"It's not the anti-Israel propaganda and it's not the BDS
campaign. There is no need to give them an honor they don't deserve. It's the
Ben-Dror Yemimi, veteran Israeli columnist, in YNET: Israel losing
public opinion support in US. A recent poll found that a 47% plurality of the
American public would be in favor of imposing economic sanctions on Israel for the
ongoing construction in the settlements.
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.
December 12, 2016 - Syria
Q. Aleppo in northern Syria is falling to the Assad regime and its allies
from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. What are the ramifications for Israel and the
A. ...This development has far-reaching ramifications for the
Middle East region including Israel...
Q. So that ends the war...
A. Not at all...
Q. What will happen to Assad’s Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies as his
regime regains control?
A. ...One way or another, they are in Syria to stay...
Q. Lebanon too is part of Iran’s hegemonic design?
A. ...Lebanon just elected a pro-Syria, pro-Hezbollah president,
Q. You mentioned Turkey and the Kurds. What sort of Turkey is emerging from
recent years’ revolution in neighboring Syria and recent months’ abortive
revolution in Turkey itself?
A. President Erdogan’s “Neo-Ottoman” strategy of eliminating all
conflicts and friction along Turkey’s borders is in tatters...
Q. What sort of regime can we now expect to develop in Syria?
A. Here it is important to understand the nature of the Assad
regime. Think of it as a mafia gang...
Q. Where does all this leave Israel?
A. ...the more he (Netanyahu) drags Israel toward the
self-inflicted disaster of a messianic one-state apartheid-like reality with the
Palestinians, the more he succeeds in enhancing Israel’s relations with its Sunni
Q. How does it contribute to enhanced Israeli-Sunni Arab
A. Israel and its Sunni Arab neighbors share concern regarding all
the militant Islamists in Syria...
Q. How does Syria affect the Palestinian situation?
A. The chaos in Syria has for several years dictated a
wait-and-see, keep-your-powder-dry attitude on the part of both Hamas and the
TODAY at 3:00 pm (Eastern) -
Briefing Call with Senator George Mitchell and Alon
Senator George Mitchell, President Obama's Special Envoy to the Middle East in
2009, and Alon Sachar, who served with Senator Mitchell among several other
positions connected to Israel and peace negotiations, will discuss their newly
released book A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian
Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East. The book has been
described as providing "a practical roadmap for bringing peace to this
complicated, troubled region."
Thursday, December 15, 3:00pm (Eastern Time)
To participate, phone 951-797-1058 and enter code 147414
Go HERE for more on the briefing
Israel's settlement "Legalization
Bill": What it is and what it means
If passed, the "Legalization Bill" will retroactively legalize settlement
contstruction in the West Bank, which a State Department spokesman has said "would
be a dramatic advancement of the settlement enterprise...already greatly
endangering the prospects for a two-state solution."
Government Agreement on the Amona Illegal Outpost
According to media reports, the Israeli government has decided to relocate settlers
from the Amona Illegal Outpost to adjacent West Bank land, contrary to previous
Israeli court legal opinions.
Given the choice of partner (Azerbaijan) and the choice of venue (Trump
International Hotel), APN lodged its objections and chose to forego last night's
Hanukkah Party of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American
Trump Team: Avoid inflammatory statements on Jerusalem
We urge President-elect Trump to avoid destabilizing moves and statements
pertaining to moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, one of the most politically,
religiously and culturally sensitive places on earth.
Oz-Salzberger: "For Argument's Sake"
Historian Fania Oz-Salzberger is the author of "Jews and Words" with her father
Amos Oz, the renowned Israeli author and a founder of Peace Now. In a special
letter for Americans for Peace Now, Oz-Salzberger reflects on her Jewish and
Zionist legacies, and her belief in their future crowning achievement: a peaceful
and democratic Israel.