APN Weekly Update - NYT quotes Peace Now in must read article, Friedman on Bibi's incitement, New APN Ad, and more

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: August 31, 2016

"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.

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.

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 us?

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 this?

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...

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Settlement Watch

Plans Promoted 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.

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Jerusalem Post: "NGO says the government advanced plans for 1,531 new settler homes in the last year"

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...

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New York Times: "Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts in the West Bank"

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 aerial photos.

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APN's new ad features Ezer Weizman, former Israeli President and Minister of Defense

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 of Israel."

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Recommended Reading

The 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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Action Alert

Your help still needed for the campaign to save the Palestinian village of Sussya

The Israeli government is poised to make a final decision on whether to raze almost half of this Palestinian village located on land in the West Bank long coveted by settlers. Add you voice to the efforts by human rights activists:

Send a message to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Send a message to Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer.

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Briefing Call

Listen to APN's Briefing Call on recent developments in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

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.