News Nosh 06.29.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
 Sunday June 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
"If you take Hamas and subtract the terrorism, you have an organization within the Israeli government that operates with the same goals as Hamas."
--Hatnuah MK Amram Mitzna compared Habayit Hayehudi party to Hamas, causing outrage among the right-wing.**


Front Page News:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links)
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
A rocket launched from Gaza explodes in a paint factory in Sderot, more European states warn their citizens not to invest in Israeli settlements and a US report says Israel could help Jordan and Egypt attack Iraqi ISIS targets making top stories in today's Hebrew papers. Also high up in the news was the announcement that the US special envoy to the peace talks quit and that Arab Israelis demonstrated in Wadi Ara against the aggressive Israeli military campaign in the West Bank to find the kidnapped teens.
 
GAZA ESCALATION:
Millions of Palestinians welcomed the beginning of the month-long Ramadan last night as the IDF prepared for a possible Gaza offensive, reports Ynet, after the tit-for-tat between Israel and the Gaza Strip escalated again. But this time, the papers wrote  was because Israel assassinated two Palestinian militants allegedly involved in rocket shooting. A barrage of rockets from Gaza hit the Sderot area Saturday and one sparked a fire in a paints factory. The papers noted the rocket barrage was a response to the Friday IDF assassination of two Palestinians, members of the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees. The Palestinians reported that four civilians were wounded by IDF fire, including an 11-year-old boy who was in serious condition, Ynet noted. Israeli websites showed a video of the assassination by the Israeli Air Force.
 
BOYCOTT
Spain and Italy joined France, the U.K. and Germany in advising their citizens against investing in settlements in the West Bank, E. Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, saying they would be taking legal and financial risks and could lead to their involvement in breaking international law and violating human rights. Speaking at a seminar organized by the Geneva Initiative, the EU envoy to Israel, Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, said this should come as no surprise and that it points towards the fact that EU member states "are losing their patience with concerns that are not being treated" by Israel. The Palestinian Authority applauded the warnings saying they reflected a commitment to the universality of human rights, Maan reported. The PA Foreign Ministry stressed that the settlements are "detrimental to the two state solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders." 
 
US ENVOY RESIGNS:
It may also not come as a surprise that Martin Indyk resigned as U.S. special Mideast envoy to the peace talks [Indyk spoke out against the settlements and believed they were a major block to peace and is believed to be the senior US source who told Yedioth's Nahum Barnea as much. -OH] Indyk posted on Twitter that he feels 'battered' after nine months of peace talks. When asked why he responded with an additional tweet: “thanks for warm welcome from all my friends and critics. Battered? If you’d been in 9 months of I-P negotiations you wouldn’t have to ask." Indyk will return to his previous position at the Brookings Institution think tank. One Israeli official told Haaretz he would return to his post as envoy if talks resumed, but Ynet wrote that deputy Frank Lowenstein would fill his position on an interim base.
 
Kidnapping Quick Hits:
  • MK Herzog: (Palestinian President) Abu Mazen promised he would work to decrease Hamas' threats - In at a weekend cultural event, Labor Party chairman and opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog said that in his recent conversations with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Abbas said he would cooperate in finding the kidnapped boys. Herzog also said: "Netanyahu has no solution to the situation." (Maariv)
  • Hundreds of Israeli Arab protesters clash with police in rally against West Bank operation - Several people lightly injured near Umm al-Fahm as demonstrators gather to support administrative detainees, protest IDF's Operation Brother's Keeper. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Lieberman: "The demonstrators must be dealt with like terrorists in every aspect" - Lieberman claims for years that the 'hard core' of the Islamic Movement in Israel is in the north, and particularly in Wadi Ara region, and that it is a "fifth column of terror inside the Arab sector in Israel." But Arab MKs justified the disorderly conduct in Um al-Fahm: "The youth made clear we won't accept another operation by the occupation against our people," said MK Basel Ghattas (Balad). (Maariv
  • UN, EU urge Israel for restraint amid search for abducted teens - 'Clearly these boys need to be found, but the scale of operations and the number of people they are affecting is deeply disturbing,' says spokesman Saturday. (Agencies, Ynet
