News Nosh 7.12.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday July 12, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"I carry the scars of fighting on my body and know how to distinguish between good and evil, between right and wrong, and when the use of weapons is appropriate and when it is inappropriate. I was appalled when seeing cases in which force was used and lives were taken not in accordance to proper moral measures and standards.”
----In an exit interview published Monday on the official army website, former IDF deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan called on soldiers and officers to speak out on moral issues and improper use of force.*  

You Must Be Kidding: 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shelved an investigative initiative by the previous military advocate general, which recommended establishing a panel to investigate incidents where Israeli forces used massive firepower during the 2014 Gaza war, killing many innocent Palestinian civilians, including on 'Black Friday.'**


Breaking News:
IDF soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian youth in clashes that broke out during night raid in West Bank
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Israeli forces for the deadly raid and accused the Israeli government of deliberately escalating the situation. Mohammed Salah, 20, sustained bullets to his head and chest and died at the scene, Aws Salameh, 17, succumbed to his wounds. No Israeli casualties. (Haaretz, Ynet, Maan)

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • General under house arrest – Submarine affair: New discoveries
  • Today: Severe State Comptroller report about Netanyahu’s connections with (Bezeq and Yes main shareholder) Elovitch
  • The winning family – Photo of three generations of family of Avi Gabai, who won leadership of Labor party
  • Expose: New revelations about the affair of the teacher Shaul Shamai: 1) Education Ministry knew the teacher was suspected of pedophilia and that he teaches in a Tel-Aviv school, 2.) Internal email: The principal was told that the teacher is “blocked from employment”
  • Hole in the net: An Israeli and an American buy from the same website. Why does it cost us more?
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • The Gabai era: Labor party passes Yesh Atid party in poll
  • Clean air: Chief of Staff to announce soon the end to sale of cigarettes on open bases
  • Suspicion: Two women murdered in their homes
  • The incriminating emails that Trump Jr. released about the Russian offer
  • Submarine affair: General under investigation on suspicion of receiving bribes from representative of shipyards company Thyssenkrupp
Israel Hayom
  • Submarine affair: Former Navy chief questioned under warning for hours - The suspicion: Cheney took bribes
  • (Bankrupt tycoon) Fishman’s hole: 2.8 billion shekels
  • “Twice as many injured - because of electric bicycles”
  • Gabai to Israel Hayom after victory: “I won’t move right-wing”
  • Unbelievable: Beit Shemesh ordered to shoot to kill stray dogs at night
  • Health Committee approved: The new bible - healthier food in afternoon daycare centers

News Summary:


 
Quick Hits:

*Israeli general: Officers must speak out on moral issues, proper use of force - Former IDF deputy chief, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, refuses to retract remarks comparing developments in Israel to those in pre-WWII Germany. (Haaretz+ and Times of Israel)
**Netanyahu Shelved Israeli Army's Initiative to Probe Use of Massive Firepower in 2014 Gaza War - Massive firepower was used on 'Black Friday,' when the Israeli army killed dozens of Palestinians trying to prevent the abduction of a soldier. (Haaretz+)
Chairman of the National Student Council: "Teachers are afraid to express their opinion" - A moment before his term ends, Hanan Yazdi talks about the uproar, the work with Bennett, the plan to shorten the vacations and the lesson he takes with him: "Nothing is impossible." (Maariv)
Bill would force High Court rulings to favor Israel’s Jewish character over democracy - Draft is the latest proposal from Netanyahu's governing coalition of the so-called nation-state bill that critics say would stifle democracy. (Haaretz+)
30% of Israeli soldiers wounded during 2014 Gaza war suffer from PTSD - Statistics show low integration of PTSD victims in workforce. This is the first time Israel's Defense Ministry has published exact figures on the number of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress due to Operation Protective Edge. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
Cabinet revisits divisive plan to expand Palestinian city - Plan to approve 14,000 new housing units in Qalqilya a flagship of defense minister's "carrot and stick" policy • Expansion of West Bank city was first approved last year, but PM Netanyahu called for a new vote after backlash following announcement. (Israel Hayom)
Shayetet 13 drills to free civilian hostages at sea - In 24 hour drill, IDF elite commando unit carries out rescue operation envisaging siege of civilian vessel and kidnapping of ten hostages; IDF releases video showing commandos rappelling from a blackhawk chopper and entering the ship, weapons drawn, as they search for the kidnappers and their victims. (Ynet)
Israel wants family of Palestinian terrorist to pay damages - Precedent-setting suit seeks $572,000 in damages for each of the four soldiers killed in Jerusalem truck-ramming attack last January, amounting to a total of $2.3 million. (Ynet)
Remand extended for Palestinian shot in burglary - Burglar undergoes surgery after being shot by home owner in botched home invasion; property crimes rise in Hefer Valley area, leading police to beef up their presence in effort to prevent more deadly incidents. (Ynet)
Commander of IDF's Mixed-gender Combat Unit Suspended for Suspected Relations With Officer - Lt. Col. Elad Cohen was suspended from his role for a month pending a Military Police investigation into his relations with a female subordinate officer. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
Terrorist's picture removed from vandalized Jerusalem street signs - After Israel Hayom reports that signs in Abu Tor neighborhood commemorating fallen IDF commander were covered with stickers calling terrorist who killed two Israelis in 2016 a "hero," Israel Police rush to remove them .Terror victims' group lauds police. (Israel Hayom)
Abbas Keeps Up Pressure on Hamas With New Economic Sanctions - Palestinian Authority will begin cutting welfare allowances to families, force thousands of PA employees in Gaza to retire, says official. (Haaretz+)
Phone, Internet Access in Gaza Cut Due to Power Shortages - Telecom firm Paltel says tens of thousands of land-line customers and 8,000 internet subscribers have lost service. (Haaretz+)

