News Nosh 9.6.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 6, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“She is a judge who falls in the center of the scale between judicial activism and legal restraint. She is very rooted in the political-social experience and aware of the uproar that continuously surrounds the High Court. She is very aware of the value of the separation of powers, the need for the government to rule and the Knesset to be sovereign. But she will always fight for the rights of the little guy if those institutions harm him. She is considered a judge who is sensitive to the rights of accused and arrested…”
—Israeli judicial sources share with Yedioth the characteristics of the new High Court Chief Justice, Esther Hayut, and also note that she is very security-minded.*

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • (Israeli Hollywood film producer) Milchan questioned on suspicion of giving bribes to Netanyahu (in Case 1000)
  • This is how I stopped the massacre in Halamish - A., who neutralized the murderer, tells for the first time about that cursed night
  • The egg fright - Health Ministry warns: Eggs that say ‘Yesh Maof’ on them with an expiry date of 20 October must be discarded, they may have salmonella
  • Meet: Binyamin Netanyahu, 21, from Rama village in the Galilee
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
Israeli Hollywood producer, Arnon Milchan, who gave testimony in 2016 that he provided the Netanyahu couple with expensive presents, turned into a suspect in the case over allegations that the gifts the Netanyahu’s received were illicit, and was questioned under warning over suspicion that he bribed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,(police investigators had complained that it would be hard to indict Netanyahu on accepting bribes if the individual responsible for bribing him was not made an official suspect), former Israeli Navy SEALS commander, Shai Brosh, was named as one of the suspects detained in the submarines corruption affair, (while Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit opposed a High Court petition seeking to question Netanyahu in the submarine affair, saying it harmed the investigation and was unjustified) and President Reuven Rivlin is in Germany to inaugurate the Munich Olympics massacre memorial on the 45th anniversary of the murders of 11 Israeli athletes there, making top stories in today's Hebrew newspapers.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly later this month so that Trump can advance his peace initiative.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Israel evicts Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home to make way for pre-'48 Jewish owners - In first such eviction since 2009, eight members of Shamasneh family were kicked out of their Sheikh Jarrah property, where they have lived since 1964. (Haaretz+, Maan and Ynet)
  • Israeli Education Ministry refuses to release report on growing religiosity in textbooks - Israel's textbooks are increasingly citing religious sources, even in subjects such as math, geography and science. (Haaretz+)
  • B’Tselem sent sharp letter to Netanyahu: Be careful not to commit war crimes   - The orgnaization responded to the declaration by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who declared that Israel is preparing to expel two Palestinian communities in the West Bank. B’Tselem: “If they are demolished, you will be held responsible.” (B’Tselem English, Maan and Maariv)
  • *Esther Hayut appointed to be Israel's next Supreme Court president - The Judicial Appointments Committee unanimously approved Hayut as the court’s 12th president. Confidants say she will stand up to attempts by the justice minister to weaken the bench. (Haaretz+, Maariv and Ynet)
  • Elementary school teacher in Israel resigns amid accusations of being 'too left-wing' - Some complaints originated from posts on the teacher's Facebook page, while others appeared to have no basis whatsoever. (Haaretz+)
  • Hezbollah reacts to IDF drill: We are ready for any act of Israeli stupidity - Lebanon did not remain silent following the launch of a massive IDF drill simulating a possible war, with a Hezbollah official threatening that "the Israelis won't succeed in surprising us." (Maariv/JPost and Israel Hayom)
  • NGO issues 'protester's guide' for left-wing activists - Pamphlet outlines protesters, detainees' rights, how to deal with police officers and the limits of police authority • Right-wing NGO finds New Israel Fund supports anti-Israel BDS groups despite Fund claiming it opposes the movement and its activities. (Israel Hayom)
  • Jerusalem Churches Warn of Israel's 'Systematic' Erosion of Christian Presence in Holy Land - Catholic, Ethiopian, Greek Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Syrian and other churches in Jerusalem protest what they see as a major change to the status quo. (Haaretz+)
  • Habayit Hayehudi MK outlines new 'Palestinian emigration plan' - MK Bezalel Smotrich calls on state to pay Arab residents of Israel and Judea and Samaria to voluntarily emigrate abroad. "This is not a transfer," he emphasizes. "National aspirations? Palestinians? Not here. Not at our expense," he states. (Israel Hayom)
  • 'Call logs between MKs, Yedioth publisher must be disclosed' - Group files freedom of information request to determine whether Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes gave good press to MKs who supported anti-Israel Hayom bill • Request follows release of call logs between Netanyahu and Israel Hayom's owner, editor. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel charges Palestinian security forces member with inciting violence - Muhammad Jalal Naji al-Sawiti, who has a senior position in the Palestinian Preventive Security Service, writes 'We need Hitler' on a photo of the Nazi leader and calls to 'shed blood' for al-Aqsa in Facebook posts. (Ynet and Maan)
