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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 PAGE 13A Trump negotiators wel- conference should include a the offer to Hila Gerstel, who to"helpotherstudentsexperi- national-religious sector have come Abbas' recognitionfreeze on the United States has since retired from being a ence the joys of music" as well taken more senior positions in of Jerusalem as holy tomoving its embassy to Jerusa- judge. Israel Police confirmed as fund increased security at the Israel Defense Forces and Jews lem--although he did not set the suspected bribe without schools, believe that God promised the WASHINGTON (JTA)-- suchafreezeasaprecondition naming names. Gerstel has Mourners who attended land to the Jewish people. President Donald Trump's top for convening the peace con- testified about the incident as Jamie Guttenberg's funeral According to the report, negotiators welcomed a U.N. ference.U.S.officialshavesaid a witness in another corrup- on Sunday wore orange rib- Friedman said the claim that speech by PalestinianAuthor- that the embassy could move tion case. bons in her memory, which a peace treaty is needed to ity PresidentMahmoudAbbas as soon as next year. Gerstel said she turned stood out against their black preserve Israel as a Jewish that recognized Jerusalem's Haley said about the U.S. downtleofferandwas"deeply mourning clothes, according and democratic state is un- holinesstoJews, asignthatthe recognition of Jerusalem as shocked" by it, Maariv re- to the Miami Herald. Orange founded, andsupportedIsrael's sides are edging back toward Israel's capital: "You don't ported It is not known if she was her favorite color,claim that it must hold on to restarting peace talks,have to like that decision, you turnedto police at the time to Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan in the Jordan Valley under any Trump administration of- don't have to praise it, you tell then about it. his eulogy tried to answer the peace agreement for security ficials nonetheless made clear don't even have to accept it, Attaney General Avichai question of where was God reasons. that therewas no retreat from but know this--that decision Mandl~lit told the Israeli me- during the attack. He said: Friedmanalsocriticizedthe the U.S. recognition of Jeru- will not change, dia on hesday that he did not "God is in the teachers who Palestinian leadership. salem as Israel's capital made "Youcanchoosetoputasidereceivea similar offer before protected them. God is in the "They have not shown that by the American president in your anger about our embassy being upped for the post in first responders who went in they are capable of building December. and move forward with us," Februa'y 2016. that day. God is in the police institutions that will allow In another sign that peace she said. "Our negotiators are SaraNetanyahu is accused who raced to the school, and themtoliveinpeacewiththeir efforts could soon be back sitting right behind me ready of usilg public funds for God is in the families who neighbors,"hereportedlysaid. on track, Abbas called for a to talk, but we will not chase personal expenses, including waited God is in the people, "We must lookat the relation- multilateral peace confer- after you," she said, referring hiring in electrician who was all over the world, who sent ship between Israel and the ence this summer that would to Kushner and Greenblatt. a mermer of the Likud party condolences." Palestinians notas a marriage include the United States in a Another area where Abbas CentraCommitteetodowork Funerals were held on but as a divorce." leading role. appeared to retreat from his on the prime minister's resi- Friday for Alyssa Alhedeffand Iranian official: If Israel at- Jared Kushner, Trump's hard line was in describing dencevithoutofferingatender Meadow Pollack. tacks we will destroy Tel Aviv son-in-lawand the top admin- calls in December by the Pal- for thework and purchasing US ambassador to Israeland kill Netanyahu istration official in charge of estine Liberation Organization furnihre that purportedly reportedly says evicting (JTA)--An Iranian official restarting the peace talks, and council to rupture ties with wasbolghtfortheofficialresi- settlers 'could lead tosaidhiscountrywoulddestroy Jason Greenblatt, the top U.S. Israel. Instead, he said, it is deuce n Jerusalem and then civil war' Tel Aviv and kill Benjamin Middle East negotiator, were "reviewing" its relationship movin it to the Netanyahus' JERUSALEM(JTA)--Evict- Netanyahu if the Israeli prime seated directly behind Nikki with Israel. private residence in Caesarea. ing hundreds of thousands of minister followed through on Haley, the U.S. ambassador One thorny issue besetting Hefetz reportedly was at- Jewish settlers from the West his threat to attack Iran. to the United Nations, for the thepeacetalksiswhathappens rested on Sunday in connec- Bank "could lead to civil war "AboutNetanyahu'sunwise Abbas address, in the Gaza Strip, where the tionwkhCase4000, a corrup- in Israel," U.S. Ambassador words, I should say that if they "We appreciated the oppor- terrorist group Humus is in tion case that involves Israel's to Israel David Friedman told carry out the slightest unwise tunity to listen to his speech," control. Abbas proposed a ref- telecommunications giant American Jewish leaders, moveagainstIran, wewilllevel White House spokesman Josh erendum on any peace plan to Bezeqand the prime minister. His remarks were first TelAviv to the ground andwill Raffel said in a statement beapprovedbythePalestinian Mandleblit informed Sara tweeted and reported on Is- not give any opportunity to emailed to JTA. people. Polling