News Nosh 7.5.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, July 5, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"We saw the stares we were getting, the fear of speaking to us and mostly the fear of playing soccer together. But as soon as they realized we speak Arabic, respect our Palestinian friends, and play and work together under the two flags—the Israeli flag and the Palestinian flag—the barriers dropped and we quickly became best friends with the Iraqi team. We even taught them a few words in Hebrew."
--Lior Shalom, who led a delegation of Arab and Jewish Israeli teenagers from the Peres Center for Peace, which traveled to Russia for the World Cup to hold workshops and soccer training for teens from all over the world, including from Muslim nations.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"You built a (settlement) house - it's as if you wiped out a hundred Arabs. You build a settlement - it's as if you killed ten thousand gentiles."
--Prominent settler land dealer and Jewish terrorist, Moshe Zar, received a roaring applause for his words at the Education Ministry's 'Education Leaders Conference,' where Zar received a Certificate of Appreciation.**

Front Page:
Haaretz
  • Mendelblit approved: Tycoons that testified in Case 1000 will fund Netanyahu’s legal defense
  • Polish government against High Court: Dismissed a third of the judges
  • Israel destroying plants on Gaza border for security reasons and Gazan farmers are harmed
  • Britain and France will fight the destruction of Khan al-Ahmar alongside other countries
  • Thousands of prisoners in military prisons were jailed because they went AWOL for economic reasons
  • “It’s a ticking bomb, it cannot continue”: Thousands of nurses protested the violence at hospitals
  • Reshet network and Channel 10 signed merger agreement and declared that most of the employees will remain
  • Don’t get drafted // Uri Misgav
  • The lawsuit against Neta Barzilai for plagiarism has no case, but maybe it also has a positive side // Ben Shalev
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Closest to Rouhani - Our correspondent reports from Vienna: This is how the Iranian incitement campaign sounds from up close
  • Assad’s goal: Conquering south Syria within two days
  • The earth shook: At night - third earthquake felt in country
  • Effort by HMOs to located women who need to get genetic (cancer) test
  • The pumpkin that will be enough for the whole kibbutz: 400 kilos and still growing
  • The protest succeeded: The medical assistants will remain alongside children with allergies (at school)
  • Rescue operation in Thailand: Naval commandos began to train the youth in swimming
  • Alanis Morissette, a moment before her performance in Israel: I’m not moved by the BDS

News Summary:
Tension in the north as the Syrian Army blasted its way to conquering southern Syria along the Golan Heights border and after at least three earthquakes in northern Israel sent tremors across the country (for which an ultra-Orthodox lawmaker said Reform Jews were to blame), making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers along with the latest on the rescue operation of the Thai youth trapped in a flooded cave. Also in the news, Israel began preparing the ground for demolishing the Bedouin Khan al-Ahmar community in the West Bank.  

Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot visited the Golan Heights yesterday, where he received a military on the situation in southern Syria, where refugees are amassing on the border as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army battled the last rebel-held strongholds in southwest Syria and Yedioth reported that Israel was concerned about the Syrian Army forces entering the demilitarized buffer zone in the Golan Heights with heavy weapons, in violation to agreements, and which could lead to a confrontation. Channel 10 reported that Israel approved a request by the United Nations to install radars in the buffer zone to warn of explosive devices in the area, but that Damascus rejected the proposal. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that it was “unrealistic” to expect Iran's complete withdrawal from Syria. And a senior French source told Al-Hayat that "There is an understanding between Israel and Hezbollah regarding mutual refraining from attacks.” So the Israeli attacks in Syria are limited to Iranian targets. The report also said that “Hezbollah intends to bring thousands of its fighters in Syria back to Lebanon.” (Maariv)

As numerous people were wounded in clashes (also Maariv) that erupted when Israeli bulldozers came to prepare to demolish the little Bedouin West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar, European countries slammed Israel and warned they would take action, Haaretz+ reported. (Video) Israeli forces also detained a B’tselem field researcher, who was filming at the village east of East Jerusalem, and J Street was “outraged” over the planned demolition and J Street head Jeremy Ben-Ami accused Israel of using America’s Independence Day as a cover to begin the work.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Israel Says a West Bank Outpost Can Be Legalized if Land Was Seized in Good Faith - In precedent-setting legal interpretation: Mitzpeh Kramim outpost built on privately-owned Palestinian land can be legalized under certain conditions, government tells Jerusalem District Court. (Haaretz+)
