Non-Israelis often find it surprising or counter-intuitive that Israel’s top brass, its senior security officials are consistently more dovish than its political leadership. For years, Israeli security officials – retired officials publicly and serving ones privately -- have been the most solid proponents of the two-state solution. Anecdotally, this was a well-known fact.

Now there is a scientific study that shows just how true this truism is. This episode features Dr. Guy Ziv of the School of International Service at American University, and Benjamin L. Shaver, a master’s student at the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations. Their new study shows that some 85% of Israel’s leading retired generals, spymasters and other senior security officials support a peace agreement based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security.

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PeaceCast Episode #78 - Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians with Author Khaled Elgindy

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PeaceCast: Israeli Public Opinion on the Eve of Elections with Dahlia Scheindlin

This episode was recorded at a live event that Americans for Peace Now co-sponsored with the New Israel Fund at our joint office in Washington on April 3rd, just six days before the Israeli elections.

Our guest was Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, one of Israel’s leading public opinion analysts.

The discussion was moderated by Naomi Paiss, the former Vice President of Public Affairs at the New Israel Fund for over a decade, and a longtime public affairs and communications professional.

Please send feedback, ideas, and questions to onir@peacenow.org.

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LISTEN - Post-Israeli Election Briefing Call with Yossi Alpher

On April 10th, APN hosted a briefing call with strategic affairs expert Yossi Alpher, who analyzed the results of the Israeli elections and discussed their possible impact and the challenges we now face.

Alpher, an independent security analyst, is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with Israel’s Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. He is the author of Hard Questions Tough Answers, APN’s weekly analysis of Israeli and Middle Eastern strategic affairs.

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PeaceCast: Peace Now's Shaqued Morag - 40 years to the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty

On the 40th anniversary of the White House signing ceremony of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt, Israel’s peace movement Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) launched a campaign to remind Israelis of this historic peace treaty and its strategic value for Israel, and to underscore the fact that peace with the Palestinians and the entire Arab world is within reach.

Peace Now’s executive director, Shaqued Morag, talks about the new campaign and about the centerpiece of the campaign, an evocative short film.

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PeaceCast Recorded Live: "Covering the Conflict from DC"

This is a special episode of PeaceCast. For the first time, APN recorded before a live audience in Washington DC. We partnered with one of Israel’s most popular English language podcasts, the Tel Aviv Review.

We recorded it on March 7th 2019 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event was organized in partnership with J Street.

We hosted two journalists, Israeli journalist Amir Tibon of Haaretz and Palestinian journalist Said Arikat of al-Quds. Haaretz is published in Tel Aviv and al-Quds is published in Ramallah, in the West Bank. Amir and Said are the Washington correspondents of their newspapers. The idea of this conversation was to explore how Said and Amir both cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Washington.

This episode is released simultaneously on PeaceCast and on the Tel Aviv Review.

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LISTEN - APN Briefing Call with Robert Mnookin (3/18/19)

On March 18th, APN hosted Professor Robert Mnookin of Harvard University for a briefing call on his new book, The Jewish American Paradox. The book examines the complex attitudes of American Jews toward Israel, and other challenges facing American Jews today.

Listen to the recording here:

 

APN is offering Prof. Mnookin’s book, The Jewish American Paradox, to our donors. For a donation of $90 or more, we will send the book to you. (Write "Paradox" in the comments box. All but $15 is tax-deductible.)

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PeaceCast: Political Horizon in the Absence of Negotiations featuring Gilead (Gili) Sher

Gilead (Gili) Sher is an Israeli lawyer, scholar, expert on, and practitioner of, Israeli negotiations with the Palestinians. He was Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s chief negotiator between 1999 and 2001. Now he directs the Center for Applied Negotiations at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv.

APN’s acting CEO Aviva Meyer joined Ori Nir for a conversation with Sher on February 15th, 2019 at Georgetown University's government Department, where Sher is now the Goldman Visiting Professor.

We addressed the impact of the diplomatic impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, and what can be done to pave the road to a two-state solution in the absence of formal negotiations over a comprehensive peace accord.

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PeaceCast: The Anatomy of ATCA with FMEP's Lara Friedman and APN's Debra Shushan

This show features two experts on Washington Middle East policy and legislative affairs: Debra Shushan, APN’s Policy and Government Relations Director, and Lara Friedman, who preceded her in this position, and is now the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Together, they drill down on the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, better known by its acronym ATCA, a piece of legislation that tells a fascinating story of how policy on Israeli-Palestinian affairs is being made in Washington.

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