in the past has Netanyahu in September that rael's Channel 10by journalist Netanyahu to flee," the sec- "We were hoping to hearshowntherewouldbepopular shewouldbeindictedforfraud Barak Ravid, who saidhe re- retary of Iran's Expediency some new and constructive support for a final peace deal pendingahearingthathasnot ceived the remarks from three Council, Mohsen Rezaee, told ideas, and the recognition thatsettlesallissues, although yet taken place, participants at the meeting, theArabic-languageaI-Manar that Jerusalem is holy to Jews itisnotclearthatHamaswould Teacher Scott Beigel did Friedman spoke Monday news channel on Monday, ac- in addition to Muslims and allow a referendum or respect not want to be remem- nightduringanoff-the-record cording to Fars News Agency. Christiansisastepintheright its outcome, bered as a hero briefinginJerusalemforabout The Expediency Council is direction, but as Ambassador In his response to Abbas (JTA)--Funerals were held 100AmericanJewishleadersat an administrative assembly Haley warned, setting forth speech, the Israeli ambassador for three more Jewish victims a meeting of the Conference that providescounselto Iran's old talkii~g points and unde- to the United Nations, Danny of the shootings at the-Mar- of Presidents of Major Jewish supreme leader, who appoints veloped concepts for each of Danon, described a history of jory Stoneman Douglas High American Organizations.its members. thecoreissueswillnotachieve peace talks that often ended School in Parkland, Florida. The U.S. Embassy and the On Sunday, Netanyahu peace," the statement said. abruptly when Palestinians Hundreds offamily, friends, Presidents Conference dis- threatened to attack Iran in "We are trying to do the withdrewonceIsraelhadmade students and colleagues at- puted the report, response to terror attacks on opposite and will continue an offer. Danon said Abbas is tended the funeral on Sunday "We have seen the reports Israel's soil. working on our plan which is always welcome to directly of teacher Scott Beigel at on the off-the-record address "Israel will not allow Iran's designed to benefit both the negotiate with Israeli Prime Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, held with Ambassador David regime toput anoose of terror Israeliand Palestinianpeople. Minister BenjaminNetanyahu Florida, thatwaslive-streamed Friedman. The words attrib- around our neck. We will act We will present it when it is but chooses not to. on the synagogue's website, uted to him were taken out of without hesitation to defend done and the time is right." "Rather than driving just Beigel, 35, a geography context, are incomplete, and ourselves. And we will act, if Eastern Jerusalem, Abbas 12minutesbetweenRamallah teacher and cross country are therefore a distortion of necessary, not just against said during his speech, "is and Jerusalem," Danon said, coach at the school, saved the ambassador's remarks," Iran's proxies that are attack- our capital which we wish to "he has chosen to fly just 12 students' lives by opening his Stephen Greenberg and Mal- ing us but against Iran itself," be a city open to all the faith- hours to NewYorkto avoidthe classroom door and ushering colin Hoenlein, the chairman Netanyahu said at the Munich ful of the three monotheistic possibility of peace." the students in. He was shot and CEO, respectively, of the Security Conference. religions." Netanyahu in his own while closing the door behind Presidents Conference, saidin Netanyahuwaved a piece of The Palestinian Authority statement said Abbas "offered them. a statement, an Iranian drone shot down leader in recent years has an- nothing new" "He continues He reportedly told his fi- Anembassyspokesmansaid overnorthernlsraellastweek, gered Israelis and Americans to flee from police and con- ance, Gwen Gossler, who he in a statement: "The Channel which led to Israeli airstrikes by noting only Muslim and tinues to pay terrorists and met at Pennsylvania's Camp 10 report is based upon three on Iranian targets in Syria, Christian roots in the Holy their families $347 million," Starlight when they both attendees at the conference anddirectlyaddressedIranian Land. he said in a statement sent worked as counselors seven who failed to provide much of Foreign Minister Mohammad Abbashadangrilyrejecteda from his office to reporters, years ago, that if he ever was the context behind Ambassa- Javad Zarif, who also attended leading U.S. role in brokering Netanyahu referred to PLO thevictimofaschoolshooting dot Friedman's comments as the conference. peace talks after Trump's Dec. payments to the families of that she would not talk about well as significant additional Zarif later mocked Netan- 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Palestinianskilledorcaptured the"herostuff."Theyhadbeen and related remarks by the yahu's theatrics, calling it a Israel's capital, but in his U.N. while attacking Israelis. watching news coverage of Ambassador. "cartoonish circus." Netan- speechhecalledforconvening Such Israeli statementsa similar school shooting on "Ambassador Friedman yahu had called Zarif in his apeaceconferenceinmid-2018 notwithstanding, Netanyahu television at the time, she said made clear in his remarks speech "the smooth-talking with"broad international par- has said repeatedly he is corn- during the funeral, that the President is commit- mouthpiece of Iran's regime" ticipation"butoneinwhichthe mitted to the Trump admin- The Sunday funerals for ted to a comprehensive peace who "lies with eloquence." "foremost"convenerswerethe istration's peace efforts, and first-year students Jamie Gut- agreement that benefits both New Jersey rabbi ar- rive permanent