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Bibi, Barack and the Big Chill

 Okay, I confess, I missed the AIPAC policy conference this week, the first I haven't attended as a reporter in 23 years. But it's okay, I had a note from my editor because I was working on the new Jewish Week Web site, which you're now reading and I hope you're liking.

But you didn't need to be on the floor of the Washington Convention Center to know there's something afoot in the U.S.-ISrael relationship that worries the leaders of mainstream pro-ISrael groups and has given new hope to groups that favor a more robust U.S. peacemaking effort in the region.

Seder Liturgy Too Provocative?

Have you heard that President Obama, in his private meeting at the White House on Tuesday, urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to call on Jews around the world to refrain from singing or reciting “Next Year in Jerusalem” at their seders next week? 

Apparently the administration views such prayers as “unhelpful” to the peace process, and even “provocative,” given the political sensitivities of the moment. 

Clinton’s Bluntness At AIPAC Rattles Nerves; Linkage Rapped

Scramble to decipher new diplomatic language; Gen. Petraeus’ comments seen as ‘dangerous.’

03/24/2010

With nerves frayed after the worst U.S. - Israel diplomatic dust-up in years, Jewish leaders this week were trying to assess whether there has been a fundamental change in U.S. policy toward Jerusalem — or simply a change in tone by an ally frustrated by the long years of stalemate.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells AIPAC crowd that status quo in Israeli-Palestinian conflict is untenable. getty images

Gauging The Fallout From British Expulsion

Action against Israeli diplomat could pave way for possible arrests of IDF officers in England.

03/24/2010
Staff Writer

Britain’s expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the use of a dozen forged British passports in the killing of a Hamas terrorist in January means Israeli army officers could be arrested if they visit Britain, according to a specialist on the United Kingdom and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Netanyahu to AIPAC: Jerusalem Not a Settlement

Speaks after Secretary of State Clinton describes building in eastern Jerusalem as frustrating "atmosphere of trust"

03/23/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AIPAC activists that "Jerusalem is not a settlement," and also depicted the Palestinian Authority as not taking steps for peace.

During the comments on Jerusalem, the 8,000 American Israel Public Affairs Committee activists packed into the Washington Convention Center burst into lengthy cheers Monday evening, underscoring how the U.S.-Israel tensions over Israeli building in the eastern part of the city have yet to subside.

For Bibi, The Political Tightrope Grows More Taut

Reports that Obama hoping prime minister
will have to include Livni in more centrist coalition.

03/18/2010
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Can Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — a master tightrope walker — balance between the demands of an angry U.S. administration and the insistent right flank of his governing coalition?
 
Can he advance down the path of negotiations with the U.S. and Palestinians while continuing to hold fast to a coalition dominated by hardliners who are opposed to territorial concessions?
 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Obama's staying in Washington, what will Netanyahu do?

The ongoing U.S.-Israel diplomatic tiff had already made Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Washington visit next week – he'll keynote the AIPAC policy conference here – a little awkward.

Today it got awkwarder (is that a word?) The White House announced that President Barack Obama's once-postponed Indonesia trip is being put off again – this time until June – so he can lobby for his health insurance reform proposal.

Two Dems Blame Israel For Spat

03/18/2010

(JTA) — Two Democrats with solidly pro-Israel records are blaming Israel for the heightened U.S.-Israeli tensions.
 
The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), told JTA that Israel deserved much of the criticism it has been receiving over the announcement during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel last week of plans to construct 1,600 housing units in a Jewish neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.
 

Biden’s Visit Capped Weeks Of Provocations

Israel’s ‘insult’ was the least of it.

03/18/2010
Associate Editor

 

 
In a few days, Jews will be concluding their seders with “Next year in Jerusalem.” How provocative. In Arutz Sheva, David Wilder asks, which Jerusalem? East Jerusalem, “occupied,” “disputed,” or “conquered,” as is the media consensus, even though that’s where the Jewish Quarter is?
 

Vice President Joe Biden

Clinton Softens Rhetoric, But Differences Linger

Reiterates ‘unshakable bond’ with Israel amid calls for calm.

03/18/2010
Staff Writer

After a week of harsh U.S. criticism over what it saw as an Israeli “insult” to Vice President Joe Biden, the Obama administration toned down the rhetoric Tuesday as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed suggestions that there was a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations.
 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, Benjamin Netanya roght.
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