Americans for Peace Now (APN) welcomes the swearing in of a new Palestinian Authority government, headed by current Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and comprised of apolitical technocrats.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: June 2, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses the challenges the new Palestinian "technocrat" unity government sworn in in Ramallah this week presents to Israel and the US; the strange melodrama over the election of Israel's next president and what this tells us about PM Netanyahu's functioning; the US swap of five Guantanamo prisoners with the Taliban for an imprisoned US army sergeant; and why does either country need a "hot line" emergency phone connection between Netanyahu and Putin?

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News Nosh 06.01.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 01, 2014
Number of the day:
--Number of Palestinians in Israeli jails who will be joining the 240 prisoners already on hunger-strike. **

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News Nosh 06.02.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 02, 2014
Quote of the day:
"The quality of the Palestinian government and its makeup are the Palestinians’ business. Just as Israel or any other country cannot dictate the composition of the Egyptian or Jordanian governments, so it must be with the Palestinian government."
--Haaretz Editorial calls on Israel to recognize the new Palestinian unity government.**

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APN-OC: Op-eds - The Peace Process

Abbas' Generous Offer to Israel
Noam Sheizaf | +972 Magazine
May 7, 2014

"A new theory is taking shape in Israel these days: according to some heavyweight analysts and politicians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indeed went through a “personal transformation” . . ." Read More >


Peace Now, or Never
Ehud Olmert | The New York Times
September 21, 2011

"As the United Nations General Assembly opens this year, I feel uneasy. An unnecessary diplomatic clash between Israel and the Palestinians is taking shape in New York, and it will be harmful to Israel and to the future of the Middle East. I know that things could and should have been different . . ." Read More >


There is a Partner, Just Read the Papers
J.J. Goldberg | The Jewish Daily Forward
January 27, 2011

"Well, well, well, isn't this awkward? After all that talk about Israel having "no partner" for peace, it turns out the Palestinians were ready to make a deal after all, on terms that weren't far from Israel's bottom line . . ." Read More >


A Lesson From the Rabin Assassination
Ori Nir | APN Blog
October 29, 2009

"American baby-boomers will always remember where they were when President Kennedy was assassinated. Israelis, who today are marking the 14th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, will always remember where they were when Rabin was murdered by an Israeli religious-nationalist Jew . . ." Read More >

Bridging the Unbridgeable: The Holocaust And Al-Nakba
Dan Bar-On and Saliba Sarsar | Palestine-Israel Journal
Spring 2004

"Palestinians and Israeli Jews are deeply committed to the same tiny piece of land, from which both generate their identities and histories. The conflict has resulted in a total separation between them, and this is expressed through their respective narratives, rituals and myths . . ." Read More >


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News Nosh 06.03.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 03, 2014

Note: News Nosh will be off tomorrow for Shavuot holiday.

Quote of the day:
"Netanyahu's opposition to the unity government is an excuse meant to thwart diplomatic negotiations..."
-Meretz Chairwoman MK Zahava Gal-On calls on Israeli Prime Minister to reach out to new Palestinian unity government.**

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Setting the Record Straight: U.S. Law & the new PA government

There’s a lot of talk these days – from pundits, lobbyists, members of Congress, and others – to the effect that according to U.S. law, the Obama Administration must cut off all aid to the Palestinian Authority now that a new government is in power, a government that was produced out of a PLO-Hamas reconciliation agreement.

Regrettably, most of this talk appears to be informed more by anger, opinion, or wishful thinking than a careful analysis of the actual laws in question.   And as always, while every person is entitled to his or her own opinion, there is only one set of facts.  So now it's time to set the record straight.

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News Nosh 06.05.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 5, 2014

Number of the day:
--The number of new settlement homes Israel plans to build in retaliation for the formation of the (widely accepted) Palestinian Hamas-Fatah unity government.**

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News Nosh 06.06.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 06, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The hunger strike of the (Palestinian) administrative detainees puts a spotlight on one of the most serious injustices of the military rule in the Occupied Territories - the routine use of administrative detention against Palestinians who are detained for many months, and sometimes years, without knowing the allegations against them or when they will be released."
--The Association for Civil Rights in Israel speaks against on Israel's policy of administrative detention and its prime minister's plan to have hunger-striking detainees force-fed.**

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Ministry of Housing and Construction issued today tenders for 1466 new housing units at the West Bank (1066) and East Jerusalem (400).  The announcement comes three days after the ministry also re-issued tenders for an additional 232 housing units at the West Bank settlements.
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