News Nosh 4.7.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday April 7, 2017
Quote of the day:
“Right-wing activists don’t want this voice to be heard. Our voice speaks of the Nakba and calls for taking responsibility for it.”
--Yael Messer of Zochrot said after an Israeli college cancelled the organization’s screening under pressure from right-wing activists.

Breaking News:
U.S. Strikes Syria in Response to Assad Regime's Chemical Attack in Idlib
59 Tomahawk missiles fired at Syria airbase from which chemical attack appear to have originated; Trump: Years of attempts at changing Assad's behavior have failed; Syria: U.S. is ISIS' partner; Kremlin: Attack caused significant damage to U.S.-Russia ties.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • “You were an angel and you were taken like an angel” – Sgt. Elchai Toharlev, 20, from the community (settlement) of Talmon was murdered in a car ramming attack at Ofra Junction
  • Trump: We need to do something with Assad
  • Enough of being silent // Sima Kadmon
  • Eurovision in danger [for Israel]
  • Death in a burnt apartment
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • The Russian reprimand – Putin told Netanyahu he was angry at the accusing finger Israel pointed at Assad
  • (Ehud) Barak’s prophecy (that Assad would fall) // Kalman Libeskind
  • The lessons of Idlib // Avi Benyahu
  • A new world // Alon Ben-David
  • Preemptive medicine // Arieh Eldad
  • Trump consulted with Abu Mazen: “Is Netanyahu a partner for peace?”
  •  “You were an angel and you were taken like an angel” – Masses attended the funeral of Sgt. Elchai Taharlev, 20, from (settlement) Talmon, who was killed when a car hit him at Ofra Junction; Terrorist: Young Palestinian who was jailed in the past for infiltration (into settlement) attempt
  • (MK) Zouebi compared the Syrian regime with IDF soldiers: “They both murder children”
  • The new Hamas charter // Gal Berger
  • 12-year-old found dead hours after returning to burnt apartment
  • Being Tamir Perdo – a peek into the world of the former Mossad chief
  • The Israel Air Industries enormous deal (with India)
  • Rabbi Goren and I: The prayer book with which we liberated the Wailing Wall // Mordechai Chaimovitz
  • He paid in cash // 40 years after the dollars (foreign) bank account affair (for which Yitzhak Rabin had to resign). The full story
Israel Hayom
  • “Elhayush, you had a heart-melting smile” - Sgt. Elchai Taharlev, 20, from Talmon (settlement) was guarding the hitchhiking stop – and was run over and killed
  • Trump Administration: “Assad has no place as the leader of the Syrian people”
  • (IDF soldiers) prepared for every matzah
  • Two days after he survived his apartment burning – 12-year-old killed. Fear: He inhaled poisonous chemicals
  • Beware of unknown links: Anonymous makes cyberattack on Israel today
  • “Dear Rabbi, Is it permissible to take a selfie at the Passover seder?” – Special section for Passover
  • “I won” – Miri Regev speaks
  • Will the world wake up and make sure that Assad will pay for his crimes? // Boaz Bismuth, Prof. Eyal Zisser, Lilach Shoval

News Summary:
When the Friday Hebrew papers went to press, a US attack in Syria was still only being planned and the big news was that Russian President Vladimir Putin called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to berate him for making “groundless accusations against (the Assad regime for the chemical attack on Syrian civilians near Idlib) without conducting a detailed and unbiased investigation." In the middle of the night Israel time, the US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase, from which the chemical attack made hours earlier on Syrian civilians in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun appears to have originated, angering Putin and pleasing Netanyahu and leaders of Sunni Arab countries.
The other main news story was the burial of an Israeli soldier, who was run over and killed Thursday morning by a young Palestinian, Malak Hamed, 21, who drove an Audi towards a group of soldiers standing at a hitchhiking stop outside Ofra settlement, which is practically adjacent to the south of his own village of Silwad. [Yesh Din says that ‘at least half’ of Ofra is built on privately-owned Palestinian land, part of it belonging to residents of Silwad and the mayor of Silwad recently said he will appeal to Israel’s High Court to have Ofra settlers evicted. – OH] Elchai Taharlev, 21, was guarding the hitchhiking post and was killed. Taharlev is from a settlement some 20 kilometers east of Silwad and Ofra. Exceptionally, Hamed was arrested on the scene and not killed (photos). Also of interest, Haaretz English referred to Hamed as an 'assailant,' as it normally does for Palestinians who attack Israeli security forces (not civilians), but the Hebrew headline called him a 'terrorist.'
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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