August 3, 2015 - Ten years to the Gaza withdrawal

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This week, Alpher discusses why Israel’s unilateral withdrawal of settlements and troops from the Gaza Strip ten years ago didn’t produce additional withdrawals from the West Bank as well and generate some sort of positive momentum toward resolution of the conflict; if Sharon and Olmert had different approaches to the idea of independent withdrawal; the settler movement’s response to the Gaza withdrawal; how Sharon envisioned the settlement project, and what made him adopt the extreme measure of unilateral withdrawal; Labor leader Isaac Herzog on the withdrawal and negotiating a West Bank withdrawal; and a cost-benefit analysis of a possible IDF withdrawal on the West Bank.

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August 10, 2015 - Europe and Israel: between shared interests and the threat of sanctions

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This week, Alpher discusses the European Union and Israel's shared issues and interests that mitigate against tensions on Israel regarding the settlements and the peace process including energy, illegal immigration, and intelligence; how European Jewish immigration to Israel affects Israeli-European ties; where the Greek financial crisis fits in; and what happens if EU economic sanctions against Israel because of the Palestinian issue grow stronger and even develop into political and cultural sanctions; where this leaves the European-Israeli relationship and what Israel should do about it.

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News Nosh 08.02.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday August 2, 2015 
                
Quote of the day:
“More than feeling ashamed, I feel pain. Pain for the murder of a little baby. Pain that my people have chosen the path of terror and have lost their humanity. Their way is not my way. Their way is not our way. Their way is not the way of the State of Israel and not the way of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, until now, we have treated the phenomenon of Jewish terror loosely. Maybe we didn’t internalize that we are facing an ideological group, determined and dangerous which aims to destroy the delicate bridges we build with great labor.”
--President Reuven Rivlin in his speech at the protest rally in Jerusalem against Israeli violence and in a post on his Facebook page.

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Shame on you," "You are not my president," "You do not represent me in any way," "The President of the Arabs, not the Jews." 
--Some of the comments and curses written on the Facebook page of President Reuven Rivlin after he condemned the attack by Jewish terrorists, who killed a Palestinian baby.
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News Nosh 08.03.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday August 3, 2015 
 
Quote of the day:
"There are murderers who think that gays are endangering Judaism, there are murderers because they are under occupation, there are murderers because their blood boils over the murder of Jews and there are murderers in order to protect Israel. Every murderer and his reason."
--Moti Fogel, whose brother's family was murdered in 2011 and who saw Shira Banki stabbed last week a day before the murder of a Palestinian toddler, shares his thoughts about hatred and murder in Israeli society.
You Must Be Kidding: 
"Because, it's not possible that to a demonstration against the murder of children and innocent fewer people show up than to one that deals with housing prices or that against the freezing of construction in settlements."
--Israeli author Etgar Keret reveals that few people showed up to Saturday night's demonstrations and the media hid that fact.
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APN Briefing Call with Peace Now's Hagit Ofran - Thursday, August 6

Listen to the August 6th Briefing Call with:

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Hagit Ofran
Peace Now Settlement Watch Director

Hagit discussed the latest developments in regard to Israeli settler extremists, settlements in the West Bank and Israeli government settlement construction policy, as well as Peace Now’s recent rally against Jewish terrorism and incitement, other recent successful Peace Now activities.

Listing to a recording: Hagit Ofran briefing 6 Aug 2015

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News Nosh 08.04.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday August 4, 2015 
 
Quote of the day:
"Where is God's house located? In (murdered victim) Shira Banki’s home or (stabber) Yishai Shlissel's home? In Shlissel's Jerusalem, since the time of the Second Temple, there have been zealots walking around full of hatred, who use the name of G-d to put fear in the streets. They are certain that G-d gave them the keys to the city..."
--Rabbi Binyamin (Benny) Lau writes about secular Jews vs. religious Jews and who has ownership over morality. 

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Some Muslim was burned, probably a future terrorist, so there's a big fuss, and our president accuses the entire Jewish nation of the crime. It doesn't make sense. Where is the president when Jews are murdered every other day?"
--"Asheriko from Facebook" tells Ynet in an interview after uploading videos of President Reuven Rivlin in Nazi uniform.
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What is "Price Tag"?

Last week’s arson attack in the West Bank village of Duma burned to death a Palestinian baby and severely injured his parents and his brother. It also re-introduced to the term “Price Tag,” the violent attacks by settlers – mainly against Palestinians, and sometimes against Israelis – that range in severity between vandalism and murder.

The attack again demonstrated the misperceptions among Israelis and Americans about the nature of the violence perpetrated by extremist settlers. Contrary to what many would like to believe, these acts of violence – including murderous attacks such as last week’s – are typically not carried out by lone psychopaths or even by a handful of lunatics.

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Members of Congress in Support of the Iran Deal

This page features statements -- links and excerpts -- from members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in formal support of the Iran nuclear deal, starting with the latest statements. (Last update: September 17, 11:02am, EST)

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News Nosh 08.05.15


APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday August 5, 2015 
 
Quote of the day:
"They want to build a new holy temple and they want to kick out, expel, eliminate, what they call 'idolaters'. And if that, by chance, reminds you of the ideology of ISIS and Hamas, it probably is not far from reality.” 
--Former senior Shin Bet official, Lior Ackerman, compares Jewish extremists to ISIS, after one was put under administrative detention (prison without charges). 

You Must Be Kidding: 
91.5
--Percentage of investigations into settler attacks on Palestinians that were closed without indictments, despite Israeli authorities claims of being committed to cracking down on nationalistically-motivated crimes.
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News Nosh 08.06.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday August 6, 2015 
 
Quote of the day:
"In my view, if we all are silent about these things, we are all collaborators.”
--President Reuven Rivlin responds to his detractors for speaking out against Jewish terror.
You Must Be Kidding: 
“Of course I am.”
--Right-wing Lehava organization director, Beni Gopstein, answered the question in a debate about whether he is in favor of burning churches.

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