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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

Look on AIPAC's Works, American Jews

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 5:54 PM

For more than a decade I have been invited regularly to speak on Capitol Hill, on campuses, in synagogues, on policy panels, to foreign diplomats and to the media. On these occasions I speak, as an advocate for Israel and Israeli-Palestinian peace, about the issues on the ground in Israel-Palestine...

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Settlement 'Solutionism' Is Not the Answer

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Michael Koplow, the Policy Director at the Israel Policy Forum, this week added his voice to those suggesting that the US should drop its 48-year-old policy of opposing all Israeli settlement construction, and replace it with one that in effect green lights some such construction - or in...

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Bibi's 'Anti-Solutionism' as Cover for 'Anti-Solution'

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:17 PM

A recent article in Foreign Affairs by Brookings fellow Natan Sachs is getting a lot of attention: Why Israel waits: Anti-Solutionism as a strategy. (Full disclosure: Sachs is a friend and someone for whom I have great professional respect.)

The piece offers some valuable insights into how...

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Time for a New Israel-Palestine Peacemaking Paradigm

(12) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:40 PM

The Obama Administration enters its final 14 months in office with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalating into daily bloodshed. This crisis is taking place to a backdrop of a fatally discredited peace process, a political clock ticking down toward American elections, and an international community awaiting direction and leadership from a...

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Cheap Claims of Anti-Semitism Can't Change Reality of Iran Deal Lobbying

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 7:01 PM

There is an old truism that holds that the best defense is a good offense. Or, more colloquially, when you find yourself in hot water, flip the script and go on the attack. Allies of and apologists for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are today doing just that. They are peddling...

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Dear World: Netanyahu Is Calling You Stupid

(129) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is grabbing positive headlines these days: first with reports that he wants to go back to negotiations with the Palestinians, and second with reports that he has expressed support for the Arab Peace Initiative (API). Or more accurately, he...

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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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