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Victory against the settlements!


I have some great news to share: Peace Now - our sister organization in Israel - has succeeded in forcing the Israeli government to impose the rule of law and evacuate Migron, the largest illegal outpost in the West Bank. Yesterday, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected the latest effort by settlers to prevent the outpost's evacuation, ruling that the outpost must be evacuated by next Tuesday, September 4th.

Peace Now's victory on Migron is a victory for all of Israel and for all those who care about the causes of peace, democracy, and security. Help APN make sure that Peace Now can continue the fight.

APN Welcomes Migron Ruling

Washington - Yesterday, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected the latest effort by settlers from the illegal outpost of Migron to prevent the outpost's evacuation. The Court ruled that the outpost must be evacuated by next Tuesday, September 4th.

Migron_File_Collage320x265.jpgJustices accept state's position regarding some structures, says those homes remain up until three months, until the veracity of the purchasers claims can determined.

By Chaim Levinson

Israel must evacuate the West Bank outpost of Migron by September 4, the High Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday.

Alpher_Letter186x140.jpgAlpher discusses Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's motives for apparently declaring war on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and his view regarding if and when Israel should take the military initiative on Iran revisiting his set of criteria for determining whether it was wise for Israel to attack Iran's nuclear project.
Firebombed_Taxi186x140.jpg"Why don't you come spend Shabbat with us on our settlement, come to the synagogue and see for yourself that we don't have horns and there is no occupation?" I get such an invitation practically word for word every few months from settlers who wish to present the appearance of a normative, moral and virtuous community beyond the Green Line.


Tell Obama: Don't Be Pressured Into War with Iran

With the 2012 election season in high gear, Iran hawks in both parties and their Israeli counterparts, including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak, are pressing for war.

Washington, DC - Today Americans for Peace Now (APN) sent a letter to President Obama calling on the president to continue to resist election season pressures to abandon Iran diplomacy in favor of military action. The letter was signed by APN Chairman James Klutznick and APN President and CEO Debra DeLee.

Yedioth Ahronoth : The New Settlers

Settlement_Graphic186x140.jpg(p. B4) by Ofer Petersburg
translation provided by Israel News Today.  Article not available online.

It is doubtful if this was the solution envisioned by the leaders of the social protest when they went out to demonstrate over the cost of housing in Israel.  But the impossible real estate prices and the unfreezing of land over the Green Line have created a new and surprising trend in the past year:

Alpher186x140.jpgAlpher discusses the controversy within Israel and between it and the Obama administration regarding the wisdom and timing of an attack on Iran: what would Israel gain? What would be the downside? Why are Netanyahu and Barak having so much difficulty in persuading the Israeli public that Israel should do the job, and soon, Why the Israeli civilian rear is such an important factor in Israeli calculations when it wasn't in the past, the odds of an early Israeli attack, and the strategic implications of Morsi's dramatic subordination of the Egyptian military to his authority.
Yossi Alpher 186x140.jpgAlpher discusses whether the terrorist incident in the Sinai on Sunday with the Egyptian soldiers is an internationally significant event, comments on Dani Dayan's opinion piece in the New York Times, and the dissonance between Netanyahu's government's policies and his quiet agreement with the Palestinian Authority to improve the PA's economic situation through more efficient cooperation.

Last month saw an assault in Congress on Palestinian refugees--an effort to use legislation to re-define the Palestinian refugee issue out of existence. This week the other shoe dropped, when a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced a new bill embracing the cause of "Jewish refugees from Arab countries" in a way that Congress has never replicated on the Palestinian side (for more info, see this list of all bills/resolutions dealing with Palestinian and/or Jewish refugees since 1989).

read more at the Daily Beast's Open Zion