APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday April 03, 2013
Quote of the day:
"I may be an Arab, but I waited an entire week to taste these."
--Muawiya Qabaha, an Israeli Arab paramedic who rushed to scene of a car accident following a stone-throwing in the West Bank, ate muflatta as the guest of honor in the settlement of Yakir.**
Front Page News:
- Percentage of poor families with two wage-earners has doubled
- Death of (Palestinian) prisoner from cancer sparks protest in West Bank
- IDF allocates more than 100 soldiers to protect 25 illegal settlement outposts
- For second time in two weeks, Kerry comes to Israel to pressure for renewing negotiations
- Paralyzed young woman complained of rape in institution and was forced to stay in residence with suspects for one month
- Prisoner X: Problematic drafting to the Mossad
- IDF attacked in Gaza and responded to fire from Syria
- Riki Cohen answers Lapid - 'Riki Cohens' from four cities
- Legislative bill: Subsidy of price of pita bread, just like for bread
- Enemy of the regime - How a reality star turned into the sweetheart of the Iranians and the hated of the ayatollahs
- Tank firing on Syria, planes attack in Gaza (Hebrew)
- Fear of renewal of clashes after death of security prisoner from cancer (Hebrew)
- "I live in constant fear, in a nightmare" - More than six years after she was brutally attacked, Holocaust survivor Ita Fogel fears being alone. She hears about the numerous attacks on the elderly and remembers what happened to her
- The (elderly) deserve better // Minister Uri Orbach (Hebrew)
- Precedent-setting verdict: Death of Asher and Yonatan Palmer: For the first time a stone-thrower was convicted of murder (Hebrew)
- Antisemitism in the social networks: Hitler fan group in Instagram, Nazi statuses in Facebook (Hebrew)
- Lapid storm: It's not a question //Nadav Eyal; Disappearing class // Ben-Dror Yemini; Unnecessary status // Shalom Yerushalmi
- (Governor of Bank of Israel Stanley) Fischer criticizes Lapid: Needs to speak also about the poor (Hebrew)
- Fischer to Lapid: Need to also take care of the poor
- Heating up in the north and the south: IDF responded with fire in Golan and Gaza
- It was revealed that Amsterdam demanded Jewish Holocaust survivors pay fines for time they were in camps
- Friend of soccer player admitted: I murdered (Zahava Chakol) because of money
- "We will miss Nahurai terribly" - 13-year-old who flipped over driving an ATV died
- Bennett presented plan to draft ultra-Orthodox: Only 1,800 to receive exemption
- Judge Vardi Zeiler passed away: "He left a mark that few get"
Israel returns fire in Syria and Gaza, while riots break out in the West Bank following the death of a Palestinian security prisoner as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to return to Israel making top stories in today's Israeli papers. Also in the news was the precedent-setting verdict by an Israeli military court convicting a Palestinian man of murder for causing the death of two Jewish Israelis whose car he threw stones at.
Probably on Saturday, Kerry will be returning to Jerusalem and Ramallah to push for the renewal of peace talks. The US administration has yet to prepare a peace initiative that will bring the two sides back to the table, so Kerry plans to come every two weeks to help make that happen within the next couple months, writes Maariv. (NRG Hebrew)
His trip coincides with things heating up on almost all fronts. Protests broke out in Hebron, E. Jerusalem and numerous Israeli jails yesterday after a Palestinian security prisoner died of cancer. The Palestinian Authority said it holds Israel responsible for the death of Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, 64, who was up for an early release due to his terminal illness. That reportedly got delayed and he died in prison. But Palestinians say Abu Hamdiyeh did not receive treatment until it was too late. At Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, protesters threw rocks and bottles at police who arrived at an "illegal demonstration." Eleven people were arrested. Similar protests took place in Hebron, Abu Hamdiyeh's hometown, and in surrounding villages. Today, the 4,500 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails plan to hunger strike. Yedioth reported that the IDF is expecting more riots today.
Meanwhile, Israeli tanks fired into Syria after another IDF patrol came under fire from light weapons on the other side of the fence in the Golan Heights. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, "When the war will damage our interests - we'll respond." But he also said Israel will avoid conflict with Syria. And in the south, a tit-for-tat began again between Israel and Gaza. After Palestinians fired a few mortal shells at the western Negev [likely a Gazan response to the security prisoner's death - OH], the Israeli air force sent planes to attack the town of Beit Lahiya. This was Israel's first aerial strike on Gaza since the truce following Israel's military operation against Gaza in November. The Israeli strike was followed by a couple more rockets from Gaza.
