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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2014 PAGE 19A Shabbos From page 1A an easy location to 'Keep It Together,' but everyone can keep The Shabbos Project the best way they see fit," said Gittleson. Reservations are recom- mended for both days or just the Saturday night concert. Buena Vista Suites is located at 8203 World Center Dr., Orlando 32821. For more information about The Shabbos Project or to make reservations, please call J.O.IN. Orlando at 407- 569-8840 or email Orlando@, To learn more about The Shabbos Project, visit com/watch?v=xhfe-MZcCjE or Joe and Hadassah Lieberman are "Keeping It Together.' Members of the Miami Jewish community hold a banner proclaiming they are 'Keeping It Together' on Oct. 24-25. Sharkansky From page 4A "President Abbas' speech today included offensive char- acterizations thatwere deeply disappointing and which we reject... (such provocative statements are) counter- productive and undermine efforts to create a positive atmosphere and restore trust between the parties" So much for the peace pro- cess initiated by the spokes- woman's boss. There may also be implica- tions for other Palestinian aspirations. The Israeli delegation to Cairo talks meant to deal with the fall out of the recent Gaza conflict may now have even less incentive to help along what the Palestinians have proclaimed (for the nth time) as their Fatah-Hamas unity government. There is also an unresolved issue in the West Bank, con- cerned with the supply of water for the new Palestinian city of Rawabi. Defense Minis- ter Moshe Ya'alon is refusing to authorize the supply of water to the city as long as the Palestinians are drag- Shapiro From page 5A Democrats included the Iron Dome assistance in a broader emergency appropriations bill that included funds for fighting fires in Oregon as well as funding requested by Obama to handle the influx of illegal immigrants from Central America. At the time, Republicans called for a separate bill for Iron Dome funding. "Those kind of shenani- gans, at a time when Israel was in the middle of a criti- cal battle in which they needed to have strong sup- port from America, [prove that] Majority Leader Reid would rather have played domestic politics than help Israel," said Brooks. "In the end we got there, but that kind of stuff, I think, is not going to hap- pen when it's [the job of] Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.), who was one of the strong voices pushing Harry Reid to free up the $250 million emergency appropriation [for the Iron Dome]." Rabbi Jack Moline, execu- tive director of the NJDC, does not believe Republicans will take control of the Sen- ate, citing races in states ging their heels about other accommodations concerned with water on the West Bank. According to the New York Times, "The first 600 apartments in Rawabi, a short commute from Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority's administrative capital in the West Bank, were sold over a year ago and should have been turned over to their new own- ers in the spring. But there ar.e no people living in Rawabi, because there is no water here. Connecting the new city to a nearby water main depends on long-awaited approval from Israel. As a result, the future of the whole enterprise is hanging in the balance... (The investor in Rawabi) is facing a major cash flow crisis because he cannot collect the $70 mil- lion due from homeowners and mortgage banks for the first 600 apartments until they are delivered. Contracts for further construction have been frozen, and up to 700 of the 4,000 people working on the project could lose their jobs by the end of September." We can expect an interna- tional campaign about the sanctity of human rights and their dependence on water. As ever, prediction is risky, but Rawabi may be dry for some time. With no water, no residents. Will the impasse re- main long enough for vandals and the weather to destroy what has been built? We--or our descendants-- will see. There is another kerfuffle for the sake of Palestine com- ing from the Danish foreign minister, and his threat of sanctions. If Israel does not commit to end its "blockade" of Gaza andstop"illegal settlements," then tougher steps should be adopted. "If nothing happens in the peace talks this time, and if we don't see a new pat- tern of response from Israel's side, then we will need to dis- cuss the possibility of taking new steps, including changes to our trade relations with Israel... I hope that it doesn't come to that, but I think that the EU's policies are moving in that direction." Such comments, even from one of the smallest of the European countries might give Israelis pause for thought. However, the such as Georgia, where Democrats are relying on an aggressive get-out-the- vote effort among a growing demographic of young and non-white voters to deliver Democratic nominee Mi- chelle Nunn with retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R) seat. "I think bicameral Repub- lican [majorities] in Con- gress will be problematic for the social issues that are of concern to 70 