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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 PAGE 23A I ,-˘ ,, MinisterMosheYaalon, aLikud how much sanctions work and breaking with Netanyahu ,,e acy member and former army chief on the U.S." earlier this year when the From page 2A of staffwho is to Barak's right• Notwithstanding the failure prime minister publicly criti- Barak had been a key player at Camp David, Sandler said cized the Obama administra- the Likud's shift rightward in on the issue of Iran. He was that Barak kept his focus on tion's handling of the hanian this week's primary election generally seen as a close ally the issues that were at the nuclearissue.Rahatsuggested for the party's candidates' list of Netanyahu in advocating an center of his past peace efforts, that Barak's departure could makes such an outcome less aggressive stance toward the He remained opposed to West cause a bitofasetback in rela- likely. Islamic Republic's nuclear pro- Bank settlements as defense tions between the Netanyahu IfNetanyahu"hasacomfort- gram, but also was considered minister, refusing to grant of- government and the Obama able coalition, he'll call him a potential restraining force on ficial university status to a so- administration. back," said Bar-Ilan University the prime minister's impulses, called"university center" in the "Our relations are based on a politicalstudiesprofessorShm- Sandler said the govern- settlementofArielandstressing lot more than people, butBarak uel Sandler. "Chances of that ment's policy toward Iranwon't the urgency of negotiations or was more accepted in theWhite don't seem good because the necessarilychangewithBarak's unilateral Israeli action to end House than Netanyahu" or Likud candidates' list is very departure, the conflict. ForeignMinisterAvigdorLieber- right wing." "Yaalon was against an at- Barak also placed a high man, Rahat said. "It'll make it a Likud leaders are said to tack,"Sandlersaid."Netanyahu value on maintaining strong little harder, butit's not the end prefer current Strategic Affairs isforanattack.Itwilldependon U.S.-Israel relations, even of the world•" Defense From page 2A There are some very clear gmund.Egypt'sprimeminister Finally, there's the issue of losers here• visited Gaza during the fight- cost for Israel. Each Iron Dome southern Israel without any Again, the Fatah-led Pales- ing as a show of solidarity, but missile interceptor comeswith concessionstoHamas--aclear tinianAuthoritywasleftsitting Egypt kept out of the fighting apricetaginexcessof$40,000, victory for Israel.Theoperation on the sidelines while Hamas and retained its role as abroker and Israelis suffered damage to also enabled Israel to do some commanded Israel's attention between Israel and Hamas. infrastructure ranging from damage to Hamas' terrorist and claimed the mantle of That's a triumph for Presi- homes to schools to roads• infrastructure, including kill- the Palestinian cause. Nego- dent Mohamed Morsi, who But President Obama has ing the Hamas military chief, tiations between Israel and showed that despite his af- pledged to seek additional AhmedJabari.TheIDFwasable the Palestinian Authority, led filiation with Egypt's Muslim funding from Congress for the todoitallwithoutundertaking by President MahmoudAbbas, Brotherhood--Hamas is an Iron Dome system. The United a risky ground invasion that have been frozen since 2009. offshoot of the Egyptian Is- States already has sent Israel could have ratcheted up the ca- While Hamas did not achieve lamist group--he could play $275 million for Iron Dome sualty count on both sides and any tangible gains from the the role of mediator in the over the last two years, and fueled more international ire. fighting, Palestinians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict• earlierthisyeartheU.S.House On the plus side for Hamas, more moderate Fatah-ruled Egypt'sgainshowedTurkey's of Representatives proposed the group showed that despite West Bank rallied to Hamas' loss.OnceIsrael'sclosestMiddle an additional $680 million Israel's ongoing blockade of the side. The notion that negotia- East ally and a key conduit be- through 2015,with the Senate Gaza Strip, terrorists are able tionratherthanviolenceisthe tweenIsraelandtheArabworld, proposing an additional $210 to get their hands on increas- path toward Palestinian state- Turkey was left on the sidelines million. ingly potent and sophisticated hoodseemstohavesufferedyet of this conflict. Turkish Prime Iron Dome's success dur- weaponry, representing a greater another setback. MinisterRecepTayyipErdogan's ing the fighting also could threattoIsrael.AnddespiteIsraers While Hamas was embold- descriptionofIsraelasa"terror- be a boon for Israel's defense bombardment, Hamas' rocket