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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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News Nosh: April 23, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, April 23, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“He should have refused, unhesitatingly and without qualms, to accept any prize — especially the Israel Prize — from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett. The former is bringing about the destruction of democracy and Israeli society, and the latter is nurturing the occupation while bringing about the destruction of public education and Israeli academia.”
—Eli Yassif, the former high school homeroom and literature teacher of renowned Israeli author, David Grossman and present day professor emeritus of Hebrew literature, wrote in an Op-Ed that his former student should have done as actress Natalie Portman did.*
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News Nosh: April 22, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday April 22, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Let us assure ourselves, after Independence Day, to examine once and for all how deeply and seriously our racist and aggressive policies in the (Palestinian) territories have contributed to world anti-Semitism and to what extent it threatens the security of every citizen.
-Maariv commentator Ran Adelist takes a sharp look at Israel on its 70th birthday.*

You Must Be Kidding:
“She’s a fifth-column…she and the rest of her converted friends are more dangerous than any Arab terrorist. ”
Likud MK Oren Hazan’s reaction to actress Natalie Portman’s refusal to receive the Genesis Prize because she doesn’t want to be seen as supporting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.**
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News Nosh 4.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday April 12, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"I haven’t been authorized to speak on behalf of the Holocaust survivors either, because they are not a homogenous bunch. But I do have one personal request: Change the main Holocaust remembrance ceremony at Yad Vashem, so that in the future it won’t be used by any politician, from the Right or from the Left, to give a speech for his own purposes. After all, there are enough poems written by children in the Holocaust, diaries and authentic farewell letters."
----Ruth Bondy, Auschwitz survivor and journalist, wrote this Op-Ed two years ago and Yedioth re-published it today. Bondy died four months ago*
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News Nosh 4.11.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday April 11, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
“Let's face it. If being a 'central inciter' is grounds for capital punishment, Netanyahu and his cabinet would have to hold their weekly meetings on Death Row.”
—After the Israeli army cleared a sniper who shot a motionless Palestinian, saying the Palestinian was involved in leading demonstrations at the Gaza-Israel border fence, Haaretz+ commentator Bradley Burston wrote in an Op-Ed that Israeli officials cannot be believed when it comes to reasons for harming Palestinians.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"The spirit of the IDF - Purity of arms: A soldier will use his weapon and power for performing a mission, only if it is needed, and he will maintain his sense of humanity even during combat. The soldier will not use his weapon and his power in order to harm people who are not fighters nor against prisoners, and he will do all in his capability to prevent harm to their lives, their bodies, their honor and their property."
— A quarter-page ad on the front page of today's Haaretz by 'Breaking the Silence.'

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman refuses to grant entry to 110 Palestinians seeking to attend a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for the eve of Memorial Day for the Fallen next week in Tel Aviv.**

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • “The Holocaust was my childhood” - Special: The breathtaking text that Aharon Applefield wrote shortly before his death about his life as a child in the heart of the horrors
  • Tonight at 20:00, the events for Holocaust Memorial Day will begin
  • Facebook’s embarrassment - Mark Zuckerberg declared to Congress, “I made a mistake, the responsibility is mine”
  • High tension - Syria preparing for American attack, Israel preparing for Iranian response
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Senior security establishment officials: “If Iran attacks Israel - we will take down Assad and his regime”
  • 70 years of Maariv
  • We won’t forget - Holocaust Memorial Day Eve
  • Facebook admits: “Personal information of 47,000 Israelis was leaked”
Israel Hayom
  • Israel forever - Holocaust Memorial Day
  • To remember and to remind: A special project
  • Trump prepares to attack: Damascus on standby for being attacked
  • Video clip investigation: The Palestinian was warned, shot - and injured
  • Yes, the most moral army in the world // Haim Shine
  • Netanyahu: “Expand the law (that prevents High Court from revoking laws) - not just about infiltrators”
  • Facebook admits: It’s possible that information about 47,000 Israelis was leaked

