APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday December 30, 2012
Quote of the day:
"I call on the Egyptian Jews to return to their homeland."
--Dr. Essam al-Erian, deputy chief of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party, says returning Jewish Egyptians will get their property back. (Haaretz)
Front Page News:
- Last attempts to prevent budget crisis in US
- Following clashes, Oz Tzion outpost settlers evacuated quietly
- Senior police officer promoted despite attacking a female officer and being convicted in court
- Corrected indictment of Lieberman to be submitted today to court
- Young woman raped in India died, mourning and demonstrations in capital
- Study: Israel's image poor, but not because of failed hasbara (advocacy)
- Bunkers against Nazis: The pensioner who revealed the 'Masada of the Carmel'
- China to require that Internet users provide their real names
- Emmanuel Sheffer died, the coach who brought the Israeli team to the World Cup
- Right wing pressures, the eviction postponed - Hilltop youth attacked soldiers and police with stones
- 7 months pregnancy without food and drink - Worse than Kate Middleton: Hili Shvuron was on IV until giving birth because of severe vomiting
- Israeli teacher receives title from Queen
- Parting from a legend - Emmanuel Sheffer, the only coach who brought Israel's national team to the World Cup
- (Likud MK) Elkin: "I stopped the evacuation from Oz Tzion outpost" - Police don't understand why they got a sudden order from the IDF to stop (Hebrew)
- Shas and its amulets - In attempt to recreate the success of the amulets campaign of Rabbi Kedouri, the party launched a smartphone app for receiving prayers from Rabbi Ovadia (Hebrew)
- Scream of the raped women of India (Hebrew)
- US: Efforts to prevent economic crisis
- Crash on the highway
- India rages
- Evacuation of outpost caused political storm
- Today: High Court to rule whether to disqualify MK Zouebi
- Indictment to be submitted today against Lieberman in ambassador affair
- Emmanuel Sheffer passed away, greatest coach of Israel's national soccer team
A settler hilltop outpost eviction went awry and a legendary soccer coach passed away making top stories in today's Israeli papers. Meanwhile, the Arab League chief called the last 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations a 'waste of time' and a study found that it's not Israel's advocacy work that failed to help the country's image abroad.
The attempt to evict some hilltop youth Friday night from an outpost has caused a storm both in the security establishment and the political one. Five policemen were injured in the clashes between the security forces who arrived to evict the youth who had squatted on a piece of land they named Maoz Tzion. Some 200 right-wing activists arrived to give the few outpost residents backup support and threw rocks at them until the forces decided to retreat. The IDF Binyamin region commander gave the order to pull back, shocking the police. Maariv and Yedioth reported that Likud MK Zeev Elkin put the pressure on the military not to do the operation. The youth left Saturday night. Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni leveled harsh criticism at Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett Saturday, saying his political rhetoric about refusing orders to evict settlers led to the clash. Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz said the assailants belong in jail. The settlers, meanwhile, accused the security forces of brutality.
Arab League Nabil Al-Arabi made headlines over the weekend when he called the last 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations a 'waste of time.' Al-Arabi visited Ramallah over the weekend, joined by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr in the first ever visit of an Arab League chief to the West Bank. El-Araby is Mahmoud discussing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ways to urge Arab countries to carry out their pledges to provide a previously announced "financial safety net" to the Palestinian Authority. The net was to help the PA after Israel froze the transfer of Palestinian tax money following the Palestinians' successful bid for statehood at the UN. El-Araby warned that the Palestinians will take their statehood bid to the UN Security Council.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thinks if Israel could just present its case more effectively in the international arena, it would solve many of the country's problems, writes Haaretz's Barak Ravid. But according to a new research study conducted by Molad, the Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, it can't. Not only did the study find that following the Second Lebanon War, Israel's PR machine became one of the world's most efficient and productive - and far more so than the those waged by anti-Israel organizations, but that "inflating anti-Israel propaganda on the one hand, and inflating criticism of Israeli advocacy on the other hand, deflects public attention away from the causal connections between the erosion of Israel's image and of its international status and the policies of its government."
