APN Weekly Update 5/25/2016 - Eldar briefing call today @ 2 (EDT), security over politics, Alpher on the political drama, and more

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Americans for Peace Now: May 25, 2016


"For the first time I feel - because of these kind of politics ... I’m not sure that I want my children to live here."

Roni Daniel, Israel Channel 2's veteran military correspondent, during his despairing outburst about the Netanyahu-Ya'alon-Liberman machinations. Some have likened the outburst to a real-life "I'm mad as hell and I can't take it any more" moment (see: Even Rambo Is Afraid of Where Netanyahu Is Heading).


Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher

Yossi Alpher is an independent Israeli security analyst. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

May 23, 2016 - The Herzog-Yaalon-Lieberman-Sisi-Bibi drama; the real Netanyahu at work

Q. Israel seemed to begin last week with a Likud-Labor unity government, blessed by the president of Egypt. It ended last week with an even more right-wing government and the departure of a defense minister who stood up for IDF commanders with liberal values. What happened, and why?

A. This is all about PM Netanyahu, his values and his tactics. It tells us once again that his only strategies are staying in power and holding onto as much West Bank territory as possible...

Q. And the fallout?

A. (Egyptian President) Sisi was humiliated. He welcomed a peace coalition in Jerusalem and ended up with loud-mouth Lieberman--settler, racist, proto-fascist...

Q. Where does this leave civil-military relations in Israel?

A. The IDF leadership has emerged in recent months as the champion of liberal values and standards in the occupied territories and to some extent even in Israeli politics...

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Government Relations

APN Legislative Round-Up: May 13, 2016

  1. Bills, Resolutions, and Letters
  2. FY17 NDAA - On the House Floor (Mideast-related amdts
  3. FY17 NDAA - Senate Version
  4. FY17 Defense Approps - Middle East-related Elements (HOUSE)
  5. Hearings
  6. On the Record

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The Jewish holiday of Lag B'Omer begins sundown tonight, Wednesday, May 25. This festive day comes on the 33rd day of the Omer, or the counting of days between Passover and Shavuot.

Briefing Call

TODAY - Wednesday, May 25th, 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Recent developments in the Israeli political arena with Akiva Eldar, senior political columnist

Hear about the recent developments in the Israeli political arena: Netanyahu's coalition negotiations with Avigdor Lieberman and Labor’s Yitzhak Herzog, Moshe Yaalon's resignation and the increasing tension between the government and the security establishment.

To participate, phone 951-797-1058; Access Code: 147414

Go HERE for more about the briefing call and Akiva Eldar. Note that the call will be recorded and available at www.peacenow.org.


APN Response

APN Alarmed over Avigdor Lieberman's Imminent Appointment as Israel's Defense Minister

APN President and CEO Debra DeLee: "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is today once again showing the world that he puts politics and personal political survival above the national security of Israel and its people."

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Go HERE to see and share APN's Internet Meme "Bibi - Israel needs Security, not Politics (partially pictured above).


Recommended Reading

Ha'aretz: "Israel Knew All Along That Settlements, Home Demolitions Were Illegal"
By Gershom Gorenberg
New evidence shows government's adviser on international law said in 1968 that demolishing terror suspects' homes violates Geneva Convention.

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New York Times: "Israel's Army Goes to War With Its Politicians"
In most countries, the political class supervises the defense establishment and restrains its leaders from violating human rights or pursuing dangerous, aggressive policies. In Israel, the opposite is happening...

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