News Nosh: 8.2.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Just as France belongs to the French and Germany to the Germans, Israel belongs to all Israelis, and only to them. It does not belong to the Jewish people. There is no regime, government or state that belongs to distant interested parties who are not citizens. Judaism, on the other hand — however one defines it — does belong solely to the Jews. One can be Israeli without being Jewish, and one can be Jewish without being Israeli, but one cannot be Israeli without being a citizen of the state. The state’s pretension to represent the entire Jewish people is problematic. If Israel is the state of the Jewish people, then all its conflicts, domestic and foreign, automatically apply to all of the world’s Jews."
--Former member of Knesset and head of the Jewish Agency, Avraham Burg, writestoday in Haaretz.

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel has refused to allow passage to seven seriously ill Gazan women to travel to a hospital in the West Bank for life-saving treatment - because they are related to people in Hamas.**


Breaking News:
Israel killed seven armed ISIS militants approaching Israel-Syria border.
(Haaretz, Ynet and Israel Hayom)

Front Page:
Haaretz
  • Netanyahu threatens Iran: “If a coalition forms against it, we will be part of it”
  • (Ministers) Regev and Elkin inaugurated a center for Jewish heritage in the heart of Silwan neighborhood (in E. Jerusalem)
  • The conflict worsens: US put sanctions on Turkey
  • (Labor party chief) Gabbay to Haaretz: I spoke with (MK Eitan) Broshi before the suspension, I feel no sorrow over Bahloul’s resignation
  • State: Almost half of divorced men in Israel don’t pay child support
  • Hundreds of prisoners expected to be released soon to decrease the crowding, even without rehab
  • High Court: Question is no whether Khan al-Ahmar will be destroyed, rather to where the residents will be evicted
  • Did you pack by yourself? // Zehava Galon
  • Not my nation-state // Avraham Burg
  • The price was exposed - Hosting the Eurovision will cost 157 million shekels. It’s not yet clear where that will come from
  • From the plan to establish a new national stadium remains nothing but frustrated architects
  • The corporations are getting rid of directors who sexually harass and treat harshly and not out of moral considerations
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Nation-State Law storm: On the way to a compromise (Photo: Netanyahu hugging religious leader of Druze community)
  • Who will teach your children? Schools still lack thousands of teachers
  • Today: A special supplement for recruits
  • Save the watermelon - The bad news: Watermelons are less delicious this summer
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
News Summary:
After meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who presented a plan to approve a special status for Druze in Israel and give them special benefits, but would not change the Jewish Nation-State Law, Druze leaders are divided about whether to accept the offer, meanwhile, as Iranian forces pulled back from the Syria-Israel border in the north, Iran geared up for a major drill threatening to shut the Strait of Hormuz in the Red Sea to the south and Netanyahu warned Iran that Israel would join a coalition against it if Iran were to block the strait - making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers along with the deaths of a number of Israeli children killed in water-related accidents.

There were differing reports about whether Druze community leaders accepted Netanyahu’s proposal to anchor the community's status in law and leave the Jewish Nation-State Law as is - without the word 'equality,' after Druze complained that the Nation-State law discriminated against them. And while some called it a ‘historical precedent,’ it appears the rift is not over and details still need to be ironed out and meanwhile, a demonstration planned by the Druze for this Saturday evening, will go onas scheduled. Maariv reported that some Druze members of Knesset said the plan was positive, others said it was a ‘preliminary proposal and others said the Druze community leaders ‘gave in to pressure.' Meanwhile, the Bedouin community has joined the fight to amend the law. Many Bedouin serve in the Israeli military and feel like the Druze. “We have linked our fate to the fate of Israel…This is treachery on the part of the state.” And now, the mostly Arab ‘Joint List’ faction is looking for help abroad and said it seeks Inter-Parliamentary Union action against Israel over the law, which it says promotes "ethnic superiority for Jews” and promotes "an apartheid regime." Maariv reported that the Trump administration sought clarifications from Israel regarding the law. Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said that the issue was discussed in a conversation between Chief of Staff Yoav Horowitz and US Ambassador David Friedman, and that no criticism was heard in the Americans' clarification request on the issue. The Foreign Ministry said: "We do are not aware of a request for such a clarification from the Trump administration."
