APN/Peace Now In The News - February 16-22, 2019

Times of Israel: "In 2016 Bernie Sanders pushed the Democrats on Israel. Is he now mainstream?" (1/20/19)

Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now: "He's not so much out there on the left flank as he was... He is starting to pull some folks a little bit more in his direction."

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Ha'aretz: "Clashes Erupt During Eviction of Palestinian Family From East Jerusalem Home" (1/19/19)

Hagit Ofran of the anti-settlement organization Peace Now said: "...it's cruel and hard-hearted to throw a family out of their home and move other people in for political ideological reasons... (it) undermines the moral basis of the Israeli demand that Palestinians not be given the right of return to their properties."

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JTA: "Ilhan Omar apologizes to Jewish groups for hurt caused by AIPAC tweet" (1/19/19)

APN participated in a confidential conference call with Jewish organizations in which Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for any hurt caused by her tweets suggesting that AIPAC pays politicians to support Israel.

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In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's brokering of an agreement that will bring the extreme right-wing Otzma Yehudit party into the Knesset, Americans for Peace Now is joining with fellow Jewish organizations to call on the wider Jewish community to affirm that Kahanists have no place in the Knesset. The multi-organizational statement follows.
 
Kahanists Are a Danger to Israelis and Israeli democracy

This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, keen to shore up his electoral position, orchestrated the unification of the extreme right-wing party Otzma Yehudit (“Jewish Power”) with the National Union so that it could enter the Knesset in a consolidated right-wing bloc. This is dangerous and deeply concerning. Otzma Yehudit is the latest iteration of a political party based on teachings of racist demagogue Meir Kahane.

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News Nosh 2.20.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 20, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
“The Kahanists and the homophobes: the two parties no one wants, but Netanyahu needs.”
—Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer writes about Netanyahu’s lobbying of rightist religious parties to merge with the Kahanist-Jewish supremacist 'Otzma Yehudit' (‘Jewish Power’) party and Eli Yishai’s far-right ultra-Orthodox nationalist party, 'Yachad,' which is campaigning against LGBT parenthood, and both of which are at great risk of failing to reach the threshold to enter Knesset, which could throw as many as three Knesset seats away and potentially make or break Netanyahu’s success in forming a right-wing bloc. Haaretz’s Bradley Burston writes that Netanyahu is 'evil' for trying to keep a Kahanist party in the Knesset in order for him to save his own seat.*
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APN Among Pro-Diplomacy Groups Urging Return to Iran Nuclear Deal

Americans for Peace Now joins fellow pro-diplomacy groups in urging lawmakers and presidential candidates to support rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, with which President Trump has placed the US in violation, and to oppose starting a war of choice with Iran. 

The following is the statement and list of signatories. 

Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies:

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APN Briefing Call (Monday, 2/25): Israeli Elections in a Regional Context with Mark Rosenblum

Monday, February 25th, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 
To join the call dial 951-797-1058 and enter passcode 147414. Then please record your name clearly.

Less than two months before Israel’s general elections, Benjamin Netanyahu – fighting to stay in power and out of court – is trying to use his contacts with regional Arab leaders to portray himself domestically as an irreplaceable statesman.

Upon his return from an extensive tour to half a dozen Middle Eastern countries, including Israel, Middle East expert Prof. Mark Rosenblum will be our guest on a briefing call next Monday to comment on Israeli politics, regional geopolitics, and the relationship between the two.

Mark Rosenblum, the founder of Americans for Peace Now, is an award-winning historian at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was also awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rosenblum is currently Professor Emeritus of History, Special Advisor to the President of Queens College, Director of the Ibrahim Student Leadership & Dialogue Middle East Program and Founder & Director of the “America & the Middle East Program” which includes regular visits to Israel and other countries in the Middle East.

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PeaceCast: Political Horizon in the Absence of Negotiations

Gilead (Gili) Sher is an Israeli lawyer, scholar, expert on, and practitioner of, Israeli negotiations with the Palestinians. He was Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s chief negotiator between 1999 and 2001. Now he directs the Center for Applied Negotiations at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv.

APN’s acting CEO Aviva Meyer joined Ori Nir for a conversation with Sher on February 15th, 2019 at Georgetown University's government Department, where Sher is now the Goldman Visiting Professor.

We addressed the impact of the diplomatic impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, and what can be done to pave the road to a two-state solution in the absence of formal negotiations over a comprehensive peace accord.

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News Nosh 2.19.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 19, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"I was there in the room, I know exactly what Netanyahu agreed to. Every letter in the draft was written by him. But because he does not have the courage to reach a decision [to make peace], he says it’s because of them. There is no leadership here.”
--Outgoing MK Tsipi Livni rejects Likud claim that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thwarted a secret plan by former US president Barack Obama and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz to withdraw from the West Bank.*
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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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News Nosh 2.18.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 18, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
"I am really ashamed. I grew up in Canada and there there is diversity. It isn’t a perfect model, but it is better than growing in a bubble. In our home, the children learn that there are good and bad people everywhere in the world, regardless of religious belief, and do not hate or fear the other."
--Rivka Polak, a resident of Karnei Shomron settlement, said after a group of parents from the settlement pressured the local council to fire the Arab cleaning women from at the local schools because they they were Arab.*
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News Nosh 2.17.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 17, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
"I would just like to add that those who truly listened to what I said at the introduction to the story, and didn't rush to slam me online, (they) realized I was actually in favor of lenient punishment for the accused soldiers, since we are the ones sending them into this impossible reality. Are you happy now? I will continue expressing my opinion on this show. You won't be able to silence me!"
--Channel 13 News TV journalist Oshrat Kotler told viewers after being attacked for saying, "We send the kids to the army, to the territories, and we get back 'animals.' This is the result of the occupation."*
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