APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday January 25, 2013
Number of the day:
--Number of Israelis killed in West Bank in 2012.**
Front Page News:
- Lapid's choice - Sharing the burden or diplomatic negotiations? Budget cuts or taxes? The government's agenda likely to be determined by one man
- Next US Secretary of State to come to Israel in order to renew contacts
- Shin Bet: In 2012, No Israelis killed in attacks in the West Bank
- Wife of (Attorney General) Weinstein to be charged with employing illegal foreign worker
- Female rabbis - Teachers of Halacha challenging the male rabbinate monopoly
- The untold past - Internet encyclopedia documents the forgotten of the ghettos
- Netanyahu offers Lapid Finance or Foreign Ministries
- Undercover - Likud Headquarterts: A look inside
- Lieberman: Netanyahu and I are to blame
- Negotiations began between Netanyahu, Lapid and Bennettt. Der'i refuses universal military draft law
- Rabbi Shai Piron on the way to the government
- Ehud Barak in favor of Shaul Mofaz (as Defense Minister)
- Shelly Yachimovich under attack
- End to the era of analog leaders // Nada Eyal
- At the last minute, government expected to pass transfer of thousands of dunams of land to Bedouin in Negev
- 40 years after independence - Engineering Corps oldtimers drafted to demine Golan Heights
- Palestinian Authority opposes exhibition of Herod's grave at Israel Museum : "It belongs to us"
- Maccabi's European season ruined after dramatic loss to Olympiakos
- Talking about coalition - Minister Erdan on possibility Lapid will be interested in Foreign Ministry: "It's illogical, he talked about the middle class and housing prices"
- This is how the 19th Knesset will look - After the final tally, Kadima is in, Habayit Hayehudi grew to 12 seats and Ra-am-Ta'al lost a mandate; The right-wing bloc is 61 mandates
- Planting and celebrating - Tu B'Shvat begins this evening and its an excellent time to take a trip in the nature
- Plea bargain: Mayor of Kiryat Malachi who was charged with rape, to be found guilty only of harrassment
What ministry will Yair Lapid choose, who did Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu call and what did Ehud Barak have to say about his boss were the top subjects in the Hebrew papers today. Meanwhile, coalition discussions develop, Shelly Yachimovich faces calls for her dismissal from the head of Labor, the US pushes to reignite negotiations, the Palestinians plan to invite new Lapid and new Israeli MKs to the Muqata'a and the final election results and polls reveal interesting details. Meanwhile, Shin Bet statistics on terror get very different emphasis in the papers.
Netanyahu met with Lapid for two hours yesterday and Lapid apparently will get his choice of whether to be Foreign Minister or Finance Minister. Likud Minister Gilad Erdan was quoted in Israel Hayom as saying it would be 'strange' if he chose the Foreign Ministry in light of the fact that he focused on economic issues. Erdan also hinted that Lapid was not needed, saying the right-wing has 61 mandates without Yesh Atid. Likud sources told Haaretz that Haaretz reported that Netanyahu is mulling excluding Habayit Hayehudi from Israel's next government in order to accede to demands by the centrist parties to resume Israeli-Palestinian talks. The sources also said that if Yair Lapid receives post of foreign minister, the Defense Ministry will be given to Yisrael Beiteinu's Yair Shamir.
Shas says it won't agree to a universal draft law forcing Netanyahu to turn to Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi, wrote Yedioth. Netanyahu also called Labor chief Shelly Yachimovich and offered her to join the coalition. She told him she could not because of "the great abyss between us on everything regarding the economy and Israeli society." That said, she told him she would support him in efforts to advance a peace agreement with the Palestinians. She also agreed to meet with him. Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz and Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni were last to receive phone calls from the prime minister inviting them to join his coalition government. Yedioth wrote that Mofaz is expected to accept the offer, while it remains unknown whether Livni will. Israel Hayom writes details about those calls and notes that Meretz's Zahava Gal-On also received one, but refused the offer. She believes the government will fall and new elections will be held within a year. President Shimon Peres said it was still too early to tell how the new government will behave.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN that Netanyahu's and his disregard of the Israeli social protest cost Netanyahu the election. He insisted he has left politics for at least the next 5 years and said Shaul Mofaz would make the best defense minister. (More from Haaretz)
Two days after the elections, registered Labor party voters received a text message from the 'Action headquarters for saving the party" calling on them to join the demand that Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich resign after the party's disappointing results in the election. "Shelly, you failed. Resign, elections immediately! With pretentiousness, and pulling one over on people one does not win," the text read.
Final results of the Elections for the 19th Knesset:
Yesh Atid: 19
Habayit Hayehudi: 12
Yehadut Hatorah: 7
General Public, Soldiers: (Yedioth, more from Israel Hayom on how diplomats voted, too.)