News Summary:
High alerts in Israel for a potential Iranian attack and at Syrian military bases for a possible US attack, IDF support for one of its snipers who was filmed shooting an immobile Palestinian protestor in Gaza and stories of Holocaust survivors as Holocaust Memorial Day begins tonight in Israel - all this made top news in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

The mutual threats have begun over two separate attacks in Syria, involving four countries. The Israeli military is on high alert after Iran said that the Israeli attack on an Iranian drone base in Syria under exclusive Iranian control, would not remain without response. Israeli security officials responded telling Maariv’s Ben Caspit that Israel would topple the Assad regime in Syria if Iran attacked Israel. Iran confirmed that four of its military advisers were killed in the Israeli attack, which Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he doesn’t know who made. The Russians were also furious at Israel and summoned the Israeli ambassador for a talking to, which Israel downplayed.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump’s threats of a US strike on Syria in retaliation for a Syrian gas attack on Syrian civilians have Syrian troops on alert. The Russian ambassador to Lebanon warned that any US missile fired at Syria will be shot down. Russia still insists there was no chemical attack and slammed Israel's 'hasty conclusion’ that it was chemicals. In an unusual statement, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the “attack shows clearly that Syria continues to possess lethal chemical weapons capabilities and even to manufacture new ones.”

*After the broadcast of a video clip in which Israeli soldiers are heard cheering after an Israeli sniper shot a Palestinian standing near the Gaza border fence, some Israeli right-wing ministers, including Education Minister Naftali Bennett, said it was no bigee. However, the Israel army yesterday disagreed and said the cheering soldiers would be disciplined. Nevertheless, the army cleared the sniper, saying that the young Palestinian was leading protests at the fence, which was reason to shoot him. (Links to articles from Haaretz+, Israel Hayom and Ynet.)

Today, the organization of former Israeli soldiers that gathers testimonies from Israeli soldiers about human rights violations against Palestinians, ‘Breaking the Silence,’ ran a quarter-page ad, reminding Israelis when soldiers are supposed to use their weapons and power and when they aren’t. (See Quote of the Day.)

Israel Hayom reported that “Chatter on Palestinian social media indicated that this Friday's border protest will be a ‘firebomb (Molotov Cocktail) campaign,’” for which the Israeli army is increasing its forces. According to Israel Hayom, “Hamas operatives are spotted practicing breaching the fence, rushing IDF posts and abducting soldiers.

