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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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News Nosh 9.2.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday September 2, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
“As the elections approach, when passions are flaring and the discourse coarsens, I implore you not to believe the incitement and the personal attacks. Do not listen to the voices that are eager to radicalize the discourse, to the right or to the left."
--Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused the media of persecuting him and called to boycott Channel 12 after regularly released information about his corruption cases.*

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News Nosh 9.1.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday September 1, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"There is no escape from seeing things as they are: the Israeli free press is under a dangerous attack."
--Senior political commentator of Yedioth Ahronoth, Nahum Barnea, writes in a front-page Op-Ed about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's accusations against journalists and institutions of the Israeli media and about Netanyahu's call to boycott Channel 12 News.*


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Missiles Fired From Lebanon at Israeli Base; Hezbollah Says Destroyed Military Vehicle
Lebanese army says Israeli drone violated its airspace and that Israel shelled southern Lebanon territory. Incident comes after Nasrallah threatened to attack. (Haaretz and Ynet)

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Peter Edelman: "Join me in honoring the Gunthers and the work that APN does"

You may have heard that my good friends Dick and Lois Gunther will be honored by Americans for Peace Now next week in Los Angeles for their lifetime effort to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Dick and I have been serving on the Board of Directors of APN for as long as I can remember. He and his wife Lois have always impressed and inspired me, with their devotion to peace and social justice, with their staunch support for Israeli democracy, for the values of justice, equality and peace that guided the founders of the State of Israel, and for an ethical alliance between progressive Americans and their counterparts in Israel.

I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Dick and Lois, and I am delighted that Congressman Adam Schiff has agreed to be the guest speaker at the award luncheon on September 8th.

Please join me in honoring Lois and Dick and honoring the work APN does day-in-and-day-out.

Peter Edelman


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News Nosh 8.28.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday August 29, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"I’m not comfortable being a G-string covering the nakedness of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he boasts to every ambassador that 'Israel is the only democratic oasis in the Middle East.' I use the G-string as a metaphor because the metaphor of a fig leaf is obvious. The G-string, in contrast, is barely seen and barely felt, and we barely see or feel this democracy, which we are supposed to celebrate."
--Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a renowned rapper, writes that - despite everything - Arabs in Israel should vote.*

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Peace Now's Shaqued Morag: "What I told US Ambassador David Friedman"

Dear friend,

Amid reports that Trump is considering publishing his political plan before Israel’s general election, I met, together with several other representatives of the Israeli Peace Camp, with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. I thought you would be interested in the content of this meeting.

At the meeting, we expressed our dismay regarding the US government's actions in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Specifically, we argued that unilateral moves by the Trump administration are further undermining trust between Israelis and Palestinians and may spark a new round of violence, the price of which will be paid by Israelis and Palestinians on the ground.

We reminded the Ambassador that most Israelis continuously and unwaveringly support the two-states solution.  We reiterated that these Israeli citizens favor a solution guaranteeing peace and security over the Greater Israel one-state vision, which would spell an end to a democratic Israel, and would run afoul of the shared values at the core of the special relationship between our two countries.

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News Nosh 8.27.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday August 27, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
"Fifty-two years have passed since the Six-Day War, and the two populations are intertwined. The future of Hadassah Hospital depends on Palestinian export duties, the West Bank cannot continue to exist without Israeli foodstuffs, and we cannot manage without the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who work in Israel."
--Former Israeli peace negotiator and politician, Yossi Beilin.*


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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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News Nosh 8.25.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday August 25, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
"The fact that an Arab decided to make an attack and my brother was killed in it does not mean that I will put an X on the whole sector. I have many Arab friends and I really love them.”
--Jewish Israeli chef, Shlomi Nahum, talks about life and cooking after two of his brothers were killed.*

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News Nosh 8.22.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday August 22, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
“(Ayelet) Shaked and (Bezalel) Smotrich have decided to turn the entire population into settlers. Not only [do they want] religious coercion in the education system, but they want to transfer the citizens of the state to live in the settlements where they can re-educate them in the laws of halacha.”
--The left-wing Democratic Camp blasted the housing plan presented by the far-right-wing Yamina list: to build over 100,000 housing units in the occupied Palestinian Territories for over half a million Israelis.**

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“Ideology with practicality” to help “erase the Green Line."
--Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich explains the thinking behind the Yamina list's housing plan.**

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