Much of this piece is sourced at:

http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/search.cgi?match=AND&keywords=j+street+pundak+spivak&submit=Search

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President of Israel. Shimon Peres flies to meet with US President Obama after the recent Peres embrace of J Street, the organization which tried to get the US to vote against Israel at the UN, the organization that welcomed the BDS boycotters to its conference, the organization that most recently tried to stymie a US Congressional petition against Palestinian incitement.

At the J Street conference, Dr. Ron Pundak, director of the Peres Centre for Peace addressed the J-Street Conference, and viewed as the representative of Israeli President Shimon Peres, referred to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as a “dream ticket,” saying that Israel “will not find better leaders working for peace.”

Pundak indicated that he believed that Israel should arrive at an agreement with this “dream ticket,” – without delay – but that “unfortunately we do not have on our side a similar dream team”. President Peres indeed dispatched a letter of greeting, to J Street, dated February 26, 2011,

http://conference.jstreet.org/system/storage/166/17/f/206/president_shimon_peres_letter_of_support.pdf

The Peres presidential letter was written one day after J-Street called on the US to support the PLO resolution at the UN Security Council calling for the halt of settlement construction, including east Jerusalem, which the Obama administration vetoed after all other permanent members voted were in favor.

On the very day that the PA entered into negotiations with Hamas, Peres wrote that, “This is a tumultuous time, but it is also a time of opportunity. An opportunity to rekindle the peace negotiations with the Palestinians leading to two states for two peoples-democratic states based on science and technology-that live side by side.”

Peres, wrote in his letter to J Street that “quiet diplomacy overcomes the prejudices and polarization is replaced by compromises. And combined with the art of policy making it secure the support of the respective publics, peace becomes tangible, for the remaining gaps are small and can be bridged.” [emphasis added].

J Street distributed the Peres letter on Capitol Hill. Immediately after the conference, on march 1st, and then again on March 15th, after the murders in Itamar.

In a statement to the press at the J Street conference, Peres Center director Pundak expressed satisfaction that even though the Israeli government chose not to send Ambassador Michael Oren or any representative from the government to the J-Streeet conference, Peres as President saw fit to send formal greetings to the conference.

“Peres believes in [ going in] one direction and the [Israeli] government believes in another. Peres is a man who believes in pursuing peace in any way, in any option and the [Israeli government under Netanyahu] is the opposite,” said Pundak. He noted that the current Israeli government was doing all it could to thwart a peace agreement.

“So there’s a conflict between two lines” [that of Peres and the Israeli government], Pundak added.

Pundak added that “The Peres center very much supports the activities of J-Street”, confirming that the Peres center is one of the “participating organizations” at the conference.

Pundak went on to say that the Peres Center would join the J Street effort to favor an Obama initiative to impose a solution.

Pundak,criticized “the person in the White house” for “doing nothing” to make a two state solution to become reality. He also said that Obama should take action in the very near future. When asked why he was calling on Obama to impose a solution on the parties, rather than getting out on the streets and working to convince Israelis of his position and cause his government to fall, Pundak replied: “ But, how do we do it?,

Pundak added that, ‘This is also an international interest not only our interest. We don’t have a government which is willing to move forward so we need to impose something.”

During the J Street conference, our agency dispatched the enclosed letter to the spokesman of Peres, asking him to explain how it could be

that “remaining gaps are small and can be bridged.”, considering the state of Palestinian education.

The spokesman confirmed that he received the letter. However, the spokesman of Peres says that Peres cannot answer the letter.

The spokesman for Peres was asked whether Peres has seen the Palestinian school books which prepare the next generation for war.

The Peres spokesman said that he did not know.

Speaking with the spokesman of Peres on four more occasions, the Peres spokesman continued to say that he cannot confirm if Peres knows about the content of Palestinian Authority school books

Now, on the eve of the Peres visit to Washington, the Peres spokesman will not confirm if Peres will raise the issue of the continued official Palestinian Auhority incitement during his visit to Washington.

It is noteworthy that since the inception of the Oslo process, Peres has consistently denigrated the issue of official Palestinian Authority incitement.

Throughout 1994 and 1995, when the Institute for Peace Education Ltd produced videos of Arafat’s speeches which continued to support Jihad holy war and the continuation of the war to liberate Palestine, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres implored the Israel TV (there was only one channel then ) not to air Arafat’s speeches in the Arabic language.

On March 1, 2000, Peres addressed an international colloquium for the Jewish media, where Peres announced that the PA had adopted a PA school curriculum for peace. When I pointed out to Peres that the curriculum that he had quoted had been vetoed by the PA, Peres moved away from the microphone and said “I know”

In March, 2011, the Israeli government made a seminal decision to condition continued negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on the cessation of the official incitement in the Palestinian Authority media and PA schools.

The question remains: Will Peres ignore the official Israeli government decision concerning the cessation of Palestinian incitement during his meetings with President Obama and with leading members of the US Congress and the US media, or will Peres conform to policies advocated by the Peres Center for Peace?

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LETTER SENT TO PERES WITHOUT RESPONSE.

28.2.11

To: Mitchell Barak

Spokesman,

President Shimon Peres

From:David Bedein,Director

Israel Resource News Agency & Center for Near East Policy Research

Yesterday, President Peres communicated to J Street that “Peace becomes tangible, for the remaining gaps are small and can be bridged.” This is not the first time that the president has expressed this assessment of the peace process.

The question remains: Is President Peres not aware of the fact that the Palestinian Authority school system is indoctrinating the next generation of Palestinian school children to liberate all of Palestine, with no pretense of peace with Israel or recognition of Israel?

Translated Pages from Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks

http://israelbehindthenews.com/library/pdfs/PA-schoolbooks.pdf

TRANSLATION INTO HEBREW: Quotes from

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TEXTBOOKS

http://israelbehindthenews.com/library/pdfs/Quotations_from_the_PA_Textbooks_He.pdf

Shabbak study of PA education
http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/Hebrew/heb_n/pdf/as_nm.pdf

Nakba Education in UNRWA camps

http://forthesakeofnakba.blogspot.com/2010/07/for-sake-of-nakba.html

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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