APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday April 04, 2013
Quote of the day:
"What is important is that reserve soldiers, time after time, are sent on missions to guard...outlaws."
--Commentator Ariella Ringel Hoffman in an Op-Ed in Yedioth today.**
Front Page News:
- Document maps Assad's rebels: Moderate majority opposes radical Islamic minority
- 2 rockets on the south - Deterrence from Operation Pillar of Cloud beginning to wear off // Amos Harel
- Arison in 2010: I have no faith in Dankner, I'm sorry I battled against Fisher for him
- Jerusalem municipality approved funding program to prevent religious people from becoming secular
- Four months after the (animal) abuse of Adom Adom meat brand, the suspects are still at their jobs
- Tel-Aviv municipality car initiative: 60 shekels an hour for travel by car
- Spanish princess to be interrogated under suspicion of embezzlement of her husband's public funds
- The shame of the survivors - 1 out of five Holocaust survivors in Israel gave up on a meal at least once because of economic hardships
- "Iron Dome" deployed in Eilat
- Embarrassments of the stars - Audition tape that has taken storm of Hollywood
- Aspirin against cancer
- Kerry advancing diplomatic move, Palestinian Authority trying to restrain Palestinian street (Hebrew)
- Yesha settler council demands Haaretz be probed for incitement (Hebrew)
- Words kill // Adva Biton (mother of injured child who crashed into truck that stopped on side of road because of stone-throwing) (Hebrew)
- The fuse got shorter (on Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon)// Amir Rappaport (Hebrew)
- 19% of Holocaust survivors gave up on food because of economic difficulties, 14% give up on medicine
- Revenge trip of a neo-Nazi criminal gang against the US law enforcement agencies
- The sand returns. Haze takes over country this morning, in afternoon, rain expected (Hebrew)
- Pilots' battle - Former IAF commander Ido Nachushtan considers running against Ron Huldai for mayor of Tel-Aviv
- Today: Alert for riots in Judea and Samaria (W. Bank)
- N. Korean army: "We received approval to attack the US with nuclear weapons"
- Yesha settler council against Amira Hass and 'Haaretz' newspaper: Incitement to violence
- Not freedom of speech - lawlessness // Dror Eydar
- Not permitted to preach violence // Yossi Beilin
- Hit and run in Herzliya: 90-year-old Holocaust survivor run over and died
- Great cyber attack is already here: Israelis on the internet hit by malicious attack on Facebook
- Assassination in the heart of Rechovot midday: Masked man shot to death young man known to the police and injured another
More tension in the West Bank with the killing of another Palestinian youth by an Israeli soldier and the funeral of a security prisoner, the deployment of Iron Dome in Eilat and the concern for Holocaust survivors were today's top stories. Also in the news was the latest about US Secretary of State John Kerry's diplomatic plans, Israel and Turkey's latest bilateral moves and an Op-Ed in Haaretz that has sparked a storm.
Israel has prepared itself for the clashes it expects in the West Bank ahead of the funeral of 64-year-old Maysara Abuhamdieh today, a security prisoner from Hebron who died from untreated cancer earlier this week while serving a life sentence. Gideon Levy confirms the Palestinian claims of negligence by Israel that led to his death. An Israeli autopsy found Abu Hamdiya died of cancer complications. Abu Hamdiya's body was transfered on Wednesday to a Palestinian forensics institute in E. Jerusalem for an autopsy. But a Jordanian doctor who was supposed to take part in the autopsy was kept waiting at the border for hours. Following the prisoner's death, one Palestinian Minister said Palestine must join the International Criminal Court at The Hague. But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly agreed to suspend unilateral moves at the UN to give US mediation a chance, Haaretz reported. Haaretz sources said the US has eight weeks from the time US President Barack Obama concluded his visit to the region with a possible four-week extension.
Moreover, yesterday Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian youths who threw Molotov cocktails towards an IDF post. (Haaretz) Maariv writes that the killings come despite the guidelines from the IDF Central Command to its soldiers to try to avoid as much as possible from firing on Palestinians, even in situations when forces are attacked. The Palestinian Authority, writes Maariv, is trying to quell riots ahead of Kerry's visit to the country. (NRG Hebrew) A high ranking Palestinian source told Maariv that Palestinian security forces in civilian clothing are located in places of friction, trying to stop the clashes.
