"(It is permissible for Israeli soldiers) to satisfy the evil
inclination by sleeping with beautiful gentile women against their will, out of
consideration for the soldiers' hardships and for the sake of general
From a previous statement made by Rabbi Colonel Eyal Krim, newly
IDF-appointed Chief Rabbi. Female MKs and women's organizations have called to
immediately revoke his appointment.
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.
July 11, 2016 - Netanyahu meets with Egyptian FM Shukry; Expanding
Israel's spheres of strategic influence while internalizing the Palestinian issue
Q. Last week, PM Netanyahu followed up Israel's rapprochement with
Turkey by meeting in East Africa with seven regional leaders. Then on Sunday this
week, the Egyptian foreign minister visited Israel for the first time in nine
years. What's behind this flurry of diplomatic and strategic
A. Netanyahu appears intent on creating a number of spheres of
close strategic cooperation around Israel...
Q. Last week you talked about Israel and Turkey. Moving on to East
Africa, what specifically is the strategic backdrop?
A. Israel began developing strategic relations with a variety of
African countries beginning in the 1950s...
Q. Shukry presumably also wanted to talk to Netanyahu about
A. This brings us back to the events of last May...
Q. But does the right-wing Netanyahu government with its strong
pro-settler element really have anything to talk about with the Arabs concerning
the Palestinian issue?
A. On the face of it, there is little in common between the
Egyptian and Israeli positions regarding a Palestinian state...
Q. So why do the Egyptians bother?
A. Egypt's concerns regarding Netanyahu’s Ethiopia/Nile visit and
the Erdogan-Netanyahu deal are apparently reason enough to touch base in Jerusalem
for a day...
Q. Returning to Netanyahu's seemingly successful drive to establish
Israeli spheres of strategic influence in the region and beyond, what's next, and
what might this signify for the Palestinian issue?
A. ...Netanyahu's diplomatic maneuvers in Addis Abeba, Ankara and
even Cairo might be impressive. But he still has no viable strategy whatsoever for
maintaining Israel as a Zionist, Jewish and democratic state.
Bills, Resolutions and Letters
On the Record
new anti-democratic Israeli law
With the 57-48 passage of the anti-NGO bill by the Knesset, APN joins its Israeli
sister organization, Peace Now (Shalom Achshav), in strongly condemning it
as a blatant violation of freedom of expression. APN supports Peace Now's intention
to challenge the new law before Israel's Supreme Court.
HERE for the useful JTA op-ed by APN's Lara Friedman from
earlier this year: "No comparison between Israeli NGO bill and US law."
Don't let them
silence Peace Now
This law is a gross violation of Israel's freedom of
expression that specifically targets only peace and human rights
organizations. It intends to divert the Israeli public discourse away
from the occupation and silence opposition to the government's policies.
Help us redouble
Obama and Secretary Kerry: Take action in the United Nations Security
Now is the time for real leadership that can revive and re-accredit the
two-state solution. President Obama can lay the groundwork for a future
agreement by supporting an Israeli-Palestinian two-state resolution in the United
Nations Security Council.
Record on BDS
APN stands firmly against a blanket boycott of Israel, and believes the most
effective way to challenge BDS is to recognize and reject the pro-settlement,
anti-peace policies that feed it.
for more on APN's efforts, including support for activism targeted
squarely at settlements and the occupation, and against congressional and
state-level efforts that exploit fighting BDS to support settlements and erode
constitutionally-protected rights to free speech and political protest.
moves to approve new settlement housing, retroactively legalize
Peace Now: Netanyahu is signaling to Israel's most important allies that he is
not interested in peace and two states but rather in the continuation of the
for more on the revelation of plans for nearly 2000 new settlement housing
HERE for Jerusalem Post: 14 West Bank settler outposts to
be legalize, 20 already approved"
Forward: "Why Israel's Mossad and Shin Bet Leaders Are Morphing Into
By JJ Goldberg
...The startling fact is that military expertise, familiarity with Israel's
current capabilities and its neighbors' intentions, seems to lead Israel’s defense
professionals almost unavoidably to the prescriptions identified with the