News Nosh: 6.27.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"When the security decision-making process is biased in the cabinet in favor of extremists, the price of blood spilled in vain is corruption. When decisions about education are polluted by radical bias by extremists, it is corruption. When the coalition supports laws that erode democracy, it is corruption. The Netanyahu family is a secondary story..."
Maariv commentator, Ran Adelist.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“Putting Ariel University, Herzog College, and Orot Israel College [all in West Bank settlements] harms both Israeli society and the academy (and…) it undercuts the Council's position as a barrier to the politicization of the Israeli academy, science, and higher education, and drags academics working in Israeli academic institutions into supporting the occupation and annexation efforts."
Israeli Anthropological Association voted to ban institutes of higher education in the West Bank.*

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • A conquering [soccer goal] prince (William)
  • The tunnel destroyers - Israel Security Prize awarded to developers of project to locate tunnels
  • Cry of a mother - “I only wanted justice,” mother of Hila Betzaleli cried in pain, when those responsible for her daughter’s death were sentenced only to community service
  • At the children’s expense - Expose: 45 child development centers on verge of being closed
  • The Barkan vineyards gave in - Threats of boycott did the job: Ethiopian-Israeli workers transferred “for kosher reasons” will be returned to their jobs
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
Prince William charms Israelis on his royal visit, the mother of an officer who died in in an accident at a ceremony rehearsal cries out against injustice after two men involved get sentenced to community service, and a project that allows the Israel military to locate Gaza tunnels wins Israel’s top security prize making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Also making headlines, the Syrian-regime media accused Israel of attacking a Hezbollah arms depot in Syria.

Also, the latest on Gaza and Hamas: A day after the papers reported that Israel plans two major projects to help alleviate the Gaza Strip humanitarian crisis, the Palestinian Authority rejected the Israeli and US ideas to help Gaza, saying that it was a conspiracy to transform the Palestinian cause into a “humanitarian issue” and that it would strengthen its opponent, Hamas, JPost reported. And Haaretz reported that a Hamas delegation is heading to Egypt to discuss relief for Gaza. The Egyptians will present a plan for a Gaza-Sinai commerce zone and loosen movement restrictions between Egypt and the Strip. Meanwhile, Israel sent a message to Hamas that it doesn’t need a sign of life from captives and missing persons in order to make a deal, Channel 10 reported. However, according to the report, Israel will not accept preconditions for negotiations, it will not release the 46 prisoners, who were released from the Shalit deal and re-arrested by Israel and it will not release prisoners with ‘blood on their hands.’ It was also said that there would be no deal such as the Shalit deal, in which Israel releases hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. There will also be no long-term cease-fire or any substantial improvement in the humanitarian situation in Gaza as long as there is no prisoner exchange deal, Channel 10 News reported Tuesday night. (Also Maariv)
 
Quick Hits:
  • **Israeli Anthropological Association to ban institutions in the West Bank - The Association's decision, which passed 49:25, does not use the word boycott, but its meaning extends to avoiding holding "conferences and workshops or any general interaction" with institutions beyond the Green Line. Decision comes in response to law extending Israeli jurisdiction over institutes beyond the Green Line. (Haaretz+)
  • The Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister's Office testified: (Netanyahu couple) tried to trick me into paying for repairs in the house in Caesarea - Adv. Fargo-Barnea, who served as legal adviser to the Prime Minister's Office, told the police about repeated attempts to charge the state for private expenses. "I was treated with hostility when I refused.” (Maariv and Ynet Hebrew)
  • Like Putin and Erdogan: Netanyahu's Plan to Cripple Israeli Media  - Former spin doctor reveals the plan conceived by son Yair and supported by wife Sara to restructure and cripple the Israeli media much the same way Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan did in their own countries. (Haaretz+)
  • Foreign journalist barred from covering William-Netanyahu meeting over suspicion he is Muslim - Nebi Qena, AP’s chief TV producer in Israel for the past three years, was detained by security guards at Netanyahu's residency. PM's office says 'lessons will be drawn immediately.’ (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Death Toll in 2018 Construction Accidents Climbs to 19 as Worker Dies - 40-year-old laborer Ataf Kabha died on Monday after falling from a height of three stories at a construction site in Harish. (NOTE: Most of those who work and die in construction are Arab. - OH) (Haaretz+)
