Not so much as a mustard seed.

Tu Bishvat

The Torah forbids the cutting down of fruitful trees, even during a time of war. The basis for this law appears in the book of Deuteronomy, with the verse adding rhetorically, “Is the tree of the field a man that you should make war upon it?”

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News Nosh 02.01.15

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APN's daily news review from Israel

Sunday February 1, 2015
 

Quote of the day:

“If I go to the ceremony, and if I have the civic courage, I'll raise a handwritten placard in the hall. It will say that the Jerusalem Municipality does not have the right to award a prize for the freedom of the individual in society, because it does not respect the rights of the individual of the myriads of its residents.”
--Ilana Hammerman writes about her dilemma in attending the ceremony for "The Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society," which she will be awarded on February 8th.**

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News Nosh 02.02.15


APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 2, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Dialogue is important, especially when there is no consensus."
--Nava Boker, Likud candidate #25, speaking at a weekend conference with the former Palestinian prisoners' affairs minister.**

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Peace Now: What They Said

 

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Codes of violence

This week, Alpher discusses whether there are new components to the Israeli-Hezbollah equation and if the attack of the IDF convoy is the end of this round of violence between them; how that relates to Iran; how Alpher understands the Washington Post’s revelation that the CIA and the Mossad collaborated in the 2009 assassination in Damascus of Hezbollah military chief Imad Moughniyeh; what his take on the film American Sniper and its controversial view of several aspects of US military involvement in Iraq; and why the recent Houthi coup in Yemen brings back interesting memories among a select group of Israeli security veterans.

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Articles on announcement of 450 Israeli Settlement Tenders

Kiryat_Arba_Construction2012The January 30, 2015, announcement by the Israeli Government of tenders (allowing for bids) for construction of 450 new settlement housing units in the West Bank (including Kiryat Arba, pictured) was covered extensively in the Israeli and international press.  Peace Now was prominently referenced, including from its released statement which said in part:

"After embarrassing the Obama administration with the invitation to the Congress, Netanyahu adds another slam in the face of the Americans, showing no respect to Israel's closest ally," 

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News Nosh 02.03.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 3, 2015

Quote of the day:
"The nature of the Jewish settlement in the city and its way of action smear and disgrace the entire Israeli society.”
--Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer criticized the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the Jewish settlement enclave in Hebron.**

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News Nosh 02.04.15


APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 4, 2015

Quote of the day:
"The truck was even wider than the road. It's certain death. We should all be angry at those who run the country like this. Someone murdered (these women). Look at this road. Let the officer who authorized opening such road should come here."
--Ali, a relative of some of the killed and wounded in the horrific road accident on Road #31, which kills an average of nine people a year, told Maariv.

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News Nosh 02.05.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 5, 2015

Quote of the day:
“Apparently the police have been using a new weapon with a higher potential for injury and killing, before drafting the required procedures regulating its use and the minimum permitted ranges.” 
--Association for Civil Rights in Israel Adv. Anne Sucio in a letter urging the Attorney General to investigate immediately.**

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ohio Republican John Boehner, has issued an invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on March 3. According to his own account, Boehner did so in coordination with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu has drawn criticism, bafflement, and outrage from across the political spectrum – in the U.S., in Israel and around the world. This invitation was made without coordinating with the White House, in violation of protocol – but it violated much more than that.

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