Ha'aretz: "The organization behind illegal West Bank outpost construction"

Hever.jpg With friends in high places, law-evading ploys and piles of money in the bank, veteran settler leader Ze'ev Hever and his organization Amana are seemingly immune to Israeli legal action.

Ha'aretz | By Chaim Levinson | May 13, 2013

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The organization behind illegal West Bank outpost construction

Chaim Levinson / Ha'aretz (May 2013)
In-depth look at how veteran settler leader Ze'ev Hever and his organization Amana have used friends in high places, law-evading ploys and piles of money in the bank to remain seemingly immune to Israeli legal action. Read More >

Despite Their Wide Differences, Many Israelis and Palestinians Want Bigger Role for Obama in Resolving Conflict

Pew Research Center (May 9, 2013)
Among other findings, shows that majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians both want U.S. President Barack Obama to play a larger role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. Obama enjoys the confidence of 61% of Israelis, up 12 percentage points from 2011. Only 15% of Palestinians express confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs, with 82% saying they have little or no confidence in the American president. Read More >

'We Are Not Fanatic Killers'

David Kenner / Foreign Policy (May 2013)
Exclusive conversation with Khaled Meshaal in which the Hamas chief talks about how Assad should have listened to his advice, and why he's not "bloodthirsty" or "against" Jews. Read More >

Picture Show

This American Life (2013)
Story about the IDF practice of photographing Palestinian children in the West Bank for documentation. Includes interviews with current and former Israeli soldiers and Palestinians about the IDF's use of "mapping" operations. (23:50; story begins at 5:45) Listen >

The Road to Dispossession

Yesh Din (2013)
Graphic illustration of "The Case of Adei Ad" report and a summary of its content. The mini-site also features text of the full report with a complete set of data and analyses. Read More >

Recording of APN's briefing call with "The Gatekeepers" director Dror Moreh

Americans for Peace Now (2013)
Moreh discusses his Oscar-nominated documentary and reaction to the film. He also shares his views on the dearth of leadership among Israelis and Palestinians and lack of contact between them. (36:41) Listen >

The Voice of the People: Israeli Public Opinion on National Security 2012

The Institute for National Security Studies (April 2013)
Finds that support among Israelis for a two-state solution remains high despite skepticism regarding prospects for peace, while "support for the ideal of Greater Israel" has dropped. Concludes that "it seems certain that a 'package deal' on a complete and permanent agreement with the Palestinians presented by the government would be approved in a public referendum." PDF >

Passover letter: I've long believed that being Jewish is a calling - a vocation....

Leonard Fein

Dear Friend,

Soon, Passover. I've long believed that being Jewish is a calling-a vocation, if you will-and if that is so, then Pesach is surely an extraordinary contribution to the vocational education of the Jews.

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Open Zion: APN's Aaron Mann - America Can Want Peace More


When President Obama visits Israel this week, he will attempt neither to unmoor the old peace process nor outfit a new one. But with new leverage in hand, a determined Secretary of State John Kerry at the helm, and riding a wave of domestic and worldwide popularity, the president may never have stronger winds at his back in the search for Israeli-Palestinian peace. To take advantage of them, he will soon need to open his sails. If the president hopes to ever make any real headway, however, he should first rid his outlook of an old trope that has become an excuse for inaction: the idea that "The U.S. cannot want peace more than the parties themselves."

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