News Nosh 3.4.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 4, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Had the force noticed the baby, needless to say they would have acted otherwise."
--The Israel Police response to the video showing Border Policeman throwing a tear gas grenade toward the backs of a Palestinian couple holding an infant and running from their home, which was hit by tear gas.**


Breaking News:
Two soldiers, a Border Policemen lightly wounded in  car- ramming in northern Israel
Arab-Israeli driver plows his vehicle into them in mixed Jewish-Arab city of Acre. IDF officer shoots driver, who is in critical condition. Conflicting reports of a terror attack and an angry driver who was issued a parking ticket. Police say it was a politically-motivated attack. (Israel Hayom, Haaretz, Maariv and Ynet) [NOTE: Ynet calls it a 'terror attack', Haaretz and Maariv no take police conclusion as correct, but rather simply report on it. - OH]


Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • (Culture Minister) Miri Regev presents: The incitement megilla
  • Between elections and investigations - Prime Minister goes to US and will meet tomorrow with President Trump
  • The selfie phenomenon - Sharp rise in number of nose operations because the angle is not attractive
  • Zuckerberg’s hamantaschen (Photo of Mark Zuckerberg and wife with a tray of the cookies)
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
In the midst of probes and despite his statement before flying to the US that he has no plans to go to elections, today’s Hebrew newspapers thought Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu might go to early elections, particularly with the threat by ultra-Orthodox parties of the collapse of the coalition government if the Draft Law isn't passed.

Also in the news: A Palestinian official told Haaretz that the Palestinian Authority, furious over the US embassy transfer to Jerusalem, will reject the Trump peace plan, which is expected in coming weeks, thereby enabling Netanyahu and Trump to paint the Palestinians as obstacle to peace. Of course it was Israel that pointed out that eight European Union states operate missions in Jerusalem that work with the Palestinian Authority, despite them condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

For over five hours, Police questioned Netanyahu and his wife Sara Friday on suspicion of taking bribes from media mogul, Shaul Elovitch, as part of the so-called Bezeq affair, or ‘Case 4000.’ Late Saturday night, the two flew to the US for a five-day visit, during which Netanyahu will meet with US President Donald Trump and attend the AIPAC conference (schedule here). The papers wrote that Netanyahu hopes to appear confident as if he were conducting business as usual. Earlier Saturday night, the weekly anti-corruption protests took place as usual, with hundreds of protesters gathering in Tel Aviv and calling on Netanyahu to step down in light of the increasing corruption investigations hounding him. At the airport, Netanyahu said Israel wasn’t heading to early elections and that he’ll invite Trump to inaugurate the US embassy in Jerusalem. But Amit Segal, a right-wing political analyst considered close to Netanyahu, thought early elections by June 2018 were unavoidable. Segal said that the coalition parties are not interested at this stage in going to the polls, but because of the fear of Netanyahu's investigations, they are entrenched in their positions and unwilling to compromise. (Maariv) Indeed, ultra-Orthodox parties are demanding the passing of the Draft Law, which will give yeshiva students an exemption from military service. (And in support of the idea, ultra-Orthodox activists hung effigies of ultra-Orthodox IDF paratroopers in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood.) But Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, head of the Kulanu party, will reportedly bring down the coalition if the budget isn’t passed.
Yedioth summarized it succinctly with this headline:
The ultra-Orthodox: “Draft Law or no (passing of the) budget”
(Finance Minister) Kahlon: “Approval of the budget or no government”
Netanyahu’s associates: “We aren’t afraid of elections”
 
