News Nosh 7.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday July 17, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding:
The updated lexicon for civics lessons, which was reexamined in the Education Ministry after criticism by the High Court of Justice, continues to present Israeli Arabs as hostile to the state, the High Court as controversial and democracy as procedural in essence.


Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • The (metal detector) check and the protest (at Temple Mount)
  • Netanyahu opposes the agreement of the powers in Syria
  • “I don’t care if I sit in jail my whole life” - Indictment against Sami Qara over the murder of his daughter who was in a romantic relationship with a Muslim reveals the writing was on the wall
Israel Hayom
  • Assessment: Abu Mazen won’t stop until he overpowers (Hamas Politburo chief) Haniyeh - Gaza-Ramallah crisis worsens; In Israel, fear of deterioration
  • Storm of the metal detector (at Temple Mount)
  • Macron to Netanyahu: “Anti-Zionism - the new anti-Semitism”
  • (Health) Minister Leitzman initiates: Discussion over the ‘basket of’ medicines (covered by the Health Ministry) will be secret
  • Exclusive: End to the era of Camp 80: Instead of leaky tents - soldiers in boot camp will sleep in air-conditioned barracks

News Summary:
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed opposition to thglossarye ceasefire agreement in southern Syria putting him at odds with the US, clashes erupted between Israeli Police and Palestinian worshippers at the Temple Mount over metal detectors placed there and a Christian Arab father murdered his daughter, who wanted to convert to Islam and marry her Muslim boyfriend making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

Also in the news, in a ceremony commemorating the the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Paris, French President Emanuel Macron said what Netanyahu has been trying to convince the world: that anti-Zionism and anti-Israel expressions were a new form of anti-Semitism. He also urged Netanyahu to establish two states with Jerusalem as their joint capital.

Netanyahu met with Macron in Paris and told reporters that he made clear to him that Israel was opposed to the cease-fire agreement in southern Syria that agreed upon by the United States and Russia, because it perpetuated the Iranian presence in the country. Haaretz’s Barak Ravid wrote that “Netanyahu made public a major disagreement between Israel and the two great powers that had until now been kept under wraps and expressed only through quiet diplomatic channels.”

After an exceptional two-day closure, Israel opened two of the eight gates to the Temple Mount, but only after installing metal detectors. Waqf officials said the metal detectors violated the status quo and called on Muslims not to visit the holy site until Israel removed them. Many protested peacefully in front of them. But some worshippers still came. Clashes erupted when police prevented Palestinians from entering with a coffin. In a front-page Op-Ed, top Yedioth political commentator said the metal detectors would make things worse and wouldn't prevent an earnest assailant from attacking.

Netanyahu sought to justify the new security measures following Friday's deadly attack, in which two Israeli policemen were killed. But at the same time he said he objected to any change in the status quo on the Temple Mount, such as giving Jews permission to pray at the holy site, since that could exacerbate the security situation and, he acknowledged, undermine the increasingly warm relations between Israel and the Sunni Arab nations. “Moreover, we are succeeding in building stronger ties with the countries in the region and even bringing about encouraging changes in public opinion in the Arab world toward Israel, and changing the status-quo on the Temple Mount would undermine all that,” he said.