Kerry is due to arrive in Jerusalem Monday, on the eve of Holocaust Day in Israel and will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in an effort to restart a peace process. The following day he will meet with Abbas, probably in Amman, Jordan and not in Ramallah, writes Maariv. According to Maariv, Kerry will try to convince Netanyahu and Abbas to make a number of gestures towards each other, but that Netanyahu will only agree if the Palestinians commit not to turn to the International Criminal Court at The Hague and return to negotiations without stopping them. Maariv writes that for Israel the accusation by the PA that Israel is responsible for the death of Abu Hamdiya makes the likelihood of gestures from Israel less likely. "It's more proof that the Palestinians do not intend to return to negotiations, but just to receive gestures from Israel without anything real in exchange," a senior official in Jerusalem told Maariv. (NRG Hebrew)
Kerry will be arriving from Turkey, where he will be discussing the normalization of that country's relations with Israel and the subject of the compensation for the families of the killed passengers of the Mavi Marmara as well as regional issues. After he leaves, Israeli envoys will travel to Turkey to begin the process of restoring bilateral relations, writes Haaretz. Israel Hayom writes that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been invited to visit the White House following the detente between the two countries. Meanwhile, one Marmara passenger said he would donate the compensation he receives to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The Yesha settler council has filed a police complaint against Haaretz and journalist Amira Hass saying they incited to violence. Maariv devoted two full pages to discussion - or rather lambasting - the Op-Ed by Haaretz's Amira Hass, in which she justifies Palestinian stone-throwing. (NRG Hebrew) Israel Hayom devoted almost a full-page, including an Op-Ed by the left-wing Yossi Beilin titled "It is prohibited to preach incitement."
Hass wrote that "Stone-throwing is a national right and obligation" for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. The piece was published yesterday with the news that a military court convicted a Palestinian man of murder when he threw a stone at settler who then crashed his car, killing himself and his infant. The man said he did not intend to kill the driver.
- 100 American Jewish leaders urge Netanyahu to show readiness to make 'painful territorial sacrifices' - Lauding PM's 'leadership' on Turkey, Israeli Policy Forum letter urges collaboration with Kerry and 'concrete confidence building measures' with Palestinians. (Haaretz)
- Fifth Iron Dome deployed near Eilat - Over the last few days two other Iron Dome batteries were deployed in northern Israel. (Ynet)
- Palestinian shepherd, 80, beaten unconscious near settlement - Police has gathered evidence in effort to reveal who was responsible for Friday attack. (Haaretz and Maan)
- Palestinian farmer hurt escaping settler attack - Four settlers carrying guns chased 45-year-old Jihad Salameh Makhamrah from his land east of Yatta. Meanwhile, a group of settlers led by "terrorist Yaakov Dalia" attacked a group of shepherds in the same area. (Maan)
- 7 injured as settlers attack Palestinian school buses (Sunday) - Settlers threw rocks at a two Palestinian school buses south of Nablus on Sunday, injuring seven children. (Maan)
- Palestinian liaison officials secure release of 2 teenagers - Israeli forces arrested Muhammad Aref, 14, and Ihab Sleiman, 14, on suspicion of throwing stones, said Muhammad Qandas. (Maan)
- Shin Bet documents show illegal interrogation methods used against Palestinian prisoner - A prisoner who suffered serious injury 18 months ago, which he alleges were caused by torture, files a High Court petition asking that the military prosecution open a case against investigators in the Shin Bet security service. (Haaretz)
- Abbas congratulates Mashaal on reelection - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Khaled Mashaal and congratulated him for his fourth reelection as head of the Hamas' politburo. (Ynet)
- Syria criticizes Hamas chief after his reelection - A Syrian pro-Assad newspaper accused Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal of neglecting to resist Israel. (Ynet)
- Oslo expects explanation from Palestinian Authority, In Jerusalem, silence - Norway enraged at PA after it was revealed that financial aid it gave the PA was transferred to security prisoners. In Israel, silent, misses opportunity to stop European funding. (NRG Hebrew and Israel Hayom)
- Calm in the Golan: 'We're more concerned when it snows' - Continued spillover of Syrian conflict into Israel does not disturb Golan Heights residents; at end of Passover vacation, with return of children to school, parents seem calm: 'Security situation, nonsense.' (Ynet)
- 2 Gaza rockets explode near Sderot; none hurt - Qassams fired toward western Negev as children make their way to schools, kindergarten after Passover holiday; Defense Minister Ya'alon says Hamas responsible. Residents: We knew calm would not last. (Ynet)
- IDF Chief: 'South will not return to a pre-Pillar of Defense reality' - IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz commented on the escalation in the south, saying: " The south is strong and stable, everything is under control." (Ynet)
- Gantz: Nazis' successors plot modern Auschwitz - Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz visits Yad Vashem and urges importance of remembering the Holocaust; 'Nazi successors plan another Auschwitz,' he warns. (Ynet)
