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News Nosh: May 8, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday May 8, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Israel cannot rely on the apathy of Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan, or emulate the policy embraced by Egypt, to justify its conduct in Gaza. The problem is on Israel’s border and the unrest will continue as long as there is no significant improvement."
--Haaretz Editorial today calls on Israel to manage the crisis in Gaza together with Hamas.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
More than one-third of the mobile homes the World Zionist Organization rents out are in the West Bank and many are in areas not legally authorized for buildings, according to information obtained by Peace Now.**
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News Nosh: May 7, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday May 7, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"Although there have always been objections to the work of the Justice Ministry, lately our work of safeguarding the public welfare and advancing human rights is perceived among growing audiences—including the Knesset and the government—as illegitimate."
Deputy Attorney General Avi Licht said the day that the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the override power legislation, which would allow the Knesset to pass laws already struck down by the High Court of Justice with a simple majority of 61 MKs.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“I am accepting the prize in support of people who resist the system. I didn’t see what would be served by turning it down. As a political statement, it is stronger if I take the prize and give it away.”
-- Scientist and feminist thinker, Prof. Evelyn Fox Keller, one of nine people who received the prestigious Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University Sunday night, announced she will give the money to Israeli human rights organizations.**
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News Nosh: May 6, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday May 6, 2018
 
Number of the day:
44.
--Percentage of Jewish Israelis who support an Israeli strike on Iran nuclear facilities, according to a new poll.*

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • We are on the map - Giro D’Italia turned Israel into an international site
  • A dream come true // (singer) Ivri Lider
  • My heart fills with pride // Dani Sadeh (Yedioth’s tourism reporter)
  • Expose - From the Yarkon to Jerusalem - Next week the US embassy moves to the capital. Here’s how the embassy will look when it is completed in six years from now
  • Jump of hundreds of percents in use of pain killers
  • Big-small present - At age 50, (presenter) Michal Zuaretz hugs a daughter born to a surrogate in Israel
  • Six Hamas engineers were killed in an explosion in Gaza
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Victory round - Tens of millions across the world watched 175 Giro D’Italia competitors pedaling across the country
  • The overriding clause is the independence clause // Dror Eydar
  • Much more than the sport // Tal Brody
  • Jerusalem - After a year of terror, sharp rise of number of pupils visiting Israel
  • Ahead of the decision on the nuclear agreement: Netanyahu and Putin will meet this week
  • Following ‘Israel Hayom’ expose: Extensive support among the right-wing for the report to legalize settlement outposts
  • Mysterious explosion in Gaza; Hamas claims: “Israel responsible for the killing of six of our men”

News Summary:
Today’s Hebrew newspapers celebrated the great international PR Israel received from hosting the Giro D’Italia bike race, which began Friday in Jerusalem  (and one anti-Netanyahu protester got arrested for trying to hang a protest sign at the race), Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly before US President Donald Trump makes his decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal - and the Israeli newspapers had numerous reports on the subject, and six Hamas engineers were killed in a ‘mysterious’ explosion making top news, making much bigger headlines than the fact that 70 people were injured from live fire in the sixth Friday of the Gazan ‘March of Return’ protests. And unlike the headlines from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas 'anti-Semitic' speech, the papers buried the fact that Abbas apologized. Yedioth put it on the next to last page.

*Following the recent attacks in Syria and ahead of Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal, Yedioth called the upcoming Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Moscow a ‘summit under high tension.’ Netanyahu will reportedly try to convince Putin to take into account Israeli interests and not supply Syria’s Bashar al-Assad with the S-300 advanced missile defense system. Meanwhile, European intel delegations have arrived tin Israel o examine the documents Israel purportedly took from Iran’s nuclear archives. A Russian official said his country would become one of Tehran's most important allies if US President Donald Trump goes against the position of the Western powers, who have proposed to improve a number of clauses in the Iran nuclear deal. Former secretary of state John Kerry Met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in a bid to save the nuclear deal that he helped make reality when in office. And the former research chief at the IDF’s Military Intelligence, IDF Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad said it would only help Iran if the US were to exit from the nuclear deal. He told Haaretz that an American commitment to the deal remained the least bad option. But Trump's lawyer and confidant Rudy Giuliani said Trump was "committed" to regime change in Iran, taking the Israeli line that it is "the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East." And The Observer reported that in May 2017, Trump hired an Israeli spy firm to get dirt on Obama's Iran deal negotiators. Another Iranian official said that Iran was determined to reject Trump’s demands for changes to the nuclear accord, calling it ‘bullying.’ An Israeli poll found that 44% of Jewish Israelis supported an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, 31.1% oppose a strike and 24.7% have no opinion. (The poll has other interesting information, as well.)

