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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

This week, Alpher discusses President Rivlin's attack on Prime Minister Netanyahu and his coalition; Netanyahu's response; how you explain Rivlin; Netanyahu's birthday celebration and his son's birthday greeting; another lawsuit against Sara Netanyahu from an employee of the prime minister's residence; and the bottom line.

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

This week, Alpher discusses why the Netanyahu government’s response to the Cairo agreement has been so low key; how Trump's “decertification” of the Iran nuclear deal might affect Israel; how the US decision to leave UNESCO might affect Israel; and how escalation between the US and North Korea might affect Israel.

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Trump, the Peace Process, and Elections

Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (September 6, 2017)
A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (JMCC) in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung showed Palestinian pessimism towards the United States’ role in the peace process six months after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The majority of respondents (79.3%) said Trump was not serious in his call for a resumption of the peace process, while 11.9% said he was serious. Meanwhile, 42.9% said there was a decline in the Unites States’ dealings with the Middle East peace process, while 42.8% said there had been no change compared to previous US Administrations. Read More >

A future for Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding

Ned Lazarus / BICOM (July 2017)
The report finds that grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace building projects work - and are a vital missing ingredient in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process - and sets out clear recommendations for practitioners and funders looking to help build the conditions for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. PDF >

Palestinian Public are Tactical Moderates, But Strategic Militants: Where Does that lead?

David Pollock / Fikra Forum, The Washington Institute (June 15, 2017)
Pollock analyzes a survey that shows the Palestinian public is more moderate than its leaders on short-term issues - such as PA funding for terrorists, a U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem, or Hamas attacks on Israel - but more conservative on the existential, narrative issues. Read More >

 

 

How Many Settlers Really Live in the West Bank?

Yotam Berger / Haaretz (June 15, 2017)
Haaretz investigation reveals that 8 official settlements havee been built in the West Bank in the last 30 years, the Jewish population in the West Bank has increased by more than 330,000 people, and over 40% of the more than 380,000 settlers living in the West Bank are outside the settlement blocs. Read More >

News Nosh 6.01.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 1, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Perhaps in ancient Greece it was possible to maintain a democracy while slaves were shackled in citizens’ basements. But since humankind recognized the self-evident truths, that all people have equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – a regime that rules vast numbers of people absent of rights, and does all it can to perpetuate its rule, is not a democracy."
-- Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard argues that Israel is not a democracy.*
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What do Israelis think about settlements? Turns out age matters.

Oded Haklai / Washington Post (January 11, 2017)
The survey asks different age groups of Israelis about perceptions of settlement location in or outside the territory of the state of Israel and whether they thought Israel declared sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Read More >

How much do the settlements really cost?

Yanig Magal / Globes (January 10, 2017)
This article estimates what Israel spends on the settlements each year given that there is no separate budget for expenditure beyond the Green Line. The estimate includes the figures Israel reports to the U.S. - it was agreed between the two countries that the amount invested in settlements would be deducted from annual aid - as well as unreported costs related to transportation, infrastructure, and public sector employment. Read More >

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