News Nosh 01.30.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday January 30, 2015

Ratio of the day:
--Number of mandates Likud would receive compared to Zionist Camp, following the Hezbollah attack on an IDF convoy in the north.

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APN Legislative Round-Up: January 30, 2015

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Peace Now: The Settlement in A-Nahla is Being Promoted

Recent developments demonstrate that the Netanyahu government continues to promote the settlement known as “E2” at A-Nahla (Givat Eitam):
1. The Ministry of Housing has begun to plan the area for the settlement.
2. A new court decision regarding the status of the land is construed as partial approval of the land as state land.
3. Israeli authorities have destroyed a Palestinian wheat field in the area designated for the settlement.

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Book Review: Menachem Klein's History of Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron



This is another in a series of reviews of new books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN volunteer and a professor of art history, to review Menachem Klein's new book on the history of relations between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron.

Menachem Klein, Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Hebron (Oxford, 2014), 290 pages. $30.00.

Menachem Klein’s Lives in Common is an extremely important, extremely difficult book. Important because it painstakingly charts the history of the state of Israel from the dream to the implementation of a concerted campaign to erase features of a defeated culture, which was an integral part of Israel’s birth. Difficult because the author’s penchant for amassing data in support of his arguments often renders the narrative overly complex and tedious. Nevertheless, this is a valuable book for anyone who loves or is concerned about Israel. It is a clear-eyed account of the breakdown of relations between Jewish and Arab inhabitants of what once was a Palestine in which the two communities lived as one.


After providing the overarching narrative, supported by both primary and secondary records and voices, Klein himself at the end of his “Epilogue” offers at best the tepid wish that interaction between “equal human beings” can “enable co-existence between nations and enable them to cope with past wounds.” (290)  The “Epilogue” itself is useful for understanding the thematic shape of Lives in Common, and reading the “Epilogue” first might help the reader to grasp the outline of this often unwieldy account, its complexity perhaps a metaphor for the many-stranded threads of the conflict itself.

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APN/Peace Now in the News: January 23 - January 30, 2015

LA Times - January 27, 2015
APN's Lara Friedman quoted in a story on Congress' holding Iran sanctions legislation

Chicago Tribune (LA Times Syndication) - January 27, 2015
APN's Lara Friedman quoted in a story on Congress' holding Iran sanctions legislation

Haaretz - January 30, 2015
Peace Now: Israeli government issues tenders for 450 West Bank settlement housing units

Associated Press - January 30, 2015
Peace Now report: Israel's government issues West Bank settlement building tenders

Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies

Yossi Alpher | Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2015)
Book Review (Brookings) | CampusBooks

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