APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday April 09, 2013
Quote of the day:
"The patient thought I was Yemenite and asked me to treat him instead of the (Arab) medic that was with me."
-- Muawiya Kabaha shares stories from being an Arab-Israeli paramedic who rescues Jews.**
Front Page News:
- Ahead of budget cut: Government deficit deepens
- Margaret Thatcher, the woman who changed Britain, dies
- The revolutionary of the conservatives // Ari Shavit
- Parting from the milk bottle thief // Charlotte Halle
- Economic policy that changed the world // Daphna Maor
- US intelligence: Assad used chemical weapons
- AG: The prohibition on deportation from jail is not applicable to Sudanese citizens
- Education Ministry examining cancelling the matriculation 'mikud' text book
- 11,000 people marched at the concentration camp (in Poland)
- The guideline developing following the case of Doron Nesher: A telephone committee can force medical evacuation
- Orna Detz's morning show cancelled because of sale of items to commercial sources
- The matriculation exams revolution
- The Treasury to students: Financial edicts on the way
- IDF in Auschwitz
- World parts from the Iron Woman (Margaret Thatcher)
- Leader of the middle class // Sever Plocker
- They learned to accept me - What does an Arab paramedic feel who comes to rescue Jews at the site of a terror attack
- Pessimism in Israel: Turkey not intending to fulfill the reconciliation agreement
- 'Guardian': Syrian army abandoning border with Israel ahead of fateful battle in Damascus
- 'Iron Woman' Margaret Thatcher passed away (Hebrew)
- The woman who did not choose the consensus // Nadav Eyal
- Operation Father (Ethiopian young man believed for 14 years that father died. When discovered he was alive, his high school friends in Haifa collected money to pay for flight to bring him to Israel)
- The Block nightclub- This is how the judges decision to open nightclubs closed in Tel-Aviv turned into a new definition of the border between individual rights and the war against drugs (Hebrew)
- Education Ministry changes approach: Prohibition of teachers contacting students on Facebook cancelled
- 16 years after the Maccabiah disaster: Yoram Eyal, Chairman of the organizing committee who was sentenced to community service, running for the head of Maccabi Israel
- Battle over the tax-exempt funds
- Easier matriculation exams
- World parts from the Iron Woman - Margaret Thatcher
- IDF Chief of Staff in Poland at March of Living
The new Education Minister makes dramatic changes for students, IDF Chief of Staff Beni Gantz speaks to marchers in Poland and US Secretary of State John Kerry faces tough challenges trying to close the wide gap between Palestinians and Israelis making top stories in today's Israeli papers along with the death of Margaret Thatcher. Meanwhile, questions arise regarding the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation, a former senior Civil Administration official gets off easy for selling land-related secrets to settlers and Ynet uses misleading title in English translation - for the benefit of the settlers.
The Israelis are setting conditions that the Palestinians cannot accept in order to cause the Palestinians to give up their demands for freezing settlement construction and showing a map of borders, writes Maariv's Eli Bardenstein. (NRG Hebrew) The result is that the gaps are too wide to renew negotiations. Nevertheless, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian and Israeli employees at the US consulate in Jerusalem that peace 'can be done.' Haaretz writes how Kerry, hearing the birds singing in Jerusalem, crooned a promise of peace and said the key is 'undoing hatred' in children, as he learned in Vietnam. Yedioth's Alex Fishman writes that Kerry is trying to bring Israelis and Palestinians to a summit in Jordan, but that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already rejected the idea. "The meeting in Amman is a necessary step in the 'war book' Kerry prepared for himself. It is about a programmed plan meant to get from the two sides an agreement on most of the diplomatic conditions, which according to the Americans are the basis for a (political) settlement. Kerry has yet to write the last chapter of the book, in which Kerry will present the President with his findings in order to determine: Does he see a real chance for a settlement between the sides to declare a 'presidential initiative' or will the US give up and let the process die out."
On the issue of possible Iranian nuclear weapons Kerry reassured that US President Barack Obama stands with Israel: "He's not bluffing." But in Ramallah, pessimism reigns: "The problem is Netanyahu, not Kerry." Yedioth reports that Israel is telling Kerry: "Iran is looking at Pyongyang." Today Kerry meets with Netanyahu.
