The State of Two States - Briefing call with Dan Shapiro, former US Ambassador to Israel

On September 14th 2017, APN hosted Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, America’s former ambassador to Israel, for a briefing call on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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Smotrich vs the Generals

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News Nosh 9.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 14, 2017
Quote of the day:
“We don’t perform in the Territories. It doesn’t matter the distance, I don’t enter the Territories. Not even into Jerusalem’s Old City. And why? I don’t go to places where they don’t like me. And the Arabs don’t like me and justly so. Because I am an occupier. So I’m not (going) there.”
Comedian Gavri Banai reveals his political views in an interview to Maariv.*
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APN Calls on Congress to Prevent Trump Administration from Sabotaging Iran Nuclear Deal

APN has signed on to a letter, along with 15 other organizations, calling on Congress to stand in the way of efforts by the Trump Administration to terminate or sabotage US participation in the Iran nuclear deal.

Read the letter here and below:

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News Nosh 9.13.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 13, 2017
Quote of the day:
"If the American Civil War were being fought today, there's every chance that the Israel of Benjamin Netanyahu would side with the South."
--Haaretz+ commentator Bradley Burston looks at the people who support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.*
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by Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Remember the two-state solution as a means to achieve Middle East peace? It has been a pillar of American foreign policy, certainly since President George W. Bush announced U.S. support in 2002. But in three quick strokes over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has demonstrated it really is not very serious about pursuing a two-state solution.

The first shoe dropped when a team of presidential emissaries, led by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, visited the Middle East to talk to the Israelis and Palestinians. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked whether the Trump administration supports a two-state solution. Her response was shocking:

“We are not going to state what the outcome has to be. It has to be workable to both sides. And I think, really, that’s the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it. It’s been many, many decades, as you well know, that the parties have not been able to come to any kind of good agreement and sustainable solution to this. So we leave it up to them to be able to work that through.”

Nauert was following the Trump script, as he stated months earlier: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like.”

Nauert’s use of the word “bias” is highly misleading. She is hardly calling for a neutral, non-biased approach to the Middle East conflict. In fact, her words indicate that the Trump administration itself is extremely biased — in favor of hardliners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition who want the United States and Israel to abandon the two state outcome. These radicals cheered Trump’s comments in February and probably celebrated Nauert’s recent non-answer answer.

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APN Special Rosh Hashana Q&A with Yossi Alpher: Erev Rosh Hashana, Peace Prospects for the Coming Year

PeaceCast #24: Shared Agenda, Shared Narrative

This episode features two conversations. The first is an interview with Dr. Bashir Karkabi, a Palestinian Israeli physician, who is among the organizers of an event that will take place on September 14th in the Israeli Arab town of Kalanswa, bringing together Jewish and Arab activists to forge together a shared agenda for a joint political struggle.

Our second conversation is with Nadia Abuelezam, a Palestinian-American, who is the creator and host of a podcast that tells the stories of Palestinians in the United States. The podcast is called Palestinians' Podcast.

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Legislative Round-Up: September 12, 2017

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

Note: There will be no Round-Up this Friday. This special mid-week edition is devoted to a detailed analysis of the Senate version of the FY18 ForOps bill, passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on 9/7. Next week’s Round-Up will cover Hill developments 9/8-9/22.

Shameless plug: On 9/28, FMEP will be hosting an event in Washington: “JAILING ISSA AMRO: Israel (and the PA’s) Problem with Non-Violent Activism.” The event will feature Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro and FMEP non-resident fellow Peter Beinart. For event information or to RSVP, visit our event page.

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News Nosh 9.12.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 12, 2017
You Must Be Kidding: 
The IDF Spokesman and Hezbollah PR in a war of words:
IDF spokesman to the Arab press, Maj. Avichai Adraee published a picture of himself holding a sign with the words in Arabic saying: "If you dare, we will surprise you."
Hezbollah responded with posters of their own in Hebrew and Arabic saying: "If you (even) think about it, we will destroy you."**
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