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APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: "Israelis today are saying farewell to a bold leader who toward the end of his political career was transformed from a staunch hawk who initiated war and provocative belligerent actions to a leader who recognized that Israel's strategic interests lie in an agreement with the Palestinians.

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APN Lambasts New Plans for West Bank Settlement Construction

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Washington, DC -  Americans for Peace Now (APN) joins its Israeli sister organization, Israel's Peace Now movement, in strongly criticizing the government of Israel's issuing new tenders for 1,877 new housing units in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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APN's Ori Nir in The New Jersey Jewish News: Doubters miss the meat in Kerry's mission

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Israel-Palestine pundits often seem to compete over who will be more skeptical, if not dismissive, of new diplomatic initiatives. Given past peace-making failures, they know that predictions of failure are their best bets.

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APN's Lara Friedman at The Huffington Post - Thwarting Iran Diplomacy: Not Good for the Jews

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Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer got it wrong when they laid blame for the Iraq War on the "Israel Lobby" (in their book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy). However, a war with Iran could be a different story. As I warned back in March 2012, a much clearer line can be drawn between the efforts of U.S. Jewish groups and hawkish Iran policies. "For more than a decade," I wrote, "the same forces that Walt and Mearsheimer erroneously blamed for America's Iraq debacle have openly led efforts to convince Washington and the American people that war with Iran is necessary and inevitable."

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News Nosh 01.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday January 10, 2014

 

Quote of the day:

"Esh Kodesh is an outpost that serves as launching ground for severe unlawful activity, and as such... it creates severe friction that causes harm to people and their property, and therefore heavily burdens the security authorities."

-- Peace Now calls for the government to take down the illegal outpost and remove its settlers.**


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News Nosh 01.09.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Thursday January 09, 2014

 

Quote of the day:

"The video shows that the army, which is supposed to protect the Palestinians in the West Bank, actually served as backup for violent settlers."
--Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem, said in a statement upon releasing video showing soldiers accompanying settlers attacking Palestinians.**


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Peace Now to Israeli Government: Remove Belligerent West Bank Outpost

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Israel's Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) movement today sent a letter to the Israeli government, demanding that it enforce the law and remove Esh Kodesh, a West Bank settlement that was established in violation of Israeli law, whose residents have repeatedly attacked neighboring Palestinians.

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News Nosh 01.08.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday January 08, 2014

 

Quote of the day:

"I've met many Palestinians who hate Israel. But I've never met one who attributes that hatred to street signs or textbooks. Instead, they talk about parents evicted from their homes, cousins jailed, lands taken, travel permits denied."
--Peter Beinart asks who is inciting more, the Israeli Prime Minister or the Palestinian President.**


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YNet - Nahum Barnea: In the land of sin and hatred

Op-ed: Instead of whining about Palestinian incitement, ministers should discuss state of incitement in Israel

On Sunday, Israel's cabinet dedicated its weekly meeting to an important issue. Not important - critical. Yossi Kuperwasser, the director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, found the time to attend the meeting and even brought along a presentation. Not just a presentation - an audio-visual presentation, with both images and sounds. Thanks to the presentation, songs in Arabic were played in a cabinet meeting for the first time in history.

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Haaretz- Peter Beinart: In 2014, American Jewish leaders might lose control of the Israel debate

Washington's failure to clinch two-state deal would shift Palestinian focus to international groups and college campuses where organized Jewry holds little sway.

In the spirit of the season, let me hazard a prediction: 2014 will be the year that America's Israel debate begins to pass the organized American Jewish community by.

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