Meanwhile, six Hamas men were killed in what ‘Israel Hayom’ labeled a ‘mysterious’ explosion in central Gaza.  Hamas blamed Israel. [NOTE: On July 7, 2014, seven Hamas militants died in a ‘mysterious’ tunnel explosion in Khan Younis, which some reported was caused by an Israeli airstrike. Hamas responded by firing 40 rockets towards Israel. The following day, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, the third Gaza War. - OH]


Gaza Quick Hits:
  • Palestinians Set Fires at Israel-Gaza Crossing; 70 Wounded by Israeli Fire in Border Protests - Gaza Health Ministry: Three wounded protesters in critical condition. IDF says protesters tried to breach border. 45 killed since protests started six weeks ago. (Haaretz)
  • For fear of assassination: Hamas will increase security around Ismail Haniyeh - According to a report in Asharq Al-Awsat, the Gaza terror organization has begun to reinforce the protection of visitors to Gaza. According to eyewitnesses, at least six jeeps accompany the convoy of Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniyeh. (Maariv)
  • Video shows Palestinians from Gaza cut border fence, enter Israeli territory - Palestinians report six wounded, one seriously, by live fire at protests near border. Israeli army says it shot toward Palestinians who tried to damage fence. (Haaretz)
  • WATCH: Hamas fakes injuries, uses children in Gaza border protests - The IDF Spokesperson's Unit published a video from Gaza border protests that shows supposed casualty stand upright under cover of smoke, multiple children present, ushered by adults to shield them from IDF fire; Hamas 'creating false pretense, misleading international public opinion,' army accuses. (Ynet)
  • Straw bales set ablaze in latest incident of agricultural terrorism - Pile of straw set on fire at field in Kibbutz Afikim in the Jordan Valley, causing hundreds of thousands of shekels in damage; farmers call on Agriculture, Public Security ministries to take action. (Ynet)
  • As fields burn, IDF mulls using drones against incendiary kites - Palestinian demonstrators continue to launch kites fitted with firebombs from Gaza into Israel, sparking blazes near two kibbutzim. Army considers measures including using multi-rotor drones to intercept the kites or shooting at those launching them. (Israel Hayom)
  • Gaza border rioters take down 2 IDF drones on sixth week of protest - Israel's southern residents edgy about Palestinians' increased use of incendiary kites—a new primitive weapon that has so far eluded the IDF’s high tech capabilities. (Ynet)
  • Goldin family faces Gaza border riots with protest of their own - Stung by the Israeli government's continued unwillingness to use whatever means necessary to retrieve fallen Sgt. Hadar Goldin's remains from Hamas, and in light of the recently revealed Mossad operation in Iran and Gaza border protesters' derision, the Goldin family takes to the Gaza border to boost the campaign for Hadar's return. (Ynet)
  • A new solidarity flotilla on the way to the Gaza Strip, led by a Norwegian ship - The flotilla is planned to pass through ports in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands on its way to the Gaza coast. According to the plan, Israeli citizens who support the "lifting of the Israeli siege,” will board the ships at various stops. (Maariv)
 
Quick Hits:
  •  U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem 'Will Come at a Price,' Israeli Defense Chief Says - Avigdor Lieberman says 'historic, important and dramatic' decision to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will have a price that is 'worth paying.' (Haaretz)
  • Israel presents: How to legalize West Bank settlements built on private Palestinian land - Committee presents unprecedented recommendations to legalize thousands of homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land in West Bank settlements. (Haaretz+)
  • Gov’t Film Grants Reform Would Give More to Artists in Settlements, 'Periphery' - Panel expected to submit recommendations, including new regional foundations, to culture minister for approval. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel's top court: To visit Gaza family, Jerusalem cancer patient must prove her elderly mother can't travel - State says criteria for Israelis' entry to Gaza doesn't apply to Sa'ad Hassona, a permanent resident who wasn't seen her family in over a decade. (Haaretz+)
  • Rights group loses volunteer slots for urging IDF insubordination - After controversial human rights group B'Tselem urges IDF soldiers to refuse orders to shoot "unarmed demonstrators" on the Gaza border, national service program suspends the organization's eligibility for volunteers, saying campaign violated the law. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli Ministers Set to Approve Legislation to Curtail Top Court's Power - The PM won't use his veto power to postpone a vote on the bill, which would allow the Knesset to override the court's rulings, but instead seeks a compromise. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Thousands attend weekly anti-corruption protest in Tel Aviv, warn against 'Turkish-style democracy' - Protesters attend weekly rally, focusing on override power vote bill to circumvent High Court in reenacting laws struck down by it; anti-democratic measures being taken, they allege, while attention is shifted through PM Netanyahu's 'warmongering.' (Ynet)
  • 'Sad Day for Democracy': Israeli Writers Outraged at Conviction of Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour - 'What’s more surprising is that there are still people in Israel who expect a fair trial for Palestinians ... as if Israel were still a democracy.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Arab employee claims he was fired for speaking Arabic - 21-year-old Hillal Assi from Kfar Bara says recordings prove he was discriminated against for speaking Arabic in shoe store's premises ‘in front of Jewish customers’; store chain rejects racism accusations. (Ynet)
  • Birthright co-founder says 'angry' with Israel: Netanyahu widening already dire rift with Diaspora - Jewish billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman suggests establishing 'reverse AIPAC' in Jerusalem with Israeli and North American groups. (Haaretz+)
  • In Facebook video, Netanyahu falsely accuses Israeli media of ignoring visit by Japan's Abe - 'Did you hear anything about it in the media?' Netanyahu asks, despite the fact that most Israeli outlets – including Haaretz – reported on the meeting. (Haaretz)
  • Abbas apologizes to 'Jewish people' for offensive comments, condemning Holocaust and anti-Semitism - ‘I have great respect for Judaism,’ said Abbas. ’Abbas is a pathetic Holocaust denier – his apology is not accepted,' Lieberman fires back. Palestinian president suggested historical persecution of Jews in Europe was caused by involvement in money-lending. (Haaretz, Maariv, Israel Hayom and Ynet)
  • Kuwait blocks U.S. Request to Condemn at UN Security Council Abbas's Remarks About Jews - Kuwait City oppo ses condemnation of the Palestinian leader, saying he already apologized and that it was one-sided; US Ambassador Haley says Security Council's failure to respond to Abbas comments 'further undermines the UN's credibility.' (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Israeli officials reject PA leader's apology for anti-Semitic rant - Defense Minister Lieberman: Abbas should be treated as the wretched Holocaust denier he is, apology "not accepted.” (Israel Hayom)
  • Abbas re-elected as chairman of PLO exec committee - Concluding the four-day Palestinian National Council meeting in Ramallah, which was boycotted by Hamas, the 82 year old consolidates position by removing rivals from committee Friday, but leaves Israeli leaders fuming after a he made a series of anti-Semitic remarks. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • The Palestinian National Council called for reconsidering commitments to Israel - The central Palestinian body referred to relations with Israel, called for an economic boycott of "occupation products,” and reiterated its opposition to the Trump Declaration on Jerusalem. (Maariv)
  • Israel withdraws candidacy for UN Security Council seat - Israel's exit leaves just Germany or Belgium as candidates for seats at the council. (Haaretz)
  • Hamas engineer's assassins used fake Serbia, Montenegro passports, weapons found, Malaysia police say - Police say it has located the perpetrators' getaway car and the gun used in the killing of Fadi al-Batsh, a member of Hamas. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Exceeding Her Authority, Justice Minister Warned State Prosecutor Not to Fight ex-PM Olmert's Release - As a result, State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan changed his position and did not oppose a reduced prison sentence for ex-PM Ehud Olmert. (Haaretz+)
  • Olmert withdrew his request to erase his criminal record - because he discovered that Justice Minister would refuse - According to officials involved in the details, the former prime minister discovered that the justice minister  Shaked intends to oppose his request for pardon, and realized that he might be humiliated. (Maariv)
  • Alibaba founder tells Israeli students: 'Doesn't matter where you grew up, it's what you do' - Before receiving an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University, Jack Ma, the richest man in China, talks with students about education, success, growth and his company and reveals considering opening offices in Israel. (Ynet)
  • Rare coin from ancient Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt discovered in cave - The coin is believed to have been minted between the third and fourth year of the Bar Kokhba revolt. (NOTE: Coin found in the West Bank. - OH] (136-134 CE). (JPost)
  • Israel's Rabbinical Courts May Soon Have Unprecedented Power Over non-Israeli Jews - Government pushing bill that would punish foreign Jewish men who refuse to grant a divorce and would also apply to some Israelis married outside of the rabbinate. (Haaretz+)
  • Lebanon Votes in First General Election for Nine Years - Coalition consisting of major parties expected to form after vote, which is seen as unlikely to result in major changes. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • 'Alternative for Germany party makes anti-Semitism presentable' - Official tasked with fighting anti-Semitism says far-right opposition party is challenging consensus in Germany about how to deal with Nazi past • Felix Klein says he encourages Muslim groups across Germany to take on the fight against anti-Semitism. (Israel Hayom)


Features:
Gideon Levy - The heartbreaking reason this Palestinian joined the Gaza border protests
A young father of two is hospitalized with serious injuries after being shot by Israeli soldiers during a Gaza border rally. In 2014, the IDF destroyed his home, and he was left with nothing. (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+)
The Jewish-Romani connection: Are Gypsies descendants of tribe of Simeon?
Israeli scholar creates Jewish-Gypsy Forum after discovering biblical link between Jews and Romani people. Since publishing his research findings, he says, he has been contacted by thousands of members of the Romani community, and hundreds have been flocking to Israel for meetings with the forum members. (Yaniv Pohoryles, Yedioth/Ynet)
Forget Paul Newman, this Italian port tells the real story of the Exodus
While the docks are being redeveloped, locals tell the story of the partisans who helped the Holocaust survivors and whose descendants are battling to build a memorial. (Rosie Whitehouse (La Spezia, Italy for Haaretz+)
Making water from air: Why is Netanyahu doing PR for this Israeli startup
What lies behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apparent support for the Mirilashvili family’s Water-Gen company, and is there any connection between that and the favorable coverage he gets from Channel 20, which the family owns? ■ Investigation. (Gur Megiddo, Haaretz+)
Moshe Dayan in drag? An artist explores the true meaning of romantic love
Ruth Patir’s video project shows the former defense minister wearing the dresses designed by his first wife’s fashion house – and somehow provides a lesson for us all. (Maya Asheri, Haaretz+)