The President's President - Israel hoping that President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday will bring the first visit of the 'strongest man in the world': US President Barack Obama. Bill Clinton already made his RSVP for the party some six months from now. (Yedioth, p. 8)
Lod's Arab residents protest against 'settlements' - Hundreds protest against religious group's efforts to strengthen local Jewish community. 'They want to expel Arabs from Lod,' protesters claim. (Ynet)
Israel's education minister: British condemnation of West Bank college upgrade 'baseless' - Gideon Sa'ar says Ariel University is not an obstacle to peace, adding the connection between Israel and the settlement is 'no less strong' than that of the U.K. and the Falkland Islands. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
Report: Fearing for his safety, Assad lays low - Syrian president changes bedrooms every night, steps up controls over food preparation to foil assassins, according to activist accounts, (Ynet)
Egypt allows building material across Rafah border into Gaza - Move made by Islamist-led Egypt for first time since Hamas seized control of the Palestinian enclave in 2007, official says. (Agencies, Haaretz)
In speech to nation, Egypt president warns against new unrest - Mohammed Morsi blames protests and violence for causing further damage to an economy already in crisis, says Egypt 'will never be bankrupt and will not kneel.' (Agencies, Haaretz)
Morsi to visit Mubarak - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was jailed a number of times during Mubarak's presidency for being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Analysts said the visit is sign of Mubarak's bad health. Mubarak is currently in military hospital in Cairo. (Yedioth, p. 8)
Muslim Brotherhood deputy chief calls for the return of Jews to Egypt - Dr. Essam al-Erian causes controversy by saying Jews who have immigrated to Israel must refuse to live under an oppressive and racist regime and return to their homeland Egypt, where their property will be returned. (Haaretz)
Arabs in the Gulf find comfort in Israeli shrinks
Why would a wealthy woman in Qatar, Lebanon or even Syria reach out over the Internet to an Israeli psychologist when her husband is gallivanting around with a dozen young mistresses? (Haaretz)
The Jewish people's ultimate treasure hunt
In his search for Jewish ancestry, researcher Eran Elhaik says he has discovered that Jews originated in the Khazar empire, not the kingdom of Judah. (Haaretz)
Meet the first lady of post-Assad Syria
Suheir Atassi is one of the few women at the front of the struggle against the embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. When he is toppled, she might have to put up a fight against some bearded men from within the opposition. (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz)
Everyone scored political points from failed evacuation of West Bank outpost - except the IDF and Bennett (Amos Harel, Haaretz) Bennett is dragging an extremist hump as he lumbers toward the election, one that he has been trying to cover up during the campaign - his right-wing partners from the National Union faction.
The fools from the hill (Yoaz Hendel, Yedioth) "While the pictures from the weekend [evacuation of Oz Tzion outpost - OH] were unnecessary, they do reflect reality, part of reality. In Judea and Samaria, there are youths who grew up on hatred of the rule of law, youths who do not distinguish between the importance of building up the land and the unimportance of building an isolated shack on a hill on Friday. Like other lawbreakers, they do not distinguish between good and evil, not for themselves and not for the State of Israel. They have their rabbis and rabbinical rulings and rely on political leaders from the extreme Right. Despite the messianic fervor and the considerable interest they arouse, they do not influence anything - neither Israeli democracy nor reality on the ground. Their structures merely create unnecessary work for the security forces; they do not change the map...Most settlers in Judea and Samaria are far from them and are moving further away...The settlers do not want to see themselves like this...Their existence cannot be ignored; the discourse they arouse, and the demons they loose, cannot be swept under the rug. The discussion about refusing orders touches precisely this exposed nerve...Refusing orders is a slippery slope...The stream that [Jewish Home leader Naftali] Bennett represents does not refuse orders. The problem is that in his home - like in the Likud - there are extremists who would also refuse orders from him."
Assad is panicking, Russia is frustrated - and Asma's cousin calls for blood (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) While a vehement letter by a member of Assad's family spreads across the Arabic web, a resolution for the strife in Syria has no end in sight.
The Zuabi test (Haaretz Editorial) There is no fine or vague line between terror and expressing an opinion that opposes the occupation or identifies with the Palestinians. The gap between the two is wide and deep.
Hanin Zuabi, first female Arab MK: Annoying and likes it that way (Asher Schechter, Haaretz) The Balad party MK has made a name for herself antagonizing the majority of Israelis. She doesn't have many other tools at her disposal.
The gatekeepers? (Gideon Levy, Haaretz) Shin Bet heads who deserve repudiation are valued in Israel as national heroes.
The U.S. isn't in our pocket (Jay Ruderman, Haaretz) Last month, the head of the Union for Reform Judaism warned that internal disputes in Israel over issues of religion and state are causing American Jews to view Israel as a country that doesn't reflect their values. This statement ought to be keeping Israeli leaders awake at night.
Strange bedfellows (Mati Tuchfeld, Israel Hayom) Naftali Bennett has given himself over to the caresses of powerful individuals in the opposing camp, ideology be damned.
What the next government will look like (Yossi Beilin, Israel Hayom) In forming the next coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will face a diverse set of choices.
Maybe they're right to be afraid (Anat Balint, Haaretz) Probably the most significant evidence of the premier's success in disempowering the media is the fact that his own reputation has hardly suffered from his aggressive steps against the media in recent years.
Politicians won (Zeev Tzachor, Ynet) Ariel college in West Bank discovered shortcut to obtaining much-needed academic prestige.
No more wagging the American dog (Yoel Marcus, Haaretz) The United States doesn't have to prove that it is attentive to Israel. The question is whether Israel is attentive to the United States.
Failure of the consultants (Arel Segal, Maariv) Commenting on the Labor Party's campaign, Segal expresses his personal admiration for Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich's decision to emphasize socio-economic issues, "In cold analysis, this is not an election winner...Many of the Labor Party's traditional voters...do not respond to the socialist discourse. When Labor joins labor, in the old sense, they flee to Livni and Lapid... Despite its hopelessness in the current reality, they want a diplomatic dialogue."
Worshipping an idol called 'consensus' (Yossi Sarid, Haaretz) We have long experience with the consensus, and have already brought it sacrifices - settlements, Lebanon and superfluous wars, to name a few.
Is Lieberman losing it? (Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom) Likud-Beytenu would not be upset if Lieberman hunkered down in his shell for a while.
Sderot and Gaza need to talk (Eyal Megged, Haaretz) The only result of every military operation is a long-term destructive influence. It's time to switch languages and change the dialogue.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.