News Nosh 6.16.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 16, 2017
You Must Be Kidding: 
On the 120th anniversary of the first Zionist Congress in Basel, the Prime Minister’s Office plans to recreate the famous photo taken then in the balcony of the ‘Three Kings Hotel,’ Maariv's Ben Caspit reported. Netanyahu and his wife will stand in the place of Theodore Herzl.

Front Page:
  • The Netanyahu case, the (Attorney General) Mendelblit case – New information strengthens suspicion that Netanyahu acted on behalf of tycoon who financed him; Police prepared for interrogation about information, but Attorney General and State Prosecutor delayed it; Haaretz learned that the Mozes-Netanyahu tapes were given to Mendelblit a year ago; The Attorney General claimed there was no suspicion against the Prime Minister – even while he held documentation of contacts for bribery
  • The delays, the obstacles and the message from the High Court // Gidi Weitz
  • President under investigation: Special Counsel suspects Trump tried to disrupt proceedings
  • Under pressure from their families, dozens of Arab women marry retarded men
  • “We are pioneers, more will come”: Dozens of pupils battling against increasing religion in education
  • Police killed a (15-year-old Palestinian) youth, but told his father: He’s injured
  • Residents of Harbin, China are fighting to preserve their Russian and Jewish heritage // NYT
  • Anat Weizman, the woman who dismantled the Acco Theater Festival
  • Michael and Yitzhak Mirilashvili on a shopping spree in the Holy Land
  • The sweet language of occupation and the brutality of (settler) Daniella Weiss // Yossi Klein in Kedumim
  • Hapoel Jerusalem won the national basketball championships
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • The cry of the principals – 60 wrote letter in defense of principal who employed alleged pedophile: “It could have happened to any of us”
  • Expose - Revolution in the cabinet – This is the document that Netanyahu did not want to give to the bereaved parents
  • Jerusalem of Gold – Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team won national championships
  • Holiday, that’s an order – IDF promises career soldiers more family time
  • (IDF) On the mountains in Cyprus
  • On Sunday: Hearing over Olmert’s release
  • ‘Urban Outfitters’ franchise on way to Israel
  • Rabbi Lau is against the gay pride parade and against “screams like in a safari” of young girls seeing “some Justin Bieber” – Exclusive interview
  • Harari Code – Nahum Barnea in a fascinating talk with Professor Yuval Noah Harari
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • The secret meeting between Hezbollah and Hamas
  • “In Basel, I established the Jewish state,” Netanyahu version – Prime Minister’s Office plans to recreate the famous photo in the balcony of the ‘Three Kings Hotel.’ Netanyahu and his wife will stand in the place of Binyamin Zeev Herzl
  • The (IDF) commando is in CyprusHamas 2.0 // Ben Caspit
  • With a lack of strategy // Alon Ben-David
  • Electricity strike // Udi Segal
  • The hazing // Jacky Khougy
  • Fear for the life of may missing in London tower tragedy
  • The capital of basketball – Hapoel Jerusalem won the national championships
  • Olmert to his associates: The envelope with the confidential material got out by mistake
  • Israeli roulette // Ron Kaufman
  • Outside the fence: A look at the biggest bereaved family in the country – brothers of suicide bombers
  • 35 years to Lebanon: Protest letter of commando soldiers against Ariel Sharon – Expose
Israel Hayom
News Summary:
No major event or controversial statement was made yesterday so today’s Hebrew papers were  a motley mish-mash of news, all of which mentioned that the new Israeli commando unit, ‘Oz,’ was flown to Cyprus for training, Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team won the national championship and just ahead of the prison hearing over the release of jailed former prime minister Ehud Olmert, the State Prosecutor declared the opening of a criminal probe over Olmert's removal of confidential information from the jail, which was among the materials he had for writing his memoirs. Olmert told associates that it got out by accident and that “they were out to get me.”
Not mentioned in the daily news was the scathing report that the UN Economic and Social Council released accusing Israel of using 'excessive' force 'which may have amounted to extrajudicial executions.’ Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, called it a ‘blood libel.’

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