News Nosh 10.10.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 10, 2019

NOTE: News Nosh will be on Sukkot holiday from Sunday through Tuesday, October 13-15. The Nosh will be back on Wednesday.
 
Quote of the day:
"One’s heart bleeds over the vast sums, sweat and ideological fervor squandered on the settlement project. But Israel has successfully faced greater challenges. If we were able to absorb 30,000 people each month at the height of the Russian immigration of the 1990s, we can certainly resettle five times that many Israelis over an extended period – in exchange for peace."
--Former general, Chuck Freilich, writes about his recent visit to West Bank settlements and his conversation with settlers.*

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PeaceCast: A Modicum of Optimism featuring Yuli Tamir

Yuli Tamir is one of the founders of Israel’s peace movement, Peace Now. She is a former minister in the Israeli government and a former Knesset member. She is a professor of philosophy and now the President of the Shenkar College near Tel Aviv.

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Yom Kippur 5780 (2019)

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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 10.7.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday October 7, 2019

NOTE: News Nosh will be off during Yom Kippur, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and back on Thursday.
 

 You Must Be Kidding: 

"It's not only a matter of funding. It's a question of priorities. The police need to decide if their top priority is to investigate the prime minister's cigars or these matters [violence against women]."
--Communications Minister David Amsalem (Likud) suggested that police should not deal with the Prime Minister's corruption cases because they couldn't deal with the violence against women at the same time.**

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News Nosh 10.6.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday October 6, 2019
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"I'm afraid of being a victim, but no less, I'm afraid of being a simple witness. And so, and because my life has turned into a nightmare, I'm on strike today and will probably have to go a bit wild and join some sort of road blocking act, hoping that our raging protest will have a place in some news release, which Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, will happen to hear. When you hear the same news broadcast about Arab rioters blocking roads, please remember the justified protest of Ethiopian immigrants in the summer, remember that then there was not a single victim, and we demand similar treatment."
--Amjad Shavita, managing co-director of Sikkuy - The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, wrote in an Op-Ed, why he no longer walks his daughter to kindergarten.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“We are in luck that the Arabs boycotted the opening ceremony of the 22nd Knesset. They would have shot into the air to express happiness/sadness/their protest/ because that's their habit, and then, of course, blame the police."
--Far-right-wing, racist religious settler Transportation Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, wrote on Twitter, after the Arab MKs boycotted the ceremony as a gesture of protest against the violent crime in Arab society, which they call on the government to eliminate.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“I’m surprised the racist [Smotrich] didn't take our seats and claim God told him they are his."  
--Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, responded, noting Smotrich’s Messianic settler ideology.*

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Milton Viorst's Introduction to Jim Klutznick's Rosh Hashana Letter

Since I began covering Israel and its Middle East neighbors in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967, it has been apparent to me that an enduring peace is possible only after Jews and Arabs reach a point of mutual respect and understanding. This objective has over the ensuing years has proven extremely elusive. Both societies have staked territorial claims that leave little room for the interests of the other. Both overlook the fact that history does not stand still, not in the Middle East or anywhere else, and that territorial claims are not sacred. If Jews and Arabs do not respond to changing conditions, and embrace a vision of social justice, both surely risk destruction. Peace Now -- Shalom Achshav in Hebrew -- has recognized that truth since its founding thirty-five years ago.  As a Zionist, dedicated to the ideal of a homeland for the Jewish people, I applaud the struggle that Peace Now wages for the well-being of the two peoples who live in Palestine.   

Read APN Chair Jim Klutznick's letter for Rosh Hashana 5780 (2019)


Milton Viorst most recent book is Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal. It examines Zionism from the sowing of its seeds in enlightenment Europe centuries ago to the establishment of a nation state in 1948 to the widespread criticism to which it is subject today for an unduly harsh policy toward its Palastinian neighbors. Zionism is Viorst's sixth book on the Middle East. He was the Middle East corespondent for the New Yorker and has written on the Middle East for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, as well as The Atlantic, Time and The Nation. He served on the faculty at Princeton as a Ferris Fellow. He lives in Washington with his wife, Judith, a celebrated poet.    

NEW UPDATE to "The Friedman File" - APN Watch on US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

President Trump's controversial US Ambassador to Israel has demonstrated that APN was right to oppose his confirmation and subsequently call for his firing.

Based on his actions, statements, and our off-the-record conversations with informed insiders, it is clear that David Friedman is the chief architect behind the Trump administration's thinly concealed push to kill the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Friedman File is APN's comprehensive record documenting the deeds of the settlements enthusiast-cum-ambassador since he assumed his post.

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News Nosh 10.3.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 3, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"I remind that the Nazis came to power in a democratic way. So we have to be careful among us, be careful that extremists with a messianic view do not take advantage of Israeli democracy in order to create a different governing reality here. "
MK Yair Golan (Democratic Camp) warned in a radio interview today.*

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News Nosh 10.2.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 2, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"Today, no one can shove the Arab public aside and ignore its existence. It's a very important community in Israel, one in which changes are constantly taking place. It's becoming more varied and more educated. We aren't satisfied with being part of the final product. We want to take part in the process of development, which will eventually benefit us, too."
--Former police commander and founder of the highly regarded Umm al-Fahm art gallery, Said Abu Shakra, said that the Arab parties'  performance in the most recent elections was a credit to the Arab public, not the politicians, and expressed his belief "in the power of culture and art to overcome humans' emotional obstacles."**

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