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Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: September 21, 2016

"Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, (and if) Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land."

President Barack Obama, speaking Tuesday before the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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.

September 19, 2016 - SPECIAL EDITION: Books of note

Q. The past five years of Middle East turmoil must have produced some interesting expert writing. What's the best book you’ve read lately on the Arab revolutionary wave?

A. Probably Jean-Pierre Filiu's From Deep State to Islamic State: the Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihad Legacy...

Q. Books which analyze additional causes for the current chaos in the Arab world...

A. Emma Sky's The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, a riveting and entertaining hands-on description of the failure of the 2003 US/UK invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation...US military role historical depth is offered by Andrew Bacevich in America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History...

Q. And books on the Arab revolutions that add a more human dimension?

A. Another panoramic view, this time of the entire geography of the Arab Middle East, is provided by Robert F. Worth, a distinguished NY Times correspondent, in A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir square to ISIS...

Q. Anything else to recommend on the US role in the Middle East before the Arab revolutions?

A. Bruce Riedel's What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan 1979-89...

Q. To round off the list, something on Israel and the Palestinians?

A. Something quite unique: Zionism in Arab Discourses, by Uriya Shavit and Ophir Winter, both of Tel Aviv University...

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Thank you to the thousands of you who took action so far!

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The emails and letters you sent, and continue to send, have had a demonstrative impact. As an example, the Anti-Defamation League has now publicly renounced Prime Minister Netanyahu "ethnic cleansing" comments, and re-tweeted APN's support of them.

Urge America's Jewish organizations to repudiate Netanyahu's "ethnic cleansing" comments.

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