Thanksgiving Message From Americans for Peace Now

Dear Friends,

By this point in the year, living through 2020 has practically become an Olympic event. COVID has changed how we live our lives, where we go, and who we can be with. It has impacted our work, our economy and the health of millions of Americans. And of course the 2020 election has been the most expensive political circus (complete with orange painted clowns) that our nation has ever experienced. I’m sure that, like me, you too could draft a long list of 2020 complaints.

And yet, I am thankful.

I am thankful that this year I was welcomed into the Americans for Peace Now family. Certainly I am thankful to the board and staff, whose hard work and dedication to the cause has kept the hope for peace moving forward through many hard and unknowing moments. I am thankful to our friends and donors who have kept APN’s work and mission in the forefront of their support each year, and to each and every person who is a part of this movement that we are building.

It has been a challenging time to be in the peace business. Here in the US we had “leaders” who threw aside already insufficient policies in favor of cronyism and right-wing talking points, without even a perfunctory nod toward the ideals of peace and justice.

And yet, I am thankful.

I am thankful because today we have a new opportunity. Today we can speak up, and know that someone will listen. We can raise our voices together. We can call on our leaders to strive for peace and to prioritize justice. We can show them that we are tens of thousands strong, a movement of Americans, who, with our Israeli partners by our side, demand a reckoning and a recognition that the time for peace is now.

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News Nosh 11.25.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 25, 2020

Quote of the day:

“One can still hope that when the next president takes office, he will have more than scorched earth, landmines and ticking time bombs left behind by Trump and Netanyahu to work with.”
—Daniel Seidemann, an Israeli expert on the geopolitics of Jerusalem, writes about the last-minute attempt by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to create irreversible settlement facts on the ground and a “new normal” that would enshrine a Greater Israel and an exclusively Israeli Jerusalem.*

Breaking News:
Eight pro-Iran Militiamen Killed in Israel Strike in Syria, Watchdog Says
The Syrian state-run news agency says the Israel military struck areas near Damascus and Quneitra early Wednesday, where opposition says there is a strong Iranian military presence. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)

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Sign the Petition to President-elect Joe Biden - Reverse Trump’s Course and Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace

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On January 20, when President Joe Biden and his foreign policy team enter the White House, they will have the work of restoring America’s leadership abroad cut out for them.

The Trump administration is filling its last days by starting fires and laying land mines that Biden’s team will have to remove one-by-one.

Americans for Peace Now sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, addressed to incoming Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, with some specific recommendations that President Biden should take action on in order to clear some of the wreckage left behind by Trump.

They heard from us. Now they need to hear from you!

Go HERE to sign the petition urging President-elect Joe Biden to reverse Trump’s course of endorsing occupation, annexation, settlement construction and apartheid, and to instead commit his administration to advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace in earnest.

APN Letter to President-elect Biden and his Transition Team

23 November, 2020

Dear Mr. Blinken,

Congratulations!

Like many US advocacy organizations that focus on foreign policy, we are delighted at the promise of change that your new administration brings. 

While we are well aware of the challenges and priorities that your administration faces, both domestically and overseas, we urge you to keep Israeli-Palestinian relations high up on your agenda. Should you conclude that the time is not ripe now for a full-fledged Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, we urge you to consider that time is running out on the two-state solution that President-elect Biden strongly supports. Developments on the ground – sanctioned and even encouraged by the outgoing administration – are severely jeopardizing a future two-state solution to the conflict. They must be reversed.

We at Americans for Peace now, the sister-organization of Israel’s peace movement Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), are writing to share with you our alarm at the current state of US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, to offer some initial actions to address the wreckage left behind by the Trump administration, and to affirm our commitment to work closely with the Biden-Harris transition team, and subsequently with the new administration, to advance the cause of Palestinian-Israeli peace. 

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News Nosh 11.24.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday November 24, 2020

Quote of the day:

"With all due respect to the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the guardian of the holy places to Islam, is the real thing, and it is a historic move that will probably take some more time."
--Middle East analyst Shimrit Meir writes in today's Yedioth that Israel should not hold its breath for normalization with Saudi Arabia.

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PeaceCast Episode #156: "What Should We Know About Settlements" with Dahlia Scheindlin, Host of Podcast "Israel Settlements 360"

PeaceCast Episode #155: Joe Biden and Palestinian Politics - featuring Khaled Elgindy

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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.

REMINDER: APN Webinar with Yossi Alpher on Tuesday, November 24, 12 noon (Eastern): Israel and the Biden Administration Register to attend 


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News Nosh 11.23.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday November 23, 2020  

Quote of the day:

"We don't owe him anything, sorry. He was an American spy who worked for a lot of money. This was not some Zionist volunteer who sacrificed his life."
--Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said that Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard should not immigrate to Israel because it will harm US-Israel relations further.*

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News Nosh 11.22.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday November 22, 2020 

Quote of the day:

“I don’t know. We’re still counting votes in the US, so there’s not much game in talking about that, other than to say we’re very convinced that we have made the Middle East safer, and the policies we put in place are the right ones.”
—In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers the question: How easy or difficult will it be for the next administration to scale back its policies (vis-a-vis Israel and the Middle East)?*

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