APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 03, 2013
Quote of the day:
"Maybe instead of filling our young children with fearful thoughts on threats and weapons, we will teach them about ways to solve conflicts."
--Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On on the lesson the Home Front Command gave to 10-year-olds last week.**
Front Page News:
- Abbas appointed new Palestinian prime minister
- A prime minister on a suicidal mission // Barak Ravid
- At least 100,00 people participated in third day of demonstrations in Turkey calling for Erdogan's resignation
- State revealed at High Court: Arrangement achieved for expulsion of Eritreans to another African state
- Like chattel that can be moved // Or Kashti
- The responsibility still lies with Israel // Aeyal Gross
- Shin Bet and Mossad budget grew by tens of percentiles during Netanyahu's premiership
- After he donated to the periphery - Dozens of local authority leaders will march for (tycoon) Nochi Dankner
- A low point in morals and leadership // Rotem Shtarkman
- Habayit Hayehudi to support Rabbi Stav as Chief Rabbi - Shas threatens to thwart the appointment
- "Return Turkey to us" - Thousands of youth called for Erdogan to stop the Islamization
- The romance that has created uproar in Britain - Love affair behind PM David Cameron's back
- Angelina's moving moment - Angelina Jolie in front of the cameras for first time since mastectomy and breast implants
- The wonderful 6 - They studied in the same high school and they were all accepted to pilot's course
- Erdogan: "I am not a dictator"
- No spring in Istanbul // Nadav Eyal
- Rift between Rabbi Ovadia and Chief Rabbi Omar: He signed a 'deal' with Habayit Hayehudi supporting Rabbi Stav without the agreement of Shas' spiritual leader
- One heart - Siamese twins sharing one heart, who were born to a Palestinian mother from Hebron at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, were returned to a Palestinian hospital after doctors determined they could not separate the two and save their lives
- Without a magic carpet // Ben-Dror Yemini - The infiltrators will be transferred to a third country
- Secrets of the kingdom - British Prime Minister held an emergency meeting after he was informed of details of a mysterious love affair in the ruling elite that threatened his government
- "Turkey won't be Iran"
- It is difficult for Erdogan to climb down the tree // Boaz Bismouth
- (Angelina) Jolie, beautiful as always
- Yaalon vs. Lapid: "It is impossible to run a country through Facebook"
- Lieberman vs. Yaalon: "Dismissive attitude towards the (Knesset) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee"
- It's final: Habayit Hayehudi supports Rabbi David Stav as Chief Rabbi
- A rescue net for Dankner: Banks offered to postpone payment of debt
- London will continue to wait: Bangkok passed British capital as most visited tourist city in world
- Jerusalem prepares for Formula 1
Riots continue in Turkey, Israel intends to expel African migrants and asylum seekers and Habayit Hayehudi supports a rabbi that Shas opposes to be the next chief rabbi making top news in Israeli newspapers today. Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appointed a new prime minister, Germany may soon restrict settlement products, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned racism and 'price-tag' attacks against Arabs, and Israeli 10-year-olds get frightening lesson on warfare.
Abbas chose the dean of al-Najah University in Nablus, Rami Hamdullah, 55, to replace Salaam Fayyad, who frequently clashed with Abbas and recently resigned as Palestinian prime minister. The new prime minister is tasked with forming a new government of technocrats, not politicians, within six weeks. Because Hamdullah is considered a technocrat and not an ideological representative of Fatah, his appointment is meant to signal to Hamas that Abbas supports reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the papers wrote. Meanwhile, Fatah officials arrived yesterday in Gaza for unity talks. Nabil Shaath and Othman Abu Gharbieh will take part in talks with members from the nationalist and Islamic political factions, Maan reported. Last month, Fatah and Hamas agreed to set a three-month timetable for forming a unity government.
In its first official government document, Germany, a close Israel ally, has declared its support for an initiative to put "made in Israel" labels only on products manufactured within the Green Line. Settler Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said Israel will fight the proposal. EU Ambassador to Israel Andrew Standley told Army Radio that the European efforts to single out settlement products reflect the growing European impatience with Israeli settlements. Being a right-wing pro-Netanyahu newspaper, Israel Hayom referred to the far right-wing organization The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel as a 'rightist human rights organization' and reported that it has accused Germany of anti-Semitism over the product-labeling plan. Peace Now, however, said that the plan will help enabling European consumers to pinpoint their boycotts to settlement products rather than boycotting all Israeli products.