Quick Hits:
  • **Israel refuses to let 110 Palestinians participate in Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day event - Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says alternative event is 'not a memorial ceremony, but rather a demonstration of bad taste and insensitivity.’ (Haaretz+, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Lieberman: Slain Gaza reporter was Hamas militant - Yasser Murtaja, the journalist who was killed by Israeli fire on Friday, was a member of Hamas who used a drone to collect intelligence on Israeli forces, defense minister says; Hamas, Murtaja's family deny his allegation. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • 'Arabs prohibited': Main West Bank road barred to Palestinians as army protects settlers' prayer - ‘This area under Jewish control,’ reads a sign in Arabic posted by settlers on a critical artery linking villages, now blocked for thousands of Palestinians. (Haaretz+)
  • Left-wing party's lawmakers barred from Knesset talks on Gaza border operations - Discussions will be held in Knesset subcommittees Meretz is not a member of; MKs blast that theirs is the 'only part that voiced criticism of the government's policy regarding the demonstrations of Gaza residents’. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli left-wing activists harass soldiers near Gaza border - Activists enter closed military zone, call soldiers "terrorists" in a "terrorist army" that "slaughters innocent civilians in Gaza" • Soldier: Situations like these make it hard for us to do our jobs because people are always trying to put you on trial. (Israel Hayom)
  • Slain Gaza journalist, branded Hamas militant by Israel, received U.S. grant - State Department says $11,700 USAID grant to a firm co-founded by Yaser Murtaja was vetted. Israel's defense chief says Murtaja was on the group's payroll, providing no evidence. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Netanyahu Pushing Override of Laws Nixed by Top Court: 'His Real Goal Is Early Elections' - Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon won't support general override power by Knesset, only a specific one regarding asylum seekers. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli army fires at Hamas targets after explosive charge detonates near Gaza border - According to IDF, a military bulldozer was performing infrastructure work when it mounted the charge. No wounded or casualties have been reported. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Palestinian collaborator claims Israel's refused him residency - Forced to stay in Israel after threatened with death by terrorists, Palestinian collaborator says he feels 'abandoned' by the state, pleads with interior minister to grant him legal status in Israel; IDF says he has already been granted permit. (Ynet)
  • Israel's High Court attacks state for keeping asylum seekers jailed with no deportation deal in sight - 'There's no agreement yet you're keeping people in prison,' Supreme Court president charges; both Uganda and Rwanda repeatedly clarified they won't take asylum seekers against their will. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Multiple anti-expulsion rallies held worldwide - Hundreds of asylum seekers, activists call on Ugandan government to refuse to accept any migrants expelled from Israel in simultaneous protests in south Tel Aviv, Berlin, London and Paris; 'Israel has no refugee crisis, but it does have a leadership crisis,' says participant; South Tel Aviv Liberation Front holds Torah scroll inauguration in retort, symbolizing 'Israeli sovereignty over the African quarter.' (Ynet)
  • Israel wanted to bar entry to Dublin's mayor over BDS ties – but got his name wrong - Israel announced it would deny entry to Mícheál Mac Donncha over his ties to BDS, but his Irish name was apparently too much for Israeli officials to handle. (Haaretz ad Ynet)
  • Ethiopian captive's family attempts to fight off indifference - After three and a half years in Hamas captivity in Gaza, and 9 days in a protest tent outside the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, Avera Mengistu's family concedes race played a role in failing to secure his release, no government representatives speaking to themץ (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Netanyahu tells IDF orphans about his brother Yoni - The prime minister meets with bereaved siblings, orphans of fallen IDF soldiers ahead of Memorial Day, listening to their personal stories of loss and sharing his feelings on the loss of his brother Yoni at Entebbe: 'My brother continues to live within me.' (Ynet)
  • Number of Jews in the world still lower than before Holocaust - Figures released by Israel Central Bureau of Statistics show there are still fewer Jews living across the globe than in 1939, prior to the Nazi Holocaust; most Jews live in Israel, US. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Yad Vashem: Syria shows mechanisms developed after Holocaust to prevent crimes against humanity are failing - Memorial center's chairman says world's indifference enables mass killing of civilians. (Haaretz)
  • For the first time in its history: The Knesset will hold a memorial event for Dr. Rudolf Israel Kastner - Sixty-one years after he was shot to death by (Israeli) assassins in Tel-Aviv in 1957, the journalist and Zionist activist, who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews and was accused of collaborating with the Nazis, will be commemorated. (Maariv)
  • Israel Aerospace mulls launching satellite after Spacecom snub - Spacecom chooses U.S.-based Space Systems/Loral to build Amos-8 satellite over IAI. IAI expresses "surprise" that Spacecom opted for an American manufacturer. IAI-built Amos-6 satellite was destroyed days before being launched in September 2016. (Israel Hayom)
  • Facebook: 50,000 Israelis may have been exposed to Cambridge Analytica breach - Twenty eight Israelis installed application that made data accessible – enough to potentially affect tens of thousands of their Facebook friends. (Haaretz+)
  • Islamic Jihad leader comatose; group denies poisoning - The exact condition of Ramadan Shalah, 60, is unknown as coma is attributed to stroke, complications due to surgery, or poisoning by foreign agents. Islamic Jihad says surgery, conducted in Hezbollah stronghold, was for a "naturally occurring ailment." (Israel Hayom and Ynet)
  • Israel's Labor Party suspends ties with Jeremy Corbyn for 'enabling anti-Semitism' - Gabbay accuses Corbyn of crossing 'a dangerous line' between criticizing the Israeli government's policy and anti-Semitism. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Indian group wins license to explore for gas, oil in Israeli waters - Consortium of four leading Indian companies is awarded three-year license with option for three-year extension • Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz welcomes move, says he plans to step up efforts to attract international investors to explore Israel's waters. (Israel Hayom)