Quick Hits:
  • Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian man near Gaza border - According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the farmer was shot while tending to his land. Israeli army says the man was shot after forces feared he would try to cross the border. (Haaretz, Israel Hayom and Ynet)
  • Israeli Border policeman filmed throwing tear gas at Palestinian couple holding infant - The grenade was thrown as the two were running with their backs to the officers near an area where Israeli security forces claim a violent demonstration was taking place. (Haaretz, Maan and Ynet +VIDEO)
  • Former Palestinian security prisoner released due to children’s illness - Nazareth judge has mercy on Palestinian defendant arrested without permit to enter Israel, who previously spent 7 years in Israeli prison for security offenses, considering his son is ill with cancer, daughter has serious heart condition. (Ynet)
  • Gazan mother arrives in Ramallah to reunite with daughter in need of kidney transplant after Israel first denied her permit - Salwa Attar was reunited on Wednesday with her daughter Inaam, 12, who traveled on Tuesday from Gaza with her uncle who she is receiving the transplant from. The girl was supposed to travel with her parents, but they were denied permits to leave Gaza by Israeli authorities until a public outcry and intervention from Palestinian officials. (Maan +VIDEO of girl alone)
  • Israel renews administrative detention of Palestinian woman journalist, 45 others - Israeli authorities issued a four-month administrative detention order against Palestinian journalist Bushra Taweel. Among the Palestinians issued administrative detention orders on Thursday, 10 of them were former prisoners who were re-detained. (Maan)
  • Palestinian teenage girl detained at Bethlehem-area checkpoint - An 18-year-old Palestinian girl was detained for allegedly attempting to stab soldiers at Checkpoint 300 in northern Bethlehem city on Thursday. (Maan)
  • UAWC demands Israel release body of slain Palestinian fisherman - 18-year-old Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala was shot and killed by israeli forces last Sunday while sailing off the northern coast of the Gaza Strip. (Maan)
  • Cries of Allah Akbar in Tel Aviv courtroom - Angry that the last Muslim cemetery in Jaffa was sold to land developer in 1973, friends, relatives of the dead, cause disturbance in court prompting judge to leave. They protested decision to exhume graves at request of developers, who purchased the land in 1973 with approval of state-appointed board of trustees. (Ynet+VIDEO [and better article at ElectronicIntifada - OH])
  • Dozens of ex-IDF Officers Join Labor: 'Netanyahu Busy With War Against Rule of Law - Not With Preventing War in Syria' - Among the 33 officers joining Labor are a former military attaché in Japan and South Korea, and two former air force attachés in the United States. (Haaretz+)
  • Poland's Holocaust Law: First Lawsuit Filed Using Contentious Legislation - The suit argues that an Argentine newspaper manipulated its readers and harmed the Polish nation by publishing a photograph with an article about a pogrom. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • ISIS operatives spotted training teens near Israel border - ISIS-affiliated Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, caught on IDF surveillance cameras, not believed to be planning terror attacks on Israel while in conflict with other Syrian militants. Infighting losses likely forcing group to recruit child soldiers. (Israel Hayom)
  • Damascus Gate guard tower sparks criticism - Border Police guard tower being erected outside Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City; tower part of enhanced security measures announced last summer, including new observation and police posts, more surveillance cameras and additional guards; 'This makes me sad and angry,' says one east Jerusalem resident. (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Arab Petitioners Demand That Israel Allow non-Passover Food in Hospitals on Holiday - Arab rights group asks the High Court to issue interim order against policy that constitutes 'harsh and demeaning religious coercion.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli settlers leave illegal outpost in northern Jordan Valley after a week - On Sunday morning Palestinians and Israelis staged a protest at the site and were dispersed by soldiers who used tear gas. (Haaretz+)
  • JNF trying to freeze Jerusalem zip line initiated by Israeli settler group - The zip line would go through the city’s Peace Forest, which the Jewish National Fund says requires a special building permit. (Haaretz+)
  • Steinmeier says will tell German intelligence to contact Hamas about Israeli POWs - German president approached by heads of Over the Rainbow Zionist movement at ceremony in Bremen, asked to help bring home Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed and return remains of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • BDS founder's EU Parliament address outrages Jewish groups - Anti-Israel boycott movement founder defames Israel, calling it "apartheid state" in speech. American Jewish Committee's EU representative blasts "shameful event." Spanish court finds local government-sanctioned boycotts of Israel in violation of law. (Israel Hayom)
  • El Al airline seeks international help to access Saudi airspace - Allowing an Israeli airline to fly over Saudi Arabia would upend a 70-year ban • El Al, which currently has to circumvent Saudi airspace en route to India, seeks "even playing field" to compete with Air India's planned route through Saudi airspace. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • UN human rights experts: Israel's plan to deport African asylum seekers violates international law - 'By singling out Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, the policy clearly breaches the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race and national origin,' expert says. (Haaretz)
  • Rank & File: 'We were all once refugees' mural collaboration in central Tel Aviv - Design students from Holon join disabled people advocacy group in Purim 'costume make-a-thon' and The Good People Fund celebrates it's first decade. (Haaretz)
  • Hanan Ashrawi welcomes Prince William as first British royal to visit Palestine since 1948 - Palestinian officials welcomed the announcement that Britain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will visit the occupied Palestinian territory in the summer, in what will be the first state visit by a British royal to the region since 1948. (Maan)
  • With Gaza's Economy in Ruins, Palestinians Face Hard Choices - 'The situation is very miserable. People’s ability to buy has fallen to a minimum, therefore our businesses and businesses in Gaza are suffering as never before.’ (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Gaza municipality to award NIS 10 for every stray dog killed - Attempting to combat plague of stray dogs prowling area, Beit Lahia municipality announces NIS 10 will be given to residents for each dog killed, with no limitations on number of dogs killed, methods of killing; while some comments found the campaign too cruel, others protested the idea of creating dog shelters while Gazans live in tents. (Ynet)
  • Dutch family makes Aliyah, moves from Rotterdam to Gaza perimeter kibbutz - Raymond and Mirjam Reijnen and their three children will be making Aliyah from Rotterdam to Nahal Oz on the Gaza perimeter later this month; initially unaware of the kibbutz's location, they only discovered it after Googling the name; 'The kids are aware of the security situation, but don't fully understand it,' Raymond says. (Ynet)
  • Israel Covertly Contacted American Cyber Companies to Purchase Hacking Tools, Letter Reveals - The unusual letter, allegedly penned by the Israeli Defense Ministry in 2015 and published by Motherboard, shows that Israel tried to get U.S. companies to sell advanced technologies it wanted. (Haaretz+)
  • Lebanese official arrested for framing actor as Israeli agent - Lebanese actor, director Ziad Itani, arrested in November, accused of spying for Israel was victim of framing by former cyber security official, Susan Hajj Hobeiche who hired hacker to forge conversations between Itani and Israeli agent. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Lebanon's Hezbollah launches Syria war video game - First-person shooter game 'Sacred Defense - Protecting the Homeland and Holy Sites,' a low-cost spinoff of 'Call of Duty,' glorifies Hezbollah's battles in Syria; 'To finish one level and move to the next, the player will suffer. He will see how difficult it is for the resistance fighters,' says developer.  (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Perfect Storm Bogs Down Kushner as Netanyahu Heads to Washington - Instead of devoting his attention to an important meeting with Trump and Netanyahu, Jared Kushner has been forced to deal with seven days of disaster. (Haaretz+)
  • Mueller Examining Emirati Attempts to Influence Trump, Including Meeting With Netanyahu Supporter, NYT Reports - New York Times says Mueller looking into Lebanese-American George Nader, also names Elliot Broidy, Jewish-American millionaire and prominent supporter Netanyahu and Republican Jewish Coalition. (Haaretz)
  • Former Israeli Oracle CEO reportedly on national security adviser shortlist - General H.R. McMaster may leave his position as President Trump's national security adviser later this month, CNN reports; among 3 potential candidates is Oracle CEO Safra Catz, a former Israeli ranked one of the world's most powerful women by Forbes. (Ynet)
  • Bahrain Says Nabbed Over 100 Members of Armed Network Set Up by Iran - The armed network is suspected of plotting attacks on Bahraini government officials and security forces. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Iranian official calls on West to scrap nuclear arms before any missile talks - "The condition for negotiating Iran's missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe," Iranian Armed Forces spokesman says. Iranian foreign minister meets with former U.S. secretary of state in Munich. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)


