APN Weekly Update - A de facto annexation?panel discussion in Philadelphia, APN receives award, and come on our study tour

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: July 26, 2016

"Inshallah, we will meet in Riyadh."

Saudi Arabian Gen. (ret.) Anwar Eshki to a group of Jewish members of Knesset he met with in East Jerusalem. Read more from APN's News Nosh.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher


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 25, 2016 - Annexing a settlement? Saudis in Israel? Turkish purge? Netanyahu taking on the media?

Q. Netanyahu's ruling coalition has initiated a move in the Knesset to apply Israeli law to the settlement of Maaleh Adumim. What will this mean if the law is approved?

A. this would be the first territory in the West Bank (leaving aside greater Jerusalem) that is annexed by Israel (annexation being the international legal equivalent of applying Israeli law)...almost certainly be understood by the PLO as a final blow to the legitimacy of the Oslo accords, thereby generating an instant crisis in Israeli-Palestinian relations and in Israel's international standing...(the pro-settler right-wing advocates) openly acknowledge that applying Israeli law to Maaleh Adumim is a trial balloon designed to accustom the Israeli public and the world to further Israeli annexations...

Q. Indeed, last week a Saudi delegation visited Israel, led by a retired general. A breakthrough?

A. ...this must be understood as something of a breakthrough...

Q. Apropos another Muslim neighbor that just patched up relations with Israel, in the aftermath of the abortive military coup in Turkey President Erdogan appears intent on purging tens of thousands of ostensibly disloyal officers, educators and civil servants. Is this an Islamist counter-revolution?

A. Islamist counter-revolution is increasingly the only way we can describe what is emerging in Turkey...

Q. How could this development affect Turkey domestically? How could it affect Israel and the region?

A. The ramifications are potentially far-reaching...

Q. Erdogan, as noted, is clamping down on Turkish media. Is Netanyahu trying to do something similar in Israel?

A. Netanyahu is legendarily paranoid about the way the Israeli media treats him...

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Government Relations

APN Legislative Round-Up: July 9-20

  1. JCPOA Bday Week: Iran-Focused Bills Passed by the House
  2. JCPOA Bday Week: New Iran-Focused Bills & Resolutions
  3. JCPOA Bday Week: Action on Existing Iran-Focused Bills & Resolutions
  4. JCPOA Bday Week: Iran-Focused Letters
  5. Other Bills, Resolutions & Letters (Not Focused Solely on Iran)
  6. Hearings (more Iran here, too!)
  7. On the Record: Slamming the JCPOA, Supporting Iran bills, etc.
  8. On the Record: Defending the JCPOA, Opposing Iran bills, etc.
  9. On the Record: About Everything Other Than Iran

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Settlement Watch

Peace Now Settlement Watch Director in Washington Post article

Hagit Ofran, director of Peace Now Settlement Watch: "Every new construction in any settlement will make reaching a peace deal much, much harder...We are already in a situation that when we get to a peace agreement for two states, Israel will have to pay a high price removing thousands of Israelis from their homes in settlements."

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The fifth in a series of security validators for APN features the former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice

"The United States sees the establishment of a Palestinian state and of a two-state solution as absolutely essential for the future, not just for Palestinians and Israelis but also for the Middle East and, indeed, American interests."

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APN Events

Debra DeLee, APN President and CEO, on panel in Philadelphia in connection to Democratic National Convention

The discussion in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention features APN President and CEO Debra DeLee, Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy Chairman Sam Bahour, Columnist and Author Peter Beinart, and Arab American Institute Founder and President James Zogby.

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APN Israel Study Tour

Note from APN's Ori Nir in Jerusalem

Greetings from Jerusalem! I'm here to prepare APN's 2016 Israel Study Tour, which will be November 12-17. I've met with Israelis and Palestinians, and discussed plans for the tour with my friends at Israel's Peace Now movement. This will be an engaging, fascinating tour, and I hope you will join us.

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Go HERE for the Study Tour Schedule, and how to secure your spot on it.

Contact us at IsraelTour@peacenow.org or 202-408-9898 with any questions.

APN receives "Narrative Leadership" award

Accepting the award and speaking at the New Story Leadership event: (from L to R) APN's Aaron Mann, APN Interns Mohammed Manasrah (Palestine), Chen Attar (Israel)

APN was honored in Washington, DC for its key role and partnership in the New Story Leadership program that trains young emerging leaders from Palestine and Israel. APN has hosted interns and programs for the past eight years.

Peace Now at Jerusalem's March for Pride and Tolerance

Pictured are some of the Peace Now activists who participated in the July 21 March for Pride and Tolerance in Jerusalem, which drew estimates of 25,000 people.

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