On May 25, APN hosted a briefing call on the political development in Israel, following Prime
Minister Netanyahu’s signing a new coalition agreement with right-wing firebrand Avigdor Lieberman, appointing
Lieberman to the position of Minister of Defense. Eldar, a senior columnist with al-Monitor, spoke about the
implications for Israel, its security, and its relations with the Palestinians and the world.
The pro-Netanyahu newspaper Israel Hayom, a political daily distributed free of charge and funded
by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is the main reason for Israel’s dropping to the unflattering “partly
free” category in Freedom House’s 2016
Global Freedom of the Press report. Vanessa Tucker, Freedom House’s vice president for analysis, explains in
the following interview why her organization is concerned about the impact of the Adelson-funded daily on
Israel’s public arena.
Not all of Shalom Achshav’s activities make news. Some of them go under the radar. To learn about some of Peace
Now’s recent activities, we called Maya Glassman, Peace Now’s activities coordinator. Maya (27) grew up in Haifa,
served in the IDF as an instructor at a missile unit, and then graduated from Ben Gurion University in Beersheba
with a degree in political science and public administration. On campus, she was a leading political and feminist
activist. Maya joined Peace Now a year ago. Maya narrates this slideshow.
Oded Adomi Leshem, a doctoral student at George Mason University’s School for Conflict
Analysis and Resolution is an expert on hope. One of his areas of expertise is strategies for impacting
Israeli public opinion to be more supportive of peace. A new study that he recently published shows that messages of hope from Palestinians can go a
long way in fostering and enhancing hope among Jewish Israelis. Listen to our February 16th
2016 conversation with Leshem.
On January 14, 2016, APN, together with New Israel Fund (NIF), J Street, Ameinu, T’ruah, Partners for
Progressive Israel (PPI), Foundation for Middle-East Peace (FMEP), and B'Tselem USA, hosted MK Merav Michaeli,
former Deputy Knesset Speaker Naomi Chazan, and Attorney Michael Sfard, moderated by Matt Duss, President of
the Foundation for Middle East Peace for a conversation on the legislation now being considered by the Knesset that
targets progressive NGOs for extra scrutiny of their foreign donations, but does not require similar scrutiny of
right-wing or settler groups.
This legislation is part of a long-term effort by some Israeli hardliners, backed by the government, to weaken
Israel’s democracy by stifling dissent. While its supporters attempt to liken it to existing US law, it has drawn
significant opposition from many quarters, both within Israel, from the US State Department
and among the American Jewish community. And still, there is a real possibility that the bill will pass in the next
On January 6, 2016, APN hosted Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer of the Israel Democracy Institute for a conversation
on the current state of Israeli democracy, as it faces new government measures to enhance the Netanyahu
government’s hegemony and to stifle dissent.
Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer is Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute
(IDI) and Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, where he served as Dean. He is
an expert on criminal, military, and public law, and widely considered as a leading expert on Israeli democracy and
democracy education. At the IDI, he has been leading the following projects: Constitutional Principles and their
Implementation, National Security and Democracy, Arab-Jewish Relations, and Proportionality in Public Policy.
Warren Spielberg is an associate teaching professor at the New School for Public Engagement
in New York and a fellow at the Child Institute at al-Quds University in the West Bank. On November 24, we
talked to him about his recent study on young Palestinian men in East Jerusalem. We focused on the causes for
frustration and anger among them in order to better understand some of the background causes for the current
violence in Jerusalem. Prof. Spielberg also spoke about his newly published book, a study of young
African-American men, and about the parallels between that demographic and young Palestinian men in East
Author Dan Ephron, whose new book documents
the events that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the assassination’s aftermath, was
APN’s guest on a briefing call on November 2, 2015.
In Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, Ephron tells the parallel
stories of Rabin and his assassin, Yigal Amir, during the two years leading up to the murder, and sets the scene to
the two decades that followed.
Ephron is an award-winning writer, who has served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek and the Daily Beast,
and now lives in New York City.
On October 13 2015, Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann analyzed the Jerusalem-specific causes for the current
intensification of violence. Seidemann is a leading expert on Arab-Jewish relations in Jerusalem. He is the founder
and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem.