APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Note: "Quote of the Day" of Friday, May 18th was a translation from a Maariv story. A better wording in Maariv would have been "seconds before the missile was to be launched."
Quote of the day:
"Your announcement that you will be hosting Avigdor Lieberman in London does nothing to allay our concerns."
--Signatories of a petition, including members of Habonim Dror Zionist youth movement and the pro-Israel peace group Yachad, express their concern at JNF's activities in E. Jerusalem and the Negev.**
Front Page News:
- Netanyahu: The world powers should not give in to Iran
- In the shadow of demonstrations, NATO leaders are making haste to leave Afghanistan
- 502,000 Labor Federation members elect a chairman today
- Bill: Women to sue for equal pay seven years retroactively
- Fighting porn [in the ultra-Orthodox community]- without mentioning it
- Instead of chewing it: Gat juice conquering Tel-Aviv restaurants
- Suspicion: Hi-tech deputy CEO exploited hundreds of little girls online
- On the road to an agreement with Iran
- Chief pathologist to end his role
- High School students stole and sold test formats, Blich school suspects
- Facebook stocks crashing: Dropped 11% yesterday
- Soon: Express train from Tel-Aviv to Beersheva in 55 minutes
- Senior Israeli official: Negotiations with Iran will not postpone an attack - Jerusalem believes Teheran won't agree tomorrow to limiting uranium enrichment to 20% (Hebrew)
- Children at risk - "I discovered today that boys are a bad people" - 11-year-old girl from the Negev filed complaint that four boys raped her in stairway; Father of 3 arrested on suspicion of coaxing hundreds of little girls into having cybersex with him (Hebrew)
- Students, find the missing president. Yitzhak Navon forgotten from Education Ministry teaching pamphlet listing Israel's presidents (Hebrew)
- State transferring 80 million shekels to Jerusalem's light rail due to few passengers
- Honored guest arrived in Israel: Naomi Campbell to celebrate her 42nd birthday
- (Ahead of) talks tomorrow in Baghdad: Netanyahu to West: "Don't show weakness, don't give in to Iran"
- Storm at Blich High School: Students stole and sold test in language
- Suspicion: Senior Hi-tech employee harassed hundreds of children online
- Suspicion of gang-rape in south: 4 youth raped 11-year-old girl
- Treasury plans to raise V.A.T to 17% in 2013
- Committee for replacing Tal Law began work
- Today: Labor Federation elections; Cabel vs. Eini
- Bad opening for Facebook: Stocks fell 11%
A prime minster warns on Iran, children hurt others and are hurt, and the top pathologist goes down - making the news in Israel today. Maariv reported on a dispute over making an Israeli West Bank college into a university, Ynet reported on a settler outpost wedding that was interrupted and a new law was passed benefitting settlers.
After Israeli reports that Israel would agree to limited Iranian uranium enrichment and would not attack Iran until at least after US elections, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made loud and clear that he expects the Western powers meeting with Iran tomorrow in Baghdad to stand firm to bring Iran's nuclear program to a complete halt and that Israel has not taken an attack off the table. The US Senate, meanwhile, approved tougher sanctions on Iran.
It's coming to an end. Pathologist Prof. Yehuda Hiss, the first director of Israel's National Forensic Institute is expected to resign following the latest scandal surrounding his work, most of the Hebrew media reported (NRG Hebrew) Yesterday, the Deputy Health Minister demanded a committee examine the institute, following a string of omissions recently revealed, including its recent announcement that it found the brain and heart tissue of a baby, crucial evidence that might have helped prove the innocence of its father, who served in jail for killing him. In December 2011, Yedioth revealed that the institute held 8,288 body parts of dead people from 2000. The burial is in process. But Hiss was also involved in other related controversies throughout the years. In December 2009, Channel 2 TV reported that in the 1990s, the institute led by Hiss harvested skin, and body parts from bodies of Israeli soldiers and citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers without permission from their relatives. The admission was made by Hiss himself in an interview with an American pathologist and released after a controversy with a Swedish newspaper over a report that Israel killed Palestinians in order to use their organs. Israel denied the charge calling it "anti-Semitic."
Israel's finance minister and its treasury are in a dispute over a decision to be made soon over a contentious issue: whether to grant Ariel University Center of Samaria university status, Maariv reported. The 'university center' is actually an Israeli college in the West Bank that added the word 'university' despite being prohibited by the Council for Higher Education. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) has promised to upgrade the college to university status, but sources in his ministry oppose it, as does the man responsible for academic budgets, Manuel Trajtenberg (of social justice report fame). Those who oppose it say the upgrade is a political move and it will take away budget money from existing universities, which are already short of cash. (NRG Hebrew)
For the umpteenth time, Israeli security forces cleared out right-wing activists from the dismantled Ramat Migron settlement outpost yesterday, but this time a wedding was about to take place, Ynet reported. Meanwhile, the Knesset passed a bill granting tax benefits to settlement donations.