Commentary/Analysis:
Yes, Iran lied about its nuclear capabilities. But so did Israel (Avner Cohen, Haaretz+) Netanyahu’s arrogant theatricals exposed Israel's lack of current incriminating evidence on Iran – and Israel's hypocrisy about its own nuclear capabilities.
Netanyahu is leading us to a Masada-style national suicide (MK Dov Khenin, Haaretz+) The right politics can pull the world back from the brink of disaster and open a horizon toward a safer place.
Israeli monarchy: Netanyahu has taken another step in turning us from citizens to subjects (Ben Caspit, Maariv) The new law by which the prime minister and defense minister alone can decide to go to war is nothing less than a scandal.
What's behind Netanyahu's move to grant himself power to declare war? (Yossi Verter, Haaretz+) Netanyahu finally scored an intelligence 'win' with the Iranian nuclear archive – and he used every trick in the book to make sure foreign news networks tuned in
Our hearts are burning (Avner Yona, Israel Hayom) For us in the Gaza periphery, it's always something – tunnels, bombs, snipers. Now the Palestinians are using kites to attack our fields, and by the time the fire truck arrives, the crops are lost.
Terror of Poetry (Haaretz Editorial) It's inconceivable for Dareen Tatour's poem's challenge to a policy of oppression and occupation to be considered incitement to terror.
The end of the peace process (Dr. Reuven Berko, Israel Hayom) Israel has no one to talk to on the Palestinian side. Only a solution that is forced upon the Palestinians will stabilize the region.
A.B. Yehoshua, Don't Give Up on the Two-state Solution in Our Name (Stav Shaffir, Haaretz+) Yehoshua’s plan for escaping the despair – establishing a binational federation – is the mirror image of the right thing to do.
Exonerate, Apologize and Compensate (Friday Haaretz Editorial) The state must investigate the conduct of senior officials, given the growing suspicion that they falsely accused a man, Yakoub Abu Al-Kiyan, who was shot to death by policemen.
'Court-override Bill' Does No Such Thing (Israel Harel, Haaretz+) Despite what detractors say, a proposed law is meant to rein in the judicial branch’s excessive eagerness to undermine the independence of the legislative branch.
Swaying the world in favor of good (Shlomo Cesana, Israel Hayom) The unveiling of secret Iranian materials this week was meant to convince the American public to support U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. Now that there is a strong U.S. leader, PM Netanyahu hopes Europe will help combat the ayatollahs.
Israel hopes Trump scrapping nuclear deal could ultimately lead to Iran regime change (Amos Harel, Haaretz) Israel is being cautious, enabling operations to remain below the threshold of war even though it knows it might be subjected to retaliation at some point.
Netanyahu provided Trump with another legitimacy to withdraw from the nuclear agreement (Alon Ben David, Maariv) The prime minister's presentation was intended for the American public, and it did the job there. Thanks to the presentation, Netanyahu managed to earn more points as someone who appears to be a full partner of the US president.
Don't Ridicule Netanyahu's 'Iran Lied' Speech (Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz+) Ridicule only obscures the fact that he's openly trying to help the Trump administration jump-start a mega war with Iran.
The Revolutionary Guards and the Israeli journalists have a common enemy, they call him Binyamin Netanyahu (Kalman Liebeskind, Maariv) It was difficult to distinguish, after the disclosure of the nuclear documents, between Zarif's reactions, and those of our media. It seems that there are those who are prepared for Israel to go up in Iranian flames if only they will be assured that Netanyahu will be burned first.
The sleeping Iranian beast (Dror Eydar, Israel Hayom) This week's dramatic unveiling of damning confidential Iranian material put the Iranian leadership in an uncomfortable position in the eyes of the world and Iran's own citizens • But it was Israel's own commentators who rushed to undercut the impact.
'Democtator' Netanyahu and his lonely war on the Iran nuclear deal (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) His decision to battle Obama’s agreement and to enlist Trump to scuttle it was made without challenge or opposition.
The same old Iran (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom)Israel's release of secret Iranian documents proving its nefarious nuclear intentions has not convinced world powers to nix the 2015 deal. Still, with a U.S. exit looming, Iran's dire economic state can and should be leveraged  into revising the accord.
Might It Be That Netanyahu Is Right? (Nehemia Shtrasler, Haaretz+) A new accord is needed, one that will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons forever. Our survival depends on it.
Netanyahu and Lieberman are playing with fire if they think of adopting the Trump plan (Nadav Haetzni, Maariv) The silence of the prime minister and the defense minister regarding the publication in Maariv of Trump’s peace plan (transferring control of some E. Jerusalem neighborhoods to the Palestinians - OH) raises questions: The government leadership must have made it clear publicly that there is no chance for such a disastrous plan.
From left and right, why is a league of haters descending on the ADL? (Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Haaretz+) Founded to fight anti-Semitism and racism, the Anti-Defamation League has absorbed criticism before. But the vicious tone of recent attacks - and their radically different political origins - are new.
Not every infiltration from Gaza is a failure: The IDF learns to evade Hamas's traps (Tal Lev-Ram, Maariv) In Gaza, the images of infiltration into Israeli territory will be broadcast many more times this month. We in Israel do not have to join this mayhem. This is a tactical event - no less and no more.
It is hard to remain indifferent: the lies of Abu Mazen's speech (Sefi Gabay, Maariv) It is difficult to remain indifferent to the Palestinian Authority Chairman’s denials and anti-Semitic remarks, whether intentionally or as a result of ignorance. Such as: The Jews of the Arab countries did not experience suffering and pogroms by the ruling authorities.
Dear Occupiers, Sorry if We Hurt Your Feelings (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) Not one Israeli statesman today intends to apologize for the Nakba – not for the ethnic cleansing, nor for the exiling. But Abbas had no choice but to apologize for his Holocaust remark.
The ability to ignore Palestinian anti-Semitism was impaired, and not only because of Abu Mazen's speech (Meir Uziel, Maariv) I also very much want to believe that there is no connection between Palestinian thought of today and the murderous anti-Semitism of the Palestinian Mufti, but it is hard to accept the explanation that the PLO's Palestinians are renouncing their Nazi past.
Abbas' Holocaust Revisionism Shows His Moral Failure. But His Political Failures Are Much Worse (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) Once a weak, dogmatic Holocaust revisionist autocrat, always a weak, dogmatic Holocaust revisionist autocrat. Palestinians deserve a better leader – and Israel’s moral well-being and security depends on it too.
Scent of anti-Semitism in Abbas' Speech Doesn't Change His Support for Two States (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) The president's speech before the Palestinian National Council reflected his authoritarian style and habit not to listen to criticism.
Look who finally woke up (Amnon Lord, Israel Hayom) It seems the Middle East is finally being broadcast to Manhattan, and someone at The New York Times is, at long last, starting to pay attention.
The face of Israel: a culture of ‘you can depend on me,’ a lack of taking responsibility and (almost) national grief (Shay Lahav, Maariv) Social Involvement, Secular-Religious Battles and Coexistence: The tragedy (of the ten youth killed on a hike organized by a pre-military academy) in Nahal Tsafit and the subsequent reactions were the essence of contemporary Israeliness. For bad, but also for good.
Why the world ignores Israel’s bad behavior (David Rosenberg, Haaretz+) Human rights are increasingly being shrugged off, but the world is ignoring the Palestinian plight because it wants Israeli technology.
Is Hezbollah headed for victory? (Itzhak Levanon, Israel Hayom) A worrying trend ahead of the Lebanese elections seems to indicate that Hezbollah and its allies may win an unprecedented victory, setting off significant changes in Lebanon.
Lebanese Head to the Polls Today to Decide: Will the Country Be Iranian or Arab (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Sunday’s election will be the first in Lebanon since 2009, following years during which the main political parties failed to reach understandings regarding the election system.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.

