APN Weekly Update - Alpher: From Paris to Entebbe, 49 years, Nir's tough speech, and our "two-slate solution"

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Americans for Peace Now: June 8, 2016


"You can't be in favor of the land of Israel in Hebrew and establish a Palestinian state in English."

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Israel Education Minister Naftali Bennett, in a backhanded attack against Prime Minister Netanyahu, to which new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said: "Bennett needs to calm down." Read More


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.

June 6, 2016 - Peace processes: now, 1967, 1976

Q. Last week you expressed skepticism regarding the willingness of the Arab world to sponsor an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that corresponds with the demands of the right-wing Netanyahu government. What has happened since?

A. A French attempt to revive the same peace process...ended in Paris with a watered-down statement that appeared of little immediate consequence.

Q. Nevertheless, let's suppose that Netanyahu brings Labor into the coalition, he and Lieberman continue to preach "two states for two peoples" and the Egyptians and Saudis agree to launch a peace process. What would happen? Put on your optimist's hat and give us a best case scenario.

A. In the best case I can imagine, two negotiating tracks are established: Israeli-Palestinian with Egyptian and Jordanian chaperones to discuss two states, and Israel-Arab talking to Israel about normalization gestures...

Q. Meanwhile, early June is "anniversary" time: we are entering year 50 since the Six-Day War. How would you summarize that war's overall effect on Israel-Arab peace?

A. From Israel's standpoint, seen from 2016 this remains a very just "no alternative" defensive war...But Israel made two huge mistakes in the aftermath...

Q. We're approaching another significant anniversary: July 4 will mark 40 years to the Entebbe rescue. In an interesting new book some Israelis, including rescued Entebbe hostages, argue that the raid "made peace less likely...[and made] it harder for Israeli politicians to push through the compromises required for peace". Where do you stand?

A. ...I disagree with the argument...

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Government Relations

APN Legislative Round-Up: May 21-June 7

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APN in Action

APN joins the Progressive Coalition at New York City's Celebrate Israel Parade - Sunday, June 5

APN volunteers displaying the Peace Now flag (photos courtesy of Michael Brochstein)

Together with supporters of T'ruah, Partners for Progressive Israel, and New Israel Fund, APN demonstrated the strong and vibrant American Jewish community in support of Israel and a just and peaceful society.


Recommended Reading

APN's Lara Friedman: "49 years: The difficult truths of this conflict"
June 6, 2016, marked the 49th anniversary of Israel's miraculous victory in the Six Day War...(it) also marked the beginning of Israel's catastrophic policy of open-ended, ever-deepening military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip...This occupation can and must end; 49 years is too long, but it is not too late.

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APN's Ori Nir: "Erosion of Democracy: The Greatest Threat to Israel's National Security"
Speaking at the Israeli Embassy, Nir spoke frankly about the impact of Israel's occupation: "No society can rule over another people for so long -- half a century -- with no end in sight, and not be impacted by it."

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In The News

Times of Israel: "Reform leader says NGO bill would 'weaken Israel's moral and civic fabric'"

Peace Now activists protest an NGO funding bill proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked outside her residence in Tel Aviv, December 26, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Rabbi Jonah Pesner calls legislation an attempt to demonize groups critical of Israeli policies

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APN Israel Study Tour

Schedule for the APN 2016 Israel Study Tour

The working schedule has been released for APN's 2016 Israel Study Tour, November 12-17. From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to the South and North of Israel, this trip offers an experience unlike any other.

Go HERE for the Study Tour Schedule, and how to secure your spot on it.

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Shavuot - still working for the two-slate solution

For the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah, we offer this cartoon as a reminder that the two-state solution is anchored in a two-slate solution.

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