APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday April 30, 2013
Quote of the day:
"Cream should not be put before the cat."
--Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) said that the Knesset approval for a bill that enables investigative bodies to postpone bringing persons suspected of committing acts of 'terror' before a judge for up to 96 hours after arrest is "in its entirety, a violation of human rights." [Note, stone-throwing may even be considered terror soon. - OH] **
Front Page News:
- "Israel has no interest in advancing action in Syria" - Senior security official on calls for US involvement
- Netanyahu: Iran has not yet crossed red line
- Appointments in IDF: Strange work arrangement // Amos Harel
- Mandelblitt appointed as Cabinet Secretary
- Second day of vacation for Lag B'Omer cancelled - no agreement on change to school vacation days
- Approved: Security arrest for 96 hours without a judge
- From July: Driver's license before age 17, period requiring adult escort extended
- Ignoramuses, haven't you heard of Shoshana Shababo? // Benny Ziffer
- "What you're doing to Holocaust survivors is a crime" - Survivor Dor Roth, 83, came to the Knesset to cry out in the name of the voices of the elderly whose voices are not heard
- This is how she was saved: Dora's amazing story of survival
- Lapid and Eini: No strike, in the meantime
- And today in class: Sex songs - Parents enraged, Tel-Aviv high school students invited poet to read pornographic poetry
- No news for parents: Vacation day schedule barely changed - despite hopes for new Education Minister, teacher's union showed who decides
- Lapid believed to prefer Dr. Kranit Pelog as next Governor of Bank of Israel
- Declaration of war - Soccer fans of Beitar Jerusalem and of Bnei Sakhnin in a tense meeting ahead of a fateful game on Shabbat
- Netanyahu: "Iran has not yet crossed the red line I showed at the UN" - Debate over Iranian threat continues in Israel (Hebrew)
- IDF returns to abandoned bases in Golan (Hebrew)
- "To see a Holocaust survivor who has no money for food or heating is your shame, enough with the discussions" - Cry of the Holocaust survivor to the MKs
- Security sources: Technology from Israel led to catching bombers from Boston (Hebrew)
- Missile proof guard station - Police inaugurated station in heart of Tira (Arab village)
- The biggest fire since the Carmel disaster: Dozens of firefighters did not succeed in controlling enormous fire in Lachish area until late at night
- Deeper, farther - Israel's fifth Dolphin (nuclear) submarine launched in Germany yesterday
- Netanyahu: "Iran did not yet cross the red line, but systematically getting closer to it" (Hebrew)
- Driver's license: From age 16 and 9 months (Hebrew)
- Line of fire at IDF's Adam facility - Fires raged across country
- Police probing (Emmanuel) Rosen affair (journalist accused of sexual harassment)
- Gen. (res.) Avichai Mandelblitt, former Chief military judge, to be next government cabinet secretary (Hebrew)
- Energy Minister, Silvan Shalom, concerned: "Electrical drought" and initiated blackouts in summer months
Battles over red lines, teacher and student vacation days and the government's (lack of) help for Holocaust survivors were top news in today's Israeli papers. Meanwhile, the Arab League softens on the '67 borders and there is more news about Syria - including a report that the IDF is manning long abandoned outposts on the border. And another MK announced plans to go up on the Temple Mount, while the police have established a new station in the heart of an Arab town - to the residents' satisfaction.
In agreement with those who oppose him, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that Iran has yet to cross the line he drew on a piece of cardboard at the UN, but that it is systematically approaching it. The statement contradicts ex-Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin's recent claim that the red cardboard line was crossed. Netanyahu also said yesterday that he supports holding a referendum over a peace agreement, as pro-settler Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett has been pushing.
An Israeli security official said Israel would not push the US into a military campaign in Syria, Haaretz reports. According to reporter Amos Harel, the political and security establishments are concerned over what has been described as unnecessary hysteria in Israel since last week over the possibility of action in Syria. This comes as another Israeli security source told Haaretz that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons on rebels and that intelligence services worldwide have evidence of it. But, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said UN access to Syria was essential for a credible chemical weapons inquiry and, hence, for determining Western involvement in the civil war, but that Syria is blocking unconditional and unfettered UN access. Some US lawmakers said they fear Syria chemical weapons could menace the US. Britain said it was 'less eager' to arm Syrian rebels following intel on Al-Qaida links. And Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon and also expressed Moscow's reservations about intervening in the Syria war.
