My Passover message: It would be immoral to give up

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soupGrowing up, Passover was my favorite holiday. I loved the Passover story about the Jews being saved from the evil Pharaoh in Egypt. I loved the miracle of the parting of the sea and survival crossing the desert (as a kid raised in the Arizona desert, I felt a special kinship with those early Israelites). I loved the Seder — especially the part where we dipped our fingers in the wine as we enumerated each plague. And I of course loved the food, particularly my mother’s matzo balls (sinkers, not floaters) and the red horseradish that always made me sniffle and sneeze — and which, invariably, somebody spilled on the tablecloth to leave a permanent beet juice stain.

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News Nosh 04.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday April 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Following the ignominious defeat the IDF suffered in the confrontation with the hill bullies, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, should go to Yitzhar settlement today with a large white flag in his hand, admit to the defeat of the IDF, and announce the withdrawal of all troops from the settlement of Yitzhar and perhaps from all settlements."
--Renowned Israeli author Amos Oz writes a letter to the Editor.**

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Politico: Stand Firm, John Kerry

It’s time for the secretary of state to insist on America’s position on Middle East peace.

By ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, FRANK CARLUCCI, LEE HAMILTON, CARLA A. HILLS, THOMAS PICKERING and HENRY SIEGMAN

We commend Secretary of State John Kerry’s extraordinary efforts to renew Israeli-Palestinian talks and negotiations for a framework for a peace accord, and the strong support his initiative has received from President Barack Obama.

We believe these efforts, and the priority Kerry has assigned to them, have been fully justified. However, we also believe that the necessary confidentiality that Secretary Kerry imposed on the resumed negotiations should not preclude a far more forceful and public expression of certain fundamental U.S. positions:

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News Nosh 04.09.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday April 09, 2014
 

Quote of the day:

"The situation in Yitzhar can escalate to shooting soldiers."

--Maj.-Gen. (res.) Avi Mizrahi said the Israeli authorities were responsible for the settlers' attack on an IDF outpost.** 


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Briefing call with Israeli strategic affairs analyst Yossi Alpher

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Israeli strategic affairs expert Yossi Alpher, the author of APN's Hard Questions, Tough Answers, was our guest on an April 8 briefing call, mainly focusing on the crisis in the US-led Israeli-Palestinian negotiations process.

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News Nosh 04.08.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Tuesday April 08, 2014
 

Quote of the day:

"Can you imagine revoking the citizenship of a Jew? Did you revoke the citizenship of Yitzhak Rabin's murderer?"
--Arab MK Ahmed Tibi lashed out at government for suggesting revoking the citizenship of Israeli Arabs meant to be released in Palestinian prisoner deal.**


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YNet: Ex-Palestinian prisoner teaches Hebrew and tolerance

Esmat Mansour, who helped 3 older teens stab an Israeli man to death in 1993, was freed in August 2013 in the first of the prisoner releases.

by AP

Facing a classroom of Palestinian 10th graders, Hebrew teacher Esmat Mansour asks his students who is for and against learning the language. A few raise their hands in favor, others against and he asks both sides to explain.

Mansour believes such debates will help motivate young Palestinians to study Israel's dominant language. They need to know Hebrew to be able to deal with "the Israeli occupiers," but also to build bridges in the future, he says.

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Haaretz: End the conflict - a Jewish imperative

We must not allow the messianisms of the religious right cloud the call from our greatest religious authorities to return the territories, for the sake of saving life.

By Rabbi Daniel Landes

For the religious Zionist Jew who wishes to grasp Israel’s present situation in a rational way, the hardest act is to shake off the messianisms that envelop his society - ranging from overt and imminent “end-time” scenarios, to the hazy metaphor of the “beginning of the dawn of our salvation”.

What they share and engender is an optimistic feeling of ultimate victory and security. We are assured that the Jews’ political failure and physical catastrophe is as finished as the Galut (Exile). But in the actual psyche of the religious Zionist, the persistently suppressed horror of that past repeating itself propels us further - into a delusional messianism that needs to be coupled to a secular rightwing ideology promising salvation by standing ‘strong’ and ‘proud’, that is confirmed by our increasing isolation.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: April 7, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses the flurry of obstructive peace process-related events of the past week, what derailed the process, and what could save it; the broader international situation; more basic or strategic factors informing the crisis; how serious the immediate damage is and how all this affects Israeli politics.

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