APN Strongly Condemns Assassination Attempt of Jerusalem's Rabbi Glick; Urges Restraint

Americans for Peace Now joins its Israeli sister organization, Peace Now, in strongly condemning the assassination-attempt of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an extreme right-wing activist who advocates for Jewish prayer in Jerusalem's Temple Mount, and for re-building the Jewish Temple at the site of al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site to Islam. 

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APN's Ori Nir in The Boston Globe: Israel, US breaking up over two-state solution

 This piece will be featured in the Nov. 3 print edition of The Boston Globe.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has come to epitomize the Israeli school of thought that dismisses peace with the Palestinians as being not only impossible but undesirable.

Ya’alon laid out his worldview last week during a four-day visit to the United States. He has become the most salient spokesperson for those in Israel who think that the only way for Israel to conduct its relations with its neighbors is through periodic wars and counterterrorism campaigns, referred to in Israeli security jargon as “mowing the lawn.” In short, he believes in conflict management rather than conflict resolution.

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News Nosh 10.29.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
“They were overjoyed to know we were from Israel. In situations like that, politics become unimportant.”
-- An Israeli couple on holiday in Greece, who helped Syrian refugees whom they found at the entrance to their cottage.**

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Press Release: Netanyahu, Stop the Provocations!

With tensions in Jerusalem and beyond rising to a boiling point, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of his cabinet have initiated a series of highly inflammatory steps and have been using incendiary language in recent days.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) is angered and alarmed at the brazenness of Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent provocative moves, and joins the Obama administration in warning the Israeli government of the potential consequences of these measures.

APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: "During the past few days, in the midst of a violent flare-up of demonstrations in East Jerusalem – one of the longest and most violent waves of riots in recent history – Netanyahu seems to be eager to fuel the fire rather than extinguish it.

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News Nosh 10.28.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
“Three stops separate between the place where baby Chaya Zissel Braun was run over and killed and the house of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and between them is a tense space of violence and fear.”
--Maariv features reporter Eyal Levy rides the Jerusalem light-rail.**

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This week, Alpher discusses the differences between Washington’s approach to combating IS and that of Israel; why was Yaalon (reportedly) shunned by most of the Obama administration, in a rare display of dissatisfaction; Why Egypt just closed its border with Gaza and postponed convening Israel-Hamas ceasefire talks by a month, and what this means for a stable ceasefire; and whether there are emerging parallels between Israeli-Jordanian and Israeli-Egyptian security cooperation.

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APN's Ori Nir in The Forward: No, AIPAC Isn't Anti-Israel

 

Jay Michaelson has it wrong. AIPAC is not, as he argues, anti-Israel.

Most of what the lobby does is focused on strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel — various aspects of this relationship, including the U.S.-Israel security cooperation — which is undisputedly pro-Israel.

But not only AIPAC. All American Jewish organizations that focus on Israel, including the ones on the extreme right, are pro-Israel. They support Israel, and they do so wholeheartedly. They care deeply about Israel, and they are deeply concerned about its future.

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News Nosh 10.27.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday October 27, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The crisis that erupted last week over the conversion bill demonstrated that the primary glue holding the coalition parties together is the fear of elections..."
--Haaretz Knesset reporter Jonathan Lis comments on the cabinet and the opening of the Knesset's Winter Session today.**

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News Nosh 10.26.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday October 26, 2014

Quote of the day:
"To enter Palestinian ghettos and get into conflicts with women and children is a recipe for killing women and children."
--Maariv commentator Ran Adelist blames the government for inciting E. Jerusalem to violence.**

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News Nosh 10.24.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday October 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Instead of showing that it is attentive to the concerns of its allies, the government has actually chosen to accelerate construction and is ignoring the damage this move will cause Israel."
--Israeli NGO Ir Amim responds to the Israeli government plans to advance the construction of 1,600 new East Jerusalem housing units.**

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