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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 14, 2014 Netanyahu tells Obama: Iran is 'greatest challenge' faced by U.S., Israel Netanyahu told Obama that "if that goal can be achieved peacefully and through diplomacy, I can tell you that no country has a greater stake in this than Israel." He said, "as you know and I'm sure you'll appreciate, Iran calls openly for Israel's destruction, so I'm sure you'll appreciate that Israel cannot permit such a state to have the ability to make atomic bombs to achieve that goal. We just cannot be brought backagain to the brink of destruction. And I, as the Prime Minister of Israel, will do whatever I must do to defend the Jew- ish state." On the ongoing U.S.-bro- kered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Au- thority, Netanyahu thanked Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for the "tireless efforts" that Kerry "has put into this quest." "The 20 years that have passed since Israel entered the peace process have been marked by unprecedented steps that Israel has taken to advance peace," Netanyahu said. "I mean, we vacated cit- ies in Judea and Samaria. We left entirely Gaza. We've not only frozen settlements, we've uprooted entire settlements. We've released hundreds of terrorist prisoners, including dozens in recent months." "And when you look at what we got in return, it's been scores of suicide bombings, By Joshua Levitt (Algemeiner)--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Barack Obama in Washing- ton, D.C., that the "greatest challenge" facing their two countries is stopping Iran from gaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon. "The greatest challenge, undoubtedly, is to prevent Iran from acquiring the capac- ity to make nuclearweapons," Netanyahu said, according to a transcript of his remarks re- leased by his communications office. "I think that goal can be achieved ifIran is prevented from enriching uranium and dismantles fully its military nuclear installations." Miss Israel doesn't like hummus By Shiryn Ghermezian Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw queen of Ethiopian origin, Aynaw is working to open a youth center in her home- town of Netanya before her reign as Miss Israel comes (The Algemeiner)--While visiting New York last week, Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, proved that not all Israelis love the country's national chickpea spread, hummus. "In Israel, I don't eat hummus," she explained to a New York Daily News re- porter during an interview at Hummus Place in the East Village, a popular stop for Israelis. "Now I come to New York and I'm supposed to eat hummus? It's not tasty for me. I don't like it." During the discussion, Aynaw, 22, shared her dating preferences and admitted that she likes American men, as long as they don't want to be with her just because she is a beauty queen. Of her time spent in New York, she said, "I like New York. I think I am more beautiful when I come here." Israel's first beauty to an end later this month. She is also enrolled in col- lege outside Tel Aviv. Aynaw was a soldier in Israel before a friend signed her up to compete in the Miss Israel pageant. "I was an officer in the army and two months later I was a beauty queen," she said, describing how she never smiled at soldiers during training for fear of compromising her author- ity. "Suddenly I was Miss Israel and I had to smile all the time. Life surprises you. You never know what's next." Custom Print Marketing InvCtions - ements Digital  t Printing Brochures - Booklets Direct Mail Services Forms - Letterheads Es 407-767-7110 BssC Mentien This Added Receive Iff'/o [o:nt - Your Orlando Real Estate!!!! 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Not a piece a paper--although that, too--but a real peace; a peace that is anchored in mutual recognition of two nation states that recognize and respect one another, and solid security arrangements on the ground." Netanyahu addressed Obama directly: "Mr. Presi- dent, you rightly said that Israel, the Jewish state, is the realization of the Jewish people's self-determination in our ancestral homeland. So the Palestinians expect us to recognize a Palestin- ian state for the Palestinian people, a nation state for the Palestinian people. I think it's about time they recognize a nation state for the Jewish people. We've only been there for 4,000 years." "And I hope [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas does this, as I hope that he'll take seri- ously Israel's genuine security needs. Because, as you know and I think everybody does, in the Middle East, which is definitely the most turbulent and violent part of the Earth, the only peace thatwill endure is a peace that we can defend." "Andwe've learned from our history--Jewish history, but I think from general history-- that the best way to guarantee peace is to be strong. And that's what the people of Israel expect me to do--to stand strong against criticism, against pressure, stand strong to secure the future of the one and only Jewish state." Joshua Levitt is senior cor- respondent for The Algemei- ner, an international Jewish newspaper based in New York City that reports from across the Middle East. Documentary on deceased Holocaust survivor wins Oscar Alice Herz-Sommer YouTube ( A documentary on Alice Herz-Sommer, who died Feb. 23 at 110 and was at the time the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening. Born in Prague in 1903, Herz-Sommer was an accom- plished pianist who survived the Terezin-Theresienstadt concentration camp andwent on to teach at the Jerusalem Academy of Music for several decades. The winning documentary, titled "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," chron- icled her life as a musician. Americans view Israel favorably, according to Gallup Israel's "favorable" rating in the United States has climbed to a 23-year high in the Gallup poll, even as the Obama administra- tion has been pressuring the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make a peace deal that would result in the creation of a Palestin- ian state. Almost four times as many Americans view Israel favor- ably as view the Palestinian Authority favorably, accord- ing to Gallup. Currently, 72 percent of Americans sur- veyed say they have a favorable opinion of Israel, while only 23 percent say they have an unfavorable opinion. Only 19 percent of Ameri- cans say the have a favorable opinion of the Palestin- Jan Authority. That ties the Palestinian Authority with Libya, which was also viewed favorably by only 19 percent of Americans.