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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 18, 2011 / 14 Iyar, 5771

With Obama Mideast speech looming, Netanyahu discusses territorial concessions

By Sheera Frenkel





But will the Palestinians agree?


JewishWorldReview.com |

cERUSALEM — (MCT) With President Barack Obama set to speak Thursday about events in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is setting the stage for his own diplomatic offensive, offering a hint at concessions, but also giving an markedly aggressive description of what Israel is not prepared to do for peace.

Netanyahu said in a speech to the Israeli parliament Monday that Israel would cede "parts of our homeland for true peace," the first time he's ever said publicly that territorial concessions might be possible in an effort to reach a deal with the Palestinians. But the list of what he said Israel wouldn't accept was a lengthy one, including any withdrawal from major West Bank settlements and any agreement that would allow the return to Israel of Palestinians.

Few here saw Netanyahu's presentation as a major change in position.

"He didn't propose anything new or shocking. The position he discussed has been proposed in every peace summit and meeting this decade," said one European diplomat who spoke only on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid.

Still, speculation is high here about Obama's speech, which will precede Netanyahu's arrival in Washington by only a few hours, where the prime minister also is scheduled to give a speech on Middle East peace negotiations.

The question is whether the so-called Arab Spring upheaval that's sweeping the region will push the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve their differences. Many here think all the signs point to "no," something that Obama indicated Tuesday he'd find disappointing.

"It's more vital than ever that both Israelis and Palestinians find a way to get back to the table and begin negotiating a process whereby they can create … two states that are living side by side in peace and security," Obama said at the end of a White House meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Last week, the president's special envoy to the talks, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, resigned. His associates said that Mitchell had come to the realization that serious peace negotiations "were not around the corner" and neither side was ready to engage in productive peace talks.

Israeli officials also seem intent on portraying their Palestinian counterparts as not serious about the talks and that the timing of the Netanyahu visit shows the United States agrees.


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Israel is in a strong position. Netanyahu will give a supportive speech and make concessions that are tangible to the United States," said an aide to Netanyahu who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. "The Palestinians will be shown to not be the real partner."

The Israelis say a reconciliation agreement announced last month between the long-estranged Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, is evidence of that.

Fatah, which rules the West Bank, has long allied itself with the West and has steady ties with the White House, but the United States and Israel consider Hamas, which controls Gaza, a terrorist organization.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave a speech last week in which he questioned why Israel should enter into peace talks with a government that includes Hamas. Barak is considered one of the more dovish members in Netanyahu's coalition, and his view bolstered the prime minister's position that Israel could demand that the Palestinians choose between an allied Fatah-Hamas government and peace with Israel.

"Israel feels itself to be in a very strong position. Obama will want to present an allied front," the Netanyahu aide said.

There are those, however, who think that events in the region, including the death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring, may drive the president to rethink long-held U.S. positions.

"The diplomatic community has been reaching out to the new Arab world, and the Americans will do the same. Obama cannot afford to isolate the Palestinians," a European diplomat said.

On Tuesday, Israel's largest Hebrew-language paper, Yediot Ahronot, reported seeing a copy of Obama's speech notes. The paper claimed that the president will discourage Palestinian efforts to seek state recognition through a U.N. vote, but will support a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders declared by the United Nations.

"That report is completely false," White House press secretary Jay Carney said, adding that the White House hasn't shared a draft of the speech with anyone outside the administration.

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