Features:
A brief history of Independence Day controversy
From the Armenian Holocaust to anti-Zionism and pro-settlement, the torchlighting ceremony has long been divisive. (Ofer Aderet, Haaretz+)
The Guerrilla Filmmaker Who Caught Israel’s Black Panthers on Tape
In 1971, American activist David Cort flew to Israel and captured rare scenes of a country presenting a triumphalist image to the world yet riven by internal strife. Nearly 50 years on, the 12 hours of footage he shot has finally been made available to the public. (Asaf Shalev, Haaretz+)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
*Gaza killings? Don't believe a word Israel says (Bradley Burston, Haaretz+) Let's face it. If being a 'central inciter' is grounds for capital punishment, Netanyahu and his cabinet would have to hold their weekly meetings on Death Row.
Yes, the most moral military in the world (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) The Left's constant attacks on IDF could potentially weaken the fighting spirit of its soldiers and commanders, just as major threats to the country's security loom.
Prepared for a conflict with Russia, Israel is pushing Trump to take action in Syria (Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet) The Foreign Ministry’s statement that Assad did use chemical weapons against his citizens on Sunday, despite the Kremlin’s strong denial, is aimed at drawing a red line against the Russians. Israeli officials are concerned that Putin’s diplomatic backing may be interpreted by the Syrian regime as a general legitimization to use chemical weapons—possibly against Israel too.
World’s silence on Syria is a license to kill (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) As the butcher of Damascus keeps massacring his own people, the international condemnations are directed at Israel, which has to deal with Palestinians waving the Nazi flag and screaming ‘death to the Jews.’ Meanwhile, ‘human rights organizations’ are cooperating with this great deception.
The Kremlin is no friend of Iran (Ariel Bolstein, Israel Hayom) Russia was quick to attribute the attack on an Iranian air base in Syria to Israel but stopped short of condemning it, demonstrating the depth of the understandings between Jerusalem and Moscow.
Syrian Situation Calls for Caution (Haaretz Editorial) Is Israel ready for a war on Syrian soil that includes ground forces? Can it count on U.S. involvement? The consequences are dangerous.
Israel won't tolerate Iranian presence in Syria (Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, Israel Hayom) Russia may demand due consideration but Israel has proved time and again that it will not allow Iran to tighten its grip on Syria, even if doing so stokes regional tensions.
Russia's tough rhetoric shows Israel is losing its leeway with the Kremlin (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Moscow was the first to attribute the airstrike on the Syrian military base to Israel. But its fierce criticism of Israel's policy in the territories is the true warning sign.
Jordan and Lebanon Are Going Broke and Israel Should Worry (David Rosenberg, Haaretz+) Living on heavy debt, Jordan and Lebanon face unpopular but inevitable cures like raising taxes. Wait for the 'good war' to erupt.
Safeguarding our religious rights (Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel Hayom) Jordan benefits from its relationship with Israel while stirring up Arabs in Israel. The time has come to point out to our neighbor to the east that Israel has sovereignty over east Jerusalem.
A humanitarian crisis in Israel (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Well-meaning citizens go out and protest the deportation of 30,000 asylum seekers from Israel, but when was there a meaningful demonstration for the children of Gaza?
 
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.