  • **Education conference speaker: 'Building a house equals 100 dead Arabs' - At the closing ceremony of the Education Ministry's 'Education Leaders Conference,' Moshe Zar was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work on behalf of settlements. After receiving the certificate, Zar, a prominent land dealer, [and Jewish terrorist - OH] who was convicted of involvement in terror attack against an Arab mayor in 1980, said settlement construction was "our sweet revenge" for terror attacks. "Our revenge, for all of us, will be solely by settling the Land of Israel. And I am known for saying, 'You built a (settlement) house - it's as if you wiped out a hundred Arabs. You build a settlement - it's as if you killed ten thousand gentiles,' and that's the truth." His words were cheered by a large number of participants. (Ynet, Ynet Hebrew, Kippah Hebrew)
  • Liberman yells at Shin Bet chief: I won’t allow Palestinian families to reunite - "As long as I am defense minister, there will not be any reunification of Palestinian families...Let them reunite in Gaza," Liberman yelled at Shin Bet Chief Nadav Argaman, who approved reuniting Gazans with their Arab Israeli families. Argaman responded: "I'm not taking orders from you." [NOTE: This isn't the first time the two disagree: In December, Argaman reportedly said he opposed a proposal by Liberman to allow judges to apply the death penalty to terrorists. - OH] (JPost and Maariv)
  • *Jewish and Arab teens travel to Moscow to play soccer together - Delegation of teenagers from the Peres Center for Peace holds workshops and soccer training on sidelines of World Cup, teaching teens from Qatar, Iraq and Tunisia how they promote peace and dialogue through their shared love of soccer; 'At first we were met with suspicion, but we quickly became best friends with the Iraqi team,' says delegation head Lior Shalom. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • For the First Time, an Israeli Will Head UN Human Rights Committee - Israeli law professor Yuval Shany was appointed head of the committee on Tuesday. (JTA, Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • AG Allows Netanyahu's Tycoon Friends to Help Fund His Legal Defense - American tycoon Spencer Partridge and the premier's cousin Nathan Milkowsky have both testified in the investigation concerning illicit gifts Netanyahu allegedly received. (Haaretz+)
  • Former Israeli minister allegedly gave Iran 'dozens of reports' with intent to harm national security - Gonen Segev to face trial tomorrow for allegedly working as an Iranian spy and providing info on Israeli bases and officials. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Trial of Former Israeli Minister Accused of Spying for Iran Begins in Jerusalem - Gonen Segev is charged with passing 'dozens of reports' to Tehran with the intention of harming national security; his trial is being held behind closed doors. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Right-wing group pushes bill to allow residential construction at Jerusalem's 'City of David' national park - The Elad NGO, which settles Jews in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, is pushing the law that will apply only to this park. Attorney general, planning bodies and environmental groups oppose the bill. (Haaretz+)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg receives top Jewish award: 'Demand for peace runs through Jewish tradition' - U.S. Supreme Court justice gets Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award in Tel Aviv, says she's 'proud of being a Jew.' Ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton writes Ginsburg that he will 'always be proud' of appointing her. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • Ombudsman: Police beat and handcuffed two Ethiopian-Israelis for no reason - Disproportionate police brutality: An Ethiopian man and woman who turned to the police after allegedly being assaulted by a security guard at a night club they went out to, were beaten and humiliated by the police, who also detained them for questioning at the police (station) and opened criminal charges against them. After no decision was made on the matter for over a year and a half, the two complained to the Judiciary Ombudsman, Judge (ret.) David Rosen. (Maariv+)
  • Health services throughout Israel shut down in protest against violence faced on the job - Following the non-fatal stabbing of a nurse, the Nurses' Association shut down health services across the country to protest the violence that they face while on the job. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Barred Jewish-American BDS Activist Plots New Way to Enter Israel - Ariel Gold was prevented from entering Israel this week for her support of Israel boycotts, but she says she is mulling immigration via the Law of Return. (Haaretz+)
  • Slovakia declares it will move its embassy to Jerusalem - "Slovakia is on its way to relocating its embassy to Jerusalem," Andrej Danko, head of the Slovak National Council tells President Reuven Rivlin. Delegation of Slovak lawmakers also says country to open a cultural center in the Israeli capital. (Israel Hayom)
  • Seventy percent of imprisoned Israeli soldiers are poverty-stricken - Public figures and IDF officers are blasting the IDF for sending poor soldiers to prison as method to eject them from the army. (Haaretz+)
  • IDF: 1,000 ultra-Orthodox men enlisted in combat units this year - Hundreds of the 3,000 ultra-Orthodox men who enlisted in the military this year were assigned to combat auxiliary units, head of IDF's Human Resource Management Division says. "Their contribution to the IDF cannot be disputed," he asserts. (Israel Hayom)
  • IDF commando sentenced to 18 months prison for accidentally shooting member of his team dead - Sgt. N, of the elite Duvdevan unit, was convicted of manslaughter, after admitting that the shooting occurred while he was playing with his weapon in the unit barracks. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • President Rivlin stings Justice Minister Shaked: "Legal advisors are an anchor for democracy - The President of Israel spoke at the judges’ swearing-in ceremony and addressed the debate that arose around the bill for ministers to appoint their ministry’s legal counsel. "We must be careful not to weaken one of the important pillars of the executive branch.” (Maariv)