News Nosh: May 4, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 4, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
It took four days for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to delete his false Facebook post falsely claiming the fan's of Israel's only Arab soccer team booed during a moment of silence for Jewish teens killed in a flash flood.*
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News Nosh: May 3, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday May 3, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"If, heaven forbid, a tragic incident took place during which policemen shot to death a Jewish driver in the course of the eviction of the [Jewish] Givat Amal neighborhood, for example, Nitzan would not have allowed himself to conclude the investigation with the bottom line leaving a big question mark about the possibility that this wasn't about a victim but about a murderer."
--Haaretz reporter Gidi Weitz writes that the fact that the State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan closed the Umm al-Hiran Case, in which a Border Policeman was run over and killed by a Bedouin man who was shot to death, when he was mistakenly perceived as a threat, according to the Shin Bet, and the State Prosecutor did not clear the Bedouin math teacher, Yakoub al-Qiyan, of the Police Chief's accusations of guilt, was only because the Bedouin was a 'fourth class citizen.'*
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News Nosh: May 2, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday May 2, 2018
You Must Be Kidding: 
"Following the "nuclear show" of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a Likud initiative began to appeal to Nobel peace laureates living in Israel to recommend Netanyahu for the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle against the Iranian nuclear program."**
--Maariv's Arik Bender reports on Likud activists' latest effort.**
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News Nosh: April 30, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday April 30, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli Police use Arab figures for target practice at northern school, where a large majority of the citizens are Arab.**
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News Nosh: April 26, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday April 26, 2018
 
Quotes of the day:
First IDF soldier after shooting a Palestinian resident: "I hit him! The son of a bitch."
Second soldier: "Stay professional."
Third soldier: "One live bullet and this would all be over."
Second soldier: "We don't fire live ammunition. We don't need it."
First soldier: "You can't hit with a rubber bullet, you just can't."
--From video clip filmed by B'Tselem at village of Madama near Nablus in the West Bank.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
9 months.
-The prison sentence given to Border Policeman Ben Deri for shooting dead a young Palestinian with a live bullet he wasn't supposed to use and when the boy did not pose any threat.**
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News Nosh: April 25, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday April 25, 2018
 
Numbers of the day:
1.6 million.
--Number of dollars the family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir has filed in civil damages suit against the convicted murderers of their son who abducted and then burned him alive in a forest till he died.*

960,000.
--Number of dollars the Jewish National Fund spent on PR to make the Israeli public aware of the Zionist institution's current activities.**