- IDF probing 15 cases of soldiers ignoring settler attacks on Palestinians - From the start of the second intifada in September 2000 through December 2011, the human rights group B'Tselem filed 57 complaints over soldiers who allegedly did not stop violence such attacks. (Haaretz)
- **Lieberman's invitation from Jewish National Fund splits U.K. Jews - Israel's Foreign Minister slammed by Zionist-leftist youth movement for 'involvement in activities which jeopardize' peace; Lieberman's office: 'No need to respond to marginal elements of the delusional left.' (Haaretz)
- Israeli ex-ambassador who shared intel with Lieberman convicted - Zeev Ben-Aryeh convicted within framework of plea bargain for leaking information to foreign minister regarding criminal investigation against him. (Ynet)
- South Africa will not evade rebuke, Foreign Ministry vows - South African envoy cuts contact with Israeli officials. Iranian minister reportedly paid secret visit to Cape Town last week. (Israel Hayom)
- Israeli anti-terror firm hired to help smooth out East Jerusalem bus - Some advocates for Jewish-Arab equality in the capital object to the use of a security firm to overhaul the transport system. (Haaretz)
- Train African migrants – then deport them, farmers suggest (Israel Hayom)
- Minimum marriage age to rise to 18 (Ynet)
- Shas MK causes storm: "I'll propose a bill to prohibit premarital sex" - MK Nissim Zeev said, "The lack of responsibility of youth in Israel, who have premarital sex, get pregnant, then have abortions, has become a serious problem." (Israel Hayom, p. 5)
- Ultra-Orthodox, Arabs refuse to join equal draft law committee - The new law will replace the interim Tal Law, which grants draft deferrals to the ultra-Orthodox. (Haaretz)
- Police chief: Migrants committing 'survival crimes' - Commander Aharon Aksol spoke during stormy Knesset session on wave of violence. (Ynet)
- Eini, Cabel face off in Histadrut (Labor Federation) leadership election today (Haaretz)
- Barbara Streisand's cousin's struggle to immigrate to Israel - Dale Streisand (58) was part of the Hari Krishna movement since the '60's and for most of his life. He converted to Christianity a few years ago, but was disappointed and decided to return to Judaism and become religious. Israel Immigration Authority won't allow him to immigrate and yesterday he appealed to the High Court. (Maariv, p. 14)
- Megiddo dig unearths cache of buried Canaanite treasure - Archaeologists believe the stash of jewelery and beads made of semi-precious stone and gold dates from around 1100 B.C.E. (Haaretz)
- Bar Refaeli tops the Maxim hot 100 list (Israel Hayom)
- 'Holocaust pressure on Germany over euro' - German author triggers controversy with book describing euro zone as holding Germany hostage over its past aggression; 'Germany susceptible to blackmail, forced to pay vast sums to atone for Holocaust.' (Agencies, Ynet)
- Dennis Kucinich retires, following Ohio loss - During his time in the House, the U.S. Democrat was a consistent critic of Israel. (Haaretz)
- Egyptians to Ynet: Peace treaty will be upheld - Day before historic presidential elections kick off, citizens revel in newfound freedoms, but fear Muslim Brotherhood victory. (Ynet)
- Egypt court gives 12 Christians life sentencesReligious tensions set to soar as court acquits eight Muslims, sentences 12 Christians for protest deaths. (Agencies, Ynet)
- Official: G8 steps up plans to aid Arab Spring economies (Agencies, Ynet)
In remote Palestinian villages, catastrophe becomes routine Demolition orders - including of a children's library located in an old vehicle - are the norm in small Palestinian villages; thankfully some 'nudniks' won't let us forget. (Haaretz)
Two days before Egyptian elections: A look at candidates’ foreign policy A look at each of the leading candidates’ platforms shows that foreign policy – though not a top priority – could shape Egypt’s ‘new age.’ (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz)
Prison doctors have conflicted loyalties everywhere, says Red Cross health in detention chief Israel's handling of Palestinian hunger strike was 'nearly' by the book, Raed Abu Rabi tells Haaretz. (Amira Hass, Haaretz)
Celebration or provocation? A stroll through the Old City on Jerusalem Day As crowds of flag-waving young Israelis wound their way through the Muslim Quarter, Arab residents hunkered down in their shuttered shops. (Former NYT and WashPost reporter Joel Greenberg - for Haaretz)
A worthless piece of paper (Boaz Bismuth, Israel Hayom) The deal that will emerge from talks with Iran will likely recall the one that came out of Munich. Remember?
A jungle in the villa (Akiva Eldar, Haaretz) There are plenty of reasons not to buy products made in the West Bank. The State Comptroller's report released at the beginning of this month provides a slew of them.
Olmert's weakness (Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom) Partitioning Jerusalem would not only wreak security and demographic havoc, it could also threaten freedom of religion for Jews and Christians.
Nakba, a self-inflicted catastrophe (Moshe Arens, Haaretz) Why is it that the Arabs do not accept that it was the war that they began in 1948, which is the cause of their suffering?
The quarter of the cup filled (Aviad Kleinberg, Yedioth) "Netanyahu's and Barak's perspectives have not changed, just as Netanyahu's 'natural' partners (the settlers, ultra-Orthodox, Liberman) did not change merely because [Kadima MKs] Nachman Shai and Dalia Itzik have joined the coalition."
Separating Jerusalem (Ben-Dror Yemini, Maariv and NRG Hebrew) "Olmert's remarks on Jerusalem were, perhaps, aggravating, but there is a danger that we are en route to a bi-national city, and then a bi-national country. The problem is that we are prisoners to slogans. Instead of saving Jerusalem, we are losing it."
Israel cannot be compared to apartheid South Africa (Dennis MacShane, Haaretz) Gideon Levy and Harvard professor Steven Walt preferred to let a lie live than tell the truth.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.