(published 10/21/16 at Haaretz - here)
Last Friday, the UN Security Council held a meeting organized under the title “Illegal Israeli Settlements: A
Threat to Peace and the Two-State Solution.” Americans for Peace Now proudly took part in that event, offering
testimony grounded in love for Israel and expressing an unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and its survival
as a democracy and a state rooted in the Jewish values expressed in its Declaration of Independence. Of course,
that testimony also dealt with the settlements, explaining why they are detrimental to the cause of
Israeli-Palestinian peace and therefore to Israel’s national security interests.
Many people, both inside and outside Israel, were happy to see a pro-Israel, pro-two-state organization delivering a nuanced, fact-based presentation at this event. Others were less enthused, most notably Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, who accused APN of participating in “diplomatic terror” against Israel. Likewise, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to social media to call APN’s arguments “deluded.” And now, in this newspaper, the former head of the Union of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, criticized APN’s testimony as a “mistake” – not for the facts it conveyed or its tone, but for the timing and location of its delivery.