News Nosh 2.3.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 3, 2020
 
Quotes from the Interview of the day:
Right-wing Journalist: How can you say that you are a Palestinian first and foremost, but do not want to be part of a Palestinian state, preferring to be part of the State of Israel, which is a Jewish state?
Mayor of Arab-Israeli city of Umm al-Fahem: "I am a mayor in the State of Israel first and I am also a proud Palestinian. You want to take my identity away from me - you won’t get it. My grandfather was born in Jaffa. You are trying to establish that I have an affinity for Jenin, but my affinity is also to Um al-Fahm, to Jaffa and to Haifa. I say - let's live in two countries for two nations despite what I said.”

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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Thousands Demonstrate at Peace Now Rally on Saturday in Tel Aviv: "No to Annexation Rally"

Peace Now and its allies, with just a few days to organize, held a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday, Febuary 1st to expose this annexation plan for the trap that it is, appealing to the sanity of fellow Israelis to see how those peddling this scheme are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public.

APN, through you, helped our Israeli Peace Now partners's  by raising funds to put on this emergency rally. 

Donations are still be accepted to APN's special fund to help cover the remaining costs. Thank you for your support!

Democracy. Equality. Two States. Peace. Israel stands on the verge of self-destruction for a fringe ideology which threatens to snuff out these values and herald a permanent apartheid reality.

Thank you for your support.

News Nosh 2.2.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 2, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
*Of all people, we, who were persecuted all those years, need to understand and internalize the great damage and suffering that is caused to a person who is suffers from manifestations of racism”
—Moshe Hogeg, owner of Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, which was long known for its fans’ racism towards Arabs and Blacks, writes in Op-Ed about the changes he is making to the team's club, which also affect the face of Israeli society.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
A lieutenant colonel at the IDF's Unit 504, the Israeli military’s human intelligence agency, had a spy go to the West Bank to buy containers of tahini and bring them back for the unit’s commander.**


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Yedioth Ahronoth: "An Historic Evening" by Nahum Barnea

(from the translation provided by Israel News Today)

  Netanyahu is right. This truly was an historic evening. The plan bearing Trump’s name seals one chapter and opens a new chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The two-state solution, which has dominated international discourse ever since 1993, has now lost the last vestiges of its relevance. One state will rule between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, under the grace of America. This isn’t a peace plan; it’s an annexation plan. Is that good for Israel or bad for it? It depends whom you ask.

   We’ve had lots of American plans and mediators in the time since President Reagan’s plan in 1982. Each one of those initiatives created a major stir in its day. Despite the excitement, they left in their wake expectations that made reaching an agreement difficult.

   The Trump plan has done more than that; it has given the Netanyahu government support to take a series of unilateral steps, starting this coming Sunday. In the initial stage, the settlement blocs and the Jordan Valley will be annexed. Israel will annex the isolated settlements and the access roads leading to them in the second stage.

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PeaceCast: Trump's Deal - Palestinian Perspective

This episode features a conversation with Daoud Kuttab, a veteran Palestinian journalist who splits his time between the West Bank and Amman, Jordan. He is the Director-General of the Community Media Network in Amman and a regular contributor to leading publications in both English and Arabic.

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News Nosh 1.30.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday January 30, 2020

 
Quote of the day:
“The White House looked like Habayit Hayehudi (nationalist-religious Zionist party) the other day, awash in kippot and Yiddishkeit. Does one have to be an anti-Semite to wonder about this? With all the wheeler-dealer peacemakers – all these Friedmans, Adelsons, Greenblatts, Kushners and Berkowitzes, these supposedly fair and unbiased mediators, it’s impossible to even think about the start of a fair accord. It’s not hard to guess what goes through the mind of every Palestinian and every seeker of justice at the sight of this all-Jewish and all-right-wing class picture.”
Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz+ that the unfair Trump plan is the start of the third Nakba.*

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Trump’s Plan Between Policy and Politics

Listen to APN's briefing call from Thursday, January 30th with veteran Israeli political analyst Akiva Eldar.

Akiva addressed the Trump administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century,” Trump’s proposal for a permanent status settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. He discussed both the goals of the Trump administration’s policy on Israel and the Palestinians and the politics behind it, and the impact that unveiling the plan has and will have on Israeli politics.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher (January 29, 2020) - The Trump Plan

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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APN Urges Peace Supporters: Reject Trump's Israeli Annexation Vision

Washington, DC – The vision submitted today by Donald Trump's White House for an alleged final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deals a severe blow to efforts to achieve real peace between Israel and the Palestinians. 

This vision is not a "peace plan" but rather a scheme, co-authored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump, to allow for an immediate annexation of all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the entire Jordan Valley. Hours ago, shortly after the Trump "vision" was unveiled, Benjamin Netanyahu's government announced that it will submit to the Knesset an annexation bill this coming Sunday.

This plan is a recipe for disaster, for annexation, for the perpetuation of Israel's occupation of the West Bank, for the perpetuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for misery and bloodshed. 

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