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News Nosh 2.23.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, February 23, 2018


You Must Be Kidding: 
An official who was in charge of legalizing Israeli West Bank outpost settlements was named a judge to the Jerusalem District Court, where Palestinians may be forced to make petitions, many about settlements and settlers, instead of to the High Court.
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News Nosh 2.22.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, February 22, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
״I can’t remember such a period of weakness, of lack of leadership, as we are experiencing now. People who want to be leaders and are avoiding any ethical comment which might get them in trouble with the prime minister."
--Senior Yedioth political analyst Sima Kadmon wrote in an Op-Ed about the silence of the coalition politicians.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to allocate 50 million shekels to temporarily move 15 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land located in an outpost not approved by the government.**
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News Nosh 2.21.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
“If Shlomo Filber is a state witness, it’s possible Netanyahu will part not only from the (Prime Minister’s) Residence on Balfour Street, but also from his villa in Caesarea for a much less comfortable bed.”
—Senior political analyst, Ben Caspit, writes in Maariv that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s days on the job are numbered following the agreement of one of his closest confidants to act as a state witness against him.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"It's neither cigars nor champagne. This is a bribe to a judge in Israel. Like the worst crime films. Netanyahu and his people cannot stay for another minute in power. This madness must stop.”
--Knesset Member Stav Shafir (Zionist Camp) wrote on Facebook after it was revealed that a Netanyahu confidant offered a judge an appointment in exchange for closing a case against Mrs. Netanyahu.**
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News Nosh 2.20.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 20, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
"Yes, I'm comparing the Rabin assassination to what's being done to the prime minister. I compare them because what's being done to (Netanyahu) is everything except taking his life."
--Chairman of the Knesset's House Committee MK Miki Zohar (Likud) compared the murder of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin to the corruption investigations against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and their media coverage, alleging that they were equally bad.*

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
"We have to thank God he sent Trump to be president of the United States."
--Settler leader Yaakov Katz says that last year the settler population in the West Bank grew twice as fast as Israel's overall population and 21.4% in the last five years. Peace Now said Katz's figures were "in the ballpark" of Peace Now's estimates.**
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News Nosh 2.19.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 19, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"I wouldn't have removed my candidacy if it weren't for my feeling that some members of the committee, as it appears, are not ready, at least at this point, to appoint another Arab judge to the High Court, regardless of the candidates abilities and suitability. That fact is very regretful to me."
--Tel-Aviv District Court Judge, Khaled Kaboub, explained in a letter why he withdrew his candidacy for High Court Justice.*
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News Nosh 2.18.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 18, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“I saw them crying and I started crying myself. I said to myself that if the attack were against my family sitting at the table, it would be the same thing. It’s hard to see an entire family disappear, it’s hard. Why is there no justice "
--Mudqaq Salah, a Palestinian man who murdered an Israeli security guard, said in an interview about the terror attack in Jerusalem that killed a Jewish family sitting in the Sbarro restaurant. In a special series of interviews, Ynet's Palestinian Affairs reporter Elior Levy interviewed former Palestinian prisoners who murdered Israelis and sat for decades in Israeli jails, during which they learned Hebrew and went through an 'Israelization' process and now support peace.*
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News Nosh 2.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday February 16, 2018
 
Question and Answer of the Day:
Maariv Poll: In your opinion, does Netanyahu's involvement in the (corruption) investigations harm his ability to lead the country and deal with security crises?
Public: 59% say it harms, 32% say it doesn't harm, 9% have no opinion.
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News Nosh 2.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 15, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“That’s how criminals talk, not public servants.”
--Leader of opposition party Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, responded to accusations from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's supporters that he was trying to make a 'coup' and that he was a 'lousy snitch' for speaking to police in the corruption cases against Netanyahu.*

You Must Be Kidding:
A panel from the Prime Minister’s Office appointed settlement leader Pinhas Wallerstein to head a team charged with legalizing unauthorized outposts in the West Bank, despite his involvement in illegal settlement construction on privately-owned Palestinian land, for which he was sharply rebuked by the High Court.**
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News Nosh 2.14.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Quote of the Day #1:
"Unlike what part of the public may think, this wasn’t a happy evening. There is no malicious joy when it concerns your prime minister, and in my case and my colleagues’ case, our publisher too. It’s a difficult moment for Israel’s citizens, and a difficult moment for us, Yedioth Ahronoth journalists. Bribery is a serious offense, and no one likes to hear that such serious suspicions are threatening the integrity of their home. I believe that even those who have been writing against the Netanyahu government for years and warning of corruption would rather see him step down in a dignified and quiet manner. But there will be no dignity and definitely no calm here."
--Senior Yedioth political commentator Sima Kadmon writes that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is on his way out.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"A forest of clouds will escort Netanyahu at every step...At every place, in every diplomatic move and military campaign in which he will need to contend, there will be a doubt as to whether Netanyahu is doing it out of substantive reasons, as he says, or because of the police suspicions. That is the main problem with which Netanyahu will need to deal - the moral clarity of his continued role."
--Maariv commentator and Channel 2 political analyst, Udi Segal, writes about the effect of the suspicions against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.**
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News Nosh 2.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Quote of the day:
"It’s never obvious to receive a prize, especially such a prestigious prize, and particularly not in the atmosphere that prevails here.”
--Renowned left-wing Israeli author, David Grossman, told Yedioth after receiving the Israel Prize for Literature.

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Did he hope that the Americans would wipe the spit from their faces and move on?"
—Senior Maariv political analyst Ben Caspit examined Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statement yesterday that Israel was in talks with the US about Israeli annexation of settlements - which the White House flatly denied as ‘false.’**
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