Likud-Beiteinu: 23.32%, 24.5%
Lapid/Yesh Atid: 14.32%, 16.5%
Labor: 11.39%, 10.4%
Habayit Hayehudi: 9.12%, 15%
Shas: 8.75%, 7.3%
Yehadut Hatorah: 5.17%, 2.18%
Livni/Hatnua: 4.99%, 4.3%
Meretz: 4.54%, 3.8%
Ra'am-Ta'al: 3.65%, 1.1%
Hadash: 3%, 0.9%
Balad: 2.56%, 0.7%
Kadima: 2.1%, 2.2%
Parties that did not pass the threshold, but got soldiers' support:
Aleh Yarok (supports legalizing cannabis): 4% (8,000 soldiers)
Utzma L'Yisrael (extremist right-wing): 2.3%
Maariv poll: 44% of public wants Shas in government, 23% don't want Bennet in gov't
What coalition would you prefer: General public, Likud-Beiteinu voters
Likud-Beiteinu, Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi = 38%, 41%
Likud-Beiteinu, Yesh Atid, Shas = 23%, 12%
Likud-Beiteinu, Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas = 21%, 23%
Question to Lapid voters: When did you decide conclusively you would vote for him? 62% decided in week before elections.
On the day of elections: 21%
In the last days before elections: 41%
In the weeks before elections: 19%
In the months before elections: 3%
The US hopes to reignite negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the papers write. Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry and the White House Spokesman called yesterday for renewing directing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Kerry will be coming to the region for a visit next month. According to a report in Al-Hayat, Netanyahu is ready to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem and in Ramallah. The Palestinians fear that a coalition with centrist parties will cause the West to put pressure on them under the illusion that the Israelis will be willing to make peace, Haaretz reports. Yedioth wrote that US-Israel relations will improve after Netanyahu's weakening in the elections this week. A source in the PA told Maariv and Israel Hayom, "We intend to invite Yair Lapid and the other new Israeli MKs of for a visit to the Muqata'a (Abbas' offices)...From our point of view, Naftali Bennett is also an address. In fact, anyone who wants peace is invited." The meeting will take place in the next couple weeks.
**How much violence was there against Israel in 2012? The papers used the statistics the Shin Bet gave and presented different stories. The headline in Haaretz: No Israelis killed in the West Bank in 2012. Maariv wrote: a rise of 80% in terror incidents in Judea and Samaria (W. Bank), was Maariv's title. 'More attacks, fewer hurt,' Yedioth's title read, also noting that for the first time since 1973 no Israelis were killed in Judea and Samaria. Israel Hayom's title read: 'For the first time in 40 years - No Israelis murdered in Judea and Samaria.'
- Commander of the Judea and Samaria region to his officers: Sharpen the rules of engagement for opening fire - Gen. Hagai Mordechai's order was given following the death of five demonstrating Palestinians since the beginning of the month. [Note: While the title says all those killed were demonstrating, the article notes that the Palestinian student killed Wednesday was not. - OH] (Maariv, p. 8/NRG Hebrew)
- U.S. pro-Israel Jewish figures sign ad endorsing Hagel as defense secretary - Meanwhile, other right-wing pro-Israel groups, including Christians United for Israel, continue to wage a campaign against Hagel citing controversial remarks on the Iran. (Haaretz)
- Palestinians: "Herod's tomb is ours" - Enormous exhibition next month at Israel Musuem that will show tomb of the King of Judea, has enraged the Palestinians, who claim that the tomb was removed in violation of international archaeology laws from the Herodean archeology site, which is located in the territory of the Palestinian Authority. The Museum: "With the closure of the exhibition, all the finds will be returned to the site where they were found." (Maariv, p. 9)
- Israeli MK Hanin Zuabi accuses Yair Lapid of hating Arabs - Israeli-Arab MK responds to Yesh Atid chairman's comment that he would not join a blocking majority with Arab parties. (Haaretz)
- Government expected to pass law transferring hundreds of dunams of land to Bedouin - Just before the end of the 18th Knesset, Netanyahu plans to pass a far-reaching decision on the subject of the Bedouin land in the south. The ministries don['t understand: what's the rush to decide on this now? Prime Minister's Office: The move is in accordance to the opinion of the Attorney General. Any family who agrees to move will get another piece of land elsewhere at 62.5% of the size of the land he left. (Maariv, p. 6/NRG Hebrew)
- Dov Lipman: A self-proclaimed congressman for English-speaking immigrants to Israel - Rabbi Dov Lipman, No. 17 on the Yesh Atid ticket, was as surprised as anyone that he will soon be joining the Knesset. (Haaretz)
- Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.