Features:
The Israeli army papers that show what Ariel Sharon hid from the cabinet in the first Lebanon war
Shimon Golan’s book on the military and political decisions in 1982 offers no major revelations but sheds light on the war’s goals and the leaders who stood behind them. (Benny Morris, Haaretz+)
Hours after Sadat visit, IDF generals questioned Egypt's intentions
Released minutes of General Staff Forum meeting from November 22, 1977 reveal optimism following Egyptian president's historic visit, yet criticism against Begin and Sadat’s Knesset speeches; ‘Neither side showed any flexibility,’ says Northern Command chief Avigdor Ben-Gal, while IDF Chief of Staff Mordechai Gur talks about a notion to ‘prepare the war reserve stores unit for war.’ (Yaron Druckman, Yedioth/Ynet)
The resistance guide that inspired Jewish settlers and Muslim Brothers alike
Opponents of Israel's 2005 Gaza withdrawal, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and anti-government protesters in Iran have adopted the civil disobedience principles of the late Prof. Gene Sharp. (Netta Ahituv, Haaretz+)
Part 3: Former security prisoner: We were afraid Shalit would commit suicide
In third part of special series of interviews, Palestinian terrorists released from Israeli prisons in 2013 talk about the Fatah-Hamas rivalry after the Gaza takeover, the internal politics that shaped the list of prisoners released in the Shalit deal, and their admiration for the families of kidnapped IDF soldiers. (Elior Levy, Yedioth/Ynet)
A Jew, an Early Christian and a Roman Meet in Archaeological Park to Be Built on Evacuated Prison
‘God Jesus Christ’ mosaic, ancient Jewish-Samaritan village of Othnay and Roman command center in Galilee park replacing Megiddo Prison; inmates to move to huge new facility. (Ruth Schuster, Haaretz)
The Christian - Jewish - Aramaic military preparatory program celebrated the completion of its first course
The ‘Kinneret’ pre-military academy celebrated the end of seven months of successful preparation. Founder of the preparatory program, Captain (res.) Shadi Haloul: "The IDF is the melting pot of society and it is our duty to encourage and educate to contribute to the state.” (Yossi Melman, Maariv)
Why these Palestinians are desperate to be declared 'clean' by Israel
A day spent with Palestinians, as they waited for hours in the wind and rain in the hope that the Shin Bet security service would clear them for the privilege of applying for Israeli work permits. (Amira Hass, Haaretz+)
'We can prevent the next disaster'
The Bedouin sector is plagued by accidents in the home, and statistics show children are the main victims. The community's tenuous access to medical services compounds the problem. A new initiative hopes women can train as medics and change all that. (Nitzi Yakov, Israel Hayom)
Gideon Levy First, Israeli troops shot a Palestinian armed with a chunk of metal. Then, they beat him to death
IDF sources maintain the soldiers didn’t notice a bullet had hit Yasin al-Saradih, and thus proceeded to ram him with their rifles, kick him in the head and drag him away. (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+)

