News Nosh 5.22.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday May 22, 2017
Quote of the day:

"Hello President Trump, you are about to spend two days with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. I know you appreciate alternative facts. Well, you came to the right place. So here are a few basic truths that any first time visitor should know. #1 There’s almost nothing that gets everyone laughing around here like when PM Netanyahu says he supports a two state solution. For Bibi, when it comes to occupation, the best deal is no deal."
--Leader of the mostly Arab Joint List faction, MK Ayman Odeh, made an informative - and amusing - video (in English!) of tips for the visiting US President.*
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News Nosh 5.21.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday May 21, 2017
Front Page:
  • Trump will ask Netanyahu and Abbas to take confidence-building steps during his visit
  • Trump to Russia: The dismissal of the FBI chief took pressure off of me
  • Rouhani defeated the religious conservative opponent by a landslide for second term as President
  • Public Security Ministry poll points to increased violence in schools
  • Ministers to discuss today appointment of lawyer who will look at confidential evidence in order to aid security detainees
  • Prime Minister’s Office blocking street near Netanyahu’s Residence without a permit
  • President of Brazil suspected of bribery crimes and obstruction of justice
  • Thank you, America // Gideon Levy
  • At Cannes, united Jerusalem forever // Omer Ben-Yaakov
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Legislative Round-Up: May 19, 2017

 Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived

  1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
  2. Hearings
  3. On the Record

Shameless plug: New Lara Friedman op-ed, published 5/18: Netanyahu’s Predictable Traps to Sabotage Peace

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Peace Now Settlement Watch: In Contrast to The Declared Policy – Another Outpost Legalization

In Contrast to The Declared Settlement Policy – Israel Retroactively Legalizes Another Illegal Outpost, Thus Establishing another New Settlement

On 7 May 2017, the objections subcommittee of the Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee decided to reject objections to the plan to retroactively legalize the illegal outpost of Kerem Reim (Also known as Nahlei Tal, located West of Ramallah). The objections were discussed almost three years ago, in August 2014, but a decision has only been made this week. The fact that it took the subcommittee three years to make this decision illustrates the involvement of political echelons both in the stopping of the plan in the past and in its current promotion.

Another Proof of No Restraint and No New Settlement Policy
On 30 March 2017, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a new settlement policy in a cabinet meeting. PM Netanyahu proclaimed that as a part of this policy no new illegal outposts will be established, and no retroactive legalizations of illegal outposts will take place. The decision to promote the plan for the illegal outpost of Kerem Reim stands in direct contradiction to the new declared policy. The promotion of the plan is a part of a process of establishing a new settlement in the West Bank by retroactively legalizing the illegal outpost, which was established in 2012.

The Illegal Outpost of Kerem Reim and The Plan for Its Retroactive Legalization
In 2012, a new illegal outpost named Nahlei Tal (later changed to Kerem Reim) was established West of Ramallah. Several mobile homes were put in place, roads were established illegally, several families moved in and connected to infrastructure – of course – illegally. The mobile homes were placed on “state lands,” while some of the roads and infrastructure were on private lands. Nahlei Tal or Kerem Reim was the first outpost established since 2005, after the Sharon government committed not to build any new illegal outposts, and during the period of the Sasson Report and Peace Now’s petitions to evacuate illegal outposts.

Shortly after the establishment of the illegal outpost, on 9 May 2013, the Defense Minister approved the promotion of a plan for 255 housing units in order to retroactively legalize the illegal outpost as a neighborhood of the Talmon settlement. The plan was approved for depositing and published for objections, and in August 2014 a hearing took place, during which residents of Al-Mazra'a al-Qibliya – the village which lands were taken by the outpost – voiced their objections together with Bimkom. Since then the plan had been frozen until this week.

During 2016, massive foundations work began to take place at the illegal outpost for the purpose of constructing permanent homes. All of this was done illegally, without the plan being approved and without the government approving the establishment of a new settlement.
A Peace Now study found that among those involved in the establishment of the illegal outpost, beyond the small group of settlers that established it, are the Benjamin Regional Council as well as the Amana organization. After exposing the illegal construction work Peace Now demanded form the Attorney General the opening of an investigation against those responsible for the illegal construction. After months without a reply, Peace Now submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice, demanding an investigation on the matter and asking to stop the illegal construction. On 9 April 2017, the High Court issued a temporary stop work injunction, prohibiting any construction work in the outpost as long as the petition is ongoing.

Apparently, due to the petition, the government decided to promote the plan in order to argue at the High Court that there is no need to enforce the law on the illegal construction, as it will soon be approved. An official response by the state to the High Court should be submitted by May 30 2017.
It is important to note that even if the plan will be approved, the illegal activity conducted up until this point cannot be ignored, and this is what Peace Now seeks to achieve in its petition. It is through this type of illegal activity – that proceeds in the settlement enterprise without any law enforcement – that a small group of settlers determines Israel’s settlement policy and influences the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.

WATCH: Peace Now’s Anat Ben Nun: Support Peace Now's Demonstration on May 27th

On Saturday, May 27th, the Israeli public will speak out against occupation and for a two-state solution. Peace Now will gather Israelis from around the country for "Two States – One Hope," a demonstration against 50 years of occupation and conflict.

Click here to support "Two States – One Hope" and help restore hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The government may hope to silence those who oppose its policies, but Peace Now and the Israeli people will not be silenced.

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We're hitting the streets

Two States One Hope

On Saturday, May 27th, Peace Now will bring thousands of Israelis - as well as prominent public figures, artists, and musicians - to Rabin Square in Tel Aviv with one simple message:

Enough of 50 years of occupation!

Before we take to the streets to celebrate "Two States – One Hope," I urge you to watch a brief video featuring Peace Now's Anat Ben Nun. It demonstrates the difficult, on-the-ground work that Peace Now does every day, as well as the passion and commitment that will be on display next Saturday.

WATCH: Peace Now's Anat Ben Nun: Help support "Two States – One Hope"

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News Nosh 5.19.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 19, 2017
Number of the day:
-- Percentage of Jewish Israelis who said they considered the Trump administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, significantly down from 79% on January 11.*
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News Nosh 5.18.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday May 18, 2017
Quote of the day:
“We are sitting here with two populations, one of them endowed with all the civil rights and the other denied all rights. This is a picture of two classes of citizens that is hard to defend, even in the special context of Jewish history. The world will side with a liberation movement of that one and a half million surrounded by several tens of millions.”
--Then Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban told government ministers on June 14, 1967, a week after conquering the Palestinian Territories.*
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WATCH: Two States - One Hope

On Saturday, May 27th, Peace Now will gather Israelis from around the country for "Two States – One Hope," a demonstration against 50 years of occupation and conflict.  

Click here to support "Two States – One Hope" and help restore hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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News Nosh 5.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday May 17, 2017
Quote of the day:
“If there is no indictment, I will go public and tell everything."
--Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon implicated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 'Case 3000', the submarine corruption affair.*
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