"You can't be in favor of the land of Israel in Hebrew and establish a
Palestinian state in English."
(Photos: Yair Sagi, Alex Kolomoisky)
Israel Education Minister Naftali Bennett, in a backhanded attack
against Prime Minister Netanyahu, to which new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman
said: "Bennett needs to calm down." Read More
Yossi Alpher is an independent Israeli security analyst. Views
and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily
represent APN's views and policy positions.
June 6, 2016 - Peace processes: now, 1967, 1976
Q. Last week you expressed skepticism regarding the willingness of the
Arab world to sponsor an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that corresponds with
the demands of the right-wing Netanyahu government. What has happened
A. A French attempt to revive the same peace process...ended in
Paris with a watered-down statement that appeared of little immediate consequence.
Q. Nevertheless, let's suppose that Netanyahu brings Labor into the
coalition, he and Lieberman continue to preach "two states for two peoples" and the
Egyptians and Saudis agree to launch a peace process. What would happen? Put on
your optimist's hat and give us a best case scenario.
A. In the best case I can imagine, two negotiating tracks are
established: Israeli-Palestinian with Egyptian and Jordanian chaperones to discuss
two states, and Israel-Arab talking to Israel about normalization gestures...
Q. Meanwhile, early June is "anniversary" time: we are entering year 50
since the Six-Day War. How would you summarize that war's overall effect on
A. From Israel's standpoint, seen from 2016 this remains a very
just "no alternative" defensive war...But Israel made two huge mistakes in the
Q. We're approaching another significant anniversary: July 4 will mark
40 years to the Entebbe rescue. In an interesting new book some Israelis, including
rescued Entebbe hostages, argue that the raid "made peace less likely...[and made]
it harder for Israeli politicians to push through the compromises required for
peace". Where do you stand?
A. ...I disagree with the argument...
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APN's Lara Friedman: "49 years: The difficult
truths of this conflict"
June 6, 2016, marked the 49th anniversary of Israel's miraculous victory
in the Six Day War...(it) also marked the beginning of Israel's catastrophic policy
of open-ended, ever-deepening military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem,
and Gaza Strip...This occupation can and must end; 49 years is too long, but it is
not too late.
APN's Ori Nir: "Erosion of Democracy: The Greatest
Threat to Israel's National Security"
Speaking at the Israeli Embassy, Nir spoke frankly about the impact of
Israel's occupation: "No society can rule over another people for so long --
half a century -- with no end in sight, and not be impacted by it."
Israel: "Reform leader says NGO bill would 'weaken Israel's moral and civic
Peace Now activists protest an NGO funding bill proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet
Shaked outside her residence in Tel Aviv, December 26, 2015. (Tomer
Rabbi Jonah Pesner calls legislation an attempt to demonize groups critical of
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still working for the two-slate solution
For the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah, we offer this cartoon as a
reminder that the two-state solution is anchored in a two-slate