Israel, Settlements, and the Diaspora

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Does pressure on the Israeli government from diaspora Jews have any chance of actually making a difference? (Ha’aretz)

Yossi Verter sees Netanyahu “facing a difficult choice: Accept U.S. stipulations and risk a coalition crisis, or turn a deaf ear and head for a rift with Israel’s most important ally.” (Ha’aretz)

Hillary Clinton has publicly taken a hard line against settlement construction, including a call to freeze building for natural growth. (Ha’aretz)

Israel is said to have become the major source of dissent in the Jewish world, “bringing with it real threats to Jewish peoplehood and community.” (Ha’aretz)

Obama for Israel is: a friend or an enemy? (Ha’aretz)

Today’s Israeli ambassador to Washington wears many kippot, and there’s “absolutely no room for mistakes and no time to learn on the job” (Jerusalem Post)

Posted on May 28, 2009

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