Commentary/Analysis:
Shrinking the Occupation Won't Do. Israel Needs to Separate From the Palestinians (Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher and Orni Petruschka, Haaretz) These are the steps Israel needs to take to end the conflict with the Palestinians once and for all. A response to 'Catch-67' author Micah Goodman.
We Cannot Ignore the Baby From the West Bank (Ravit Hecht, Haaretz+) After throwing a stun grenade at a couple holding an infant, even the police were able to provide in their statement a faint hint of what it's like to act human.
How the Israeli Army Got a Teen Who Was Shot in the Head to Say He Fell Off a Bike (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) COGAT chief Yoav Mordechai wants us to believe that friends, relatives, doctors and left-wing activists cooked up a huge lie about Mohammed Tamimi. But he was just telling investigators what they wanted to hear.
Texts and politics: The conspiracy that never was (Moran Azulay, Yedioth/Ynet) Netanyahu and Likud are waging an open battle against the rule of law. Any mistake made by an investigator, a judge or an attorney, any unnecessary interview given by the police chief, any tweet by an advisor, are immediately being used to create drama and sling mud at the system.
The Unique Vapidity of the Bibi-ist Right (Uri Misgav, Haaretz+) The Netanyahu regime is a populist, Peronist right. It’s doubtful it can even be called fascist; fascism is an ideology with core values that can be challenged
Netanyahu’s hostile takeover of Israeli media started at The (Jerusalem) Post (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) The 1989 takeover of Israel’s English-language daily by conservative Canadian tycoons enshrined the impotence of journalists.
A new government will bring new national priorities (Ambassador (Ret.) Arthur Koll, Yedioth/Ynet) Israel's Right, believing power is an entitlement, is launching an assault on all the independent institutions that define a functioning democracy, its policies endanger the Zionist vision and compromise relations with American Jewry.
Why the Right Is Actually Rational (Avi Shilon, Haaretz+) Those who shout 'Only Bibi!' aren’t necessarily acting on gut instinct. On the contrary, they’re voicing rational recognition of the fact that the war against corruption won’t necessarily alter their situation.
Netanyahu's struggle for survival has entered the final stretch (Ben Caspit, Maariv) The expected, but dramatic, appearance of the possibility of early elections possibly in June (and that from Amit Segal, a journalist close to the prime minister) and the first sprouts of a campaign against the attorney general's made it clear that we are now in the midst of ‘money time.’ An urban legend that was circulating through the social media networks and chat rooms on WhatsApp became, on Saturday, a news item, albeit highly dubious, which was published on a website close to Netanyahu. Executive summary: Attorney General Mendelblit, beware. We know things about you. There are recordings of you. There are embarrassing materials. Do not stretch the rope too far.
When Netanyahu’s Culture Minister Shows Up (Nitzan Horowitz, Haaretz+) Actually it’s a whole group of legislators that uses her method: brutal attack from a position of victimhood.
Netanyahu will try to understand Trump's plans and then decide whether to go to the polls (Udi Segal, Maariv) The prime minister will have to fake a feeling of self-confidence in Washington and display identification with the sense of persecution from the media that the President feels. His decision will come after the trip, and then we will know where we are headed.
Why are the Netanyahu probes taking so long? (Nadav Eyal, Yedioth/Ynet) The attorney general must restore the healthy and necessary practice of avoiding foot-dragging, and make a timely decision on whether to indict the PM or not. Israel can’t afford this current madness.
The evidence that swayed the Israeli attorney general in Netanyahu's new media case (Gidi Weitz, Haaretz+) The recordings, the texts, the e-mails and detailed testimonies in 'Case 4000' have changed.
She takes the Queen: (Justice Minister) Ayelet Shaked is trying to uproot the bastion of democracy in Israel (Alon Ben David, Maariv) The Justice Minister's statement that a prime minister must resign only after being convicted in the High Court may lead to a situation in which a decision on an attack in Syria will be made from the witness stand.
Where were Israel’s watchdogs when it needed them? (Meirav Arlosoroff, Haaretz+) They weren’t there to stop the alleged shenanigans in Case 3000 (submarines) or Case 4000 (Bezeq) before they got the police’s attention.
Behind the silence of the American Jews regarding the Netanyahu cases is the fear of an intensification of the rift with Israel (Shlomo Shamir, Maariv) The police's recommendations against the prime minister and the investigations of his associates have not yet led to a single reaction from leaders in the Jewish community, but in private conversations, they seem troubled and confused.
This is AIPAC's last chance to defy the extremists - and oblivion (Eric H. Yoffie, Haaretz+) AIPAC has finessed Israel's occupation and settlements for too long, and refuses to push back against Trump and the GOP's bigoted nativists. That's why for many on the American Jewish left, AIPAC is now the enemy.
