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News Nosh 1.29.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, January 29, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"So you can feel sorry for the Prime Minister, admire him for operating under impossible conditions - but we must take into account that Netanyahu is a prime minister under influence. Particularly when we know about his wife's involvement in the most critical and fateful decisions of our lives. Now, after we heard it with our own ears, we cannot say we didn't know."
--From the analysis of senior Yedioth political commentator, Sima Kadmon, following the revealing of a chilling audio recording yesterday of the Prime Minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu. Maariv's senior political commentator, Ben Caspit, wrote a similar analysis (See Commentary/Analysis below).*

Quote of the Day #2:
"...whoever denies his responsibility for the war crimes he himself perpetrates against the Palestinians should not be surprised by others. The Polish law is nothing more than the Nakba Law in the Polish version."
--Arab MK Hanin Zoabi sees hypocrisy in the outrage over the Polish bill to outlaw accusing Poland of Nazi crimes.**
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News Nosh 1.26.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, January 26, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Contrary to many estimates, including those written in this column, Trump eventually decided to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem at everyone's expense. He changed the paradigm and did not just think out of the box, but smashed the box into pieces and is now trying to put together a new box. We must pray that he succeeds, because we are the ones who are living in this broken box."
--Ben Caspit, Maariv's senior political commentator, writes about the effect of US President Donald Trump's warm embrace of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Israel.*
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News Nosh 1.25.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, January 25, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"I would be happy to sit on a roof and see Amos Oz dissipate like smoke from the chimney in Treblinka.”
--Music producer Dudu Elharar explains how much he hates left-wing Israelis, like renowned author Amos Oz, who use Nazi symbols in comparisons with the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.*
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News Nosh 1.23.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Mike Pence's remarks in the Knesset yesterday stemmed from his religious faith, but they represent only his community. We also have to get along with the rest of the world."
--Maariv's senior political commentator Ben Caspit on the Israeli excitement over the visit of US Vice President Mike Pence.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Dr. David Zadok, the new director of the opthalmological department at Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital fired five doctors - all Arabs.**
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News Nosh 1.22.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, January 22, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
In a negative-toned report, 'Israel Hayom' newspaper said the Israeli military is "favorably considering" a request by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel to send a military representative to participate in the group's legal training program for attorneys in the field of international humanitarian law." The paper called the Association for Civil Rights in Israel an "extremist" left-wing organization, but offered no support for its claim.*


Breaking News:
Pence Tells Israeli Lawmakers: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Will Open Before End of 2019
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News Nosh 1.19.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, January 19, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“Archaeologists have been digging in Jerusalem for 150 years and no one shrinks from saying this is the palace of David, this is from one date or the other. But although carbon-14 dating has been around for a long time, almost no one applied this method here.”
—Yuval Gadot, an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University and one of the leaders of “Setting the Clock in the City of David,” a four-year project that will accurately radiocarbon-date the complex layers of ancient Jerusalem and answer questions about the historicity of the biblical account - including the incendiary issue of whether an ancient Israelite united monarchy under David and Solomon really did exist. Skeptics say that in some cases the dating and interpretation of ancient sites may have been twisted to fit the biblical narrative by scholars eager to prove religious texts right.
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News Nosh 1.18.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, January 18, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
 “Public funds are not supposed to be used for political needs. The political debate must be conducted with equitable tools, not with one side getting public funds.”
—Hagit Ofran, Peace Now’s Settlement Watch director criticized the funneling of public funds to Regavim, a prominent right-wing organization.*

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News Nosh 1.17.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Israelis have committed war crimes here and there; the Shin Bet was involved in the education system in the Arab sector; Israel has treated its Arab citizens in a manner that doesn't dignify a democratic state (and other civilians). If Israel commits acts that the courts in Israel or the world would reject, it is appropriate for citizens of the state to know about this and decide whether it is acceptable to them."
--Outgoing Chief Archivist of Israel's National Archives, Yaakov Lazovik, wrote in a scathing report that Israel is concealing embarrassing parts of its history under the guise of security.*


Breaking News:
Reports: Israel Attacked 'Hezbollah Arms Depot' in Syria's Damascus (Haaretz)

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News Nosh 1.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
“We are writing to you in the conviction that the time has come for a world-wide protest against the organized inhumanity of the Government of the Union of South Africa…We have watched with great concern the relentless pursuit of official racism (apartheid) by the South African Government. It has defied the most elemental considerations of human decency in its treatment of African and Asian citizens, loosely called non-whites…While there is time, we hope you will join us in this undertaking. We look forward to your affirmative reply as indicated by your signature on the enclosed card.”
—Parts of a recently unearthed letter co-written in 1957 to Jewish philosopher Martin Buber by Martin Luther King Jr. asking him to join the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.*


Quote of the Day #2:
"When Israeli officers sanctimoniously warn that 95 percent of Gaza's water is unfit to drink, they ignore the original absurdity: Israel forces Gaza to make do with water from the aquifer located within its borders. This aquifer, which supplied water to some 300,000 people in 1950, is now supposed to supply the same amount to two million people. Its no wonder there is over-pumping and contamination by sewage and seawater."
--Haaretz journalist Amira Hass writes that the source of Gaza's economic and infrastructure problems, which Israel is warning about, is Israel.**
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News Nosh 1.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday January 12, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"The things he said in that conversation in the car represent exactly who he is: A 26-year-old young man who has no job and lives at the state’s expense. A person who drags an entire security detail wherever he goes 24/7, costing the Israeli public millions. A person who is overwhelmingly involved in the state’s affairs, participates in state events, poses for photographs with world leaders—yet isn’t aware of the price this entails and acts like a spoiled and rotten child."
--Yedioth's senior political commentator, Sima Kadmon, writes about the meaning of what was said in the shameful recordings of the Prime Minister's son, Yair Netanyahu.

Quote of the Day #2:
"The Gaza Strip is a failing territory. Ninety-percent of drinking water there is unfit for drinking, unemployment among young adults is at 60%, and I can give you even more data than that. This is mainly a problem for Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, but the State of Israel is very much affected by this."
--Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, addressed the situation in Gaza at the Globes Israel Business Conference.

Number of the Day:
27.
--Number of seats Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party would receive if elections were held now, following the release of the Yair Netanyahu recordings, beating the ruling Likud party by a record five seats.*
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