 
Quick Hits:
  • No Fuel, No Gas: Israel Clamps Down on Gaza Over Airborne Firebombs - Defense chief shuts Kerem Shalom border crossing for fuel and gas in light of 'terror' and weekly border clashes. (Haaretz+, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Israel's High Court tells Bedouin residents of disputed village they will have to move - State is preparing a nearby site for the Bedouin of Khan al-Ahmar, whose current village was built without government permission. (Haaretz)
  • Israeli High Court seeks compromise on Khan al-Ahmar - The Israeli High Court judges decided to postpone the appeal; the court allowed the defense lawyer of Khan al-Ahmar residents five days to submit written claims regarding the appeal. The planned demolition of the village will be suspended until the next hearing. (Maan)
  • **Seven Seriously Ill Gaza Women Refused Entry Into Israel for Treatment - The rejection highlights the uptick in denials of entry so far this year; Israel has refused passage to 769 people because they have close relatives in Hamas. (Haaretz+)
  • UN officials demand 'immediate' protection of Palestinian children - Three United Nations officials demanded concrete and immediate steps to allow the Palestinian children to live without fear. According to the UN statement,  7 Palestinian children were killed by live ammunition and shelling from Israel in July alone, hundreds were injured by live ammunition, causing a number of these children lifelong disabilities, including amputation of limbs. Thousands are in need of urgent psychosocial assistance, specialized medical care, and support for their rehabilitation. (Maan)
  • Israel orders evacuation of 4 families in Jordan Valley - The Israeli authorities delivered eviction notices on Wednesday to four Palestinian families near the village of Khirbet al-Yirza, east of Tubas under the pretext of conducting military operations. Israeli forces had previously demolished the homes of the four mentioned Palestinian families several years ago. (Maan)
  • More than 2,000 trees in West Bank Palestinian villages destroyed in two months - According to B'Tselem, in one incident near Hebron, 700 vines were damaged. So far, 10 [Jewish-Israeli] suspects have been arrested, all of whom have been released. (Haaretz+)
  • New illegal Israeli settlement project east of Bethlehem - Israeli bulldozers escorted by forces razed Palestinian lands, a total of 100 dunums (24.7 acres), on Wednesday in Beit Taamar village. Hassan Breijeh said that Israel aims to expand the two illegal Israeli settlements and build a nature park in the area. (Maan)
  • Israel deports Freedom Flotilla activists - The activists deportation by Israel back to their countries, comes two days after being detained following an attack by Israeli naval forces on the ship in international waters. (Maan)
  • Arab MK sparks fury with map of Israel drawn as Palestinian flag - Joint Arab List MK Jamal Zahalka calls for Arab general strike in response to nation-state law, "humiliation of Palestine, the homeland of the Palestinians" • Advocacy group: Zahalka should take his "nationalist, incendiary" campaign to Ramallah. (Israel Hayom)
  • 'Freedom of speech has limits': Jerusalem Post defends axing of cartoonist over pig drawing - In an editorial the paper says illustration published by The Jerusalem Report crossed lines and that it could not accept the demeaning analogy of Jews and swine. (Haaretz+ and TImes of Israel)
  • Israeli settlers storm Joseph's Tomb to perform religious rituals - Several buses carrying right-wing Israeli settlers stormed Joseph's Tomb, where they performed Jewish religious rituals under heavy Israeli military protection. Violent clashes broke out afterwards between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the area, the latter fired live ammunition, gas bombs, and sound bombs at Palestinians, who responded with stone throwing. (Maan)
  • Tamimi ‘lucky’ she was in Israeli prison not Assad's, activist says - Many tweeted photos of Tamimi next to a dead Syrian woman, trying to draw attention to the difference. (Maariv/JPost)
  • Booking.com removes description of Jerusalem as 'Israeli settlement' after press query - The Dutch travel reservation site amended the definition after a Belgian Jewish newspaper filed a query. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Mike Huckabee considers buying a home in Judea and Samaria - Former governor and presidential hopeful lays a brick in a new home being built in the settlement of Efrat, says he may "purchase a holiday home" there • Huckabee, a staunchly pro-Israel evangelical Christian, lauds U.S. president's "new world order." (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel celebrates new Jewish heritage center in heart of East Jerusalem under heavy security - Mike Huckabee attends ceremony led by Culture Minister Regev and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Elkin in old Yemenite synagogue. (Haaretz+)
  • Ashrawi: 'Occupation is the worst form of incitement' - Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi denounced the sentencing of Palestinian poet Darin Tatour by the Israeli authorities to five months of prison. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain 4 Palestinians, including journalist - One of the detainees is director of the local "Hawa Nablus" radio station and reporter for the al-Quds news, Muhammad Anwar Muna. Israeli forces detained him after raiding his home in the Zawata neighborhood. This brings the total number of Palestinian journalists held by Israel to 30, according to the Prisoners' Affairs Committee. (Maan)