Quick Hits:
  • Shots fired, stun grenade thrown into Maghar mosque - For the second time in three days, a stun grenade—now also accompanied by gunshots—is thrown into mosque in Maghar, the hometown of one of the policemen killed in Friday's shooting attack on Temple Mount; residents fear growing tensions between Druze and Muslims. (Ynet)
  • Terror victim's father insists attackers 'not part of Arab sector' - Speaking during a condolence visit by Israeli MKs and security leaders to the family home of Maj. Kamil Shnaan, who was slain in a terror attack on Friday, former MK Shachiv Shnaan says: 'The sons of evil are not representative of the Arab sector.’ (Ynet)
  • Netanyahu and rival Bennett compromise over bill on dividing Jerusalem - Ministers green light a bill that requires a super majority concede sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem, but only a simple majority would be needed to give up land by redrawing Jerusalem’s borders. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • **High school civics glossary says Israel is Jewish, Arabs are hostile - The lexicon was updated after the Court of Justice complained. But the amendments are likely to evoke more criticism. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli public security minister: We should consider demolishing homes of Israeli-Arab terrorists - Gilad Erdan made the suggestion in the wake of Friday's killing at the Temple Mount of two policemen by Arab citizens of Israel. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Foreign Companies Wary of Operating Jerusalem's Light Rail Because It Traverses '67 Border - The most problematic parts of the proposed Green Line – a project that could cost as much as $1.4 billion – are said to be the ones that reach Mount Scopus and Gilo. (Haaretz)
  • Security ship deal was changed to accommodate ThyssenKrupp - Def. Min. reportedly changed stated security requirements needed to protect natural gas reserves in Mediterranean, switching from smaller ships to larger ones, whose building was eventually granted to German company ThyssenKrupp, despite not meeting original requirements. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee calls to halt submarines deal - MKs ask government to freeze payments on the deals with ThyssenKrupp until the police investigation into suspected corruption is concluded; 'We must not continue advancing a deal that is tied to an ongoing police investigation, which is only becoming more entangled and concerns the people closest to the prime minister.’ (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Netanyahu's lawyer in submarine affair allowed to fly abroad despite probe - The police have never detailed the allegations against David Shimron, who is the personal lawyer and a very close associate of Netanyahu. (Haaretz+)
  • New Israel Fund denies Netanyahu's claim that it is funding anti-AG protests - Some demonstrations organizers have filed police complaints accusing Netanyahu of incitement. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli ministers OK opening graves to conduct DNA tests related to abducted Yemenite children affair - Bill is meant to simplify the very complex bureaucratic procedure of exhuming graves, and facilitate families' search for answers to questions surrounding disappearance of children in early years of Israel. (Haaretz+)
  • In Australia they are outraged: Israel refuses to turn over the (lesbian pedophile) suspected of rape - After the proceedings for the extradition of Malka Leifer, the ultra-Orthodox principal suspected of committing sexual offenses against her female students, was stopped, complainants brought the demand back to the headlines: "The case is harming the connection between the two countries.” (Maariv and Times of Israel)
  • Jordanian parliament glorifies Temple Mount terrorists - Despite King Abdullah II condemning incident, parliament's chairman Atef Tarawneh describes terrorists who murdered two Druze policemen on Temple Mount as 'martyrs', asks Allah to have 'mercy on our martyrs who watered our pure soil' and heroizes their families who 'deserve honor and fame.’ (Ynet)
  • Qatar Crisis: UAE Denies Report That It Orchestrated Hack Which Led to Diplomatic Crisis - UAE FM Anwar Gargash denied as false a story in the Washington Post that cited U.S. officials saying the UAE had orchestrated the hack of Qatar's state news agency. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Video depicts Iraqi soldiers hurling suspects from cliff - The video disseminated on social media depicts uniformed Iraqi soldiers throwing ISIS suspects from a cliff before shooting them; Iraqi government promises prosecution in video is genuine. (Ynet)


