"When quoting President Trump we are dealing with a highly
inflated ego, a totally unique take on truth and facts, and someone who changes
his position at the flick of a tweet."
Yossi Alpher, Israeli security expert, in this week's Hard
Questions, Tough Answers (see below).
Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. Views and
positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent
APN's views and policy positions.
January 23, 2017 - Trump and Israel: the beginning
Q. We’re having this discussion barely three days after the
inauguration. What can we say at such an early stage regarding Trump and
A....he and his young administration have already said things we
cannot ignore when it comes to America and Israel...
Q. Start with the inauguration speech.
A....Trump’s dramatic inaugural address must be understood as a
foundational document of his administration...
Q. But hasn’t Trump already pledged that his son-in-law would tackle
the peace process? And hasn’t his administration declared it was beginning to deal
with moving the US embassy to Jerusalem?
A. ...the likelihood of Kushner successfully brokering
Israeli-Palestinian peace is low, if not zero...As for the embassy move, could
Trump actually be listening to the warnings from the Arab world?...
Q. Where do “alternative facts” enter the US-Israel
A. ...we have to ask ourselves what the Trump team’s world of
alternative facts means for the most sensitive dimensions of the Israeli-American
Medium: "Israel's Freedom Riders" by APN Board Member
Jews are justifiably proud of those from our community who put their personal
safety on the line to end Jim Crow in the South. Yet we ignore or condemn those
from our community who put their personal safety on the line to end Jim Crow in
the West Bank.
Trump: Don't be a "Freier"
Soon after President Trump was sworn in, the Israeli Government announced the
promotion of approximately 2,500 settlement housing units, the largest amount since
previous negotiations were held.
APN warns President Trump about acquiescing to a series of West Bank and East
Jerusalem settlements-related measures taken or intended to be taken by the
Government of Israel. We urge President Trump to not let the Israeli right-wing
make a "freier" (Hebrew for "sucker") out of him, but instead to stand up to both
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and to the settlement supporters who are
prominently represented among Trump's own supporters and advisors.
Peace Now: "Netanyahu is taking advantage of the presidential transition in
the United States in order to appease the settlers... Instead of
jeopardizing the two-state solution, it is time for Netanyahu to take
responsibility for the future of Israel by halting settlement construction and
assuring the future of Israel as both Jewish and democratic."
Statement on The Inauguration of President Trump
APN's statement begins with: Under normal circumstances, Americans for Peace
Now (APN) would today be welcoming the inauguration of the new U.S. president,
wishing him success and urging him to take action toward peace between Israel and
her neighbors. Today’s circumstances are not normal.
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