APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday July 01, 2013
Quote of the day:
"...During the teenage years we are influenced by our peer groups, and if these groups are racist, then chances are you will also follow this path. This is why it is crucial that our education system address these issues."
--Yuval Regev, 18, chairman of the student council at Modi'in's Maccabim Reut High School, speaking to a group of Arab and Jewish Israeli students who met after the price-tag attack in the Arab-Israeli town of Abu-Gosh.**
Front Page News:
- Kerry shows Abbas updated proposal to renew negotiations
- Millions of demonstrators in Egypt; Morsi: There will be no revolution
- Morsi failed; No one to replace him // Zvi Bar'el
- This is not Israel's war // Amos Harel
- Netanyahu, behind you - How the new face of the Likud will affect the prime minister
- Knesset report: This is how the state reduced the Ethiopian birthrate
- Researchers succeeded in neutralizing genes causing Alzheimer's in mice
- Following the rise in prices last night: Arak is fighting over its popular image
- Morsi, leave
- Unemployment spikes again
- Soldier fell from train after booze party in Navy
- Suspicion: Senior National Lottery official poisoned a colleague
- Millions demonstrated in Egypt. Morsi hiding in military facility for fear of his life (Hebrew)
- Dialogue of hate // Ben-Dror Yemini (Hebrew)
- Profile of key man, Egyptian Defense Minister General Sisi
- Exchange of accusations, hardening of positions and lack of leadership - This is how the fifth attempt by US Secretary of State John Kerry to renew negotiations failed (Hebrew)
- Administration for rehabilitation of the evacuees of Gush Katif (Israeli settlers in Gaza Strip) closes. Only some half of families live in permanent homes (Hebrew)
- Jerusalem municipality threatening to stop Khan Theatre budget because of play about Rachel Corrie, the pro-Palestinian activist [killed by an Israeli bulldozer driver]
- 12,000 handicapped in Israel are kept in closed institutions, despite having right to 'housing in a community' (Hebrew)
- The dry period - Last night at midnight price of cheap alcohol was raised by tens of percents. In Tel-Aviv they stocked bottles at the old price (Hebrew)
- Red card for Morsi - Anger of millions in Egypt: "Fear of civil war"
- Tahrir Square, the real parliament // Boaz Bismoth
- Elections in Likud - no surprises
- Suspicion: Poison attempt at National Lottery
- When Yedioth Ahronoth tries to weaken Netanyahu before Kerry
- Lovers of Arak protest: Today the prices of 'cheap' alcohol jump
- Today: Ruling in case of Daniel Maoz, who murdered his parents
- (Tel-Aviv Mayor) Ron Huldai in special Op-Ed: "Tel-Aviv will remain open and free"
Millions protest in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves the region without a breakthrough, and the price of cheap alcohol jumps making top stories in today's Hebrew newspapers. Meanwhile, the State has asked the High Court to delay the evacuation of an 18-year-old outpost, claiming Jews bought some of the Palestinian land, the Jerusalem Municipality has threatened a local theater over a play about a pro-Palestinian activist and Haaretz's Amira Hass writes an accusing piece about a highway to be built through an Arab neighborhood and an IDF firing zone in the midst of Bedouin villages.
US Secretary of State John Kerry left the region yesterday saying that "real progress" has been made, the Palestinians say "there has been no breakthrough so far." Kerry spent the last four days and a total 13 hours in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and another six hours with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. There will be no joint summit this week in Amman, as Kerry had hoped and planned. Maariv presents Netanyahu as making many compromises. "He committed to freeze settlement construction outside the settlement blocs and to reign in the construction within the blocs and in the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem," writes Eli Bardenstein. However, yesterday, it was Maariv that reported on the approval of construction of some 1000 housing units in a Jewish neighborhood over the Green Line. Bardenstein says that Abbas, too, made great efforts. he was willing to accept the Americans speaking about the '67 borders - and not Netanayahu. He was even willing to give in on settlement construction within the settlement blocs. In exchange, he demanded 123 pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners be released all at once. Netanyahu refused - agreeing only to release them 60 at a time as talks progress. Netanyahu does not trust Abbas not to leave the talks soon after they begin. Abbas and his colleagues are equally suspicious of Netanyahu and do not intend to give in to pressure and enter into a negotiating process that will simply produce talks but not address Palestinian demands. (NRG Hebrew) "The Palestinians made their position clear, on all key issues, borders, settlements and the answers received from Israel are more goodwill gestures and vague wording," a Palestinian source told Haaretz. The source also said that the Americans have a deep understanding of the Palestinian position. Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that he was ready to begin talks with the Palestinians immediately, but he made no mention of yielding to Palestinian demands to halt settlement construction or release Palestinian prisoners.
