News Nosh 06.11.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
"He is expected to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on the one hand and participate in the ceremony commemorating the 1956 Kafr Qasim massacre of Israeli Arabs by Israeli soldiers on the other."
--Haaretz+ Knesset reporter writes that the President-elect Rubi Rivlin is not afraid of controversies and really does intend to represent all facets of Israeli society.**

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Time for Hard Truths, Tough Actions - a landmark policy

On the 47th Anniversary of the Occupation: Time for Hard Truths, Tough Actions

MajdalShams_header450x555Forty-seven years ago this week, Israel won a stunning victory in the 1967 War.  This was not a war of Israel’s choice or making.  It was a defensive war, with Israel facing threats by armies from countries on all sides seeking Israel’s destruction.  Repelling and defeating these armies, Israel sent a resounding message to the region and the world: we are here to stay. 

Israel’s victory in the 1967 War left it with a pressing question: what to do with the additional land now under its control: the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights.  As recognized by many Israelis – and demonstrated in the Camp David Accords with Egypt – these lands offered Israel the opportunity to normalize its position in the region through agreements with its Arab neighbors, based on the principle of  land for peace.

Forty-seven years later, such normalization remains a distant dream.  Rather than act in good faith to seek agreements based on land-for-peace, for 47 years successive Israeli governments have actively and passively collaborated with Israel’s own extremists in their efforts to take land-for-peace off the table in favor of fulfilling their own grandiose, messianic vision of Greater Israel.  And now they’ve succeeding in killing what many believed was the best chance for a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians that has ever existed, and the best chance that may exist for a long time to come.

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News Nosh 06.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Eight years ago, a bill outlawing force-feeding geese was passed here. So it's illegal to force-feed geese, but human beings can be force-fed. Sure if they are Arab."
--Arab Meretz MK Issawi Freij declares his vehement opposition in Knesset to force-feeding hunger-striking Palestinian detainees.**

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: June 9, 2014

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This week, Alpher discusses how the Netanyahu government plans to deal with the anomaly of its position vis-a-vis the new Palestinian government and the proposals and counter-proposals for unilateral and bilateral initiatives which are everywhere in the Netanyahu government; last weekend's dramatic withdrawal from the race of Binyamin (Fuad) Ben Eliezer, who had suddenly come under suspicion of receiving bribes and and when will the corruption trail end; who among the candidates benefits from Ben Eliezer's departure; and how dangerous is it that Palestinian prisoners under administrative detention in Israeli jails are on hunger strike, demanding to be charged and tried and why does administration detention exist in Israel?

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News Nosh 06.09.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 09, 2014

Quote of the day:
"I’m sick of being politically correct."
--Justice Minister Tzipi Livni calls the settlement enterprise "a security, economic and moral burden" aimed to prevent peace.**

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News Nosh 06.08.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 08, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Netanyahu is convinced that if he isn't punishing the Palestinians, he must compensate the settlers' lobby. His survival depends on this balance."
--Yedioth's commentator Nahum Barnea on the fear that is motivating the Israeli Prime Minister.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: May 30 - June 6, 2014

Haaretz - June 2, 2014
APN greeted with warm applause at New York's Celebrate Israe parade
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.596607

The Times of Israel - June 3, 2014
APN welcomes formation of Palestinian government and calls on US and Israel to judge it by its positions and actions
http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-jewish-groups-cast-pa-unity-as-rejection-of-peace/

Ministry of Housing and Construction issued today tenders for 1466 new housing units at the West Bank (1066) and East Jerusalem (400).  The announcement comes three days after the ministry also re-issued tenders for an additional 232 housing units at the West Bank settlements.
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News Nosh 06.06.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 06, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The hunger strike of the (Palestinian) administrative detainees puts a spotlight on one of the most serious injustices of the military rule in the Occupied Territories - the routine use of administrative detention against Palestinians who are detained for many months, and sometimes years, without knowing the allegations against them or when they will be released."
--The Association for Civil Rights in Israel speaks against on Israel's policy of administrative detention and its prime minister's plan to have hunger-striking detainees force-fed.**

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News Nosh 06.05.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 5, 2014

Number of the day:
1500.
--The number of new settlement homes Israel plans to build in retaliation for the formation of the (widely accepted) Palestinian Hamas-Fatah unity government.**

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