APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 31, 2013
Correction: The age of the Palestinian boy who was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier was 11-years-old and not as written in yesterday's 'Number of the Day.'
Quote of the day:
"We became connected both physically and in our souls."
--David Ben-Yair after a surgery in which he received a kidney from Mohammed Akrat's wife and Akrat received a kidney from Ben-Yair's son.**
Front Page News:
- Closed skies - IDF's air superiority in the north is in danger for the first time in three decades. Syria has yet to receive the S-300 missiles, but their potential threat pushes Israel to act // Amos Harel
- The fake military draft crisis comes to Lapid like air to breathe // Yossi Verter
- The bubble of 'sharing the burden' - Treasurer has bigger problems than drafting 5,000 ultra-Orthodox // Guy Rolnik
- Schedule a meeting, that's an order - Foreign Ministry officials on strike, Prime Minister's Office turned to the army
- State to give budget for first time to rabbis who are not Orthodox
- The injured Bedouin man at the bank (robbery) regained consciousness and claimed: The police shot me
- Court: Screening of students by grades does not hurt equality
- To see without eyesight - Israeli scientists develop bionic eye for people born blind
- Codename: Whitewashing - How did Germany hide the Nazi past of its intellectuals and politicians
- Assad threatens to open front in Golan
- Nigeria: Hezbollah planned attack against Israelis
- 10-year-old Ido was killed when he was run over on his bike
- Moment before the VAT rises to 18%
- Racism-land - On the separation of Arab and Jewish children at Superland // Lucy Aharish
- The first ultra-Orthodox Jew to enlist in IAF pilot's course
- Farewell party to Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer to cost 100,000 shekels
- What should be done with Assad - In contrast with the Israeli forecast, the Syrian president got up from his grave, with Putin's support, Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah are putting Netanyahu to the test. Yesterday he announced the shipment of S-300 missiles already arrived and he would not prevent the opening of front for the liberation of the Golan Heights (Hebrew)
- August '(1)7 draft - IDF waiting for ultra-Orthodox recruits as an answer to the drop in drafts and the new security reality
- Special documentation: Work methods of the undercover military draft agents of the IDF at the ultra-Orthodox yeshivas
- Netanyahu confidantes fear: Yaalon's threat to break-up the Peri Committee was part of a move by the Defense Minister to replace the Prime Minister
- Moshe Kahlon likely won't be appointed to head the Israel Lands Authority - PM having difficulty keeping his election campaign promise following opposition by Habayit Hayehudi and Yesh Atid
- Four months after elections: Naftali Bennett losing control of Habayit Hayehudi (Hebrew)
- The incomprehensible pursuit by the police of corruption exposer Rafi Rotem (Hebrew)
- The goal: Gas masks for 100% of the citizens - Some 42% don't have them
- Two gall bladders for two peoples
- In the wake of the storm: Superland apologizes
- Ido killed when run over on his way to a tennis lesson
- Conspiracy in Nigeria
- Livni vs. Bennett: She vetoed his bill proposal to reform the religious services
- 78-year-old surprised the police and returned four trunks of weapons and ammunition
- Sad day in Better Place: Some 200 employees fired
The Syrian President gives an interview making Israelis more tense, the injured Bedouin man at the Beersheva bank massacre accuses the police of shooting him, and a boy dies after being run over on his bike making top news in Israeli newspapers today. Meanwhile, Israel plans to build another 1100 homes in E. Jerusalem, unfreezes plans to build a Palestinian city in the Jordan Rift Valley and considers a plan by US Secretary of State John Kerry to have joint Jordanian forces in that region.
The Syria threat has gone up a level, the Israeli papers report. In an interview with the Hezbollah- affiliated television network Al Manar Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said, "There is pressure by the people to open a new front in the Golan, and even in the Arab world there is readiness to join the fight against Israel." He also implied that he already received the first shipment of S-300 missiles. Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian civil war was connected to Israel, he said and he promised to respond to the last Israeli attack inside Syria. Read more here.
Yedioth's Yossi Yehoshua writes that Israel has put itself in a Catch-22 situation. By attacking less advanced weapons last month, it no longer can avoid a Syrian response if it attacks again. But after all the political and military elite made threats that Israel would attack the missiles if they did arrive in Syria, it would lose its deterrence if it did not attack. According to Israeli sources, the shipments of S-300 have yet to arrive in Syria. Once they do, it will take six months to make them operational. That is the window Israel has to act, if it chooses to do so.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that Israel would attack the S-300s if they arrived in Syria, foreign diplomatic sources told Maariv. Putin was reportedly in shock from Netanyahu's nerve and suggested ways to avoid an escalation, including attacking the weapons convoy when it arrives at the border with Lebanon. Netanyahu rejected the idea, wrote Eli Bardenstein. (NRG Hebrew)
Israel plans to build another 1,097 settler homes in E. Jerusalem, but only Haaretz [and Maan, of course -OH] reported on it today. Tenders were made for 300 homes in the settlement neighborhood of Ramot and another 797 plots were to be offered for sale in the settlement neighborhood of Gilo. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the move is 'effectively destroying the efforts of (US Secretary of State John) Kerry." But Israeli officials told Haaretz that Palestinian leaders are inventing excuses to avoid resuming peace talks.