Haaretz writes that after a six-hour marathon meeting between Kerry and Israeli officials Saturday night, Kerry presented Abbas with an updated offer. According to Haaretz, the Palestinians had not yet given the Americans their response. But Kerry's trip may have scored some victories, writes Israel Hayom. Israel Radio reported on Sunday afternoon, that the Palestinians agreed to give Kerry more time to proceed with his efforts without placing a deadline for a resumption of unilateral moves at the UN. However, any agreement with the Palestinians will have to pass a national referendum, Netanyahu said yesterday at the government cabinet meeting, NRG Hebrew reported. After Kerry left the region, President Shimon Peres said that disagreements with the Palestinians could be resolved "in a relatively short period of time" adding that "there is no alternative other than two states for two peoples; the rest is old wives' tales."
The State has asked the High Court to postpone by another four days the long-awaited evacuation of the 18-year-old West Bank outpost of Amona. The State claims that Jews have bought four pieces of land within the outpost. The State and the Amona settlers hope that will eventually cancel the evacuation. They were bought through an Arabic named company set up by the Binyamin settler council called, 'Al-Watan' - meaning 'The Homeland.' The evacuation of the outpost first began due to efforts by Peace Now. In 2006, after a petition filed by Peace Now, the state demolished nine houses at the outpost, but the complete evacuation continued to be postponed. Security forces are prepared to carry out the evacuation on 24 hours' notice. Maariv writes that because of fear to the lives of the Palestinians who sold their land, their information and the details of the sales was passed to the court confidentially. [In Palestine, sale of land to Jews is considered treason and punishable by death. - OH]
The Jerusalem Municipality is threatening to end budget funding to the city's famed Khan Theater if the latter does not stop the show about the famous young American pro-Palestinian activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while she was defending a Palestinian home from being demolished. "My Name is Rachel Corrie," is a one-woman play written and performed by Israeli Jews, based on the journals Corrie wrote. The theater receives some $25,000 a year from the municipality. In a letter, the municipality wrote that Corrie was killed in a tragic accident and that she was an "Israel-hater." The Khan's CEO, Danny Weiss, said that the play is a performance by an outside group, which rented the premises, and that the play won a Canadian festival prize for one-man shows.
Amira Hass wrote a sharp-tongued personal piece about the effect of protests by Israel's famous authors against the State's expropriation of land for a highway through an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem and the possible effect if they do the same about the land the IDF declared a firing zone and which it now wants to take from a hamlet of Bedouin villages in the West Bank.
- Settlers torch olive trees near Nablus - Settlers from Yizhar raided the Palestinians fields of the Einabus village and set fire to a vast area of olive fields, completely destroying 200 trees. (Maan)
- Fatah: Israel detains Huwwara mayor - Israeli soldiers raided the Nablus village and detained Mayor Nasser Jihad Mufdi, 45, after searching his home. [The village is often the target of settler attacks - OH]. In Aida camp in Bethlehem, soldiers detained photographer Mohammad Walid al-Azzeh, 23, who was shot by soldiers in the face in April and is awaiting a third surgery. (Maan PHOTO)
- **Arab, Jewish teens meet after Abu Ghosh violence - Week after vandals spray paint hate slogans, damage cars in mixed town, hundreds of teenagers take part in event meant to promote dialogue, coexistence. (Ynet)
- US condemns expansion of Har Homa (Jewish settlement neighborhood over Green Line) - The plan being advanced by the Housing Ministry and Jerusalem Municipality for the construction of 930 housing units - specifically during US Secretary of State John Kery's visit - brought sharp criticism from the US and Europe. (Maariv, p. 5, NRG Hebrew)
- IDF officer sentenced over shooting of Palestinian gets state immunity for civil damages - IDF agrees to pay if suit against officer who commandeered a taxi in the West Bank, tied up the driver and then heedlessly shot a Palestinian, succeeds. (Haaretz)
- Hawkish Likud members win top seats in party election - Results could mark Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's weakening position within his own party. (Haaretz and Ynet)
- Administration for evacuees of Gush Katif closing its doors - Much criticism of body established to help (settlers evacuated from Gaza Strip in summer 2005). Only half of families live in permanent homes and many are still unemployed. (Maariv, p. 12/NRG Hebrew)
- Detained Israeli social protesters say sexually harassed by police officers - Tel Aviv officers say the two women provoked them in hope of getting busted at weekly demonstration outside Lapid's home. (Haaretz and Ynet)
- Armed and uniformed: Hezbollah watching IDF movements - Northern command practice direct conflict with Hezbollah in bid to keep troops on toes, in wake of what commanders call Hezbollah's 'compulsive' documentation of IDF movements. (Ynet)
- Jerusalem to host forums with foreign writers - Jewish American author Nicole Krauss to open new series of literature meetings between foreign authors, Israeli readers ahead of International Writers' Festival. (Ynet)
- Bolshoi Opera makes 1st visit to Israel - Israeli Opera hosting one of world's leading opera houses with Tchaikovsky's ultimate masterpiece, 'Yevgeny Onegin.' (Ynet)
