News Nosh 11.17.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Sunday November 17, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"The housing minister and his reckless move on the matter of building in the settlements is sabotaging and sabotaged the Israeli interest..."
--Science Minister Yaakov Peri warns of the beginning of the end of the alliance between Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi.**


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Our love for Israel drives our struggle for peace

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A few months ago, I met Noam, an inspiring Israeli high-school student. After my lecture he approached me and explained how in his school, he is seen as a traitor and as an unpatriotic Israeli. Noam explained that he is very much a patriotic Israeli, and out of his love for Israel, he wants to see peace with the Palestinians.

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News Nosh 11.15.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday November 15, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

'Regards from Eden, Revenge!'
--Graffiti spray-painted on wall of Palestinian home in Sinjil village in West Bank that was set on fire while children were sleeping inside.**


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News Nosh 11.14.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Thursday November 14, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"I can't remember the last time somebody received huge amounts of taxpayer money because housing units weren't built in that person's residential area."
--MK Stav Shafir (Labor) on the 36 million shekels ($10.2 million) being transferred to settler local councils as compensation for the 2009 construction freeze.**


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Dissent - Jo-Ann Mort: The War That Never Ended

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Review by Jo-Ann Mort

Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers
Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation
by Yossi Klein Halevi
Harper Collins, 2013, 608 pp.

Growing up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Yossi Klein Halevi was a devotee of the ultra-rightist rabbi Meier Kahane, an experience he chronicled in an honest autobiography, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. But after moving to Jerusalem in 1982, he broke from this hardcore and hateful ideology to become one of Israel's most generous-minded journalists and analysts. Once a fellow at the right-wing, Sheldon Adelson-supported Shalem Center, he now resides at the more ecumenical Shalom Hartman Institute as part of a special unit that promotes deeper understanding of Israeli society to the Diaspora Jewish community. Click here for more

Tell Your Senators: Don't Undermine Iran Diplomacy with New Sanctions

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Update: this action, now closed, ran in November 2013. 

Just as a diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis appears potentially within reach, and at a time when the Obama Administration is imploring Congress to give it the space it needs to test this possibility, pressure is mounting for Congress to push ahead with new sanctions against Iran. Some are arguing that putting a gun to Iran's head during negotiations while tying the hands of Obama Administration negotiators is a way of promoting successful negotiations.

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News Nosh 11.13.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday November 13, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"The setting aside of these public funds suggests the government is serious (about settlement expansion), and suggests it's only pretending to negotiate while it pursues its settlement construction."
-- Peace Now Secretary General Yariv Oppenheimer on Israel's announcement to build a whopping 20,000 new settler homes.


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News Nosh 11.12.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Tuesday November 12, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"Appointing Lieberman as foreign minister is like planting an explosive device in the peace process."
--Chairwoman MK Zahava Gal-On before the swearing-in ceremony Monday.**


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Lois and Dick Gunther

Chanukah Lights

Winter approaches, and the days grow shorter. The world becomes darker and feels colder.

This year, Chanukah comes at a time when we can still see some daylight when we light the candles, underscoring the gift of light, the miracle of Chanukah.

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This week, Alpher discusses Netanyahu's opposition to an interim nuclear deal with Iran and its consequent strain on the US-Israel relationship, the Israeli perception of a link between the Iranian nuclear issue and the Palestinian issue, the emergence of an ad hoc alliance between France, Israel and the Saudis and Emirates on Iran, who disagrees over what at this juncture, a rating of Netanyahu's overall performance on this issue in recent days, how will Avigdor Lieberman's acquittal and return to his post as foreign minister. affect Israel's foreign relations and how will it affect coalition politics in the Netanyahu government,

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