Ambassador Friedman's Passover Salute to Trump

As Passover approaches, our thoughts turn to liberation. An increasing number of American Jews are making the connection between the release of the Jews from bondage in Egypt and our collective responsibility to push for an end to the 50-year-old Occupation -- so that Palestinians and Israelis may be free.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has something else in mind.

When he says "Hashana haba'ah b'yerusalayim" ("Next year in Jerusalem"), he'll be reflecting on his gratitude to President Trump.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (3.26.18) - Bombing reactors, burning bridges


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 2007 bombing of a weapons-grade reactor under construction in Syria; the fact that the North Korean reactor was under construction in Syria for four or five years before it was discovered by Israel; why Mahmoud Abbas seems to be systematically burning his bridges with everyone; and Ronald Lauder's criticism of Israeli government policies regarding the two-state solution and Jewish pluralism.

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News Nosh 3.26.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 26, 2018
Quote of the day:
“If there is something that really threatens our existence today its the polarity and hatred between parts of the nation and the disintegration of social solidarity."
--Dani Atar, Chairman of the Jewish National Fund (JNF/KKL) warned that hatred in Israel was endangering the country.*
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This Passover, jump into the fray

Moving forward can involve risk. But standing still can bring disaster.

As the Exodus story tells us, the Israelites were faced with a choice at the Sea of Reeds: Enter the waters or stand still and be slaughtered by Pharaoh’s fast-approaching army.

Only one Israelite—Nachshon—had the foresight and the courage to jump into the sea. Jewish tradition says that once he moved forward, the waters parted and Israel was able to walk on dry land to safety.

It sometimes seems that it will take a similar miracle to bring peace to the Middle East.

But Peace Now (Shalom Achshav), the veteran Israeli activist organization, and its U.S. counterpart Americans for Peace Now (APN), aren’t relying on miracles. We believe in moving forward. The wind may not be at our backs, but standing still is not an option.

This Passover, you may observe a traditional Seder and may be blessed by the company of children or grandchildren. They may ask the four questions, one of which is: “Why is tonight different from all other nights?” Yes, we eat matzo; yes, we dip twice; yes, we remember the stranger, but tonight we can no longer afford to be bystanders—we all must jump into the fray.

We “jump” to feed the hungry, to defend the refugee, to protect the environment—now it’s time to “jump” for Israel’s secure future. We want you to be able to tell your family how you helped Israel be the best it can be. Helping ensure a peaceful and secure future for Israel and preserve the Zionist dream does not mean asking how Israel can survive with a Palestinian state by its side. It means asking how Israel can survive without one.

Hineni, here I am. Because of the damaging effects of occupation, I’ll jump. Because settlers build on private Palestinian land, I’ll jump. Because evicting Palestinians from the homes where they have spent their entire lives is dehumanizing, I’ll jump. Because Israel may annex settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international law, I’ll jump.

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APN Condemns Trump's Choice of John Bolton as National Security Advisor

President Trump’s pick for his third National Security Advisor, John Bolton, is dangerous for American national security and potentially disastrous for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace. We urge our supporters, and indeed all Americans, to condemn this choice.

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Legislative Round-Up: March 23, 2018

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News Nosh 3.23.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, March 23, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
Thousands of Palestinians unable to work in Israel due to strike by Israeli employees of Israel’s Civil Administration. The sanctions have reportedly so far harmed some 4,000 Palestinians, and each additional day of sanctions will harm another 1,000 Palestinians. (Haaretz+)
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News Nosh 3.22.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Quote of the day:
"I started to teach American Jews what it means to love Israel. That you can be critical of the place you live in, out of love."
—Former Channel 10 News Palestinian affairs correspondent, Shlomi Eldar, in an interview with Haaretz after the release of his new film, 'Foreign Land.'*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel sentenced 17-year-old Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, to eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier who was on her property, and sentenced an unnamed 20-year-old Jewish man to 400 hours of community service for attacking with stones and injuring a 45-year-old Palestinian farmer who was on his way home from work on a donkey.**
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Friedman Watch

President Trump's controversial US Ambassador to Israel has demonstrated that APN was right to oppose his confirmation - and then some. To see why Friedman must go, check out our resources on Ambassador Friedman. These include Friedman Watch, our ongoing APN feature documenting the damage the settlements enthusiast-cum-ambassador is doing in his post.

Join our call and send your own message to the White House asking Trump to tell Friedman what he loves telling others: “You’re fired!”

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Peace Now in the News: March 6 - March 21, 2018

Jerusalem Post: March 21, 2018
"Since Trump took office, new settlement construction has declined," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran comments on stats showing a decline in West Bank settlement housing starts since Trump's presidency.

Haaretz: March 8, 2018
"Israeli government-funded council spent millions on illegal settlements," Peace Now accuses settlement regional council of breaking the law using tax-payer funds to pay for illegal construction.

Jerusalem Post: March 6, 2018
"Work starts on new industrial zone Kiryat Arba settlement," Peace Now opposes construction of industrial zone in Kiryat Arba.


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