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HE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS 28  March 29, 2013 18 Nissan 5773 60 Pages Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar .................. 6A eeole ee eeeeeoee Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Orlando, Florida Single Copy 75 Atef Safadi/Getty/JTA President Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas taking pictures March 22 with Palestinian children during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Obama gains political capital00 will he spend it? By Ron Kampeas negotiating table. Netanyahu's apology to Turkish Prime WASHINGTON (JTA)--For a trip that U.S. officials had cationedwas not about getting"deliverables," President Obama's apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey to reconcile has raised some hopes for a breakthrough on another front: Israeli- Palestinian negotiations. The question now is whether Obama has the means or the will to push the Palestinians and Israelis back to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who stayed behind to follow up with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's team 0nvhalappens next, made clear in his statement on Israel's apology to Turkey to place it in the broader context of the region's tensions. "As I discussed with Prime Minister Netanyahu this evening, this will help Israel meet the many challenges it faces in the region," Kerry said in a statement issued Saturday evening. Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivered last Friday on the Ben Gurion Airport tarmac while crew members readied Air Force One for departure, took the political world by surprise. After years of resisting, Netanyahu delivered the apology sought by Turkey since 2010 for the Israel commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine people aboard a Turkish vessel. Obama on page 19A Guys gather at Man Cave in support of JFGO Good food, booze, fancy cars, luxury jets and a little bit of magic were plentiful at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's SecondAn- nual Men's event, Man Cave. The event, held on March 14, hosted 250 men that raised funds for the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando. Guests said they enjoyed u - cq ,4 _= z -=. b themselves at the corporate hangar complex at ELJ Avia- tion in Sanford, while strolling through luxury automobiles and private jets. There was bourbon tasting, cigar smoking and an open bar. The magic was presented by Kostya Kimlat. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's mission is to nurture a unified Jewish com- munity that transcends gen- erations and neighborhoods. For more information on the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando please visit, www.jfgo. org or call 407-645-5933. Enjoying themselves at the 2nd annual Man Cave event are, from left, Arnold Bierman, Phil Cohen, Barney Chepenik, Tony Nicholson and Louis Feinberg. Attending the Man Cave event were, from left, Michael Soll, Jason Chepenik, Dirk Arace, Ami Vizer, Allan Schreiber, Pablo Ratti and Jeff Gindi. Did the c 00arm offensive work? By Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA)--Presi- dent Obama had three goals for his first presidential trip to Israel. He wanted to persuade Israelis that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He wanted to pro- mote the renewal of Israeli- Palestinian negotiations, albeit without any specific "deliverables." Most of all, however, he wanted to charm the pants off the Israeli people. He dropped Hebrew phrases into his speeches. He quoted the Talmud. He invoked the story of Passover. So, nu, did it work? "Does anyone doubt, still, that we're talking about a friend here?" Itzik Shmueli, a Knesset minister from the center-left Labor party, wrote on Facebook. Obama earned qualified praise even from Naftali Bennett, the pro-settler chair- man of the nationalist Jewish Home party who now serves as minister of commerce and economics. "Obama's words certainly came out of concern for Israel and true friendship," Bennett wrote, also on Facebook. Citing rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on March 21, however, Bennett added, "A Palestinian state isn't the right way. The time has come for new and creative approaches." A smiling Obama appeared side by side with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to talk about their two nations' shared values and security Uriel Sinai/Getty/JTA President Obama speaks to Israeli students March 21 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. needs. He visited the Israel Museum, viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls, surveyed the Iron Dome missile defense system and saw a host of Israeli high- tech innovations. For March 22, his itinerary included visits to the graves of Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, and slain Israeli Prime MinisterYitzhak Rabin. For the most part, the visit was a cornucopia of compli- ments and commitments to Israel's security and the U.S.- Israel relationship. "Those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting Israel's right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them and the sky above because Israel's not going anywhere," Obama said dur- ing his speech the night of March 21 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. "And today I want Charm on page 19A Gaza apmogy may have ramifications By Alex Traiman Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu reversed Israeli policy last Friday, offer- ing an apology to the Turkish people for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens aboard the armed Mavi Marmara flotilla headed toward Gaza in 2010. But that apology may have had less to do with Turkey itself than with guarantees relating to Iran or Syria. "Apologizing to Turkey may clear the deck on one issue to get free reign on other issues," Dr. Harold Rhode-- who worked for 28 years in the Pentagon, including from 1989-90 as the head of the Turkish Desk at the U.S. Department of Defense--told "In almost every case there is more to such diplomatic announcements than meets the eye." The apology took place during a phone call between Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that appears to have been U.S. President Barack Obama dur- ing the final hours of his visit to Israel. Reports have stated that in return for Israel's apology, along with compensation to the families of the victims and an easing of the blockade on Gaza, Turkey would restore diplomatic relations with Israel, including the formal exchange of ambassadors. While the apology may have indeed given Obama a diplo- matic victory that provides benefits both to Israel and Tur- key, there may be additional factors to consider, according to Rhode, who retired from the Pentagon in 2010--just Apology on page 19A