By effectively equating Israel proper with the occupied territories, Israel's High Court has
made life harder for pro-Israel, pro-peace activists.
The High Court's decision to uphold the so-called Anti-Boycott Law will, regrettably, be a boon to Israeli
settlers and their supporters, whilst giving a gift to activists worldwide who support the Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
There were only a handful of Israeli settlers beyond the Green Line in 1968, when Lyndon Johnson
became the first American president to express opposition to settlements in the West Bank. Now, despite protest
from every subsequent administration, there are more than 350,000 Israelis living in the West Bank and 200,000
in East Jerusalem. President Johnson’s prediction that settlements would “prejudice a peace settlement” has come
true, as the dramatic rise of the settler movement—in both numbers and political power—has complicated repeated
efforts to achieve a two-state solution.
In this panel at J Street's 2015 conference, APN's Lara Friedman, together with other experts on American and
European policy explored what steps can be taken to halt further settlement growth and entrenchment, and discuss
the political and policy implications of American and European initiatives—from discouragement of Israeli
settlement subsidies to the labeling or boycott of settlement goods.
Watch to see Lara Friedman, together with Michael Cohen of the Boston Globe and Alon Sachar of the US State
Department, with Steve Krubiner, J Street's Chief of staff, moderating. Aviva Meyer, Deputy Chair of
APN, introduces the participants. Session begins at 10:35.
The case Netanyahu laid out against an Iran deal in his address to Congress revolves around 11 core arguments.
Think they sound convincing? Look at those arguments one by one, and you’ll see why each of them is bogus.
On March 3nd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to the US Congress at the invitation
of the Republican Leadership, not the White House. It’s a decision that’s driven Netanyahu’s already strained
relationship with President Obama to a breaking point. How is this playing out in Washington, Israel and the global
media, especially on social media sites? This week's HashtagVOA brings in key experts to answer your questions!
An article written by APN's Ori Nir, published in today's edition of the Boston Globe, reminds us that the
realistic attitude -one endorsed by all six of the most recent leaders of Israel’s General Security Service (Shin
Bet) - is the one that advocates a two-state solution.
The prospect of a U.N. Security Council vote on parameters and a timeline for Israel-Palestinian negotiations,
coming as it does in the lead-up to Israeli elections, is eliciting this tricky argument: “We can’t pressure Israel
when Israelis are going to the polls, because it will only help the Right.”
That argument fits neatly into the list of memes that time and time again have been used to justify U.S. inaction
in the Israeli-Palestinian arena. Memes like: “We can’t press for peace with the region in upheaval.” “We can’t ask
any Israeli prime minister to take action that could destabilize his government.” “This is a losing issue that will
cost any president and his party dearly.”
Ahead of the 2015 elections, American Jews should influence Israel's future character – not through their
pocketbooks, but by asserting their vision of how a Jewish, democratic state should look.
For American Jews who care about Israel’s future as a democracy, as a Jewish nation-state that champions Jewish
values, as a Jewish homeland they can be proud of, Israel’s early elections are a call for action.
The next 96 days leading up to the March 17 elections offer American Jews a rare opportunity to influence Israel's
future character – not through their pocketbooks, but by asserting their vision of what a Jewish, democratic state
should look like.
Violence, incitement and racist hatred don’t just increasingly plague Israel. Palestinian society is just as
sick – and unlike Israel, lacks a leader voicing genuine self-criticism.
The despicable violence, incitement, racism and hatred that are plaguing Israelis and Palestinians these days
demonstrate just how sick both societies are - yes, both – and how desperately they need to separate from each
other into two independent states.
Four ultra-Orthodox Jews at prayer and one Druze policeman, murdered by two Palestinian young men armed with
knives, axes and a gun. The heart grieves for the families of the victims and the suffering of the injured.
This past week’s slaughter was the latest development in an escalation of violence in Jerusalem that dates back to
the summer, with the kidnapping and murder of three Israel youth in the West Bank, followed by the kidnapping and
murder of a Palestinian teen in East Jerusalem. Most of the world ignored the fires burning in East Jerusalem until
the flames spread across the Green Line. Two terrorist attacks on the city’s light rail, one attempted
assassination of a right-wing activist, several attacks outside Jerusalem, and a horrific synagogue massacre later,
the world has woken up to what is turning into a conflagration that threatens to engulf the entire city and beyond.
The underlying cause of the current crisis is to be found in the inherent dysfunctionality of Israeli rule in
WHAT POSSESSES hundreds, sometimes thousands of Palestinian youths to clash nightly with Israeli police? That is a
question that official Israel, and most particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has neither asked nor
answered. Why? Because doing so would challenge his axiomatic faith in “united Jerusalem” – a Jerusalem that