APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 24, 2013
Quote of the day:
"...Maybe the 'shrapnel in the buttocks' is actually the party of the brother Bennett, Habayit Hayehudi: so small, but so painful."
--Yedioth commentator Nahum Barnea quotes the phrase that Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett used to describe the Palestinians - to describe the reason Israel is not negotiating with the Palestinians.**
Front Page News:
- Yaakov Frankel to replace Fischer as Governor of Bank of Israel
- The Star is Born who brought unity to the Palestinian streets
- Police: Suspect in youth bar confessed to murder
- Increase in waste separation for recycling catches state unprepared
- With the encouragement of the court, women beginning to sue employers for discrimination in wages
- Return of the Governor - Yaakov Frenkel returns for another term
- The last term ended with a grating tone: Frankel was forced to return 238 thousand shekels to the State
- Fitness instructor: (Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi) Metzger sexually harassed me
- Despite the promise to Erdan: Netanyahu appointed Saar to the Knesset committee for appointing judges
- "What will we do without our Nitzan" - Infant died in Eilat of deadly virus
- The situation of the city - A deep look at our cities ahead of the municipal elections
- The singer from Gaza - Meet the star who brought the Palestinian masses to the street
- The surprising new-old Netanyahu appointment - The next (Bank of Israel) governor: Prof. Yaakov Frenkel (Hebrew)
- Suits Netanyahu best // Amnon Lord
- Unworthy, not now // Shmuel Salbin
- A year in office: Egyptian President Morsi unites the secular and the Islamists against him
- Amidror to resign from head of National Security Council (Hebrew)
- Intrigues at the top // Amir Rappaport (Hebrew)
- Closing the curtains - Minister Aharonovich cancelled the Palestinian puppet theater festival in Jerusalem; Reason: Event was under the sponsorship of the Palestinian Authority
- 16,000 Israelis change their names a year; Most popular: Shira and Avraham (Hebrew)
- Fighting for his life - Deterioration in health of former S. Afrian leader, Nelson Mandela
- 'Awake?' - Knesset plenum version - Female ministers and MKs have formed a WhatsApp group for cooperation and parliamentary discussions (Hebrew)
- Frankel's return - PM convinced Prof. Yaakov Frankel to return to serve as Governor of Bank of Israel
- In Fischer's league // Dan Margalit
- Police: Hagai Polsian tied himself to the (youth bar) murder
- Crushed to death under the footbridge in Kfar Saba
- Reason to worry: One of every five eggs - is contaminated
- Government approved exporting 40% of the gas reserves; Rivlin and Yachimovich: We will petition the High Court
- The quiet was broken: 3 rockets shot at Bnei Shimon Regional Council and Netivot; No injuries
- Nelson Mandela hospitalized in critical condition
- Snowden embarrasses the US again: he arrived in Russia
A new Governor appointed to the Bank of Israel, government approval to export 40% of gas reserves and the admission of the central suspect in the youth-bar murders were the top stories in Hebrew papers today. Meanwhile, National Security Council Chief Yaakov Amidror is resigning - some say because he was considered a 'lefty' and the IDF conducts a surprise military drill on northern and southern borders. The Palestinian President is searching for a new prime minister and the Israeli media miss the reason for yesterday's Gaza rockets on southern Israel.
National Security Council Chief Yaakov Amidror is resigning after only two and a half years in his position. Maariv and Yedioth write that the esteemed Intel officer angered the right-wingers and that his relations with senior members of the Prime Minister's Office were not good. The right-wing was angry over statements he made such as that no one should question the Palestinians' right to independence. He also expressed his support for coming to an agreement with Turkey over compensation for the nine Turkish citizens the IDF killed, without concluding ahead of time the sensitive parts of the agreement. When the Palestinians passed their declaration of independence at the UN, Amidror opposed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responding by announcing construction in the sensitive E1 area and in more settlements. Amidror had prepared for Netanyahu a list of responses to the unilateral Palestinian act, but recommended that they be used as little as possible, if at all, writes Maariv reporter Ariel Kahane. According to Kahane, Amidror became close friends with US National Security advisor Tom Donelin, a close associate of US President Barak Obama. There were other leaks of Amidror speaking against settlement construction and since then, writes Kahane, he was considered 'a lefty.'
The defense establishment held a surprise drill yesterday to test thousands of soldiers, police, Shin Bet, and paramedics around the country in the case of multi-faceted terrorist attack in three places along the borders, with a focus on the borders with Syria and Egypt.
Wanted: another new Palestinian Prime Minister. President Mahmoud Abbas is looking for someone to replace Rami Hamdallah, who resigned. Hamdallah will stay on as head of a caretaker Palestinian Authority government for the next five weeks, Maan reported. Meanwhile, Haaretz writes that Abbas' top aides are front-runners for the job - but so is the President himself.