Transportation minister envisions train across Middle East - Yisrael Katz pushes plans to build rail network from Israel through Jordan and Saudi Arabia to Persian Gulf, in hopes of linking Israel and Palestinians to Arab world • U.S. administration "very active" in promoting regional normalization, he says. (Israel Hayom)
Bienvenue: 200 new immigrants from France land in Israel - Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky welcomes the new arrivals, the largest group to immigrate from Europe this summer, at Ben-Gurion International Airport • Newcomers to settle in Netanya, Jerusalem, Raanana, Ashdod, Netivot, Tel Aviv and Herzliya. (Israel Hayom)
Netanyahu confronts Irish FM over support for hostile NGOs - PMO statement says Netanyahu asked Irish FM Simon Coveney 'why Ireland helps NGOs that call for the destruction of Israel’ after meeting during 3-day trip to Israel which began Monday. (Ynet)
Paratroopers who conquered Jerusalem enlist in support of the Women of the Wall - Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, who is in the famous picture of the liberation of the Western Wall, participated yesterday with other paratroopers in a press conference with the organization's women. (Maariv)
Court denies appeal by PM's wife in disgruntled employees' case - High Court rules that as Sara Netanyahu was only a witness in cases involving former PM's Residence employees, she cannot appeal National Labor Court rulings in their favor • Court: Appeal "failed to meet the criteria for judicial intervention." (Israel Hayom)
Jewish Mother and BDS Activist: Code Pink’s Ariel Gold vs. Israel’s Travel Ban - The pro-Palestinian provocateur is under attack after a newspaper alleged that she 'tricked' her way into Israel last month. She says she will be 'heartbroken' if the authorities ban her from ever returning. (Haaretz+)
Berlin Mayor rapped for terrorist group fund-raising event - The pro-PFLP event was organized by the Democratic Committee of Palestine and reportedly took place in the publishing house of the socialist newspaper Neues Deutschland (New Germany) on Saturday. (JPost/Maariv)
Backlash against Breaking the Silence grows, more events nixed - "The Zionist Left, chiefly the kibbutzim and moshavim, is waking up and realizing the immense damage that Breaking the Silence is causing," says head of Reservists at the Front • Left-wing advocacy group faces growing criticism for anti-Israel activity. (Israel Hayom)
Radiohead's Thom Yorke Again Rejects Israel Boycott Calls: 'We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump' - 'Playing in a country is not the same as endorsing its government,' Thom Yorke tells British director and BDS advocate Ken Loach days before Radiohead's Tel Aviv concert. (Haaretz)
Probe into embattled Israeli telecoms tycoon group widens to satellite operator Spacecom - Shares of companies controlled by Shaul Elovitch fall sharply on the news of Israel Securities Authority's widened probe between Bezeq and its Yes satellite TV unit. (Haaretz)
PM Netanyahu, Rwandan leader Kagame meet, Kagame seeks investments on Israel visit - President Paul Kagame meets with Israel's PM and president for talks about business, security, and tightening of relations between two countries as Netanyahu extends hand to African nations. (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
China's largest insurer by market value seeks assets in U.S., Israel, Singapore - $1 billion fund is on hunt for fintech and healthcare assets company, Ping An Insurance Group chairman says. (Agencies, Haaretz)
Syrian Observatory says it has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State chief is dead - Just days after Iraqi prime minister declares victory in Mosul, the Syrian human rights watchdog claims to have evidence that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been liquidated; if confirmed as true, Baghdadi's death may have been caused by a Russian air strike in Raqqa last month. (Agencies, Ynet)
ISIS, U.S.-led forces, Iraqis violated international law in Mosul battle, Amnesty says  - The rights group also reported that ISIS had flagrantly violated that same law by deliberately putting civilians in harm's way. (Agencies, Haaretz)
Qatar Vows Support for Hamas in Gaza, Hours After Deal With U.S. to Stop Funding Terror  - Saudi Arabia and its allies have pressed Qatar to end its support to the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood movement, the historical parent of the militant Hamas group. (Agencies, Haaretz)
Jared Kushner Punishing Qatar Over 'Soured Real-estate Deal,' Reports Allege  - The Intercept raised questions about the status of a deal between Qatar's former prime minister and Kushner, a potential conflict of interest. (Haaretz)



