News Nosh 11.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
November 14, 2017

Quote of the day:
"Rabin understood that a good life would not be possible here without global support: You can call everyone anti-Semitic from here to Oslo, but as much as we deny it, there is no existence to a start-up called 'Israel' without the willingness of the enlightened world to continue investing in it."
--Commentator Nir Kipnis writes in today's Maariv.*


Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Initiative: “Status Quo Law” for the crisis over supermarkets (open on) Shabbat - Bypass High Court: Bill that will prevent municipalities from allowing businesses to operate on Sabbath
  • Iron Dome - and tension in the southHere comes the cable car
  • Gabbay winks to the right-wing: “The left-wing forgot what it is to be a Jew, I’m ready to be (Yair) Lapid’s number 2”

News Summary:
The testimonies from Israeli tycoon Arnon Milchan and his personal assistant that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara regularly requested cigars and champagne, which Milchan provided ‘carte blanche,’ the Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries that Israel stationed in the center, bracing itself from retaliation by Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack, in light of mutual threats between Israel and PIJ after Israel blew up one of PIJ’s tunnels and killed several of its militants, and the storm-sparking statement by the new Labor party chief and head of the Zionist Camp faction, Avi Gabbay, who said that “the Left-wing forgot what it means to be Jewish” (repeating almost word for word what Netanyahu said ahead of the 1999 elections) were today’s top stories in the Hebrew newspapers.

In diplomatic news, at a special parliamentary session initiated by the opposition, who accused Netanyahu of preferring an Israeli apartheid and of ignoring the chance for regional cooperation Netanyahu listed what he said were his achievements and noted that he recently spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on matters concerning Israel's security. Meanwhile, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said there has been no progress made yet to bring together Israeli and Palestinian officials together for peace talks.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Israel Denies Entry to European Officials Over 'Support for Israel Boycott'  - Purpose of visit was to meet convicted Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti in prison, two ministers say. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Azaria prosecution witness and reprimanded officer among those on fresh list of IDF promotions - Pending approval from defense minister, IDF Chief Eisenkot approves promotion of senior military officials, including Lt. Col. David Shapira, whose testimony was instrumental in Azaria trial, and Lt. Col. Neria Yeshurun, who was reprimanded for ordering 'honor salvo' in 2014 against a Gaza clinic from where his subordinate had been killed by a sniper. (Ynet and Times of Israel)
  • Experts warn Haifa's industrial zone will be 'prime target' in next war - Hezbollah's technological progress means Israel "will face an unprecedented threat in the next war," three former top officials with Rafael Defense Systems say. Plans to expand oil refineries will make the area "impossible to protect," they warn. (Israel Hayom)
  • Jewish Extremist Leader in Israel Faces Charges of Incitement, Threats - Bentzi Gopstein is head of extremist group Lehava who gained notoriety for using threat of violence against Arab men they suspected of having relations with Jewish women. (Haaretz and Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Bill nixing police recommendations on indictments moved to (Netanyahu supporter) Amsalem's committee - Discussions on bill barring police from recommending indictments to be held in Knesset's Internal Affairs C'tee, chaired by same MK who sponsored the bill to begin with; transfer from Constitution C'tee carried out despite objections from legal advisers who deemed it 'irregular, not invalid.' (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Likudiada tweets Raban can’t hurt Israel’s ‘mom and dad’ - Despite 2018 Likudiada official tweet, featuring photo of fmr. PMR employee suing Mrs. Netanyahu, organizers say ‘'We have nothing personal against Raban, were making statement opposing incitement campaign against PM, wife.' (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Israel police holds first ever event at Israeli-Lebanese village - Police holds first ever community event in Ghajar, a village sitting astride the Lebanese-Israel border, whose Alawi residents hold Israeli citizenships; 650 local students marvel as police, Magen David Adom, firefighters demonstrate devices used in line of duty. (Ynet)
  • Following Haaretz Report, Birthright Operator Stops Promoting Jerusalem Hostel Run by Radical Rabbi - Israel Free Spirit had been offering its participants an extended stay in Israel, free of charge, at Jerusalem Heritage House, which encourages guests to volunteer in illegal West Bank outposts. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel's Gal Gadot named GQ's 'Wonder Woman of the Year' - Star of wildly popular "Wonder Woman" film shares four-cover December issue of GQ magazine with three men of the year. President Reuven Rivlin, visiting Los Angeles, congratulates Gadot, thanks her for being a "true and beloved" ambassador for Israel. (Israel Hayom)
  • Ex-Trump adviser urges Jews to join war on GOP establishment - Steve Bannon appeals to the Zionist Organization of America to "work as partners" in his crusade against Republican leaders he blames for blocking the president's agenda. Bannon: This war is only going to be won if we bind together and work as partners. (Israel Hayom)
  • Knesset, Congress sister lobbies to push new agenda on Middle East conflict - Sister lobbies formed with the backing of the Israel Victory Project, an initiative of the conservative Middle East Forum think tank. Lawmakers urge U.S. to allow Israel to break from Washington's dictates to ensure it has the upper hand in the conflict. (Israel Hayom)


