Israel & Mideast:
On the Iran front, diplomats say Iran is filling its nuclear bunker with centrifuges; and Italy’s PM says Europe’s security is tied to Israel’s. On the Mideast front, more shells land in Israel’s south, shattering a truce. The Algemeiner speaks with the IDF on the impact of the Iron Dome missile defense system, while the JPost reports Al-Qaida is seeking revenge for Israel’s targeting of its operatives in Gaza. In Israeli domestic issues, PM Netanyahu’s Likud and Yisrael Beytenu form a major right-wing alliance to run in January elections, while a Reform leader in Israel joins Labor.
• Ynet News -- Diplomats: Iran filling nuclear bunker with centrifuges http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4297063,00.html
• Jerusalem Post -- Italian PM: Europe’s security tied up with Israel’s http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=289341
• Times of Israel -- Mortar shell explodes in Eshkol region, breaking fragile truce http://www.timesofisrael.com/mortar-shell-explodes-in-eshkol-region-breaking-fragile-truce/
• Algemeiner -- Is Iron Dome a Failure? The IDF Explains http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/10/25/is-iron-dome-a-failure-the-idf-explains/
• Jerusalem Post -- Al-Qaida group urges jihad after Gaza leaders slain http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=289326
Israeli Domestic Issues:
• Times of Israel -- Likud, Yisrael Beytenu to form right-wing super-faction to contest January’s elections http://www.timesofisrael.com/mortar-shell-explodes-in-eshkol-region-breaking-fragile-truce/
• Times of Israel -- Head of Reform movement in Israel joins Labor Party http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-reform-movement-leader-joins-labor-party/
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) website:
A Tablet commentator unpacks criticism of a Jewish conspiracy by a noted blogger, while a Times of Israel columnist says all is not OK on US campuses with Israel advocacy, despite a new survey’s findings.
• Tablet (commentary, Adam Chandler) -- The Andrew Sullivan Double Standard (highlights Federation-supported JCPA) http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/114829/the-andrew-sullivan-double-standard
• Times of Israel (commentary, Elliot Mathias) -- Is all OK on US campuses? http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/all-is-ok-on-us-campuses/
For Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network’s website: http://israelactionnetwork.org/
Globally, Shalom TV and the Baltimore Jewish Times feature stories on the 2012 GA; the LA Times and Chronicle of Philanthropy report more Americans say they’ll increase charity this year.
Locally, Federations are featured in Colorado; Cleveland; L.A.; Middlesex County, NJ; and Washington, DC.
• Shalom TV -- Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky in historic dialogue at 2012 GA (highlights GA, Federations) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCW981HtiTk&feature=youtu.be&a
• Baltimore Jewish Times -- Star-K Prepares to Kasher Convention Center for 2012 GA (highlights GA, Federations) http://www.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/news/jt/local_news/star-k_prepares_to_kasher_convention_center_for_2012_ga/33088
• L.A. Times -- More Americans to increase donations, and not for the tax deduction http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-donations-charity-20121024,0,5829377.story
• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Most Donors Plan to Give as Much or More in 2012, Survey Finds http://philanthropy.com/blogs/prospecting/most-donors-plan-to-give-as-much-or-more-in-2012-survey-find
• Boulder Jewish News -- Michael Milken to Keynote Men’s Event (highlights Federation) http://boulderjewishnews.org/2012/michael-milken-to-keynote-federations-annual-mens-event/
• Cleveland Jewish News -- Super Sunday breaks $1 million mark (highlights Federation) http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local/article_6ad0df62-1e21-11e2-a2af-0019bb2963f4.html
• L.A. Jewish Journal -- Federation Shabbat initiative gets grand response (highlights Federation) http://www.jewishjournal.com/los_angeles/article/federation_shabbat_initiative_gets_grand_response
• NJ Jewish News -- Local rabbi named head of Reform’s Zionist arm (highlights Federation) http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/14974/local-rabbi-named-head-of-reforms-zionist-arm
• Washington Jewish Week -- Reverse Mifgash still strong (highlights Federation) http://washingtonjewishweek.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=4&ArticleID=18228