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News Nosh 10.31.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 31, 2017
You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel forced the chief photographer of the European Press Agency to undergo a strip search at a press conference. International photographers walked out in protest.


Breaking News:
Soldiers feared a ramming attack and shot and killed a Palestinian man. Woman in car with him also wounded. Incident took place in West Bank near the settlement of Halamish, the site of a recent terror attack. (Haaretz and Times of Israel)
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News Nosh 10.30.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday October 30, 2017

Quote of the Day #1:
“Reading (Yosef) Castel’s plan raises a troubling question: Would an 'amended' version of the Balfour Declaration, which also recognized Arab national rights, have changed the Arab response to it, and thereby the bloody history of the Middle East?”
--Haaretz+’s Ofer Aderet writes about Sephardic Jews who called for the Balfour Declaration to be changed to express that Arabs also had national rights to the land.*
 
Quote of the Day #2:
“When we say to the Palestinians, ‘We are giving you a state, let’s make peace’ – it’s deceiving them. No one is going to give them a state, not the left either. I am saying: Let’s cut this problem off before it begins and stop with the lies.”
—Likud MK Miki Zohar, who said in the interview that Palestinians don’t have a right to a national identity because “They weren’t born Jews.”**
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News Nosh 10.29.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday October 29, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“Opposition to the extreme right is grounded in moral and ethical principles, not considerations of comfort and a desire to raise the happiness level of Israel’s Jews. Integrity, not joy, weighs in the balance.”
—Haaretz commentator Rogel Alpher examines Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s accusation that those who oppose his rule are ‘sourpusses.’

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Catalonia: 5 hours of independence
  • Israel - Judo powerhouse
  • “She made my life miserable!!” - Text messages that woman suing Sara Netanyahu sent to her sister that show what she claims to have suffered while working for Mrs. Netanyahu
  • Pitiable // Sima Kadmon
  • The blackening law suit // Shlomo Pyotrokovsky
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Catalonia: Independence on paper
  • Return of the “French Bill”
  • Without a flag, with pride: Israel national Judo team won 5 medals in grand slam in Abu Dhabi
  • Taking off: Record number of women (50) finish IAF pilots’ pre-course trial period
  • Police vs. Health Ministry: “Preventing the lessening of violence in hospitals” - Hospitals claim that police are delaying the deployment of officers in hospital departments; Police: “Budget was approved”
  • Prime Minister on lawsuit against Sara Netanyahu: “We are sick of the lies and the slander”

 
News Summary:
Catalonia declared independence and was taken over by Spain, the Israeli government coalition is in a crisis because the (Likud) coalition whip, David Bitan, insisted on voting over the ‘French bill,’ which would prohibit investigating a sitting prime minister and he won’t agree to bring to vote any coalition bills until the French (Bibi) bill is voted on, and text messages sent by a young woman who is suing Sara Netanyahu described what she claimed to have suffered while working for Mrs. Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Residence (she was not the first to make such claims) - making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

Also in the news, the head of the Hamas security forces was injured in an assassination attempt, but Israeli reporters said that it was likely the work of ISIS/Salafists, who wanted to see the man dead (also Haaretz+).

And, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought to postpone a vote on the ‘Greater Jerusalem’ bill (proposed by MK Yoav Kish of Likud), which would make a “municipal annexation” of some West Bank settlements to Jerusalem, what some are calling a ‘crawling annexation' (Maariv). Meanwhile, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin wants to cut out several Arab neighborhoods from the Jerusalem municipality and put them under the jurisdiction of other administrations. Together, the plans would increase the number of Jews in Jerusalem and reduce the number of Arabs.
 
 
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.

News Nosh 10.27.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday October 27, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"The ruling is based on live and let live. My ruling does not reflect a ruling of value on the desirable character of the Shabbat. This is not a secular or a religious ruling. This ruling reflects the correct interpretation of the law."
Retired chief justice Miriam Naor read her last ruling yesterday, which allows supermarkets to operate on Sabbath.*
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News Nosh 10.26.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 26, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"This is a reckless step of a government that seems to be determined to ruin the possibility for a two-state solution. If passed, this bill will constitute a de facto annexation and a clear step toward a de jure annexation."
--Peace Now on the bill seeking to annex key - and distant - settlements to Jerusalem.*
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News Nosh 10.25.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 25, 2017
 
Quote of the day #1:
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."

-- Note that Alfred Einstein scribbled in German to a bellboy after he did not have cash to give him a tip. The note sold for $1.3 million Tuesday.*

Quote of the day #2:
"It is deeply worrying that the military terminology used by senior officials in the Strategic Affairs Ministry is being used in the fight against civilians abroad who criticize the State of Israel."
-- Attorney Eitay Mack, who over the past year, has asked the state to reveal information about a judicial arm it is secretly operating abroad against BDS activists.**
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News Nosh 10.24.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 24, 2017
 
Quote of the day #1:
“Did Netanyahu say he hoped the State of Israel would last 100 years? If that’s what he meant, that the state would keep a prime minister suspected of criminal offenses while its elected representatives ensure no one could touch him—I’m not sure we want the remaining years.”
—Senior Yedioth political commentator, Sima Kadmon, in a sharp Op-Ed on the legislative bill aiming to prohibit investigating a prime minister.*

Quote of the day #2:
“It hasn’t been even a day since the Knesset has resumed, and we are already embarrassed."
--Yesh Atid leader MK Yair Lapid on the legislative bill aiming to prohibit investigating a prime minister.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
Two weeks after Israeli Police seized olives from a settler who was stealing them from Palestinian land, the police inform the Palestinian owner that they have the olives and he must prove that they belong to him.***

Front Page:
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News Nosh 10.23.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday October 23, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"A criminal suspect maneuvers an entire country into endless twists and turns in his efforts to evade the terror of justice and create for himself a royal house in Jerusalem."
--Maariv political commentator Ben Caspit writes about the series of legislative bills meant to empower Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who faces numerous corruption investigations.*
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News Nosh 10.22.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday October 22, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"What I’m about to write is difficult, and it’s important for me that you read it to the end, even if you end up losing sleep over it, as I hope it will prompt you to do something."
--In an Op-Ed on Yedioth's front page, the former commander of the Northern Command, Major-General (res.) Amiram Levin, warns Israelis that the Netanyahu government is dragging the country into war.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Good morning.”
The Facebook post written in Arabic by a Palestinian worker last week, for which he was arrested by Israel Police because they relied on automatic translation software, which erroneously translated the post. Facebook translated “good morning” as “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English.**
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News Nosh 10.20.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday October 20, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
At the last minute, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat cancelled a meeting between senior city officials, police officers and representatives of the Isawiyah neighborhood parents committee in E. Jerusalem, which was meant to end a school strike declared by the parents, during which the neighborhood’s 4,300 pupils have been out of class. According to the parents, Border Police forces have been entering the neighborhood daily at about the time the children are let out of school and deliberately positioning themselves near the schools to provoke disturbances.
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