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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ...... 2B oooooooooo oooooooe 0000 w. ii: ?iii!!i iiiiiiii!i 0000iSliiiii0000i!00!iiiiiiii!iiiiiii! 00iii ii!i!!i!!iiiiiii!!iiiiiiii!ii i!ii!lg0000 iiiiiii!iiii!i!i ili!00 i!ili!ii!i!ii!i!iiiiiiiiiiii00!iiiiiiii: i i : Yossi Zeliger/FLASH90/JTA Are Defense Minister ghud Barak (1) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to war with Iran? Israeli military chief Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz walks by Netanyahu and Barak in October 2011 at an arrival ceremony for freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit at the Tel Nof Air Force base. Are Netanya] tu and Barak bluffing on Iran? .... By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--Has Israel's game of chicken with Iran jumped the shark? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud , military officialsarenow suggesting that Barak in recent months have been more the duo has gone too far, turning what explicit than ever about the likelihood of was meant to be a calculated bluff into a an Israeli strike on Iran to keep it from commitment to a strike that could accel- obtaining nuclear weapons capability. A number of current and former top Bluffing on page 18A Yom HaShoah creates call to action Each year this community comes together to remember Hitler's fj,000 Jewish vic- tims and o honor the survi- vors, liberators and rescuers who keep their stories alive. This year's commemoration, sponsored by the Holocaust Me- morial Resource and Education Center in Maitland, took place on Sunday, April 15. Dr. Ellen Kennedy, founder and executive director of World Without Genocide, presented a keynote address on "Children of Genocide: The Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda." She focused on the history of three t OI a - q Lz . oz * , .9 , - * [- cq r. Local Survivors lighting candles (from left) Eva Meyer, Harry Lowenstein, Inge Koele, Frances Hodes, Henri Goodheim, Renata Bradley, and Elsie Azzinaro. children: Petr Ginz, who per- ished inAuschwitz when hewas 16; Loung Ung, who escapedthe "killing fields" of Cambodia at age 10; and Alice Musabende, who at age 14 became the only survivor of her Rwandan village. In her call to action to the 350 attendees, Kennedy asked people to remember the children who have died in genocides through creating and participating in local events like the paper butterfly project recently launched in Houston. She asked for support for the Red Hands Day campaign, which seeks to end the use of child soldiers and to put in place rehabilitative programs for former child soldiers, and penalties and embargos for na- tions who continue to use them. She called on local and national leaders to proclaim each April as GenocideAwareness Month, and asked for continued pres- sure to pass a universal land mine ban. In addition to the keynote speech, the event featured a candle-lighting by local Ho- locaust survivors. They were Elsie Azzinaro, Renata Bradley, Henri Goodheim, Frances Hods, Inge Koele, Harry Low- enstein, and Eva Meyer. Pastor Jim Coffin, executive director of the Interfaith Council of Cen- tral Florida, addressedthe need for the multi-faith commu- nity to take responsibility for remembering the Holocaust, and to become more vigilant in preventing further erosions of peace. Cantor Jackie Rawiszer sang El Malei Rachamim, the prayer for the departed, and Rabbi Hil- lel Skolnik led the congregants in the Mourner's Kaddish. A responsive reading was led by Dr. Patrick Powers, dean of Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College. The program ended with awards to the winners of the Yore HaShoah Student Cre- ative Arts contest. About 450 students participated in this year's contest, with a theme that challenged them to explore the experiences of the people whose lives were changed by the Holocaust. Obama's Jewish support on the rise Official White House Photo by Pete Souza President Obama, shown hosting a Passover seder at the White House on April 6, 2012, has gained Jewish support in the last half year, according to a new poll. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- President Obama enjoys the support of three-fifths of American Jews, according to the latest American Jewish Committee survey, a signifi- cant improvement over where he stood halfa year ago in the organization's polling. The poll, released last Mon- day, shows Obama with 61 percent of the Jewish vote, as opposed to 28 percent for Mitt Romney, the former Massa- chusetts governor who is the likely Republican nominee. That's an improvement for the president over an AJC survey in September, when Obama scored 50 percent and Romney 32 percent. But it's still substantially lower than the 78 percent President Barack Obama Obama scored among Jews in exit polls in 2008 and an improvement for Romney over the 22 percent garnered Support on page 19A Olmert raises eyebrows By Jacob Kamaras JointMedia News Service NEWYORK--Ehud Olmert or Neville Chamberlain? The former Israeli prime minister told the crowd at last Sunday's Jerusalem Post Con- ference in New York City that he didn't "want to walk into a minefield," but that didn't stop one audience member from comparing him to the British prime minister known for the infamous signing of the 1938 MunichAgreementwith Adoif Hitler. With his arms flailing more violently as the boos intensi- fied throughout his speech, Olmert's provocative remarks included a contention that Israel shouldn't need to gain recognition as a Jewish state from the Palestinian state during peace negotiations. Olmert deemed it too easy to "throw the ball to the other side" by demanding such recognition, calling that an excuse for the failure of the peace process. He said that Israel needs to see the process '%vith the other side" and compromise, adding that, "This is certainly what doesn't happen now." "It is the interest of Israel Maxine Dovere Former Israeli Prime Min- ister ghud Olmert speaks at last Sunday's Jerusalem Post Conference in New York. to make peace, and if it is the interest of Israel, we have to be the initiators," Olmert said. "We are looking for excuses for why we don't want to do this or that," he said. Perhaps the most vocal Olmert on page 19A p-.