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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 3, 2014 President Obama speaking at the 69th session of the in New York, Sept. 24, 2014. Spencer Platt/Getty Images United Nations General Assembly By Uriel Heilman efforts (the other was the thisopportunitypass.Wecan Israeli-Palestinian conflict), reach a solution that meets NEW YORK (JTA) - Presi- On Wednesday, he devoted your energy needs while as- dent Obama devoted the just four lines to Iran. suring the world that your bulk of his U.N. speech to "America is pursuing a programis peaceful." the fight against violent Is- diplomatic resolution to the The thin coverage of Iran lamic extremism and hardly Iranian nuclear issue as part drew immediate notice from mentioned Iran's nuclear of our commitment to stop Jewish groups. program, the spreadofnuclearweapons "Obama devoted only 78 In his address last year and pursue the peace and words at #UNGA to greatest to the General Assembly, security of a world without threat to world peace, the Obama spent a great deal of them," Obama said. "This #Iran nuclear threat; 1,540 time talking about Tehran's can only happen if Iran takes wordsto#ISIS,"theAmerican nuclear pursuit, describing this historic opportunity. My Jewish Committee's Global it as one of two major focus message to Iran's leaders and JewishAdvocacyprojectnoted areasforAmericandiplomatic people is simple: Do not let in a tweet. Near the speech's conclu- violent extremism." At the tarian strife and resolving sion, Obama also spoke a top of the list was ISIS, the differences at the negotiating bit abouttheIsraeli-Palestin- Islamic group in Iraq and table rather than through ian conflict. Syria also known by theviolent proxies. In Syria, he "Leadership will be neces- acronym ISIL. said, that means finding a sary to address the conflict "Collectively, we must take solution that works for all between Palestinians and concrete steps to address the Syrian groups. Israelis," he said. "As bleak dangers posed by religiously "Together with our part- as the landscape appears, motivated fanatics and the ners, America is training and America will not give up on trends that fuel their recruit- equipping the Syrian opposi- the pursuit of peace." ment," Obama said, outlining tion to be a counterweight to The turmoil in Iraq, Syria four major focus areas,the terrorists of ISIL and the and Libya should disabuse "TheterroristgroupknownbrutalityoftheAssadregime," anyone ofthe mistaken notion as ISIL must be degraded and Obama said as Syria's U.N. that the Palestinian-Israeli ultimately destroyed," he said. delegation watched from the conflict is somehow the root "There can be no reasoning, audience. "But the only last- of all Middle East conflict, nonegotiatingwiththisbrand ing solution to Syria's civilwar Obama said. Noting that the of evil. The only language un- ispolitical:an inclusive politi- turmoil has made too many derstood by killers like this is cal transition that responds to Israelis ready to abandon the the language of force."the legitimate aspirations of hard work of peace, Obama The second, Obama said,all Syrian citizens, regardless diverted from his prepared is for "the world, especially of ethnicity or creed." remarks and added, "That's Muslim communities, to The fourth area of focus, something Israelis should explicitly, forcefully and con- he said, must be to encour- reflect on." sistently reject the ideology age civil society and entre- "The status quoin theWest of organizations like al-Qaida preneurship in the Arab and Bank and Gaza is not sustain- and ISIL." That means, the Muslim world, particularly able,"Obamasaid."Wecannot president said, cutting off among young people. afford to turn away from this the funding of those who fuel The first nation Obama effort, not when rockets are hateful groups and ideologies; focused on was Russia, which fired at innocent Israelis or contestingthespaceterrorists helumpedinwithISIS andthe when the lives of so many occupy, includingtheInternet Ebola virus as reasons for "a Palestinianchildrenaretaken and social media; expunging pervasiveuneaseinourworld from us in Gaza." intolerance from schools; and - a sense that the very forces He said, "Israelis, Palestin- bringing people of different thathavebroughtustogether ians, the region and the world faiths together, have created new dangers." willbemorejustandsafewith "There should be no more "Russian aggression in two states living side by side tolerance of so-called clerics Europe recalls the days when