APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday November 9, 2012
Quote of the day:
"After the next unnecessary war, after you cry over those who fell, make a Google search for the interview by Udi Segel with Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) on the 2nd of November 2012, where a courageous Palestinian leader offers a solution acceptable to most of the residents of Israel..."
--Maariv columnist and Israeli poet Yonatan Gefen slams his 'wall' of a leader.**
Front Page News:
- New term, old problems - Barack Obama's victory celebrations were interrupted within a moment in a sober glance at the challenges facing him
- Livni to Peres: Head the left-wing bloc
- Yachimovitch: The Labor party was never a left-wing party
- Syrian mortars fell in the Golan
- Change of the guards in China
- Tears at Carlebach (St.) - After a long and bitter struggle, Maariv employees accepted their dismissal letters
- Neighborhood guard - Worried parents took the law into their hands in a struggle against released sex offenders
- Obama effect - After the US elections: What awaits the Americans, what awaits Israel
- "I made a mistake, Jonathan" - Mossad man Rafi Eitan, who was Jonathan Pollard's contact person, speaks about is the most embarassing affair in the history of US-Israel relations
- Gen. Hertzi Halevi told Netanyahu "No" - Prefers not to be appointed as his military secretary
- Another woman claims: (Labor party person Uri) Sagi sexually harassed me
- Winter is coming big time
- Netanyahu: They are trying to make trouble between us and the US (Hebrew)
- Syrian mortars in the Golan Heights (Hebrew)
- Beni, the paratrooper - Paratroopers parachuted into the sea, some with their fathers, such as the Chief of Staff, Beni Gantz
- All the truth about the Electricity Corp. - One of most failed companies with 65 billion shekel debt, but also pays record salaries...
- Parting from friends, continuing in our mission - Many of my friends received their dismissal letters...I never saw so many men cry //Chen Kottas-Bar (Hebrew)
- Netanyahu to Obama: "Congratulations, we will continue to work together"
- Prepare your umbrellas - Winter is here
- War in Syria spills over the border
- Innocent passerby injured from criminal's fire
- Provoking: Iranian fighter planes shot American drone in Persian Gulf
- You won't guess where they make Israeli Vodka premium (In Tziporit, near Nazareth)
The 'Obama effect' on Israel and the falling of Syrian mortars on the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights were top stories in today's newspapers. The Palestinians prepare for upgrading their UN status while Israeli police prepare for the arrival of far-right-wing Jewish activists at a soccer match tomorrow between an Arab and a Jerusalem team. A Maariv columnist calls the dismantling of political parties and peace movements and an Arab-Israeli actor tells why he does not take Arab roles.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated Obama on his re-election saying, "This was a vote of confidence in your leadership." Earlier on Thursday, Netanyahu rejected claims of perceived pro-Romney bias, indirectly accusing former prime minister Ehud Olmert, for 'trying to cause conflict between us and the US," and adding they "won't get away with it." Netanyahu's Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said that those who say that Netanyahu tried to influence the US elections are trying to sabotage the relationship between Israel and Washington.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority is circling a status upgrade draft at the UN in preparation for submitting it to the UN General Assembly. The PA will make the final decision on the bid after the Arab League summit on Wednesday, Ynet reported.
Far-right wing activists have announced will be at Doha soccer stadium in Sakhnin village on Saturday, Yedioth reported. National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir bought tickets to the soccer game between the Arab team Sakhnin and the right-wing-identified team Beitar Jerusalem and told the police they will be arriving with activists carrying Israeli flags. Three hundred police, 150 ushers and a police helicopter hovering overhead will attempt to keep the peace. One of the people expected to watch the game is Muhammed Zbeidat, who lost an eye from a rubber bullet during a game between the two teams last year.
**In Maariv's 'Sofshavua' magazine, Yonatan Gefen writes in what might be his last column (because he, like many others may lose his job at Maariv) that "if we don't reconsider the matter that is the main issue, that is, peace in our region and the lives of human beings, we can just dismantle the political parties and also the peace movements. Until now, they didn't really supply the goods." Gefen writes that "a week ago we learned again that our top leader is a wall" and points to the interview last week when the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli Channel 2 News of wanting to go to his home town of Safed/Tsfat only as a tourist, of his opposition to a third Intifada and of the clear maps he prepared of a Palestinian state within the '67 borders, but which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wouldn't take a look at. "Go explain to (Abbas) that even if peace spat in Bibi's face, he would simply wipe it and create another Iranian bomb." Gefen compares Abbas to the older Yitzhak Rabin "who knew what he said on the enemy Zionist television was dangerous." Gefen tells his readers: "After the next unnecessary war, after you cry over those who fell, make a Google search for the interview by Udi Segel with Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) on the 2nd of November 2012, where a courageous Palestinian leader offers a solution acceptable to most of the residents of Israel, but of course there won't be any dialogue about a real peace when on one side there is a lion with a mustache and on the other a (chicken) with a diploma."
Maariv interviews Yusuf Abu Warda, an Arab-Israeli actor who refuses to play Arabs. Abu Warda, 59, plays 'Amram Bulldog,' a tough (Jewish) guy on the popular TV series, 'The Arbiter.'
