News Nosh 8.11.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday August 11, 2017
Quote of the day:
“Only God knows how (Likud politician) Gideon Sa'ar manages to maintain his special status in the political center and among Tel-Aviv residents, despite his right-wing ideology and his continuous move towards religion and the rabbis, but it’s a fact.”
—Maariv political commentator Ben Caspit writes about the results of the Maariv poll, which showed that 38% of all Israelis support Gideon Saar as a replacement for Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister - more than anyone else. Moshe Kahlon came in second with 32%. Among right-wing voters, Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett came in first, with 42% and Saar followed with 41%.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • (On investigations into Binyamin and Sara Netanyahu:)
  • The point of no return // Nahum Barnea
  • (Attorney General) Avichai, be careful // Sima Kadmon
  • Why only the woman // Meir Shalev
  • To the right of the king // Yoaz Hendel
  • Oil on the fire // Ben-Dror Yemini
  • Netanyahu and I // Amichai Attali
  • Abramovitz, Barak’s imposter and the recordings
  • Family of killed pilot: Demands open and deep investigation
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • The map of grades of the pupils of Israel - at the request of Israel Hayom, the statistics of the matriculation exams are revealed
  • Plarium was sold for $500,000
  • Hamas: “The establishment of the obstacle is a declaration of war”
  • A new commander in the cockpit
  • Looking back at the Ofek (horizon): First Sergeant Ofek, 22, created a new intel position in the IDF: Locating Palestinians that manufacture weapons
  • High Court, Army Radio, left-wingers and homosexuals: Adv. Yoram Sheftel (lawyer for ‘Shooting Soldier from Hebron,’ Elor Azaria,) shares his doctrine
  • A moment before retiring, the ambassador in Berlin makes clear: “Germany has more important interests than the good of Israel”

News Summary:
Today’s Hebrew papers mainly focused on embattled Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is under investigation, along with his wife and confidantes. Maariv reported that the Likud party is trying to get rid of 12,000 members who oppose Netanyahu’s continued reign, Yedioth reported that while the opposition slammed Netanyahu’s ‘coup speech,’ for claiming that the law enforcement agencies of Israel are out to get him, the Likud party thinks it was helpful to the party and it plans to make a weekly show of force by demonstrating across from those who demonstrate weekly outside the home of Attorney General, the latter accusing him of dragging feet in the corruption cases. However, a Channel 2 News poll showed that only 15% believed that the ‘coup speech’ strengthened their belief in Netanyahu. Some 72% of the public believe Netanyahu must be investigated and only 15% think that investigations should be postponed until he is no longer serving in office. Some 48% of the public said they did not agree with Netanyahu’s claims that the media is trying to topple him and the right-wing government, while 42% did believe the claims. According to a KAN TV poll, 67% of the public don’t believe Netanyahu’s claims of innocence and 69% believe he should resign. A Maariv poll found that if elections were held today, the Likud party would lose five mandates.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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