Turkish Gaza flotilla victims will go to court despite the Israeli apology for killing nine Turks, the papers report. The decision goes against the reconciliation agreement according to which, Israel would give compensation to the families, who in turn would drop the lawsuits against IDF commanders. Meanwhile, the visit of an Israeli delegation to Turkey has been postponed and Maariv writes that Israel believes that the families of the Turks killed on the flotilla were the ones who thwarted the visit. Turkey says the meeting planned for Thursday was postponed for technical reasons, but Israel says it was possibly because the victims' families want to sue the IDF commanders. Israel fears that Turkey is trying to back away from reconciliation agreement. (NRG Hebrew)
A (religious) ex-IDF official who served in the West Bank cut a deal over his indictment for accepting bribes from contractors in exchange for secret documents allegedly used to forge documents showing the sale of privately-owned Palestinian land to a subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund, Himnuta. "Lt. Col. Yair Blumenthal, 54, allegedly gave the (contractors) classified aerial maps and land registration documents that helped them locate land whose owners were out of the country, making it easier for documents to be forged...Blumenthal also allegedly gave (them) names, addresses, ages and dates of entry and exit from the country of Palestinian West Bank landowners. He allegedly verified whether the landowners were alive and other details said to have assisted the dealers in forging powers of attorney and selling land in the name of absentee or deceased landowners," revealed Haaretz's Chaim Levinson.
The beating of an old Palestinian shepherd made headlines in Haaretz over a week ago. Now Ynet's settler affairs reported visited the 80-year-old Hassan Barhoush at the hospital and wrote an article titled: '"Without saying a word" - assailants attacked an elderly Palestinian man' (VIDEO) Ynet's English desk then translated the article - giving it a very different and deceiving title: 'Elderly Arab shepherd attacked; settlers offer help.' However, there is nothing in the article pointing to settlers 'offering help.' They were the assailants.
- Medical staff that treated Palestinian who later died 'didn't know he had been shot' - Palestinian was mortally wounded by IDF gunfire when trying to illegally cross into Israel in January, but the soldiers told their commanders and the medics they had only fired in the air and 'there was no way' he was shot. (Haaretz)
- "Livni relinquished recognition of Jewish state, on her own accord" - Harsh criticism in political establishment after Maariv report that Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said recognition of Israel as a Jewish state was not a pre-condition to opening negotiations. Coalition chairman Likud MK Yariv Levine said her remarks do not represent views of government. (Maariv, p. 3)
- IDF chief in Poland: We will never again stand unready to defend ourselves - Benny Gantz makes a speech to thousands of youths marching at Auschwitz-Birkenau in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Haaretz)
- Gaza rocket fire: 2 Iron Dome batteries deployed in south - Missile defense batteries placed in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, Ashkelon area after rocket lands in south on eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Ynet)
- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to visit Israel in April - The defense secretary's first visit to Israel since taking office, expected to take place April 21-23, is meant to bolster the allies' cooperation in the Middle East. (Haaretz)
- Wikileaks reveals 1973 war files: 'Changes in attitude toward Arabs' - Website's library of US diplomacy features records of 1973 US ambassador to Israel, shedding light on Yom Kippur War, developments in region. (Ynet)
- New York's Yeshiva University engulfed in controversy over Jimmy Carter peace award - America's preeminent Modern Orthodox academic institution distances itself from 'student-initiated' award as critics call for financial pressure to cancel ceremony. (Haaretz)
- Open letter calls for female Israelis to join committee for drafting ultra-Orthodox to IDF - Deborah Forum: Issue has 'far-reaching political, social, economic and social implications' for Israeli society. (Haaretz)
- First photos from hiding place - Rabbi Eliezar Berland, head of 'Shuvu Banim' Yeshiva, who is suspected of serious sexual offenses, continues to try to develop a new community that he established in his hiding place in Morocco. Thirty of his disciples, weighed down with holy books, flew yesterday to be with him. (Yedioth, p. 20)
- More than one in 10 Israeli doctors working abroad, study shows - Study also finds that the highest-paid male doctors earn almost a third more than their female counterparts, and that half of Israeli doctors were born in the former Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe. (Haaretz)
- Hackers target Haaretz's Hebrew website in cyber attack - Efforts by hackers to disrupt Israeli web traffic causes only minor problems, far short from their stated goal to 'wipe Israel off the map of the Internet.' (Haaretz)
- Ousted Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin to join Finance Committee - Rivlin, who was publicly fired from his post, assures coalition chair Yariv Levin that he will check with him before voting by his conscience; will also join Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. (Haaretz)
- Israeli tycoon to move to London - Idan Ofer, world's richest Israeli with fortune estimated at $6.5 billion, expected to leave Jewish state and relocate to England. 'He'll pay much less tax there,' associate says. (Yedioth/Ynet)
- Israelis invited to TEDMED Conference - For first time in history, another country other than US to be officially represented at annual meeting bringing together hundreds of doctors, healthcare professionals. (Ynet)
- Gaza rights group denounces Hamas police for cutting youths' hair - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says Hamas police have arrested, beaten and cut the hair of youths it deems 'unbecoming.' (Haaretz)
- UN agency reopens Gaza food distribution centers - UNRWA reopens centers after closing them in response to violent protests; agency supplies food to 800,000 Palestinians, says received assurances staff would be safe. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Egyptian army raids village in Sinai; confiscates arms and ammunition - Arms said to serve global jihad terror cells against Egypt, and possibly Israel. (Haaretz)
- Egypt suspends commercial flights from Iran after protests - Days after first flight in 30 years departs Cairo for Tehran, Sunni Islamists protest warming Egypt-Iran ties. (Agencies, Haaretz)
