APN/Peace Now in the News - June 7-14, 2019

Forward: "David Friedman Is A Joke. He Should Be Fired." by APN's Ori Nir (June 12, 2019)

Last week, an Israeli armed with nothing but an avocado robbed two banks in the southern city of Beer Sheva. He told the terrified tellers he was holding a hand grenade...

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JTA: "David Friedman gave Netanyahu half a nod for West Bank annexation. What happens next?" (June 11, 2019)

APN's Debra Shushan: "U.S. Ambassador Friedman's green-lighting of annexation, which Prime Minister Netanyahu will find difficult to resist, will be the ruin of the Zionist dream of Israel as a democratic national home for the Jewish people."

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The Jerusalem Post (JTA): "AIPAC, J Street Support Restoring Israel-Palestine Peace Dialogue Funding (June 7, 2019)

The bill announced Wednesday has drawn support from groups that are often at odds over peace policy, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which generally aligns with the Israeli government on security issues, and J Street and Americans for Peace Now, which have frequently criticized the Netanyahu government's and Trump administration's approaches to the conflict.

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Forward Op-Ed by APN's Ori Nir: "David Friedman Is A Joke. He Should Be Fired."

Last week, an Israeli armed with nothing but an avocado robbed two banks in the southern city of Beer Sheva. He told the terrified tellers he was holding a hand grenade. And although the average Israeli eats more avocados than anyone elsewhere in the world besides Mexico, Chile, and Peru, the tellers failed to realize that they were being held up by a piece of fruit.

In a couple of weeks, politicians and business people will gather in Manama, Bahrain for an economic “workshop” to raise money for the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian “peace plan” — the so-called “Ultimate Deal” or “Deal of the Century” — which is still under wraps.

Why all the quotation marks? Because Team Trump, the three people the President has appointed to lead this effort, knows that what they have in their hand is an avocado: inedible and hard today, putrid tomorrow.

(This piece originally appeared in the Forward HERE)

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APN/Peace Now In the News - May 24-June 7

Ha'aretz: "Democrats With Eye on White House Increasingly Willing to Bash Bibi While Supporting Israel" (June 7, 2019)

Debra Shushan, director of policy at American for Peace Now, told Haaretz that "Democratic presidential candidates are getting the memo: While likely voters in the Democratic presidential primaries continue to support Israel, they disapprove of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his anti-peace, pro-occupation policies..."

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Canadian Jewish News: "Shaqued Morag: You can love Israel and criticize it" (June 3, 2019)

Shaqued Morag is the executive director of Peace Now...The CJN spoke with her on May 17 in Toronto.

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Al Monitor: "Contradictory moves to rescue Palestinian economy" (May 24, 2019)

Ori Nir, spokesman of Americans for Peace Now, told Al-Monitor that the Trump administration's approach brings the conflict back to the 1970s and 1980s...

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APN / Peace Now In The News - May 3, 2019

Ha'aretz Opinion: "Kushner rejects calls to delay release of Mideast peace plan" (May 3, 2019)

Ori Nir, a former Israeli journalist with Americans for Peace Now, which supports a two-state solution, said he also has urged the Trump administration to hold off on presenting its peace plan. The concern, he explained, is that when it is likely rejected by the Palestinian Authority, it could lead the right-wing Israeli government to declare they have no peace partner and to possibly annex territory in the West Bank.

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APN / Peace Now In The News - April 22, 2019

Ha'aretz Opinion: "American Jews, Resist Netanyahu Like He's Trump" by APN's Ori Nir (April 22, 2019)

Netanyahu's new government - even more predatory and defiant than before - must usher in a fundamental shift in American Jews' activism against Israel's extremists and their alliance with Trump

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APN's Ori Nir - Ha'aretz Opinion: "American Jews, Resist Netanyahu Like He's Trump"

Go HERE for "American Jews, Don't Walk Away From Israel" by Debra Shushan, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations

In the coming months - and probably years - Americans will witness Israel sliding faster and deeper than ever before toward becoming an anti-democratic, intolerant, annexationist, jingoistic, fanatical, xenophobic state.

The trajectory is not new. But following Israel's general elections, the slope’s incline is steeper than ever before. Benjamin Netanyahu’s next coalition may be (much) more of the same in terms of its makeup, but its policies may well mark a paradigm shift. 

With the Trump administration’s almost unrestricted backing, Netanyahu’s new government will be much more predatory and defiant in its establishing facts on the ground that preclude a peace settlement with the Palestinians and undermine democracy. 