  • Goldin's family protests outside UN building in Jerusalem - On 4-year anniversary of his death and capture in Gaza, family of Lt. Hadar Goldin accuse UN of failing to hold Hamas accountable for violating Protective Edge ceasefire with the attack that claimed their son's life; 'My son was not a victim of the war in Gaza, but of the humanitarian ceasefire supported by the UN,' Goldin's mother writes to UN envoy. (Ynet)
  • Amnesty: We were targeted with Israeli NSO cyberweapons - In 20-page report, human rights group claims malicious software also targeted opposition figures in the Middle East and beyond. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Israeli minister halts plan to expand prison cells, cites budget constraints- Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan claims the Finance Ministry never transferred the 60 million shekels needed to expand living spaces for Israeli prisons. (Haaretz+)
  • Suspended MK Sues Zionist Union Chairman Avi Gabbay for Calling Him a Sex Offender - Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi filed a 300,000 shekel ($81,600) lawsuit claiming Gabbay 'conducted a horrible field trial which quickly ended in an ugly Twitter lynching.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli ministers to back bill banning purchase of sex services - The proposed law would levy a fine on offenders during a temporary five-year ban on paying for prostitution. (Haaretz+)
  • The first Jesus museum in Israel is resurrected on Via Dolorosa - The Franciscans have reopened their museum in the Old City of Jerusalem’s Church of the Flagellation — the first dedicated to the life and times of Christ. (Haaretz+)
  • Former Israeli Chief of Staff Joins List of Ex-generals Entering the High-tech Sector - Ex-army chief joins startup drone firm. (Haaretz)
  • Israel's new adoption law to end discrimination against LGBT parents  - The memo of the bill comes a year after a High Court challenge to the state’s policy that prohibited adoption in Israel by anyone other than ‘a man and his wife together.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli police warn right-wing activists ahead of Jerusalem Pride Parade - Right-wingers were cautioned to stay home ahead of the parade as security forces take precautionary measures following the tragic incident at the 2015 parade in which an Israeli teen was stabbed to death. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Over 40% of divorced men in Israel refuse to pay child support - State makes up for some of that, but deducts up to 60 percent in taxes from funds it transfers to mothers. (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinians accuse their own security services of ‘civil rights’ abuses - Witnesses protest undercover PA anti-drug unit storming bars, restaurants in Ramallah last week searching for prohibited substances: 'They took the liberty of openly beating, kicking people.' (Ynet
  • U.S. Sanctions Turkish Ministers Over American Pastor's Detention - President Donald Trump threatened last week to impose 'large sanctions' on Turkey unless it frees the pastor. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • US House Speaker Paul Ryan learns of Jewish roots - PBS series "Finding Your Roots" traces Wisconsin Republican's lineage back to 10th great-grandfather, born in 1531 in Germany, and finds he is 3% Ashkenazi Jewish • "You could have knocked him over with a feather, and then he was very proud," says host. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Labour's Corbyn apologizes for hosting Holocaust event that compared Israel to Nazis - Survivor who attended the 'Auschwitz to Gaza' talk in 2010 said at the time that Corbyn pointed out protesters to the police and helped have them removed. (Haaretz)
  • In first, Rohani asked to appear before parliament following Iran’s economic strife - The Iranian president has been summoned by the parliament to answer questions about the government’s handling of economic hardships in the country. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Iranian president criticized as economy falters under US threat - With first round of U.S. sanctions on Iran to be introduced Aug. 7, parliament for the first time demands President Hassan Rouhani answer for economic woes. Lawmakers give Rouhani one month to prepare, as hard-liners press him to reshuffle cabinet. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)


Features:
Where Israelis and Palestinians find common ground: Bereavement
Playwright Yehoshua Sobol does not go easy on his Jewish audience, bringing it face to face with Palestinian pain. It's a brave and moral act. (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+)
Volunteers who battle kite and balloon fires
Group consists of volunteer firefighters, students, farmers and executives who left everything to protect their home in Kibbutz Be'eri from the kite terror from Gaza; ‘Sometimes firefighting crews arrive after I’ve already put out the fire,’ says volunteer. (Matan Tzuri, Ynet)
The Israelis Behind Tommy Hilfiger's Clothes That Track Your Every Move
'No malicious use is made of the information,' promises Liron Slonimsky, the founder and CEO of the Israeli company which is behind both the chip and the app. (Shira Pur, Haaretz+)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
*Israel Is the Nation-state of the Israelis (Avraham Burg, Haaretz+) Israel is the nation-state of the Israelis. It belongs to those who pay taxes, vote and get elected to office; those who live here, speak the language, are given their rights and meet their obligations.
