Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: As US officials Descend on Israel, Republicans Rally for Votes for Upcoming Elections

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As U.S. officials descend on Israel, Republicans rally for votes

Source: JTA, 6-17-12

The Republican Jewish Coalition campaigned for votes in Israel ahead of the expected visit to the country by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, while U.S. officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came to talk about American policy concerns in the Middle East….READ MORE

 

Are US-Israel Relations Heading for a Change?

Source: Israel National News, 7-17-12

Former ambassadors Yoram Ettinger and Zalman Shoval analyze the views of the candidates in the upcoming US presidential elections.
Obama Mitt Romney Candidates

Obama Mitt Romney Candidates
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Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel Monday for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. This visit precedes an expected visit by Republican Candidate Mitt Romney, who is seeking to unseat President Obama.

This visit has been touted as one where strategic and regional issues will be discussed, yet the timing of the visit is questionable as President Obama is in the midst of a tight reelection campaign. As election season permeates the air and campaigns for the upcoming November elections intensify, both candidates will declare unshakable support for Israel in the hope of luring the necessary extra votes.

While most voters in America vote with their pockets – the main issues are economic- for some, policy towards Israel is important.

What can be expected from each candidate in the foreign policy arena and specifically with regard to  Israel?…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Jonathan Pollard supporters call Sec of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’

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Pollard supporters call Clinton’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

Supporters of Jonathan Pollard called Hillary Clinton’s remarks rejecting his possible clemency “a resounding slap in the face” to Israel’s leaders and its people….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Israeli Political Constellation Realigns as Kadima Quits Government

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Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include haredi Orthodox Jews, shatters the 94-seat super-majority that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu controlled in the 120-seat Knesset.

It also raises questions for the future of Kadima, Israel’s draft and the timing of new elections….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 17, 2012: In Christian Version of AIPAC Conference, CUFI Conference Draws 5,600 to Washington for Pro-Israel Lobbying

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In Christian version of AIPAC conference, CUFI draws 5,600 to Washington for pro-Israel lobbying

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

Despite its pro-Israel voice, many Jews remain wary of Christians United for Israel and its evangelical adherents….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 17, 2012: Adelsons Infuse Cash Into Birthright Israel Program

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Adelsons Infuse Cash Into Birthright Program

Source: Israel National News, 7-17-12

The Birthright-Taglit program are to receive a much-needed infusion of cash from top philanthropists Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson.
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson at a Birthright Israel Foundation event

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson at a Birthright Israel Foundation event
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The Birthright-Taglit program are to receive a much-needed infusion of cash from top philanthropists Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson.

The Jewish-American couple has donated $13 million to the program’s coffers, it was announced, adding to the $20 million they gave earlier this year….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Excerpt from PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Letter to Shaul Mofaz on Kadima’s Vote to Exit Unity Coalition Government

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Following is an excerpt from the letter that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent to Shaul Mofaz:

“I regret your decision to give up on an opportunity to make an historic change. After 64 years, we were very close to a substantial change in the division of the burden. I gave you a proposal that would have led to the conscription of ultra-orthodox and Arabs from the age of 18. I explained to you that the only way to implement this on the ground is gradually and without tearing Israeli society apart, especially at a time when the State of Israel is facing many significant challenges. I will continue to work toward the responsible solution that Israeli society expects.”

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Kadima Party Votes to Quit Israeli Goverment Coalition

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Kadima Party votes to quit Israeli gov’t

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

The Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s government coalition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: Shaul Mofaz Surrenders; Unity Coalition Lasted 10 Weeks — Kadima Leaves Coalition Government

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Mofaz Surrenders; Unity Coalition Lasted 10 Weeks

The national unity coalition born nine weeks ago is dead, but the government lives as it did before Kadima left the Opposition.
Shaul Mofaz - back in the Opposition

Shaul Mofaz – back in the Opposition
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The national unity coalition born nine weeks ago is dead, but the government lives with a solid majority of 65 Knesset Members, as it did before Kadima left the Opposition.

Party chairman Shaul Mofaz announced Tuesday evening that the party faction voted 24-3 to pull out of the coalition because of what he said was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s failure to live up a supposed agreement on changes in the draft law.

Although the concept of universal draft is the ostensible issue, Mofaz has used it is a ploy to try to boost his weakened party, but his see-saw political maneuvers may leave him as the loser. Likud officials received his announcement with comments of “goodbye and we will not meet again.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with Hungarian President Janos Ader — States Concern About Anti-Semitism in Hungary

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PM Netanyahu Meets with Hungarian President Janos Ader

Photo by GPO

Source: PMO, 7-17-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning in his Jerusalem office, met with Hungarian President Janos Ader. The two men discussed advancing bilateral relations, Iran’s race to develop nuclear weapons, the unrest in the Middle East, ways to advance the negotiations with the Palestinians, and anti-Semitism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “There is concern in Israel and the Jewish world over a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Hungary. Such a dangerous phenomenon must be uprooted before it can spread.” Hungarian President Ader underscored his firm opposition to any manifestation of anti-Semitism.

At the end of the meeting, President Ader invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit Hungary.

Israel Brief July 17, 2012: Nefesh B’Nefesh Marks 10th Anniversary with Planeload of Immigrants

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Nefesh B’Nefesh marks 10th anniversary with planeload of immigrants

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

Nefesh B’Nefesh marked the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of the group, which facilitates aliyah, with a planeload of new immigrants to Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 17, 2012: US Sec of State Hillary Clinton Leaves Israel with ‘Peace Process’ in Lost Baggage

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Clinton Leaves Israel with ‘Peace Process’ in Lost Baggage

Source: Israel National News, 7-17-12

Clinton came and went and nothing changed, not even the weather, except that the US-led “peace process” was left behind in lost baggage.
Hillary Clinton - peace process in lost luggage

Hillary Clinton – peace process in lost luggage
Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came and went and nothing changed, not even the hot weather, except that the U.S.-led “peace process” was left behind in lost baggage.

The only question is if it was lost in Washington or Jerusalem.

Clinton arrived for her 24-hour visit to Israel almost at the same time that President Barack Obama admitted that his worst personal failure since being elected president was his inability to achieve the Palestinian Authority’s stated desire to be recognized as a new Arab country within Israel’s current borders.

Two previous presidents also failed….READ MORE

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