News Nosh 04.02.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday April 02, 2014
 

Number of the day:

708.
Number of tenders Israel issued yesterday for housing units over the Green Line, while it still thought it had a deal to get the peace talks extended and the spy, Jonathan Pollard, released. But then it got a surprise.**


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APN/Peace Now in the News: March 21 - March 27, 2014

Haaretz - March 24, 2014
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Two-staters, unite behind Kerry
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.581723

Haggadah Insert: The spirit of DAYENU.

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Each year at Passover, Jews read this line in the haggadah, "In every generation a person is obligated to see themselves as if they had left Egypt." Why? Because each of us should understand that in our generation, just as in our ancestors' generation, the status quo is not inevitable. Societies founded on inequality, on domination of others, on ruling those who do not wish to be ruled cannot, in the arc of history, last. In every generation there is a wrong to be righted. Today, it is in our hands to right it.

This year, you can add flavor to your seder by sharing this thoughtful reflection by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb. Rabbi Dobb, who has written previously for Americans for Peace Now, has graciously contributed our 13th haggadah insert. In it, he asks us to make peace with the idea of limits.

Since 2001, Americans for Peace Now has asked rabbis from the extended APN family to contribute reflections on the haggada: that story which has for centuries been understood as the archetype of liberation. Many of us have made these reflections a permanent part of our seder - we hope you will, too. You can find them here.

May we all enjoy a sweet and liberating Passover,

Debra DeLee
President and CEO,
Americans for Peace Now

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Submitted by Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb (2014)
To be read after the meal, just before the search for the afikomen. (Tzafun)

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News Nosh 04.01.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday April 01, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Your campaign slogan was 'where is the money' -- the money is right there."
--MK Stav Shaffir (Labor) yelled at the Yesh Atid MKs after they voted to appropriate $50.6 million of taxpayer money to the World Zionist Organization's Settlement Division.**

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: March 31, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses what Olmert's conviction for receiving bribes means for the peace process; why Netanyahu refuses to release veteran terrorist prisoners who are Arab citizens of Israel; how this issue jibes with a new Israel Foreign Ministry document that appears to find legal justification for Avigdor Lieberman's proposal to transfer Arab-populated parts of Israel to Palestinian sovereignty under a two-state redrawing of borders.

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APN's Lara Friedman in Haaretz: What Israeli Palestinian mutual recognition really means.

Unlike Israel's unilateral insistence on the 'Jewish state', Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to find a recognition formula that reconciles two opposing national narratives.

By now everyone has realized that there’s a new issue on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations agenda that’s not going away: The demand that the Palestinians not only recognize Israel - something they have done repeatedly, starting in 1993 - but that they recognize Israel as "a Jewish state," or some similar wording. No such “recognition-plus” demand was made of Egypt or Jordan, nor was it mentioned in the Oslo agreement or subsequent Israeli-Palestinian documents. It made a brief appearance in the Annapolis talks of 2007, but only as a marginal issue. Only In 2009 did it truly come into play, courtesy of Benjamin Netanyahu.

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News Nosh 03.31.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 31, 2014

Quote of the day:
"For many Israelis, the “recognition-plus" [of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state] demand has taken root not because they are looking for an excuse not to make peace, but, at least in part, because it taps into their longing to not simply be tolerated in the Middle East, but to be embraced, in the region and the world, as a legitimate, indigenous nation, consistent with Israel’s founding Zionist narrative of the return of the Jews to their historic homeland."
--APN's Lara Friedman explains the mindset behind the Israeli and Palestinian narratives and suggests how to unravel the apparent Gordian knot of the demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.*

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News Nosh 03.30.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 30, 2014

Number of the day:
10.
--The number of days it took 150 Dutch workers to duplicate the most famous parts of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's palace in the Israeli city of Kfar Saba. Tanks and actors to arrive soon.**

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News Nosh 03.28.14

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

Number of the day:
50.
--Number of olive trees Yitzhar settlers chopped down Thursday in Palestinian town of Huwwara.**

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News Nosh 03.27.14

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

Quote of the day:
"It is a stain of dishonor that no members of the foreign service have seen fit to stand up and challenge policies that they know better than anyone are leading Israel to international leprosy and domestic disaster."
--David Landau, former editor-in-chief of Haaretz, writes why Israelis don't need to sympathize with striking Foreign Ministry employees over their low wages.**

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