News Nosh 10.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday October 10, 2014

Quote of the day:

"The Israeli government is living a contradiction. In public, when it faces public opinion and rightist voters, it curses the Palestinian reconciliation government. But under the counter, quietly, it cooperates with it."
--Haaretz reporter Barak Ravid on yesterday's Palestinian unity government cabinet meeting - the first held in Gaza since Hamas got power in the Strip in 2007.**

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Please join us for a briefing call with Yariv Oppenheimer, the Director of Israel’s Peace Now movement, on Monday, October 13, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.

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A Lack of National Responsibility

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a rough meeting in the Oval Office on October 1st.

President Obama chided him for Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Right after the meeting, administration officials provided a glance into what Netanyahu probably heard from Obama. New settlement activity “will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from even its closest allies, poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians, but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Netanyahu was fuming as he left the White House for New York, where he told Israeli reporters who he thinks is responsible for the rocky meeting with President Obama.

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News Nosh 10.08.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 08, 2014

NOTE: No News Nosh Thursday.

Number of the day:
-The drop in Israeli weapons exports last year. **

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"Un-American" ?

Approving new settlement construction on the eve of his meeting with Obama wasn’t enough. Blaming Peace Now for the White House’s criticism of settlement expansion wasn’t enough either. Prime Minister Netanyahu just had to stick a finger in President Obama’s eye by accusing him of being un-American.

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Chemi Shalev in Haaretz: Netanyahu’s 'un-American' stink bomb: What was he thinking?

Barack Obama Meets with PM Netanyahu of IsraelWhite House fumes at PM’s 'American values' statement that echoes malicious rhetoric of birthers and other crazy Obama-haters.

Chemi Shalev

You want to give Benjamin Netanyahu the benefit of the doubt. You prefer to assume that he knew not what he was doing, that he fell in love with his own wisecrack, as he is wont to do, and simply didn’t think things through. You want to believe that we have not reached the stage when the Israeli prime minister would wantonly detonate a stink bomb in an American president’s face, as if he couldn’t care less.

Nonetheless, you have to wonder. You can say a lot of things about Netanyahu: Stupid isn’t one of them. So how could have gone down the route of declaring White House criticism of his government’s moves in East Jerusalem “un-American”? How could he have ignored the multiple numerous alarm bells and whistles that should have warned him to think twice and even thrice before taking this road? How could he have exposed himself to the kind of withering reaction issued by the White House yesterday, summed it up in one loaded little word: “odd.”

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News Nosh 10.07.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 07, 2014

Note: During the week of Sukkot, News Nosh will be published intermittently. Wednesday, Erev Sukkot, there will be the short Friday-style version. Thursday, Sukkot holiday, there will be no News Nosh and Friday News Nosh will return in its usual Friday version. On Sunday you will receive updates about next week. 

Quote of the day:
"With all due respect to the president of Egypt and the prime minister of Israel, without US president Jimmy Carter the peace treaty between the two countries would not have been signed."
--Maariv commentator Ron Maiburg writes about his conclusions after reading "Thirteen Days in September," the detailed account of the 1978 Camp David Summit, by Lawrence Wright.**

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Blaming the Messenger: Bibi & Friends Attack Peace Now

On October 1, the Israeli Peace Now movement broke the news that on the eve of Rosh Hashana, when nobody was paying attention, the Netanyahu government went ahead with final approval of a plan for construction of a new settlement in East Jerusalem – Givat Hamatos.  To understand why this plan is so significant and problematic, see this analysis from Peace Now.  For further dismantling of the excuses offered by Netanyahu and other settlement apologists after news of the approval came out, see this analysis from Danny Seidemann.

The news of this new settlement approval – which came on the heels of the takeover of 7 new properties by settlers in Silwan – cast a pall over Netayahu’s subsequent meeting in Washington, DC with President Obama.  In the wake of that meeting, and following statements from the Obama Administration condemning the new settlement approval, Netanyahu and his fellow settlement defenders/apologists apparently decided that their best defense would be to go on offense – against Peace Now. 

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APN/Peace Now in the News: September 26-October 3, 2014

New York Times - October 2, 2014
NYT editorial: The Problem is not Peace Now's disclosure but Netanyahu's settlement construction

Washington Post - October 1, 2014
Peace Now: Final approval for East Jerusalem settlement project

Globes (Israeli Financial daily) - October 2, 2014
APN's Ori Nir quoted in a story about Netanyahu's slamming Peace Now

Haaretz - October 3, 2014
Haaretz's Barak Ravid criticizes Netanyahu's attack on Peace Now. "Peace Now merely doing its job"

PBS Newshour - October 1, 2014
Peace Now reveals plans for new settlement construction in East Jerusalem

Associated Press - October 1, 2014
Peace Now: Plan for new East Jerusalem settlement construction finalized

JTA - October 1, 2014
Peace Now: Planned settlement construction in East Jerusalem threatens two-state solution

JTA - October 2, 2014
JTA's Ron Kampeas ridiculing Netanyahu for blaming Peace Now for wrecking his meeting with Obama

Bloomberg - October 2, 2014
Netanyahu lashes out at Peace Now for publicizing settlement construction plan

Baltimore Sun (Reuters story) - October 1, 2014
Peace Now: Plan for new settlement construction in East Jerusalem approved,0,5115206.story

Jerusalem Post - October 1, 2014
Peace Now condemns building plans in Givat Hamatos

Jerusalem Post - October 2, 2014
Peace Now: Netanyahu has only himself to blame for international criticism of settlement activity

Oregon Herald (Reuters story) - October 1, 2014
Peace Now reports Israeli plan to build in East Jerusalem

Yahoo News (AFP story) - October 2, 2014
Peace Now: Final approval given to East Jerusalem settlement construction project

J Street Blog - October 1, 2014
APN quoted in J Street statement

Arutz Shva - October 1, 2014
Peace Now: Final approval for East Jerusalem settlement project

Jerusalem Post - October 2, 2014
Deputy Minister Akunis accuses Peace Now of "informing"

Honest Reporting (blog) - October 2, 2014
Peace Now accused of "manufacturing" US-Israeli crisis over settlements

The Algemeiner - October 2, 2014
Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz accuses Peace Now of "poisoning the atmosphere"

Israel Hayom (reprinted from  CFR blog) - October 3, 2014
Elliott Abrams: Givat Hamatos crisis is a "victory of sorts for Peace Now"


This week, Alpher offers further comments on Netanyahu's UN General Assembly speech; whether ISIS and Hamas are both "fruits of the same poisonous tree", as Netanyahu stated; how, as Netanyahu mentioned, Israel improving relations with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi (i.e., the United Arab Emirates) in order to counter Iran and ISIS could "eventually" benefit the two-state solution; were the East Jerusalem settlement announcements a deliberate provocation by Netanyahu to humiliate Obama, or yet another case of cognitive dissonance between the two sides?

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