News Nosh 1.21.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday January 21, 2014
Quote of the day:
"What about the settlements?"
--Arab MK Ahmed Tibi yelled out during a historic speech by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Knesset that praised Israel at length and called critics anti-Semites.**

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News Nosh 1.20.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday January 20, 2014
Number of the day:
15 million.
--The number of Israeli taxpayers dollars disbursed to unauthorized settler outposts, even though it is prohibited.**

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: January 20, 2014

Alpher_gazawar This week Alpher discusses whether there is any chance of replacing Assad with a transition regime as discussed at the Geneva I talks, who else agrees with Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon's labeling of Kerry by  as "obsessive and messianic," or if this is "last week's news," and whether there is anything really new on the Israeli-Palestinian scene.

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News Nosh 01.19.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday January 19, 2014
Quote of the day:
"The IDF is a brutal and immoral army, which acts with exceptional violence, unlike most other armies in the world."
--Words of a teacher at a Kiryat Tivon high school, which got him fired after a student complained.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: January 10-17, 2014

JTA - January 12, 2014
APN issues statement re: Ariel Sharon's death

JTA - January 13, 2014
APN among Jewish groups challenging Fla. synagogue over $3 million bequest

San Diego Jewish World - January 14, 2014
APN issues two press releases: One on Iran, another on Israeli reaction to Kerry peace initiative

Al-Monitor - January 14, 2014
Peace Now settlement data cited - January 14, 2014
APN press release urges US Jewish groups to stop pushing new Iran sanctions

Sun Sentinel (FL) - January 15, 2014
APN among Jewish groups challenging bequest,0,3789451.story

JTA - January 15, 2014
APN among groups who signed a letter to Congress opposing new Iran sanctions

News Nosh 01.16.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday January 16, 2014

NOTE: News Nosh will be off tomorrow for Tu B'Shvat.

Quote of the day:
“I don’t want Jews to do to others what others did to us. I believe that Israel is the home of the Jewish people, so I want it to live up to those standards."
-- Manuela Grayson, a Jewish lawyer from London, joined a tour visiting West Bank settlements, Palestinian villages, E. Jerusalem and the Ofer military court.

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News Nosh 01.15.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday January 15, 2014
Quote of the day:
"...if addressing both sides’ abstract psychological needs is what it takes to finalize a deal, let it be done so the conflict can end."
--Brent Sasley suggests in a Haaretz Op-Ed that in exchange for some implicit Palestinian acknowledgment of Israel’s Jewish character, Israel accepts partial responsibility for the Naqba.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News - January 1 - January 10, 2014

My Jewish Learning (blog) - January 1, 2014
APN's Alana Suskin on opening the conversation about Israel in US Jewish community

NJ Jewish News - January 9, 2014
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Doubters miss the meat in Kerry's mission

Huffington Post - January 9, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman op-ed: Thwarting Iran Diplomacy: Not Good for the Jews

Arutz 7 - January 6, 2014
Peace Now criticizes government plans to build more in West Bank settlements

Jerusalem Post - January 7, 2014
Peace Now criticizes approval of more construction in settlements and "master plan" for Ofra

International Middle East Media Center - January 7, 2014
Peace Now: Israel To Build 272 Housing Units In West Bank Settlements

AFP - January 7, 2014
Peace Now: Israel government approves plan for 272 new homes in settlements during Kerry's visit

JTA - January 7, 2014
APN criticizes CoP's press release on Iran sanctions - January 8, 2014
Peace Now to Israeli Government: Remove Belligerent West Bank Outpost

Arutz 7 - January 9, 2014
Peace Now: Demolish Esh Kodesh

Maan News (AFP story) - January 9, 2014
Peace Now: Israel must dismantle settler outpost

Reuters - January 10, 2014
Peace Now criticizes new tenders for settlement construction

Associated Press - January 10, 2014
Peace Now criticizes new tenders for settlement construction

AFP - January 10, 2014
Peace Now criticizes new tenders for settlement construction

News Nosh 01.14.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday January 14, 2014
Quote of the day:
"The American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper it's written on."
--Senior Likud and cabinet member, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, does not like the Kerry framework proposal.**

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APN to US Jewish Groups: Condemn Yaalon's Comments

APN Urges US Jewish Groups to Condemn Yaalon's Anti-Kerry, Anti-Peace Comments


Washington, DC - Americans for Peace Now (APN) urges American Jewish organizations to join it and its Israeli sister organization, Israel’s Peace Now movement, in condemning Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon’s offensive comments, lambasting Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts to broker peace for Israel.

Yaalon was quoted this morning in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth as criticizing Kerry for “acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor” in his efforts to advance a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Yaalon did not deny the quotes, and in a public appearance later in the day continued to criticize the US peacemaking efforts, stating that Israel’s government strives not to resolve its conflict with the Palestinians “but to manage it.”

State Department Spokesperson, Jennifer Psaki, called Yaalon’s remarks "offensive and inappropriate, especially given all that the U.S. is doing to support Israel's security needs." She added that “to question Secretary Kerry's motives and distort his proposal is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally."

Several members of the Israeli cabinet also criticized Yaalon’s comments, as did Israel’s Peace Now movement, Shalom Achshav.

APN, the US sister-organization of Shalom Achshav, is outraged at Yaalon’s comments, and urges fellow American Jewish organizations to join it by speaking out against his tirade.

APN’s President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “This is a moment that calls for American friends of Israel to state clearly: We support peace for Israel. We recognize that it is in the national security interest of Israel and of the United States. We support our President and Secretary of State’s efforts to advance this goal. We do not support the vision of Israel living by its sword and ruling over another people in perpetuity, by ‘managing’ its conflict with the Palestinians.”

To read more about Yaalon’s comments, click here

To read the State Department’s reaction, click here

To read Peace Now’s statement, click here

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