Press Release: APN Statement on the Biden-Bennett Meeting

Press reports are touting the success of today’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Joe Biden. President Biden has demonstrated his “pro-Israel bona fides”. Bennett has shown that he can sit at the grownups table. That’s all well and good, but did they address the one issue that will determine Israel’s future? 

While a good meeting between the leaders of Israel and the United States is welcome and constructive, if the two leaders did not seriously address the issue of the occupation and Israel’s relations with the Palestinians, then they are not living up to their leadership responsibilities.

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Recording - Israel-Palestine and US Public Opinion

Israel-Palestine and US Public Opinion

with Dr. Shibley Telhami

American public attitudes toward Israel and Palestine have dramatically shifted in the past few years, particularly among liberals. Whether on Capitol Hill or among the general public, open criticism of Israeli policies is no longer taboo, nor are questions relating to US aid to Israel. Public support for Palestinians under Israeli occupation and their quest for civil and human rights is no longer a fringe position. While the needle is moving, the Israel-Palestine question continues to be an increasingly polarizing issue in the US public sphere.

To analyze the recent developments and the overarching trends on this matter, APN hosted Prof. Shibley Telhami, a leading expert in public opinion on Israel-Palestine. In this webinar, Prof. Telhami presented findings from his recent poll on this issue and compared recent surveys to past data.


The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 2nd, at 12:00 noon.

Watch the video recording here.

Listen to the audio recording here.

Read the transcript here.

SPEAKER:

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has advised in one form or another every administration from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama. His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. His most recent book, The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East, was published in 2013.

Press Release: APN Urges President Biden to Use Bennett's Visit to Advance Peace

Americans for Peace Now (APN) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s upcoming visit to the White House – his first since taking office – and urges President Biden to use this visit to bolster the administration’s role in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers: Mr. Bennett Goes to Washington (August 23, 2021)

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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PeaceCast - Extend

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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Recording - Still Screaming About Ice Cream

with Ben Cohen, Anuradha Mittal, Peter Beinart, Suhad Babaa, and Hadar Susskind

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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Press Release: APN Welcomes Mike Herzog, Israel's New Ambassador to the US

Americans for Peace Now welcomes the appointment of Michael (Mike) Herzog as Israel's new ambassador to the United States, wishes him success, and looks forward to working with him.

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Take Action - Defend Prospects for Peace by Reaffirming Support for a Two-State Solution

Defend Prospects for Peace by Reaffirming Support for a Two-State Solution

In the latest example of members of the Republican party abandoning the two-state solution, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is preventing consideration of the Israel Relations Normalization Act because he objects to language in the bill that supports a two-state solution. Introduced by Senators from both sides of the aisle, the bill reaffirms longstanding bipartisan US policy in support of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states living side by side in peace, security, and mutual recognition. 

While there is a growing conversation around a confederation or rights-based one state approaches, that's not what Senator Cruz is advocating. What Senator Cruz wants is to leave the door open for an apartheid one state nightmare. This is unacceptable.

With over 60 of his colleagues’ bipartisan support for this bill, Senator Cruz’s antics demonstrate that his is still a fringe position. We need to keep it that way. Elected officials must push back against the far right’s dangerous efforts and proudly reaffirm their support for a two-state solution.

Take action below to urge your senators to stand up to Senator Cruz’s efforts to change decades of bipartisan US policy in favor of apartheid by making a clear statement in support of a two-state solution.

 

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