News Nosh 4.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday April 10, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"Wow, what a legendary video! YES! Son of a b****."
--In a video clip, Israeli soldiers are heard cheering when an Israeli sniper shoots at and hits a motionless Palestinian, who falls to the ground.**

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • The video clip and the storm: The soldiers who shot a Palestinian and cheered - “Wow, what a video clip! Got him!”
  • The attack in Syria, the harm to Iran - reports: Israel responsible for the bombing of a drone base in which 14 were killed, 4 of them Iranians
  • With friends like that // Alex Fishman
  • Putin test // Yossi Yehoshua
  • Message to Teheran // Smadar Perry
  • Operational and ethical // (former Military Intel chief) Amos Yadlin
  • “For Holocaust survivor grandma, I was her pride, her officer granddaughter” - Special: Keren Brush, the daughter of Mireille Knoll, who was murdered in Paris, writes about hope and missing her
  • “I made a mistake, I apologize” - Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Russia accuses: Israel attacked in Syria
  • Direct conflict // Tal Lev-Ram
  • When Russia says no // Yossi Melman
  • Trump hinted about an attack in response to the massacre Assad committed: We will determine who was responsible - and everyone will pay the price
  • The storm over the snipers’ video clip - Soldiers uploaded a video clip to the Internet documenting shooting of a Palestinian demonstrator near the border with Gaza with calls of encouragement
  • Independence without Honduras
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
Israeli newspapers expressed concern over a video clip in which Israeli soldiers cheered as a sniper brought down a motionless Palestinian, Russia blamed Israel for the bombing of a military base that killed 14 people, including four Iranians, and the President of Honduras canceled his controversial participation in Israel’s 70th Independence anniversary ceremony making today’s top stories.

**In what Yedioth called a ‘bad film,’ soldiers were heard cheering when a sniper next to them shoots down a motionless Palestinian who was among protesters at the Gaza fence. The video made the rounds of social media yesterday and the Israeli army said it would probe the incident.

Shortly after Russia accused Israel of making an attack on a military base in Syria, US officials confirmed that Israeli jets had carried out the bombing on a Syrian air force base, in which 14 people were killed, at least four of them Iranian. Israeli media reported that the site was an Iranian military base for drones and also said that Israel had informed the US in advance. Israel did not admit it was responsible for the attack, but top Israeli defense officials were pushing for an offensive approach in Syria against Iran, Haaretz reported. Russia called it “a dangerous development.”

