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PeaceCast

PeaceCast is a podcast produced in Washington by Americans for Peace Now, the sister-organization of Israel’s preeminent peace movement, exploring issues and trends relating to peace and security for Israel, focusing on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and efforts to resolve it. If you care about Israel, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, about Israel’s future as a democracy and a Jewish state, this podcast is for you. Episodes feature experts, activists, advocates and scholars whose work or passion is Israeli-Palestinian peace.
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Jun 21, 2020

This story by Anat Saragusti is a part of APN’s Virtual Dove series, a collection of stories told by practitioners in the field of Israeli-Palestinian relations, stories that highlight the human and the humanity in this conflict.

The current batch of stories features Israeli journalists who covered or cover Palestinian affairs for Israeli media organizations.

Jun 20, 2020

This story by Oren Cohen, the former Palestinian affairs correspondent of the daily newspaper Hadashot, is a part of APN’s Virtual Dove series, a collection of stories told by practitioners in the field of Israeli-Palestinian relations, stories that highlight the human and the humanity in the conflict.

Jun 17, 2020

This conversation with award-winning Haaretz journalist Amira Hass serves as an introduction to the second installment of our Virtual Dove series of stories about Israeli-Palestinian relations told by practitioners in this field. The second part of the Virtual Dove features three Isralei correspondents who covered (or still cover) Palestinian affairs for Israeli news organizations.

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Jun 12, 2020

This episode is an edited version of an APN briefing call held on June 11th 2020 with Israeli Knesset Member Merav Michaeli of the Labor Party. The briefing call is one in a series on the Israeli government's planned annexation of parts of the West Bank. 

Jun 1, 2020

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin. Dahlia is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant, as well as a scholar and a writer. In this episode, she talks about Israeli public opinion regarding West Bank annexation and about a new study she authored which offers a set of recommendations for a practical solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, known as the Palestinian right of return.

Dahlia’s bio: https://tcf.org/experts/dahlia-scheindlin/

PeaceCast’s previous episode with Dahlia: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=30761#.XtVaIjpKiUk

The Tel Aviv Review: https://tlv1.fm/podcasts/tel-aviv-review-show/

PeaceCast’s co-produced episode with the Tel Aviv Review: https://peacenow.libsyn.com/73-covering-the-conflict-from-dc

Dahlia’s study on the right of return: https://tcf.org/content/report/neither-intractable-unique-practical-solution-palestinian-right-return/

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May 22, 2020

An edited version of a May 22, 2020 briefing call with Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the PLO’s Executive Committee, and one of the Palestinian leadership’s chief diplomats. For years, Dr. Erekat was the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel, and in the eyes of many personifies the Palestinian commitment to a two-state peace accord with Israel.

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May 15, 2020

An edited version of a May 14, 2020 briefing call with John Lyndon, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP).

Based in Paris, John is an expert on Europe's policy on Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

 

 

May 8, 2020

This episode is an edited version of a May 7th briefing call, the third in APN’s series of briefing calls focusing on the Israeli government’s  intention to annex parts of the West Bank.

This briefing call examines how annexation could impact the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its relations with Israel.

Our guest was Dr. Marwan Muasher, the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, as well as several other ministerial positions in Jordan. He was the Kingdom’s ambassador to Washington and its first ambassador to Israel (1995-1996). Muasher has been thoroughly involved in Arab-Israeli peace efforts in the past and has been an agent for reform in Jordan and the Arab world.

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May 3, 2020

Arkady Mazin is an expert on the Russian-speaking public in Israel. He is currently working on a book that among other topics examines attitudes among Israeli Russian speaking Jews toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In this episode, Mazin talks about what he depicts as an anomaly or a paradox. The two predictors for holding dovish views on this issue in Israeli society are secularism and high level of education. Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are much more secular than the overall population, and, on the average much better educated. Yet their views on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians are more hawkish than those of the average Israeli.

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Apr 30, 2020

An edited version of a briefing call with Yossi Alpher on the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. The focus is on the West Bank annexation provision in the agreement.

Yossi’s weekly analysis on this topic

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Apr 28, 2020

This is the second part of our first “Virtual Dove” episode, featuring stories by former ambassadors to Israel. Our first part featured stories by former US Jerusalem consul generals Jake Walles and Ed Abington.

This part features stories by former Canadian ambassador to Israel Jon Allen and former US ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer.

Recordings of past “The Dove” shows: here, here, here and here. 

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Apr 24, 2020

This special episode of PaceCast is our first “Virtual Dove” episode, featuring personal, human stories, vignettes, anecdotes, and experiences that underscore positivity in and around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Maybe even hope.  

The first show of Virtual Dove features stories by former ambassadors to Israel and former US Jerusalem consul generals.

The show is split into two parts. The fist part, this episode, features two former US Consul generals to Jerusalem, Jacob (Jake) Walles and Edward (Ed) Abington. Their stories shed light on two of the most promising chapters in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

The second part will be uploaded soon. It will feature stories by two former ambassadors to Israel.

Stay tuned.

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Recordings of past “The Dove” shows: here, here, here and here. 

