"Build and we will sort it out retroactively."
Hagit Ofran, Peace Now Settlement Watch Director, in the New York
Times' Israel Quietly Legalizes
Pirate Outposts in the West Bank, depicting the message that the Israeli
government has been sending to settlers regarding illegal outposts.
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 29, 2016 - Netanyahu's delusional campaigns: selling
Orthodox Zionism to US Jews; expanding international ties while stripping MFA;
offering carrots and sticks to Palestinians while peace process dies
Q. The Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs has unveiled its new program
for outreach among Jewish university students, involving cooperation with Hillel,
Chabad and Olami Worldwide. What does the choice of Diaspora partners tell
A. ...two of the three global partners are somewhere between
orthodox and ultra-orthodox in their Jewish orientation...
Q. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs leaked to the press last week
that Director General Dore Gold had paid a brief secret visit to a Muslim country
in Africa with which Israel has no diplomatic relations. How significant is
A. ...Gold's dramatic and secret visits to African countries
present a hollow spectacle...
Q. Last week you mentioned Defense Minister Lieberman's new "carrot and
stick" policy toward the Palestinians. Surely there are some redeeming qualities in
at least this project.
A. I can’t find many...
for 463 Housing Units in the Settlements
Peace Now: The Netanyahu government continues to plan and build all over the
West Bank, while also giving settlers the message that any construction done
without planning will be retroactively legalized...This policy contradicts the very
essential interests of the state of Israel.
Post: "NGO says the government advanced plans for 1,531 new settler homes in the
Peace Now: Prime Minister Netanyahu has abetted illegal settler building by
allowing Israeli officials to work on retroactively legalizing 756 such homes in
the West Bank this year...
Times: "Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts in the West
Unauthorized settlements dot hilltops in the West Bank, and anti-settlement groups
and Palestinians say retroactively legalizing them is a methodical effort to change
the region's map.
Article includes time-lapsed displays of settlement expansion using Peace Now's
APN's new ad
features Ezer Weizman, former Israeli President and Minister of
Ezer Weizman: "It must be recalled that, when one talks about the final status of
the Palestinian issue, one is also talking about the permanent status of the state
Times of Israel: "Netanyahu's Mixed Messages on Temple Mount Incitement" by
APN's Lara Friedman
...Netanyahu has regularly argued that Palestinian Authority incitement over
the Temple Mount is a chief cause of violence...
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on recent developments in the West Bank and East
Two of the world's leading experts, Hagit Ofran, director of
Peace Now's Settlement Watch project, and Daniel Seidemann,
founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, discussed the accelerated
Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and its direct
threat to the viability of a two-state solution.