APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 7, 2012
Quote of the day:
"[People] always said that if something happend to my family I would see things differently. And then, in one moment, I'm in that situation."
--Eyal Shiran explains how he is running for the left-wing Meretz party, even after his sister being killed in a Palestinian suicide bomb attack.**
Front Page News:
- Millions of Americans chose a President
- China pressured and protested, the MKs removed their signatures from petition opposing organ harvesting
- New report reveals Death rate in south from curable diseases is 20% higher than in Tel-Aviv
- (Palestinian) Attacked by (Israeli) police and put on trial for attacking them
- Maariv employees abandoned their work stations and opened a strike
- 60 years to his death, Weizman's legacy looking for recognition
- Mr. President (Photo of Obama on top half and turn paper around and see Romney with same title and Yedioth masthead on top half)
- Turnover in National Religious Party (Habayit Hayehudi) - Bennett defeated Orlev
- Mr. President (photo of both candidates)
- Habayit Hayehudi also voted: Naftali Bennett is the Chairman; Orlev resigned from politics
- The "Marmara trial" opened in Turkey: The prosecution demands 18,000-year prison sentence
The US elections remained *the* main story in Israeli newspapers, that is of the three newspapers that arrived on doorsteps. Maariv employees went on strike and the paper did not go to print. Turkey opened its trial against four top IDF commanders, Israel considered which 'punishments' to wield against the Palestinian Authority and meanwhile it announced more housing units over the Green Line. And, Yedioth reported on an Israeli who lost his sister in a terrorist attack and is now running for the left-wing Meretz party.
A Turkish court tried four top IDF commanders in absentia yesterday over the death of nine Turks in the Marmara Affair in 2010, while hundreds chanted 'Death to Israel' and held Palestinian flags. Israel Hayom called it 'Turkish chutzpah.'
Haaretz and Ynet (but not Yedioth) reported on the punitive measures the Israeli government is considering taking against the Palestinian Authority if it goes ahead with its statehood bid at the UN. Haaretz wrote Israel may expand settlement construction, while the Reuters article on Ynet said Israel may cancel the Paris Protocol, a key economic accord it maintains with the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, and it might also adopt portions of the controversial Levy Report, which recommended legalization of dozens of settler outposts.
Left-wing activists say it was no coincidence that Israel released tenders for 1,285 housing units across the Green Line on US Election Day. That way Israel could avoid criticism. The tenders were for homes in Pisgat Ze'ev, Ramot and Ariel, Haaretz and Ynet (but not Yedioth or Israel Hayom) reported.
"**My life story gave me power," said 34-year-old Eyal Shiran, whose sister was killed in a terror attack on a Haifa restaurant. His father died years later from his injuries. Shiran has decided to run for a spot on the left-wing Meretz party list, Yedioth reported. "[People] always said that if something happend to my family I would see things differently. And then, in one moment, I'm in that situation. And I tell myself while driving (to the hospital), 'This is your moment of truth, Eyal,' did your perspective on life collapse now?' And it did not. The opposite is true. It only strengthened me."
- Palestinian teen spends 21 days behind bars on false charges - Prosecution ditches case against Beit Hanina youth after CCTV footage reveals that it was actually the youth who was attacked by the Border Police and not visa-versa. (Haaretz)
- New Bedouin community to be established in Israel's south - Much of the area where the tribe currently lives consists of military firing zones, antiquities and nature reserves. (Haaretz)
- Golan residents concerned about escalation - Northerners say they are worried about what scuffles on Syrian border might portend. (Ynet)
- Netanyahu on Iran: 'We don't beg; we prepare' - Asked in a news interview whether, if re-elected, he could promise that by the end of his term Iran would not have a nuclear weapon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu answers with a resounding "Yes." (Israel Hayom)
- East Jerusalem hospitals face financial crisis in wake of Palestinian UN bid - Agreement with Palestinian Authority allows admitting patients from West Bank and Gaza to hospitals in East Jerusalem. But now, the Western-backed PA’ rising debt threatens the stability of the hospitals and jeopardizes the healthcare of thousands of Palestinians. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Ashdod Sudanese ask neighbors: Vote for leaders who won't deport us - About 2,000 Sudanese and Eritreans live in Ashdod; they say they are the ones who are afraid to go out at night, because local residents attack them for no reason. (Haaretz)
- Palestinian hip-hoppers against honor killings - DAM lead singer Tamer Nafar told a Ramallah news conference the song was written to highlight the phenomena of killing women under the pretext of protecting family honor. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Staff at Israeli daily Maariv announce strike, stop presses - Employees demand clarifications regarding new owner's plans for the newspaper, including the number of employees to be absorbed, and the paper's structure. (Haaretz)
- Israeli officers and Palestinians wounded in East Jerusalem riot - Palestinian rioters attack police force en route to arrest in Jerusalem's Shoafat refugee camp; all wounded were evacuated to nearby hospitals. (Haaretz)
