The world laughed at Donald Trump yesterday. In response to his ludicrous assertion that in less than two years his
administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country” on the world
arena, the assembled diplomatic representatives to the UN General Assembly did not conceal their amusement.
Trump earned the ridicule of the United Nations, in particular regarding his administration’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rather than advancing peace, the Trump administration has caused more damage than any government in US history.
Quote of the day:
"My work as a scientist is based on freedom of thought and freedom of expression, while Netanyahu's government represents a threat to fundamental freedoms.”
—Best-selling Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari said in an interview for the cover story of France's respected weekly Le Point entitled "The world's most important thinker.’
“Our country is losing itself, and what is happening here does not add to our democracy, but only weakens it."
--Former Shin Bet agent Gonen Ben-Yitzhak said in an interview in Maariv.*
"I think there will be an explosion in Israeli society, I just don’t know when."
--Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avigdor Kahalani said in an interview in Maariv.**kahalani
Hagit Ofran is one of the world's leading experts on West Bank settlements. In a conversation at her Jerusalem home, she analyzes current trends in West Bank settlement planning and construction, as well as Israeli government actions to "legalize" illegal outposts and to allow the construction of new illegal outposts.
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Quote of the day:
--Gaby Lasky, attorney of American-French professor Frank Romano, said in court after police tried to secretly deport Romano - but were thwarted by a judge.*
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.
Arab News: "Palestine mission still open despite US threats to close it" (9/11/18)
Ori Nir, the director of communication at the nonprofit organization Americans for Peace Now, told Arab News that the move to close the Palestinian office in Washington is “another swing of Trump’s wrecking ball” at prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
France 24: "25 years on, Israeli right-wingers ready to declare Oslo accords dead" (9/10/18)
When Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sealed the first Oslo agreement with a handshake on the White House lawn, there were 110,066 settlers in the West Bank and another 6,234 in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now.
Israel i24 News: "APN's Debra Shushan - Video Clips" BYLINE(optional) (9/5/18)
Debating with Ruthie Blum of the Gatestone Institute and Fatah international spokesperson Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad, APN's Debra Shushan discusses the Trump administration's closure of the PLO Mission in DC, the Palestinian turn toward the International Criminal Court, the pending demolition of the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, and the IDF's grim projection for conflict between Israel and Gaza.