APN's Ori Nir OpEd in Ha'aretz: "Israel’s Campaign to Destabilize Jordan"

After 25 years of peace, humiliation and disappointment, Jordan fears Israel's next moves will constitute an existential threat to the kingdom

by Ori Nir 

Dec 08, 2019

Crossing the Allenby Bridge back into Israel, after visiting Jordan just after the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, an occasion that was not celebrated either in Israel or in Jordan, I felt despondent. Jordan’s monarch recently depicted his country's relationship with Israel as being "at an all-time low."

Senior Jordanian officials haven't yet entirely given up hoping Israel will wake up to the need to preserve relations with Jordan, rather than undermining them. But they also know that widely-flagged future moves by a right-wing Israeli government - not least, West Bank annexation – could be critically destabilizing for Jordan, and a lethal blow for bilateral relations.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - December 4, 2019

Jerusalem Post: "Construction permits, investment in settlements dramatically up " (December 4, 2019)

According to Peace Now, the number of plans for housing units in Judea and Samaria as a whole that have received initial or final approval since the beginning of the Trump administration has risen threefold over the figures for the latter years of the Obama administration.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - November 18 - 21, 2019

CGTN TV: "Debra Shushan discusses Israeli indictment of Netanyahu" (November 21, 2019)

CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke with Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now, about the Israeli indictment of Netanyahu.

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Washington Jewish Week: "Trump nods to the Israeli dissenting interpretation" by Ori Nir, APN Director of Communications (November 20, 2019)

Had Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined me and my APN colleagues on our West Bank study tour last week, we would have shown him how fraught with illegality and illegitimacy West Bank settlements are.

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Independent: "Trump's decision to drop US opposition to Israeli settlements is an assault on the two-state solution" by Brian Reeves, Peace Now Director of External Relations (November 20, 2019)

Without US pressure to uphold international law, Israel is now left free to build in settlements at will and to seize parts of the West Bank.

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BBC News: "US settlement move reduces chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal" (November 19, 2019)

Previous US administrations opposed settlement construction as an obstacle to peace, and tried to limit it to varying degrees. But planning and building have accelerated under the Trump administration, according to the Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now.

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Reuters: "U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process" (November 18, 2019)

"He can declare that night is day, but it will not change the fact that Israeli settlements are not only illegal under international law, but are also a huge obstacle to peace and to the stability of our region," said Hagit Ofran of the Israeli anti-settlements group Peace Now.

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Had Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined me and my APN colleagues on our West Bank study tour last week, we would have shown him how fraught with illegality and illegitimacy West Bank settlements are.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - October 31 - November 1, 2019

The Jerusalem Post: "Peace Now: Israel Advanced Plans for 2,342 Settler Homes in October" (November 1, 2019)

Peace Now: "The next government must put a freeze on the development of settlements and to strive for immediate resumption of negotiations with the Palestinians without preconditions and to end the bloody conflict based on the principle of two states for two peoples."

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Forward: "Reform Movement Spurns Iconic Israeli Charity To Protest West Bank Land Buys" (October 31, 2019)

Peace Now, the Israeli anti-occupation group, issued a statement last month calling KKL “a settler fund.” Americans for Peace Now, its U.S. sister organization, applauded the Reform movement’s criticisms of KKL

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VIDEO - Israel Election Analysis from APN's Debra Shushan on CGTN, September 19, 2019

Debra Shushan, APN Policy and Government Releations Director, appeared on CGTN on Thursday, September 19 to provide analysis on the results of the Israeli election.

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APN / Peace Now In The News - September 6-9, 2019

Reuters: "Israel's settlers and the Palestinians they live among" (September 9, 2019)

According to Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlements watchdog, Beitar Illit saw the most construction of all Israel's West Bank settlements in 2018.

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JTA: "Who is Avi Berkowitz, the Kushner adviser stepping in to work on Israeli-Palestinian peace?" (September 6, 2019)

The problem with Berkowitz, said Debra Shushan, the legislative director for Americans for Peace Now, was not his callowness but the very experiences he brought to the job.

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APN's Debra Shushan on CGTN's "The Heat" re: Trump and Denial of Entry to Omar and Tlaib

Check out these excerpts featuring Debra Shushan, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations, on CGTN's "The Heat" from August 19, 2019, on the topic: "Israel Denies Entry to Two Members of US Congress."

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The much-touted shared values between the U.S. and Israel no longer seem to include liberal protections for free speech.

By Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now

The U.S.-Israel relationship suffered a profound setback Thursday. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed that Israel would bar two members of Congress, Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, from entering Israel because of their support for the BDS movement, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions on Israel.

Thursday’s decision to deny Tlaib and Omar entrance to Israel reversed the earlier position expressed by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, who in July said that “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel.”

With Netanyahu surpassing the country’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, as Israel’s longest-serving leader, Israel’s democracy is in a state of perilous decline.

The policy Dermer articulated should be expected of a U.S. ally that is also the top recipient of U.S. foreign aid ($38 billion in security assistance over 10 years). Overturning that policy can only be interpreted as a sign of disrespect for the U.S. representatives democratically elected by American voters. Worse yet, with President Donald Trump pushing the change, it also demonstrates the disrespect for democratic institutions both country’s leaders are increasingly embracing — and their willingness to turn the U.S.-Israel relationship into a political football to advance their own interests.

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APN/Peace Now In the News - July 30 - August 1, 2019

Al-Monitor: "What's behind Israel's approval of construction permits for Palestinians?" by Shlomi Eldar (August 1, 2019)

According to a July 22 Peace Now report, 32 new outposts have been established since 2012, the majority after Trump was elected, and 15 existing outposts were legalized. A process of retroactive legalization has begun for 35 more. According to a 2018 report by the organization, which monitors settlement construction, in 2017 there was a 17% increase in building starts in the settlements compared with the average of the previous eight years. Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/israel-west-bank-palestinians-bezalel-smotrich-settlements.html#ixzz5vSTslPJS

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NY Jewish Week: "BDS ‘Has Become A Pawn’" (August 1, 2019)

"The move by President Trump and his right-wing allies to drag Israel and American Jews into unrelated issues is cynical and dangerous,” said Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now... "this much is clear: the vast majority of American Jews see through and reject this new tactic. It’s dishonest, contemptible and bad for the Jews."

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NY Times: "Israel Is Expected to Approve Surge in Jewish Construction in West Bank" (July 31, 2019)

Only a few dozen permits for Palestinian buildings in that area have been approved in the last decade, the last in 2016, according to Peace Now, an Israeli left-wing advocacy group that tracks settlement construction.

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APN's Debra Shushan on Last Episode of Israel's i24 News "The Spin Room" (July 30, 2019)

Debra spoke about the Trump administration's role in guiding Israel into a one-state, apartheid-like reality, and more.

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