- Foreign tourists shun Israeli hotels - Number of travelers arriving in Israel grows by 110% in 25 years, while average length of tourist's hotel stay dips 50% as many choose to spend night in cheaper Bethlehem. Meanwhile, number of tourists visiting neighboring countries grows by thousands of percentage points. (Ynet)
- Man sets himself on fire outside Palestinian Authority ministry - Wissam Bilal Khalil Marouf, 21, a former prisoner sustained serious injuries Sunday after setting himself on fire in front of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance in Ramallah to protest a delay in the receipt of benefits conferred to former prisoners. (Maan)
- EU slams Gaza over executions - The EU mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Sunday condemned the recent execution of two Palestinians in Gaza by Hamas authorities. (Maan)
Recovering from surgery, only to be knocked down again by Israeli police
Palestinian laborer Hader Sharif was on the verge of recovering from a broken thighbone when Israeli police stormed his home. Now he's back on crutches. (Gideon Levy, Haaretz)
Israel and the Middle East on the battlefield of Wikipedia
The Arabs and Iranians are fighting over the entry for the Second Lebanon War; the Iranians and Arabs are locked in battle over the history of the Gulf War; and all of us together are fighting over the entry for Operation Cast Lead. (Haaretz)
An intifada substitute in the heart of Tel Aviv
Exhibit at Nahum Gutman Museum shows Israeli urbanization from a non-Zionist perspective. (Haaretz)
Annexation in disguise in South Hebron Hills (Haaretz Editorial) The rationale behind the expulsions and prohibitions on development in the South Hebron Hills is clear: to leave as much Palestinian-free land as possible to facilitate its annexation to Israel.
Israeli moderates, resist (Uzi Baram, Haaretz) Parts of the ruling party have veered to the fringes, but they don't represent the mainstream. Before the next election, we should consider a broad coalition of political forces from all the center and left parties.
The moment of truth is upon us (Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom) As the current round of peace talks approaches a critical point, both sides feel compelled to gain just another tiny advantage.
Would you have freed Mandela? (Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz) Prisons are supposed to gather up 'harmful elements,' to keep them separate, just as the wall and the fences and the checkpoints are supposed to keep the Palestinians separate. In this normalization, our freedom is their oppression.
Precedent for Palestinians only (Merav Betito, Yedioth/Ynet) Harsh sentence handed to Gan Ha'ir rapist would not have been given to affluent Israeli Jew.
Even if he doesn't get talks restarted, Kerry trying harder than anyone (Barak Ravid, Haaretz) There are too many in the Israeli government and in the Palestinian Authority who would like to see Kerry throw in the towel and make his getaway, but he remains determined.
We're the majority, not the minority (Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Israel Hayom) There are currently no more than 2.5 million Arab residents, at most, living in the Land of Israel, versus a majority of more than 6 million Jews who are procreating at a faster rate.
Someone to save Lapid from himself (Aluf Benn, Haaretz) If Lapid wants to avoid any more slip-ups and advance from the treasury to the Prime Minister's Office, he must upgrade his staff.
Time for Israelis and Iranians to rediscover their similarities (Abrisham Eshghi, Haaretz) I was surprised by the cultural similarities between my Iranian family roots and Israel, common ground that could propel the peoples of both countries, if not their governments, toward building positive ties between them.
Dialogue of hate (Ben-Dror Yemini, Maariv/NRG Hebrew) "We have not heard about presidential support from the White House for the demonstrators in Egypt," and asks, "Why don't they merit support? Why doesn't Morsi deserve the same treatment that his predecessor Mubarak received?" The author believes that, "The US has a problem," and suggests that the common denominator for supporters of the current Islamist regime in Cairo and its opponents is hatred of the US and Israel. The paper calls on the West to tell the Islamic world: "You are to blame for your plight. Stop blaming the whole world - the West, the capitalists, the Jews. As long as you continue this self-deception, as long as you do not understand that equality, basic rights, tolerance, patience and women's rights are not 'Western values' but universal values, nothing will change."
Bloodshed in Arab world means reduced threats to Israel, at least for now (Amos Harel, Haaretz) Internal fighting around Middle East has given Israel strategic breathing room that enabled the government to enact limited budget cuts in the IDF. Extra caution is necessary but this isn't our war: the less we intervene, the better.
A weak and scarred President (Smadar Peri, Yedioth) "Morsi has no magic solutions," but adds, "Lucky for him, he has no replacement in the rival camp." The author believes that the military and security services are, for now, standing aside while, "The two camps wait to see who will blink first."
For protesters, anything less than Morsi's exit is a 'failure of the revolution' (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) Secular Egyptians want President Morsi to go, but haven't considered the consequences or thought of a strong leader who could replace him.
Morsi's worst nightmare (Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom) Egypt's president never imagined celebrating the one-year anniversary of his rule hidden away in the presidential guard's headquarters.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.