After a two-week freeze, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has removed his opposition to the plan to establish a new Palestinian city in the Jordan Rift Valley, Maariv reported. According to the plan, Israel will expropriate land from the settler Jordan Rift Valley council and transfer it to the Palestinian Authority's civilian control [Change it from Area C to either Area B or A]. The approximately 2000 dunams of land is located near Jericho. Following Maariv's first report on the plan two weeks ago, Yaalon asked Israel's Civil Administration in the Palestinian Territories to freeze it. But now that he has examined it he has decided to allow it to continue. But the head of the settler council said the settlers in the valley "will not accept the establishment of a city on such a big piece of our land."
Kerry is planning to use Jordan within a security arrangement as a compromise on the subject of Israel's military presence in the Jordan Rift Valley, which is in the West Bank, Yedioth reported. Jordan has expressed its willingness. Israel has long said it would not remove its forces there in a future peace agreement because they act as a buffer preventing enemy elements from crossing into the West Bank and Israel. The Palestinians see Israel's military presence there as a violation of the sovereignty of a Palestinian state. The details have yet to be worked out and the period of the joint forces' stay is far from being agreed upon. The Israelis want to keep their forces their for some 40 years after a peace agreement is signed, while the Palestinians are speaking of three years at most.
- Settlers install mobile homes on private land in al-Khader village, near Bethlehem - The settlers installed the mobile homes at the illegal outpost known as Sde Boaz, in the Ein al-Qassis fields of al-Khader, in response to an Israeli court decision to evacuate Sde Boaz. Separately, settlers built a monument and benches in the area known to al-Khader farmers as Dhahr al-Zayyah and raised Israeli flags in the area. (Maan)
- 'Price tag' in Jerusalem's Dormition Abbey - Hate slogans reading 'Christians are monkeys' found on one of Jerusalem's most important Christian religious establishments; car tires slashed. (Ynet)
- Israeli forces 'assault teenage shepherd' near Yatta - Israeli soldiers assaulted 17-year-old Jafar al-Jabarin in al-Obeid, leaving him with bruises across his body. (Maan)
- Lights, camera, combat - IDF to deploy combat photographers at points of friction with Palestinian population. Border Police officer: 'We are being tested in every riot, and we understand that we must accurately reflect the reality." (Israel Hayom)
- **Two gall bladders for two peoples - Mohammed Akrat, David Ben-Yair and their families proved that life is stronger than religious and national differences. In a rare surgery at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Mohammed's wife donated kidney to David, David's son donated a kidney to Mohammed in a Crossover Transplantation. "We became connected both physically and in our souls," said David. (Israel Hayom, p. 14, Maariv, p. 12/NRG Hebrew)
- Israeli army, navy damage farmland in Gaza Strip - Five military bulldozers entered the southern Gaza Strip near al-Qarara village east of Khan Younis as army planes hovered above. The bulldozers dug up agricultural fields near the border, damaging the crops, before withdrawing. (Maan)
- Coalition partners split on bill to prioritize Israel's Jewish identity - Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon has come out against Habayit Hayehudi's public description of a bill she had been working with the party to promote. (Haaretz)
- Netanyahu calls in the army to bust strike by Foreign Ministry officials - Foreign Ministry employees, who are protesting their salary conditions, are angry at the Prime Minister's Bureau for turning to IDF military attache to help arrange cabinet ministers' trip to Poland. (Haaretz)
- Muslims combating anti-Semitism - At Jerusalem conference, British-born Muslim compares KKK rallies in US to anti-Israel protests in London. 'During my visit I saw Israel wasn't some apartheid state,' he says. (Tazpit right-wing agency, Ynet)
- Palestinian medical school grads protest exclusion from Israeli hospitals - The Al-Quds School of Medicine, east of Jerusalem, is considered neither Israeli nor foreign, leaving its graduates ineligible to take the Israeli licensing exam. (Haaretz)
- 5 Bedouins injured as Israeli police demolish houses in Negev - Clashes erupted as Israeli forces demolished three houses in an 'unrecognized' village. As the owners tried to prevent the demolitions, Israeli officers fired stun grenades, tear-gas canisters and plastic-coated bullets. Children and a pregnant woman were among the five wounded. (Maan)
- Bedouin man wounded in Be'er Sheva bank shooting wakes up, says police shot him - Omar Walid, who was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after the attack that killed four people last week, supported his brother's earlier claim that police mistook him for the shooter. (Haaretz)
- Woman, 78, hands in weapons left over from late husband - Holocaust survivor who operated local armory for 40 years was strong believer in taking care of self, community, daughter says. (Ynet)
- Rift between Hezbollah, Hamas: 'Leave Lebanon' - Syrian opposition sources claim Hezbollah, fighting alongside Syrian army, demands Hamas, training rebels, to leave country 'within hours'. Hamas representative denies report. (Ynet)
- Nigeria nabs Hezbollah cell plotting attacks on Israeli, Western targets - Nigerian security forces say raid on Lebanese suspects' homes reveals anti-tank landmines, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades, among other weapons. (Haaretz)
- Amazing pictures from Iran published - Photographer visiting Iran comes back with spectacular pictures, insights, just before upcoming elections in Islamic Republic: 'For ordinary Iranians, government is constant embarrassment.' (Ynet)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.