APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday April 05, 2013
Quote of the day:
--Jerusalem Municipality worker wrote on Facebook under picture of Palestinian children in a tent.**
Front Page News:
- Khamenei, ahead of you - Another round of talks open today between Iran and West on nuclear project, but the N. Korea leader stole the show
- Kim's camps - Kim the father assassinated his opponents with gas. Now his son is enlarging the jail camps
- IDF finds itself in new situation in W. Bank //Amos Harel
- For second time in two weeks, a security guard who took his weapon home is suspected of murder
- A decade after it was prohibited by the High Court, force-feeding geese returns
- One case, 112 questions - Witnesses briefed by investigators, security video cut to 4 seconds, evidence the police destroyed before the hearing, DNA that did not match the defendant. Youth stabbed to death outside nightclub: Did the police accuse the wrong man?
- The teacher who won a victory over the Education Ministry
- Arms ship caught - Israel believes Egypt stopped Iranian ship bringing large amount of weapons to terror groups in Gaza
- Moves missiles - N. Korea ruler trying hard to prove his threats are serious
- Riki Tricky - On Lapid's mistakes // Nachum Barnea
- Benjamin and Gerard - On the Netanyahu couple // Sima Kadmon
- The unsuccessful recruitment - How the Mossad got tangled in the draft of Prisoner X
- The successful assassination - Full story on assassination of Hamas
- The Palestinians froze the move to receive recognition as a state from the UN (Hebrew)
- Another day of clashes in Judea and Samaria (W. Bank)
- Minister of Interior Security Yitzhak Aharonovich writes about his two small brothers who died in the Holocaust (Hebrew)
- Alliance between Bennett and Lapid made three weeks before elections (Hebrew)
- Former finance minister Yuval Steinitz describes the pressures and threats against him regarding the gas royalties
- "Lieberman is leading all of the people of Israel astray. His insistence to head the Foreign Ministry is causing damage to the state."
- N. Korea moves missiles into position; "Preparing to launch missile soon"
- "Egypt stopped a ship loaded with weapons on the way to Gaza or Sinai"
- Guide to the rights of Holocaust survivors
- Suspicion: Security guard murdered his mother's caretaker
- Israel preparing for the big cyber attack on Sunday, Holocaust Day eve
- Labor party on verge of explosion; Chairman of Histadrut Ofer Eini and MKs Herzog, Cabel and Margalit speak out against Yachimovich
- Former Israel Police commissioner Rafi Peled sentenced to 6 months community service and 100,000 shekel fine
A ship laden in arms surprises Israel, North Korean missiles worry the US and people share stories from the Holocaust making the top of the Israeli newspapers. Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes a condition to talks with Israel ahead of the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Haaretz shares details from the IDF probe into the killing of two Palestinian teenagers Wednesday. Yedioth's Ronen Bergman writes about what likely led to the suicide of Prisoner X. Maariv reports on the dispute over who will be the next Israeli ambassador to Israel. And Yedioth Jerusalem supplement reports on a racist remark by a municipality employee.
What is known is that the Egyptian navy seized a ship loaded with weapons in the Red Sea, not far from Eilat. What is unclear is to whom the vessel belonged and where it was sailing - Gaza or Sinai. TheTurkish media reported the vessel was Iranian, while other media in the Arab world reported that it was rented or owned by an African security company and set sail from Eilat. Yedioth's Alex Fishman writes that it caught Israel by surprise. Israel did not realize such a ship was so close to its waters. Meanwhile, Egypt wants to keep a low profile on the story because Egypt and Iran have a problematic relationship and recently have been working on improving it. Fishman writes that if the weapons were indeed meant for Sinai, this signifies that the Iranians have found a new route for weapon smuggling.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman on Sunday before he comes to Israel to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Abbas will fly to Doha in Qatar to meet with members of the Arab League's monitoring committee on the Arab peace initiative in order to form a common position regarding a renewal of negotiations with Israel, prior to the committee's meeting with Kerry in Washington later in April, Haaretz writes. But before any talks take place between Israel and Palestine on peace and land division, Abbas demands that Israel first clarify its position on Palestinian borders, Haaretz reported.
An IDF probe into the death of two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank this week found that no shots were fired at the army post, as previously claimed, Haaretz reports. The probe found that the unit commander set up an ambush when he heard four Palestinians were approaching the guard post. He then opened live fire while chasing the four youth because "he felt his life was in danger." One of the teenagers was shot in the back. The army is now investigating whether the rules of engagement were maintained.
Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier, 'Prisoner X,' likely killed himself from shame, writes Ronen Bergman in a feature in Yedioth's weekend magazine. "That's the real tragedy in this story. Ben Zygier is not a traitor, but a man whose pride and desire to be part of the illustrious spy agency led him to get into terrible trouble, which ended with him finding himself aggressively interrogated in the most isolated jail cell in the world. It's possible that this is the motive behind his suicide: The fear and the shame of that the real story would be known," writes Bergman. Bergman describes in detail the Mossad's failure to recognize when recruiting Zygier that he was psychologically unsuitable to the spy agency. When he failed to make any achievements during his mission in Europe and was called back to Israel, he was unable to accept the failure. So he tried to prove himself by making contact with a Hezbollah agent and trying to recruit him to the Mossad. "In the Mossad, if you fail, everyone knows. You have a tag of failure on you and it is very difficult to get rid of it," said a psychiatrist who worked with the Mossad. As Bergman reported (also in an earlier article for Der Speigel,) Zygier ended up giving information to the agent that led to the arrest by Lebanese authorities of two valuable Lebanese men who spied for Israel.
Amos Gilad, a hawk and a senior Israeli Defense Ministry official may be Israel's next ambassador to Turkey - but not if Israel's Foreign Ministry has its way, Maariv reported. The Ministry opposes putting the political appointee in such a sensitive position. "It will be a tragic mistake to send to Ankara a former general and one of the leaders of the siege on Gaza," said a source involved in the issue. The siege on Gaza led to the Mavi Marmara affair where IDF soldiers killed nine Turks. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has demanded an end to the siege. The Foreign Ministry wants to appoint a professional diplomat: Rafi Shotz, who is deputy director of the Europe section.
And, there is an obstacle blocking Gilad's appointment: the quota for political appointees has been filled. Nevertheless, it is believed this obstacle can be overcome. (NRG Hebrew)
**A Jerusalem municipality employee in the public complaints department wrote on Facebook in reaction to a photo of Palestinian children: "Kill them." The photo of children in a tent at a Palestinian outpost set up near Maaleh Adumim was posted on a radical Hebrew Facebook group called: 'We all support death of terrorists." The caption asked what was the IDF was to do about this. Yedioth Jerusalem reporter Dudi Avitan wrote: Soon after, the post received hundreds of shocking responses from readers: 'Drive over them with a tractor,' 'Throw them in the garbage,' 'Slaughter them,' and even 'Killing Arabs is a mitzvah (good deed)'. Some people who saw the response of the municipality employee wrote Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on his FB page and in an official letter to his office demanding her dismissal for incitement to murder. The municipality said it told her that her behavior was not suitable to her work. (Mynet Hebrew)
- Keyboard war - The Facebook virus was just a promo: A group of hackers announced that they will begin attacking Israeli websites Saturday night in protest of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. The 'hit list' includes: Government websites, communication companies, banks. (Yedioth, p. 6)
- Anat Kamm suing Haaretz for revealing her as paper's source - According to suit, Kamm, who is serving three and a half years for leaking classified military documents to Haaretz journalist Uri Blau, realized that if Blau had not made the agreement with the Shin Bet, the documents could not have been used against her. (Haaretz)
- Air France fined for kicking pro-Palestinian activist off Israel-bound flight - The woman, a 30-year-old student, was attempting to fly to Israel last April as part of the 'Welcome to Palestine' fly-in protest; French prosecutors said the incident was a clear case of discrimination. (Haaretz)
- Shopping in Beit Hanina, E. Jerusalem - Low prices, variety of merchandise, merchants who go out of their way to give service to customers: This is how the main road in the Arab village became the popular shopping area for Jews in north Jerusalem (Yedioth 'Bonus' supplement)
- New source of tension near the 'Tolerance Museum': a park for dogs above, a Muslim cemetery below - Islamic movement angry over intention to establish dog park on top of Muslim cemetery. In Islam, dogs are considered impure. (Yedioth Jerusalem supplement, p. 32)
- Ancient site unearthed in Iraq, near biblical home of Abraham - Archaeologists say the site dates back some 4,000 years to around the time Abraham would have lived there; it's believed to be an administrative center for Ur. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Golan Druze on Syrian intelligence hit list - The Syrian mukhabarat is again terrorizing the Golan. On a black list it published were the names of 10 Druze suspected of cooperating with the rebels. (Maariv, p. 3/NRG Hebrew)
- Blow to Assad: Hamas is training the rebels - Hamas military wing, former ally of President Bashar al-Assad, is training Free Syrian Army members east of Damascus, reports the Times of London. (Maariv, p. 3/NRG Hebrew)
- Yesha settler council against 'Haaretz' - Activists demonstrated on Schoken Street in front of the newspapers offices with a big sign of a photo of Asher Palmer and his son who were killed when their car crashed after a Palestinian man, recently convicted of murder, threw a block at the car. Haaretz's Amira Hass wrote an Op-Ed supporting Palestinians' right to throw stones. (NRG Hebrew)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.