Statement: International Community Must be a Stronger Partner for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Following the speeches delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today and by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, before the United Nations General Assembly in New York, APN today released this statement:

Speaking before the UN General Assembly, flinging accusations and mutual recriminations, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas revealed, with striking clarity, the vast gulf that separates them with respect to their views on the way forward to resolve the conflict that continues to consume both of their peoples.

The speeches of these two leaders also revealed a simple truth: Today, the question is not whether Israelis or Palestinians have a "partner" for peace on the other side, or whether now is the time to launch yet another empty peace process, or whether energies should be invested in making the indefensible status quo more stable. Rather, after more than two decades of peace efforts, after more than 47 years of occupation and conflict, the question today is whether the international community is ready to be a real partner to Israelis and Palestinians in aiding them – and, indeed, pressing them, with meaningful benefits and consequences – to end this conflict.

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September 29, 2014 - Has Abbas slammed the door? Has Netanyahu? What will happen now?


This week, Alpher discusses whether Abbas has slammed the door on a peace process, what to make of Netanyahu's remarks in response to Abbas' speech at the UN, how much progress Abbas will register on his new initiatives, what could happen now in the Israeli-Palestinian sphere, why the issue of African migrants is so significant for Israelis.

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News Nosh 09.29.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday September 29, 2014

Number of the day:
--Percentage of Israelis who believe that Israel should not end relations with the Palestinian Authority following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech.**

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News Nosh 09.28.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday September 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
"More and more Arabs arrived at the scene and asked if we needed help. One of them held (baby) Nitzan, who was pretty pleased about it. I was afraid, but I know how to distinguish between terrorists and human beings, and these were human beings."
--Hadassah Sharchaton, 24, quoted in an article titled 'Palestinians rescue settlers after West Bank attack,' which was one of the 10 most popular articles on English Ynet in the year 5774.**

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Report on APN Israel study tour 2014

Americans for Peace Now Israel Study Tour

September 6 – September 11, 2014

erekatSeveral themes dominated our meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, journalists, and activists. This report explores themes that came up in our meetings, and provides highlights from meetings that were not off the record. It also provides some information about things that the tour participants saw.

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News Nosh 09.24.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 24, 2014

NOTENews Nosh will be off for Rosh Hashana holiday Thursday and Friday. News Nosh will resume SUNDAY.

Number of the day:
--Percentage of the Israeli public believes Israel is a good place to live in.**

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Not to be Missed

News Nosh 09.23.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 23, 2014

NOTE: Wednesday is Rosh Hashana Eve, consequently News Nosh will come in its shortened Friday-style form. Thursday there will be no News Nosh and Friday News Nosh will resume.

Excerpt of the day:
(From video clip: Man in van pulls up in gas station and asks attendant (former President Shimon Peres) to fill it up.
Peres (in blue and yellow uniform): Oil, water?
Man: No thank you.
Peres: Two six-packs of water for 20 shekels?
Man: I'm not interested.
Peres:  Do you want cleaning liquid for windshield wipers?
Man annoyed: I'm not interested.
Peres: A camping mat?
Man: Hey, let's get going.
Peres: Okay, a karaoke set?
Man getting angry: I'm not interested, okay?
Peres: Water wings for pool?
Man: No! Can I pay?
Peres: If you keep saying no to every offer, you'll pay a hefty price.
Man: Alright, give me the water wings.
Peres: Drive to peace, it's the only solution.
--From the fabulously funny and witty video clip about Peres' search for a job after the presidency - with some embedded messages about peace and nuclear reactors.**

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The New Yorker: Friends of Israel

The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?

By Connie Bruck

 On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The agenda of the meeting, which was attended by other Jewish leaders as well, was the war in the Gaza Strip. In the century-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the previous two weeks had been particularly harrowing. In Israeli towns and cities, families heard sirens warning of incoming rockets and raced to shelters. In Gaza, there were scenes of utter devastation, with hundreds of Palestinian children dead from bombing and mortar fire. The Israeli government claimed that it had taken extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties, but the United Nations was launching an inquiry into possible war crimes. Even before the fighting escalated, the United States, Israel’s closest ally, had made little secret of its frustration with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “How will it have peace if it is unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation, and allow for Palestinian sovereignty, security, and dignity?” Philip Gordon, the White House coördinator for the Middle East, said in early July. “It cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. Doing so is not only wrong but a recipe for resentment and recurring instability.” Although the Administration repeatedly reaffirmed its support for Israel, it was clearly uncomfortable with the scale of Israel’s aggression. AIPAC did not share this unease; it endorsed a Senate resolution in support of Israel’s “right to defend its citizens,” which had seventy-nine co-sponsors and passed without a word of dissent.

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This week, Alpher discusses the prospects of nuclear negotiations with Iran and Gaza negotiations in Cairo; whether a new intifada has erupted in East Jerusalem; is the resignation of a senior Likud minister who was conflicted with Netanyahu, leaving the party second in size to Yesh Atid in the Knesset, the beginning of the end for the current government;

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