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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News Nosh 04.07.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Monday April 07, 2014

Quote of the day:

"This will put Shfaram and the rest of the communities on the map."
--Shfaram mayor Amin Anabtawi is thrilled that Israel will finally give his town and other Arab and Druze towns in Israel street names and house numbers and street signs.**

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News Nosh 04.06.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Sunday April 06, 2014

Quote of the day:

"I came to be with them, to condemn the acts and actions (of) terrorists who try to harm the innocent. We will not let this carry on."
--Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich visited the Arab village of Gush Halav, Jish, in the Western Galilee, where the tires of 40 cars were punctured and hate graffiti was sprayed, ostensibly by Jewish citizens.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: March 28 – April 4, 2014

Time.com (AP story), 2 April, 2014
Peace Now: Israel to build more in East Jerusalem

Associated Press, 2 April 2014
Peace Now: Israeli commitment to "restrain" settlement planning would be meaningless because so much construction is under way

AFP, 1 April 2014
Peace Now: Israeli government reissues tenders for East Jerusalem settler homes

Voice of Russia (AFP story), 1 April, 2014
Israel reissues tenders for East Jerusalem settler homes

Huffington Post, 31 March, 2014
ATFP Youth Outreach Coordinator writes about her organization's partnership with APN

Jerusalem Post, 31 March 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer: Livni and Lapid parties will have to leave coalition if negotiations fail


Haaretz, 30 March, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman op-ed: What Israeli-Palestinian mutual recognition really means

News Nosh 04.04.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday April 04, 2014

Quote of the day:

"Our goal now is to stop everything - we are hardening our positions and then we will start from the beginning." 
--An Israeli official tells Yedioth that Israel's strategy is sanctions against the Palestinians in order to get them to stop their UN bids - and get back to the negotiating table.**

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News Nosh 04.03.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Thursday April 03, 2014

Quote of the day:

“Although Netanyahu is genuinely concerned about isolation and demography, he believes that the current status quo is the best option.”
--Molad director Avner Inbar shares the view held by many at a conference of security and foreign policy experts this week in Jerusalem.** 

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News Nosh 04.02.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Number of the day:

Number of tenders Israel issued yesterday for housing units over the Green Line, while it still thought it had a deal to get the peace talks extended and the spy, Jonathan Pollard, released. But then it got a surprise.**

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