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Israel-PA Negotiators Back to Work in Jerusalem

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

U.S. mediators are in Jerusalem “helping” Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators get back to the table and back to work. Again.

Chief negotiators Tzipi Livni for Israel and Saeb Erekat for the PA are scheduled to meet today with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk and others. Indyk, Livni and Erekat have already met three times this week. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is in the United States, and met last night in Washington D.C. with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“We note that the contact in meetings between the negotiators is continuing and note that they are engaging in serious and intensive efforts to find a way out of the current impasse,” said U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki at a briefing Wednesday night. She was careful not to confirm that a meeting between the two sides would actually take place Thursday in Jerusalem. One cannot ever predict what will happen in Jerusalem and the Obama administration is now sadder and wiser.

Kerry kept his words upbeat while speaking to media ahead of his meeting with Liberman. “We are working hard to find a way forward. And both parties indicate they would like to find a way to go forward in the talks.”

Since the talks have yet to make any real progress at all, let alone move the “peace process” even one concrete inch on core issues, one questions exactly where “forward” each party means to go when they make that statement to the United States. It seems that Israel has made all the concessions – like freeing dozens of bloodthirsty terrorists in repeated “good will gestures” – and no visible reciprocal moves have been made by the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu finally ordered all government ministries except those related to defense, and all negotiators except Tzipi Livni, to cease civilian and economic contacts with the PA. The move came Wednesday in response to the PA’s brazen violation of its commitment not to sign membership for international agencies, treaties and organizations until the end of talks with Israel, slated for April 29.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 15 global treaties, as head of the ‘State of Palestine,’ four days after Israel failed to release a group of 30 terrorist prisoners, among them 20 Israeli Arab citizens over which Abbas actually has no jurisdiction whatsoever.

That group was the last of four whose releases were supposed to be linked to progress in the talks and the active participation of Abbas at the negotiating table. But Abbas had not been present since last November, and no progress had been made.

Israeli ministers balked at releasing the final group of prisoners in the face of no progress, a month ahead of a deadline for talks that had accomplished nothing. Instead, Israel advanced a proposal to extend the talks until the end of 2014 and release 400 more prisoners in addition to the group of 30 scheduled to be freed – but the PA rebuffed the offer and instead walked away.

When talking to media in Washington, Liberman was blunt but polite about his view of what crashed the negotiations, choosing his words carefully.

“Unilateral steps,” he said, would only “undermine all our efforts.” A final status deal that would bring peace means a lot to Israel. The Jewish State is “ready to sacrifice a lot for this goal.”

Minister Accompanying Netanyahu: Settlement Freeze Off the Table

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz, accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to the U.S., told Israel Radio Tuesday morning that Israel’s position both regarding the peace negotiations with the Palestinians and the Iran question are receiving wall-to-wall support in Congress.

According to Stenitz, the leaders of the Senate and the House understand that the main hurdle before the peace process is the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to their own country, and their terrible incitement against Israel.

According to the Washington Post, after his conference with Obama, Netanyahu met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Capitol Hill. Cantor said the Palestinians must “accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” and “uniformly and aggressively” combat terrorism while confronting, not condoning, “incitement against the Jews.”

Steinitz added that the Palestinian demand for a freeze on settlement housing starts, as well as their insistence on prisoner release in exchange for extending the negotiations are simply not part of the discussion.

Leftist party Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On told Israel Radio that the settlement freeze would serve Israel’s interests more than it would the Palestinians’.

Labor MK Nachman Shai argues that the Ukrainian crisis is not diverting the world’s attention away from Israel and the peace negotiations, and is not improving Israel’s political situation.

But, despite MK Shai’s note to the contrary, AP reported that Secretary of State Kerry left Monday for the Ukrainian capital. The European Union’s foreign ministers, meantime, issued a Thursday deadline for Russia President Vladimir Putin to pull back his troops or face a rejection of visa liberalization and economic cooperation negotiations long in the works.

And the White House said Obama met for more than two hours Monday night with the National Security Council, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to discuss what steps the United States can take with international partners to further isolate Russia and persuade it to de-escalate the situation.

So, for now, nobody is pushing the 2-state thing. Maybe wait until after the Russian occupation…

DC’s Eli’s Restaurant to Relocate on Same Street

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Eli’s Restaurant, a popular kosher eatery in Washington frequented by politicians, will move instead of closing down.

After announcing in October that the restaurant would close because of a redevelopment project, it announced this week that it would move three blocks from its current location at the southeast corner of the intersection of N and 20th streets, NW, where it has been since 2004.

A petition  circulated on Change.org, garnered more than 400 signatures from supporters who stressed to the owners “how important it is that they find a new location in DC and continue to serve the downtown Jewish community.”

