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The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here
by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic
The Obama administration's anger is "red-hot" over Israel's settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama's understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming. Read full story
The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbance
by Pinhas Inbari, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
The deterioration of the security situation in Jerusalem cannot be understood only on the Israeli-Palestinian level; it is umbilically connected to the chaos in the Middle East and to the great struggle between the moderate Sunni regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to make the Jerusalem issue a rallying cry of the "Arab Storm." The Brotherhood's strategy hopes to unite all of the region's Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque as its hub. Read full story
War is hell for civilians, too
by Berl Falbaum in The Detroit News
A degree of hypocrisy is part of the DNA of most, if not all, politicians. But President Barack Obama gave that trait new meaning with a change in policy as it relates to the killing of civilians in a wartime setting. Read full story
Take Away Their Guns - Then We'll Talk
by Avigdor Lieberman, Foreign Minister of Israel, in Foreign Policy
There will never be peace in the Holy Land until Hamas is totally disarmed. Read full story
Who Won the Gaza War? Not Hamas
by Neri Zilber in Politico Magazine
Hamas just spent nearly two months and more than 2,000 Palestinian lives fighting for three more nautical miles of fishing waters and 200 meters of additional border land. Hamas leaders may declare for the cameras that they achieved a great victory over Israel, but the details of the agreement – and what it augurs for the possible future of Gaza – should worry them. Read full story
Club Med for Terrorists
by Ron Proser, Israel's ambassador to the UN, in The New York Times
Only a few nations still stand by Hamas. Among the most prominent is the tiny Persian Gulf emirate Qatar. In recent years, the sheikhs of Doha, Qatar's capital, have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza. Every one of Hamas's tunnels and rockets might as well have had a sign that read "Made possible through a kind donation from the emir of Qatar." Read full story
The Aftermath of the Hamas-Israel War
by Yossi Klein Halevi in The New Republic
Israelis know that the IDF does not deliberately kill civilians. We know this because we are the IDF—because our sons, our neighbors’ sons, have been fighting in Gaza. We know that dead Palestinian civilians serve the interests only of Hamas, not Israel, whose military operations in the past were either curtailed or halted altogether by an errant shell that exploded in a classroom or a refugee shelter. We know that mistakes happen in war because, unlike many of Israel’s critics in the West, Israelis know war. We know that houses in Gaza were booby-trapped, that schools and mosques concealed arms caches and entrances to tunnels and were repeatedly used as launching pads for rockets.
Nominate someone for the JCRC’s 2015 Activist Award
Do you know someone who has made a real difference in our community? The Jewish Community Relations Council invites you to nominate him or her for the 2015 Activist Award.
To nominate a candidate for the JCRC 2015 Activist Award, click here or call Beverly K. Phillips at (248) 203-1527. Nominations must be received by Friday, October 31, 2014.
Israel Wants Detroit Partnership
by Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle (metro Detroit's African American weekly newspaper)
Israel’s top diplomat to the Midwest came to dinner to sell Israel as a product any nation or community would want to seek partnership with as part of his mission in establishing links and building new bridges. I came to dinner to advocate for Detroit as a place that is on the rebound with much untapped potential and a city that Israel should seriously consider establishing a meaningful relationship with in the form of a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and educational opportunities among other things between the two jurisdictions. Read full story