"It must be said honestly: this is the price we are paying for
sitting in the midst of a hostile Arab population...There needs to be political
courage here, and there need to be other things from what we have done so
Former deputy head of Mossad Ram Ben-Barak, to Israel Television
Channel 10 news, 1 July 2016 (commenting on the latest Palestinian terrorist
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.
July 5, 2016 - Turkey and Israel
Q. Last week, after six years of crisis-ridden relations, Israel and
Turkey agreed on a formula for reconciling and normalizing their relations. What
did this entail?
A. Israel agreed to pay $20 million in indirect compensation for
the death of nine Turks in the May 2010 Mavi Marmara incident...Turkey agreed to
block all legal action against Israeli officers involved in the incident and to
restore full and normal diplomatic relations with Israel...dropped its demand that
Israel end its blockade of Gaza...undertook to block Hamas militant
activity...assist in efforts to repatriate to Israel two IDF soldiers missing in
Q. This comes across as a one-sided deal: Israel seems to have achieved
much more than Turkey.
Q. What are those Turkish weaknesses that Netanyahu
A. Turkey's acute strategic dilemmas with Syria, Russia, the Kurds
Q. And the Israel-Egypt-Turkey triangle?
A. Egypt has not openly criticized the Israel-Turkey deal...
Q. Last week witnessed a deal with Turkey, and this week Netanyahu is
expanding Israel's ties with the countries of East Africa. Is there a broad Israeli
regional strategy at work here?
A. That appears to be the case...
Q. The bottom line?
A. Netanyahu's deal with Turkey reflects a largely successful
effort to expand Israel's regional and international reach and to minimize the
import of the Palestinian issue at the regional level...
Bills, Resolutions and Letters
FY17 ForOps Season Opens: House Bill
FY17 ForOps Season Opens: Senate Bill
On the Record
Korach: Challenger of the Status
APN volunteer and activist Barbara Green discusses the value and import of voicing
dissent against the dangerous path being taken by Israel's right wing government
Not That - APN's new publication
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Palestinian New Story Leadership fellows visit APN
The short introductory meeting at APN in Washington, DC turned into a fascinating
two-hour discussion about efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace and prospects for a
APN held the introductory meeting in Washington, DC for the Israeli and Palestinian
fellows of the New Story Leadesrhip program. For eight summers, APN has hosted an
Israeli and Palestinian intern - sometimes in partnership with the American Tast
Force on Palestine.
Settlement Watch: Settlement Construction Is Not The Answer to
It has been reported that following the deadly attacks against Israelis last week,
the Israeli government is advancing plans for 800 housing units in East Jerusalem
and the Maale Adumim settlement.
Peace Now: "New housing units in the settlements will not prevent the next victims
but rather strengthen the extremists on both sides...The real answer to terror is
ending the occupation and reaching a negotiated agreement. Meanwhile, Israeli
citizens will continue to pay the price of the extreme right-wing government's
features Rabbi Michael Melchior - past Israeli minister, authoritative Jewish
scholar, and peace activist
Rabbi Michael Melchior is a former Israeli Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs,
and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, who has been awarded with numerous prizes
for his work on tolearance, bridge-building, peace, and reconciliation.
Politico: "Netanyahu vs. the Generals"
By Amir Tibbon
Israel's prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate
force in his country. Which is why he's going to be a big problem for the next U.S.