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APN/Peace Now In the News - April 6-12, 2019

Ha'aretz Opinion: "American Jews, Don't Walk Away From Israel" by APN's Debra Shushan (April 11, 2019)

Netanyahu's re-election is a black day for solidly liberal American Jews, whose relations with a pro-Trump Israel were already in crisis. But we can't give up...

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JTA: "Israel approves thousands of new West Bank housing units" (April 8, 2019)

"The construction of the settlements only makes it harder to end the occupation and to get to a two states peace agreement and is bad for the Israeli interest to remain a democratic and secured state," Peace Now said in a statement...

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NPR: "After A Decade Of Netanyahu, Hopes Fade For A Palestinian State" (April 8, 2019)

About three-quarters of the construction has taken place in settlements deep in the West Bank "that Israel will probably need to evict in the framework of a two-state agreement," said Hagit Ofran of Peace Now, a settlement watchdog group.

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APN's Debra Shushan: Ha'aretz Opinion - "American Jews, Don't Walk Away From Israel"

Go HERE for "American Jews, Resist Netanyahu Like He's Trump" by Ori Nir, APN Director of Communications and Public Engagement.

Netanyahu's re-election is a black day for solidly liberal American Jews, whose relations with a pro-Trump Israel were already in crisis. But we can't give up

Already in crisis, relations between Israel and American Jews are headed for a harsh reckoning in the wake of this week's victory by Israel’s right-wing bloc, helmed by the once and perpetual prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

While American Jews remain overwhelmingly liberal - one of the most solidly progressive constituencies in the U.S., despite President Donald Trump’s absurd attempts to promote a "Jexodus" – the majority of Israelis have jettisoned Israel’s founding values of socialist Zionism to move ever rightward.

What William Galston observed months ago is now indisputably true: Israel has become a Trump-enamored red state, while American Jews are the bluest of blue staters, who view Trump as an existential threat, both to our safety and to the liberal society in which we have flourished.

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APN/Peace Now In the News - March 14 - 22, 2019

Vice News: "Trump’s latest tweet could hand the election to Netanyahu in Israel" (March 22, 2019)

“Making such a radical change in U.S. policy basically days before Israeli national elections, which are a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu, very much smells like an attempt to influence the elections,” said Ori Nir, a spokesman for the liberal pro-Israel group Americans for Peace Now.

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USA Today: "President Trump says U.S. should recognize Israel's sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights" (March 21, 2019)

"Trump's Twitter recognition of Israel's Golan Heights annexation does nothing to bolster Israeli security," Ori Nir, communications director at Americans for Peace Now..."It does, however, hinder its prospects to reach peace with the Palestinians and the Arab world. That is bad for Israeli and US national security."

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BBC World News TV: "APN's Debra Shushan interviewed on Trump Recognizing Israeli Golan Heights Annexation" (March 21, 2019)

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Ha'aretz: "Teens Suspected of Temple Mount Arson Say They Wanted to Harm Israeli Police Officer Who Provoked Worshipers" (March 14, 2019)

Peace Now activists meanwhile demonstrated at the entrance to the Temple Mount against the Jewish tour groups. “We are witnesses to the cynical attempt of politicians from the right to use the Temple Mount as a political tool to attack and ignite a religious war here,” said Shaked Morag, the group's executive director.

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Peace Now in the News - March 1-7, 2019

APN/Peace Now In the News

Ha'aretz: "U.S. Jewish Groups Slam Israeli Decision to Let Kahanist Party Run in Election" (March 7, 2019)

Among the other U.S. groups [in addition to New Israel Fund] backing Zazim were J Street, the Israel Religious Action Center on Behalf of the Reform Movement, the National Council of Jewish Women, Americans for Peace Now, Partners for Progressive Israel, T'ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Ameinu, the Jewish Labor Committee, Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly.

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Jerusalem Post: "Gantz’s platform ignores Palestinian state, hints at sovereignty for blocs" (March 6, 2019)

Peace Now expressed surprise that the two-state solution is not in the platform after past statements supporting it from party leaders Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi.

(NOTE: On March 6, Israel Hayom "exposed" the Blue and White list as being pro-two states. The source: Peace Now's page quoting security commanders' support for a two-state solution.)

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NBC News: "One Israeli's journey from ultra-Orthodox settler to peace activist" (March 3, 2019)

Feature article on Shabtay Bendet, former Israeli settler (and a founder of an illegal outpost) who is now head of Peace Now's Settlement Watch division

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Jerusalem Post: "American Nonprofit launches petition to keep Netanyahu away from AIPAC" (March 1, 2019)

Americans for Peace Now (APN) on Wednesday launched a petition calling on American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to "condemn and disinvite" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from its March conference.

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