News Nosh 8.7.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday August 7, 2017
 
Number of the day:
66.
--Percentage of Israelis who believe Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should resign if indicted, according to the latest poll.*

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Ari Harow’s version: “I am not Shula Zaken”
  • Party being tested // Nadav Eyal
  • Leader of the right-wing // Amichai Atali
  • Before the sunset // Ben-Dror Yemini
  • High Court repealed third apartment tax
  • Record of the summer - No escaping the heat
  • “He moved close to her and put his hand under her shirt” - Indictment against actor Moshe Ivgi
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Blow to Kahlon: Third apartment tax repealed
  • Ari Harow: “I am not Shula Zaken”
  • (Singer) Nasrin Kadri Live - Tonight at 21:00 live on Israel Hayom website
  • (Actor) Moshe Ivgi to be indicted for committing sex crimes

News Summary:
After Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized them for their silence, Likud ministers rushed to defend him,
(as did Habayit Hayehudi leader, Education Minister Naftali Bennett,) while Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s former confidante-turned-state-witness spoke out in defense of his move to implicate the Prime Minister, saying it wasn’t over any crimes he jointly made with Netanyahu, making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers along with the blow to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s plan to tax owner’s of three apartments and the upcoming indictment of a renowned Israeli actor for sex crimes.

Meanwhile, Haaretz+ reported that Palestinian officials said peace talks were a nonstarter while Netanyahu was under criminal investigation, but that the Palestinian leadership was afraid that to appease the Israeli right wing, Netanyahu may make moves that will harm the chance for a two-state solution. Moreover, a Palestinian source told Ma'ariv that Israel has turned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas into a prisoner, not allowing him to leave Ramallah because of his failure to calm the situation after the Temple Mount metal detectors affair. Amid rocky ties with Israel following the Temple Mount standoff and the killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard in Amman, King Abdullah II is making a rare visit to Ramallah today to meet with Abbas because Abbas cannot leave the West Bank to meet him. The two reportedly want to show that Jordan and Palestine 'speak with one voice.’
 
Quick Hits:
  • Setting precedent, Israeli court approves revoking citizenship of convicted terrorist - Ala’a Ziwad's mother is a citizen of Israel, but his Palestinian father is not. “Jewish Israelis have also committed similar acts. But no one demands that their citizenship be revoked,” said lawyer Sawsan Zaher, calling it a ‘dangerous act.’ (Haaretz+, Ynet and Maan)
  • Israel Allows Entry to Iranian Journalist Fleeing Persecution - Neda Amin could face the death penalty in Iran after writing op-eds for an Israeli news site, activists say. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Hebron shooter asks to delay prison sentence until Israeli army chief's decision - Elor Azaria, a soldier who was sentenced to 18 months for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian assailant, has asked the army chief to do community service instead. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Al Jazeera Slams Israel’s Move to Ban Network: These Are Actions of Only Democracy in Mideast? - Israel's claims are 'odd and biased,' says Al Jazeera, threatening legal action. (Haaretz)
  • Israel detains 4 Palestinians for alleged drive-by shooting at illegal settlement - The four, from al-Jalazun refugee camp, are accused of shooting live fire with a Carl Gustav submachine gun while driving past an Israeli army post at the entrance of the nearby Israeli settlement of Beit El on Saturday night. No injuries were reported in the incident. (Maan)
  • Israeli settlers hurl rocks at Palestinian homes in Hebron's Old City - A group of Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, threw rocks at Palestinian homes near the Ibrahimi Mosque and shouted curses at the Palestinian residents. No injuries were reported by the sources. (Maan)
  • Worker Killed in 18th Death This Year on Israeli Construction Sites - The accident in Ramat Hasharon occurred when a formwork, a mold into which concrete is poured, fell and struck the man. (Haaretz)
  • Palestinian charged with murder of pregnant Israeli lover from West Bank settlement - Both the defendant and the victim's husband claim the murder was politically motivated, but police reject that version. (Haaretz+)
  • *Poll: Netanyahu's biggest Likud rival Gideon Sa'ar gets boost in wake of scandals - In Channel 10 poll, 23 percent named Sa'ar when asked which right-wing politician should replace Netanyahu if he is forced to vacate his seat; 66 percent believe Netanyahu should resign if indicted. Likud gets more seats without Netanyahu than with him. The Zionist camp headed by Avi Gabai maintains stability. (Haaretz and Maariv)
  • Monster victory for Jerusalem pub – a secular bastion under ultra-Orthodox threat - The place is reopening despite what insiders call the mayor’s efforts to mollify the ultra-Orthodox community ahead of the next election. (Haaretz+)
  • Netanyahu says Togo under pressure to cancel Africa-Israel summit - According to African officials, the PA pressuring Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé to cancel Africa-Israel summit scheduled to take place in Lomé, and is also urging Muslim countries in Africa not to attend, saying that going to the conference will show support for Israel and be a setback for the Palestinian struggle. (Haaretz)
  • Hiker stunned to find tribute to slain policewoman in Peru - Family friend of slain Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka discovers giant message in her honor while hiking through Peru's Colca Canyon. Hadas' father "touched and surprised" by message, says her biggest dream had been to travel to South America. (Israel Hayom)
  • Iran denounces 2 soccer players for match with Israeli team - Islamic republic's soccer federation "strongly condemns" Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi for playing for Greece's Panionios in match against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv. Israeli Foreign Ministry lauds players for breaking taboo, showing sportsmanship. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel offers to train drone operators for Ghana’s special forces - Senior Israeli and Ghanaian officials met last week in Accra to advance defense cooperation. (Haaretz)
  • Gazans demonstrate against ‘terrorism’ in Egypt - Participants gathered in al-Saraya Square in Gaza City, waving Palestinian and Egyptian flags and chanting slogans expressing love for the Egyptian people and for Palestinian unity. (Maan)
  • Fatah denies reports that Abbas ‘thwarted’ Egyptian initiative to end dispute with Hamas - Al-Hayat had quoted unidentified Palestinian sources as saying that Abbas had "thwarted" a new initiative by the Egyptian head of state to broker a reconciliation agreement ending the decade-long rivalry between Hamas and the PA. (Maan)
  • Israeli naval forces open fire at fishermen in northern Gaza Strip - Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza Strip, forcing the fishermen to flee to the shore for safety.  No injuries were reported during the incident. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain Palestinian after he crosses into Israel from Gaza Strip - An Israeli army spokesperson said that the unidentified man had “infiltrated” Israel from Gaza. There are regular reports of residents of the Gaza Strip -- which marked its tenth anniversary under a crippling Israeli blockade this year -- attempting to cross into Israel. (Maan)
  • PA: Palestinian internet facing ‘fierce’ cyber attack - Internet access in the occupied Palestinian territory has been under the “fiercest” cyber attack since 2012, the Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology said on Saturday. (Maan)
  • U.S. Special Forces in Lebanon Prepare to Fight ISIS – Alongside Hezbollah? - The Americans are training with the Lebanese army for the operation, while Hezbollah is gearing up to fight ISIS on the Syrian side of the border. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Ma’an responds to Israeli accusations of incitement - On Tuesday Ma'an wrote an article in Arabic about a Hebrew-language song advocating violence against Israelis. As a result of this report, Ma'an has come under attack by right-wing Israeli entities. Israeli Channel 2 and other Hebrew-language news outlets had also recirculated the song, exactly as Ma'an has done. (Maan)
  • General McMaster 'a good man and very pro-Israel' - U.S. President Trump defends national security adviser amid accusations he is trying to remove conservative, pro-Israel voices from national security council • Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner: McMaster "a true public servant and a tremendous asset." (Israel Hayom)


