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Lara Friedman
Lara Friedman is the Director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now.

Entries by Lara Friedman

Sodastream, ScarJo, and the Myth of Benevolent Occupation

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:25 AM

A flawed but compelling narrative has taken root in the debate over SodaStream. It's the story of the politically moderate Israeli businessman building bridges to peace by providing Palestinians good employment. What could be the problem with that?

The problem is that, by virtue of being...

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Thwarting Iran Diplomacy: Not Good for the Jews

(7) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer got it wrong when they laid blame for the Iraq War on the "Israel Lobby" (in their book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy). However, a war with Iran could be a different story. As I warned back in March 2012, a...

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Peace Talks, Settlements and Smirking Into the Abyss

(149) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Anyone familiar with the history of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking can be forgiven for viewing new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with a certain degree of skepticism, in large part fueled by concern that settlements will, once again, be used to undermine the chances for achieving peace.

Recent settlement-related developments warrant such concern. Clearly,...

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Will the House Lead a Preemptive Strike to Kill New Iran Talks?

(119) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Iran's election of Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator who promised greater nuclear transparency and to pursue "peace and reconciliation" with the outside world, presents the best opportunity for serious progress on diplomatic negotiations with Iran in over eight years. But the future of diplomacy with Iran now lies with...

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Killing the Two-State Solution Through the Suspension of Disbelief

(389) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Just in time for President Obama's long-awaited trip to Israel, perennial Israeli-Palestinian policy strategist Dennis Ross has published his 14-point plan to achieve Middle East peace. Ross claims that by following this plan, Israelis and Palestinians can "chip away at the sources of each side's belief about the...

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Obama's Second Term and His Middle East Legacy

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 12:00 PM

On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second term as the 44th president of the United States of America. As this day nears, it seems inevitable that he should be thinking about the legacy that he wants to leave after eight years at the helm of...

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Obama: Time to Call in Bill Clinton and Jim Baker

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 4:30 PM

On the historic day that was November 29th, 2012, the Obama Administration stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Netanyahu government at the United Nations, voting against a UN resolution that was broadly consistent with U.S. policy. President Obama then went a step further, unleashing his UN ambassador to punctuate the...

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If Not Now, When? If Not Abbas, Who?

(231) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 12:44 PM

Suppose Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an interviewer that he'll never recognize Israel or accept any agreement that doesn't give the Palestinians every inch of historic Palestine, including all of Jerusalem.  He insists on full Palestinian right of return - including his own right of return to his native Safed,...

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Misplaced Outrage Over Christian Leaders' Letter on Israel

(220) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:08 PM

The reaction from parts of the American Jewish community to a letter to Congress from a group of Christian leaders is deeply disturbing.

Why did this letter elicit such outrage? Was it the suggestion that U.S. funding shouldn't support policies that undermine the prospects for...

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No More Excuses for Bibi

(110) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:35 PM

Headlines 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.

Writing two weeks ago in Foreign Policy,

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The Jerusalem Conference in Doha: Day 2

(22) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Yesterday I posted at the Forward with some of my concerns at the end of day one of the Arab League conference on Jerusalem in Doha. Below are my comments at the end of day two.

Given my frustrations over day one's speeches and discussion,...

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As the Illegal Outpost of Migron Goes, So Goes All of Israel

(443) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 3:44 PM

The fate of Migron, an illegal outpost in the heart of the West Bank, is about to be decided. The implications of this decision are about far more than the future of a handful of settlers in a single outpost. This decision will be a litmus test of...

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Settlements Not an Obstacle to Peace? Get Serious.

(173) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 5:11 PM

Today, Peace Now released a new report entitled "Torpedoing the Two State Solution -- The Strategy of the Netanyahu Government," detailing a number of trends in settlement expansion that directly, and it seems, deliberately, undermine the viability of the two-state solution.

This report stands in...

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The Cost of Appeasing Settler Terrorism

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 12:23 AM

The Netanyahu government isn't serious about stopping settler violence.

This is the only possible conclusion. While Netanyahu and his cohorts denounce Jewish extremists and promise to get tough, actions speak louder than words. And their action this week on outposts sent an unmistakable message to the settlers: not only won't...

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The Belated Awakening to Settler Extremism

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 3:36 PM

Recent attacks on the IDF have led to an abrupt awakening in Israel and abroad. Suddenly people are realizing the danger posed to Israel by a generation of settlers who respect neither Israeli law, nor Israel's army, nor the Israeli state, and who are prepared to use violence against not...

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The 3 Monkeys of the "Pro-Israel" Right

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 4:51 PM

Partisans of the hardline "Israel, right or wrong" crowd are overflowing with righteous indignation over comments made in recent days by three Obama Administration officials (see here, here, and here, for example). They are outraged over comments by Secretary of State Clinton...

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UNESCO, Congress, U.S. Law, and the Palestinians: The Facts

(13) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 5:11 PM

In recent weeks members of Congress have written to UNESCO to let leaders of that organization know that upgrading the status of the PLO will jeopardize U.S. funding to that organization. On 10/5/11, Rep. Granger (R-TX), Chair of the Appropriations Committee's Foreign Operations subcommittee, issued a

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Outposts & the Abuse of Law in Service of the Settlements

(8) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:37 PM

Outposts are again taking center stage in the settlements debate, as the Netanyahu government announces two new policies aimed at legalizing illegal outposts. In doing so, the Netanyahu government is sending a clear signal that it values settlements over negotiations, and it prefers "Greater Israel" to peace.

In March the...

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Lesson to the "Pro-Israel" Right: Be Careful What You Ask From Congress

(80) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 5:23 PM

Israeli diplomats, AIPAC, and other groups on the American Jewish and Christian right are learning a tough lesson today: Be careful what you tell Congress to do on Israel, because it might come back to bite you.

For months they have been whipping Congress into a state of hysteria over...

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Israel's New Boycott Law and U.S. Law: Like Apples and Orangutans

(62) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 2:51 PM

Comparing the boycott law passed Monday by the Israeli Knesset with US anti-boycott law is like comparing apples and orangutans.

Apples and orangutans indeed have things in common. Both occur in nature, both words start with a vowel, and neither one looks anything like a frog. Likewise, US law...

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