  • 78-year-old woman dies of heart attack during Israeli raid - Fatima Ismail Issa Rushdi, 78, died early Thursday after suffering a heart attack during a raid by Israeli soldiers in el-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron. (Maan)
  • (After considering stopping) transfer of (PA) funds to (Palestinian) prisoners: diplomatic activity also to be considered - After government officials spoke of "operational measures" regarding salaries and bonuses received by terrorists, other sources say further actions will be considered, including convincing governments to offset contributions. (Maariv
  • Israel names two prime suspects in teens' abduction - Shin Bet suspects Amar Abu-Eisha and Marwan Kawasmeh from Hebron, who previously served time in Israeli prisons, played major role in kidnapping and are at large. (Ynet
  • Hamas: Israel trying to 'cover up' failure by naming suspects - Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel is in a state of "confusion" and is trying to detract from its failure to make progress in finding the youths by naming suspects. (Maan)
  • Family of kidnap suspect deny Israeli accusations - Omar Abu Eisha said he was with his son Amer at a social event on night three Israelis went missing, but that later on he could not find him. "The occupation kidnapped my son Amer and I'm afraid they will kill him and say that they killed the terrorist and saved the settlers." (Maan)
  • Hamas presents 'A Kidnapper's Guide to Abduction' - Guide suggests abducting a physically weak soldier and immediately changing the vehicle used in the kidnapping. (Ynet
  • Hawk Eye balloons boost IDF search for kidnapped boys - Nitzan Battalion's observation units provide non-stop mobile reconnaissance for ground forces combing West Bank hills and wadis. (Ynet
  • We trust the IDF but we are not naive, say abducted teens' mothers - In their first joint interview, Iris Yifrach, Bat-Galim Shaer, and Rachel Frenkel called on nation of Israel to attend Sunday's support rally. (Yedioth/Ynet
  • Police tried to call back kidnapped teen's phone - While policeman who took the distress call suspected it was real, his supervisor did not try to locate the source of the call. (Ynet)
  • Israel to rally for kidnapped teens - Tens of thousands of civilians calling for the release of the kidnapped teenagers are expected to gather at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv Sunday night. (Ynet)
Quick Hits:
  • 2 prisoners continue hunger strike despite deal - The two prisoners are Ayman Itbeish, who started his hunger strike around five months ago, and who is at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and Moussa Raed, who joined the strike about a month ago. (Maan)
  • Palestinian prisoner enters 5th month of hunger strike - Palestinian prisoner Ayman Itbeish on Saturday entered his fifth month of hunger strike in protest against being held in Israeli jails without charge or trial. Israel offered Itbeish release in January 2015 if he ended his strike now, but he had rejected the deal. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces spray Bethlehem area homes with putrid-smelling water - Rubhiya Abd al-Rahman Darwish, 75, was taken to the hospital after Israeli forces fired Skunk water with a cannon into her home in Aida refugee camp. "I went to the hospital and they gave me a shot, but the poison started coming out of my mouth and nose...Why do they do this to us?" (Maan)
  • 10 hurt as Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Hebron family - Settlers from the Kiryat Arba settlement attacked houses belonging to the al-Jaabari family while being escorted by a large number of soldiers and assaulted and injured ten people, mostly children, before soldiers detained ten other individuals from the house. (Maan)
  • 3 Palestinian workers hospitalized after 'assault' by Israeli soldiers at Israel checkpoint - “The soldiers ordered us to step out of the car, then they started to kick us and hit us with a steel chair and with rifle butts. We were beaten for more than an hour before they released us, suffering bruises all over our bodies,” Tariq Abdah, 26, told Ma’an. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces 'assault' 17-year-old Palestinian - Lawyer who visited Taher Ziad Taher Aqraa said Israeli forces fired tear-gas canisters at Aqraa while he was watering his family’s plants in Qalqiliya, assaulted him with the butts of their rifles and boots, and hit him in the head, face and body. He was moved near a settlement for treatment before interrogation. (Maan)
  • Despite UN finding, Israeli defense official insists seized arms ship was Gaza-bound - A UN panel agrees with Israel that the weapons on the Klos C originated in Iran, but says they were bound for Sudan. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • Beersheva: Hate graffiti against (Arab) MK Hanin Zouebi and Arabs painted on school walls - Friday night graffiti was discovered on the walls of a school in Beersheba. The words "price tag," "Quran = Shit," "Hanin Zouebi is a Nazi" were found sprayed on the walls of a school in Beersheva along with epithets against the Arab population in Israel. (Maariv