ened by the Egyptian gov- iststate"mayhavewonhimfans industry, as other countries launchingcapabilityhasnotbeen ernment's very public and among his Muslim base, but it facing similar rocket threats destroyed. Few Israelis believe it's sympathetic stance, the sym- also signaled that Turkey had clamor for the pioneering mis- anything but a matter of time pathy didn't translate into any lost its unique ability to act as a sile defense system. beforetherocketfirestartsanew, concrete assistance on the mediatorin the conflict. Whether that defense cou- pled with Israel's offensive in Gaza is enough to deter Hamas fro~ resuming its a~tacks remains unclear. ENZIAN From page 4A cated about the history and Israel's enemies are evil? That complexity of the Mideast they're wrong?" peace talks, "this is a dead conflict, permission to feel Coming to the defense of end," he says. "They're just complete loyalty to an im- Rabbi Brous is David Myers, interested in inflicting harm perfect Israel in the same way a professor of Jewish history onus.Soyoudowhatyouhave theyshowgreaterlovetotheir atUCLA, who accuses Gordis to do to defend your people." family and friends than to of"a rigid moral absolutism" And though Israel's gov- others, Stephens was making andassertsthat"weshouldbe ernment and society may be an important statement.And applauding ... that capacity flawed, likeanyother, it'smore one, it seems, that is being to manifest empathy beyond than alright to champion Je- challenged, atleast implicitly, one's own without surrender- rusalem'scauseforthesimple by other voices in the Jewish ingasenseofloveandbelong- reason that we're Jewish. community, ing to the Jewish people•" That was one of the rues- Daniel Gordis, a frequent Perhaps the rhetoric has sages Bret Stephens, foreign writer on the Mideast who overtakentheintentioninthis affairs correspondent for the is based in Jerusalem, took emotional argument. Judaism Wall Street Journal, offered issue with a message his does indeed teach us to care up to 100 high school juniors friend, Rabbi Sharon Brous, for "the other," and respect andseniorswhoarepartofthe sent to her Los Angelesif not love all humanity• But Write On For Israelprogram congregants last Friday, what about those whose ac- on Sunday morning at the entitled "Heartache." Her tions reflect the opposite of Kraft Center of Columbia words expressed empathy for humanity, whose mandate is University. (Write On is a Israelis, who "have the right to glorify death, to murder two-year advocacy-through- and the obligation to defend and obliterate? It is Judaism journalism program for high themselves," as well as "the that instructs us to "choose school students sponsored by Palestinian people, both in life" and defend ourselves, not The Jewish Week•) Gaza and in the West Bank," turn the other cheek. Yes, he said, when you get who "have suffered terribly Isavethelastwordherefor to college you will be chal- and deserve to live full and Rachel Klapper, a graduate of lenged to choose between dignified lives• the first Write On For Israel your pro-Israel credentials "We are deeply entrenched class a decade ago, now living and democratic values• But in our narratives of good and in Israel, with a husband who that's a false equation and a evil, victimandperpetrator-- has been called up to serve, sign of "massive hypocrisy," and we are scared," the rabbi along with tens of thousands he noted, because Israel is said, urgingherreadersnotto of his countrymen. the only state in the Mideast "diginourheels"or"diminish In a message to the cur- that embodies the values of the loss on the other side of rent Write On class, e-mailed women's equality, gay rights, the border, even to gloat. This this week, Rachel noted that concern for the environment, is not the Jewish way.""our sages told us Kol Yisrael a free and open press, and "Onthesurface, alovelyand Areivim Zeh LaZeh, that ev- the other liberal democratic innocuous message," Gordis ery Jew is dependent on each principles we tend totake for wrote. "But what's deeply other," and thanked the stu- granted in America. troubling is that every single dents for their efforts: "Every Equally important, he said, expression of sympathy for single thing you do with the is "the harder, deeper point" Israelis immediately coupled purpose of standing up for that beyondsupporting Israel to a similar sentiment about Israel," she wrote, "makes all for its "performance record" the Palestinians. Absolute the difference to us." as the start-up nation that balance, even on a week like Gary Rosenblatt is editor made the desert bloom, "you this, has become a supreme and publisher of The New should" connect with Israel commandment. 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