  • Not Jewish enough: Israeli winery faces backlash after it drops Ethiopian workers from production line - Move comes after kashrut organization questions workers' Jewishness. Israel's Sephardic chief rabbi slams Barkan Winery: 'Pure racism.' Politicians call for boycott. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • The Sephardi chief rabbi attacks Badatz (kosher supervisors) of the (mostly-Ashkenazi) Haredi ultra-Orthdox: “Pure racism" - Following the report that Ethiopian-Israeli workers were transferred from their positions in the Barkan winery by the Badatz of the Haredi community, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said that "Ethiopian Jews are Jews in every respect.” (Maariv)
  • Ehud Barak likened the Netanyahu couple to the king of France and his wife who were executed - After the transcripts of the recordings of Nir Hefetz were revealed, former prime minister Barak, who is known for his sharp outbursts against Netanyahu, quoted Marie Antoinette: "His wife said: If they do not have bread let them eat cake. That did not help them on Judgment Day.” Netanayhu: “He lost it.” (Maariv and Times of Israel)
  • MK Moti Yogev to (MK) Ahmad Tibi: “A terrorist who supports murderers”- A storm broke out during a debate in the Knesset Constitution Committee, Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) came out against the [Arab] MKs from the Joint List: "Murderers and collaborators with murderers." MK Tibi: I will file a complaint with the Ethics Committee. (Maariv)
  • Cyprus confirms: Israel asked us to consider shipping route for Gaza - Cypriot government spokesman says Israel asked Cyprus to examine possibility of establishing a shipping point to send goods to Gaza: 'It is an old issue which is now being re-discussed.' (Agencies, Ynet)
  • US freezes aid funds to West Bank and Gaza - Aid has been suspended under the “Taylor Force Law," which was passed in March of this year, and will prevent the Palestinian Authority from paying monthly stipends to families of killed, wounded and imprisoned Palestinians. (Maan)
  • UN pleads for new funding for Palestinian refugees - After U.S. cuts funding by 50%, basic services such as food assistance in Gaza are in danger, agency chief Pierre Krahenbuhl says. U.N. claims 5 million Palestinian refugees in region. Agency needs to better manage its budget and finances, U.S. says. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli bulldozers raze lands along the eastern borders of Gaza Strip - t four Israeli bulldozers razed and leveled lands near the “return camps” which were set up by Palestinian protesters east of Gaza City. Meanwhile, in Khan Younis district of the southern Gaza Strip, another four Israeli bulldozers razed and leveled lands. (Maan)
  • In video: Hundreds of Israeli settlers raid Joseph's Tomb, 1 Palestinian injured - Clashes were triggered when Israeli settlers began performing Jewish religious rituals in Joseph’s Tomb under the tight security of Israeli forces. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Jerusalem - Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem, while another family was able to freeze the demolition order against their house after Israeli forces surrounded and prepared to demolish the house. (Maan)
  • East Jerusalem Palestinians Can Now Use Job Bureau in City's West, Israel Says - State's decision cancels the strict separation that led the policy concerning services provided to Palestinians in the capital. (Haaretz+)
  • Netanyahu kills bill that threatened Eurovision 2019 in Israel - Scheme to separate Kan into news and entertainment divisions would have imperiled Israel's hosting of the song contest, the European sponsor warned. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli lawmaker drops bill recognizing Armenian genocide - Meretz chief Tamar Zandberg withdrew the legislation after the governing coalition and Foreign Ministry demanded to replace the term ‘genocide’ with ‘tragedy’ or ‘horrors.’ (Haaretz+)
  • El Al to 'immediately' remove passengers who refuse to sit next to anyone for whatever reason - CEO’s promise comes after firestorm sparked when two women aboard a N.Y.-Tel Aviv flight were asked to move seats because ultra-Orthodox men didn't want to sit next to them. (Haaretz)
  • Belgian model raises ire with nude photo overlooking Western Wall - Marisa Papen says photograph with Jewish holy site in the background designed to challenge 'boundaries of religion and politics.' (Times of Israel, Maariv and Jpost)
  • Female Principal of girls religious school in the north suspected of sexual offenses against female students and exploitation - The suspect was expelled from her home and from the school she heads. According to the parents, she had sexual contact with a student and exploited the dependence the girl developed on her for bondage and slavery. Her confidants: "They are shaming her.” (Maariv)
  • IDF reservist seriously wounded on duty in car accident - Authorities as yet unsure why military vehicle containing the 25-year-old soldier flipped over at entrance to Kiryat Arba when a patrol was called there after receiving reports that the surrounding security fence had been tampered with. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Commemorative run for cop killed in Temple Mt. terror attack - Family of Border Police Staff Sgt. Maj. Ha'il Satawi, a Druze policeman, who was killed along with his partner Kamil Shnaan last July on Temple Mount, invite public to join them on annual Ramos Run in his memory, named after his son born 3 weeks before the attack. (Ynet)
  • Israeli military watchdog warns: IDF in crisis, best career officers leaving - Report cites inadequate training and maintenance, points to shortening of compulsory service and new promotion system. (Haaretz+)
