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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2014 92Y From page 1A at 7:45 p.m., storyteller Simon Schama will tell "The Story of the Jews," full of rich detail and a keen sense of how people re- ally lived. Schama's"The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 B.C.-1492 A.D." (a new book and television series soon to air on PBS) takes listeners all over India, Spain, Oxford, Syria, Paris, Cairo and beyond to show how Jews everywhere lived not as a people apart, but as a vital force in any society they joined, inspiring and being inspired by everything around them. The series concludes Tues- day, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., with Jane Pauley being interviewed by Tom Brokaw. These two household names will be dis- cussing "Your Life Calling." The pioneering television anchors wilt reunite for an inspiring discussion about the Amy Chua "lucky generation"--boomers who, at 50 and up, are finding their true callings. Pauley shares practical ideas and motivating advice from her new book, "Your Life Calling, "as well as her own personal story ofreinvention. A not-to- be-missed evening for anyone who knows the yearning Jed Rubenfeld for "something different" or "something more." All of these programs will be presented via satellite broadcast from the famous 92nd Street Y in New York City, and will be viewed on a large screen in the sanctuary atCongregation Ohev Shalom. Most of the lectures offer the Warren Kozak local audience a chance to be a part of the question and answer time, with questions from Orlando emailed to New York. "The audience really does feel like they have been trans- ported to New York City (at no cost) for a wonderful evening, and refreshments are always served," added Schwartz. Dr. Michael Doran Linda Amon, Adult Pro- gram vice president at the Roth JCC added, "This series absolutely has something for everyone of any age. We re- ally want to encourage people who haven't experienced the pleasure of these programs to come and check it out." The cost for the series of Simon Schama four programs is $30. Indi- vidual program tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per program or $15 at the door. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can do so at either COS or the Roth JCC. Call Ohev Shalom at 407-298- 4750 for more information, or to purchase tickets by phone. Ya'alon From page 12A "Bogie is worried about Israeli withdrawal to lines where Israel will be in a dif- ficult strategic and military position to defend itself against future attacks. He believes Kerry does not un- derstand the complexity of the conflict," Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told JNS.org. Lifestyles Issue March 7, 2014 House and home, real estate, travel, food and dining, cars, fashion, jewelry, Judaica, entertainment, books, sports, games, music, art, crafts, hobbies and leisure, clubs and organizations, vol- unteering. Advertising Deadline: February 26, 2014 For More Information, Call: 407-834-8787 The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Ya'alon as saying, "Secretary of State John Kerry--who came here very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling--cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians." "The only thing that will 'save' us is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us alone," Ya'alon reportedly said. The remarks drew strong rebuke from the United States, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu-- known to have a rocky re- lationship with the Obama Administration--is being asked to distance himself from the comments. "The remarks of the de- fense minister, if accurate, are offensive and inappro- priate, especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel's security needs," State De- partment spokeswoman Jen Psaki, said in a statement. "To question [Kerry's] motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally," she said. Halevi told JNS.org that Ya'alon's remarks were in- tended to be part ofa"closed discussion." "It wasn't intended to be said in public," Halevi said. Following a lengthy meeting with Netanyahu, Ya'alon's defense ministry issued an apology. "The defense minister had "no intention to cause any offense to the secre- tary, and he apologizes if the secretary was offended by words attributed to the minister," the statement read. "Israel and the United States share a common goal to advance the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians led by Secre- tary Kerry. We appreciate Secretary Kerry's many efforts towards that end," the ministry stated. Other Israeli officials, like the U.S., lashed out at Ya'alon's remarks. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who leads Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians, wrote on Facebook, "You can op- pose negotiations profes- sionally and responsibly without tongue-lashing and destroying relations with Israel's top ally." But rather than being perceived as a judgment of Kerry's persona, Ya'alon comments should be under- stood from a policy perspec- tive, according to Halevi. Ya'alon specifically objected to a security plan pitched by Kerry in December that pro- posed an Israeli withdrawal framework in exchange for a package of enhanced security equipment and technology. Ya'alon in his comments raised doubts about the effectiveness of such technology "without our forces being present on the ground." "And I ask you--how will your technology help us when a Salafist terror cell, or one from the Islamic Jihad, tries to carry out a terror at- tack against Israeli targets? Who will take care of them? What satellites will take care of the rocket industry that is developing in Shechem (Nablus), and [the rockets that] will be launched at Tel Aviv and the central region?" said Ya'alon. In Halevi's estimation, Ya'alon believes that the Palestinians are adhering to a phased plan to try to bring about Israeli destruc- tion. The first phase is to acquire all lands that Israel conquered from Egypt and Jordan during the war of 1967. The next phase will be to flood the rest of Israel with Palestinian refugees. "The PalestinianAuthor- ity is saying that it has no authority to negotiate on behalf of refugees, claim- ing that the right of return this is the personal right of refugees," Halevi told JNS.org. A law passed in 2008 by the Palestinian Authority states, "The right of return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and their property and their receipt of compensation for their suffering is a basic, holy right and is not subject to buying and selling, and is not subject to personal judgment [to make major changes], interpretation, or referendum." The law goes on to state that anyone who defies it "will be considered as one who has committed serious criminal treason, and will be subject to every criminal and civil punishment that this crime deserves." According to Halevi, if the Palestinian refugee issue is not resolved, then the "gates of the conflict re- main open." In other words, signing a negotiated land agreement will not mean that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and an agreement will not necessarily end all claims that the Palestinians have against Israel. If Kerry pushes Israel into s'uch moves, Halevi said "it will not promote peace, because Palestinians are not willing to make concessions on any of their issues, and Israel will pay a very high price, and getting in return literally nothing." "Israeli politicians like Netanyahu understand exactly that the Palestin- ians don't want to reach a final status agreement. Yet, some people see the alarming signs and ignore them," he added. A recent public opinion poll commissioned by Is- rael Hayom and conducted by the New Wave Research Institute revealed that more than half of Israelis, 53.5 percent, do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator, with less than 20 percent believing that Kerry is unbiased. The poll indicates that Israeli public opinion on Kerry may not be too far from Ya'alon's assessment of the secretary of state. "We have given enough and received nothing," Ya'alon said. "Let us say to our American friends, 'Enough is enough.'" Ya'alon's comments on Kerry were reported on the same day as disparaging remarks about Netanyahu in former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's memoir. "I was offended by his glibness and his criticism of U.S. policy--not to mention his arrogance and outland- ish ambition--and I told national security adviser Brent Scowcroft that Bibi ought not be allowed back on White House grounds," Gates writes in "Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Gates' comments were not met with any response from Israeli officials.