  • First 'Price-tag' attack in Maaleh Adumim - Last Sunday residents of the (West Bank) city near Jerusalem found the words, "Price-tag Death to Arabs" as well as hate graffiti against MK Hanin Zouebi sprayed on the city library. (Yedioth Jerusalem supplement, p. 46)
  • **Hatnuah MK compares Habayit Hayehudi to Hamas - MK Amram Mitzna responds to party leader Naftali Bennett calling Mahmoud Abbas a 'mega-terrorist'; Bennett ally tells Mitzna he is welcome to join opposition. PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Mitzna crossed a red line. (HaaretzYnet and Israel Hayom)
  • Bennett slammed for 'party takeover' - MK Yoni Chetboun says the proposed Habayit Hayehudi charter, which gives chairman Naftali Bennett new powers, violates religious Zionist values. (Haaretz+) 
  • Israel in final push to prevent bad Iran nuclear deal - Minister Yuval Steinitz sets out for Washington for talks with American officials, ahead of renewal of nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran later this week in Vienna. Steinitz: Iran must not be permitted to remain a nuclear threshold state. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel tells US independent Iraqi Kurdistan is 'foregone conclusion' - Peres, Lieberman tell American counterparts Obama, Kerry that recent chaos in Iraq allowed Kurds to create 'de facto' state. Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960's. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Sweden launches probe on whether Israel broke int'l law when boarding Gaza ships - Swedish citizens were on board both the Mavi Marmara in 2010 and the Estelle in 2012 as they tried to defy the Gaza blockade. (Ynet
  • Shin Bet rendering 'price tag’ protagonists incommunicado - The State Prosecutor’s office has employed a new policy by which incidents of arson, which can endanger lives, can warrant orders to render incommunicado orders that deny suspects contact with lawyers in attempt to reveal their partners in crime, but with few positive results. Acts of vandalism in holy sites or puncturing tires, however, do not warrant such orders. (Haaretz+) 
  • Israeli forces suppress weekly marches in Ramallah, Bethlehem - Israeli forces attacked the weekly marches against the occupation and settlements in both Bilin and Nebi Salih on Friday using tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. (Maan
  • Israel announces Ramadan permit plans for Palestinians - All Palestinians above 60 years old will be allowed to enter Jerusalem for the entire month without special permits, while women of all ages and men above 40 will be allowed to enter on Fridays without any permits, Israeli news site Ynet said. (Maan
  • Israel demolishes mosque walls in Jerusalem's Shufat camp - Shufat is the only Palestinian refugee camp within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem and is administered by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. (Maan)
  • Jerusalem: They don't want to rent an apartment to (Labor) MK Stav Shafir - For almost half a year, MK Stav Shafir (one of the leaders of the 2011 social protest movement) and one of the initiators of a bill for fair rental fees, looked for an apartment to rent. "They gave me the feeling that they prefer not to (rent to me), that 'We don't want the social protest in our apartment.'" (Yedioth Jerusalem/myNet)
  • UN Security Council rejects Muslim request to censure Israel - Security Council denies petition by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran asking to condemn Israel over recent operation in Judea and Samaria. Israeli envoy Ron Prosor: Instead of denouncing the abduction, Arab states have the gall to criticize Israel. (Israel Hayom)
  • As his term nears end, Peres vows to 'serve peace in other forums' - Outgoing President Shimon Peres pledges "to expand the startup nation of Israel to the startup region of the Middle East" once his term ends. Criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama is misplaced, he says. Peres awarded Congressional Gold Medal. (Israel Hayom)
  • Peres: Arabs are not Israel's enemies, terrorists are - In address to Congress, president talks of advancing peace with the Palestinians and uprooting global terrorism: 'Israel does not intend to rule over other people. It stands against our values and heritage.' (Ynet
  • Strike by Hamas-hired workers in Gaza poses test for unity deal - Ongoing wage dispute sees some 40,000 public servants stage one-day strike in Gaza City, shut down all Hamas government offices. Workers irked by PA's plan to vet them before paying out salaries, as process could take months. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Israelis abroad 'bully' elderly and disabled to buy Dead Sea creams - Israelis working at New Zealand malls push Dead Sea products onto elderly and disabled, says report. Man with memory loss spends over $13,000 on ointments, while elderly woman is bullied into spending thousands. Israeli vendors expelled from mall. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom
