Peace Now: Minister of Defense approves new settlement in Hebron, first time since the 1980s

The Minister of Defense has approved the creation of a new settlement inside the Palestinian city of Hebron, making it the first settlement in the city since the 1980s.
 
The impact of the settlement is remarkable: a large building, 4000 square meters,  that can hold more than 20 settler families (more than 120 people) and on a strategic and pivotal location: relatively distant from the other settlements inside Hebron, and on the route that connects Hebron to Kiryat Arba settlement.

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News Nosh 04.14.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday April 14, 2014

Note: News Nosh will be off this week over the Passover holiday, beginning tomorrow.

Quote of the day:
"It looks like something written using Google Translate."
--An Israeli Arab academic on the garbled Arabic Facebook post written by Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett to Arab Israelis. **

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APN/Peace Now in the News: April 2-April 11, 2014

Al-Monitor - April 2, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman comments on possible congressional repercussions of PLO's UN move
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/04/palestine-un-aid-cuts-peace-talks-abbas.html#

News Nosh 04.13.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday April 13, 2014

Note: News Nosh will be on Passover holiday from Tuesday, April 15th through Monday, April 21st.  News Nosh will resume on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Quote of the day:
"Everyone thought we were crazy when we said we were going to the Palestinian territories in search of comedy."
--US journalist Joel Warner and US psychologist Peter McGraw find jokes in the Palestinian territories.**

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Goodbye to Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak

Pundak-Ron320x265Israeli peace activist Ron Pundak, a trail-blazer of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, died today in Tel Aviv after a battle with cancer. He was 59.

Dr. Pundak, together with his friend and academic colleague Yair Hirschfeld, established the now well-known “secret channel” with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which led to the signing of the Oslo Agreement in September 1993. Recently, he published a book that documents the pre-Oslo efforts, titled "Secret channel: Oslo – the full story." 

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News Nosh 04.11.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday April 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Every Arab mother should know that the fate of her son is in our hands."
--Words written on shirts ordered by IDF Nahal officer and soldiers for their army unit.*

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The Jewish Journal: The West Bank is under military occupation, and that’s a fact

by Jessica Montell, JTA

According to press reports, the crowd at a recent Republican Jewish Coalition conference “noticeably gasped” when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to the West Bank as “occupied territories.” Christie promptly apologized to the event’s host, mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, clarifying that his remarks “were not meant to be a statement of policy,” a source said.

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My Passover message: It would be immoral to give up

Image of Purim holiday graphics

soupGrowing up, Passover was my favorite holiday. I loved the Passover story about the Jews being saved from the evil Pharaoh in Egypt. I loved the miracle of the parting of the sea and survival crossing the desert (as a kid raised in the Arizona desert, I felt a special kinship with those early Israelites). I loved the Seder — especially the part where we dipped our fingers in the wine as we enumerated each plague. And I of course loved the food, particularly my mother’s matzo balls (sinkers, not floaters) and the red horseradish that always made me sniffle and sneeze — and which, invariably, somebody spilled on the tablecloth to leave a permanent beet juice stain.

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News Nosh 04.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday April 10, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Following the ignominious defeat the IDF suffered in the confrontation with the hill bullies, the Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, should go to Yitzhar settlement today with a large white flag in his hand, admit to the defeat of the IDF, and announce the withdrawal of all troops from the settlement of Yitzhar and perhaps from all settlements."
--Renowned Israeli author Amos Oz writes a letter to the Editor.**

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Politico: Stand Firm, John Kerry

It’s time for the secretary of state to insist on America’s position on Middle East peace.

By ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, FRANK CARLUCCI, LEE HAMILTON, CARLA A. HILLS, THOMAS PICKERING and HENRY SIEGMAN

We commend Secretary of State John Kerry’s extraordinary efforts to renew Israeli-Palestinian talks and negotiations for a framework for a peace accord, and the strong support his initiative has received from President Barack Obama.

We believe these efforts, and the priority Kerry has assigned to them, have been fully justified. However, we also believe that the necessary confidentiality that Secretary Kerry imposed on the resumed negotiations should not preclude a far more forceful and public expression of certain fundamental U.S. positions:

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