APN In the News: August 31 - September 7

Ha'aretz: "There's No 'Resistance' Saving Israel-Palestine From Trump - and Unimaginable Catastrophe" by APN's Debra Shushan (9/6/18)

There are no adults in the room, anonymous or not, diligently frustrating Trump's cruel, disastrous Mideast policy, only arsonists - Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman - dousing the house with kerosene.

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Vineyard Gazette: "Waging Peace, Fighting for Justice, Together" (9/5/18)

Sitting together in the living room of their Aquinnah home, Cora and Peter Weiss work in tandem to tell the stories of their lives...

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Israel i24 News: "APN's Debra Shushan - Video Clips" BYLINE(optional) (9/5/18)

Watch clips from this week's show on Netanyahu's affinity for human rights violators in light of Philippine President Duterte's visit to Israel; Jared Kushner's Palestinian-Jordanian confederation proposal to President Abbas; Ambassador Friedman's assault on UNRWA and aid to Palestinians; and what revelations from Bob Woodward's Fear mean for Netanyahu.

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France 24: "Jordan rejects idea of confederation with Palestinians" (9/5/18)

Hagit Ofran of Israel's Peace Now NGO reported Abbas as saying he had told the US officials, who are working on a peace plan, that he would only be interested if Israel was also part of such a confederation.

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Ha'aretz: "Dozens of Housing Units Approved for Jewish Residents in East Jerusalem" (9/6/18)

Hagit Ofran of the organization Peace Now said that "this is not a real estate project but a project of defiance and settlement."

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Times of Israel (Live Update): "Abbas says Trump team offered Palestinian-Jordanian confederation" (9/6/18)

...He makes the remarks at a meeting with Knesset members and activists from the NGO Peace Now in Ramallah.

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Xinhua: "Palestinian president says refugee issue must be solved with int'l resolutions" BYLINE(optional) (DATE)

Abbas made his remarks in a meeting with an Israeli delegation representing the Israeli "Peace Now" movement at his office in Ramallah, where he reacted to the United States decision to stop its aid to the Palestinian refugees' agency UNRWA.

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Jerusalem Post: "PM Says Gush Katif evacuees akin to Palestinian refugees" (9/2/08)

“The US wants to totally sabotage UNRWA,” Abbas told a visiting delegation from the left-wing Israeli NGO Peace Now.

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Arutz Sheva: "'Likud Youth' leader booted for meeting with Abbas" (9/3/18)

Deputy head of Likud youth movement dismissed for participating in meeting with PA chairman organized by Peace Now.

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The Jordan Times: "Abbas offered confederation with Jordan by US team — NGO" (9/7/18)

Sunday’s meeting included members of Peace Now and other organisations, as well as two Israeli parliament members.

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Ma'an News Agency: "Abbas: 'US administration proposed confederation with Jordan'" BYLINE(optional) (9/3/18)

(Peace Now Director) Morag concluded the meeting by assuring Abbas that "The Israeli peace camp is widespread and during the next general election Peace Now will demand from the leaders a commitment to advancing the two-state solution."

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News Nosh: 9.7.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, September 7, 2018

 
Quote of the day:
“There are no adults in the room, anonymous or not, diligently frustrating Trump's cruel, disastrous Mideast policy, only arsonists - Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman - dousing the house with kerosene.”
-Debra Shushan, Policy Director of Americans for Peace Now, writes in an Op-Ed in Haaretz+.

Breaking News:
Israeli jets hit Gaza incendiary balloon squad
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Legislative Round-up: September 7, 2018

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived

  1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
  2. Hearings
  3. On the Record

 

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There are no adults in the room, anonymous or not, diligently frustrating Trump's cruel, disastrous Mideast policy, only arsonists - Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman - dousing the house with kerosene

New revelations in recent days from inside the White House provide yet more evidence of the disaster unfolding at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

One of the most astonishing stories told in Bob Woodward’s new book, "Fear," is that of President Donald Trump’s senior economic adviser Gary Cohn, who reportedly swiped a letter from Trump’s desk which - had the president signed it - would have withdrawn the U.S. from a trade agreement with South Korea. (According to Cohn, Trump never realized it was missing.)

More amazing still is the complementary claim by an anonymous senior Trump administration official that s/he and many others are "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations."

