APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday November 25, 2012
Quote of the day:
"You are a persona non grata here."
--Omer Parter, a reserve soldier at the Gaza border, forced extremist Rabbi Dov Lior to leave without giving soldiers a pep talk. ** (Ynet)
Front Page News:
- Tens of thousands demonstrated in Egypt against President Morsi
- (Police Commissioner) Danino: It's not possible that someone stands trial for an offence committed a decade ago
- Israel and Turkey renewed talks to end the flotilla crisis
- The Academy of the Hebrew Language: From now on say Prime Minister (in feminine form for female prime ministers)
- The committee for the war on jumping (Internet) ads
- Battle vote by vote - One of the most dramatic elections in Likud climaxes: 97 candidates fight for less than 25 likely seats in next Knesset
- Mom, again - Two years after losing her only son Elad in the Carmel disaster, Tzvia Riben hugs twins who carry his name: Li-El and Li-Ad
- Song after war - After 8 days of fighting, Chief of Staff went out with wife to Nurit Galron concert
- Air Force Commander bombed in Gaza and brought Chief of Staff souvenir
- Price of operation - Who will get full compensation for financial damages for Operation Pillar of Cloud?
- Israel located new shipment of missiles from Iran to Gaza (Hebrew)
- Tahrir vs. Morsi - More than 100 wounded in series of mass demos against decision of Egyptian President to expand his authority
- Primaries in Likud: Netanyahu vs. Feiglin's and Katz's deals - At least 6 serving ministers won't get seats in the next Knesset (Hebrew)
- Larry Hagman, who portrayed the mythological JR in the series Dallas, passed away at age 81
- Back to politics; Primaries in Likud - 58 days to elections
- "Morsi is returning Egypt to the days of darkness" - Demonstrations of rage at Tahrir Square
- Blessed barrages - stormy weather
- State Attorney: No reason not to recognize Ariel center as university
- In Jerusalem angry over Palestinian insistence to turn to UN: "More dangerous move than rockets"
- Parting from J.R.: Actor Larry Hegman died at age 81
Egyptians battle in Tahrir Square against their president's expanded authority, Likud members vote in primaries in which many expect surprises, and Gazans get breadwinners get more freedom to fish and farm from Israel. Meanwhile, Israel kills one Palestinian after the ceasefire, Israelis are concerned the Palestinians will win their statehood bid at the UN on Thursday, Haaretz reported on renewed ties between Israel and Turkey, and two right-wing settler rabbis make the news.
Israel has eased its siege on Gaza following the truce deal, the papers report. Gazan fisherman can now fish up to six miles from shore, instead of three, while Gazan farmers can access their land closer to the security fence. Israel limited Gazan movement in 2007 (Haaretz) or 2006 (Yedioth) depending which paper you read. Nevertheless, when a group of protesters got near the fence on Friday, Israel shot one dead and injured 19 others. The Palestinians wrote a letter to the UN Security Council over the breach of the ceasefire. Following the killing of one protester, the papers report that Hamas police made the unusual move of evacuating Gazans from the border zone.
Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzuk gave an interview to the Associated Press that was quoted extensively, despite the lack of a quote in the article. Abu Marzouk is paraphrased as saying that Hamas will not stop arming itself because only a strong arsenal, not negotiations, can extract concessions from Israel. But there is no such quote in the article.
Haaretz writes that Israel and Turkey are resuming talks to end their diplomatic crisis. Senior Israeli officials say Netanyahu's envoy, Yosef Chiechanover, met with Turkish envoy Feridun Sinirlioglu to discuss reconciliation after the crisis that broke out following the killing of nine Turks on the 2010 Gaza Mavi Marmara flotilla.
Israel fears that its efforts to stop the Palestinians from upgrading their status this Thursday at the UN General will fail and they are blaming the US for not getting them to drop their bid, writes Maariv. Israeli officials said, "The Americans are not pressuring (the Palestinians) or using the means needed to get them down from the tree." A Foreign Ministry official told Maariv, "We will cause the Palestinians to be sorry." Israel hopes to bring the number of countries voting in support of the bid down from 160 to 120 by getting members of the 27-country European bloc to abstain. Netanyahu sent his envoy for peace negotiations, Adv. Yitzhak Molcho, to visit European capitals and convince them to thwart the Palestinian move. Israel fears that with an upgraded status, the Palestinians will ask for membership to the International Court of Justice in Hague and use that to sue Israel for building in settlements. (NRG Hebrew)
Yedioth notes that the date the Palestinians chose, November 29th, was the date the in 1947 that the UN made the decision to divide Palestine into a Palestinian state and a Jewish state.