  • Gaza infiltration: Troops were sent to the wrong place - Two senior officers in battalion entrusted with securing area were dismissed after armed terrorist was able to climb over border fence into Israel. (Ynet)
  • Israeli delegate returned to UN women's committee - Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari was elected to her third term on the committee with the support of 128 countries. (Haaretz)
  • In photos: Ma'an talent show winners announced - Miral Ayyad, a 12-year-old girl from Abu Dis in East Jerusalem, won the title for competitors under 16 years old, while Rabee Wakim, a young Palestinian from al-Rama village in Israel won the title for competitors over 16. (Maan)
  • Jerusalem fire caused by negligence not arson - Piles of brush lying around after last December’s snowstorm remain a fire hazard, local residents say. (Haaretz+) 
  • Guns N' Roses guitarist plays 'Hatikva' backstage in Vegas - Wearing a hamsa amulet around his neck, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal plays Israel's national anthem for some lucky fans. (Ynet)
  • Israel records first drop in suicide rates since 2007- Health Ministry report shows new immigrants from Ethiopia and former Soviet Union are more prone to take their own lives. (Ynet)


Features:
Between Istanbul and Auschwitz
For years in Turkey, they ignored the Holocaust, which was barely mentioned in a paragraph in schoolbooks. An innovative seminar that brought to Yad VaShem a group of Turkish academics is trying to change the situation. Reporter Eyal Levy joined the moving journey. (Eyal Levy, Maariv)
The Palestinian teen whose death went unnoticed by Israel
Mohammed Dudin, 15, was shot to death by IDF troops using live fire during Operation Brother’s Keeper. No one took responsibility for the killing and no one called his killers terrorists. (Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz+) 
The ambassadorial Passover dinner that turned into a state secret
Israel's envoy to the U.S. Ron Dermer claims that revealing the guest list, which included Secretary of State John Kerry, could undermine Israel's foreign relations. So why were U.S. journalists invited? (Haaretz+)

Commentary/Analysis:
Boycott in the air (Haaretz Editorial) The European boycott of the settlements is gaining momentum, and Israel better take heed.
Siege tightens EU closes on Israel (Ron Kaufman, Maariv) Europeans consider the West Bank occupied territory since 1967 and it is just a matter of time until the cessation of all cooperation in all fields with this region in Israel. And the government? It lives in euphoria.
Identifying kidnapping suspects is vindication for Netanyahu (Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet) Shin Bet is hoping Palestinians seeking better conditions for themselves will give up two men, while prime minister is keen to show that perpetrators were indeed Hamas members.
Congress shouldn’t cut aid to the Palestinian Authority (Brian Reeves, Haaretz+) By voting to reduce aid to the PA, Congressional representatives short-sightedly jeopardize Abbas’ legitimacy, Israeli security and future prospects for peace. 
Searching in deceptive quiet (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom) Activity in the first week after the three teens were abducted sought to punish Hamas, but the army and Shin Bet are now focused on finding the youths and their kidnappers. In the meantime, things are heating up in Gaza and on the northern border. 
Has Riki Cohen emerged from poverty? (Yossi Sarid, Haaretz+) The government has stolen the futures of one-and-a-half million children; who will pray for the salvation of these kidnapping victims? 
Israel arresting killers, but letting instigators be 
(Elyakim Haetzni, Yedioth/Ynet) It's time to deal with Nazi-like propaganda and education systems maintained by Palestinian Authority.
The price of refusal: The things Israeli ears do not want to hear (Shlomo Shamir, Maariv) The ignoring by the international community of the kidnapping of the boys is a testament to the hypocrisy and cynicism of the UN and the West, but no less important - it is a testament to Israel's deteriorating political status.
Fiddling while the Middle East burns (Yoel Marcus, Haaretz+) Everybody knows that our problem is neither Abbas nor Sara Netanyahu’s new garden furniture, but rather the government’s inability to see one step ahead. 
The cost of 'at any cost' (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) Israelis should know that their government will do everything possible to free them, and terrorists should know that they will never receive more than a minimal price -- one for one -- for their captives.
Israel's addiction to military force, its only response in times of crisis (Emily L. Hauser, Haaretz+) Amnesia, or even insanity, must lie behind Israel’s constantly repeated, but spectacularly ineffective, reliance on massive military force when its citizens are abducted. 
