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Blog: October 2012 Archives

Alpher 320x265.jpgAlpher discusses what was most significant about the third Obama-Romney debate last week from an Israeli standpoint, whether the joint electoral list agreed on last week by Netanyahu and Lieberman ensures a right-wing victory in Israel's elections, and explains the strange, seemingly contradictory, actions last week: the dramatic bombing raid in Khartoum that was attributed to Israel, along with an upswing in Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip that produced only limited, Israeli retaliation.

APN Condemns Planned East Jerusalem Construction

Washington, DC - Americans for Peace Now (APN) joins its Israeli sister organization, Peace Now, in condemning two recent moves by the Israeli government in East Jerusalem that could severely complicate efforts to reach a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee called the moves "provocative and irresponsible."

Yossi Alpher 186x140.jpgAlpher discusses what PM Netanyahu's secret indirect peace negotiations with the Bashar Assad regime tells us about Netanyahu's readiness for peace, what's been going on with the first week of electoral preparations for the Israeli elections, Republican attacks on the Obama administration's handling of the 9/11 attack in Libya, and the revelation last week that the Israeli military calculated the minimal number of calories that Gazans should be allowed to consume daily as a means of determining what foodstuffs to allow into the Strip from Israel

APN to Israeli Government: Don't Adopt Levy Report

Washington, DC - Washington, DC - Americans for Peace Now (APN) today urged Israel's government to reverse its apparent intention to adopt portions of a report that seeks to legitimize Israeli settlements in the West Bank and to legalize West Bank "outposts," which were built in violation of Israeli law.
Bibielection2012-186x140.jpgOn October 15, Israeli journalist Chemi Shalev briefed APN supporters and activists on the upcoming Israeli elections, scheduled for January 22, 2013. Listen here

Early Israeli Elections: What You Need to Know

bibipeering186x140.jpgThose who obsessively follow Israeli news as we do know that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for early elections, scheduled for January 22, 2013. APN gives you the background and analysis to understand this latest development and its possible ramifications.

Yossi Alpher 186x140.jpgAlpher discusses the Israeli elections: Why is Netanyahu in such a hurry; why is he talking about security; why the Palestinian issue could be relevant; how the current administration has survived so long; what could happen between now and January to change the election situation; how could new parties or coalitions affect the election and how might the outcome of US elections affect those to be held in Israel a few months later?

Huffington Post: APN's Lara Friedman - No More Excuses for Bibi

Lara_at_conf_186x140.jpgHeadlines today are focused on the announcement yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu of early Knesset elections. Rather than add to the feeding frenzy of speculation, today I want to weigh in, belatedly, on Bibi himself.

Israel Election Frenzy

Bibielection2012-186x140.jpgA month before the US general elections, Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threw Israel into an election campaign frenzy when he announced his intention to dissolve the Knesset and hold early elections next January.

SheminiAtzeret320x265.jpgShemini Atzeret -"the Eighth [day] of Assembly"- is celebrated beginning Sunday night, October 7th. Outside of Israel, a second day is celebrated which is referred to as Simchat Torah ("the Rejoicing of the Torah"). In Israel, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into one and either name can be used to refer to the holiday.