Hard Questions, Tough Answers (August 13, 2018) – Trump, UNRWA and the Palestinian refugees

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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.

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News Nosh: 8.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, August 13, 2018

Quote of the Day #1:
"This open city, open to every spirit, can contain all the flags there are - the LGBT flag, the Druze flag, the flags of anti-Semitic countries like Hungary and anti-Israeli countries like Turkey. Only the Palestinian flag it can't hold."
--Top Yedioth political commentator, Nahum Barnea, writes about the bruhaha over the Palestinian flags waved at the protest rally against the Nation-State Law.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"Testimony from the officers involved in the attack, which has been concealed from the public until now, confirms for the first time that the children — four cousins ages 10 and 11 — were pursued and killed by drone operators who somehow mistook them, in broad daylight, for Hamas militants."
--'The Intercept' reporter, Robert Mackey, saw the secret Israeli military police report on the 2014 Israeli missile attack on four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach, which was the most direct evidence to date that Israel has used armed drones to launch attacks in Gaza. And moreover, it was proof of how unreliable the use of those drones are.**
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Legislative Round-up: August 10, 2018

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

1. Bills, Resolution, & Letters
2. On the Record
 

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News Nosh: 8.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 10, 2018

Numbers of the day:
48:41 - Percentages of Israelis who support/oppose opening an expansive military operation against the Gaza Strip.
29:64 - Percentage of Israelis who are satisfied/dissatisfied with the way Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is acting with Hamas. (Maariv Poll)
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News Nosh: 8.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 9, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
An Israeli military officer gave permission to male religious soldiers who asked not to watch as a female instructor gave them a lesson on parachuting*
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APN’s Debra Shushan on Israel’s i24 News “The Spin Room” (8/8/18)

Clip of APN Policy and Government Relations Director Debra Shushan speaking about the erosion to Israel's democracy as evidenced by the passing of the Nation State Law.

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News Nosh: 8.8.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
--50% of all Jewish Israelis who are detained are indicted, while only 35% of Arabs who are detained are charged in court. According to the study, this highlights the number of false arrests among Arab Israelis compared to the Jewish population. according to a study by the Israel Democracy Institute.*
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Americans for Peace Now (APN) strongly condemns efforts by the Trump administration to end the refugee status of millions of Palestinians prior to the achievement of a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

A recent report in Foreign Policy reveals that the Trump administration – and Special Advisor to the President Jared Kushner in particular – have sought to end U.S. support for the United Nation Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon with education, health care, food, and other services. Kushner is quoted as writing in an email to White House colleagues: “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA.” Furthermore, the report reveals that Kushner and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advocated ending all funding for UNRWA in January of this year. The report also cites an unsuccessful attempt by Kushner to push Jordan into stripping the country’s Palestinian refugees of their status.

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News Nosh: 8.6.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, August 6, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Within hours the obituary had accumulated dozens of responses, and at the time of writing, it had already reached 300. All of them in Arabic, and the vast majority of them were Iraqi ones. As usual, most of them wished Gabbai the grace of God in the world to come."
--Middle East analyst, Jacky Khougy, writes in Maariv about the warm responses Iraqis wrote on the Facebook post of the Israeli Foreign Ministry about the death of Baghdad-born Israeli diplomat, Zvi Gabbai.*
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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.

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