Israel, meanwhile, is putting troops back in long abandoned outposts in the southern part of the Golan Heights, Maariv reported. Following the spillover of Syria's civil war into the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights, the IDF began renovating empty outposts near the border, connecting them to infrastructure in order to deploy soldiers at them. Meitzar, one of the important outposts, was a popular tourist destination until recently because it is located above the meeting point of three borders - Jordan, Israel, Syria. Now the rebels have conquered that area and IDF soldiers took over the outpost. (NRG Hebrew)
By the way, the same security source who told Haaretz that the Syrian regime did indeed use chemical weapons also spoke about the resignation of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, saying he was ousted in a move intended to strengthen President Mahmoud Abbas' hold on the Palestinian Authority funds. "Abbas cooked up the (Fayyad) ousting together with international elements," he said. "He needed the money not for his own pockets but for his political survival." The source blamed the donor [EU? - OH] countries for agreeing to sacrifice him with their silence.
Habayit Hayehudi religious settler MK Shuli Mualem announced she will go to the Temple Mount instead of another right-wing MK who was prohibited from entering the area. (NRG Hebrew) On Sunday, Netanyahu gave direct orders to the police not to let far right-wing Likud MK Moshe Feiglin enter the Temple Mount area (NRG Hebrew) for fear of an escalation of violence (NRG Hebrew). Coalition chairman and Likud MK Yariv Levin also expressed his bitterness over his boss' decision and turned to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who decided to hold a special discussion on the issue in his office tomorrow with the head of the Jerusalem police and the Knesset legal advisor.
The police have inaugurated a new station for the first time in the heart of an Arab community in the 'Arab triangle' part of the country. Taybeh is the only other police station in the triangle - the area in the country's center with a concentration of Arab villages and towns - which also has a very high rate of crime. But in Taybeh, the station is at the entrance to the town. Tira residents pushed to have a police station inside their town. Here, policemen are armed with pistols, short M-16s and tasers and the building entrance is missile-proof, reports Maariv. Residents complained it was impossible to walk around freely because of all the shooting between crime gangs.
- **Knesset panel gives Shin Bet green light to hold terror suspects up to 96 hours before facing judge - Bill also authorizes court to extend remand in suspect's absence; Balad MK: Law would violate human rights. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
- Livni to boost police, legal powers against 'price-tag' attacks - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni wants price-tag attacks to be classified as terrorism, Haaretz reports. "The term price-tag attack is a euphemism for hate crimes that are meant to create provocation and cause violence," Livni says. Minister meets with settler leaders to discuss new measures. (Israel Hayom and Haaretz)
- Settlers plant trees in Palestinian fields near Nablus - Settlers plowed land belonging to Palestinian farmers in Azmut, east of Nablus, and planted young trees. (Maan)
- Palestinian Christians urge pope to oppose wall - Palestinian Christians near Bethlehem on Monday urged Pope Francis to speak up against an Israeli decision to build its controversial separation barrier on a route they say would cut off their community. Pope is set to meet President Shimon Peres today. (Maan)
- Abbas threatens to appeal Israeli building to ICC - Analysis: Israeli building in Oslo's E-1 will spark Palestinian retaliation. (Media Line, Ynet)
- Israel bulldozes 4 apartments in East Jerusalem - Israeli authorities evicted 24 Gaith family members - including five children and an elderly woman, and razed four apartments on Monday in the al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in spite of several attempts to revoke the demolition order, owners said. (Maan)
- UNRWA: Israeli forces demolish Hebron water well - Israeli forces on Monday demolished a water well and utility room in the Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron, a local UN official said. (Maan)
- Israel evicts Bedouin residents of West Bank village ahead of IDF exercise - Hundreds residing in Wadi al-Maleh are forced out of their homes after army declares area a live-fire training zone. (Maan and Haaretz)
- Israel Navy gets fifth Dolphin-class submarine from Germany - New sub expected to arrive in Israel next year; a fourth vessel, the INS Tanin, was launched in Germany a year ago and is expected to arrive in Israel and be put into service by the navy in the next few months. (Haaretz)
- IDF commander jailed for hazing recruits during basic training - Sergeant sentenced to 28 days in prison for forcing recruits to crawl through area they had defecated in, then making them sleep in the sullied uniforms. In recent years a number of hazing cases by commanders or by veteran soldiers of new recruits made public. (Haaretz)