A war with Syria can make us face questions that must not be considered (Meir Uziel, Maariv) During a confrontation that could erupt with Assad's army, we may face challenges beyond succeeding in stopping the enemy and returning home to our mother in peace. What happens, for example, if we reach the Euphrates? Are we ready for war when it arrives? I mean, are we ready to win? Do we want to win? Among the statements made by the Israeli military on the war objectives that could break out, we have recently heard this definition of victory: Nasrallah will be eliminated. My condolences to the widow, but this does not seem to me a serious definition of victory. How do you define Israel as a victor in a war that I hope will not break out, if it breaks out?
The Middle East is marching towards Israel's nuclear nightmare scenario (Chuck Freilich, Haaretz+) While the Netanyahus drink champagne and Trump tweets, the Russians changed the Mideast’s nuclear calculus - and this time, Israel has no feasible military option. But can Jerusalem really depend on the White House to avert a nuclear arms race?
Report on new Iranian base: A message to world powers (Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet) Whoever provided Fox News with the satellite images published Tuesday night seeks to encourage US President Trump to quit the nuclear agreement and restore the sanctions against Iran, and to signal to Russian President Putin that a failure to curb the Iranian expansion and entrenchment will cost him his assets in Syria.
Satellite images of Iranian missile base in Syria may signal an Israeli strike (Amos Harel, Haaretz) The Fox News report evokes the BBC report from December on a military base for pro-Iranian Shiite militias in Syria. The base was bombed from the air a few weeks later.
Danger in the north: PM Netanyahu must push Trump to act (Ron Ben Yishai, Ynet) With the war in Syria winding down, all regional actors are stirring the pot: Iran is building bases, Russia is looking for money, Erdoğan is drawing the border and Kurds are on the hunt for a state; the only one absent is the US president, and the biggest casualty from that abstention is Israel; with all due respect to the Jerusalem embassy, it's time for Netanyahu to bang on the desk in Washington.
Israel finds new regional allies: Greece and the Sunni states (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) As relations with Turkey grow distant, Arab states are less interested in Palestinians - they care about bartering with Israel. On the Syrian front, Israel is being more arrogant than cautious.
A city divided together (Yossi Beilin, Israel Hayom) A new proposal calls for negating the Arab vote by establishing two new regional councils for Jerusalem's northeastern Palestinian neighborhoods – a path that failed miserably in South Africa.
Are There Israelis in Israel? (Carolina Landsmann, Haaretz+) Zionism wished to establish a new state and build a new man and woman. Indisputably, it succeeded in establishing a state.
What happened to Abu Mazen? (Jackie Khougy, Maariv) On the day the President of the United States wants to present his permanent peace plan, he may find that there is no one to talk to: Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority chairman are in a state of absence, even if it has not been officially declared.
Draft law crisis could lead to dissolution of the government (Moran Azulay and Kobi Nachshoni, Yedioth/Ynet) With no apparent solution to the rift between the coalition and the ultra-Orthodox parties on the amendment to exclude Haredim from enlistment and with non willing to compromise, Netanyahu's government faces a break-down.
Elections now: These are the big winners and losers from the dismantling of the coalition government (Yanir Kozin, Maariv) The political system is on alert for the possibility that the prime minister will announce that we will go to the polls because of the crisis over the draft law. So who will have to countdown to the end and who will emerge victorious? The Likud, Habayit Hayehudi and United Torah Judaism will be winners. Shas, Kahlon’s Kulanu party and Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu could be big losers. Yair Lapid is ready and looking on from the side.
Not child's play (Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom) The "information" used in reports by UNICEF about so-called Israeli abuses of Palestinian children often comes from inherently biased groups, some of which maintain ties with terrorist groups. The reports are then used as a tool to delegitimize Israel.
Why hasn't Israel won an Oscar yet? It might be the occupation (Itamar Zohar, Haaretz+) The American Academy of Motion Pictures has grown weary of films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Behind Hezbollah's back: Hamas tried to establish a rocket arsenal in southern Lebanon (Yossi Melman, Maariv) According to foreign reports, the attempt to assassinate the Hamas’ senior commander in Sidon, Mohammed Hamdan, thwarted Hamas’ attempt to establish another front in the north. The Shiite terror organization (Hezbollah) was furious at the initiative, and the Hamas infrastructure was dismantled.
Prince William's visit - a testament to good ties (Mark Regev, Israel Hayom) Israel and Great Britain cooperate on sensitive matters pertaining to national security and the war on terror, while bilateral trade has seen a 25% increase in just one year.
Betrayal of the University Heads and the Blurring of the Green Line (Friday Haaretz Editorial) Another brick has been added to the creeping annexation project by placing three academic institutions in the territories under the Council for Higher Education.
Listen to the Asylum Seekers and Change the Policy (Haaretz Editorial) The asylum seekers deported to Africa have made clear they're being abandoned. Israel can't just send them there to suffer.
Israel Ought to Grant the African Asylum-seekers Their Wish (Israel Harel, Haaretz+) Israel can grant Africans a 10-year visa, during which it will become clear, to them and to us, where they are heading.
 