  • Israel set for $28 billion infrastructure spending boost - Multiyear plan includes private sector investment, will focus largely on improving electricity, public transport infrastructure • Central bank chief: Israel's annual investment in infrastructure is low by international standards, we must close the gap. (Israel Hayom)
  • Ministry of Defense unveils weapons of the future - The Administration for the Development of Weapons at the Ministry of Defense presents a number of developments, soon to become operational in the IDF, including state-of-the-art drones, unmanned armored vehicles and intelligence-gathering submarines. (Ynet)
  • Israel, Macedonia agree to boost economic, energy ties - Netanyahu, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev agree to increase political cooperation and bilateral ties, especially in the fields of energy, technology, startups and agriculture • PM thanks Macedonia for standing up for Israel in international forums. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli forces allegedly detain Gaza university lecturer over suspicions of hacking - Israeli forces detained Dr. Ramzi Abid when he attempted to leave Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing last Sunday to travel to Italy for a workshop. Abid works as a lecturer at Gaza’s Islamic University, according to the sources. (Maan)
  • Israeli court reinstates former prison sentence for Palestinian-French NGO worker - A Jerusalem court replaced a six-month administrative detention order -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- issued against human rights defender Salah Hamouri, 32, and replaced it with a reinstatement of a past sentence against him in 2005, which had three months remaining. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces level lands near Gaza City - Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers staged a limited incursion into the besieged Gaza Strip and leveled lands 50 meters beyond Israel's border fence on Tuesday morning. (Maan)
  • UN expresses concern over Palestinian Authority arrest of activist Issa Amro, demands his release - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on Tuesday, joining rights groups in demanding the release of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro, who was arrested by Palestinian security forces a day earlier for a Facebook post critical of Palestinian authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression. (Maan)
  • Red Cross head meets Hamas leader, asks meet with Israelis held in Gaza - International Committee of the Red Cross head Peter Maurer visits the strip and meets with Yahya Sinwar, asking him to allow him to visit 'the Israeli soldiers missing in Gaza.' (Ynet and Maan)
  • Hamas refuses to let Red Cross chief meet Israeli captives - Peter Maurer describes meeting with Yahya Sinwar in the Gaza Strip as "good" • Hamas says will release information on Israelis held in the enclave only if Israel frees 54 Palestinian security prisoners re-arrested after being released in a 2011 swap. (Israel Hayom)
  • Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dogged by anti-Semitism Allegations, to Keynote Counterterror Conference in Israel - Gorka, who will speak alongside Israeli cabinet ministers, was reportedly fired from Trump's White House last month. He has identified Muslim extremist as the main source of the West's terrorist threat. (Haaretz)
  • How Mobileye Founder Convinced Hebrew U. to Relinquish Its Stake on the Eve of $15b Sale to Intel - University heads suspect Amnon Shashua, Mobileye co-founder and then-HU professor, made false pretenses to them. (Haaretz)
  • Public transportation on Sabbath not an essential need, Israel tells High Court - The left-wing Meretz party and a raft of NGOs want much more public transportation on Shabbat, but the government cites its requirement to consider Jewish tradition. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Decade after Syrian reactor was destroyed, north remains volatile - To this day, foreign media attributes the 2007 airstrike that destroyed a nuclear facility in Deir ez-Zor to Israel • But times have changed, the six-year civil war has eroded the Syrian military and Hezbollah in Lebanon has emerged as a bigger threat. (Israel Hayom)
  • 'World's Hottest Felon' in Israel to Shoot Campaign With Supermodel Bar Refaeli - Jeremy Meeks, who rose to international fame with a drop-dead gorgeous mug shot, is in Israel with his girlfriend and Topshop heiress Chloe Green. (Haaretz)
  • Abbas government slammed for detaining Palestinian activist - Human rights groups condemn PA President Abbas after detention of Palestinian rights activist Issa Amro, who called on Abbas to resign following arrest of local journalist who expressed criticism against him; Amro declares hunger strike. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Pro-Palestinian group penalized for disrupting Israeli event at California university - Around 30 members of Students for Justice in Palestine disturbed a panel featuring Israeli veterans at UC Irvine; the chapter says it will appeal the decision. (Haaretz)
  • Egypt's Sissi OKs 'Assembly Line' of Torture in Prisons, Human Rights Watch Reports - The human rights group decries fingernail extractions, forced confessions and genital electrocution inside of detention facilities. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Syrian troops breach 3-year ISIS siege on Deir ez-Zor - Breaching the siege in the eastern city marks both another triumph for Assad as his forces advance on several fronts against ISIS, and a strategic and symbolic defeat for ISIS after losing hold over their stronghold in Mosul. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Senior UN officials: secret contacts between Saudi and Iranian officials - In Riyadh, the direction has changed and in recently, the beginning of an understanding between Riyadh and Tehran has begun. It is still too early to talk about cooperation and coordination, and at this point the channels between the countries are hidden. (Maariv)
