in Monmouth County NJ, Chicago, North Shore MA, and Buffalo.
eJewishPhilanthropy -- Philanthropy Nation? http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/philanthropy-nation/
Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Members of Israeli Aid Group Detained in Alleged Fraud of Food Donations http://philanthropy.com/blogs/philanthropytoday/members-of-israeli-aid-group-detained-in-alleged-fraud-of-food-donations/46370
Guardian (UK) -- Rich using bogus charities to avoid tax, says David Cameron's spokesman http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/10/rich-using-bogus-charities-tax?newsfeed=true
Nonprofit Times -- New CEO For Council on Foundations http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/article/detail/new-ceo-for-council-on-foundations-4540
Shalom Life -- President Clinton Addresses Jewish Federation Donors http://us.shalomlife.com/news/16964/president-clinton-addresses-jewish-federation-donors/
NJ Jewish News -- Federation sends $390K to meet needs in Israel http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/9015/federation-sends-390k-to-meet-needs-in-israel
Forward -- Chicago Hillel Feuds With Federation http://forward.com/articles/154521/chicago-hillel-feuds-with-federation/
Swampscott Wicked Local -- Cozy, comfy Cuddle Up Shabbat http://www.wickedlocal.com/swampscott/newsnow/x898660665/Cozy-comfy-Cuddle-Up-Shabbat#axzz1rfNge9uB
BuffaloNews.com -- Real estate magnate, philanthropist Nathan Benderson dies http://www.buffalonews.com/deaths/local-obituaries/article800371.ece