Israeli papers missed the reason for the rockets that were fired from Gaza last night: It was a Palestinian-version of a 'price-tag' attack. Tension has been high between Islamic Jihad and Hamas since a member of Islamic Jihad died after being shot Saturday by Hamas police officers. But, according to my contacts in Gaza, the rockets fired by Islamic Jihad last night into southern Israel, after weeks of relative calm, were the organization's way of retaliating against Hamas, which has long condemned rocket fire onto Israel - in fear of the response. This is similar to when Israeli settlers attack Palestinians with price-tag attacks when the government demolishes their settlement outposts. Israel responded within hours by bombing four Islamic Jihad targets. There were no injuries reported on either side. --- Just before News Nosh 'went to press,' Haaretz's Amos Harel wrote that 'Rocket attack from Gaza is Islamic Jihad's way of settling score with Hamas.'
- Youth arrested on suspicion of attacking Arabs for nationalistic motives - The youth, 21, and his friends are believed to have beaten a number of Arabs in Jerusalem and even intentionally endangered Arab drivers. Police believe they went out at night with the goal of finding Arabs, whom they beat up. Police are examining whether they were connected to other recent attacks against Arabs. (only reported on at NRG Hebrew)
- Israel seizes Bedouin man's toilet in West Bank after deeming it illegal - The portable bathroom, which was installed for the use of a handicapped man, violated an order against illegal construction by settlers, the Civil Administration said. (Haaretz)
- PA: Israel to confiscate more West Bank land near Nablus - Israel's Civil Administration has sent letters to a number of in the Awarta and Rujeib villages informing them of decisions to confiscate their land for military use. The villages are near the Israeli settlement of Itamar. (Maan)
- Israel blocks East Jerusalem children's festival, citing link to Palestinian Authority - Public security minister says such an event by the PA in Jerusalem contradicts stipulations of the Oslo Accords. (Haaretz)
- Livni and Saar to the priest expected to be expelled from the church: "We want to help you" - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni called Father Gabriel Nadaf and expressed support for his encouragement of young Christian Arabs to join the IDF (for which he is being expelled from the church). Nadaf associates say: "If the government of Israel won't thwart his expulsion by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch it will be an historic loss." (Maariv, p. 16)
- Netanyahu losing control - Prime Minister removed his candidacy from the presidency of the Likud Convention, paving the way for the win of [extreme right-winger - OH] MK Danny Danon. The decision is the result of the fear that Netanyahu would lose the election to the position that is of the right-wing symbols of the party. (Yedioth, p. 10)
- WATCH: Israeli David's Sling anti-missile system unveiled in Paris - Co-manufacturer Rafael say the system is designed to complement the Iron Dome defensive shield used in the Gaza conflict, and will be operational within two years. (Israel Hayom)
- Israel launches tourism campaign in NY - Research finds Greater New York area has biggest potential for promoting culture, history and religion tourism to Jewish state. (Ynet)
- Israel's security budget may have shrunk, but arms exports will inject it with NIS 6 billion - Unlike other ministries, the Defense Ministry gets to keep for itself revenues from the sale of state assets, from weapons systems and other equipment to land and broadcast frequencies, including joint projects with foreign countries. (Haaretz)
- Welfare Minister: Israelis volunteer less than Iranians - The central index for volunteering, the CAF, puts Israel in the 57th place world wide, well after Iran, Welfare Minister Meir Cohen said during a ceremony honoring welfare service's volunteers. (Ynet)
- Most Israeli Arabs don't have retirement nest egg, survey reveals - Just 35% of Israeli Arabs have a pension savings plan and only 28% have life insurance, compared with 77% and 56% of Israeli Jews. (Haaretz)
- Israeli Foreign Ministry employees (on strike) halt virtually all consular services - Visit by Hungarian human resources minister has to be postponed; but adoption, surrogacy procedures continuing normally. (Haaretz)
- Islamic Jihad severs ties with Hamas after death of member - The Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza announced Sunday that it was temporarily suspending ties with Hamas, accusing Gaza authorities of being responsible for the death of one of the group's members in a shootout with police. (Maan)
- Egypt court: Brotherhood members planned jailbreak - Cairo court holds Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood for 2011 attack on Wadi el-Natroun prison, in which current Egyptian president was freed. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Egypt: Israeli tourist suspected of drug trade released - The Egyptian authorities have released Saliman Abu Raluim, an Israeli tourist, who was arrested together with his family mid-May after he was caught with 138 bags of a heroin like substance, (that was later discovered to be medicine). (Ynet)
- Egypt's army says it's ready to save nation - As anti-Morsi sentiment rises, protests near, Egyptian army chief speaks, promising not to intervene in politics, but calling for unity, consensus to stop nation from entering 'dark tunnel' of internal conflict. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Palestinian snipers fight for Assad - CNN reporter accompanies Palestinians during fierce battles against rebel forces in Damascus suburb of Yarmouk. (CNN, YnetVIDEO)
- Syrian civilian treated in Israel dies of wounds - Four other Syrians wounded in civil war still being treated in Safed hospital, after being evacuated by Israeli military. (Haaretz)
Bulldozing Palestinian history on Israel's southern hills
A new settlement is being built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Al-Dawayima, which bears a dark tragic heritage. (Haaretz)
Gaza fights to save Holy Land's oldest monastery - Saint Hilarion, which is located at a site called Tel Umm al-Amr, draws its name from the fourth century hermit who came from southern Gaza and is considered to be the father of Palestinian monasticism. But the crumbling remains of the Holy Land's oldest monastery are in danger of disappearing for lack of funds to preserve them. (Agencies, Maan)
Snapshot: Brothers in arms
This photograph of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Ya'alon, shows an embrace that is warm. Too warm. (Haaretz)
Don't lend a hand to segregation (Haaretz Editorial) The authorities have shown continuing helplessness in the face of growing extremism. There is no reason to assume that a similar process will not take place in the higher education system.
