News Nosh 3.31.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday March 31, 2017
Quote of the day:
“Netanyahu won this ego war, at least in the short term. Israel’s free press, his bête noire, suffered a harsh blow…Bibi (“in the end, I get what I want”) proved that he hasn’t lost his touch.”
--Haaretz political analyst Yossi Verter looks at the political ‘compromise’ between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. 

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • 13-year-old hero – Ayla Shapira, 13, who was severely burned in attack (in West Bank), exposes herself in courageous and moving trip
  • “Netanyahu will basically control the news of the (Israel Public Broadcasting) Corporation”
  • Israbluff // Einav Schiff
  • The right-wing lost // Amichai Atali
  • The freak news show // Sima Kadmon
  • Fake interview: Columnist Daniella and Donald
  • Maor Zaguri in a fascinating trip to Morocco
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • KAN [‘here’] is the end of the news – Mortal blow to the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC)
  • The real battle (was over the elections, not the IPBC) // Ben Caspit
  • The natural choice (of Moshe Kahlon to choose political career and his work to lower the cost of living and stay in the gov’t over the IPBC and democracy) // Yehuda Sharoni
  • Cabinet approved: Replacement settlement for Amona evictees
  • Face of evil – Meir Goldstein, who cut off his ex-wife’s head
  • Golani vs. Bardales – Gap between regular infantry battalion and a mixed gender battalion: Physical fitness, the dropping out and the appeals to the psychiatris
  • Night of chaos: The survivors of the attack at Park Hotel (in Netanya) return to that 2002 Passover
  • 30 years since the agreement in London: What exactly happened between Shimon Peres and King Hussein?
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
After weeks of disagreement and threats of early elections, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon agreed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand to essentially ‘kill’ the independent news program of the yet-to-be-launched Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation in exchange for not going to elections making the top story in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Also making big news, the security cabinet unanimously approved the establishment of a new settlement  – the first in 20 years - for the evicted residents of the Amona outpost, after which Netanyahu said that despite the fact that Israel and the US have yet to reach any understandings on settlement construction, he has ‘decided to respond to U.S. President Donald Trump's reservations regarding the settlements by unilaterally adopting a policy of restrained construction that will limit building outside existing settlement blocks, in addition to approving 2,000 of new settlement housing units,
Not making big news was that the Arab League summit concluded with the 'Amman Declaration' in which all the member states of the Arab world declared they still stand behind the 2002 Arab peace initiative, by which they offer Israel normalized diplomatic ties if it withdraws from territories it seized in the Six-Day War in 1967. 

Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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