APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday April 08, 2013
Quote of the day:
"Our accumulated experience should teach us a lesson that is the opposite of 'A nation that will dwell alone and not reckon with the nations.'"
--Haaretz Editorial today gives examples of the Holocaust's lessons for Israeli diplomacy.** (No paywall)
Front Page News:
- Netanyahu: We won't entrust our fate in the hands of others - PM spoke about Iran (at Holocaust Day ceremony)
- How to define an anti-Semitic incident
- Polish researcher: The Jews were partners to the slaughter
- The struggle to return the honor of the creations of K. Tzetnik
- Hackers attacked hundreds of Israeli websites - and failed
- China in rare condemnation of N. Korea: You should not create chaos in the area
- One of every nine Israeli doctors emigrated abroad
- State Comptroller published tender for position in Tel-Aviv - that is already staffed in Haifa
- State to man who was injured in a fire zone: "You should have bought a map"
- Health Ministry initiates plan to lower amount of salt in food
- 52 people. Less than 10 survived (photo of extended Jewish family at a wedding in Berlin in 1933) - This morning at 10AM: Siren in memory of the six million
- Shame: Ultra-Orthodox celebrated with barbecues in Jerusalem
- Livni: Recognition of state as Jewish is not condition for negotiations (Hebrew)
- Holocaust Remembrance Day - (Photo: IDF Chief of Staff Beni Gantz in ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau)
- For the first time, an Israeli ambassador to be appointed to Turkmenistan, Iran's northern neighbor (Hebrew)
- "This was a type of funeral of people from all the periods of the life of Amnon Dankner. A man who was not afraid of any battle succeeded in his death in uniting strange couples such as (Shas leader Arieh) Der'i and (Yesh Atid leader Yair) Lapid" (Hebrew)
- Packing his bags? Idan Ofer, controlling shareholder of Israel Corporation, intends to move to London
- To remember and to tell - The medical team in the Ghetto, a man in the Jewish underground who saved hundreds of children, the German citizen who converted to Judaism and helps Holocaust survivors (Hebrew)
- Special edition for Holocaust Remembrance Day
- Prime Minister: We will not put our fate in the hands of others
- 2012: 30% rise in anti-Semitic incidents
- Cyber attack on Israel thwarted, Israeli hackers took revenge on 'Anonymous'
Stories from the Holocaust and the statements by Israeli leaders about the survival of the Jewish people were the main focus of today's Hebrew Israeli papers on Holocaust Remembrance Day. US Secretary of State John Kerry's push for quickly improved relations between Israel and Turkey hits a snag and left-wing MKS say that the Netanyahu government is not interested in peace with the Palestinians as Kerry arrives in Israel to push the Palestinians and Israelis for mutual concessions. Meanwhile, a Jewish Israeli lecturer gets into hot waters over a Holocaust comparison.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu equated hatred for Jews with hatred for Israel and said that Iran wants to destroy at the main ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Regarding nuclear talks between Iran and the international community, he said, "at no stage would we surrender our fate in the hands of others, even those of the best of our friends." At Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp IDF Chief of Staff Beni Gantz said, "The State of is the safeguard against the recurrence of this horror, and the IDF is the wall around the national home, the haven for the Jewish people." (Ynet with video)
Meanwhile, Kerry arrived in Israel yesterday after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Today he will meet with senior Palestinian officials at the US consulate in Jerusalem. Tomorrow he is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu. Haaretz writes that he hopes to extract confidence-building gestures from both sides over the next eight weeks, after which he will present a proposal. Meretz and Labor party MKs blast the Netanyahu government for 'doublespeak' on peace with the Palestinians. Haaretz reported. The criticism follows yesterday's Haaretz report that pro-settler Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett told a visiting diplomat that neither he nor Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid are 'crazy' about the two-state solution. Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On responded saying, "Unfortunately, I believe Bennett more than I do Netanyahu's diplomacy." Labor MK Nachman Shai said it was unacceptable for Netanyahu and Bennett to be making contradictory statements. "And more than that," Shai added, "it turns out that the finance minister [Lapid] is not in favor of a two-state solution. There is no room for delusion. This government is leading Israel to diplomatic isolation."
In Istanbul, Kerry pushed for a speedy restoration of Turkish-Israeli ties, saying it was "critical to the peace process." But the Turks demanded that Israel end all "embargoes" against the Palestinians first. The subject of Turkey being a mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks was further rejected by Israeli ministers. Strategic Affairs, Intelligence and International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz said there was no alternative to direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials in Ramallah said that beside the US, Jordan is the only other party that both Israel and the Palestinians accept as mediator. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out Turkish mediation - for now.
An Israeli lecturer compared the Nakba - the Palestinian term for the 1948 war that led to the loss of their country - with the Holocaust - and sparked a storm. Haifa University lecturer Maayan Agmon apologized after what some said was a comparison of the murder of six million to the Arab defeat in the Independence War, Israel Hayom reported. In the "Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology" course, Agmon asked, "What is culture for you?" Her own response was: "There are different cultures. The Jews have the Holocaust and the Arabs have the Naqba."