Our 'price tag' (Jawdat Ibrahim, Yedioth/Ynet) Abu Ghosh resident says recent acts of vandalism in town result of anti-Arab atmosphere in Israel.
Netanyahu, listen to the general (Reuven Pedatzur, Haaretz) Nitzan Alon, the Israeli general responsible for the West Bank, is warning about a possible third intifada.
President who comforts nation (Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz) Peres and the imaginary Israel he represents enable the transformation of the covert relationship between Israeli apartheid and the West into something lofty, filled with aspirations to peace, something truly uplifting.
Lethal weapons - So small, but painful (Nahum Barnea, Yedioth) Barnea writes about the effect of BDS on Israel when Israel is not in a peace process and questions why Israel does not return to that process: "Whoever is following the BDS boycott movement from afar can see in it an historical closure: The Arab boycott, that made it difficult for Israel to integrate into the global economy died during the Oslo Accords process. It is only natural that after years of a freeze in the peace process it is coming back to life, with a new name and an updated program...The affect of the boycott movement on the West Bank is negligible. It is not the boycott of the West Bank (products made by Israel) that needs to worry Israel, but the changes in the West's attitude towards us....The fact is that the calls to boycott Israel had no effect as long as there were negotiations. The disconnect in the Jerusalem-Ramallah line makes the boycott bloom: The talks neutralize it. Israel needs negotiations like air to breathe...(Economy Minister) Naftali Bennett compared last week the Palestinians to shrapnel in Israel's buttocks. In this way, he contributed to the anti-Israeli campaign of the boycotters. Let us assume his remark was legitimate. Israel is the buttocks, but what is the identity of the shrapnel that makes it difficult for Israel to sit? Is it Netanyahu's fear of a government crisis? Is it the control of the extremists over the Likud party? And maybe the shrapnel in the buttocks is actually the party of the brother Bennett, Habayit Hayehudi: so small, but so painful."
A prime minister seeking a direction (Aluf Benn, Haaretz) Netanyahu lost control of the political agenda even before the elections. His warnings about the Iranian danger arouse little interest among Israelis, who are focused on the economic situation. Netanyahu has nothing to say and he needs a new message that will reposition him as a leader in the public mind.
The third ear (Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom) Maybe it's time to say that the war on terror should have boundaries. Freedom and privacy are no less important than security and welfare.
In defense of Rabbi Yosef (amazingly enough) (Benny Ziffer, Haaretz) Like Ovadia Yosef, I believe Yair Lapid is not a worthy individual, and that anyone who goes to bed with unworthy people should not be surprised if he wakes up in the morning scratching from fleabites.
Is secular Turkey dying? (Kapil Komireddi, Haaretz) The protests in Istanbul may be the swansong of brutal government by elite in Turkey. But their reign may well still be better than what could come after.
My failed search for anti-Semites in Belarus (Emanuelle Honnorat, Haaretz) A response to Avital Chizhik: Belarus may be a post-Soviet dictatorship grappling with the Jewish ghosts of its past, but can't we give Eastern European non-Jews the benefit of the doubt before we generalize them all as anti-Semites?
Column from Tehran: Israel and Iran must settle differences through dialogue (Nima Dinti, Haaretz) Rowhani's election has given hope to artists, students and intellectuals in the Islamic Republic, writes author and playwright Nima Dinti. However, he admits warming ties with Israel is still a long way off.
Shifting ground beneath Israel's feet (Sami Peretz, Haaretz) Seemingly unrelated upheavals at the banks, in the big unions, at the undersea gas fields and in politics are actually part of a sweeping process - of democratization.
The queen mother: At 96, Ruth Dayan is still not ready to rest on her laurels
As the head of one of the most famous families in Israel, Ruth Dayan has lived through the entire history of the state and contributed much to building it. Today, at 96, she's still in no mood to relinquish her crown. (Interviewed by Neri Livneh in Haaretz)
Muslim activist embraces Israel
While in Israel for Presidential Conference, Raheel Raza, Canadian Muslim activist, says 'I speak for myself and a group of progressive, liberal, freedom-loving Muslims.' (Media Line, Ynet)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.