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News Nosh 6.04.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 4, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“[Israel is] a powerful society, it’s a powerful place. So that’s what I mean about the mirror. It’s a ‘victor country’ also living as a defeated country. It lives in both narratives. It’s as if it doesn’t know how to be a victor."
--Famed Caribbean-American writer, Jamaica Kincaid, who was just awarded the Dan David Prize in Tel Aviv, speaks about the occupation in an interview with Haaretz.*


Breaking News:
London Bridge Terror Attack: At Least Seven Killed, 48 Wounded in Car-ramming, Stabbing Attacks (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
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News Nosh 6.02.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 2, 2017
 
Quote #1 of the day:
“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel even without the US embassy, just as Israel is a Jewish state even without the written confirmation by Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas]. The White House spokesperson said last night that the embassy will move, the question is only when. In that way, he equated the US embassy to the Messiah: He, too, will come one day, the question is only when.”
--Senior political commentator at Yedioth, Nahum Barnea, examines US President Donald Trump’s decision not to fulfill his campaign promise to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem.
 
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News Nosh 6.01.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 1, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Perhaps in ancient Greece it was possible to maintain a democracy while slaves were shackled in citizens’ basements. But since humankind recognized the self-evident truths, that all people have equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – a regime that rules vast numbers of people absent of rights, and does all it can to perpetuate its rule, is not a democracy."
-- Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard argues that Israel is not a democracy.*
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News Nosh 5.29.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday May 29, 2017

Note: News Nosh will be off Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-31, for Shavuot holiday.
 
Quote of the day:
“I didn’t want to be a leftist, didn’t want to always apologize, to always give in, to always be the guilty one, to always justify the other side’s hatred and violence against me. I wanted to be a little staunch for once, a little proud, and firm, too." 
--Journalist Larry Derfner writes in his book, "No Country for Jewish Liberals," that, ironically, it was moving to Israel and serving in the IDF that made him become more left-wing.**
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News Nosh 5.28.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday May 28, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“It was an earth-shattering moment for me.” 
--Ashley Bohrer, a campaign organizer for the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, said about the moment she understood that being Jewish didn’t contradict opposing the occupation, after meeting like-minded members of her Jewish faith.*
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News Nosh 5.26.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 26, 2017
 
Number of the day:
58.
--Percentage of Israelis who want a two-state solution, according to a Maariv poll.*
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News Nosh 5.25.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday May 25, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“What I discovered was that the decision to capture East Jerusalem, and certainly to annex it, was not motivated by an existential need (in contrast to the Six-Day War, which was launched to remove an existential threat to Israel) or by a salient security need (in contrast to the decision to invade the West Bank). The IDF was sent into the Old City primarily for emotional reasons, and because of a personal need to settle accounts with history felt by a few Israeli leaders in 1967, deriving from the role they had played in the 1948 War of Independence.”
--Uzi Benziman, who was Haaretz’s Jerusalem correspondent during the Six Day War of ’67, revisits the dramatic decision that changed the face of the Middle East.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Hahaha, you’re mistaken, Muslims have murdered over 11 million Muslims since 1948.”
--Response by the page manager of the official Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Arabic-language Facebook page to a commenter who wrote, “If you hadn’t occupied and abused the Palestinian people, perhaps you would be the chosen people, as you claim.”**
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News Nosh 5.24.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday May 24, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“They will tell you ‘there is no partner,’ despite the dramatic change taking place in the entire Arab world’s attitude towards Israel, and although there is a real desire to advance relations with us and create a strategic alliance against Iran and the radical Islamic organizations.”
-- Former IDF Judea and Samaria Division commander, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Noam Tibon called on President Trump to ignore all the false arguments he would hear and to base his peace plan on the Arab Peace Initiative that Israel repeatedly rejected.*
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News Nosh 5.23.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday May 23, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
"Netanyahu didn't really like the idea, but the President waited and the embarrassing thing is that my phone got stuck. I got a bit cheeky, insisted, turned the phone off and on. He was super patient, waited until I got the camera working. We took the picture and, let me tell you, for me—and I think also for him—it was a historical moment."
--Likud MK Oren Hazan told the Israeli media about the controversy-sparking selfie he grabbed with US President Donald Trump.*
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News Nosh 5.22.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday May 22, 2017
 
Quote of the day:

"Hello President Trump, you are about to spend two days with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. I know you appreciate alternative facts. Well, you came to the right place. So here are a few basic truths that any first time visitor should know. #1 There’s almost nothing that gets everyone laughing around here like when PM Netanyahu says he supports a two state solution. For Bibi, when it comes to occupation, the best deal is no deal."
--Leader of the mostly Arab Joint List faction, MK Ayman Odeh, made an informative - and amusing - video (in English!) of tips for the visiting US President.*
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