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Apr 13, 2020

This episode, recorded on April 13th 2020, is an edited version of a briefing call with Shaqued Morag and Brian Reeves of Israel’s Peace Now movement. Shaqued Morag is the Executive Director of Peace Now. Brian Reeves is the Director of External Relations at Peace Now. The briefing focused on the prospects of West Bank annexation and how the specter of West Bank annexation impacts Peace Now and Israel’s peace movement.

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Apr 7, 2020

This episode is an edited version of the audio from a webinar co-sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and Americans for Peace Now. The webinar featured Brian Reeves, the director of external relations at the Israeli peace movement, Shalom Achshav, Peace Now, and Lior Amihai, the executive director of the Israeli organization Yesh Din. Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, moderated the conversation.

A video recording of the webinar

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Apr 3, 2020

Hagar Shezaf is the new West Bank correspondent of Haaretz. In this episode she discusses her current reportage on the spike in violent attacks by West Bank settlers against Palestinians.

Hagar also spoke about an explosive expose she published in Haaretz last summer, where she revealed that Israel’s security establishment was systematically combing through archives and picking out embarrassing or incriminating documentation of what could ebe considered as war crimes against the Palestinian civilians during the 1948 war, the so-called Nakba.

Hagar’s story on settler violence

Ori’s article on “Price Tag.” 

Hagar’s piece on purging the archives. 

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

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Apr 1, 2020

Haaretz Columnist Bradley Burston talks about recent developments and future prospects in Israel's political arena as the Coronavirus creates a new reality. 

Mar 27, 2020

Could Israeli-Palestinian cooperation around Coronavirus be extended beyond the realm of public health? Could it bring about much needed rapprochement? Could it, at the very least, put Israeli annexation plans on hold? 

Noa Shusterman, the Israel-Palestinian Research Program Coordinator at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) explores these questions. 

Noa's Short bio

James Klutznick and Aviva Meyer's op-ed in the Washington Jewish Week

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Mar 22, 2020

Jabob Magid covers the West Bank for the Times of Israel. In this episode he talks about how Israel and the Palestinian Authority cooperate in the fight against the Coronavirus, about COVID-19 infection among West Bank settlers, and about the possible impact of the epidemic on Israeli government plans to annex parts of the West Bank. 

Daoud Kuttab's aricle: How coronavirus outbreak has boosted Palestinian-Israeli cooperation

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Mar 19, 2020

This episode features a new report by Israel’s Peace Now movement, reviewing Israel’s West Bank settlement activity in 2019.

Presenting the report is Brian Reeves, Peace Now’s director of external relations. Brian is an American Israeli, residing in Tel Aviv. He is an expert on settlement activity.

A link to the report: https://peacenow.org.il/en/settlement-construction-report-2019

APN’s “From Creeping to Leaping” annexation report: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=27412#.XnPETahKiUk

Mar 8, 2020

This episode is based on a live recording of a March 6th 2020 talk with Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan of the Parents Circle. The two are the protagonists of Apeirogon, the new novel, by Colum McCann.

Rami and Bassam lost their daughters to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and both made the decision to harness their bereavement to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace.  

The book on Amazon. 

The Parents Circle’s web site. 

Donate to APN (please write “podcast” in the comments field). Your donations make our work this podcast possible. 

Mar 4, 2020

An edited version of APN's March 3, 2020 briefing call with strategic affairs analyst Yossi Alpher. 

Yossi's Hard Questions Tour Answers analysis of the Israeli elections. 

Mar 2, 2020

A conversation with Yadin Kaufmann, an Israeli technology investor, social entrepreneur and writer. A veteran venture capitalist, Kaufmann works to stimulate a Palestinian high-tech industry.

Kaufmann’s 2017 Foreign Affairs article 

Sadara’s web site 

Feb 29, 2020

This episode is an edited version that Americans for Peace Now held with Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann on February 28th, 2020.

Danny is the director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli non-profit that works to identify and track the full spectrum of developments in Jerusalem relating to Israeli-Palestinian, Jewish-Arab relations, with an emphasis on developments that could impact a final-status peace resolution to the conflict in and around Jerusalem.

This briefing call examines the Israeli government’s policy of creating wedge settlements around East Jerusalem to deny a contiguity to a future Palestinian state.

For more on the E-1 project and on Givat Hamatos settlement, check out Peace Now’s backgrounders here  and here  

Watch this video of Danny explaining the significance of E-1 

To contact Ori Nir, write to: onir@peacenow.org

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Feb 20, 2020

This episode features a talk by Arye (Arik) Carmon, the founder and former director of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

Arik’s bio 

Carmon's book Building Democracy on Sand: Israel without a Constitution. 

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Feb 13, 2020

John Lyndon is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella that brings together over 100 organizations in Israel and the West Bank to assist them with funding, capacity building, visibility, and impact.

John talked about issues directly related to ALLMEP and its activity, and explored the ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out in Europe, particularly in the wake of President Trump's vision for Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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John Lyndon’s bio:

Partnership Fund for Peace Bill

JTA story on the Partnership for Peace Bill  

 

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