News Nosh 01.06.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday January 6, 2017  
You Must Be Kidding: 
“Someone should take a grenade and blow her up and spread the remaining bits of her around so that her body will be eaten by dogs. G-d will pay her back for this!!!!”
--Post written in social media network by an Israeli angry at military judge Maya Heller who convicted Sgt. Elor Azariya of manslaughter in the execution of Palestinian assailant Abdul Fattah Al-Sharif. Israel's Chief Justice warned that the incitement against judges endangered Israeli democracy.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • “Was it worth it to fight for a nation that hates itself” – Captain (res.) Ziv Shilon, who lost his arm in action in Gaza, calls out in condemnation of the rampant incitement following the conviction of Elor Azariya and calls on the public to join him in a demonstration tomorrow at Rabin Square: “Come, hug our country”
  • Questioned for 5 hours (photo of Netanyahu)
  • Living on the expense account of others // Sima Kadmon
  • Oren Hazan is getting married
  • The alcohol phenomenon among youth. And now, what is happening in the Scouts
  • Beyond the fence – Author Dorit Rabinyan writes about the harrowing year following the storm over her book, ‘Borderlife’
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Police to interrogate those inciting against the IDF; Chief Justice: “The tirade against the Azariya judges – danger to democracy”
  • Suspect in murder in Haifa turned himself in to police
  • Sever indictment against MK Ghattas
  • Netanyahu questioned at his residence for second time
  • Attack thwarted in Beersheva: Young Bedouin grabbed gun from guard, escaped – and was arrested
  • Song for Hallel – Rina Ariel marks the 14th birthday of Hallel, who was murdered in her sleep by a terrorist
  • The conviction and the shake-up – The Azariya affair turned into a bone of contention in Israeli society

News Summary:
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underwent another five hours of questioning by police on suspicion of receiving gifts and in another case which has yet to be revealed (and the largest petition to the High Court in Israel’s history – with over 19,000 signatures - calls to open a criminal investigation against Netanyahu and to reveal the charges for which he was questioned) and the continued fallout over the conviction of Sgt. Elor Azariya of manslaughter – the disbelief and anger in Israeli society, the polls that reveal a resulting lack of faith in the IDF, the incitement against the military judges, IDF top brass and even MK Erel Margalit (Labor), who said he opposed a pardon for Azariya (Maariv), and the warning from the Chief Justice that these attacks on judges endangered Israeli democracy
– made the top stories in today’s Friday Hebrew newspapers.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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