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P.A 18). HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 15, 2013 Broward pitcher to play for Maccabi baseball team Benjamin J. Feim&apos;nan, a 6' 3", 2251b, senior right hand pitcher for West Bro- ward High School has been appointed as one of 16 U.S. team members to play for the United States Junior Maccabi Baseball Teaha and will be representing the United States in Israel. The Bobcat Senior currently plays under Head Coach/ Manager Sergio Ambrose and has been a member of the West Broward B)bcat Team for the last four years.  Feinman started play- ing baseball as a pre teen at Pasadena Laices Opti- mist. He later moved on to Cooper City Optimist and finally to Pembroke Lakes where he found his niche as a pitcher. He is a student of Benjamin Gryzbek a 1976 first round draft pick and former ma- jor league pitcher for the Kansas City Royals who has taught many South Florida athletes out of Flamingo Park at Pembroke Lakes. Feinman has had the honor of playing for two Cooperstown Dreams Park Teams out of Pembroke Lakes and has played for various travel teams and coaches including, but not limited to, the South Florida Suns under Harry Stampler, South Florida Elite Squad operated by Richie Palmer, South Flor- ida Huskies under Coach Steve Dematties and Bro- ward Bangers under Coach Mike Moss. Feinman is a alumni of the Under Armour Baseball Factory program where he played in the Omaha Na- tional World Series Games. In addition he has played in two U.S. JCC Maccabi Base- ball events, representing Broward County David Pos- nack JCC in San Francisco, Calif. under the late Head Coach Hal Rosenberg and in Omaha, Neb. under Head Coach Wayne Stofsky, cur- rently the Head Coach at Cooper City High School. This summer Feinman will be playing for the Central Florida Bas'eball League Elite in the Orlando area. The 19th MaccabGames will be held in Israel from July 17 - 30. Opening Ceremony is on July 18. Tryouts for the U.S. Mac- cabi team took place in Los Angeles, Chicago and WhitePlains, N.Y. Feinman flew to Chicago for the tryouts. Out of the many talented players trying out for a coveted spot, the roster of 16 was completed with Feinman being the only Florida player making the squad. The team will be coached b,y Nathan Fish and assistant coach, Eric Holtz. Fish, considered the "King of Jewish Baseball," has participated in the Maccabi Games twice, as a member of Maccabi USA Open Men's Softball team in 2005 and 2009 win- ning gold and silver med- als. Fish played for the Tel Aviv Lightning in the Israel Baseball League in 2007 and was th'e assistant coach for the Israel National Team for the 2011 Euro- pean Championships and recently played for Team Israel in the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier. The International Olym- pic Committee has of= ficially recognized the Maccabi World Union as a Olympiad Sanctioned Organization. Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally- recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the of- ficial sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabi Games, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competi- tions in Europe and Aus- tralia, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educatiopal activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Di- aspora. MUSA d<velops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Rivals From page 1A yahu gains another term as prime minister. And because his party will control the Foreign and Defense minis- tries--Likud's Moshe Ya'alon is slated to be the next defense minister--Netanyahq will be able to preserve the status quo regarding security issues and Iran. And Israelis shouldn't ex- pect a renewed Peace process with the Palestinians. Hatnua supports a two-state solution, while JewishHome resolutely opposes a Palestinian state, as do many in Likud. "I don't think there is any Chance of a final-status agreement with" the Pales- tinians," Avineri said, but "partial agreements" could be possible. Netanyahu will serve as foreign minister while former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Netanyahu's No. 2, fights corruption charges. Should he be acquitted, he will return to the post. Lapid, who has said he wants to be prime minister, had fought hard in negotiations for the foreign minister post. In managing his coalition, Netanyahu's biggest chal- lenge will be including haredi Orthodox men in Israel's mandatory draft--one of Is- rael's burning political issues. Yesh Atid campaigned on a platform of drafting nearly all haredi men, who currently receive exemptions if they stay in yeshiva. Along with Ben- nett, a pro-settler politician who strongly favors haredi conscription, Lapid has been pushing for a strict draft law. Not wanting to alienate the haredim--a traditional sup- port base for Netanyahu--the prime minister has pushed for a more lenient version. The compromise, according to the latest Israeli reports, will be that haredimwill be subject to the draft at age 22, not 18, like the rest of Israelis. And up to 2,000 haredim could continue to receive exemptions, far higher than the limit of 400 that Lapid had sought. "The new political leaders are capable of reaching an agreement that will gradu- ally change the rules of the game," Bar-Ilan University political science professor Eytan Gilb0a said. Avineri says he's skeptical the haredim will obey any draft law reached without the imprimatur of the haredi parties. "The only way of seriously extending the haredi draft is to do it with negotiations with at least one of the haredi parties and getting a wishy- washy compromise," Avineri said. "You're not going to get it by drafting thousands of haredim against their will." Draft reform is one of Lapid's signature issues, but his more difficult task may be succeeding as financcminis - ter. For a media personality who decided to enter politics a little more than a yearago with a campaign that prom- ised common-sense policies and "new politics," it will be a challenge to maintain his appeal while actually being a politician. Lapid's campaign slogan was "Where's the money?" and he promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. Facing a budget deficit of $10 billion, Lapid may become the face of some unpopular spending cuts or tax hikes. It could condemn the fate of his Yesh Atid to that of other Israeli centrist parties that flared and burned out. Kadima, for example, domi- nated Israeli politics after being founded in 2005 by Ariel Sharon, and it won 28 seats in the previous elections, in 2009. But this year it squeaked into the Knessetwith just two.. "Lapid is in danger," said Hebrew University profes- sor Gideon Rahat. "What happened to the rest of the centrist parties is they disappeared in two or three years. But if he does things differently, he may be able to hold on." For his part, the ambitious