in peace and security." who call upon people to harm large nations trampled small Most of the president's innocents because they are ones in pursuit of territorial speech focused on the need Jewish, ChristianorMuslim," ambition," he said. "We will for the international corn- Obama said. impose a cost on Russia for munity to counter what he Thethird focus area Obama aggression and counter false- described as the "cancer of outlined was addressing sec- hoods with the truth." By Raffi Wineburg Buttheseweren'tyourtypi- cal party crashers. NEWYORKOTA)--Aswith Thousands of demonstra- many exclusive events, the tors gathered outside the Met Metropolitan Opera House's chanting"ShameontheMet!" Opening Night Gala on Mon- and "Say no to the show!" in day had a few uninvited protest of the Metropolitan guests. Opera Company's decision Handy man and General Maintenance Air Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 to produce the controversial opera "The Death of Kling- hoffer." The John Adams opera, which debuted in 1991 and is set to premiere at the Met on Oct. 20, depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old Jewish-American passenger in a wheelchair. Protesters charge that the production is anti-Semitic, hostile to Israel and sympa- thetic to terrorists. On one line from the production, the hijacker Molqi sings: "We are/ soldiers fighting a war/We are not criminals/and we are not vandals/but men of ideals." The Anti-Defamation League has said that while the opera itself is not anti- Semitic, "there is a concern the opera could be used in for- eign countries as a means to up to 40% SAVINGS 100% GUARANTEE FREE DELIVERY Cartridge World-A[tamonte Springs 801 W SR 436, Ste 1025 407-767-0680 llml www.cartridgewo re233 Buy I cartridge at regular price, receive 35 off 2 one of equal or lesser value. (s50 max value). Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Protestors attend the arrivals at Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in New York. The crowd was protesting the Met's decision to premiere a controversial opera "Death of Klinghoffer,' about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer. stir up anti-Israel sentiments "If we give power to allow tendees of the operagalawere or as a vehicle to promote thisproductiontojustifywhat greeted with hostility from anti-Semitism." terrorists do, then what is go- the sign-wielding protesters Under heavy criticism, the ing to happen next?" Singer and said they felt unfairly MetdecidedinJunetocancela said to the crowd. "Do we attacked.Awomanwhoiden- planned global simulcast of justify those that flew into tiffed herself as Susan said the opera. But it stuck to its the World Trade Center here she had been called "Cinder- decision to stage the show in in New York years ago?"ella" and heckled with shouts New York. None of the protesters in- of"Shame on you!" "It's one of the most dis- terviewedbyJTAhadseenthe "It's awesome in our coun- gusting things ever done by an show, but many said they had try everyone can voice their operaor culturalinstitution," seen snippets of the libretto, opinion," she said. "But for one protester, Phil Rosen, said "The pro-terrorist bias be- someone to come up and in- at the demonstration on the gins with the title: It should sultusdirectly, that's crossing Met opera season's opening be 'The Murder ofKlinghoffer; a line. That causes people to night. "read one sign at the protest, not listen to what you have Among the protesters were Peter Gelb, the Met's gen- to say." former NewYork Gov. George eral manager, maintains that Multiple Met employees Pataki, Rep. Eliot Engel (D- theoperaisaworkof"genius." declined to comment on the N.Y.), and state Assemblymen "To suppress this work of protest, whose sponsors in- DavidWeprinandDovHikind. art, which is what they want, cluded the Simon Wiesenthal Sarri Singer, who survived would be the worst possible Center, theZionist Organiza- a 2003 suicide bus bombing thing," Gelb said in an in- tion of America, Americans in Jerusalem, said the opera terview broadcast on a large for a Safe Israel, AMCHA, "denigrates the humanity of screen outside the Opera the Catholic League, the victims of terrorism every- House. The Met "would be Christians' Israel Public Ac- where." She likened "The victimized from the very tionCampaign, the One Israel Death of Klinghoffer" to a people themselves who have Fund, StandWithUs, Strength play about 9/11--a popular been victims." to Strength and several New argument among protesters. Some finely dressed at-York-area synagogues.