At the start of the Sunday government cabinet meeting, Netanyahu condemned two phenomena: racism towards Arabs in Israel and price-tag attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, Yedioth and Haaretz reported. He referred to the most recent acts: the revelation that an Israeli amusement park kept Jewish and Arab youth separated and the vandalized Palestinian cars and the graffiti on a Jerusalem church last week.
**Fifth grade pupils got a lesson on chemical warfare, last week, making headlines in Maariv yesterday. Chemical agents, hazardous materials, Grads missiles, Katyusha rockets, conventional weapons and unconventional weapons - this was just a small part of the lesson that the Home Front Command gave to Israeli 10-year-olds as part of the national drill. Meretz party Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On accused the Home Front Command of "putting the children in existential anxiety...Maybe instead of filling our young children with fearful thoughts on threats and weapons, we will teach them about ways to solve conflicts? If the Education Ministry lacks content to fill the school day, I warmly recommend lessons on the subject of racism." The Education Ministry told Maariv that it was "acting according to a program prepared by the Home Front Command...that was examined by age divisions and psychological services." The IDF said the content of the program was "adapted (specifically) for this age group." (NRG Hebrew with photo of child's notebook sketches describing types of conventional weapons and how far into Israel they can reach)
- Israeli forces shoot, injure Gaza farmer - A Palestinian farmer was shot and injured by Israeli fire Sunday while he was picking watermelons in Abu Safiyeh neighborhood east of Jabalia, northern Gaza. The Israeli army confirmed the injury and said several Palestinians had "attempted to damage" the border fence between Gaza and Israel. (Maan)
- Israel's secret services budget grew tens of percent under Netanyahu - Figures from the state budget published by the Finance Ministry show that the Mossad and Shin Bet security service spent more than NIS 6 billion in 2012; the unclassified data do not detail the allocation of the funds between the two intelligence services or how the money was used. (Haaretz)
- Report: Israeli warplanes flying over south and east Lebanon - A Lebanese security official confirmed the Sunday overflights and said they were among the most intense recently; Israel has no comment. (Haaretz and Ynet)
- Hezbollah recruited Arab-Israeli spy on hajj pilgrimage in Mecca - Zahar Omar Yousfin of Shfaram charged with host of security violations including contact with an enemy agent. Suspect allegedly gave Hezbollah agents information on Israeli army bases and coordinated meetings with other Israelis for recruitment purposes. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
- Face of terror: Head of Hezbollah's security apparatus exposed - Moustafa Amin Bader El-Din, born in 1961, replaced his brother-in-law, Imad Mughniya, in 2008 as head of Hezbollah's military wing, according to the website stop910. Until now, the most up-to-date photograph published of El-Din dates back to the 1990s. (Israel Hayom)
- Former IDF intelligence chief: Heavy Israeli strike would topple Assad regime - Amos Yadlin says any attack by Iran 'would be measured and calculated, so the chances it would lead to a regional war aren't very high.' (Haaretz and Ynet)
- Jewish toddler's kidney saves Palestinian boy's life - Parents of three-year-old Noam Naor who was declared brain dead after falling from fourth floor donate his kidney to 10-year-old Yakoub Ibhisad. 'Knowing I saved a life gives me great comfort and the power to go on, mother says. (Yedioth, p. 24 and Ynet)
- Obama opens new doors for David D'Or - After singing for US president during his Jerusalem visit, Israeli singer receives invitations for performances around the world. (Ynet)
- New York celebrates solidarity with Israel at annual parade - Hundreds of thousands of spectators cheer as 35,000 people march in annual Celebrate Israel Parade down New York City's Fifth Avenue. Security presence unusually heavy due to fears spurred by Boston bombing. Mayoral candidates woo city's Jewish vote. (Israel Hayom)
- Two groups eyeing purchase of Better Place: American Jews and Canadian investors - Two potential buyers join fray to purchase the Israeli electric vehicle network operator Better Place, which recently announced bankruptcy. (Haaretz)
- Israel ranks in top 10 for millionaires per capita, ahead of Canada, Japan - Israel has a wealth of millionaires - but it also continues to be one of the countries with the largest income inequalities- ranking fifth in the world. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
- Iran says dismantled 'Israel-UK terror network' - Intelligence ministry says 12 people arrested for 'preparing to enflame ethnic conflicts ahead of elections' had links to Mossad. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Egypt: Court rules legislature illegally elected - Supreme Court orders legislature, constitutional panel dissolved when lower chamber is elected or early 2014. (Agencies, Ynet)
A German duo's requiem for Palestine
Two German musicians are presenting a symphony in East Jerusalem and the West Bank dedicated to their murdered Palestinian partner and his city, Jenin, as well as a boy who was killed by the IDF; they have found little room for collaboration with Israel. (Haaretz)
German's job (Haaretz Editorial) The situation where medical practitioners who studied in East Jerusalem are not allowed to work in the city's hospitals is absurd, discriminatory, and unacceptable; and it is up to Israel's new health minister to remedy it.
