A month before Israel’s general elections, Benjamin Netanyau’s Likud party seems to be tied in a neck-and-neck race with Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni’s Jewish Camp party. What was initially thought to be a snoozy campaign is turning out to be a fascinating electoral exercise, which is redrawing the contours of Israel’s political map, raising serious questions about Netanyahu’s legendary political savvy and may even end his rule as Israel’s second-longest serving prime minister.
APN in Southern California is a co-sponsor of the following breakfast program to be held on Wednesday, February 4:
Nice or Necessary? Jewish-Arab People-to-People Programs
Breakfast Program with Joel Braunold, U.S. Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP)
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
Lenny's Deli (back room)
2379 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles (at Pico)
Bagel Breakfast: $15 (pay at door)
RSVP to email@example.com or 323-934-3480
Sponsors: Americans for Peace Now, American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salaam, J Street, Partners for Progressive Israel
The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is a network of organizations that seek to build a secure just and sustainable peace, and conduct civil society work in conflict transformation, development, coexistence and cooperative activities on the ground in the Middle East among Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs, and Jews.
There are more than 80 member organizations in ALLMEP, including the Arab-Jewish Village Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and the bilingual and multicultural Hand in Hand schools, the Jerusalem one recently attacked in a hate crime.
Joel Braunold is the U.S. Director of ALLMEP, after having previously served in leadership roles in London and New York at the ALLMEP member organization PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement. He has received the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, and his insightful analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been published by national and international media outlets, including Ha'aretz.com, the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast.
I have written to you in past years to alert you to Americans for Peace Now’s annual Israel study
tour, which I lead. These tours focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to resolve it, and examine
Israel’s security and diplomatic challenges, as well as the situation on the Palestinian side.
This year’s tour is different. For one thing, it takes place earlier than the usual – April 25 to April 30 – which means that time for registration is short.
The timing of this year’s tour gives us a unique opportunity to observe Israeli society right after general elections, as a new government coalition takes shape, and with it new policies – for better or worse. By the time we start our tour, five weeks after the March 17 general elections, we should expect a government coalition to have been formed and maybe even sworn in. Considering the importance of these elections, and regardless of their results, the period following the elections will be pivotal for Israel’s future as is the ever-revolving Middle Eastern regional kaleidoscope.
April 25-30 are the dates for this year's tour, a spring tour, based out of Tel Aviv.
Participants will explore Israel and the West Bank, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to resolve it.
This year, we are planning some new programming with a special emphasis on Israel’s policy path following its March 17 general elections.
Don’t miss APN’s "What Would Leibel Do? (WWLD?)" awards dinner! Renowned author and commentator Peter Beinart will be joining us - the list of speakers and guests continues to grow - RSVP now to be part of this special event!
Hyatt Regency, 1 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Reception at 5:45 P.M. Dinner & Program at 7:00 P.M.
Watch "After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process," moderated by APN's Director of Policy and Government Relations, Lara Friedman. The panel features Shlomo Ben-Ami, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer, Khalil Shikaki, and Khaled Elgindy at MEI's 68th Annual Conference, "Navigating the Storm: The Middle East in 2015."
Thousands of Israelis turned out Saturday night for a large rally in Jerusalem, organized by Peace Now, to protest the “Jewish State” bill and other anti-democratic initiatives of the Israeli government. The rally was held opposite the Prime Minister’s residence. The keynote speakers were former Shin Bet director Carmi Gillon, former minister of education Yossi Sarid, and Israel’s leading rapper, Shaanan Streett, the soloist of popular hip-hop band Hadag Nachash.