The attack came when world perception for the Syrian regime was particularly low, hours after the Syrian army had made a chemical attack on its own civilians, in Douma. Israel condemned the chemical attack and accused the regime of  'crimes against humanity.’ But at the UN Security Council, Syria insisted it did not launch a chemical attack, killing 60 people and injuring over 1000 in the city of Douma. Oddly, white supremacists defended Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad, saying the chemical attack was fake news and that it was just an effort by Israel and ‘globalists’ to keep US troops in the Middle East.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Angling for a comeback? Olmert asks state to wipe criminal record - Convicted of a number of crimes, former prime minister cannot yet return to the public arena unless the Justice Ministry agrees to his request. (Haaretz+, Ynet and Maariv)
  • 7 Jewish activists arrested at Schumer’s NY office after calling on him to condemn Gaza deaths - ‘Your silence speaks volumes, Chuck’ members of IfNotNow chant, demanding that Jewish Democratic senator speak out after 30 Palestinians die during two weekend marches along Gaza border. (Haaretz+)
  • Russia slams Israel's use of 'indiscriminate and unacceptable' force against Palestinians - Russia's condemnation comes hours after Moscow claimed Israel is responsible for the Monday attack on a Syrian air base. (Agencies, Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Arab citizens back Israel, slam Hamas over Gaza border protests - Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Arabic social media outlets, usually brimming with comments criticizing Israel over their treatment of Palestinians, is flooded with remarks by citizens of Arab countries exhibiting aversion of Hamas over its 'exploitation' of Gaza and its residents in Friday's border riots. (Ynet)
  • Arab social media users laud Israel for 'putting Iran in its place' - Dismissing criticism of Israel over reported strike on air base in Syria, ordinary Arabs urge Israel to continue raids on President Assad's arsenals, Iranian assets • "Luckily for Arabs, Israel is unwilling to accept Iranian control in Syria," man writes. (Israel Hayom)
  • Video of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi's interrogation released by her family - The full video, viewed by the Associated Press, appears to show interrogators threatening Tamimi, who is currently serving prison time for hitting soldiers. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • $1 billion drone deal between Israel and Germany back on track - The contract was blocked in the German parliament for months, but a new coalition agreement calls for it to be approved. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel paid African country last month to take in illegal migrants - Ynet learns that one month before Netanyahu accepted UN plan intended to resolve migrant crisis, before abandoning it and yet again pledging to deport thousands of Sudanese and Eritreans, Israel already completed at least part of the quid pro quo deal with an African 'third country' for its expulsion plan. (Ynet)
  • Netanyahu congratulates Hungary's Orban after landslide reelection - PM previously discussed possibility of Israel hosting a meeting of the Visegrad group, four countries whose governments are considered the most right-wing in Europe. (Haaretz+)
  • After Re-election, Hungary's Orban May Widen Crackdown on Soros Groups - Parliament expected to pass legislation that would empower government to ban NGOs that support migration and pose a 'national security risk.’ (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Indian group wins license to explore for gas, oil in Israeli waters - Consortium of four leading Indian companies is awarded three-year license with option for three-year extension • Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz welcomes move, says he plans to step up efforts to attract international investors to explore Israel's waters. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israel to construct two new desalination plants in fight against drought - Five years into a drought has left Israel's natural water sources at their lowest in a century, prompting calls for government action. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • ‘The sky didn’t fall’: Enlisting in the IDF is no longer a scourge in ultra-Orthodox society - A real change has been underway over the past few years in the ultra-Orthodox world - its members aren't afraid to be seen in uniform. (Haaretz+)
  • 'Big Bang' filming to keep Mayim Bialik from Israel's Independence Day torch-lighting - The Jewish-American actress was selected to represent Diaspora Jews at ceremony, but her duties as star of a hit sitcom mean she can't make the trip. (Haaretz+)

 

