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J LL, IJ3EL'.LJL IJ/LIL:ILJ&[, I[.iPJJJJ. lj4_1/ [IIIIJI.]ll/LIIJIIJb4JJJLLI.IlJgLI.ILEL I - i I _IilILLLL-_.LIIJ + I HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 4, 2012 Olmert, Ashkenazi cau- tion against Israeli strike on Iran NEW YORK (JTA)--For- mer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and ex- military chief Gabi Ash- kenazi advocated against an Israeli military strike on Iran. Olmert and Ashkenazi, the former Israel De- fense Forces chief of staff, made their remarks during speeches at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on Sunday, according to the host newspaper. Both said that Israel should wait before launch- ing an attack on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. "There is enough time to try different avenues of pressure to change the balance of power with Iran without the need for a direct military confron- tation with lran," Olmert said. Ashkenazi said that Israeli forces "still have time" before needing to launch an attack, the Post reported. He added that. "it is better to persuade our friends in the world and the region that [Iran] is a global threat." But Ashkenazi also called for tough sanc- tions on Iran and said that. "Israel needs its own capability." "We need crippling sanc- tions and much more se- vere sanctions." he said. "It might now be too late .... It needs to be supported by a credible military threat on the table." Former Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who last year called attacking Iran "the stupidest thing I have ever heard." cautioned at the conference that Iran's developing nuclear weap- ons "will lead to an arms race. not only in the Middle East but in the world," the Post reported. He said that such a bomb would constitute a "serious threat to the region" and "'a serious threat to the economy." Olmert. who also called for an international effort to stop an Iranian nuclear weapon, added that Israel should not publicly criti- cize President Obama. "It is not a good strat- egy to fight with the president," Olmert said, according to the Post. "Is- rael needs to support and respect the president and not fight with him." Israeli government gets 2 more months to formu- late new outpost policy JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Supreme Court has granted the government a second extension to ex- amine the issue of razing unauthorized outposts built on Palestinian land. A two-month extension to formulate a new policy was granted Sunday after the state had asked the court to postpone the demolition of two homes under construction in the West Bank settlement of Beit El. The state had asked for three more months. The structures were due to be demolished on May 31. They are separate from the Ulpana neighborhood, Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Wikimedia Commons Gabi Ashkenazi the Palestinians say is built on their land. Tal Law will be replaced with more 'just' law, Netanyahu promises JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Tal Law, which exempts full-time yeshiva students from mandatory army service, will be replaced with "a more egalitar- ian and just law," Israel's Prime Minister promised activists. "The division of the burden must be changed. What has been is not what will be," Netanyahu told representatives of reserv- ist activists protesting as part of what is called the "suckers' encampment." The Tal Law must be extended every five years. The law. named for retired Supreme Court justice Tzvi Tal and enacted in 2002 under then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak. allows full- time yeshiva students to delay their army service until age 23. At that time. students either can con- tinue to study full time or perform a shortened army service or a year of national service. Afterward they may choose to join the work force. In February, Israel's Su- preme Court declared the Tal Law unconstitutional. It is set to expire in August. Netanyahu said the new law would include civil- lan national service for Arab citizens, who are not required to serve in the military. Tigers' Young to be evaluated following New York incident NEW YORK (JTA)--Del- mon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder who was arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti- Semitic remarks, will be evaluated by a health care professional. Under the guidelines provided for by Major League Baseball's basic agreement, any player in- volved in an incident that also involves alcohol must go for an assessment. The evaluation could result in a treatment pro- gram, or possibly a fine or suspension either by Major League Baseball or the team. According to The As- sociated Press. a group of tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. According to the New York Post. Young yelled anti-Semitic epi- thets at the group. Young also reportedly shoved one of the men, who sustained Wikimedia Commons Ehud Olmert which had been scheduled to be dismantled by May 1. Former Shin Bet chief says he has 'no faith' in Israel's leaders JERUSALEM (JTA)The judgment of Israeli leaders has been clouded by "mes- sianic feelings" and they cannot be trusted to decide to launch a military strike on lran, Israel's former security chief said. Yuval Diskin. the for- mer head of the Shin Bet security agency, said in a speech last Friday that was posted on the Internet the following day that he had "no faith" in the leader- ship of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Barak and Netanyahu's offices released a state- ment Saturday night say- ing that Diskin's words were "irresponsible and motivated by personal frustration." Diskin added that an attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear program could lead to a "dramatic ac- celeration" of the Iran program. Diskin also said that right-wing extremism in Israel is more violent than the extremism of the left and that an attempt to evacuate West Bank settle- ments could lead to the assassination of another prime minister. He also condemned the government for not ac- tively pursuing peace with the Palestinians. Temporary housing site approved for Migron out- post residents JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's Cab inet unanimous- ly approved a proposal to establish a temporary housing site for residents of the Migron outpost, which is scheduled to be demolished in August. The proposal approved Sunday calls for the con- struction of temporary housing on Givat Hayekev, or Winery Hill, in nearby Kochav Yaakov, a religious community in the West Bank of more than 1,000 families. The construction must be livable by July 15, two weeks before the slated razing of Migron. An alte rnative site in the nearby settlement of Adam is also approved for prepa- ration in the proposal, in case the Givat Hayekev