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Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: September 28, 2016

"A solution of two national states -- a Jewish state -- Israel; an Arab state -- Palestine. The Palestinians are our closest neighbors. I believe they may become our closest friends."

Shimon Peres, Former Israeli Prime Minister, President, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient (pictured receiving the prize), who passed away today at the age of 93.

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 26, 2016 - The outgoing year, 5776

Q. Where did Israel position itself in the Middle East during the outgoing year?

A. From the standpoint of its own self-interest, Israel moved in two distinct and essentially contradictory directions......

Q. The Israel-US relationship appears to have suffered.

A. Definitely. Here too, the prism of two distinct strategic directions helps us understand what has happened......

Q. How did events in the surrounding Middle East affect the mood of Israelis?

A. Overall, Israelis seemed more frightened by the very visible Islamist onslaught in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, coupled with the Assad regime's barbarism and Iran's machinations in the region, than encouraged by the behind-the-scenes Israel-Arab cooperation this has engendered......

Q. And the so-called "lone wolf intifada"? How did it affect Israelis?

A. The effect of Palestinian knifings and car-rammings of the past year appears to have meshed with the overall negative Israeli reaction to the surrounding Islamist revolutions and contributed to the country's increasingly jingoistic and at times messianic mood...

Q. What in your view are the prospects for progress between Israel and the Palestinians in the year ahead?

A. All other things being equal, both Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will remain in office and neither will evince a serious interest in the renewal of meaningful negotiations...


Q. To sum up the outgoing year?

A. On balance, and despite some bright spots of strategic achievement, 5776 was bad for Israeli interests and for US interests in the Middle East...

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APN Breaking News

APN Mourns the Death of Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres was an icon of Israel's founding generation, a visionary of peace and security for Israel, a dedicated leader who led Israel through wars and in the quest for peace. APN President and CEO Debra DeLee: "Shimon Peres' memory and legacy are a blessing to anyone who cares about Israel and its well being as a democracy that is guided by progressive values."

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Prominent American Intellectuals Echo APN on Settlement Boycotts

The letter from more than 70 American intellectuals includes APN Board members Michael Walzer and Edward Witten.

APN warmly welcomes and endorses the open letter published in the New York Review of Books from more than 70 American intellectuals, whose message echoes and validates APN's position on the boycott of Israeli settlement goods.

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Go HERE for more on APN's position and record on this issue.

Go HERE for some actions that can be taken today to fight settlements and the occupation.


APN Ad Series features Major General (res.) Gadi Shamni on the necessity of ending the occupation

The former military secretary to Israeli Prime Ministers Sharon and Olmert, military attache to the US, and top commander of IDF forces in the West Bank, recently said: "We have elevated the occupation to an art form...Every step we take should stem from one strategic goal - separation from the Palestinians."

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