APN Weekly Update - APN on Trump Election, Alpher on Israeli Impact, Peace Now remembers Rabin, and More

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: November 9, 2016

"It's time to pick yourself up and you fight for what you believe in, and stay true to the kind of world you want to live in - not just during a campaign, but every day. That's something we on the Israeli left learned long ago."

Mairav Zonszein, Israeli writer, in +972: We feel you, America — it's lonely at the bottom.

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.

November 7, 2016 - Netanyahu’s urgent concerns

Q. What is the Netanyahu government’s most immediate preoccupation regarding the outcome of the US presidential election (bearing in mind that many readers will see this after the election is decided)?

A. ...Netanyahu’s primary concern with the outgoing Obama administration has to be its approach to the Palestinian issue between now and January 20, 2017...

Q. Doesn’t a lot depend on who wins, Trump or Clinton?

A. ...in a Trump presidency Obama could easily opt for the more far-reaching and long-lasting option of delivering his ideas for the parameters of a solution by means of a United Nations Security Council resolution...

Q. And if Clinton wins?

A. ...Obama will almost certainly feel bound to consult with her...

Q. You’re assuming Obama really intends to launch a last-minute policy initiative.

A. ...it is entirely possible that the threat of such an initiative on Obama’s part is mainly bluff...

Q. Turning to domestic Israeli issues, there seem to be a lot of heavy controversies on the Netanyahu government’s near-term agenda. Can you elaborate?

A. ...strains and internal contradictions in this coalition are showing....

Q. Start with the High Court?

A. Within months, four High Court justices will be retiring...

Q. The media issue?

A. Some time ago Netanyahu... engineered a move to dismantle the sovereign Israel Broadcasting Authority...

Q. Lastly, religious pluralism?

A. Last January, Netanyahu yielded to a concerted campaign by non-Orthodox Jews, backed by the US-based Reform and Conservative movements, and agreed to set aside an area of the Western Wall, south of the Orthodox prayer areas, for men and women to pray together and woman rabbis to lead prayer...

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Peace Now at the Tel Aviv rally marking the 21st anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination

Top left: Peace Now Director Avi Buskila; Top right: young supporters of Peace Now

On Saturday, November 5th in Tel Aviv, Peace Now joined tens of thousands of Israelis in a rally marking the 21st anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.

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The Eagle: "To Honor Rabin, Condemn the Occupation and Support the Two-State Solution"

by Naomi Tamura, APN Intern

...We have a choice: Rabin’s 21st yahrtzeit can be just another year of rhetorical support and empty promises, or it can be the start of a united and honest effort toward working together for peace.

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In The News

Stay informed on the impact of the US Presidential Election on Israel

Today's News Nosh included the item that Netanyahu congratulated Donald Trump by phone, and it will continue to cover all the relevant reactions and analysis from Israel on the outgoing and incoming US Administrations.

Go HERE to read and subscribe to APN's daily email news review from Israel

Significance of Israeli-Palestinian peace to US national security

With a new US President elected, it is worthwhile to remember that US leadership in Middle East peace efforts has global implications.

Go HERE for the item in APN's They Say, We Say publication on why the US should care about Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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