- Settlers spray graffiti on Bethlehem-area mosques - Settlers also slashed the tires of two cars. Residents also said Israeli soldiers had guarded the settlers who participated in the vandalism. (Haaretz and Maan)
- IDF soldier jailed for exposing buttocks to Palestinians in Hebron - Incident recalls similar event in 2008, also by members of the Kfir Brigade. (Haaretz)
- Court awards damages to Bedouin who lost arm to cluster bomb - Prosecutors argued the plaintiff should have bought survey maps, never mind that the Negev firing zone was not posted. Court disagreed. (Haaretz)
- Rocket hits Shaar Hanegev on eve of Holocaust Day - Rocket explodes in open area; no injuries, damage reported. 'We're used to disruptions,' resident says. (Ynet)
- For first time, Israeli to be appointed ambassador in Turkmenistan - in last four years, the government in Ashgabat has rejected two candidates out of suspicion that they are connected to the Mossad. (Maariv, p.1, NRG Hebrew)
- Palestinian youth says kaddish for a Holocaust survivor? New German film shows friendship that develops between a Palestinian immigrant youth and an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor in film by director Leo Beck called "Kaddish for a friend." (NRG Hebrew VIDEO)
- Israeli government promises universal draft bill by May - Committee's mandate: To bring Arabs and Haredim into the military and workforce. (Haaretz)
- "Erdogan's son doing business with Israel" - Members of the Turkish opposition say a commercial ship owned by Amhat Burak Erdogan is anchored at Ashdod port and has transported commercial goods to Israel on a number of occasions in the last three years of the crisis between the two countries. (Yedioth, p. 9)
- Australian Jewish group slammed for urging boycott of West Bank settlement goods - The Australian Jewish Democratic Society recently launched an online campaign, 'Don't Buy Settlement Products'; Jewish groups may vote to bar it from leading body of Australian Jewish organizations. (Haaretz)
- Lawyer: Issawi's pulse dangerously low - Samer Issawi's pulse is dangerously low after being on hunger strike for over eight months. Medics at Israel's Kaplan Medical Center notified Issawi that he risks brain damage and sudden death after he started refusing supplements in his water. (Maan)
- Israel releases Gaza prisoner after 27 years - Ibrahim Baroud was freed after completing his sentence. He was detained in 1986 for affiliation to Islamic Jihad and spent seven years in solitary confinement. (Maan)
- Committee to set damages for Dimona reactor employees - Justice Minister Livni appoints experts in various fields to make recommendations to government regarding compensation for IAEC center workers diagnosed with malignant diseases. (Ynet)
- Education Ministry to ease civics exam for Arab students - Teachers in Arab high schools had complained of poor and delayed translations into Arabic, and Jewish bias in study materials. (Haaretz)
- Egypt releases weapons ship after investigation" - We let them go on Saturday after we confirmed that the ship belongs to an international security firm," security source says. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Report: Syria withdraws troops from Golan - Assad's army moves thousands of soldiers into battle fronts closer to Damascus, The Guardian reports. Rebels move into the vacuum. (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
- Iran must halt enrichment within weeks, says strategic affairs minister - Strategic Affairs, Intelligence and International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz calls on world powers to place a red line before Iran. Says action should be taken within "a few weeks, a month" if Iran does not halt uranium enrichment. (Israel Hayom)
Inverse hasbara: How '5 Broken Cameras' changed Palestinians' attitude toward nonviolence
One Palestinian prisoner writes that the bravery in the Oscar-nominated documentary, denounced by the Israeli government as slander, affected even militant inmates, suggesting they could benefit from exposure to nonviolent literature. An Israeli-Palestinian in an Israeli jail shares prisoners' reactions to the film in a letter to his Israeli friend Anat Matar, a lecturer at Tel-Aviv University. (Haaretz)
**Not again, not alone (Haaretz Editorial) Our accumulated experience should teach us a lesson that is the opposite of 'A nation that will dwell alone and not reckon with the nations.'
Israeli spring (Niva Lanir, Haaretz) Obama has left, the Passover holiday has passed, and the spring that Secretary of State John Kerry will grant Israel is short. In the meantime, only a question is left: Who was the president referring to when he said 'political leaders will not take risks'?
A flight to nowhere (Hagai Segal, Yedioth/Ynet) What causes a serious man such as John Kerry to believe he can succeed where others failed?
The ashes are silent (Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz) The state is growing generations of nationalistic androids, spreading ignorance of history and disrespect to the victims. Ashes do not talk, after all.
The power of deterrence (Zvika Fogel, Israel Hayom) The threat against Israel changes shape, but its goal is the same -- to remove the Jewish people from their land.
Affirming Israel's Jewish character does not negate civil equality (Joel H. Golovensky, Haaretz) The new Basic Law proposed in the Knesset aims to interpret laws through the prism of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and does not discriminate against any religion or establish any group as second class.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.