Bennett, formerly Netan- yahu's chief of staff, report- edly does not get along with the prime minister. Personal rivalries could cause rifts in the government should Ben- nett, Lapid and Netanyahu disagree on sensitive issues. "There are too many in- ternal coalitions inside this coalition," Gilboa said. "The prime minister is not good at resolving coalition disagree- ments." Netanyahu's main threat, however, may come from outside the coalition. Usu- ally part of the government, the Knesset's haredi par- ties--Shas and United Torah Judaism--have been excluded this term because they op- pose drafting haredim. They have vowed a rigm'ous fight with the coalition. The op- position, leader will be Labor, with whom the haredi parties share support for progressive economic policies. Giiboa said that Israeli public support of draft reform will drown out harediprotest. "I think the haredim will fight the government on economic issues, but I think the Israeli public in general will support reforms," he said. "But I would advise the new politicians to go slowly and cautiously." Trip From page 1A can Jewish leaders last week, Obama conceded that the short-term outlook for a peace agreement is "bleak," but that prospects could improve in the coming months. Instead the president was focused on how best to reach out to Israelis, participants said, asking for input about what he should say and whom he should try tb reach. Obama held a similar meet- ing with Arab-Americans, soliciting their input about his trip and expressing his "commitment to the Palestin- Jan people" and to partnering with the PalestinianAuthority in an effort to establish "a truly independent Palestin- ian state." "It creates an opportunity not only for a new begin- ning between the president's second term and the prime minister of Israel, who is beginning a new term--as- suming he puts together a government, which I think he will," Dennis Ross, Obama's top Iran lolicy adviser in his Sudoku solution from page 7 168542739 975613248 432.978-561 21.7364895 546289173 8937.51426 3.21495687 784136952 659827314 first term, said at last week's American Israel PublicAffairs Committee conference,before Netanyahu had established his coalition. "But I think it also is a chance to create a connection with the Israeli public and to demonstrate unmistakably when the president says that he's determined to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons, he isn't saying that from a distance. It's not an abstraction. He can go and he can address the Israeli public directly." Obama will land at Ben- Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on March 20. He is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu and President Shimon Peres, as well as Palestintan President Mahmoud Abbas. Peres will present Obama with the Presidential Medal of Distinction, Israel's highest civilian honor. His itinerary includes a visit to an Iron Dome missile defense battery, the Israel Museum, the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and the graves of Theodor Herzl and slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. After departing Israel on March 22, Obamawill trav- el to Jordan for consu|tations with King Abdullah. The night before his depar- ture, he will address thou- sands of Israeli students at Je- rusalem's convention center. The speech is consistent with Obama's history of directly ad- dressing the public during his trips abroad, and specifically young people. "I think this is consistent with his town squares," said Alan Solow, a top Obama fundraiser and former chair- man of the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmerican Jewish Organizations. "He recognizes that in the future, the world will be flatter than today and it's essential that future leaders understand the good intentions of the United States to promote a better and more peaceful world." Obama's engagement with Mideast peacemaking was turbulent in his first term. His relationship with Netanyahu has been rocky at best, and his previous attempt to restart the peace process, in 2010, failed after three weeks. The presidentls low approv- al rating in Israel is likely only to complicate matters. The 33 percent rating is actually a significant improvement over his first term, when pressure on Israel to freeze settlement expansion in the West Bank helped push his approval numbers below 10 percent. "Obama needs to reestab- lish a relationship of trust with the Israeli public;" said Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at the Shalom H artman Institute. "Whether Obama likes it or not, Netanyahu is the elected leader of the State of Israel, and whether Netan- yahu likes it or not, Obama is the elected leader of the U.S. It's time for'the two leaders to accept the inevitable and learn to work together." U.S. administration of- ficials have aimed to lower expectations for any concrete outcome to the Obama trip, denying recent reports in the Israeli "media that the president is preparing a major peace initiative and emphasiz- ing that he intends to do alot of listening. Analysts say in Order to make progress on the peace front or the Iranian nuclear threat, another issue much on the minds of Israelis, Obama needs to be more candid about past failures. "For a game-changing speech, you need to speak realistically," said Gil Troy, a McGill University history professor who is also a Hart- man fellow. "You can'tpretend it's the start of the Osio peace process. You need to move forward based on the failures. I think Israelis are primed for it." Klein Halevi said a similar honesty should be evident in Obama'streatment of the Iran issue. Israelis are doubtful of the president's repeated assertion that all options are on the table in addressing the nuclear threat, he said, and urged the president to speak directly to the Iranian leader- ship on March 21. "When Obama speaks on Iran, he shouldn't be speak- ing only to the Israeli public," Klein Halevi said. "He should be directly addressing the leadership of Iran from Je- rusalem." Despite the caution coming from the White House, Israe- lis are anything but unified in their skepticism of a new peace push. On Facebook, 23,000 people have "liked" a push to have Obama address the masses at Rabin Square, the emotionally chared plaza where the prime ministerwho signed the Oslo Accords was assassinated in 1995. "We want to send the mes- sage that there's a public de- sire to turn the page and strive for peace," saidAmit Youlzari, 31, the lead organizer. With Obama set to speak in Jerusalem, Youlzari has helped arrange for the speech to be shown on large projec- tion screens in the Square. "We want to tell the U.S. that we support Obama and the messages we hear from him," Youlzari said. "And we want to send the world a pic- ture of a full plaza of people who want peace." Ben Sales reported from Tel Aviv and Ron Kampeas from Washington.