Front Page:
Haaretz
  • State admits it is not possible to deport asylum seekers; Netanyahu: We will open Holot (detention facility)
  • Iran: If the US withdraws from the nuclear deal, we will also withdraw from it
  • The door has not been slammed shut // Chemi Shalev
  • Former police commander Niso Shacham was convicted of an indecent act against a police woman - and acquitted in seven other affairs
  • Shaham file: Overexertion to insert consensual sexual relations into the criminal field // Revital Hovel
  • Artificial island across from Tel-Aviv area: Future of Israel’s sea
  • US prefers sexual education that encourages abstention from relations // NYT
  • The secular convent // Zvi Barel
  • Let’s see you go there // Noa Osterreicher
  • Nahad Bashir is sick of being a terrorist. So he created the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation’s first TV series in Arabic
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • The public will judge // Chen Artzi-Sror
  • He got off light - Resounding acquittal and conviction of indecent act: This is how the case of (former police commander) Niso Shacham collapsed
  • The rumors were too soon - (Singer) Tzvika Pik is alive and hospitalized in Vienna
  • Fast trigger on the keyboard // Raz Sukenik
  • The doctor is Arab? The grant is cancelled
  • Weather went crazy: Rain and winds as of this morning
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • South Tel-Aviv residents: The state betrayed us - Following the collapse of the plan with the UN and the lack of a third country to deport to, the state announced it would stop issuing deportation orders (to asylum seekers)
  • The left-wing minority rules // May Golan
  • It’s all political // Ron Kaufman
  • The lie was exposed // Shula Keshet
  • A healthy dispute // Nadav Haetzni
  • Tragedy in the north - Neria, 2, was forgotten in locked car for five hours and died
  • French President: Work on a new agreement with Iran
  • “The mountain gave birth to a mouse” - That’s how former police commander Niso Shacham reacted after being acquitted of seven indictments…but was convicted of an indecent act against a policewoman
  • in contradiction to the rumors: “Tzvika Pik’s situation is improving, he will return to Israel soon”
Israel Hayom
  • The infiltrators - No deportation orders: Saharonim Prison and Holot Detention Facility will reopen
  • “If it threatens - Iran will pay the price that few countries have paid”
  • Daily: 2 injured on electric bicycles
  • 5 hours in a car, alone - Child died
  • “Pressure in Gaza to make a deal”
  • Niso Shacham acquitted of majority of accusations, convicted of indecent act; “The mountain gave birth to a mouse”
  • Israelis collected money - “Mama Kate” will come to Israel
  • Tvika Pik’s friends: “We hope he will return soon”

News Summary:
A court shocked many by clearing of almost all charges a former police commander who slept with seven women who served under him, and the Israeli government shocked many when it announced it could not, and therefore would not, forcefully expel any asylum seekers from Israel, (and will just put them in jail) while the US and Israel both threatened Iran it ‘would pay,’ not shocking many, making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel may strike the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems in Syria if they are used against Israel and US President Donald Trump said “Iran will pay if it restarts its nuclear program.” This came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and French President Emmanuel Macros both said there would be no “plan B” should U.S. President Donald Trump exit the accord.
 