The best answer to post-Zionism (Boaz Haetzni, Israel Hayom) The fact that Israel is a Jewish state has always been self-evident. Some  Jews, though, have recently begun to question the righteousness of the Zionist path.
The Nation-State law infuriates those who counting on the reversal of the concept of "Zionism" in the last generation (Nadav Haetzni, Maariv) From now on, it is no longer possible to dress up as a Zionist and preach the opposite worldview. From this point of view, the Nation-State law did us great favor, and as great as is the storm, so is the intensity of the blessing. This is the storm of the removal of the mask.
Israel Interrogates Its Critics at Airports: Washing Your Laundry in Public Is an Existential Threat (Zehava Galon, Haaretz+) You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs; we’ve broken lots of eggs for the sake of the settlements, and all we’ve got to show for it is a small, foul-smelling, toxic omelet.
The Left turned settlement into a dirty word (Uri Heitner, Israel Hayom) Labor Zionist leaders once viewed settlement as a critical component of Jewish independence. But they have abandoned this cause, as their opposition to the nation-state law clearly demonstrates.
If they could, the Jews would have expelled the Arabs and the Druze to the last one of them (Malak Bader, Maariv) There is no single Arab who disputes that this is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and recognizes that he is the minority. But even this minority deserves equal rights, as determined in the Declaration of Independence, and we must fight for these.
The Right’s Security Service at Ben-Gurion Airport (Haaretz Editorial) At first it was the automatic and indiscriminate delay of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, then it degenerated into blacklists of BDS supporters, now Israelis are also being questioned because of their political views.
The nationalist scream of politicians on the right proved that they are not men (Nir Kipnis, Maariv) National law is nothing more than a whistle in the dark. Lieberman, the quartermaster, bought his military cap at military shop, Bennett got confused with high tech and forgot that a real fighter kills his enemy with his own hands. And Bibi? He’s the worst of them all.
The Real Oslo Criminals (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) A new documentary shows quite well how Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were the heroes of Oslo but also its criminals: Their missed opportunity, rooted chiefly in their cowardice, is unforgivable.
The government failed completely: The crisis with the Druze was already in the air for a long time (Tal Lev Ram, Maariv) What is being built step by step, with great effort, is very easy to destroy in one decision, which is mainly political. This government has completely failed to read the map.
Yearning for Gaza's lost paradise (Haim Ramon, Yedioth/Ynet) Despite what right-wingers think, the disengagement was not a 'Jewish Nakba', but the beginning of a possible solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. It’s a shame no one in the opposition today rises against this blatant rewriting of history.
The Cyprus angle: The idea of a port must gain momentum (Michael Harari, Maariv) The recent round of violence against Gaza and the almost daily incidents illustrate the explosive potential of Israel-Hamas relations. The option of establishing a port in Cyprus could trigger a process that would help neutralize what appeared to be an inevitable confrontation.
Hezbollah likely to replace ISIS on Israel's northern border, IDF says (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom) As the Syrian civil war draws to a close, it is clear Iran plans to use Hezbollah to do its bidding there • The Shiite terrorist group is already importing its tactics from Lebanon to Syria, making Israel's northern sector highly volatile.
The Jewish Agency has a new chairman. These are the five things he needs to do (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) During a period of acute crisis in Israel-Diaspora relations, Isaac Herzog's appointment could still prove a success.
Trump games: Did President Trump devise a new method for solving crises?(Shmuel Rosner, Maariv) What does the US president really mean when he says he is "ready to talk to Iran without preconditions?" And will it succeed like the process that led to the summit with Kim Jong-un?
Dial Down the Hysteria on anti-Semitism in Corbyn's Labour (Mehdi Hasan, Haaretz+) There is vile and inexcusable anti-Semitism on the left, and efforts to deny it are shameful. But take it from a Muslim in Trump's America, British Jews don't face an existential threat from Jeremy Corbyn.
Why Is Israel Spending $500m to Protect Gas Facilities Close to Home? (Hagai Amit, Haaretz+) The navy is ordering ships designed to protect drilling platforms far from the coast, even though they will be just 10 kilometers from the shore.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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