Monday, February 25, 2019

Less than two months before Israel’s general elections, Benjamin Netanyahu – fighting to stay in power and out of court – is trying to use his contacts with regional Arab leaders to portray himself domestically as an irreplaceable statesman.

Netanyahu also embraced the extremist right-wing political party Otzma Yehudit, whose leaders have publically endorsed the racist ideology of Rabbi Meir Kahane. See APN's official statement here and a joint statement with other American Jewish organizations here.  

After returning from an extensive tour to half a dozen Middle Eastern countries, including Israel, Middle East expert Prof. Mark Rosenblum spoke with APN about Israeli politics, regional geopolitics, and the relationship between the two.

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2019 APN Israel Study Tour + Amman and Petra (Nov. 5-13)

Americans for Peace Now

Americans for Peace Now's Israel Study Tour - An Experience Unlike Any Other



Meet with experts, activists, officials, and other notable figures -- from politics, security, journalism, academia, and peace activism -- who will provide a comprehensive  and timely understanding of the situation on both Israeli and Palestinian societies.  

2019 Study Tour begins in Jordan, including its capital Amman and world tourist site Petra! 


Travel and see first-hand many of the places and areas in Israel and the West Bank that have an impact on the lives and futures of all Israelis and Palestinians. All Study Tours include

  • Jerusalem
  • Tel Aviv
  • Ramallah
  • Two or more of the following:
    • Northern Israel (ie. Nazareth and Haifa)
    • Southern Israel (ie. border with Gaza)
    • West Bank locales (ie. Hebron, Rawabi, Israeli settlement)
  • Side trips pre or post Study Tour may be available (inquire if interested)
2019 Study Tour begins in Jordan, including its capital Amman and world tourist site Petra!


In addition to the insider access and insight provided by the Israelis, Palestinians, and others you will meet and converse with, you will have a front row to the sights, sounds, tastes, and vitality of this special part of the world. All of it experienced together with a small yet eclectic group of Americans who enrich and enliven this memorable trip.


  • Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 - Amman, Jordan (Participants are to meet the group at the Intercontinental Hotel in Amman)
  • Wednesday, Nov 6 - Amman, Jordan (Intercontinental Hotel)
  • Thursday, Nov 7 - Petra, Jordan (Movenpick Resort)
  • Friday, Nov 8 - Travel from Jordan to Israel (Dan Tel Aviv Hotel)
  • Saturday, Nov 9 through Wednesday, Nov 13 - Israel (Dan Tel Aviv Hotel; checkout Nov 14)

STUDY TOUR INCLUDES: Hotel Accommodations, breakfast at hotel, other meals except those reserved for your free time, all touring - including transportation from Jordan to Israel, tipping, and admissions (does NOT include airfare).

COST: $4890/person (double occupancy); $6175 (single occupancy) 


$500 per person is due now (refundable until September 1 when the balance is due).  Send deposit by check to:

Americans for Peace Now, 1320 9th St. NW, #400, Washington, D.C., 20036

or by

Credit Card (indicate "Study Tour" in comments box).

Contact Mark Bilsky by Email or at 202-408-9898 with questions.

For more information and to express interest in participation, contact APN at or (202) 408-9898.

For a taste of APN's unique Israel Study Tour, watch this video, and see the schedule from a past trip.


"I find it stimulating to travel with the kind of folks who are always on the APN study trips, and it is motivating to meet and talk to Israeli Jews and Palestinians whose values I share. It renews my faith in Israel's future."


- Aviva Meyer, from Washington, D.C., who is pictured (on the left) with Janet Aviad, a founder of Peace Now in Israel.

Going on the APN Study Tour "was an amazing experience from every event of a lifetime. It gave me hope that there is still very much a chance for peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

- David Edelman, pictured in Hebron, is from the Chicago area and has participated in multiple APN Study Tours

One of the two countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, Jordan has an immense stake in Israeli-Palestinian peace, and serves as a fascinating window into the Arab world.

The capital of Jordan is a unique blend of old and new...ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques, and everywhere there is evidence of the city's much older past.

The rock-carved rose-red city is indeed one of the most amazing ancient tourist sites in the World, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the new seven wonders of the World.




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LISTEN - APN Briefing Call on Israel Elections with Tal Schneider

On January 24th 2019, APN hosted Israeli political analyst Tal Schneider for a briefing call on the upcoming general elections in Israel. Less than three months out, Israel’s political arena is going through dramatic changes. New actors are joining the arena and some of Israel’s political fixtures are fading out. An election campaign that started as a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance and ethics seems to reflect some deeper undercurrents in Israeli politics.

