have always felt a deep attachment to Judea and Samaria because of the Bible.
But at some point, we began to understand that while fighting for the land, we
were losing the people . . . Rabbi Amital would tell us that the people take
precedence over the land, and I have always embraced that legacy."
Rabbi Benny Lau, from Ha'aretz: "This Orthodox Israeli Rabbi
Is an Ultra-liberal and Not Ashamed of It"
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.
August 15, 2016 - North of Israel: Turkey, Russia, Aleppo
Q. What's the significance of last week’s rapprochement in St.
Petersburg between Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan? Are the Czar and the Sultan
back together again?
A. ...Russia's relations with Turkey were frozen for more than
half a year after Turkish Air Force planes downed a Russian combat aircraft over
Q. Where does this Byzantine labyrinth leave the US? Europe?
A. Turkey remains in NATO, however unhappy the two are with one
Q. Apropos Erdogan, Putin and Netanyahu, are we witnessing the
evolution of regional leadership toward a kind of democratic-autocratic model? Even
Egypt's Sisi fits the mold.
A. It is certainly tempting to speculate about this...
Q. How did Putin and Russia become so central to the Middle East
A. Russia has been making inroads into the Middle East ever since,
in 2013, Putin exploited the Obama administration’s quandary regarding a response
to Syria's use of chemical weapons and stepped in to mediate their removal...
Q. Much of the Russian-Turkish dynamic appears currently to focus on
the battle for Aleppo in northern Syria. Last week, 15 Syrian doctors in Aleppo
wrote to President Obama begging him to intervene. Why is this city so
A. Before Syria fell apart, Aleppo was its economic capital...
Land Expropriation Advanced for
"E-2" - a New Settlement on JNF Lands
Peace Now has warned that the construction project referred to as E-2 "would have a
devastating impact on the two-state solution."
Peace Now in Jerusalem Post:
Continued work on the project "demonstrates the true path" of Prime Minister
APN to Obama: Act to Reverse
Israeli Government Taking Over Palestinian Land for West Bank
APN calls on the Obama administration to weigh in and reverse the Israeli
government's decision to rebuild Amona, a West Bank outpost built in violation of
Israeli law. Peace Now: "In order to compensate a small group of settlers who
stole private Palestinian lands, the Israeli government itself is now stealing
private lands as well."
APN 2016 Israel Study Tour -
Registration Closing Soon
Several special elements will be part of this specific trip, including travel days
to the north and south of Israel, and to the West Bank.
Go HERE for more about this unique
experience and how to sign up, and HERE for the Study Tour Schedule.
Contact us at IsraelTour@peacenow.org or 202-408-9898
with any questions.
Professor Menachem Brinker was a prominent political activist after the Six Day war
who co-founded Israel's Peace Now movement. He helped chart the organization's path
for many years, in parallel to his academic pursuits which included his receiving
the Israel Prize in Hebrew Literature.