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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APN Urges Congress and US Jewish Groups to Stop Pushing New Sanctions

As Iran Diplomacy Advances, APN Urges Congress and US Jewish Groups to Stop Pushing New Sanctions

Washington, DC - Responding to news that the Obama Administration and its international partners had reached an agreement with Iran to implement the Joint Plan of Action signed in November 2013, Americans for Peace Now (APN) is calling on Congress to support President Obama’s diplomatic effort and is urging fellow American Jewish organizations to stop their campaign in support of new Iran sanctions.

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Alpher_gazawarThis week, Alpher discusses how the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships are positioning themselves in anticipation of being presented with some sort of framework agreement by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the story of Ariel Sharon's meeting with Alpher in 1994 to discuss his use of the settlements to "divide and rule" the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, what he thinks of the Palestinian allegation that Israel could do far more to prevent settler attacks, and whether there is a broad strategic significance to the internecine fighting in Sunni areas of both northern Syria and western Iraq.

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News Nosh 01.13.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday January 13, 2014
Quote of the day:
“As an American, because we're paying for it, and as a Jew, because it's being done in my name."
--Bruce Robbins explains why he co-authoed  resolution to censure Israel in the Modern Language Association for 'denials of entry to the West Bank by U.S. academics.'**

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Book Review: David Ehrlich's Collection of Short Stories


This is the tenth in a series of reviews of books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN volunteer and a professor of art history, reviewed David Ehrlich's new collection of short stories.

David Ehrlich, Who Will Die Last: Stories of Life in Israel, edited by Ken Frieden (Syracuse University Press, 2013). 147 pages. $19.95

Sardonic, witty, poignant, resigned, this extraordinary collection of short stories is a welcome addition to the canon of Israeli literature in translation.

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News Nosh 01.12.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday January 12, 2014
Quote of the day:
"The Right needs to come to terms with the fact that there is a peace process underway and that there will be two states."
--Finance Minister Yair Lapid slams the decision to build more settlements and says the right-wing need a reality check.**

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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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