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Americans for Peace Now and Valley Beth Shalom Congregation in Encino, California are pleased to present the 8th annual Professor Gerald B. Bubis Lecture. See below for all the details, and make your plans to hear from this special guest speaker and to honor the memory of Jerry Bubis. RSVP to or 323-934-3480.

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Briefing Call with Yossi Alpher: Thursday, 11/15 (11:30am EST)

Please join APN for a briefing call with strategic affairs expert Yossi Alpher on Israel’s Gaza Strip challenge and on other political and security questions facing Israel.

Yossi 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. Please read his recent analyses here:

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Debra DeLee, Celebrating 21 Years at APN - Tribute Slide Show

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Briefing Call (3pm EST): Lara Alqasem and Israel's Entry Law

Join us and our fellow organizations TODAY for a briefing call in advance of the Israeli Supreme Court’s consideration of the case of Lara Alqasem. We are calling on the Israeli government to admit Alqasem into Israel to pursue her studies at Hebrew University.

Alqasem has become the latest symbol of the fight for an open Israeli society. She is fighting the government’s decision to expel her for her past political affiliation with a student organization that supports boycotts against Israel.

For more background on Lara’s case, click here to read APN’s press release calling on the Israeli government to let her stay.

Click here to join the briefing call on Facebook Live TODAY at 3pm. Speakers will be Leora Bechor, Alqasem's attorney, and MK Tamar Zandberg, leader of the Meretz party.

Thanks for your support,
Americans for Peace Now

This briefing call is co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, J Street, Ameinu, National Council of Jewish Women, New Israel Fund, Partners for a Progressive Israel, Reconstructing Judaism, and T’ruah.

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APN's Dr. Debra Shushan delivered address at Haverford College

Dr. Debra Shushan, APN Policy and Government Relations Director, was recently in the Philadelphia area where she was the featured speaker at a J Street Philadelphia / J Street U event at Haverford College and guest at parlor parties. In her September 30 talk at Haverford entitled "Off the Table: Israeli-Palestinian Peace in the Trump-Netanyahu Era," she surveyed recent developments that threaten prospects for peace - from the rise of illiberal democracy in the US and Israel, to President Trump's efforts to take key issues off the negotiating table - as well as the work that APN and Shalom Achshav in Israel are doing to push back against this tide.

A J Street U leader called the talk "phenomenal" and welcomed further collaboration with APN. 

Educational advocacy is an important part of APN's work. If you are interested in inviting someone from APN's Speakers Bureau to your university, synagogue, church, parlor event, or other gathering, please contact

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Debra DeLee - A Career Worth Honoring

Honoring Debra DeLee for 21 Years with Americans for Peace Now

Please join us on October 24, 2018 at 6 pm at the Decatur House
748 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20006
as we celebrate the extraordinary career of our good friend
Debra DeLee
Please RSVP by September 15, 2018

WOULD LIKE TO HONOR DEBRA with a Tribute ad.
Tributes will be projected at the event and included in a commemorative book for Debra



Debra has requested that donations be made in honor of  her friend and long time APN board member Sara Ehrman (ZTz"L):

Click on the image above to donate to The Sara Fund

Debra DeLee's 21 Years at APN

Throughout her professional life, Debra DeLee has been working to secure a better future for others. She started her career as a fourth-grade teacher in the 1970s, dedicated to her students and the imperative of quality public education. Working her way through the ranks of the National Education Association (NEA), DeLee became the NEA's Political Director and chief lobbyist in Washington. As NEA Director of Government Relations and Director of its political action committee she worked to ensure fair working conditions for teachers and quality public education for students. Prior to joining Americans for Peace Now in April 1997, DeLee was selected by President Clinton to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, which she designed, developed, and managed for the president. Preceding the convention, DeLee served as Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and in 1994 was appointed DNC Chair. As the President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now for over 21 years, DeLee has worked tirelessly to promote American support for peace in the Middle East and support for the Israeli peace movement — Shalom Achshav — working to secure a better future for Israel and her neighbors.

Professor Shibley Telhami Briefing Call, Thursday, July 19, 2 pm (Eastern)

Professor Shibley Telhami, one of America's leading experts on the Middle East, will comment on the current state of American-Palestinian relations, on Donald Trump's Israeli-Palestinian policy, on Trump's prospective "peace plan," and on the role of Arab governments in the current dynamics between the US, Israel and the Palestinians.

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