APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday November 23, 2012
Quote of the day:
"We want to preserve a homey and positive atmosphere."
--'Hamarakia restaurant owner, Noam Park, explains why Israeli police were expelled from the premises.**
Front Page News:
- Buying time - [Includes chart showing number of rockets from Gaza each year from 2005 to 2012 and how the numbers rose with time and chart showing number of Israelis and of Palestinians killed each year since 2005 - not in English edition]
- (Roundup:) Officer died from wounds from shooting; Suspects arrested in terror attack in Tel-Aviv; Moris tightening his hold over Egypt; Netanyahu signaling Lieberman and Barak will keep their seats after elections; Residents of south return to depressing routine of poverty and neglect; In Gaza and the W. Bank hope that ceasefire will advance internal reconciliation agreement
- Clinton warned Netanyahu of the collapse of the Palestinian Authority
- Defense Ministry freezes construction of tent city (for African refugees) in south
- Who benefits from the budget subsidies of the government ministries?
- The king and the wanderers - King Solomon's mines in Timna were built by the Edomites
- [Small green ad from Meretz party: 'Sometimes, it's better to listen to Meretz at teh beginning and not to wait till the end.'
- Caught - Resident of Taybeh (Israeli-Arab town) who put explosives on Tel-Aviv bus
- Cloudburst - 8 days in November: Yedioth reporters on life between alarms and on the lessons of Operation Pillar of Cloud
- Storms and lulls - Fickle weather this weekend; Rain today
- The attacker from Tel-Aviv: Palestinians with Israeli citizenship (Hebrew)
- Going home disappointed (photo of reservists in south packing up)
- Giving a hand to the south - Today we drive to buy in Ashdod and strengthen the residents (Hebrew)
- Officer who was mortally wounded died from his injuries
- Poll: Majority oppose ceasefire, Right-wing bloc strengthens (Hebrew)
- Gantz: "The reality will become clear when the clouds of dust settle" - 2 days after the ceasefire went into effect - and the debate is underway; Netanyahu: "This is the right step"; Barak: "If the fire returns, we will strike them; Lieberman: "The world is on our side"; The reservists go home: "Disappointed we didn't enter (Gaza)"
- Officer Boris Yarmolnik planned to return home; hit by shrapnel - and died of his injury
- The suspect in the terror attack on the bus: Arab-Israeli from Taybeh
- On Sunday: Likud elects its list - party fears low rate of voting
- Morsi, modern Pharoah: Fury in Egypt after President expanded his authority
- Rain returns across country
- After the calm: Returning to make hikes in the Negev
An Israeli Arab is believed be behind Tel-Aviv bus explosion, Israeli reserve soldiers were disappointed they were sent home, Israelis in south return to their daily lives, an officer dies of his wounds, and things remain hot in E. Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Five men, allegedly from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, were arrested yesterday in connection to the Wednesday attack on Tel-Aviv's bus #142. The man believed to have thrown the explosives on the bus that injured 22 people, is a resident of the Arab-Israeli town of Taybeh. Haaretz and Israel Hayom report that he is from the West Bank, but received Israeli citizenship as part of family reunification.
The papers described the disappointment of the reserve soldiers, who left their daily lives, put on uniforms and went south where they slept on the ground, bathed (sometimes) in cold water and ate badly - but didn't enter Gaza and fight. Some of them caused a commotion after they uploaded pictures of themselves with the words 'Bibi is a loser.' "We feel like students who prepared for matriculation exams that were cancelled," one told Yedioth.
Ministers in the Forum of Nine asked why the reservists were even called up. They say that the drafting of the reservists and the threats of a ground invasion only increased Hamas' shooting and the international pressure on Israel. Netanyahu responded: "We made great achievements." IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said, "The IDF attacked everything that moved in the Gaza Strip in regards to terror infrastructure, tunnels, weapon warehouses, launching holes and strategic facilities." One IDF officer, who was wounded from shrapnel from a mortar attack, died yesterday.
RESIDENTS OF SOUTH:
Much discussion about how Israelis are returning to their normal lives in the south. The papers also encouraged Israelis from around the country to shop, visit, hike - whatever - in the south to help the locals, who have long suffered from poverty and government neglect. Maariv interviews the "Parliament" in Rishon L'Tzion, a group of old men who regularly sit at Cafe Gazoz. They say that "Obama decided, not Bibi," to end the operation. The 'Parliament' was once left-wing. Now they don't know who to vote for.
Goodbye siren, hello bell. The 8th grade students of class 4 at the Ashkelon school that was hit return to a destroyed class room. Most students in the south of Israel return to studies today.
Sami Ajrami, Maariv's Gazan stringer, writes that Palestinians "feel like prisoners released from jail, but they know: as long as there is no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, any arrangement is temporary." Yedioth did not write about the Palestinians today, but it's website Ynet ran an article titled: 'Gazans face harsh reality after op.'
Fatah and Hamas are getting closer, following the operation, Maariv and Haaretz write. Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called him to congratulate him on the victory. Haniyeh said he would support Abbas' bid for Palestinian statehood (within the pre-'67 borders) on November 29th (NRG Hebrew). In the upcoming days the two political factions will meet in Cairo to formulate an agreement of a vision for a joint future. They want to join forces. The Egyptians will be mediating. Haaretz's Avi Issacharoff writes that Egypt, too, will now push for Hamas-Fatah unity, following the hostilities.