At least one other kosher eatery is open in downtown Washington, at the local JCC.

13 Dead in Mid-Atlantic Storms, 3 Million Without Power

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

A series of violent storms sweeping the mid-Atlantic region have left 13 dead and three million people without power in oppressive summer heat.

It may take as long as a week to restore power in various locations.  Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Washington DC and Virginia declared emergencies, with Viriginia suffering its largest non-hurricane power outage in history.  Cell phone and internet services have also been hit, with many gas stations closing and residents being urged to stay put and conserve water.

Residents of Maryland and Washington DC tried hard to stay cool, with temperatures reaching 104 on Friday.

Six people were killed in Virginia during the storms, two in New Jersey, two in Maryland, one in Kentucky, one in Washington DC, and one in Ohio.

Mossad Chief Held Secret Talks In US on Iran

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Comments made during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed that Mossad chief Tamir Pardo recently held secret talks in the US on the Iranian nuclear threat.

Pardo’s meetings were exposed during an interchange between Senator Diane Feinstein and CIA Director David Petraeus on the Iran. Feinstein mentioned that she had met Pardo earlier in the week in Washington DC, and Petraeus responded by saying that he too had met with the Mossad chief.

Kosher Tidbits from around the Web – December 24, 2007

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Last week the topic of discussion was the kosher cheeseburger found on the menu at Talia’s Steakhouse. Made with soy cheese and supposedly grilled to perfection, they say it’s a must try for those who have spent their years wondering what all the fuss was about.
 
Interested in a trying a truly natural soft drink – well Reed’s Ginger Brews are now certified kosher by the OU. They are available in six flavors including original, spiced apple brew and raspberry ginger. You can check their website to see where to purchase in your area.

Kosher Community Surveys is now surveying Cleveland and Washington DC. Click here for more information or to participate.

It seems that while the Krispy Kreme at Penn Station gets its donuts from a location in Connecticut that is supervised, the Penn Station location itself is not. We must train our children and ourselves to consistently check for a teudah at every store before making a purchase.

Expecting to be in Southern Ukraine – well don’t worry about where to look for kosher food. The local Chabad Rabbi, Rabbi Perlstein, is opening a grocery complete with everything one can need for a kosher meal – including meat, chicken and dairy products.

And finally, for the low price of $18 you can purchase and download a database into your GPS that contains over 1000 restaurants throughout the US and Canada and over 2000 places in the same locations where you can catch a minyan.

Kosher Tidbits from around the Web — June 4, 2007

Monday, June 4th, 2007

They say the best way to watch a baseball game is with food in one hand and a soft drink or beer in the other. Well, rumorhas it the best potato knishes at a ballpark can be found at RFK Stadium in Washington DC and amazingly enough they’re kosher. As a matter of fact quality kosher food can be purchased at many sports arena thanks to a company called Kosher Sports.

And speaking of kosher food, interesting places and convenience – coming soon to an airport, hospital, hotel and office near you – vending machines selling hot kosher food. The dream-child of Alan Cohnen, and Doron Fetman, Kosher Vending Industries, has the only kosher license for a patented vending machine that keeps food like pizza, mozzarella sticks, potato knishes, onion rings, or vegetarian cutlets frozen until the moment of purchase. Then within 45 seconds, hot piping food becomes available.

In Beijing and looking for a place to eat – China Daily recommends checking out Dini’s Kosher restaurant. This “oasis for the Jewish community” serves Japanese dishes (yes, Japanese) as well as old-time American favorites like foot-long hot dogs and open pastrami sandwiches.

Want to give your opinionon a restaurant, deli or take-out place in your neighborhood? Check out Kosher Community Surveys where your thoughts and opinions matter.

And finally our friends at R.A.B. Food Group, LLC – otherwise known as Manischewitz – have announced the 2nd annual Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off. This time around the first round tryouts will be held in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. So, chefs, gather up your recipes and give it a try, the grand prize in this contest – State-of-the-art, GE Profile Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances.

 

November 14 Filing Deadline For Romanian Restitution

Friday, December 7th, 2001

As we report elsewhere this week, the Prime Minister of Romania has announced that the deadline for filing claims for restitution payments for those who once held property in pre-war Romania is November 14, 2001.

According to a statement by the Association of Jewish Romanian Americans, a “letter of intent” must be filed with the Romanian Ambassador in Washington DC by November 14, 2001 and documentation of claims must be produced within eighteen months thereafter. Registered letters should be sent to:

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru
Embassy of Romania
1607 23 Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Those wishing to file a claim are urged to confirm the procedure with the Romanian Embassy at 202-387-6901.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/november-14-filing-deadline-for-romanian-restitution/2001/12/07/

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