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May 2006 Archives

Q. Howa are (recent) developments likely to affect the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic in the coming months? Q. What does renewed relations with Libya tell us about Bush's democratic reform program for the Arab world?

Legislative Round-Up - May 26, 2006

I. House Passes HR 4681; II. Senate moves on S. 2370; III. APN on S. 2370; IV. HAC Marks Up FY07 ForOps; V. HAC - Spotlight on Egypt and UNRWA; VI. New Bills and Resolutions

May 26, 2006 - Vol. 7, Issue 43

Mechanical Engineering: Under EU plans to stave off a humanitarian and political crisis in the occupied territories, Palestinian doctors, teachers, and even pensioners could receive millions of dollars in funding.

APN today praised a new and improved version of S. 2370, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorist Act of 2006.

See the record and empassioned statements, including insertion of APN's talking points

APN today welcomed comments from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President George W. Bush in support of renewing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

This message was sent to all House of Representatives offices on Tuesday, May 23, 2006

APN Greatly Deplores House Passage Of H.R. 4681

"H.R. 4681 is an exercise in overreaching that will undercut American national security needs, Israeli interests, and hope for the Palestinian people, if it's ever signed into law," said Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now.



Q. To what extent, if at all, are the prospective American fence and the border it delineates similar to Israel's fence and the situation along the green line? Q. What are the security issues reflected in the recent Israel High Court of Justice decisions?

May 22, 2006 - Vol. 7, Issue 42

Israel Willing To Fund Palestinian Healthcare Paychecks: An Israeli official said Israel is prepared to release Palestinian tax revenues into a proposed aid mechanism being established by Middle East mediators to avert the collapse of the Palestinian health sector and to pay some salaries.

Today (Monday, May 22, 2006), the House is expected to suspend the rules and take up HR 4681, the "Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006."

Legislative Round-Up - May 19, 2006

I. Update on Palestinian Sanctions Bills; II. Dueling Dear Colleagues; III. Subcommittee Marks Up FY07 ForOps; IV. APN to ForOps Subcommittee; V. McCollum Letter to AIPAC; VI. APN on UNRWA

Settlements in Focus The Battle for Jerusalem's Old City and Holy Basin (Vol. 2, Issue 8)A publication of Americans for Peace Now What are the settlers up to these days in and around the Old City? In recent months Israel has begun allowing the most extremist Jewish settlers to take control of some of the most highly contested areas of Jerusalem. In some specific cases, government authorities are clearly abetting the settlers' efforts. Perhaps ...

Calls for U.S. Support of West Bank Settlement Evacuation, Non-Recognition of Unilaterally Declared Borders

May 18, 2006 The Honorable Ehud Olmert Prime Minister of Israel Prime Minister's Office 3 Kaplan Street, Qiryat Ben Gurion Jerusalem, Israel 91919 (F) 972-2-651-2631 Dear Prime Minister Olmert: On behalf of Americans for Peace Now (APN), we are writing on the eve of your upcoming visit to the United States to encourage you to actively pursue the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations prior to embarking on a unilateral ...

HR 4691 is as amended by the House International House Judiciary Committee; S. 2370 has not been marked up or amended in the Senate

Talking Points sent to House Members urging the rejection of the Kirk Amendment to FY07 ForOps bill and other efforts to undermine, weaken, and de-legitimize UNRWA and other UN efforts in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

APN today issued an issue brief to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, calling on them to reject legislation being offered by Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) that attacks the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

APN today called on House Speaker Dennis Hastert to support President George W. Bush's position regarding H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006.

May 15, 2006 - Vol. 7, Issue 41

Work In Progress: The new Israeli government's convergence plan is very much a work in progress. High-ranking officials from several government ministries have been covertly planning its legal framework for several months, but the details are still coming together.

Q. ...Quartet aid bypassing the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government...? Q. ...Bush-Olmert meetings next week...?

Legislative Roundup - May 12, 2006

I. Update on Palestinian Sanctions; II. HR 4681 in the Judiciary Committee; III. Spotlight on Egypt; IV. McDermott on the Record on HR 4681; V. APN on HR 4681 (May 8, 2006); VI. APN on AIPAC "FAQS" about HR 4681

A review of the AIPAC "FAQs," contrasted with what is actually contained in the text of HR 4681, as approved by the House International Relations Committee on April 6, 2006.

If you have not yet done so, please contact your Representative and tell them that this bill should not be passed unless it is significantly revised.

"We support the intent of HR 4681...though the bill is unnecessary as the Executive branch already has ample authority to impose all its restrictions and it constrains the Executive's flexibility to use sanctions, if appropriate, as tools to address rapidly changing circumstances.

Q. How successful will the Olmert government be at achieving its principal objectives? Q. Is this pessimistic outlook regarding the Olmert government's capacity to deal with the Palestinian issue also a reflection of the structural drawbacks of the Israeli electoral and political system as a whole?

May 9, 2006 - Vol. 7, Issue 40

CONVERGENCE, THE ABRIDGED EDITION: Senior Kadima officials believe that the chances that Ehud Olmert will carry out the convergence plan in its original format are not high and probably Olmert will in the end be compelled to carry out a limited, symbolic move, in the form of a "limited convergence."

APN Calls for Rejection of H.R. 4681

"Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006" is expected to be considered under a suspension of the rules by the full House tomorrow.

VOTE WAS POSTPONED -- A SUCCESS! See the link to an updated ACTION ALERT

This legislation would impose sweeping sanctions against the Palestinians in response to the victory of Hamas in the January 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.

Settlements in Focus Greater Jerusalem at the Crossroads: Sharon's Impact, Olmert's Vision (Vol. 2, Issue 7)A publication of Americans for Peace Now What is "Greater Jerusalem"? "Greater Jerusalem" generally refers to an area that encompasses about a 20 ...

Legislative Round-Up - May 5, 2006

I. Update on Palestinian Sanctions II. Supplemental Update III. New Bills and Resolutions IV. On the Hill

APN today congratulated Professor Mark Rosenblum for this prestigious appointment, effective July 1, 2006.

Q. do you deal with the argument that the first disengagement was in fact a failure...? Q. will Peretz' dovish views on the Palestinian issue affect the decisions he makes?