APN Alarmed at Reported Trump "Peace Plan"

Americans for Peace Now (APN) is alarmed at reports regarding the plan that the Trump administration is reportedly planning to unveil next week for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. APN joins its Israeli sister organization Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) in stating that a so-called peace plan that does not adopt the principle of two states for two peoples – two sovereign, contiguous states living side by side in peace and security within defined, recognized borders – belongs in the trashcan of history.

Since the Trump administration announced its intention to submit a "peace plan" for Israeli-Palestinian peace almost three years ago, APN suggested the following guidelines for assessing the viability of such a plan. Following are our guidelines:

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Shalom Achshav has the right Question - Israel? Palestine? Occupied Territory?

In January 2020, there was a big bruhaha when a Jeopardy contestant said on the gameshow that the Church of the Nativity was located in Israel. What’s wrong with that? The Church of the Nativity is in Bethlehem, a town that came under Israeli rule in 1967 and is closely intertwined with Jewish history since biblical times.

Bethlehem is not in Israel. Rather, it is in the West Bank, which is a territory occupied by Israel but has never been annexed to Israel. Bethlehem, like the other Palestinian towns of the West Bank, it is ruled by the Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body established in 1994 as a part of an agreement signed by the government of Israel and the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.The government of Israel never applied its sovereignty to any of the Occupied Territories, with the exception of the areas that now make up East Jerusalem. Therefore obviously, the Church of the Nativity is not a part of the State of Israel. Nobody in Israel or anywhere else in the world contests this fact.

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News Nosh 1.23.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday January 23, 2020

 
Quote of the Day:
"On this (International Holocaust) Remembrance Day, world leaders are coming to a prime minister who is trying to incite them against the court in The Hague. It’s hard to think of a more galling use of the Holocaust, it’s hard to conceive of a bigger betrayal of its memory than the attempt to undermine the court in The Hague only because it wishes to fulfill its role and investigate Jerusalem."
--Haaretz commentartor Gideon Levy writes on the occasion of the arrival of leaders and dignitaries from from 49 countries to participate today in the 5th annual Holocaust Forum, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.*

Numbers of the Day**:
2
--Number of Israeli soldiers who fell in battle or were killed by Palestinians in 2019.
12
--Number of Israeli soldiers who committed suicide in 2019. A record high.
27
--Total number of Israeli soldiers who died in 2019, a record low.

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PeaceCast: Voting Peace at the WZO -Hadar Susskind, Hatikvah Slate Campaign Director

Hadar Susskind is a longtime activist and Jewish nonprofit professional. Currently, he is the campaign director for Hatikvah Slate, a slate that several progressive Jewish organizations – including Americans for Peace Now – have put together to run for the World Zionist Congress.

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News Nosh 1.22.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday January 22, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
"Gantz, the citizens of the country deserve hope and not imitation - that's not how to replace the prime minister. Annexation is the elimination of any chance of democracy and peace. You've probably forgotten that there is life also after the (election) campaign. The pathetic attempt to scramble a few votes from the right is not worth the destruction of the future of us all."
--Chairman of the Joint List, Ayman Odeh, said in response to Kahol-Lavan leader, Benny Gantz's, declaration that Israel must annext the Beqaa Jordan Valley in the West Bank.*


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News Nosh 1.21.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday January 21, 2020

 Quote of the day:
"At least the right wing is consistent.  Not only is incitement against Arabs one of its standard tools to whip up the base, but the right’s ethnocentric and nationalist ideology also mandates a callous disregard for the Arab minority, its history and its demands for full integration and equality. On the left, it’s the other way around: Its leaders’ refusal to engage with Arabs not only contradicts its supposedly liberal worldview, but also lends credence to right-wing efforts to trash the left."
--Haaretz commentator Chemi Shalev writes about the left-wing's refusal to take the outstretched hand of leading Israeli Arab politicians.*

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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 1.20.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday January 20, 2020
 

 You Must Be Kidding: 

Judges ruled to give Ateret Cohanim settler organization the land in E. Jerusalem on which live 23 members of the Rajbi family in a home they bought over 40 years ago, on grounds that the structure was built on land owned by Jews before 1948. Israeli law enables Jews to repossess properties in East Jerusalem that they lost during the 1948 war, but does not allow similar rights to the thousands of Palestinians who lost their property in that war.**

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News Nosh 1.19.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday January 19, 2020
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"Our religion is the motorcycle and its horsepower. Politics remain beyond the fence.”
-Comment by an Israeli organizer of a meet at a West Bank settlement for Israeli and Palestinian motorcyclists.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"I am flooded with many hundreds of moving messages of support from students, alumni, and parents. You are an example, an inspiration and hope that one day a society will be established here, where Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Mizrachi will live together in peace and friendship."
--Long-time high school teacher Meir Baruchin posted on Facebook after he was fired for political remarks he made.**

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Legislative Round-Up: January 17, 2020

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived.

Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

 

  1. Bills, Resolutions, & Letters 
  2. Hearings
  3. On the Record 
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