Features:
My Family in Gaza Tells Me: We Can't Breathe
They've given up trying to sleep in the suffocating heat, but that's not all Gazans are giving up hope for: “The war is coming. I'm beginning to believe I'm going to die before I even experience living.” (Muhammad Shehada, Haaretz)
Anatomy of a Terror Cell: How Kosher Supermarket Bombers Recruited a Jew for Jihad
The recent Paris trial of a key terror cell, armed with a hitlist of French Jews, exposed the unlikely diversity and scope of those posing a violent threat to France. (Shirli Sitbon, Haaretz+)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
*Temple Mount metal detectors won’t help (Nahum Barnea, Yedioth/Ynet) Anyone interested in smuggling weapons into the explosive site will do it when hundreds of thousands of worshippers are gathered outside the gates. The metal detector will simply create a jam, which will lead to a commotion, and the police will be forced to let the masses in. Those seeking to bring in weapons will get their chance with no effort whatsoever.
What It’s Like to Have a Jewish Terrorist in the Family (Asaf Calderon, Haaretz+) One of the perpetrators of war crimes against Palestinians that accompanied Israel’s creation was my relative, Mordechai Ben-Uziyahu, who participated in the Deir Yassin massacre. This is why I remember his humanity.
Let every Jewish mother know who’s in charge of our security (Ariela Ringel Hoffman, Yedioth/Ynet) Is it possible that the suspects in the submarine affair were all good, worthy and loyal commanders, who turned into the disgrace they’ve become a moment after removing their uniform?
Is everyone equal before the law? (Haaretz Editorial) If we are to judge the conduct of law enforcement in two criminal investigations that saw significant progress last week, the principle of equality before the law is being disdained.
If only his name were Friedman (Yoaz Hendel, Yedioth/Ynet) If the mentally-ill Israeli held in Gaza was a guy named Hendel or Shitrit, we would have already launched a public campaign for his release. But the common Israeli is unable to identify with an Ethiopian immigrant called Abera Mengistu, who doesn’t have friends from school or from the military unit.
Assaf Harel explains the latest trend in Israeli politics: Blaming the New Israel Fund (Assaf Harel, Haaretz) 'In Israel, we have a new and dangerous enemy. Yup. No, not Iran, Iran is no longer needed. Not Hezbollah this time... No, it's not Avi Gabay, not Breaking the Silence…’
The new Labor chairman is in the right direction to position himself as an effective oppositionist (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) The most interesting battle that will take place here until the next elections will be between Lapid and Gabai, on the voices of the soft right. The ammunition of the chairman the Yesh Atid party (Lapid) is quite sparse.
Dragging out the status quo, dragging out investigations (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+) Only the leadership is happy to drag the conflict on, until we have reached a labyrinth where the players walk blindfolded, sometimes hitting the walls and often running into each other.
It’s time to save our state (Rafik Halabi, Yedioth/Ynet) The three brainwashed Muslim fanatics from Umm al-Fahm, who carried out the Temple Mount attack, are not Israelis. An Israeli is someone like former MK Shachiv Shnaan, who taught his son that Israel is his state, the state he sacrificed his life for while defending the Temple Mount.
Israel, Muslim Temple Mount Authority Up a Tree Without a Ladder - and No American Safety Net (Nir Hasson, Haaretz+) The Trump administration doesn't seem capable of, or even interested in, delving into the nitty-gritty of the Temple Mount's status quo
Allah’s warriors from Umm al-Fahm (Moshe Arens, Haaretz+) Many will call these terrorists Palestinian freedom fighters. That sounds a lot better than Islamic extremists, and fits right in with the anti-Israel propaganda that denounces Israel as an occupying power.
Incitement leads to action (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) Sheikh Raed Salah is following in Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s footsteps with the ‘Al-Aqsa is in danger’ libel, which asserts that the Jews are planning to replace the Temple Mount mosques with the Third Temple. Whoever thinks brainwashing doesn’t work is wrong, and Friday's terror attack is proof.
Palestinians Who Shoot in Revenge Are Still Tiny in Number (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Why is a failed imitation of the armed conqueror seen as admirable? My feminist brain doesn't get it.
Why does the Israeli media ignore the Oslo Conference of the Right-wing? (Meir Uziel, Maariv) The organizer of the conference, which brought Libyan Jews together with Muslims, Christians and Yazidis, and which was held in Rhodes to mark the 50th anniversary of their expulsion, defined it as a historical cornerstone.
Despite Mosul Defeat, ISIS Is Still Alive and Kicking (Zvi Bar’el, Haaretz+) Islamic State may have lost control of Iraq’s second-largest city, but its fighters could still splinter into smaller terror cells and continue operating in the country, or take the battle to the West.
Temple Mount closure was the right thing to do (Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet) Friday’s attack at the most religiously explosive place in the Middle East required Israel to act quickly. While closing the holy site for Muslim prayer was a risky move which could have sparked violent riots, it was necessary to prevent a major flare-up in the territories, in Israel and in the Muslim world in general.
A Racist Wedding at the Maccabiah Games (Rogel Alpher, Haaretz+) By broadcasting a wedding live from the Jewish sporting event's opening ceremony, Israel's main TV channel sent a clear message about preventing assimilation.
The Taylor Force Act: Pathway or roadblock to peace? (Charles Bybelezer, Ynet) Debate rages over US legislation to cut funding to the Palestinians if their leadership continues to financially support convicted terrorists.
Label Nationhood as Racism? Get Racist Nationhood Next Election (Gadi Taub, Haaretz+) If the liberal elites continue to condemn the right of self-determination and so see it as an expression of racism, only the racists will remain to defend it.

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