APN Press Release: APN Mourns the Death of Ambassador Samuel Lewis

Americans for Peace Now (APN) mourns the death of Ambassador Samuel Lewis, a distinguished American diplomat and a leading expert on US Middle East policy, a staunch supporter of Arab-Israeli peace, a true friend of Israel and an influential activist for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: "Sam's passing is a terrible loss to the peace movement and to those who knew him and deeply appreciated him as a human being. He was a man with a big intellect and a big heart, whose pro-peace positions were guided by a moral compass and by a deep commitment to the national security of the United States and to the wellbeing of the state of Israel.

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Press Release: APN to Netanyahu: Don't Establish a New Settlement in Hebron

In response to today's ruling by Israel's High Court of Justice (Supreme Court) regarding settler claims to ownership of a large house in Hebron, Americans for Peace Now (APN) joins its Israeli sister organization Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) in calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon to use their legal authority to prevent the creation of another settlement stronghold in Hebron.

The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by two Palestinians of a lower court ruling that the property was bought legally by Jewish settlers. Following the Supreme Court ruling, the settlers could move into the house, if the Minister of Defense approves it.

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News Nosh 03.11.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
"How fortunate we are, because we have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose exciting tango on the AIPAC dance floor has no need for two. It’s enough to have one dancer, who is also an actor and a liar, who was never really serious about “two states.”
--Former minister and Meretz MK Yossi Sarid writes that Israel has become a country of interests and not principles.**

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: March 10, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses how serious Netanyahu's reported sponsoring of a study of the existence of Belgian and Dutch sovereign enclaves in each other's territory with a view to proposing a similar model for Israeli settlements that remain inside Palestinian territory under a two-state solution; the similarities and differences of Israeli operations: the Israel Air Force reportedly destroying Syrian-supplied strategic weaponry at a Hezbollah base and the Israel Navy captured a ship in the Red Sea carrying Syrian rockets sent by Iran to Islamists in Sinai or Gaza; was there anything unique about the circumstances of the alleged IAF attack against a Hezbollah base; why all the publicity on the Red Sea operation.

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News Nosh 03.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 10, 2014

Note: Maariv's publisher is trying to sell the paper and as a result it did not go to print Sunday. Today, I saw that the print version of Sunday's paper went online at NRG Hebrew and I have posted yesterday's headlines and the key articles below. Today, no print version was posted online, however the reporters continue to post articles to the NRG website and News Nosh will continue to include the relevant ones. 

Quote of the day:
“It happened with no warning. And it is not as if we were hiding that we were Israelis until that point. We are proud Israelis, we never hid it from anyone.”
--Yaacov Zacharia of Tel Aviv, on being barred from disembarking from a Norwegian cruise ship in Tunis, because he was Israeli.**

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News Nosh 03.09.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 09, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The Palestinians in the occupied territories live under the Israeli government's rule, even though they did not choose this government and they cannot influence its decision-making in any legal way. This situation is unequal and unjust."
--From a letter written by Israeli Jewish teenagers to the Israeli Prime Minister declaring they refuse to be drafted into the Israeli army.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: February 28 - March 7, 2014

New York Times - March 2, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman debates Daniel Gordis on settlements boycott (Room for Debate)

Haaretz - March 7, 2014
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Time for US Jewish establishment to open the conversation on peace for Israel

Business Insider (Global Post item) - March 4, 2014
Yossi Alpher's Q&A liberally quoted on impact of Ukraine crisis on the Middle East

Arutz 7 - March 3, 2014
Peace Now dismayed at 2013 settlement construction surge

Salem News.com - March 3, 2014
APN press release on 2013 settlement construction data reprinted


The New York Times: Israel’s Choice

In Washington this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel sounded two different notes about peace negotiations with the Palestinians, which are nearing a critical juncture. In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby, he enthusiastically advocated a peace agreement as a means to improve Israel’s ties with its Arab neighbors and “catapult the region forward” on issues like health, energy and education.

But at other moments, a more familiar skepticism was apparent. He demanded that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state with “no excuses, no delays.” In response, a senior Palestinian official, Nabil Shaath, accused Mr. Netanyahu of putting an end to peace talks because Palestinians have already rejected that designation. (Palestinians recognize Israel as a state, but not as a Jewish state because they believe that that would undercut the rights of Palestinian refugees.) And, on Monday, at the White House, Mr. Netanyahu asserted that while Israel has worked hard to advance peace, the Palestinians have not.

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APN's Ori Nir in Haaretz: When will the U.S. Jewish community talk peace?

How will the U.S. Jewish establishment, such as AIPAC, confront the prospect of peace for Israel when it is mired in an echo chamber of self-righteous axioms and simplistic thinking?

At the entrance to the enormous hall at the Washington Convention Center, where some 14,000 chairs were lined up for AIPAC’s conference participants, stood a television reporter holding a microphone, seeking interviewees.

"How’s it going?" I asked. “Not so good,” he replied. “I was sent to do a story on what AIPAC members have to say about prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace and nobody is willing to talk about it. All they want to talk about is Iran.”

He was right. Hard-line statements on Iran elicited long standing ovations, time after time, while hopeful comments on the possibility of peace were all but ignored. It got so bad that two prominent Israelis – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and legendary Israeli high-tech entrepreneur Yossi Vardi – had to urge the armada of pro-Israel lobbyists to applaud comments they made about peace. And when Howard Kohr, AIPAC’s executive director of eighteen years, addressed the crowd with a speech that typically sets the policy agenda for the conference, all he spoke about was Iran.

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News Nosh 03.07.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday March 07, 2014

Quote of the day:
 “May their name and memory be wiped out. Let them die, those leftists…kill them. They’re worse than Arabs!”
--A post on a racist Facebook page. Israeli Police say their hands are tied and they cannot open an incitement case against anyone without the approval of the State Prosecutor's Office.**

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