**IDF reservists snubbed the extremist Hebron settler Rabbi Dov Lior, Ynet reported. Kiryat Arba's chief rabbi, who allegedly legitimized killing of non-Jews, was driven away by soldiers as he arrived to speak to fighters stationed on the Gaza border, Ynet wrote. Meanwhile, Rabbi Melamed of Har Bracha settlement accused the media of idolizing Peace Now, which he said led to the Gaza conflict, Ynet reported.
- Footage from interrogations of over (Jewish) lynch (of Arab) in Jerusalem's Zion Square disappeared - Footage of questioning of youths charged with assaulting Arab teen erased from police computers. Defense lawyers now likely to request lighter sentences for the 10 defendants in the case. (Ynet and NRG Hebrew)
- West Bank: Settlers break school windows - Settlers hurl stones at school in village of Urif causing damage to building. Security forces called to scene attacked by Palestinians. (Ynet)
- Palestinians: IDF arrests Hamas MP in West Bank
- Report of arrest of MP Yasser Mansour and ransacking of his home comes amid dozens of arrests in West Bank after Operation Pillar of Defense. (Haaretz)
- As Likud members head to polls, Netanyahu fights to keep party's moderate image - Members of the extreme right, like Moshe Feiglin, could gain realistic spots on the Likud list in the party primary. (Haaretz)
- Yachimovich asks Livni to join Labor, not to split center-left bloc - Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich says those who want to replace Netanyahu government must join Labor and not establish splinter parties • Channel 2: Livni to meet former Prime Minister Olmert again to propose running on joint ticket. (Israel Hayom)
- Israel Air Force commander's personal example - General Amir Eshel dropped a bomb in Gaza and gave the safety latch to the chief of staff as a present. (Yedioth, p. 10)
- Israel Lands Authority accused of bias against Arabs in Nazareth tender - Tender sets army service as a precondition for applying; most of Israel's Arabs do not serve in the army. (Haaretz)
- Criminals should not hold political office, says police chief - But by the same token, Police Commissioner Insp. Gen. Yohanan Danino says there is no gain in putting Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman on trial for something he may have done more than a decade ago. (Israel Hayom)
- Jabari deputy likely to be Hamas' next military commander - Israeli intelligence expects Marwan Issa will be new de-facto head of Hamas' military wing, after Ahmed Jabari was killed in an Israeli air strike. (Haaretz)
- Arafat's remains said to be exhumed Tuesday - Swiss, French and Russian experts to check former Palestinian leader's bones for lethal radioactive substance amid claims he was poisoned by Israel. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Ultra-Orthodox women (in Israel) inspired by Kate Middleton - Duchess of Cambridge becomes fashion guru among Jewish religious women. 'Her wardrobe is conservative yet fashionable, and most importantly – modest,' explains Bnei Brak fashion designer. (Ynet)
- Following cease-fire with Hamas, Israel launches new tourism campaign - Tourism industry observers say it could take a month or two, or even longer, for the tourist sector in the south to recover from the hostilities. (Haaretz)
- 'Last operation was practice run for conflict with Iran' - Israeli, U.S. officials tell New York Times that Operation Pillar of Defense served as good exercise in preparation for possible military strike on Iran • In conflict with Iran, Israel would face three-tier missile threat from Gaza, Hezbollah and Iran. (Israel Hayom)
- Lebanon's Nasrallah congratulates Hamas over 'victory' - Hezbollah's secretary general says Israeli defeat is evident by 'the look on the faces of tripartite, Netanyahu, Obama, and Lieberman.' (Haaretz)
- Hamas: Jews will think twice before attacking Iran - Mahmoud al-Zahar says Iran gives Hamas weapons, money 'for sake of Allah, no conditions attached'. Occupation needs resistance, not negotiations, Abu Marzook remarks. (Agencies, Ynet)
- US says time not right for conference on nuke-free Mideast - State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. will work to create conditions that could result in a successful conference, after current conditions in the region improve • Israel reportedly declines to attend. (Israel Hayom)
- Report: Satellite detects Iran attempt to smuggle Fajr rockets to Gaza - The Sunday Times reports that while ceasefire was being negotiated, missiles were being loaded onto cargo ship docked at an Iraninan port. Israel: We will attack and destroy any shipment of arms. (Ynet)