Commentary/Analysis:
Marching in Gaza, my brother risks death - to feel free (Muhammad Shehada, Haaretz+) My teenage brother risks snipers and tear gas at the marches near the Israeli border. But, like all Gazans, he feels he's dying a slow death anyway.
Where is Jewish wisdom? The thousands of Gazan demonstrators can be stopped without a single bullet (Ephraim Ganor, Maariv) We must also ask how after so many years of confrontation with Palestinian demonstrators, creative means have not yet been developed to deal with the phenomenon. Thus, the IDF continues with the same old methods of firing rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and live bullets.
Nu, open fire already (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+) Palestinians realize that nonviolence is their winning card, but Israelis neither hear nor see. And if they speak, it’s only in the language of force.
Israel 2018: There is something to be ashamed of (Ron Kaufman, Maariv) Miri Regev may be right in demanding that we not address now what will happen on Israel's 80th Independence Day. Ten years is a long time. Maybe then there will be a dictatorship here, so why waste time on what will happen if a dictatorship can be practiced right now?
Assad ridicules Trump with Syria chemical attack as Israel anxiously awaits next moves (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Netanyahu fears that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria and let Iran and Russia take over. Assad's use of chemical weapons is a display of ownership aimed at the Trump administration.
With friends like Trump and Putin, Israel has no one to rely on (Alex Fishman, Yedioth/Ynet) If Monday’s strike in Syria was indeed carried out by Israeli planes, it wasn’t just a military move but a diplomatic defiance of both Russia and the US: If you fail to do what it takes to curb the Iranian entrenchment on our border, we’ll launch our own military operations.
Russia Claimed Syria Shot Down Israeli Missiles. Is Assad Revealing New Capabilities? (Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz+) In the past, such reports came from Syria and were considered an attempt to minimize humiliation over the strikes. This time, Russia announced it.
The chemical attack in Syria raises serious questions about the readiness of the Israeli home front (Zvika Gendelman, Maariv) Chemical weapons are in the hands of all kinds of potential adversaries, and one missile is sufficient to confront us with a phenomenon we have not encountered before. I will be more relaxed to know that every Israeli has a strong protective kit.
Israel signals Russia and Iran: We're not scared of military conflict (Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynet) The attack on the T-4 base in Syria, which was attributed to Israel, raises the tensions between Jerusalem and Moscow and sends a message that Israel will not allow Iranian military presence in Syria, even at the cost of friction with Russia.
Israel is now directly confronting Iran in Syria (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Israel won't say it is indeed behind the overnight strike in Syria, but admitted in the past of attacking the T-4 air base. Iran continuing to establish a foothold in Syria may encourage an aggressive Israeli approach.
Another shadow war: The confrontation between Israel and Iran becomes direct (Tal Lev-Ram, Maariv) One cannot ignore the fact that in two months, at least in two well-known incidents, Iranian fighters and officers were killed by an action attributed to the IDF. In light of Iran's continued entrenchment in Syria, Israel decided to remove the gloves.
Russian response to Syria strike tests coordination with Israel (Yoav Zitun, Ynet) After agreeing on a system to avoid ‘misunderstandings’ between Israeli and Russian forces in Syria in 2015, Netanyahu made the issue his top priority in his many meetings with Putin. Monday’s attack on the T-4 airbase near Homs and the unusually harsh Russian response are now putting this system to the test, following signs of tensions between the countries in recent months.
An opportunity for change: Kill Assad, and the sooner the better (Prof. Arieh Eldad, Maariv) After the war ends, Syria will again become a dangerous enemy to Israel, and perhaps even more dangerous than it was. Assad's cruel use of murderous chemical weapons gives us an opportunity to change this course of events.
A sad excuse for objectivity: My interview with the BBC, a broadcaster in Israel's pocket (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Use the term 'disputed territory' for the West Bank and you're ignoring the fact that Palestinians are subjected under Israeli rule without rights for 50 years.
Elections in the age of fake news and social media (Nimrod Dweck, Ynet) Taking advantage of legitimate tools, political strategists can fill newsfeeds with doctored, false information presented as facts. They can spread lies through hundreds of fake accounts, bolstered by real users who accepted friend requests from fake ones. Slowly voters come to believe that the lies are truth. Fake news as a methodology, orchestrated for a purpose, served up to a willing and captivated audience. [Writer is VP of Darkenu, the largest non-partisan civil society movement in Israel, which aims to organize, amplify, and empower the moderate majority of Israelis to exert influence on government policy and on the public discourse.
East Jerusalem Is the Double-edged Sword of Israel's Capital (Haaretz Editorial) Israel has rightfully earned the suspicions of the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.
Straightening out to the Right: The Jews in Europe may find themselves in a dangerous situation (Dr. Kirill Pfefferman, Maariv) Whether it is conservative or traditional parties or a more radical right that grows from right to traditional right, its attitude toward Jews is characterized by several things they hold in common.
Trump brings Nixon’s Madman Theory to tense Syrian standoff (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) It’s hard to stay calm when a volatile and unpredictable U.S. president goes up against wily foxes such as Putin, Erdogan, Assad, Nasrallah and even Netanyahu.
A politician who betrayed public trust cannot return to public life. Ever. (MK Mickey Rosenthal, Maariv) I have nothing personal against Ehud Olmert. After serving his sentence and paying his debt to society I admit and leave. He deserves a second chance, but with all due respect - not at our expense.
Israel needs Olmert (Rafi Eitan, Maariv) Israeli society is undergoing fundamental and personal changes and someone with a personality like Olmert is capable of contributing, balancing, and perhaps directing the social system in Israel in positive directions.
On Asylum Seekers, Netanyahu Shows He Is the Exact Opposite of a Leader (Nehemia Shtrasler, Haaretz+) Netanyahu's boasts of launching the Egypt border fence are a stretch of reality meant to hide the failures of a leader enslaved to public opinion.

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