percent of the Jewish community," Moline told "I think it's a pretty fair bet that you will see attempts to stymie meaningful immigration reform, you'll see attempts to further restrict the ability for women to control their own healthcare. I think you will find problematic approaches to religion in government from a Jewish perspective. I think that initiatives to create equal pay for equal work and to raise the minimum wage would be frustrated by a philosophy by an economy that is more identified with the Republicans than the Democrats." Moline noted that the Pew Research Center's 2013 survey of U.S. Jews showed that 70 percent of respondents still identify or lean Democrat, com- pared to only 22 percent identifying or learning Republican. Unlike Brooks, Moline does not see a shift in con- trol of the Senate changing American foreign policy in the Middle East, including with regards to Iran's nuclear capabilities. "I think there will proba- bly be some tension between the president and the Senate over his pursuit of certain foreign policy objectives, but I don't think that's any different from the way things are now," he said. Brooks, meanwhile, said Republican legislators have "demonstrated throughout the president's term a will- ingness to work with the president." "The question is how much the White House is going to want to engage in partnership and bipartisan work with a Republican House and Senate," he said. "That remains to be seen. It would behoove the president, at a point where his political standing is at an all-time low for his presidency.., to work with the Republicans to get important things done for the country." Foreign Minister's colleagues are not all on the same page. According to Denmak's Trade Minister, "Only when a broad international coalition can agree on sanctions do I think it is reasonable to consider that action. I'm not at a point where I can say that there is a need for sanctions." The Jerusalem Post re- ported that "Israel did not seem particularly troubled by (the Danish foreign min- ister's) comments, nor in- terested in turning them into a full-blown diplomatic incident with Copenhagen." If it is necessary to defend Israel against charges of apartheid with respect to the Arabs of Israel, one can start with the integration of Arabs and Jews in Israeli higher education, workplaces, sport, parks, and residential neigh- borhoods. One can quarrel about the extent of Arab op- portunities, but the incidence of integration is a world apart from that of apartheid in South Africa. With respect to the West Bank and Gaza, both have presented rather clear indications of aggression that require measures of defense, and occasional intervention. Israel has sought to negoti- ate accommodations with the Palestinians. Some Israelis demand that Israel offer more, but Palestinians' rejections have been so thorough as to suggest that their problem is Israel's existence rather than any details about its extent. Genocide is a word best re- served for the Holocaust of the Nazis or the mass slaughter directed against ethnic civil- ians in various places of Africa and the Balkans. Those who would use the curse against Israel's efforts to defend itself against Palestinians who do target civilian Jews deserve the counter curses of anti- Semitism or madness. The front page headline of Israel Hayom Sunday morn- ing was "Speech of Lies." There are those (Israelis and others) who view Benya- min Netanyahu as inflexible on issues important to Pal- estinians. The Sunday morn- ing headline on the website of Ha'aretz described him as "Mr. Status Quo." Abbas has provided Ne- tanyahu with all he needs to ignore Palestinian claims and assure support from his Israeli constituency. Currently Israelis are as close to relaxing as is common for Jews, thanks to the inten- sity of the post-9/11 conflict between Western powers and Islamic extremists. Interna- tional worries are now more focused on Syrian refugees than the several generations of Palestinians claiming to be refugees. Abbas' outburst at the UN is looking like a desperate rant to remind the world of Palestine's existence. In a situation where Hamas' rockets and tun- nels brought considerable more misery to Palestinians than Israelis, and a tough reaction to stone throwing in the West Bank is keep- ing a substantial number of Palestinian children in Israeli custody, it may only be with the dirtiest of politi- cal words that a Palestinian can achieve a place in the headlines. With Western journalists and aid workers being filmed having their heads removed by a killer who expresses his version of Islam in a British accent, a Palestinian leader seems unlikely to get what he wants with an impassioned speech that reminds Jews of what they read about at Nuremberg. Ira Sharkansky is a profes- sor (Emeritus) of the Depart- ment of Political Science, He- brew University of Jerusalem. HANDYMAN SERVICE 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 WHY PAY MORE TO PRINT? il I - I : .... I I .... I O O lupto40Yo SAVINGS 100% GUARANTEE FREE DELIVERYII I Cartridge Worid-ARamonte Springs I I 80; w SR 436, Ste 1025 I i 407-767-0680 I