  • Senior officer to face disciplinary action over stolen documents - CID investigation finds Commando Brigade Commander Col. Avi Blot was unaware he was leaving classified documents in his car, leading Military Advocate General to decide not to prosecute him. (Ynet)
  • Israel in talks with 5 African countries to accept illegal migrants - In the wake of the decision to back away from U.N. agreement on resettling 16,000 migrants, Israeli authorities have approached five unnamed African countries for talks. Talks are being held clandestinely for fear of NGOs scuttling any deal. (Israel Hayom)
  • 'India set to seal $500m deal for 4,500 Israeli Spike missiles' - If cleared by the Indian government, agreement could be signed as early as next week when top Israeli defense official visits India. (Haaretz)
  • Assad pounds Deraa area as 45,000 Syrians flee - After seizing chunk of rebel-held territory, including the town of Busra al-Harir, Syrian army continues bombardment of southwestern Deraa province, aided by Russian air support despite 'de-escalation zone' agreement. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Russia Breaks Syria Cease-fire With U.S. and Jordan - New offensive violates an agreement among the U.S., Russia and neighboring Jordan as Donald Trump appears to back down from earlier threats to enforce that agreement with force. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • US backs away from pledge to enforce Syria de-escalation - President Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to extricate U.S. from Syria • As regime troops push south, State Department says situation in southwest Syria remains matter of serious concern, but does not repeat earlier threats of U.S. response. (Israel Hayom)
  • Lebanon’s President: Israel Refuses to Agree on Maritime Borders - Dispute is over 860-square-kilometer triangle with potential gas, oil reserves. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Trump Administration Calls on U.S. Allies to End Oil Imports From Iran by November 2018 - If the U.S. receives the cooperation of Asian and European allies, the result would be harsh for Iran's economy; U.S. official says move is one of 'top national security priorities.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Amid national strike, Iran says it can handle fresh US sanctions - As protests in Iran over economic hardship grow, President Hassan Rouhani promises country can withstand the U.S.'s "psychological, economic and political war." The fall in the rial exchange rate is the result of "foreign media propaganda," Rouhani says. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Lieberman asks Iranians: 'Where's your money going?' - Capitalizing on Iranian displays of frustration as demonstrators protest outside parliament over economic downturn, defense minister seeks to galvanize public into more action as he accuses the regime in Tehran, in a Farsi post on his Facebook page, of diverting millions of dollars for terror activities. (Ynet)
  • Netanyahu lauds Iranian people's courage on the pitch and in the streets - Netanyahu released a YouTube video clip with him holding a soccer ball  and comparing the courage of the Iranian national soccer team on the field to the courage demonstrated by protestors in Tehran. (JPost and Maariv)
  • Guatemalan streets renamed 'Jerusalem the capital of Israel' - Hundreds attend ceremony to rename main street in Guatemalan city of Guastatoya in honor of Jerusalem • Project is the brainchild of Israel's envoy to Guatemala Matty Cohen. Evangelical Church pushing to expand initiative throughout Guatemala. (Israel Hayom)
  • International Jewish lawyers' group calls for Poland to strike down Holocaust law - The law, which the Polish parliament passed in January, criminalizes rhetoric accusing the Polish people or state with responsibility or culpability for the crimes of the Holocaust. (Haaretz)
  • Swedish court sentences 3 to jail over synagogue arson - Two Palestinians and one Syrian jailed over Dec. 9 attack on synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city • One of the Palestinians, from Gaza, to be deported after serving his sentence, but the other two men have Swedish residency permits. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)


Features:
Is Israel's Art World Plagued by Ethnic Discrimination?
Gallery owners and curators insist ethnicity makes no difference in Israel's art world. But is that really so?  (Eness Elias Haaretz)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
A One-sided Deal: U.S. Envoys Breathe New Life Into the 'There's No Partner' Axiom (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) U.S. envoys Kushner and Greenblatt are telling President Abbas that the window of opportunity for an appeal against the almost done deal of the century is closing, even before talks have started.
The British interest behind Prince William's Israel visit (Nadav Eyal, Yedioth/Ynet) As Britain searches for its place in the world following the decision to leave the EU, it uses 'soft power' tools, such as Prince William and the rest of the Royal family, to bolster ties with countries outside Europe, with the high-tech superpower Israel among them.
Where is the government that will announce that with friends like these, we don’t need enemies (Nadav Haetzni, Maariv) What peace of mind do we demonstrate when, as a token of London's friendship towards us, they stick a finger in our eyes - the Crown Prince will wander through the streets of our capital, declaring that it belongs to another people.
