"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.
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...
JCPOA Bday Week: Iran-Focused Bills Passed by the House
JCPOA Bday Week: New Iran-Focused Bills & Resolutions
JCPOA Bday Week: Action on Existing Iran-Focused Bills &
JCPOA Bday Week: Iran-Focused Letters
Other Bills, Resolutions & Letters (Not Focused Solely on
Hearings (more Iran here, too!)
On the Record: Slamming the JCPOA, Supporting Iran bills, etc.
On the Record: Defending the JCPOA, Opposing Iran bills, etc.
On the Record: About Everything Other Than Iran
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."
Adding to its already prominent place in social media, APN is now on
to see and follow APN.
The fifth in a
series of security validators for APN features the former US Secretary of State,
"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."
APN President and CEO, on panel in Philadelphia in connection to Democratic
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.
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.
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.
"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.