APN Update - A must read Alpher, don't be a "freier," whose side are you on? the Inauguration and more

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: January 24, 2017

"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).

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher


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 Israel?

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 picture?

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 partnership...

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Recommended Reading

Medium: "Israel's Freedom Riders" by APN Board Member Mik Moore

American 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.

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APN in Action

APN to 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.

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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."


APN 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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Whose side are you on? - Support APN's "Facts on the Ground 2.0"

APN is developing the new version of its unique "Facts on the Ground" Map App to help fight back against settlement expansion and to preserve the two-state solution.

Go HERE for more on this project, and to help support it.

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