News Nosh 4.3.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, April 3, 2017
You Must Be Kidding: 
"In his campaign, President Trump didn't support a Palestinian state, he didn't support this entire outdated line [of policy] that for so many years has brought us only misery.... We're heading down the same old path of arguing about how much to build, what to build, where to build, when the issue now should be applying Israeli sovereignty and security [to Judea and Samaria]."
- Naftali Bennet, Education Minister and head of Habayit Hayehudi

Front Page:
Israel Hayom
Times of Israel
Ynet News
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Salary for terrorists: a billion shekels – Expose: the law to battle terror money
  • In our neighborhood // Amnon Abramovich writes that Netanyahu acts as if the Broadcasting Authority belongs to him
  • The answer to Hezbollah’s missiles
  • Bennett: Historic missed opportunity
  • Likud: He’s the last one who should preach
  • The (Israel Public Broadcasting) Corporation: Judicial snarl
  • Closing ‘Mr. Terror,’ the leader of ISIS
News Summary:
Education Minister and head of the Habayit Hayehudi party, Naftali Bennet, slams Prime Minister Netanyahu on Twitter for announcing a "restrained" policy on settlement construction, limiting it to the built-up areas of already existing settlements. Bennet calls the policy a "historic missed opportunity," the "'same old' two-state solution, arguing about where and how much to build when we should be 'talking about Israeli sovereignty.'"

Former Minister of Interior and Education and once-rising star of Likud, Gideon Sa'ar, is expected to announce his comeback to politics this evening at a Likud meeting in Acre. He is a former Netanyahu loyalist who was believed to represent a formidable challenge to Bibi's control over Likud. His abrupt "time-out" from politics, announced in 2014, came as a shock to many. Likud sources attribute his return to speculation that Israel may hold an early election in the coming months.

A new bill proposes to deduct 1 billion NIS from the tax revenues Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians, which is equivalent to the amount that the Palestinian Authority gives in stipends and other benefits to the families of Palestinian terrorists and of Palestinian prisoners serving time in Israeli jails for security-related offenses.
Quick Hits:
  • At a Times of Israel event, author David Grossman applauded Israeli state-building while also expressing his political anguish at Israel's political trajectory since the 1967 war. (Times of Israel
  • Israel signed a pipeline deal, a preliminary agreement with Cyprus, Greece, and Italy to pump natural gas to Europe across the Mediterranean. The proposed project would be the longest and deepest sub-sea pipeline.(Financial Times)
  • Jewish centers in Sweden closed after receiving anti-Semitic threats - the Jewish Association in Umea received threatening emails and their building was vandalized with swastikas. They believe the neo-Nazi group Nordfront was responsible for the campaign of intimidation and threats. (Times of Israel)
  • The Association of Israeli Journalists submitted a petition to the High Court demanding "that politicians be prevented from intervening in hiring decisions for the new broadcaster" after Thursday's deal. Eldad Yaniv, a lawyer for the Labor Party, also submitted a petition calling on the court to freeze the deal. (Times of Israel)
  • The Israeli policeman who assaulted a Palestinian truck driver - Moshe Cohen - resigns and apologizes for his conduct. (Ynet News)
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