--"I don't want to play Arabs when they are portrayed from the point of view of Israeli screenwriters. It's a matter of respect. I am willing to act the role of Jews or 'bulldogs' (tough guys), whatever you want. Just don't put me in a situation where I am actually a function to show something political that I don't agree with."
--"Seventy percent of the people I run into that recognizes me as 'Amram Bulldog' don't know that I am Arab. They are scared when they discover it. I see the color in their faces change. 'Really? What's your name? Yusuf?' They think Bulldog is joking with them. 'What? You're Arab?' One moment you get a smile and friendliness, the next their feeling changes."
- Ireland: Boycott of settlement products - Ireland's Foreign Minister announced his country was considering a full boycott of products from settlements. And as the next president of the European Union, Ireland will work to convince others to join. Israel's Foreign Ministery intends to call the ambassador in for rebuke. (Yedioth, p. 7 and Haaretz)
- IDF gunfire kills Palestinian boy in Gaza clash, say medics - Palestinian medics said the boy, aged 12, was hit by machine-gun fire, either from Israeli helicopters or tanks that took part in the incident. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Gaza vicinity communities demand peace (and quiet) - Southern residents to protest in Tel Aviv Thursday, demanding government to protect them from constant Qassam rockets fired at their region. (Ynet)
- IDF soldier lightly injured in Gaza tunnel blast - Blast occurred while IDF forces did maintenance work on border fence. Army launches inquiry. Possible terror attack averted. (Ynet)
- State doubts relocation of Ulpana homes will work - After millions of shekels were invested in dismantling five buildings built on privately owned Palestinian land that the High Court had ordered demolished, the State asks court to postpone project's deadline, admits homes might not be fit for accommodation. (Ynet and Haaretz)
- Abusing settlement youth affair: "They tied them up like dogs, kicked them and threw them" - Six youth aged 14-16 from a settlement outside Jerusalem abused three 12-13 year-olds for four months, without any parent or teacher noticing. (Maariv Jerusalem supplement)
- EU's Ashton 'deeply regrets' new settlement building - European Union foreign policy chief criticizes decision to build 1,213 new homes in east Jerusalem; says move 'threatens two-state solution.' (Agencies, Ynet)
- Transportation minister: We will never give up Hebron - Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz inaugurates new 2.5 kilometer road connecting Kiryat Arba with Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Katz: This is our answer to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (Israel Hayom)
- 3 Syrian mortars land in Israel - Three projectiles land near northern border, as clashes between Assad's forces, rebels intensify. IDF force comes under near Gaza border; none injured. (Ynet)
- Red Cross says it can't cope with Syria civil war - Red Cross president says organization struggles to handle humanitarian needs in Syria; UN will hold 'Syrian Humanitarian Forum' to coordinate aid delivery. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Syrian president says he won't leave country - Assad tells Russian TV channel that he won't be the West's puppet, vows to 'live and die' in Syria. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Peres: Iran's quest for nuclear arms heralds another Holocaust - Israeli president, on visit to Moscow, urges Russian and American counterparts to 'join hands to put an end to the dark terror and threats." (Haaretz)
- Dennis Ross: Obama to focus on Iran - Obama's former advisor on Mideast policy believes White House will not allow Teheran to achieve nuclear capabilities; predicts a meaningful diplomatic solution as well as greater involvement in Syria. (Ynet)
- Report: Turkey and Iran leaders hold unannounced talks on Syria - Turkish PM Erdogan and Iranian President Ahmadinejad began their conversation on the sidelines of a conference in Bali. (Haaretz)
- Iran hints at possible new delay in Bushehr's operation - Energy minister says nuclear plant will become fully operational by early 2013, two months after Russia said it was up and running. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Pentagon: Iranian warplanes fired on U.S. drone over Persian Gulf - U.S. says unmanned, unarmed craft was flying routine surveillance mission off the Iranian coast, when Iranian jets tried, unsuccessfully, to intercept it. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Iranian report hints: With Obama - there's a chance for a solution - A report by the Iranian Intel shows that Iran does not rule out negotiations with Obama in office over its nuclear project - and without a military conflict. (Yedioth, p. 2)
- Tzipi Livni pushing Shimon Peres to run for Israel's premiership - Former Kadima chairwoman believes the only way to overturn the current government is to unify the center-left bloc - and that only Peres can achieve that; Peres associates: 'Peres will not run. Period.' (Haaretz)
- Lapid: If Israel stands firm, the Palestinians will give up on East Jerusalem - Yesh Atid chairman believes Israel can reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians without having to divide Jerusalem or relinquish control over Arab neighborhoods. (Haaretz)
- Lapid's new advisor: Senior strategist of Obama campaign - Mark Melman, John Kerry's central pollster, and one of the prominent advisors of the Democratic party will be the Yesh Atid campaign strategist. (Maariv, p. 4)
Shelly Yacimovich: Labor is not a left-wing party - In interview with pro-settler media outlet Arutz Sheva, Labor head and opposition leader says Labor has always been a centrist party. (Haaretz)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.