site cannot be made habitable in time. Israel's Supreme Court ruled in March against an attempt by the government to postpone to 2015 the de- molition of Migron. which minor injuries. Young faces a misde- meanor aggravated harass- ment hate crime charge. He was taken to a hospital after the incident. A New York Police De- partment spokesman told the Post that itwas unclear whether the alleged victim, described as a 32-year-old mate, was Jewish. Young, who endured a 50-game suspension in 2006 for throwing a bat at an umpire, apologized for the New York incident in a news release. Donor's gift enabling Milwaukee school to offer first year free (JTA)--A major gift from an anonymous donor will allow the Milwaukee Jew- ish Day School to offer fully subsidized tuition for new students. Under the Building Our Future grant program announced last week. the school said it will subsidize the first year of tuition for new students entering first through seventh grades for the 2012-13 school year and provide major tuition grants going forward. New students enrolling in the eighth grade will receive up to a $4.000 tuition grant. The gift will be worth $1 million to $2 million, depending on how many students take advantage, according to the Milwau- kee Journal Sentinel. Current students also will be able to take advan- tage of the program: Those in grades 1-7 are eli gible for up to $2,000 per year for three years, and current kindergartners can receive the same amount each year for eight years. The current tuition is $11.460 per year for stu- dents in grades 1-8. The Milwaukee Jewish Day School was founded in 1981 and serves stu- dents from kindergarten to eighth grade. Haredi leaders plan mass rally at Citi Field to highlight Internet's dangers NEW YORK (JTA) Haredi Orthodox leaders are planning what they say will be a massive rally in New York City to call attention to the dangers of modern digital technology. Tens of thousands are expected to gather for a May 20 rally at Citi Field. the Mets' baseball stadium in Queens. The Hebrew- language Jewish Daily News reported that $1.5 million has been raised so far from donors to pay for the event. A Citi Field representa- tive reached by JTA con- firmed that the stadium was booked for that date, when the Mets will be in Toronto, but would not confirm the nature of the event. A statement has been published in Haredi Or- thodox newspapers pro- moting the event, and ads promoting the rally have run in American haredi newspapers. "It is well known that in recent times that through the Internet many serious family-related problems have been created, and it all happens because of Delmon it, and something must be done so th+ey won't be hurt," the statement said. according to The Jewish Press. "And since this touches almost everyone, we must assemble together to protect and be protected. and we hope that through this gathering in search of ideas we will be helped from Heaven to save the many, and may it be that we will be successful in en- couraging the public not to stumble over this obstacle, and the Lord will guide us in a truthful path." The letter is signed by a few leading Israeli haredi rabbis. Italian judge says car- toonist is no anti-Semite (JTA) An Italian court has declared that a con- troversial cartoonist could not be publicly accused of anti-Semitism because of his "'profound commitment to humanitarian causes" in third world countries. The ruling, published earlier in April. is the lat- est development in a libel case that started in 2008. Cartoonist Vauro Senesi sued journalist Giuseppe Caldarola for calling him an anti-Semite in a news- paper column. The accusation came after Senesi published a caricature of an Italian Jewish politician, Fiamma Nirenstein, depicting her as a hook-nosed monster wearing a Star of David and fascist symbols. The cartoon appeared in the left-wing publication Manifesto. In January the judge, EmanuelaAttura, imposed a 25.000 euro fine (nearly $33,000) on the journalist for libeling the cartoonist. The full verdict was pub- lished this month. In the verdict, the judge cites Senesi's work with Emergency, an Italian NGO offering medical aid in Pakistan and Afghanistan. as an indication that he is not an anti-Semite. The judge also wrote that depicting the Jewish politician as a fascist was not libelous because some of the members of her party belonged to the extreme right. Fiamma Nirenstein is a member of the party of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the center-right People of Freedom party. The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, has ex- pressed "outrage" at the fine imposed on Caldarola. Cables reveal 1948 threats from State Dept. WASHINGTON (JTA}--A U.S. State Department of- PAGE 11A Wikimedia Commons Young ficial in 1948 threatened to release anti-Semitic documents in response to the establishment of the State of Israel, according to diplomatic cables. The Washington Free Beacon reported April 26 that according to recently unearthed diplomatic ca- bles, Undersecretary of State Robert Lovett told Nahum Goldmann, the president and founder of the World Jewish Congress, that he was ready to disseminate a white paper that would "do great harm to the Jews." According to the cables. Lovett told Goldmann that the State Department would seek a truce with the Arab countries and if Israel prevented the truce by declaring independence on its own terms, the State Department would prevent any assistance from reach- ing the infant Jewish state. Lovett apparently fa- vored a Jewish entity that stopped short of full statehood. Within weeks of the April 22. 1948 cable. President Harry Truman ignored such counsel and was the first leader to recognize Israel on May 14. when it declared inde- pendence. Rafael Medoff, the direc- tor of The David Wyman In- stitute for Holocaust Stud- ies, discovered the cables while conducting research for his recently released book. "Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the 'Jewish Vote' and Bipartisan Support for Israel." Ex-Syracuse assistant coach accused of sexual abuse hired by Israeli squad Longtime Syracuse Uni- versity assistant coach Bernie Fine, who was fired in November amid allegations of sexual mo- lestation, was hired as a consultant for an Israeli pro basketball team. Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced his hiring on April 26. The team said it will include Fine on player personnel decisions, as well as its coaching search for next season. He will work from the United States. Fine, the associate head coach for the Orangemen under Jim Boeheim, had the longest active tenure at one school among Division I assistant coaches before he was dismissed after be- ing accused of molesting two former ball boys. Fine has denied any wrongdoing and no charges have been filed. A federal investiga- tion is ongoing.