Quick Hits:
  • *Family of Palestinian teen kidnapped and burned to death sues Jewish killers - Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s family seeks tougher punishment for his three Jewish murderers, say lawyers. (Haaretz, Maariv and Ynet)
  • Hamas officials demand debate on prisoner swap rejected by leader - As well as prisoner exchange of unknown size, Egyptian offer reportedly rejected by leader Ismail Haniyeh included opening of the Gaza-Rafah crossing with Egypt, easing of decadelong blockade. Egypt says it remains committed to negotiation efforts. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel Building Neighborhood for Security Forces on East Jerusalem Land Expropriated From Palestinians - Dozens of olive trees uprooted at project site on land expropriated in the 1970s from residents of Arab neighborhood of Sur Baher. (Haaretz+)
  • Breaking political taboo, Jewish settlers side with Bedouin in their fight against demolition - Founders of Kfar Adumim declared decades ago that the nearby Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin encampment must be demolished, but now 15 settlers are seeking to join the legal struggle on behalf of their impoverished neighbors. (Haaretz+)
  • Pro-Israel groups break with Israeli government, refrain from attacking Natalie Portman - One U.S. organization criticized Portman, but the rest seemed to stay silent, even though a quick glance at Facebook’s archives shows that all of them have praised her in the past. (Haaretz+)
  • The Labor Party conference confirmed its commitment to the two-state solution - Members of the party approved the announcement by Chairman Avi Gabbay, who said: "We are committed to a Jewish and democratic state while maintaining a Jewish majority." He also declared: "We will come to a demonstration in support of the High Court of Justice in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.” (Maariv)
  • Egypt allows body of Hamas scientist killed in Malaysia back to Gaza - Family of fallen soldier Hadar Goldin, whose remains held by Hamas, calls decision "resounding failure" for Israel • Malaysian police release photo of a suspect in the murder of Fadi al-Batsh, say foreign agents believed behind "very professional" hit. (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Continuing kite threat puts Israeli farmers on edge - As another incendiary kite sets fire to 100 dunam wheat field in Sha'ar HaNegev, farmers residing in Israeli communities on the Gaza perimeter fear 'gimmick that has become a genuine threat'; meanwhile, as March of Return protests seem to be dying down, IDF fears desperation move by Hamas to reinvigorate them. (Ynet)
  • Supreme Court chief justice agrees to meet with PM on override power bill - Hayut makes meeting conditional upon postponement of Knesset committee meeting called to advance controversial bill that, in its current form, would enable government to bypass HCJ rulings by a simple MK majority of 61; AG warns bill would strip HCJ of powers. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • **Jewish National Fund spent nearly $1 million on image-building advertising campaign - Publicity push apparently launched because of a sense that the Israeli public is unaware of the Zionist institution's current activities. (Haaretz)
  • IDF soldier lightly wounded during demolition of terrorist's home - 19-year-old Border Policewoman evacuated to hospital after being shot in the leg during riots that broke out between IDF soldiers and Palestinians in Jenin as combat engineers demolished home of Ahmed Konba, a member of the terror cell that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevah in January. (Ynet)
  • Soldier accidentally sends emergency recruiting order on Independence Day - A soldier accidentally activated the emergency recruit system on Independence Day morning, sending 5,000 soldiers a message to present themselves immediately at gathering points; message declared an error soon afterwards. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Israeli forces destroy tent structure in Susiya - Israeli forces demolished and confiscated a tent structure belonging to Khader al-Nawajaa, in the Palestinian village of Susiya, located in the South Hebron Hills. (Maan)
  • Israeli minister pledges to clamp down on crime within Bedouin communities - In a visit to south, Gilad Erdan promised to increase law enforcement in Arab communities after footage of Bedouin shooting during celebrations goes viral. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli forces detain Dean of Student Affairs of Bethlehem University - Dean of Student Affairs at Bethlehem University, Mahmoud Hammad, was detained. Also detained was Muhammad Samer Sirhan, 14, from occupied East Jerusalem. (Maan)
  • The moment McMaster 'crossed his own lines': Covering for Trump in Israeli intel leak affair - New Yorker feature details McMaster's brief term as national security adviser and reactions when he defended the U.S. president for passing Israeli intelligence to the Russians in May 2017. (Haaretz+)
  • German Jewish leader advises against wearing kippot in public - Wearing traditional skullcap is right in principle, but individuals should not be "showing themselves openly with a kippah in a big-city setting in Germany," says head of Germany's Central Council of Jews after assault on two kippah-wearing men in Berlin. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel's chief rabbi orders German Jews to keep skullcaps - Despite potential danger of falling victim to hate crime, Chief Rabbi Lau says kippah is 'Jewish symbol,' orders Jews to 'keep wearing it proudly'; 'Hiding Jewish identity not the solution,' agrees Berlin's rabbi; MFA official: 'Sad testament to Jewish communities' grim lot in Europe.' (Ynet)
  • Palestine files complaint to UN over Israel's breach of anti-racism treaty - Palestinian diplomats have filed an official complaint against Israel, alleging breaches of Israel’s obligations of the United Nations’ anti-racism treaty. (Maan)
  • Hezbollah operative killed in mysterious blast in Lebanon - Terrorist group confirms Bilal Hassan Abdo was a member, but unlike in past cases does not blame Israel. Local authorities say faulty gas balloon likely the cause, but are also investigating possibility of assassination or accident while assembling bomb. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Anger in the Palestinian street: "Syria murders Palestinians, why is Hamas silent?" - The Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus is again under attack by the regime, which claims to be trying to oust ISIS. The fighting took the lives of 20 people in a place that has become a symbol of atrocities. (Maariv)
  • US Embassy opening in Jerusalem to include rare mezuzah ceremony - Extraordinary gesture comes at behest of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Channel 20 reports • Works to prepare U.S. consulate site for embassy move, including paving of roads, construction of wall around site's perimeter, are currently underway. (Israel Hayom)
  • Nuclear watchdog sees hope of Iran joining nuclear test ban - Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization: Iran could ratify total ban on nuclear explosions if U.S. rescinds threats to withdraw from 2015 nuclear agreement. U.S. nuclear nonproliferation envoy skeptical of prospects Iran will ratify treaty. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Algeria sentences 'spies for Israel' to death, prison - Interior minister for North African country announces capture of 'international spy ring' comprised of 7 Africans, proving Mossad attempts to undermine state security; head of group sentences to death, remaining defendants to prison terms. (Ynet)