- Former IDF judge named as cabinet secretary - Mendelblit has spent most of his career in the military justice system. Inter alia, he has served as deputy president of the Southern Command Military Court and as the chief military defense attorney. (Haaretz)
- VIDEO: Gaza school teaches teens to fire rockets - Teens use a model rocket launcher to destroy a mock IDF structure. Guardian report describes school in Gaza in which curriculum includes weekly classes in the use of Kalashnikov assault rifles and other weapons. Hamas considering creating a course for girls as well. [Has similarities to Israel's Gadna military prep program - OH] (Israel Hayom)
- Gaza: Shipments of flowers meant for Europe used as fodder for sheep - Instead of exports of millions of flowers to Europe, Gazan farmers began feeding them to the sheep before they wilt. Reason: Israel's closure of the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing following shooting of rockets. (Maariv, p. 24)
- Police to examine the gravity of sexual harassment allegations against former Israeli news anchor Emmanuel Rosen
- The affair broke when Haaretz published the complaints of a number of journalists that said they were victims of Rosen's harassment. (Haaretz)
- The Jerusalem algorithm that caught the bombers in Boston - Cooperation between the FBI and scientists in Israel made it possible to catch those responsible for the attack using technology developed at the Hebrew University that shrinks hours on video material. (Maariv, p. 1/NRG Hebrew)
- Tennessee: School parents blast textbook that 'supports terrorism' - Book asks whether 'Palestinian suicide bomber killing Israeli teenagers' is 'act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli gov't policies'; author claims to have been taken out of context. (Ynet)
- Artistic endeavor as bridge to coexistence - World-renowned artists to exhibit at first-ever international biennale in Israeli Arab city of Sakhnin. Event aims to promote dialogue while addressing questions of identity, place, time and individuality in age of global culture. (Ynet)
- Syrian prime minister survives bomb attack - State TV says explosion in Syrian capital's Mezze district targeted convoy of Wael al-Halki who was not hurt. Rights group said one person killed. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Ahmadinejad: Syrian rebels' victory to trigger regional unrest - Opposition win in Syria would be bad for Middle East, Iranian president says, will lead to further conflict. (Agencies, Ynet)
What's so special about one Israeli TV personality's racism? (Rawia Aburabia, Haaretz) Avri Gilad's statement that Bedouin have taken over Israel's Negev by force is overtly racist - but so are many of the state's policies. Here are some facts on the Bedouin population in Israel.
The IDF's new appointments: A mix of politics and gambling (Amos Harel, Haaretz) Israel's new army spokesman hates contact with the media, its freshly tapped civil administration head hasn't much experience with Palestinians, and the incoming education officer will have his hands full dealing with the military rabbinate.
Backs to The Wall (Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom) We have forgotten that the Western Wall is merely a vestibule, and the real attraction is the Temple Mount.
Could Iran's attitude toward Israel change after its next presidential election? (Zvi Barel, Haaretz) Iran's presidential candidates are already frowning on Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial; debate over the issue comes at a time when the presidential candidates are being careful not to offend Khamenei, whose endorsement they need, and who may be open to changing discourse on Holocaust.
Lapid's plan will alienate ultra-Orthodox (Ohad Shaked, Ynet) Lapid's core curriculum demand will force ultra-Orthodox sector to seek support from hasidic sects such as Satmar.
Lessons from Syria (Uri Heitner, Israel Hayom) Before the U.S. mobilizes its army and sends its soldiers into battle, it must ask itself who the conflicting parties in Syria are, and whether it makes sense to help one side over the other.
Counterfeit culture (Haaretz Editorial) The storm over currency poses a much bigger challenge to Israel's educational and cultural leaders than merely a commitment to fix the injustice in a decade. It obligates them to reevaluate school curricula and fix the country's knowledge infrastructure.
The color of money (Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom) Four portraits will grace the new shekel bills to be printed soon -- all poets, all Ashkenazim. Why were no Mizrachim chosen?
What, you haven't heard of Shoshana Shababo? (Benny Ziffer, Haaretz) There is nothing more ignorant and pretentious, arrogant and racist than claiming that the Mizrahim - Jews with origins in Muslim countries - don't have poets or writers "outstanding" enough to have their portraits appear on the state of Israel's paper currency.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.