APN Weekly Update - Thank Obama, Alpher on Israeli Right Wing, Avi Buskila Interview, and more

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: October 27, 2016

"I've come to know that the work that organizations like B'Tselem and Peace Now do protects me. In working for the rights of Palestinians, they are defending the future of democracy for all Israelis. But who, now, in this place of incitement, will protect them?"

Ha'aretz Columnist Bradley Burston from his October 25 Opinion piece.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher

Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

October 26, 2016 - Lieberman and Shaked define crucial right wing government strategies

Q. Last week, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman gave an unusual interview to a Palestinian daily. Is there anything really new here?

A. Two dimensions of the interview are new and warrant attention...

Q. Let's start with Gaza.

A. Lieberman put Hamas on notice that while Israel will not initiate aggression, if Hamas starts another war this will be its last...

Q. And Abbas?

A. “Abbas is not interested in a solution for the Palestinian people..."

Q. Finally, Lieberman’s peace formula...

A. "The correct principle is the exchange of territories and populations rather than of land for peace."

Q. Was there anything significant Lieberman did not say?

A. He made no mention of the bodies of two IDF soldiers Hamas has held since the summer 2014 war...

Q. Turning to the right-wing establishment's designs regarding the Jewish character of Israel, Justice Minister Shaked reportedly made a significant statement a few weeks ago...

A. ...Shaked published what appears to be her credo as justice minister...

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Action Alert

Thank the Obama Administration for standing up for Israel at UNESCO

UNESCO ignored the Jewish - and Christian - ties to Jerusalem in a shocking resolution that refers to the Holy Basin only by its Muslim title, does not mention the Temple Mount the way Jews refer to the site, and uses quotation marks for the Western Wall Plaza but not for its Muslim name.

TAKE ACTION and thank President Obama and his administration for rejecting the anti-Israel bias of UNESCO's resolution. Share

Peace Now Director Avi Buskila profiled in YNet

Peace Now's Avi Buskila: "When citizens get up in the morning and send their kids to school, we want them to ask themselves if they want their children to grow in a country at war all their lives..."

The Israeli Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth published a comprehensive interview and profile of Avi Buskila, Peace Now's new executive director.

Go HERE to read translated excerpts and a link to the full interview.

Settlement Watch

New Illegal Outpost in the Northern Jordan Valley / Nearby Palestinian Structures Demolished

On October 25, Israeli settlers moved their illegal outpost from private Palestinian lands near Al-Khaimah to a nearby hill. This comes a month after the Palestinian structures in Al-Khaimah were demolished by the Israeli Civil Administration, which Peace Now has reason to believes is related to the outpost.

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Recommended Reading

Ha'aretz: "My UN Speech Reflected Love for Israel, Truth About Settlements"

By Lara Friedman, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations

...If there was ever a time to speak the truth about the settlements, it's now.

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