Such subversion of presidential authority is certainly problematic. But given an amoral president with a fifth- or sixth-grader's understanding  of world affairs (as Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to have described Donald Trump), one can be forgiven for wishing for adults in the room.

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i24 Spin Room (9/5/18): Shushan on Duterte's Visit, Kushner's Proposal, Friedman's Duplicity, and Woodward's Book

In a heated debate with Israeli political commentator Gadi Taub and former Canadian Ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici, Shushan discussed Netanyahu's affinity for human rights violators in light of Philippine President Duterte's visit to Israel; Jared Kushner's Palestinian-Jordanian confederation proposal to President Abbas; Ambassador Friedman's assault on UNRWA and aid to Palestinians; and what revelations from Bob Woodward's Fear mean for Netanyahu. 

 

Netanyahu's Affinity for Human Rights Violators Like Rodrigo Duterte (0:56)

 

Kushner's Palestinian-Jordanian Confederation Proposal to Abbas (0:39)

 

Friedman's Duplicity on Palestinian Aid (1:29)

 

What Revelations from Bob Woodward's Book Mean for Netanyahu (1:06)

Debra DeLee - A Career Worth Honoring

Honoring Debra DeLee for 21 Years with Americans for Peace Now
COME CELEBRATE WITH DEBRA!

Please join us on October 24, 2018 at 6 pm at the Decatur House
748 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20006
as we celebrate the extraordinary career of our good friend
Debra DeLee
Please RSVP by September 15, 2018


WOULD LIKE TO HONOR DEBRA with a Tribute ad.
Tributes will be projected at the event and included in a commemorative book for Debra

 

THE SARA FUND

Debra has requested that donations be made in honor of  her friend and long time APN board member Sara Ehrman (ZTz"L):

Click on the image above to donate to The Sara Fund

Debra DeLee's 21 Years at APN

Throughout her professional life, Debra DeLee has been working to secure a better future for others. She started her career as a fourth-grade teacher in the 1970s, dedicated to her students and the imperative of quality public education. Working her way through the ranks of the National Education Association (NEA), DeLee became the NEA's Political Director and chief lobbyist in Washington. As NEA Director of Government Relations and Director of its political action committee she worked to ensure fair working conditions for teachers and quality public education for students. Prior to joining Americans for Peace Now in April 1997, DeLee was selected by President Clinton to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which she designed, developed, and managed for the president. Preceding the convention, DeLee served as Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and in 1994 was appointed DNC Chair. As the President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now for over 21 years, DeLee has worked tirelessly to promote American support for peace in the Middle East and support for the Israeli peace movement — Shalom Achshav — working to secure a better future for Israel and her neighbors.

News Nosh: 9.4.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 4, 2018

 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"Welcome to all those who are making Aliyah and blessed are those who are leaving. This isn't your country, this country will always be the State of Israel and all the traitors—out!”
--At Ben-Gurion Airport, MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi party) told Arab MKs from the Joint List faction who were departing.**
Quote of the day:
"Yogev, I told you to take your medicine three times a day. You forgot again?"
--MK Ahmad Tibi, who is also a medical doctor, responded to MK Moti Yogev.**
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Peace Now Sunday meeting with Abbas


Peace Now Director Shaqued Morag sitting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas
On Sunday, Peace Now organized an Israeli delegation to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The delegation brought activists, senior Peace Now staff, and MKs Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) and Mossi Raz (Meretz). 

We sought to make a statement that constructive dialogue with the Palestinians is possible and needed. That statement was echoed loud and clear, as the Palestinian leader took the opportunity with Peace Now not just to repeat his ardent support for the two-state solution, but also to divulge details for the first time on his meetings senior U.S. officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.
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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (September 04, 2018) - The Oslo Accords, 25 years later

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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News Nosh: 9.3.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday September 3, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"One can believe that the settlers of the outpost really thought that this was not private land belonging to Palestinians, but it is difficult to attribute total innocence and honesty to anyone who builds without permits in an illegal outpost. If they would have bothered to ask for approval for a construction plan, the (Israeli) Civil Administration would have immediately discovered that this was private land and then (the settlers) would have been saved from robbing."
--Peace Now's Settlement Watch Director, Hagit Ofran, explains in five points in Ynet that there is no way that the Israeli outpost, which was built on privately owned Palestinian land, was established in 'good faith,' as the Jerusalem District Court claimed.*
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