Not all Israeli Arabs are like Hanin Zoabi (Jalal Safadi, Yedioth/Ynet) Arab educator promises kidnapped teens' parents that most of State of Israel's Arab citizens oppose any type of terrorism.
Who's benefiting from a never-ending Mideast peace 'process?' (Guy Rolnik, Haaretz+) The time has come to ask ourselves who the true stakeholders are in the Middle East peace 'process,' where their true interests lie and who the current status quo serves.
The Arab street is boiling (Yoram Ettinger, Israel Hayom) Connecting the dots of the turbulent Arab street reveals a bleak reality for the Middle East.
Israel mustn’t negotiate with terrorists - even for the kidnapped boys (Gabriel Sassoon, Haaretz+) The Shalit saga shows us that paying any price for the return of 'everyone’s son' isn’t endearingly and warmly 'Israeli’, it is simplistic, irrational and only ensures further kidnappings. 
Could Israel be drawn into the ISIS crisis? (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Jordan could turn to Israel for help if the situation on the Iraqi border escalates. 
Indulging the public could cost the IDF and Israel dearly (Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet) The army has been pandering to soldiers’ worried mothers, and the politicians to popular sensibilities; neither is a sensible strategy. 
The arrest of the "Al Jazeera" journalists: It appears Cairo has gone one step too far (Haim Isrovitz, Maariv) The war between Al-Sissi's Egypt and Qatar, the biggest supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, went up a level following the outrageous punishment imposed on three journalists from the network owned by Qatar. 
It’s time to be proactive against ISIS
 (Amiel Ungar, Haaretz+) Israel's 'plague on both your houses' strategy prevents the building of alliances with partners such as the Kurds and the non-jihadist Syrian opposition. 
The unprecedented search campaign: A glimpse of Hebron after the abduction of boys 
(Ben Caspit, Maariv) The city, which was once completely free, is under siege. Almost all the exits and entrances are blocked. And all this is happening before Ramadan. The Palestinians are beginning to understand that everything happens at their expense. Meanwhile, IDF soldiers are battle-charged, but beneath the surface they are also talking about the big elephant in the middle of the room: the erosion of the IDF's status, the assault on the budget for IDF pensions and on the exaggeratedly good conditions that the commanders in charge of our security allegedly receive, lays in the middle of the room like a big rhino.
How Israel can resolve its multi-dimensional conflict (Moshe Arens, Haaretz+) If Israel achieved peace with Egypt and Jordan, does that necessarily mean it can achieve peace with the Palestinians? And what should be its first step? 
The weak link (Dror Eydar, Israel Hayom) The enemy has realized by now that abductions are Israel's true Achilles' heel.
Seven years on, the EU can’t give up its Gaza million-dollar sleeping beauty (Matthew Kalman, Haaretz+) The EU's Gaza Strip farce abides: EUBAM mission is on standby, but its funds are flowing.
Boycotting Israel in the name of Jesus (Yitzhak Santis, Ynet) Presbyterian Church's divestment decision has far-reaching implications for Jewish state as other churches may follow suit. 
A risk management perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Meirav Arlosoroff, Haaretz+) It's time to replace the sterile debate on the conflict with an approach that analyzes the options facing us; If worse comes to worst, will the State of Israel survive, and how? 
Israel needs massive fence on eastern border (Guy Bechor, Yedioth/Ynet) As ISIS fighters approach Jordan, breached border poses an imminent threat to Israel.
In a bind, Netanyahu turns to easiest solution: Lash out at Obama and U.S. (Yossi Verter, Haaretz+) PM is losing his hold over his coalition, is stressed over the abducted youths and can’t risk attacking Hamas or Iran. So what does he do? 
Peres was wrong; you can make eggs from omelets (Aluf Benn, Haaretz+) Israel needs permanent borders as the basis for the normalization of its status in the Middle East. Recognized borders ensure stability and security more than any other solution.
Peres' nauseating performance (Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom) Whenever Peres and his ilk express their dreams of peace, the rest of us in Israel should grab our kids and run for cover.
America’s bye-bye bash for President Peres was both bittersweet and over-the-top (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) The yawning gap between Obama’s mutual admiration society with Peres and his reciprocal antipathy association with Netanyahu was the leitmotif of Peres’ grand farewell in Washington.
Shimon Peres and the struggle for freedom? Let’s not get carried away (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) The U.S. Congress has lauded the outgoing president - an Israeli with no superior in perpetuating the settlement enterprise.
 

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