In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Palestinians balk at Kerry, refuse to endorse plan restarting talks with Israel

By Edmund Sanders

Bibi threatened with collapsed government if he caves

JewishWorldReview.com |

W ERUSALEM— (MCT) Dimming hopes for an imminent breakthrough in Mideast peace talks, Palestinian leaders on Thursday declined to endorse a U.S. proposal to restart direct negotiations with Israel.

After an urgent meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian leaders from the major political factions said they needed more time to study the initiative, but several expressed doubts that it will be enough to entice them back to the negotiating table.

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

U.S. officials, nevertheless, kept working late Thursday in an effort to address the Palestinians' concerns and win their support.

Expectations had been high earlier in the day that Palestinians would quickly accept the initiative, clearing the way for the first direct talks since 2010 between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The lack of a quick endorsement was another setback for Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who has made a resumption of Mideast peace talks a top priority. On his sixth trip to the region in as many months, Kerry met this week with Abbas in Amman, Jordan, in an attempt to persuade the Palestinian leader to return to negotiations.

After receiving Kerry's proposal this week, Abbas gathered leaders of his Fatah party, the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee and other Palestinian factions to unveil details of the plan, which has so far been kept secret.

As leaders exited the meeting, many expressed disappointment, saying the plan failed to address long-standing demands that Israel halt all settlement construction on land it seized in 1967 and accept the pre-1967 lines as the basis for future border talks, officials said.

Those in the meeting said the Palestinian leadership was reluctant to reject the plan outright for fear of alienating America's top diplomat. Instead they asked a committee to formulate an official response, expected late Thursday or Friday, which is likely to ask for clarification and changes.

"There is opposition," said Azzam Ahmad, a member of Fatah's central committee. He said Palestinians want a clearer statement that talks will be resumed using the 1967 lines as a basis for setting borders.

Mustafa Barghouti, head of the independent National Initiative, said the U.S. proposal fell short. "Kerry's plan did not say anything about settlement freeze and the 1967 borders," he said. "What Kerry presented was very general and the same" as what President Barack Obama previously said, Barghouti noted.

According to Qais Abdul Karim, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the PLO Executive Committee, the leadership felt "the plan presented by Kerry was not enough to resume negotiations."

Substantive peace talks between Israel and Palestinians have been stalled since 2008, though Netanyahu and Abbas met briefly in 2010 at the urging of Obama. Those talks broke down a month later when Israel refused to extend its 10-month partial freeze on West Bank settlement construction and Abbas quit in protest.


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Many had expected Palestinians to accept Kerry's plan, particularly after the Arab League endorsed it Wednesday.

But Abbas is said to be leery of re-entering another round of peace talks that fail. His failure to bring Palestinians closer to statehood through negotiations has cost him political support at home.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday that no announcement regarding a resumption of talks was imminent. Kerry is expected to leave Friday.

Some unconfirmed elements of Kerry's plan began to circulate Thursday in the Israeli news media.

One report suggested that Netanyahu had agreed to resume talks based on the pre-1967 lines, with mutually agreed-upon land swaps, something he has long rejected. His spokesman quickly denied the report.

Instead, it is expected that Kerry would declare the 1967 lines as the basis for negotiations, allowing Netanyahu to accept his invitation to join the process without explicitly accepting the terms, according to Israel's Channel 2.

A similar compromise would be used to overcome Abbas' refusal to accept Israel as a "Jewish" state.

It remained unclear how Kerry's plan would address settlement construction, but many expect Netanyahu to quietly agree to a limited freeze, as long as it does not include Jerusalem or the major settlement blocks.

Netanyahu's right-wing coalition partners warned him against accepting the 1967 lines as a basis for border negotiations.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist Jewish Home, said Thursday that he would quit the government if the prime minister negotiated under such a framework.

"The Jewish Home, under my leadership, will not be part of a government agreeing to negotiate on the basis of the 67 lines, not even for one second," he said on his Facebook page. "Jerusalem, our capital, is not, nor will it ever be, up for negotiation."

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