President Trump is again sending his two Middle East envoys, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, together with Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, to the region.

The three will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to explore prospects for resuming peace talks.

In past meetings, Trump and his aides reportedly criticized Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his government for hate speech and incitement. He also asked Prime Minister Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements,” but seems to have done very little to get Netanyahu to restrain West Bank settlement activity and other anti-peace actions. Indeed, Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition have scoffed at Trump’s call and plowed ahead with the settlement enterprise.

If the Trump Administration is serious about facilitating peace, it must call out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government for their share in hindering peace efforts. 

Click here to tell Trump to Demand that Netanyahu’s Government Stop Actions that Hinder Peace Efforts.

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News Nosh 8.21.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, August 21, 2017

NOTE: Orly Halpern, editor of News Nosh, is on holiday from August 15th until August 24th, during which News Nosh will be produced as a truncated version and sent later in the day.
 


Quote of the Day:

"I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States. Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained. They said they would consider it but then they didn't get back to me."

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August 21 - Women and religion in the IDF: where are we heading?

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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 Israel's absorption of more women and ultra-Orthodox men, and if that engenders conflict; how these army issues and contradictions play out in society; the challenge the IDF confronts; parallels to these issues elsewhere in the Middle East; and if there is a collective bottom line between the Israeli and Kurdish experiences.

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News Nosh 8.18.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, August 18, 2017

NOTE: Orly Halpern, editor of News Nosh, is on holiday from August 15th until August 24th, during which News Nosh will be produced as a truncated version and sent later in the day. There will be no News Nosh this Sunday - it will resume on Monday, August 21. 
 


Quote of the Day

"We need them to tell us where the hell they are going. . . It’s now or never. . . This is the time and this is the opportunity. . . we are hanging on this opportunity. . . we want it to succeed.”

-- PLO representative in Washington, Husam Zomlot, speaking in a press briefing on Thursday about Greenblatt, Kushner, and Powell's upcoming trip to the Middle East

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News Nosh 8.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 17, 2017

NOTE: Orly Halpern, editor of News Nosh, is on holiday from August 15th until August 24th, during which News Nosh will be produced as a truncated version and sent later in the day.
 

You Must Be Kidding: 
“... an Israeli citizen, someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me, who has analogous feelings about whites. You could say that I am a white Zionist – in the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel.”

-- Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and alt-right leader, in an interview on Israel's Channel 2 News
 
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News Nosh 8.16.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 16, 2016

NOTE: Orly Halpern, editor of News Nosh, is on holiday from August 15th until August 24th, during which News Nosh will be produced as a truncated version and sent later in the day.
 
Quote of the day:
"I'm a Jew, I'm an Israeli, the [neo-Nazi] scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out. However, the thugs of Antifa and BLM who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much, are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life."

- Yair Netanyahu, Prime Minister Netanyahu's son, on what he thinks is the real danger facing Israel and the Jewish people today.
 
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News Nosh 8.15.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NOTE: The Israel editor of News Nosh is on holiday from August 15th till August 24th, during which the Nosh will be produced in a truncated version from Washington and therefore sent later in the day.
 
Quote of the day:
“Outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism. Everyone should oppose this hatred,”

- Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted about the violence in Charlottesville without specifically referring to the actual incident 4 days later
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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 China's proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace; why Beijing bothered with the proposal; Kushner and Greenblatt's upcoming trip to the region; their visits to Egypt and Jordan; and Netanyahu's frequent employment of Orthodox American Jewish immigrants to Israel in trusted senior positions. 

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News Nosh 8.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, August 14, 2017
 
NOTE: The Israel editor of News Nosh is on holiday from August 15th till August 24th, during which the Nosh will be produced in a truncated version from Washington and therefore sent later in the day.

Quote of the Day #1:
“If the Israeli government would have acted decently toward all its residents, including you [the Arab residents], it would have appropriated the properties in the neighborhood [from their Jewish owners who lived there before the War of Independence] and given these properties to the Palestinians who live there today.”
Former Israel Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair said when visiting the E. Jerusalem home of the Shamashneh family, which is under threat of eviction and was supposed to leave its home Sunday.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“This is a black stain on the JNF's glorious record that over the years has focused on extensive Zionist activity on behalf of the State of Israel.”
—Peace Now told Maariv in response to news that the Jewish National Fund has decided to return to acquiring land in the West Bank for settlements, after stopping ten years ago.**
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