members of Israel would likely follow the tenberg and Alex Schachter Israelis and Palestinians and rested for meeting teen the Security Council and the U.S. lead should talks restart, were moved to a Fort Lauder- that the U.S. is working on a prostitute members of the Quartet, the New bribery scandal dale hotel to accommodate plantoachievethatgoal.Asfor (JTA)--A New Jersey rabbi four entities guiding Middle centers on fraud case morethanathousandmourn- settlements, the Ambassador registeredasasexoffenderwas Eastern peacemaking, against Sara Netanyahu ers, according to reports, believes that unrestrained amongthreepeoplearrestedin The United States is a lead- JERUSALEM (JTA)---A for- The funeral for Alex settlementgrowthis nothelp- connection with the human ingmemberoftheQuartetand mer spokesman for Benjamin Schachter, 14, who was a ful for peace." trafficking and prostitution the Security Council, signal- Netanyahu is accused of offer- memberofhisschool'smarch- According to Channel 10, of a 17-year old girl. ing Abbas was again ready to ing to make a judge attorney ing band, was closed to media. Friedman also said that "the Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, defer to U.S. leadership on the general if she agreed to close a The Miami Herald reported settlers aren't going any- of East Brunswick, has been peace process, case against the Israeli prime that remembrances at the where," and this was his per- charged with engaging in But gapstobridgeremained minister's wife. funeral "focused on his love sonal opinion. While serving prostitution with a child and seemingly before peace talks The suspected bribe wasfor movies, his humor and his as a lawyer for Donald Trump one count of endangering the could reconvene, as Haley first reported Tuesday morn- passion for the high school's before his election, Friedman welfare of a child. He runs a had alluded to in her speech ing by reporter Ben Caspit of marching band, in which he was a generous supporter of religious learning center out dismissing "old talking points the Hebrew-language daily played trombone," as well as Beit El, a West Bank settle- of his home. and undeveloped concepts." newspaper Maariv. the secret ingredients in his ment. Gabriella Colon, 18, and "We have already heard Caspit reported that Nit special smoothie. He added that it could be Richard Ortiz, 23, both of the themagainandagain,"shesaid Hefetz, who served as media Theteen'sfamilysetupaGo- more difficult to have the Bronx, New York, have been Abbas in his speech said adviser to Netanyahu for three FundMe page in his memory Israelimilitaryevacuatesettle- charged with 11 criminal that an outcome of the peace years starting in 2014, made tofundascholarshipprogram ments since members of the counts including human trafficking and promoting the prostitution of a child. According to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, they sold the sexual services of the teen, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to approximately 30 men from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2. Goodman met the teen at the hotel on Feb. 1 and paid to have sexwith her, according to the statement. He turned himself in nearly a week later to the East Brunswick Police Department while accompa- nied by his attorney. Goodman is registered as a Tier 3, or high risk sex of- fender, according to Meyer Seewald, founding director of Jewish Community Watch, an organization dedicated to combating child sexual abuse in the Jewish community. In a statement sent to JTA, Seewald said that Goodman molested ayouth while serving as a camp counselor in 2001. Jewish Community Watch helped Goodman's victim file a report against the rabbi in 2013. Goodman accepted a plea deal and served prison time. Seewald said he had been sentenced to up to 23 months in jail. Israeli telecommunica- tions officials arrested in corruption investigation involving Netanyahu (JTA)--Israel Police's cor- ruption unit and the Israel Se- curities Authority have opened an investigation into the Israel telecommunications company Bezeq, part of an ongoing cor- ruption investigation involv- ing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Several Suspects reportedly were arrested on Sunday as partofthe investigation, called Case 4000, in part looking into whether Netanyahu had a relationship with the com- pany. Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in the case. The Israel Securities Au- thority recently completed an investigation into Bezeq majority shareholder Shaul Elovitch's ties with Netanyahu and the allegation that he received political favors for Bezeq in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla! News website, owned by Bezeq. A gag order was placed on details of the arrests. In a filing with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Sunday, Bezeq confirmed that senior company had been arrested. The suspended director general of the Ministry of Com- munications, Shlomo Filber, whowas previously questioned in the Bezeq case, was among those arrested Sunday, his at- torney confirmed to the Globes business publication. Two former associates who worked in the Prime Minister's office reportedly also were detained by the Israel Securities Author- ity on Sunday for questioning. Walla! News CEO Ilan Ye- shua and former editor-in- chief Yinon Magal also were asked to testify Sunday over the suspicion of favorable coverage, Ynet reported. "This is another false claim. The prime minister didn't act for Elovitch's and Bezeq's benefit, not for favorable cover- age and not for anything else," read a statement issued on Netanyahu's behalf Netanyahu is expected to be JTA on page 14A