**What does an Arab paramedic feel at the site of a terror attack?
He rescued baby Adel Biton (indirectly injured by stone-throwing), arrived first at the murder site of the Fogel family and saved the lives of more than a few other settlers. On the other hand, paramedic Muawiya Kabaha had heard the calls 'Death to Arabs' at terror attack sites. Until today he cannot forget what he saw at the Fogel family's house where five members of the same family in Itamar settlement were murdered by two young Palestinians in 2011. Kabaha arrived first, passed through the rooms and discovered the horror that took place there. "With the first killed person you deal, with the second you are less able to deal, with the third you break, with the fourth you are already completely broken, and with the fifth you cry, and we cried there." Kabaha, 36, is the head paramedic for Rosh HaAyin and Ariel (settlement area). Once he arrived at the scene with another Arab medic. "The patient thought I was Yemenite and asked me to treat him instead of the medic that was with me." Kabaha was born in the village of Um al-Qutuf in Wadi Ara region, but moved to Rosh Hayin [Jewish city - OH] years ago. Recently, within the space of a few days he rescued baby Adel Biton, was called to an incident where a man accidentally ran over and killed his toddler son and arrived first at a scene where a man murdered his wife in front of his daughter. He has one request: Stop yelling 'death to Arabs' when he saves lives. (By Yaron Kelner, Yedioth '24 Hours' supplement, p. 1) cover photo
Israeli researchers take conservative approach to defining anti-Semitism
Tel Aviv University researchers, who record 30 % rise in anti-Semitism after 2-year decline, take into consideration cultural context when classifying incidents as 'anti-Semitic.' (Haaretz)
Israel needs a political protest now (Naomi Sheffer and Gabi Sheffer, Haaretz) It's clear the new Netanyahu government won't stress social justice and that the 2011 movement's apolitical approach failed.
The Iron Dome and the Iron Lady (Ron Prosor, Haaretz) Just as the Iron Dome protects Israel's south, we must protect Margaret Thatcher's legacy and speak out on behalf of the values of Western civilization to which she devoted her life.
Diplomatic independence (David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom) Having done nothing to prevent the Holocaust, the world has no right to tell us how to conduct our politics, where to erect our fences or where draw our borders.
Israeli militarism subsists in the shadows of Auschwitz (Uri Misgav, Haaretz) The week of national remembrance exists, among other reasons, to ensure that a leadership will never arise in Israel that will cut the defense budget.
New intifada on campuses abroad (Tzahi Gavrieli, Ynet) Anti-Israel activists on US campuses found that attacking Zionism more effective than burning flags.
Jordan to safeguard Jerusalem's Islamic holy sites - if they're still standing (Ilene Prusher, Haaretz) Plans to preserve and strengthen the Islamic character of Jerusalem may have their merits, but do they have to go hand in hand with alarmist warnings that the Al-Aqsa mosque could be destroyed at any minute?
Jews, come home (Dror Eydar, Israel Hayom) The Holocaust has taught us that Jews have no other home but Israel.
Pulling the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising to the right (Sharon Geva, Haaretz) Could it be that current political perceptions influence Israelis' Holocaust narrative?
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.