  • Police investigating priest who supports Arab enlistment in IDF - Father Gabriel Naddaf has been under investigation for more than a year, police say. Nature of the suspicions against him remains under gag order. Naddaf is widely lauded for fighting social taboos, promoting Christian Arabs' enlistment into IDF. (Israel Hayom)
  • Far-right British Troll Katie Hopkins Visits Israel – and You Can Imagine How It Went - The disgraced media figure has spent the past week in the country, visiting Jerusalem, the Golan and the Gaza border, and she captured it all on video. (Haaretz)
  • Seeking 'unconventional' technologies, Shin Bet partners with private startups - The startups, chosen from among 100 contenders, focus on areas including artificial intelligence, data-based prediction, automated document scanning and screening out disinformation. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • IDF seeks to raise awareness on Hamas fake date apps -
  • After army uncovers Hamas plot to lure soldiers with phony dating apps in effort to install spyware on their smartphones, IDF intelligence official praises soldiers outwitting the terror group by staying alert and reporting suspicious messages they had received; ‘Hamas did not do so well'. (Ynet)
  • Palestinian high-tech workers plugging shortage of Israeli tech staff - 'For the price of one Israeli engineer, an [Israeli] company can hire three Palestinians in the West Bank, and they have very high motivation.’ (Haaretz)
  • Israelis concerned as Palestinians ambush drivers and steal cars - Police call on Israelis in Binyamin area of West Bank to refrain from traveling through Palestinian villages following reports of Palestinian gang targeting seniors and women, dragging them from their cars and speeding off; 'I was sure they planned to kill me.' (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Saeb Erekat: "We will continue to pay the salaries of the families of martyrs and prisoners" - The secretary-general of the PLO's Executive Committee opposed the Israeli Knesset decision to offset the salaries of the terrorists from Palestinian Authority funds. Against Trump he said: "Real estate professionals and casino managers will not solve the Palestinian dilemma.” (Maariv)
  • Palestinian official: 'Real estate men' won't solve Mideast conflict - Amid U.S. promises to unveil new peace plan, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat lashes out at U.S. President Donald Trump, says White House "should be run by great men, not real estate men." PA to continue paying terrorists' families, Erekat says. (Israel Hayom)
  • World Cup 2022: Israelis Encouraged to Save Up for Qatar Games They Won't Be Able to Attend - Discount Bank launches saving plan for soccer tournament in a country that bars entry to Israelis. (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinians favor jailed leader Barghouthi as Abbas successor - Poll conducted by Palestinian research group finds that majority of general public in PA would prefer the leader of a Palestinian uprising jailed for life by Israel, over the reigning President Mahmoud Abbas; Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas terror group, is the next most popular candidate. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Netanyahu: foiling of Iranian bombing in France was 'no coincidence - Delivering remarks at ceremony marking 70th anniversary of the Acre prison break, PM offers possible hint Israel played part in stymieing planned attack on exiled Iranian group, while calling for second time in two days on European powers to stop 'policy of appeasement and weakness regarding Iran.' (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • US vows to keep oil lanes open after Iran threatens to block key strait - Iranian Revolutionary Guards  commander says Iran could halt crude going through Strait of Hormuz, after Rouhani warns of 'consequences' to US sanctions. (Times of Israel)
  • Revolutionary Guards praises Rouhani threat to disrupt regional oil exports - After Iranian president implied Tehran might stop oil exports from the region if the US makes good on its threat to cut the Islamic Republic's oil revenues, Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani tells Rouhani, 'I kiss your hand for expressing such wise and timely comments.' (Ynet)
  • Iran threatens to reduce cooperation with UN nuclear watchdog - Iran's nuclear activities "have always been peaceful" and "it is Iran that would decide on its level of cooperation with the IAEA," President Hassan Rouhani says. Rouhani warns U.S. of "consequences" of fresh sanctions against Tehran's oil exports. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)


Features:
How a Group of Jewish Terrorists Ended Up in Israel's Halls of Power
A new documentary series about the Jewish Underground charts the movement’s terrorist activities in the 1980s and the influence its members now exert on modern politics. Director Shai Gal hopes his show serves as a wake-up call. (Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz+)
100 days of incendiary kites, balloons landing in south Israel
Southern residents decry government's lack of solutions to terrorizing phenomenon, which has scorched swathes of Israeli farmland; parents, who were children when rocket attacks began, lament that they now have to raise their children in such a hostile environment; 'There’s a feeling of desperation and exhaustion.’ (Matan Tzuri, Yedioth/Ynet)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
To Israelis a child is a child, unless he is a Palestinian (Assia Ladizhinskaya, Haaretz+) The separation of migrant kids from their parents in the United States caused outrage, but for decades Palestinian children have faced detention away from their homes.
