Americans for Peace Now

Sloppy Pandering

Lara Friedman, the eagle-eyed legislative watchdog for Americans for Peace Now, found an example of some of the most amateurish bill drafting by any Congressional office that I've seen in more than 40 years on and around Capitol Hill.

One thing I learned early on was that there's a highly professional, non-partisan staff of attorneys in the Legislative Counsel's office that will take any idea coming from a Hill office and put it into the proper language and form. It helps keep staffers from embarrassing themselves and their bosses.

Obama Gets Backing For Iran Talks

President Obama got a strong show of support from Jewish members of Congress and Democratic leaders this week in his efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran.

A letter signed by 150 House Democrats urged the President to "stay on course" for a negotiated "strong and verifiable agreement" that will "prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon."  They cautioned, "War itself will not make us safe. "

ATFP, Citing Stalled Peace Process, Downsizes

11/20/2014 - 19:00

Washington — The American Task Force on Palestine, a group known for working together with Jewish groups, is downsizing because of the faltering peace process.

GOP Senators Introduce Penalties For Enhanced Palestinian Status

11/28/2012 - 19:00

Republican U.S. senators introduced the first efforts to penalize the Palestinians and the United Nations should the body affirm enhanced Palestinian status.

Sen. Inhofe introduced cuts to Palestinian aid should they attain enhanced U.N. status. Getty Images

Mandy Patinkin Backs Actor Boycott Of Settlements During Israel Trip

05/13/2012 - 20:00

"Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin expressed solidarity with Israeli actors who refuse to perform in West Bank settlements.

Patinkin, who is in Israel to film the second season of the award-winning Showtime drama "Homeland," spent part of last week touring the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem with the organization Peace Now. He spoke at a Peace Now conference last Friday attended by about 700 participants.

Getting The News

  If you think the Daily Alert news summary published by the Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations leans too far to the right and you'd like to see another view of current events, take a look at the News Nosh, a bright new publication of Americans for Peace Now. 

You can read both on line or subscribe and have them sent to you daily. 

Mitchell quitting; what took so long?

There's only one question I have about today's annoucement that U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell is calling it quits: what took so long?

With an administration that still can't decide if it wants to seriously press both sides to return to the negotiating table or offer U.S. proposals to break the stalemate and with Israeli and Palestinian leaders not much intererested in calls for a resumption of negotiations, it's not clear Mitchell had anything to do.

APN calls for new U.S. peace push; is anybody listening?

Today Americans for Peace Now launched a campaign urging the Obama administration to “re-focus on achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace.” (See the group's "Action Plan for President Obama" here.)

New 'Israel Peace Initiative' by former defense, intel chiefs: just talk?

Jewish groups that support a more active Middle East peace process are applauding a new plan conceived by a group that includes former Israeli military and intelligence chiefs and revealed by Ha'aretz on Tuesday.

What the U.S. veto at the U.N. means

Does it matter much that the Obama administration vetoed a UN Security Council resolution labeling Israel's settlement activity illegal? Naturally, it depends on who you ask, but my answer is: probably not.

Mostly, it strikes me as an action by an administration that has concluded – rightly or wrongly – that the current status quo is the best it can hope for in the Middle East.

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