Netanyahu's 'map' is a non-starter (Shaul Arieli, Haaretz) The painful truth is that there is no real land potential in Israeli territory for a 1:1 territorial exchange with the Palestinians.
The park of scares (Arieh Aplatoni, Maariv/NRG Hebrew) What happened at the amusement park in Rishon Litzion reflects the very depressing reality...We need to admit with a heavy heart and a feeling of failure: Youth here hate Arabs, even if they live one or two kilometers from their home. In a poll taken in 2009 among youth...half the youth said they were not willing to study in a class in which there is one or more Arabs. More than that, the adults are not excited about being in (Arabs') company as well...When I tell my friends that I was (at the 'Sakhneh' during a holiday the first reaction is always: But there are a ton of Arabs there. Yes, there are a ton of Arabs there (and the word 'ton' has a negative connotation) and there are a ton of Jews and I never had any problem whose source was the fact that the place is open to both Jews and Arabs. Yet, many Israelis won't go to a place just because there are a 'ton' of Arabs there. So maybe my generation is already lost, to my great despair, those who hate Arabs will likely remain that way, but the next generation, which goes to Superland and Luna Park, can still be saved. Since I have children exactly at this age, I tried to find out where the hatred comes from. I asked, but they did not know how to explain. There were those who said the language repels them, others said the Arabs just make too much noise. And someone mentioned terror attacks. But it was easy to discern among them that there was nothing to any of that. The significance is that the situation is correctable, but the key is with us, the adults. We all need to develop more connections and less suspicions towards those who are still called in Israel, 'the minority.' And no, eating hummous in Jaffa is not considered breaking down the walls and getting closer. We need more Arab teachers in the Jewish sector and the opposite. And so in the banks, the medical clinics, in the government offices and also in senior positions in politics. That will strengthen the trust and push aside the issues of religion and nationality. When youth see that it works for adults, they will understand that it can not be otherwise for them. Then also Superland will not need to look for ways devious and rotten ways to separate Arab and Jewish pupils on their fun days.
Jewish and democratic: a satire (Oudeh Basharat, Haaretz) Anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of the country need look no further than the biting sketch,'Cracker vs. Cracker,' by one of the country's acclaimed entertainment troupes.
Assad is bad for Israel (Amos Gilboa, Maariv/NRG Hebrew) Whoever claims that the present regime in Damascus is preferable to the unknown is ignoring an important fact: The Syrian President's replacement will not have the dangerous strength that Assad has.
Kerry's flawed diplomacy only strengthens Israeli and Palestinian hardliners (David Landau, Haaretz) U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's ham-fisted - and very public - lumping together of Jerusalem suburbs with far-flung, peace-thwarting West Bank settlements undermines the moderate consensus among both Israelis and Palestinians.
The boycott will hurt the Palestinians (Benny Mesika, Maariv/NRG Hebrew) Mesika, the chairman of the settler Samaria Regional Council, discusses the calls in Europe for Israeli goods produced in the West Bank to be labeled as such, if not boycotted outright. He notes that the Barkan Industrial Zone, for example, "has 140 businesses, which employ 6,000 workers, including 3,000 Arabs from Judea and Samaria." Mesika contends that Arabs from the West Bank who work in Israeli enterprises are far better paid and have greater social benefits, than their compatriots who work in the Palestinian Authority. "If the European boycotters succeed in causing the closure of Jewish-owned businesses, the first to be hurt will be Arabs from Judea and Samaria," because - inter alia - they will receive no unemployment compensation in or from the Palestinian Authority.
The short history of the future Holocaust (Aluf Benn, Haaretz) Doomsday discourse has taken over the political and military discourse in Israel, and is poised to explosively instruct its foreign policy.
Panic level rising (Alex Fishman, Yedioth/Ynet) Air Force making a fuss over S-300 missile deal when Syria already has much more dangerous weapons.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.