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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Synagogue Directory 7A B'nai Mitzvah 8A Scene Around 9A Classified 2B President Obama drops by a meeting in the White House Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz (third from left) of Israel, Official White House photo by Pete Souza between National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy By Ron Kampeas Israeli military chief of staff and defense The peace talks have been moribound minister has the ear of the personwhose since October 2010, when the Palestin- WASHINGTON(JTA)--Withhisrecent opinion matters most from the Israeli ians walked out because Netanyahu return to the top ranks of Israel's govern- perspective: Prime Minister Benjamin refused to extend a 10-month unilateral ment, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of Netanyahu. freezeonWestBanksettlementbuilding. attention in high places for emphasizing "The joining of Mofaz to his gov- Mofaz, attheoutsetofhisWashington renewed talk of peace with the Palestin- ernment provides a stable platform to tour lastweek, made it clear thatreviving ians. It's yet another high point in a proceed toward the two-state solution," the effortwas his priority in the new 96- relatively shortpoliticalcareer--after35 Gilad Sher, a former top negotiator with seat national unity government, Israel's yearsofmilitaryservice--thatismaking the Palestinians, told JTA. "But it all broadest ever. Mofaz a heavyweight on his country's depends on what's happening within "Time is not in favor of the State of political scene, one person's mind, and that person is Israel and it is not in favor of the Pal- In fact, the emphasis by Israel's new our prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu." estinians either," he said at a June 19 deputyprimeministeronrestartingtalks Yet, he added, "[With Mofaz] there is address to the Washington Institute for appears to be what gained him a35-min- a better chance for this coalition to at Near East Policy. "We cannot continue ute impromptu chat with President l~sttrytomovetowardsadirectionthat to rule another nation; we have to find Obama during his visit to Washington would be more specifically oriented to a a solution." last week. two-state solution. It is strong, it is broad The question is whether the former and there's no threat to its coherence." Listening on page 17A By Eetta Prince-Gibson JERUSALEM (JTA)--Is- rael's paradoxical approach to abortion--the procedure is illegal unless approved by .q :[ a committee which gives the go-ahead to 98 percent of the requests--could radically change if a Knesset member has his way. Nissim Zeev of the Sephardi Orthodox party Shas, who has said publicly that abortion is akin to "murder," wants to make the procedure illegal after the 22nd week of preg- nancy unless the pregnancy poses a danger to the mother's health or the fetus suffers from severe defects and is unlikely to survive. "This has nothing to do with women's rights," Zeev heatedly told JTA. "I demand that we have a public debate on this campaign of murder." Political observers don't think his measure will prog- ress far, but Zeev has shined a spotlight on an issue that has never figured even vaguely in the country's political cam- paigns. In fact, Israel does not even have an active anti- abortion movement. Still, many rabbis, es- pecially haredi Orthodox, believe that the messianic Uri Lenz/FLASH90/JTA Shas lawmaker Nissim Zeev, shown during a plenum session in the Israeli Knesset on June 11, is demanding a public debate on abortion, which he has said publicly is akin to ~murder." redemption will be delayed coalition, speaking on the until all souls are born. As a condition of anonymity. "We general rule, Jewish law allows have enough political issues to abortion in the first 40 days deal with. Zeev has to under- of pregnancy and in cases stand that if it ain't broke, it where the life of the mother don't need to be fixed." is in mortal danger. As a result, the legislator "Thisisaboutthelastthing said, the proposal has been we need right now--another purposely buried in commit- conflict between the religious tee. Still, in Israel's unpredict- and the secular," said one Knesset member from the Shas on page 17A By Ben Cohen Having experienced hijack- ings, cross-border incursions, gun attacks and suicide bomb- ings across several decades, Israelis also know too well that the damage wreaked by terror- ist atrocities can reverberate for years after these insidious acts are committed. Internal divisions often ac- company that lasting damage. In the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack, the country invariably unites in grief, but splits emerge when the feel- ings of those families scarred by terror attacks conflict with decisions that the government deems to be in the national interest. Aprime case in point involves Arnold and Frimet Roth, whose 15 -year-old daughter, Malki,was murdered along with 14 others when a suicide bomber struck the Sbarro pizza restaurant in downtown Jerusalem on Aug. 9, 2001.AhlamTamimi, aPalestin- ian woman who transported both the bomb and the bomber to the restaurant, was subse- quently capturedandsentenced to 16 life terms in prison. InOctober2011,as partofthe deal in which 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were exchanged for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who spent more than five years in Hamas captivity, Tamimi walked free. Now living in By Cnaan Liphshiz BARCELONA (JTA)--Joz- eph Nassi, the vice president of Istanbul's Jewish community, describes the dilemma facing Europe's Jewish communities. "When the father gives to the son, they both laugh. When the son gives to the father, they both cry," he said. Nassi was speaking of his ambivalence about turning to Israel for assistance as 80 European Jewish community leaders gathered to pursue a united agenda--aconversation dominated by the need to man- age rising costs for security, Jewish schooling and aid to the needy. Their meeting near Cata- lonia Square in the center of this Spanish city was a stark contrast to the celebrations outside. For the locals, Spain's spectacular 4-0 victory over Ireland in the Euro 12 soccer championships on June 14 was a distraction from the effects of the acute financial crisis grip- ping the region. The Jewish visitors, by con- trast, had convened at a nearby hotel for the weekend to im- merse themselves in that very problem, hoping to come up with creative ways to offset its effects in their communities. Struggling with unexpect- IDF Gilad Shalit upon his re- turn to Israel. Jordan, Tamimi has become a celebrity in the Arab world, host- ing her own weekly show on the Hamas satellite TV station, AI Quds. In between extolling the virtues of "martyrdom attacks" against Jews, she celebrates her own monstrous achievement; on one famous occasion, when she learned thatshe had enabled the killing of eight children at the Sbarro restaurant, and not three as she had previously thought, she turned to the cam- erawearingabroad grin of pride. Six months before the Sha- lit deal, the Roths and their many supporters implored Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to consider Fallout on page 18A edly and steadily increasing expenses, the European Jewish leaders are turning for help to Israel, their traditional benefi- ciary and now the owner of a growing economy. Their call came at a gather- ing funded by the reconsti- tuted European Council of Jewish Communities, a group initially founded 40 years ago by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to serve as its European arm. The organization fell apart in 2010 followingbudget shortages and a walkout by board members over transparency issues. The JDC helped re-establish the ECJC last year, and the latter now wants to help unite Europe's Jewish communities along the lines of the North American Jewish federation system. The European Jewish Congress also supports the ECJC. "We believe it's the respon- sibility of the State of Israel to help the Jewish communities in Europe through this diffi- Funds on page 18A IIIIJ!l!l!!I!!!!!llll