El Al and Barkan Wines: A Tale of Two Boycotts (Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz+) The two Israeli companies were forced to choose which set of customers they wanted to appease – the ultra-Orthodox or the secular public. It could become an increasingly common business decision.
A complex reality: The situation in the north is far from being calm and quiet (Tal Lev-Ram, Maariv) The attack by the Assad’s army near the border could lead to trickling of firing over the border into Israeli territory and to an escalation. Against this background, in the government and the army the assessment that a confrontation with Hamas in Gaza must be avoided is strengthening.
The Five Pro-occupation Zionists Who Think They Can Bring Peace to the Middle East (Ahmad Tibi, Haaretz+) Trump's 'ultimate deal' is being written by five men who share one goal: To bury the Palestinian cause.
The message "Pyongyang first" is heard in Tehran, and it is positive for Israel (Erez Wiener, Gabi Siboni, Maariv) It is too early to predict whether North Korea will indeed be disarmed, but in the Israeli interest, it can be assumed that we will see a dramatic reduction in its involvement in arming our enemies in the East.
Assad’s drive to retake southwest Syria tests Israel’s aid policy toward villages (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Israel will likely try to make the regime’s return to the border region contingent on an agreement to remove Iranian forces and the Shi’ite militias from the area.
The Iranian Regime Is in Trouble, but Latest Round of Protests Won't Topple It(Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) As Iranians lose their patience with the economic crisis, Khamenei and Rohani need to get creative to stem popular distrust and frustration.
Erdogan succeeded in establishing a personal dictatorial regime under the auspices of democracy (Zvi Mazel, Maariv) Now the president of Turkey has won the jackpot: In his new position, he holds vast powers that are unacceptable in the West. Can the opposition stand up to its rule?
The real scandal is in the media (Erez Tadmor, Israel Hayom) The media had refused to scrutinize the expenses of former prime ministers such as Ariel Sharon or Ehud Olmert, but when it comes to the Netanyahu family, every takeout meal is a scandal.
*It's easy to loathe Sarah and Binyamin Netanyahu, but the coalition is the real source of corruption (Ran Adelist, Maariv) Before you hurry to rejoice at the problems of the prime minister's wife, remember that all the sins of her family will be whitened against those of the government members, who are the true culprits in the situation we are in…When the security decision-making process is biased in the cabinet in favor of extremists, the price of blood spilled in vain is corruption. When decisions about education are polluted by radical bias by extremists, it is corruption. When the coalition supports laws that erode democracy, it is corruption. The Netanyahu family is a secondary story, almost negligible, compared to the cynical use of it by everyone around it - from his "friends" in the party and including his "partners" in the coalition. All of them together and each one individually is there to get every crumb of self-serving benefits that a prime minister can give to the people who support him, and that's exactly what he does to survive.
The Culture Adopted by the IDF Leads It Toward Organizational Collapse (Haaretz Editorial) Greater involvement by the public and by political leaders is needed to reestablish the army’s identity as a public organization, not a corporation that is quick to rashly adopt the latest management trends.
Israeli Army Watchdog Paints Gloomy Picture of Readiness for War (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Quality career officers are opting for civilian life, funds are going down the drain and troops guard the border while staring at their phones, report says.
Did Israel Inspire Trump's Family Separation Policy? (Ramzy Baroud, Maan) The sad truth is that what Americans have witnessed at their southern border in the last couple of months is what Palestinians have experienced as a daily reality at the hands of Israel for the last 70 years. The kind of separation and segregation that Palestinian communities endure goes even beyond the typical outcomes of war, siege and military occupation. It is something that is enshrined in Israeli law, crafted mainly to weaken, even break down the cohesiveness of Palestinian society.
Secular Terror Doesn’t Stop for a Moment (Israel Cohen, Haaretz+) Tel-Aviv Mayor Huldai pretends to represent an open, liberal city that is sensitive to its heterogeneous population and accepts varied and diverse groups, but he isn’t capable of accepting the feelings of the ultra-Orthodox.
No Wonder We Are Not Joining Anti-corruption Demonstrations in Petah Tikva and Tel Aviv (Noa Osterreicher, Haaretz) We took to the streets seven years ago to protest the cost of living, the rule of the monopolies, the corrupt budget allocations to special interests: they called us spoiled and played dumb.
Adviser to Polish PM: Jews Should Be More Sensitive in How They Refer to Poland's Difficult WWII Period (Andrzej Pawluszek, Haaretz+) Radicals on both sides, feeding on evil emotions, don’t want Jews and Poles to recognize the 1000 years of religious tolerance preceding the Holocaust in Poland – and how Poland is again a safe haven for Jews.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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