- Computer virus targets Israeli Facebook users - Many users report they were lured into clicking on the malicious link by a notification that they were tagged in a photo. Experts say this attack is not related to the expected April 7 attack. (Haaretz)
- With (tycoon) Gaydamak's mediation, Israeli doctors fly to Chechnya - Cooperation between Russian-Israeli businessmen Arkady Gaydamak and the prime minister of Chechnya led to a delegation of doctors flying to Chechnya for three days to give help the medical system there. (NRG Hebrew)
- Israeli government seeks to settle Bedouin issue once and for all - A new bill addresses disputed ownership of thousands of acres in the Negev, offering Bedouin residents compensation while leaving the state with vast swaths of land that it had expropriated for various purposes. (Haaretz)
- UN watchdog concerned Iran secretly developing nuclear weapons despite IAEA talks - The comments by International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano are bound to resonate with Israel and Western nations, which assert Iran is seeking nuclear weapons capacity even though it insists its atomic activities are transparent and peaceful. (Agencies, Haaretz)
Aged eight, wearing a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, and placed in Israeli custody
One day last month, 27 Palestinian children never made it to school; IDF troops lay in ambush for them on the streets of Hebron. (By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz)
Israeli workers discover 90-year-old murals mixing European and Mideast motifs
Conservationists hope the Tel Aviv building's new owners will preserve all the paintings. (Haaretz)
Israeli doctors who betray their training (Gideon Levy, Haaretz) From the prison guards and from Shin Bet personnel nobody expects any measure of compassion or humanity. But where are the doctors?
Leading Palestinian intellectual: U.S. was never a fair broker of Israeli-Palestinian peace (Carlo Strenger, Haaretz) I am just as pessimistic as Rashid Khalidi about the prospects for peace. But I had a hard time reading his new book, since it showed, once again, how catastrophic the settlement policy has been not only for Palestinians, but also for Israel.
Challenged by escalation in Syria and Gaza, Israel seeks to maintain its deterrence (Amos Harel, Haaretz) The events of the last 24 hours reflect the nature of the security challenge Israel must now confront; the Netanyahu government aims to remind the other parties that they would do well not to force it into a wider conflict.
**Guarding of settlement outposts - In the service of outlaws (Ariella Ringel Hoffman, Yedioth) Hoffman writes about the Haaretz report that IDF soldiers had to guard empty illegal settlement outposts while the residents were off spending Passover elsewhere. "Thousands of days of guarding are allocated each year by the IDF to protect dozens of illegal outposts, in which - not always and not continuously - a few dozen settlers live. The kind that come and go...The fact that reserve soldiers are sent to protect shacks and their abandoned environment is interesting in and of itself, but does not demand an answer. What is important is that reserve soldiers, time after time, are sent on missions to guard - including an escort project, which is completely surreal, in the words of the soldiers - outlaws. These are the same people who man a few dozen illegal outposts that the state, for various and strange reasons, but especially due to incompetence, does not evacuate...And this happened...more or less after in the Knesset, numerous legislative bills fell, which had called to prohibit calling up reserve soldiers to serve at outposts that were not approved by the state..."
Beyond lambs and lions: Jewish resistance in the Holocaust (Robert Rozett, Haaretz) Jewish resistance in the Shoah went beyond those who took up arms, to include spiritual resistance, acts of escape, hiding and the forging of false papers, all in the context of war and the unique plight of the Jews stuck in it.
Wasting time in Kazakhstan (Alex Fishman, Yedioth) Nuclear talks between the six world powers and Iran will renew tomorrow - and in Israel they believe that this time it will also be a deception...
Don't confuse Obama with a miracle-worker (Richard Silverstein, Haaretz) President Obama enraptured commentators during his visit to Israel, but the lack of urgency in his platitudes revealed that the president has little intention of delivering real change.
No, Obama, we haven't done our homework yet (Yossi Klein, Haaretz) We know there is something perverted about it; adults are not supposed to be closed up in the playroom for so many years with their toys.
Back to dangerous reality (Shimon Shiffer, Yedioth/Ynet) Those privy to intel on developments in Syria, Lebanon fear we are living on borrowed time.
The Turkish-Israeli row: It's the mentality, stupid (Benny Ziffer, Haaretz) Only those who understand the Turkish mentality know how similar it is to the Israeli mentality, and this also applies to the persistent bewilderment over 'whether we belong to the East or the West.'
Assad, Hamas, and Israel's disappearing deterrence (Amos Harel, Haaretz) On both the Syria and Gaza fronts, the upkeep of military deterrence is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.
'Israel's enemies have put the entire civilian population on the frontline'
In a candid and revealing interview, Head of the Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg, assesses Israel's readiness for future conflicts. (Interviewed by Amos Harel in Haaretz.)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.