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Says Iran's Talk of Rapprochement Is Laughable - Speaking to reporters in London, the foreign minister dismissed claims by his Iranian counterpart that diplomatic visits would soon be arranged. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Haley lays out argument to say Iran not abiding by nuclear deal - Speaking to a conservative think tank, President Trump's UN ambassador details information which may lead to US declaring Tehran to be in breach of the nuclear deal, says Trump may have to ‘move beyond narrow technicalities and look at the big picture.' (Agencies, Ynet)


Features:
Israel's Take on Burning Man: Where Radical Behavior Is Discouraged and Arabs Are Turned Away
The security briefing at the entrance to the compound that was designated for sexual activity eliminated whatever desire was left. At some point you realize what the veterans already know: Nothing is happening. (Omer Shubert, Haaretz+)
Three years after the war: Gaza youth speak out
There is a whole generation of Palestinians in Gaza that grew up knowing nothing but war and siege, and have never seen the world beyond Gaza’s deadly borders. These are the voices of some of these young Gazans, who kindly shared their tragic personal stories, hoping that the world would heed their calls for freedom and for justice. (Collected by Ramzy Baroud, Maan)
The dramatic plans for assassination and the mishaps along the way: the Nazis who fled the Mossad
The pieces of hard-won information, the unexpected challenges, and the war criminals who managed to escape and were never punished. The second part of the series on the hunt by the secret organization. (Yossi Melman, Maariv)
Jewish and Arab Students Cross Cultural Boundaries at Model Bilingual Jerusalem School
Leaders of the Hand in Hand school, among the highest-ranked in Israel, talk about contending with differences and the atmosphere during times of tension: 'We’re an incubator, but we’re not a bubble.’ (Lior Dattel, Haaretz)

Commentary/Analysis:
Condemnations of Israeli Occupation Aren’t Enough (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Europeans, your denunciations are seen by Israel as lacking urgency. You must implement painful sanctions.
I hope that the coordinator for prisoners and missing persons who resigned realized that his real job was to stall for time (Ran Adelist, Maariv) In the recordings broadcast on Army Radio, LIor Lotan says that Israel should have acted much more aggressively. But it is likely that he exhausted his role as the man who leads the families of missing soldiers, Shaul and Goldin, by the nose.
Russia's Moves on Hezbollah Expose How Trump's Mideast Policy Endangers Israel (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) For the first time, an American president has pushed Israel into a situation where it must divide its strategic planning between two rival powers.
There is someone to talk to: What can the prime minister say in his defense? (Udi Segal, Maariv) Netanyahu is right. The media does not flatter him as much as he wants - it's not its job. Either Netanyahu cannot, despite being "Mr. Communications,” think of a single story that really interests the citizens of Israel, or in the field of media, as in other areas, he is mainly concerned with putting out fires, braking, defending and trying to take responsibility only for achievements - even if they weren’t his.
Bedouin Education, Israel's Shame (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Today’s Bedouin high school grads will become another lost generation, at best making a living from menial jobs.
Israel's Supreme Court Should Ignore All the 'Noise' (Haaretz Editorial) Since politicians will presumably continue to level besides-the-point criticism either way out of narrow, cynical considerations, the court and its incoming president would be wise to disregard it.
Despite recent setbacks, Hezbollah's future is still bright (Yoav Zitun, Ynet) While losing both men and money in the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah and its beleaguered leader Hassan Nasrallah seem to be tiptoeing towards becoming the Middle East's second strongest army, after the IDF. Its cooperation with Iran, and Russia, has made it part of a growing Shiite axis in the region.
Call Out Jewish Voice for Peace for What They Are: Anti-Peace Extremists (Jonathan S. Tobin, Haaretz+) JVP aren’t just another strand of anti-occupation activism. Strewn with rejectionism and anti-Semitic slurs, their recent campaigns must stir allies on the Jewish left to realize: Not only Trump and Netanyahu threaten their vision of Israel.
It is time to uproot Army Radio from the post-Zionist experience in its various shades (Nadav Haetzni, Maariv) The embrace that the radio station provides to refuseniks and draft dodgers is nothing less than absurd. In a country where the percentage of conscription is low, the continuation of the current line is simply suicidal.
Arab MKs Have Learned a Lesson From Netanyahu (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+) Leaders of the Joint List, who are not silent for one minute when it comes to the government’s injustices, have adopted its tactics. Justice is being subverted.
A textbook case (David Bedein, Israel Hayom) A U.S. official accused the Center for Near East Policy Research of fabricating evidence that Palestinian textbooks promote anti-Jewish hostility. But the evidence is clear.
'Zionists' and 'Patriots': A New Dictionary of Spoken Hebrew, Courtesy of Benjamin Netanyahu (Uzi Baram, Haaretz+) The updated definitions of words created by the Israeli prime minister and his justice minister are now becoming common currency.
Don't forget Iran (Zalman Shoval, Israel Hayom) With North Korea occupying the headlines, world powers don't seem to notice that Iran is getting closer to obtaining nuclear weapons.
Israeli Army Can Defeat Hezbollah in Massive Drill, but Reality Is More Complicated (Amos Harel, Haaretz) Military says it will no longer settle for deterring Hezbollah, which replaced Syria as No. 1 threat on Israel's borders. But the directives it gets are never that explicit.
 
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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