For the first time, a three-judge Israeli military court convicted a Palestinian man of murder for throwing stones. Wael Al-Arja, a resident of Halhoul, near Hebron, is considered was convicted of two counts of murder and 22 counts of attempted murder by the court for throwing a stone that caused a car accident that killed Asher Palmer and his 8-month-old son, Yonatan. Al-Arja, a former member of the Palestinian security forces admitted his part, but insisted he had no intention of killing the Palmers. [This is a very controversial ruling. It is also doubtful that it will be applied to Jews who throw stones at Palestinian cars. Even if it were in principle, the Jewish stone-throwers are almost never apprehended by police, who don't make the efforts to catch Jews who harm Palestinians. Moreover, the incidents are almost never reported on in the Israeli Jewish media, only in Maan. - OH] Read more from Haaretz and Ynet)
- IDF troops provide security for all West Bank outposts - regardless of legal status - 25 unauthorized outposts are guarded by a special force tasked with 'community protection,'whose soldiers typically spend a full week at a time guarding and protecting the outpost where they are stationed. (Haaretz)
- Israel arrests settlers over Palestinian shootings - Five Israelis were arrested Tuesday from the wildcat settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh, near Nablus on suspicion of shooting and wounding two Palestinians from the village of Qusra in February, Israeli army radio reported. Police found a weapons cache at the outpost. (Maan)
- Delegation of lawyers from Jordan visited Israel - The lawyers arrived over a week ago at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry and met with people from numerous professions. Jordan's Bar Association vehemently opposed the visit. (NRG Hebrew)
- **Mimouna guest of honor: Paramedic who saved Adele - Muawiya Qabha rushed to scene of stoning attack in West Bank, even though he wasn't on shift. Still, he insisted on being there to try to save toddler. Residents of her home settlement of Yakir thanked him with mufletas. (Ynet)
- The draft and the negligence - The Mossad is making an internal investigation on how someone as incredibly unsuitable to the spy agency was drafted. Discoveries show the awful failure of the Mossad's filtering system. (Yedioth, p. 1)
- Relatives: Israel detains mother near Bethlehem - Israeli forces detained Hiba Bahjat, 27, from her home in a pre-dawn raid in Doha, near Bethlehem, relatives said. Forces also confiscated the woman's cell phone, computer and wedding album, her parents said. (Maan)
- Fischer: Housing crisis caused by long planning - Bank of Israel governor submits last annual report before stepping down this summer, says low interest rate is not what pushed apartment prices up. He warns against increase in budget deficit, urges budget cuts. (Ynet)
- Israeli Navy gears up for new job of protecting gas fields - As natural gas starts flowing from Tamar field, Navy prepares for defending Israel's new found energy independence from 'every possible scenario.' (Ynet)
- Bennett presents haredi share in burden plan - Economy Minister's plan sees 1,800 yeshiva students exempt from military, national service with rest receiving three year exemption. Forum for equality: 'This is a joke, perpetuates discrimination.' (Ynet)
- Gilad is not alone - Gilad Shalit, 26, is in a romantic relationship for the last three months with Roni Shiner, 31, from Tel-Aviv. Shiner presents on a morning talk show on Channel 2. (Yedioth, p. 24)
- Belarus includes Jewish museum in $1m restoration project - Belarus is planning to restore a 17th century synagogue inside the Bykhovsky Castle and turn it into a Jewish museum. (JTA, Haaretz)
- Abu Dhabi competition excludes Palestinian veiled poet - Afaf Al-Hasasneh, of Gaza, refused to remove the veil from her face and was banned from a poetry competition in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. (Maan)
- Russian oligarchs reenact exodus in Arava desert - Group of Russian tycoons hike through Arava Desert before Seder, imitate ancient Hebrew lifestyle. (Yedioth/Ynet)
- Dozens of Israelis travel to Turkey after reconciliation - Israelis take advantage of Passover holiday, apology to Turkey to vacation in resort city. 'I don't feel like a traitor,' traveler says. (Ynet and Haaretz)
- UN adopts treaty to regulate global arms trade - General Assembly overwhelmingly approves first UN treaty regulating multibillion-dollar international arms trade. Iran, Syria and North Korea oppose bill. (Ynet)
- Report: Iran limiting uranium enrichment - According to the Wall Street Journal, Khamenei has ordered to avoid enrichment necessary to create a bomb in order to prevent an attack near election time in Iran. (Agencies, Maariv, p. 4)
- French film festival disputes Israeli's account of assault by Arabs - Spokesperson alleges attack on Yariv Horowitz was not fueled by anti-Semitism. (JTA, Haaretz)
A blatantly illegal mission (Haaretz Editorial) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz must put an end to using the IDF for the benefit of illegal settlements.
The Haredim's new 'natural partners' (Dmitry Shumsky, Haaretz) Given Shas' long-standing verbal abuse of Arabs, a vision of Haredim linking up with left-wing elements and Palestinian citizens to change Israel from an ethnocentric state to a pluralistic one seems at first glance a utopian ideal. But for Haredi society it's the call of the hour.
The inner syntax of Palestinian stone-throwing (Amira Hass, Haaretz) It would make sense for Palestinian schools to give classes in resistance: how to build multiple 'tower and stockade' villages in Area C; how to behave when army troops enter your homes; how to identify soldiers who flung you handcuffed to the floor of the jeep, in order to submit a complaint.
Waiting for the National Cyber Bureau to act (Ilan Gattegno, Israel Hayom) Putting up more firewalls is not the answer and simply gearing for major cyberattacks does little to prevent them.
Palestinian Authority using prisoner's death to keep up populist struggle against Israel (Amos Harel, Haaretz) While a third intifada doesn't seem to be on the horizon, it is impossible to ignore the continuous increase in the number of 'populist' incidents over the last six months.
Lawless anarchy in Israel (Yoram Kaniuk, Yedioth/Ynet) Recent violence against elderly proves State lacks compassion, proper education.
Yair Lapid, the two Mrs. Cohens, and the infantilization of Israeli economics (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz) The commentariat and twitterati may have stuck their knives into Lapid's Facebook column but as long as there is no one educating the public to demand anything better, Lapid will continue setting his own shallow agenda.
Lapid: Be everyone's finance minister (Hezi Sternlicht, Israel Hayom) Yair Lapid has instructed his staff to ignore the national budget and focus solely on the middle class.
A Lapid guide to engaging the public: personalize and exaggerate (Aluf Benn, Haaretz) As Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid's recent 'Mrs. Cohen from Hadera' Facebook post shows, he has mastered the art of presenting his views and policies directly to the Israeli public.
Israel is missing a political opportunity by averting its gaze from Syria (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) Israel is planning for the aftermath of the crisis in Syria, but remaining aloof from events on the ground and letting chances to make a humanitarian and political impact pass it by.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.