News Nosh: May 11, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 11, 2018

Quote of the day:
"In my opinion, reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority is an Israeli national interest and we have to aspire attain it...Since August 25, 2014, all Gazan factions have withheld from shooting into Israel and maintain the state of calm...As we all know, we are witnessing the quietest period we've had in two decades."
--Former Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen said during a security conference in Herzliya.
 
Number of the day:
30.
Only 30 out of the total 86 foreign ambassadors serving in Israel have accepted the Foreign Ministry’s invitation to the reception marking the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem.


You Must Be Kidding: 
A policeman who shot and killed a young Bedouin man and then lied about it during the investigation has received no punishment, only a reprimand from the police. Only when presented with ballistic evidence proving he shot Sami al-Ja’ar, a 21-year-old from Rahat, did he admit that a low-trajectory bullet had “slipped out.”

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Operation ‘House of Cards’ - 90 minutes, 10 fighter jets, 50 Iranian targets destroyed
  • It’s not over // Nahum Barnea
  • Be Eisenkots // Sima Kadmon
  • The gloves are off // Alex Fishman
  • The long arm // Yossi Yehoshua
  • Iran’s test // Smadar Perry
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • Operation ‘House of Cards’ ; Most of the public: Don’t postpone a military confrontation with Iran
  • It’s called euphoria // Ben Caspit
  • Army of defense // Avi Benayahu
  • Mr. World // Caroline Glick
  • Happy holidays / Adv. Yoram Sheftel
  • What could happen // Udi Segal
  • War of attrition // Ran Adelist
  • Return of the US // Arieh Eldad
  • Soleimani’s test // Alon Ben-David
  • Let Eisenkot do it // Tal Lev-Ram
  • Those whistling in the night // Yossi Melman
  • The American bat // Yehuda Sharoni
  • Force of the arrow // Shlomo Maoz
  • Netta’s time - Saturday night, Netta Barzilay and song, ‘Toy,’ in the Eurovision finals
  • On the occasion of Jerusalem Day: The best Israeli authors write about the eternal city
  • The Middle East where to, part two in series: What do the Iranians want
  • The Wailing Wall is ours - Investigation by Dr. Uri Milstein confirms the version of the Jerusalem Brigade fighters who claim they arrived before the paratroopers to the Wailing Wall on 7 June 1967. “We didn’t give any importance to the subject, the PR or our place in the national legend
Israel Hayom
  • “The Iranians crossed the red line, whoever harms us will be hurt seven times more” - Operation ‘House of Cards’
  • Direct confrontation with Iran - The attack in Syria: Biggest IDF air operation since 1974 - “28 jets launched 60 missiles”
  • It’s not the end: Make the Iranians pay // Yaakov Amidror
  • Unchallengeable air superiority // Yoav Limor
  • Quds Force commander’s gamble -and loss // Oded Granot
  • The border stops with us: the strength of the Golan // Uri Heitner
  • The message to Teheran: You won’t calm down? You’ll get hurt // Eran Lerman
  • It’s Russia’s turn to show good will // Ariel Bolstein
  • Fingers crossed (for Netta Barzilay at Eurovision competition)
  • Exclusive: From Guatemala with love - President of Guatemala talks about his deep connection with Israel, a moment before inaugurating his country’s embassy in Jerusalem
  • Stomach turns - Youth allergic to foods appealed to High Court: IDF doesn’t allow us to serve in army or volunteer
  • I am innocent - “I was convicted following a false testimony of a state witness.” Former minister Shlomo Beniziri is furious
  • I will navigate - After a TV parting from Udi Segal, (TV news presenter) Lucy Aharish is back on the screen alone
  • Not just a desert: After leaving the nuclear deal - Iran is learning that Trump fulfills his promises // Commentary

 
News Summary:
Israel launched its most extensive strike in Syria since 1974, concluding that it severely harmed Iranian military infrastructure in Syria in response to Iranian aggression, making the top story of today’s Hebrew newspapers, which looked at the responses around the world and inside Israel and considered what would be the Iranian reaction.

According to a Maariv poll taken Wednesday - before the latest Israeli attack on Syria, 69% of the Israeli public were satisfied with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policy towards Iran and Syria, 21% were not. 54% believed a military confrontation between Israel and Iran was getting closer, (divided between 18%, who were sure of that, and 36%, who thought there was a high likelihood. But 43% of the public rejected the likelihood of a confrontation between the two enemies. (Although, according to Israel that is exactly what took place late Wednesday night. Iran says it was not involved.) Also, 45% of the public opposed the bill that allows the prime minister and defense minister to declare war. Had the elections been held Wednesday, the Likud would have jumped to 36 seats.

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