Features:
Veteran recounts bloody Battle of Ammunition Hill
After losing 36 of his comrades in a single battle, Yossi Sidkoni says he had difficulties revisiting the battleground for months; now, he accompanies his granddaughter in the trenches of Ammunition Hill, recounting the fight that almost cost him his life. (Hadar Gil-Ad, Yedioth/Ynet)
Riding through the hills, from Refaim to Sorek streams: The new bike tunnel of Jerusalem
The 2.1-kilometer tunnel, built in the '90s, links Ein Lavan and the Ein Kerem junction - and has a sewage pipe running through it, too. (Haaretz+)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
From Natalie Portman to Iran, the Telltale Signs That Israel May Have a Loose Screw (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) Hannah Arendt noted that insanity is a prerequisite to imposing totalitarian rule.
Natalie Portman is just a symptom of US Jewry’s changing attitude towards Israel (Attila Somfalvi, Ynet) It would be very dangerous to see Jewish actress’s defiant move as a passing episode or meaningless provocation. She is a symbol of dramatic changes taking place within the family, a sign of US Jews’ profound disapproval of what they see as a very problematic direction the Jewish state is headed in.
The real danger of Natalie Portman (Dahlia Scheindlin, +972mag) Israeli leaders are relentlessly hammering home the idea that the kind of political dissent displayed by Natalie Portman is foreign. And dissenters, by definition, are not real Israelis.
The BDS win at Barnard is moral posturing gone insane - they should learn from Portman (David Rosenberg, Haaretz+) Morality isn't adopting BDS' absurd agenda and yelling at Barnard College to divest shares in 8 'complicit' companies, it's taking personal action like Natalie Portman did.
Blaming a child for the sniper's bullet that killed him (Orly Noy, +972mag) Education Minister Naftali Bennett claims 15-year-old Mohammed Ayoub wouldn’t have been shot dead by an Israeli sniper if he had been at school. Bennett’s comments reflect a reality in which Israeli soldiers kill with impunity.
Good news: At last the coalition is dealing with one of the most serious problems in Israel (Nadav Haetzni, Maariv) The constitutional revolution of Justice Aharon Barak developed decisively under Likud. The voters of Habayit Hayehudi party demand the expropriation of power from the coalition of High Court justices. It is time for them to compete among themselves about how to do the right thing.
How to Destroy the High Court (Haaretz Editorial) The price Israel will pay for Netanyahu’s weakness will involve the demolition of the protective constitutional wall afforded by the High Court.
Without the High Court overriding clause, thousands of infiltrators will understand that a leftist minority is ruling here (May Golan, Maariv) Fifth column activists have already thwarted the plan to deport the infiltrators to third countries, but we did not expect the state to admit publicly that it cannot act. Only the clause to override the High Court’s revoking of a Knesset law will protect us.
Israel Will Not Survive Netanyahu. And That's a Good Thing (Bradley Burston, Haaretz+) In all of his proud intransigence, Netanyahu may be creating the very conditions for a radical new Holy Land, a future Israeli-Palestinian confederation.
The Israeli government sought to expel the asylum seekers, but justice won (Mossi Raz, Maariv) For years south Tel Aviv was the backyard of the city, it was easy to send the weakened immigrants there. Now is the time to improve the conditions of the area, while ending the incitement and dispersing the refugees across the country.
For a model of Jewish-Arab coexistence, look no further than a Primark fitting room (Nissan Shor, Haaretz+) Primark in Berlin might feel like hell on Earth – but it's where Jews and Arabs put their difference aside in pursuit of cheap stuff.
Under the Hater’s Violent Gaze: A Portrait of Racism and anti-Semitism (Eva Illouz, Haaretz+) However repulsive the racist may be, he has a logic which we must understand, because such a logic can ultimately wreak havoc.
Why the PA can't — and won't — stop paying prisoners' families (Yoni Mendel, +972mag) Israel’s demand that the PA stop paying the families of Palestinian prisoners is part of an intentional strategy to block any progress towards resolving the conflict. The problem is that it’s working.
There are cases in which the use of the term "Holocaust" is appropriate, Jewish assimilation is such a case (Avraham Tirosh, Maariv) The Holocaust and assimilation are not equal in nature, but they are equal in the result. And as far as the future of the people is concerned, and only in this respect, there is no difference in how many millions of our people went to perdition.
Everyone’s talking about Russia’s S-300. Why now, and why should Israel be worried? (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) The air defense system will not be a game changer for the Israeli air force, but what it says about Putin favoring Tehran over Jerusalem is of greater concern.
Betweeen Teheran and Pyongyang - Who will give Trump a ladder (Alon Pinkas, Yedioth) In N. Korean, which in contrast to Iran, has nuclear weapons, they are certainly watching Trump’s conduct regarding Iran with curiosity, and wondering whether the US is trustworthy about the agreements it signs.
Sixty-seven Things Gideon Levy Loves About Israel (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) Yom Kippur, Israeli wine, and Gaza. Haaretz's Gideon Levy was sent out on a mission to find 70 things he loves about Israel and came up with 67 – and that wasn’t easy, either.
What will be? Who cares - without bloodshed, it won’t happen (Aviad Kleinberg, Yedioth) We don’t know what exactly will be - the future is in a fog - but blood will be shed. How much? That’s still unclear. If we are lucky, little will be shed. If we aren’t lucky, a lot. Not all bloodshed is avoidable, and not all of it is our responsibility, but it is perceived in the public discourse as a power of nature that nothing can be said about. What can you say about the rain of the spring? It comes down and that’s it.
Israel’s Make-believe Independence (Nehemia Shtrasler, Haaretz+) Its citizens are in constant fear of the next war. The country is totally dependent on its main ally. Is Israel genuinely independent?
Understanding the Hamas split (Daniel Siryoti, Israel Hayom) Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh sparked a bitter split when he opted to follow Tehran's recommendations over the feelings of Hamas' own Gaza leader.
Israel’s 007 Fixation (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) The frightening message is that the world is a legitimate scene for mutual hits – Palestinian, Israeli – and each will cut down others according to its intelligence and operational capabilities.

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

News Nosh: April 24, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday April 24, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“It almost felt cathartic to read.”
--Andrew Goldblatt, a junior at Tufts University, said Natalie Portman’s Facebook post, in which she explained her decision not to attend an awards ceremony to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies, was empowering for young liberal Jewish Americans.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"It's a record in silencing people."
--Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich's reaction to Twitter's decision to temporarily freeze his account after he posted that soldiers should have shot Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi in the knees for slapping one of them.**
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