The Forward: "Business Coalition Pushes Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu To Forge Peace Deal"

Uncertainty Dampens Growth on Both Sides of Green Line

By Nathan Jeffay

The latest coalition of Israelis and Palestinians hoping to affect the settlement of the conflict is not your usual bunch of peace activists. They are wealthy businesspeople who work in a broad range of sectors, from construction to high-tech. They don’t need to struggle to be heard in the halls of power — they already have the ears of everyone from Israel’s prime minister to the leaders of Hamas.

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News Nosh 02.28.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday February 28, 2014

Number of the day:
--Percentage of Hebrew-speaking Israelis likely to support a regional peace agreement.

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News Nosh 02.27.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 27, 2014

Quote of the day:
“They touched me all over my body. They even asked me about my bones. They asked me to take off my slacks, my bra."
-- Ezies Elias Shehadeh, an Israeli-Arab tourism teacher at a Jewish high school, on being separated from her students and strip-searched at Eilat airport on the way back from a school trip.*

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Steven Kaplan and Sanford Weiner in the Jewish Journal: A victory against anti-Israel BDS


Israelis and supporters of Israel are increasingly concerned about international pressure — and with good reason. There was last year’s directive from the European Union, which threatened important Israel-EU cooperation; the recent uproar about SodaStream, which brought Israel unflattering media attention; and the almost daily news of some European country singling out an Israeli company for negative treatment.

Are these victories for the global BDS movement — the movement calling on people and nations to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel? Absolutely not. 

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News Nosh 02.26.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 26, 2014

Quote of the day:
"What's your deal with the Temple Mount, Moshe? Does it really stress you? Take two rounds on your BMX. There is no Tel-Aviv without the Temple Mount? Nu, really."
--Meretz MK Ilan Gilon responds to Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, who said without Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount, there is no purpose to our existence in this whole country.**

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Book Review: What do you Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife?

This is the eleventh in a series of reviews of books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN volunteer and a professor of art history, to review David Harris-Gershon's  new book.What-Do-You-Buy-For-the-Children-195x293

David Harris-Gershon, What do you Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife? (London: One World, 2013). 325 pages. $13.70.

David Harris-Gershon has written a brave memoir that charts the traumatic and long-range impact of his wife Jamie’s near-death from a terrorist bombing at Hebrew University in 2002, and his route to healing by trying to understand the motives of the terrorist, Mohammad Odeh. 

There are several points of entry into Harris-Gershon’s story:  the opening section in which he recounts the bombing and actions of the bomber, his recollections of the aftermath interwoven with the history of his relationship with Jaime, and the summary of the historical context in which the attack took place.

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Peace Now and Meretz MK's Visit Hebron Marking 20 Years Since the Goldstein Massacre

Oppenheimer_Gal-On_Hebron"We came to show the Israeli public that the violent legacy of Goldstein is alive today in the price tag attacks, and in extremist settlers, like those here today." (Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer, pictured left with MK Zehava Gal-On)

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News Nosh 02.25.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Perhaps we should also divide the Jewish population into Poles, Yemenites and Moroccans?”
--Meretz chairwoman Zahava Gal-On slams the controversial law passed to distinguish between Muslim and Christian Arab citizens of Israel. **

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APN's 2014 Israel Study Tour – Save the Dates September 6-11, 2014

Participants will explore Israel and the West Bank focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to resolve it. If you are interested and would like to be placed on the mailing list for the 2014 Israel study tour please email

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Save the Date: Mandy Patinkin to Receive APN's Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award - April 27, 2014

The well-known actor and singer will be presented with the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award on Sunday evening, April 27, in Los Angeles.  Plus, APN will be inaugurating the Arthur P. Stern Leadership and Justice Award, with David N. Myers and Nomi Stolzenberg receiving the award.

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