The IDF arrested 55 Palestinians in the West Bank on Wednesday night, the eve of the ceasefire agreement, although Haaretz and Israel Hayom wrote that it was last night. Haaretz writesit was in an effort to minimize potential disturbances. Today, it is preparing for disturbances in the West Bank and Gaza following the Friday prayers.
On the first day of the ceasefire, a young female Palestinian from E. Jerusalem stabbed an Israeli Border Policeman outside the police station in E. Jerusalem. He was lightly wounded. Dozens of Palestinian youth began to struggle with the police when she was arrested. At 9:30 that night, a Molotov cocktail was thrown for the first time on Jerusalem's light rail, at the E. Jerusalem station in Beit Hanina, but it did not catch.
On campus: Calls justifying the Kassam shooting on Israel, signs showing the prime minister with blood on his hands and mutual condemnations between Arab and Jewish students that deteriorated to violence. Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus campus turned into the central arena of the battle between the Arab and Jewish political groups, including the [extreme right-wing] Im Tirtzu group. According to the campus security, Netanyahu's son, Yair, who studies there wanted to participate in the demo supporting the military operation, but was asked to stay on campus. The climax was when the siren went off Tuesday during a violent conflict between the demonstrators and the 'Yasam' special police forces. (Yedioth Jerusalem, p. 20 and Israel Hayom)
Maariv poll following announcement of ceasefire agreement, summarized in Israel Hayom English:
Likud-Beiteinu: 37 mandates
Labor: 22 mandates
Shas: 14 mandates
Habayit Hayehudi: 9 mandates
Yesh Atid: 9 mandates
Etzmaut (Barak): 4 mandates
Kadima 2 mandates
2/3 of public support continuing the operation
29% support ground invasion and leaving forces in Gaza to prevent shooting
Netanyahu and Lieberman lose some of their strength
Possible candidacy of Tzipi Livni destroys Lapid's chances
Habayit Hayehud [extreme right-wing - OH] gets stronger
- War and Peace - Emmy-award winning director Tor Ben-Mayor (50) followed 27 Palestinians and Israelis in his film "Two-sided story," who lost their loved ones (and met) in the framework of a project by the Forum of Bereaved Families. In an interview before teh screening of his film in Jerusalem he speaks about the need for dialogue, particularly now: "We need to speak with our biggest enemy." He hopes those who see his film will change their views: "That they see the pain and suffering on both sides." (Yedioth Jerusalem Hamosaf, p. 26 - From website)
- Erdogan: Israeli, Turkish intelligence held talks on Gaza cease-fire with Hamas - Comments by Turkey's PM point to possible meeting between officials in Cairo, the second such contact over Hamas and Gaza in the last year. (Haaretz)
- The ultra-Orthodox Lubavitch movement ran a 3/4 page ad in Maariv saying: We salute the IDF soldiers! The secret weapon of the people of Israel is putting on tefillin every day." (Maariv)
- 'We foiled 100 million cyberattacks,' says Steinitz - Finance Ministry reveals millions of cyberattacks over the past week. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz: Government Counter-Cyberterrorism Unit set up "cybernetic Iron Dome" during Gaza Strip operation. (Israel Hayom)
- New (right-wing) video clip: (Arab MKs) Zouebi and Tibi dance the "Elkin Style" - Likud coalition chairman Zeev Elkin released a video clip in which left-wing leaders, including Tzipi Livni, former chief justice Dorit Beinish, Ehud Olmert, and Labor's Yachimovich and Yariv Oppenheimer (formerly of Peace Now), "protest" Elkin's activities, "which makes trouble for them." The clip, a parody of the popular S. Korean clip "Gangsta Style," is part of his campaign to convince Likud voters to choose him in primaries. (NRG Hebrew)
- **Have a gun - don't get soup - Policemen from the cavalry unit who arrived this week at 'Hamarakia' (The Soup Place) were expelled from the restaurant. The reason: They were carrying guns. The restaurant owner Noam Park: "We want to preserve a homey and positive atmosphere." [The restaurant owners are left-wing and have held special days selling Palestinian delicacies. - OH] (Yedioth Jerusalem, p. 32)
- Clinton warns Netanyahu not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN bid - The U.S. message to Israel was not to take any irreversible actions and to act wisely the day after the UN vote; Clinton emphasized that steps such as annulling the Oslo Accords could bring about dangerous consequences. (Haaretz)
- Meretz party called for special Knesset debate to discuss 'price of operation in Gaza' - The discussion will focus on the social and diplomatic price. Chairwoman Galon: 'The public will be served the inflated price after elections." (NRG Hebrew)
- Phone messages that endangered the soldiers - During Operation Pillar of Cloud, commanders passed sensitive information and orders in real time through popular WhatsApp smartphone application. That said, cellphones were taken from soldiers at points of entry into Gaza out of fear of leaking their positions to Hamas. "The department of security information knows that Hamas and other organizations in Gaza have considerable capabilities: They try to do wiretaps and surveillance on cellphones and computers." (Maariv and NRG Hebrew)
- Egypt's Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers - The president issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. (Agencies, Haaretz)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.