The farmers have other problems besides the burning kites (Barak Omega, Ynet Hebrew) One day the fires in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip will be extinguished, but the industry will remain with the same problems because Israel prefers to buy tomatoes from the Gaza Strip and not from its own farmers.
There Is Nothing Jewish About Protecting Refugees (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) Every Jewish denomination picks and chooses from tradition, according to their political needs: Deport, absorb, protest, stay quiet. On one of the great defining issues of Western politics today, there’s simply no one true Jewish take.
The "Breaking the Silence Law" is a correction using the wrong means and at an intolerable price (Dr. Ricky Tessler, Maariv) The bill proposed by Habayit Hayehudi joins a series of anti-democratic laws. Luckily, critical thinking of young people in the digital age is not a product of the education system alone.
Syria’s Assad has become Israel’s ally (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Israel wants Assad to remain in power. Both Israel and the Syrian president now depend on Russia, and when Israel threatens Syria over Iran, it should know it's threatening Putin, too.
The courage to say yes (Clifford D. May, Israel Hayom) Many Palestinians dream of the day when their children will not be taught to hate. We can only hope they will bravely rise up against their obstructionist leaders and say it is time for peace.
The Bedouins flock to study in the Palestinian Authority (Dr. Pinchas Haliva, Ynet Hebrew) Language gaps and feelings of alienation send young people from the Bedouin areas (of Israel) to universities beyond the Green Line or to Jordan. The result is that the problem is duplicating itself and the non-integration into Israeli society is worsening. The Education Ministry can do something about it…At Ashkelon Academic College, we are making great efforts, for the fourth year, to integrate students from the Bedouin sector through tutoring, reinforcement, tutoring and special transportation. However, the percentage of failures among them is relatively high compared to that of students from other weak sectors (of society who are) on campus. The decision by the Planning and Budgeting Committee to increase aid to institutions in order to integrate the Bedouin sector in the south is indeed correct and good, but additional and complementary actions must be taken. In this way, the Ministry of Education and the Council of Higher Education must re-examine the continued recognition of academic studies in the Palestinian Authority, unless real supervision of the content and level of education is imposed. Many public figures in the Bedouin sector did not conceal to me their displeasure with the fact that young people flock to study there. And this is due to the recognition that these studies do not serve them and do not promote the possibility of integrating them in the future in the Israeli economy and society. (Dr. Pinchas Haliva is the CEO and founder of the Ashkelon Academic College)
Hamas' Cyber Honeypot Exposes Israeli Weakness and Tech Giants' Complicity(Oded Yaron, Haaretz+) The terror organization’s espionage operation drove home the truism that humans are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain.
The day on which Meretz became worse than the Joint List (Adv. Yoram Sheftel, Maariv) Sheftel referred to the bill to offset the salaries of the terrorists, which the leftist party had opposed: "Even the Zionist Camp voted in favor. (Meretz) has become a political arm of Hamas and Fatah.
Discontent Can Still Bring Down Erdogan - and Turkey (Louis Fishman, Haaretz+) Erdogan can now crush Turkey's democracy – but not the deepening dissent with his rule. His only real means of assuring his pre-eminence is the further imposition of punitive and oppressive measures on civil society.
 
Interviews: 
'I was lynched': Renowned Israeli artist talks about being betrayed by the left
On the eve of the 2015 election, Yair Garbuz, one of the country's most prominent artists, gave a speech that sparked public outrage and changed his life. With a new exhibition, he has more to say. (Maya Asheri, Haaretz+)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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