Features:
But Sir, It’s an American Ship' 'Never Mind, Hit Her!' When Israel Attacked USS Liberty
'The Americans have findings that show our pilots were aware the ship was American,' a newly published document by the State Archives says. (Ofer Aderet, Haaretz)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
'1984' in Israel and Palestine (Dmitry Shumsky, Haaretz+) We must get the Israeli public to recognize this basic human truth: Occupation by a foreign government cannot be a substitute for sovereignty, just as slavery isn't freedom, war isn't peace and ignorance isn't strength.
Now that Netanyahu has reached the top, the only way is down (Nahum Barnea, Yedioth/Ynet) These are good times for the State of Israel and excellent times for Benjamin Netanyahu. But if things are so good, why is the prime minister so discontented, so troubled, so frantic? He has reached the point at which the only person who can bring him down is Netanyahu himself.
In Netanyahu’s World, George Soros’ Politics Justify Throwing Him to Hungary’s anti-Semitic Dogs (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz) Nationalistic and xenophobic Israelis increasingly identify with like-minded countries and often share their distaste for liberal, universalist Jews
Submarine Graft Scandal Is Warning Shot to Pentagon Over Military Deals With Israel (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Arrest of Netanyahu associates in multimillion deals with German shipbuilder suggests PM’s senses are not particularly sharp when it comes to picking allies.
How did massive defense deals slip under the public radar? (Alex Fishman, Yedioth/Ynet) Beyond the criminal aspect, the submarine affair has a serious public aspect too: Expert authorities from the inner circle meddle in defense deals worth millions, and the Israeli taxpayer knows nothing about it because it involves ‘state secrets.’
The Sanctity of Hebron Was Violated Long Before UNESCO Resolution (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) The Tomb of the Patriarchs is worthy of being called a World Heritage site, not because of the tombs of our patriarchs and matriarchs, but as a monument to the Jewish national religious victory over the Muslims.
All roads lead to Tehran (Prof. Eyal Zisser, Israel Hayom) While Russia is attentive to Israel's concerns over an Iranian presence in Syria, it will not disengage from Iran, whose forces it needs to ensure the Assad regime survives.
Netanyahu's New Start-up Nation: Israel, the Anti-Jewish State (Bradley Burston, Haaretz) Ladies and gentlemen, courtesy of a sinking Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel presents: The Protocols of the Elders of Zionist.
If Gabai acts correctly and unites the ranks of the camp, the votes will flow to him on their own (Yitzhak Ben-Ner, Maariv) The new Labor leader should turn his camp into an effective war machine against the current leadership. With a top team in which everyone is almost worthier than their competitors, Lapid and Netanyahu have reason to be afraid.
Israel got its Macron, but it doesn’t have France’s rage (David Rosenberg, Haaretz+) Like his French counterpart, the new Labor leader Avi Gabbay promises change, but there’s no evidence Israelis want any.
Soros doesn't need our help (Dror Eydar, Israel Hayom) Israel is duty-bound to protect any Jew from anti-Semitism, but it is not obliged to defend someone who systematically tries to undermine the state.
Israel's opposition doesn't need another Yair Lapid (Haaretz Editorial) Israel doesn't need 50 shades of center-right. New Labor leader Avi Gabbay must present a substantive alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu's worldview.
Much ado about religious indoctrination (Dr. Netanel Fisher, Israel Hayom) If secular Israelis have a problem with the Education Ministry funding organizations that teach Judaism, they are free to do the work themselves.
I’m Blacklisted by Israel’s Rabbinate – and Proud of It (Rabbi Alexander Davis, Haaretz) Israel’s chief rabbi must take responsibility for the blacklist, a tragic and contemptuous abuse of power and a clear slap in the face for Diaspora Jews.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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