- Party newcomer projected to win Habayit Hayehudi primary by a landslide - Naftali Bennett, former businessman and Netanyahu's one-time bureau chief, beat party. (Haaretz and Ynet)
- Shas' Deri eyes Arab vote - Shas leader tells activists that polls indicate 'great sympathy' within Arab sector. 'They want to safeguard their heritage as we want to safeguard ours,' he says. (Ynet)
- A.B. Yehoshua wins French literary award - One of Israel's most important authors receives Prix Médicis in translated book category for his novel 'The Retrospective.' (Agencies, Ynet)
- Swiss team visits Arafat's grave ahead of exhumation - The team, one of two groups set to conduct parallel probes into Arafat's 2004 death, spent an hour inspecting the tomb, located in a mausoleum outside Palestinian government headquarters. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- US voters in Israel solidly behind Romney- Although American Jews traditionally vote for Democratic candidates, American immigrants in Israel have consistently supported Republicans. According to one estimate, an overwhelming majority of expatriates in Israel choose Romney. (Israel Hayom)
- Livni, Olmert to declare intentions after US election results
- It is believed that a victory for Obama will significantly increase the chances they will return to politics. Homefront Defense Minister Avi Dichter blasts Tzipi Livni, says her "resume doesn't include one decision she has made." (Israel Hayom)
- 'Regardless of outcome, Israel will retain bipartisan support' - Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon says that even if Obama is re-elected, he does not expect the U.S. to pressure Israel into resuming peace talks with the Palestinians. (Israel Hayom)
- US judge dismisses Hamas financing suit against Arab Bank - Federal court rejects claims by shooting victim that allegedly link Arab Bank to Gaza's rulers; says 'Hamas is not the defendant; the bank is'. (Ynet)
- Syrian government seals Hamas offices in Damascus - Move finalizes the break between the Islamic terrorist group and its former patron. Hamas spokesman says it is "a result of our siding with the Syrian people in their just struggle." Gunmen shoot and kill brother of Syria's parliament speaker. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
- British PM Cameron: Help Assad flee to bring end to Syria conflict - In interview with Al Arabiya television, the British premier adds that he would not offer Assad exile; Cameron also insists U.K. would not consider providing weapons to Syria's fractured opposition. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Iran to join confab on nuclear-free Middle East - Iran's ambassador to UN nuclear watchdog offers to take part in December conference, day after IAEA chief said Tehan not cooperating with probe of its nuclear program. (Agencies, Haaretz)
For the right man, Israelis would make peace (Akiva Eldar, Haaretz) The consensus is moving to the right, but that doesn't mean Israeli Jews won't support a deal with the PA if the right leader comes along, a new study shows.
View from the Oval Office (Eitan Haber, Yedioth and Ynet) PM's support for Romney during presidential campaign may hurt us all.
Read his lips (Aluf Benn, Haaretz) Over the course of his four years in office, Netanyahu has accustomed the world to the idea that Israel will attack Iran.
Israel on the roulette table (Yoaz Hendel, Yedioth and Ynet) Obama created tense relations with Netanyahu by choosing Cairo over Jerusalem.
Strange bedfellows (Moshe Arens, Haaretz) On the most important issue facing Israel in the years to come - the integration of the country's Arab minority into society - there is an unbridgeable gulf between Lieberman's views and Likud's.
The National Religious Party loses its warmth (Roy (Chicky) Arad, Haaretz) With one-third of votes counted, challenger Naftali Bennett holds healthy lead over Zevulun Orlev.
Another reason to root for Romney (Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom) If Obama is re-elected, Israelis are going to have to clean out their bomb shelters and get ready for a large-scale call-up of the reserves.
America doesn’t dream anymore (Orly Azoulay, Yedioth and Ynet) Winner of US elections will be president of a divided, disillusioned nation.
At age 89, Peres is still fit to run for prime minister (Amir Oren, Haaretz) Who could lead a camp that would defeat Netanyahu in the January election? Only Shimon Peres. Israel's president has one month to decide whether to resign his position and embark on a historic mission.
I didn't leave the Democrats — they left me ([Romney-funder] Sheldon G. Adelson, owner of Israel Hayom) There is now a visceral anti-Israel movement among rank-and-file Democrats.
In Egypt, a delicate balance between political Salafists and jihadi ones (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) Mohammed Morsi is tiptoeing between the political Salafists and the jihadi Salafists, and between both of them and the secular opposition, which is battling over the shape of the country's new constitution.
A certificate of bad conduct (Haaretz Editorial) Police indicted and kept a teenager in jail for many months even though the teen's DNA didn't match that of the attacker,
The axis of politeness (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) The problem will begin when Israel is so successful that it is shifted from the axis of politeness to the axis of indifference. From there it's a short hop to the axis of punishment.
Romney is good for the Arabs (Oudeh Basharat, Haaretz) Obama is good for the Americans, of that I'm convinced. But when it comes to Middle East policy, the real White House is located in the Israeli prime minister's residence in Rehavia.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.