- Iran's Ahmadinejad: Gaza flare-up shows Israel's must 'bow' to Palestinian rights - Iranian president comments, coming in phone conversation Hamas PM Haniyeh, after he referred to Israeli airstrikes on the Strip as 'organized terrorism.' (Agencies, Haaretz)
In treatment: Jewish shrink helps Israelis and Gazans deal with trauma
Dr. James Gordon, from Washington, D.C., is helping Gazans and Israelis learn how to help themselves deal with the traumas of conflict. But now he is running out of funding. (Lauren Gelfond Feldinger, Haaretz)
The blog is mightier than the sword
During the heat of battle, Chinese bloggers and Hispanic journalists from the U.S. arrived in Israel. The bloggers, who have hundreds of millions of followers can play pivotal roles in Israel's public diplomacy. (Israel Hayom)
Gaza without Gazans: History of an Israeli fantasy Today, Ben-Gurion could declare with satisfaction that he was right: A thousand conquests haven't conquered Gaza. (Tom Segev, Haaretz)
Name your military operation. A guide
From Desert Storm to Pillar of Defense: who - or what - comes up with the names for military campaigns. (Haaretz)
An accounting (Gideon Levy, Haaretz) Gaza's death toll is enormous and its battle is against a continued occupation - a partial occupation since the disengagement, but an occupation nonetheless.
From wild man to statesman: Meet the new Avigdor Lieberman (David Landau, Haaretz) Get to know the new, pragmatic, post-Gaza Avigdor Lieberman. Cold, calculating, still a hardliner, but free of the dangerous Messianic nonsense of other leaders of the right. And he might be Israel's next PM.
Keeping America interested (Yoel Guzansky, Haaretz) An American presence in the region is an Israeli interest of the first degree, and we must do everything in our power to maintain it.
Labor's cheerleader for war (Yossi Sarid, Haaretz) The Labor Party under Shelly Yacimovich is not even trying to calm the winds of war. When she spoke of the obligation to raise more than one banner, we didn't imagine she meant a white flag.
The Arabs just won't learn (Kobi Niv, Haaretz) Maybe we too have to learn a lesson from the fact that the Arabs don't understand the lessons we're constantly teaching them
Hamas' nightmare (Zvika Fogel, Israel Hayom) When Hamas officials emerged from their bunkers on Thursday they saw there was not a single victory they could present to their people.
In keeping Gaza truce with Israel, Hamas shows it has much more to lose (Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz) Unlike in previous cease-fires, this time Hamas was quick to rein in small factions in the Gaza Strip, and handled an incident near the border fence with Israel differently than it would have in the past.
Discovering Mohammed Morsi (Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom) Egypt's president delivered the goods ... but he did not really have a choice; Cairo needs $2 billion annual aid from Washington.
The Palestinians' statehood bid and Israel's YouTube diplomacy (Barak Ravid, Haaretz) Is Abbas driving the Palestinian bus into the abyss? New YouTube cartoons by Israel's embassy in Washington might have you wonder if Netanyahu isn't doing the same.
Time to talk with Turkey (Haaretz Editorial) It would be absurd if Israel, which was prepared to negotiate with Hamas about a cease-fire, was unable to find the right words to apologize to the Turkish people for the Marmara raid.
How wars end (Dore Gold, Israel Hayom) When a state is stuck in what appears to be a stalemate there will always be people who look for more extreme solutions.
How to break the cycle (Profs. Avraham Sela and Oren Barak, Ynet and Yedioth) What Israel needs is not a military victory over Hamas but to quickly turn its non-state Palestinian rival into a stable state.
An illness and a drug called war commentary (Benny Ziffer, Haaretz) During Operation Pillar of Defense, TV studios filled up with commentators who are supposed to play by the rules of the game, which are always dictated by the government.
No room for disappointment (Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom) The Palestinians were hit hard, but they are celebrating, while Israelis, who pounded Hamas, are in mourning.
Preparing for Israel's previous war, not its next peace (Amir Oren, Haaretz) Operation Pillar of Defense showcased many of the army’s strengths while emphasizing the frustration of fighting terror organizations.
Time for Israel to take risks for peace (Douglas Alexander, Haaretz) Ultimately there can be no military solution to this crisis. Israel needs a strategy for building peace and not just tactics for winning the next round of war.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.