Interviews:
'I’m more optimistic about Iran’s future than about Israel’s'
How Iranians differ from Israelis, and what's behind the recent protests in the Islamic Republic? A conversation with an Israeli activist who fled the Islamic Revolution as a child. (Interviewed by Ayelett Shani in Haaretz+)

Former Police Chief Yaakov Turner: "I was pressured by politicians of the problematic kind, those who combine a will to survive and power"
The former police commissioner is well acquainted with the chair on which Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh is sitting today. The interests, pressures and threats. For him it was the Arieh Deri affair - the case in which he stood like a wall in the face of the politicians who wanted to replace the police interrogators. “Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh doesn’t understand what kind of snake next he entered,” said Turner, who 25 years ago was sitting on exactly the same chair: "There are interests that are greater than the interest of preserving the law. Personal interests on which people are ready to commit suicide, such as political survival. There are people who for them it’s politics or nothing. Enormous pressure is placed. I stood up to it and paid a price. There are some who say that I made a mistake, but I'm not built to conduct myself differently. It also appears that under Alsheikh’s smiling mustache, there is a strong persona. I’m sorry for him that he has to deal with this. People say to him: 'Look what happened to Turner and consider your steps.' His supporters (say that), not his enemies.” (Interviewed by Eyal Levy in Maariv)

Could Omar Qudrat Become the GOP's First Muslim-American Member of Congress?
Omar Qudrat, a former Pentagon prosecutor and the son of immigrants from Afghanistan, tells Haaretz why he’s running for Congress, what he appreciates about Israel, and how he'll handle disagreements with Trump. (Amir Tibon in Haaretz+)

Israel's Big Lie Revealed: Deported Asylum Seekers in Uganda Lament Broken Promises and a Grim Future
In interviews with Haaretz, Africans who had sought asylum in Israel say the promises of a better future in ‘a third country’ remain vastly unfulfilled. One option is to risk death and head for Europe. ((Interviews by Uzi Dann in Kampala, Uganda for Haaretz+)
 
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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