Commentary/Analysis:
Inspired by Trump, Israel Has Lost Its Shame (Uzi Baram, Haaretz+) The U.S. under Trump has abandoned its role as a beacon of freedom and sanctioned Netanyahu's war on democracy.
*(Yitzhak) Rabin was not “good-hearted,” he understood that it was necessary to survive in this violent neighborhood (Nir Kipnis, Maariv) From the moment Yitzhak Rabin was exposed to existential pleasures, he understood that they must be offered to future generations as well. Because with all due respect to the willingness to die for our country, most of us are still alive…Rabin understood that a good life would not be possible here without global support: You can call everyone anti-Semitic from here to Oslo, but as much as we deny it, there is no existence to a start-up called "Israel" without the willingness of the enlightened world to continue investing in it. Rabin was not what is commonly referred to as "good-hearted." On the contrary, he understood that sometimes it was necessary to "break their hands and feet" [reference to what he told Israeli soldiers to do to Palestinians throwing stones at the start of the First Intifada - OH] and preferably "without the High Court of Justice and without B'Tselem." But he knew that the world must understand that when act such when we are required to do so, not out of racist reasons but because of the need to survive in this violent neighborhood. His peace process was not coming from just a soul desire, but mainly as a means of reducing the friction with the Palestinians, first of all for us…
A Plan for Arab and Jewish Leftists to Save Israel (Itzhak Galnoor and Avishai Margalit, Haaretz+) The country is yearning for change, which means two left-wing parties – Meretz and Hadash – must leave their comfort zones and work together to save Israel from the occupation and becoming an apartheid state.
As tensions rise on Israel-Gaza border, a flare-up is only a matter of time (Alex Fishman, Yedioth/Ynet) Islamic Jihad’s motivation to avenge the terrorist tunnel detonation is clear, while Hamas believes it can spur int. pressure on Israel to resume reconciliation talks. And when all interests to start a fire come together, that fire will burn.
Waiting Around for Trump's 'Ultimate Deal' Will Kill the Israeli Left (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Relying on an American panacea creates an idle left, a silent one drowning in inaction and paralyzed by fatalism.
'Don't you dare' (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom) Israel issues an unusually aggressive message to Islamic Jihad and Hamas, warning that its response to a revenge attack will be severe regardless of its scope.
Zionist Organization of America Embraces 'Alt-right' Stars – Even Those Too Fringe for Trump (Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz+) From ex-Trump aides to conspiracy theorists, figures like the man behind 'Pizzagate' and Jewish provocateur Laura Loomer have found a home at the Zionist Organization of America.
'We’ll Come for You Zionists Next.' South African Student 'Progressives' Defend Nazi Salutes and Hezbollah Flags – but Push Me Out (Adam Dison, Haaretz+) At the University of Witwatersrand, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial are recurring features of the student body’s pro-BDS campaigns. After four years of trying, I now realise there’s no room for progressive Jews like me in South Africa’s ‘new' left.
In Israel, Poor Prisoners Are Less Equal (Haaretz Editorial) Effectively, poor Israelis don’t have the option of early release from jail.

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