Features:
The Mossad operative who formed the Jewish underground in North Africa
Selected for a secret mission in 1954, Havilio helped smuggle tens of thousands of Jews to Israel. (Ofer Aderet, Haaretz+)
This Palestinian Is Fighting for His East Jerusalem Home - and the Whole Neighborhood Is at Stake
Jawad Siyam is competing against the settler group Elad that has far more money and hopes Siyam's house in Silwan will be a tipping point. (Nir Hasson, Haaretz+)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
Netanyahu's corruption isn't the problem, it's his ideology (Ron Cahlili, Haaretz+) There's something defeatist in this obsessive inquisition into Netanyahu's lifestyle, ostentatious as it may be; it proves, yet again, that the Israeli left doesn't really have anything to offer its voters
Two protests, two different worlds (Nahum Barnea, Yedioth/Ynet) The 37th protest near the attorney general’s home in Petah Tikva on Saturday evening was the largest, youngest and probably happiest protest so far. On the other side of the square, Likud organized a counter-protest. The result was pathetic. The ruling party is capable of much, much more than that.
So Ordered the Israeli Army: The Trumpeter and Violinist Can't Leave Gaza for the West Bank (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Israel's High Court agreed to prevent the two 16-year-old musicians with Russian citizenship from leaving: 'It should be noted that the musical development is not necessarily dependent on location'
Caution advised (Mati Tuchfeld, Israel Hayom) Rivals of the prime minister would be wise to recall that Netanyahu has always emerged on top when his enemies were too quick to attack him when he was down.
Death penalty in Israel will bring occupation to the center of world attention (Uri Avnery, Haaretz+) No matter how you look at it, the death penalty is barbaric and stupid and has been abolished in all civilized countries except for certain states in the United States (which are difficult to call civilized)
Netanyahu will be remembered as one who blurred the boundaries between what was good for him and for the good of the country (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) We are probably facing the beginning of the end - not only of the one who has been perceived for many years as the irremovable Israeli leader, but also of a period that has left a stain on the character of our society.
Suspicions against Netanyahu reach critical mass (Haaretz Editorial) Members of the coalition who care about the rule of law must demand that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu step down
Netanyahu, it’s time for a leave of absence (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) The State of Israel and its citizens need a full-time prime minister, not someone who divides most of his time between the interrogation rooms and his lawyers. The state’s best interest comes before the leader’s best interest.
Theater of the Absurd: The Jewish State vs. Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour (Yehouda Shenhav, Haaretz+) What is a poem, what is a translation and who is a translator: The trial of an Israeli from the Galilee exposes regrettable aspects of local culture.
Those who did not want Iran on the Golan Heights gets it in Jerusalem (Ephraim Ganor, Maariv) The long arms of the Revolutionary Guards are already here, there is no need to be a senior officer in Military Intelligence to understand this...The danger it creates against the backdrop of the Temple Mount crisis is no less dangerous than a nuclear bomb.
If only Israel's culture minister read Herzl's utopian novel (B. Michael, Haaretz+) Herzl was a typical post-Zionist, a supporter of a country for all its citizens. This should suffice for the hooligans of Im Tirtzu to burn his books in the streets
Business as usual in the PA (Ariel Bolstein, Israel Hayom) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his cohorts are waging a campaign of incitement against Israel, the likes of which has not been seen for decades.
Banning Al Jazeera in Israel Won't Be So Easy. Here's Why (Nati Tucker, Haaretz) Israel's communication minister said he requested revoking press credentials and taking Al Jazeera off the air – but the bodies in charge of doing so give no indication of complying.
To understand the complexity of Jerusalem, read this book (Avraham Burg, Haaretz+) In his carefully wrought and well-sourced book ‘Urshalim,’ Nir Hasson tells the story of a united but fractured city, melding scattered historical, political and religious details into a significant picture.

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