News Nosh 9.12.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 12, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
“I was disqualified for much less than 'The Arabs want to annihilate us...'"
--Far-right-wing LEHAVA organization chairman, Bentzi Gopstein, whom the High Court disqualified from running for Knesset, tweeted on Twitter after a Facebook message was sent from Netanyahu’s FB account to his supporters saying that they should spread a message that Arab citizens of Israel 'want to annihilate' Jewish Israelis.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“I strongly oppose approving the building addition. This hotel is an anti-Semitic hotel. It’s a hotel that doesn’t recognize Israeli sovereignty.”
--Statement by Jerusalem city councilman from Likud party, Elisha Peleg, who has delayed the expansion of the Palestinian hotel in E. Jerusalem. The members of the city's planning committee expressed amazement at the councilman’s stance and told him that approval of construction cannot be denied on such a basis.**


Breaking News:
Report: U.S. believes Israel planted listening devices near White House
Politico says devices that mimicked cell phone towers also placed in other 'senstive locations' around Washington; Israeli officials vehemently deny claims, calling report 'blatant lie.' (Haaretz and Ynet)

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News Nosh 9.10.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 10, 2019

 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"After all, there are 1.8 million Arab residents."
--Statement made by former state comptroller Yosef Shapira, who at the time explained why he instructed his office to translate the prefaces to every state comptroller report into Arabic. However, his successor, Matanyahu Englman, does not see that reason as sufficing and intends to cancel the translations to Arabic.**

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Rosh Hashana: A Holiday of Hope - Barbara Green

Barbara Green is a long-time activist and volunteer with Americans for Peace Now

I groaned when asked to write a peace parsha for Rosh Hashana this year.  It gets harder each time. The reasons for optimism fade almost daily. With a critical election looming in Israel and an American president who calls Jewish Democrats disloyal, it's tempting to just walk away from the Israel issue and our longstanding struggle for an end to the Occupation and the creation of a Palestinian state.  Every once in a while, I remember the feeling of euphoria after the signing of the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn in 1993. We used to make a gesture -- thumb and forefinger a scant millimeter apart -- and say to ourselves, "Peace is this close. It can never go back to the way it was." Didn't really happen that way, right?

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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News Nosh 9.9.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday September 9, 2019

 
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
“I really asked my staff, and they all said that you looked pleasant and gentle and that you are surely a good dentist but everyone thought that this way, with the head covering, it wouldn’t work for us in the clinic … even if we would make you appointments and fill the schedule … people wouldn’t want … there would be a lot of problems with this … We’d have a lot of problems, which wouldn’t be justified, but we’d have problems with this. So you know, I’m left with the sympathy and the good intentions but I can’t fulfill them … I can’t fulfill it under these conditions.”
Director of dental clinic tells Arab dentist who wears a Muslim headscarf why she didn’t get the job. He was fined.*

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
"When it comes to the suspects who are in custody, who don't see their family, who are under psychological pressure that is suitable for use by the Shin Bet investigations - we are in trouble. This is how evidence is obtained? Is that the way?"
--Yedioth senior commentator Ben-Dror Yemini argues that the psychological methods used by the Shin Bet interrogators for obtaining testimony (ostensibly from Palestinians) are unsuitable for use not by the Shin Bet - in other words, that Jewish Israelis should not be interrogated the way that Palestinians are by the Shin Bet But he expresses no problem with those methods being used on Palestinians.**


Breaking News:
Iranian militias in Syria launch failed missile strike against Israel after 18 people were killed in an aerial attack by an unidentified aircraft on Iranian targets in Syria near the Iraq border. (Israel Hayom and Ynet)

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News Nosh 9.8.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday September 8, 2019
 

You Must Be Kidding #1: 

"Rabin murdered Holocaust survivors."
--Yair Netanyahu, son of the prime minister, wrote in a Tweet.


You Must Be Kidding #2: 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned in recent days of the danger that the election will be “stolen" due to alleged voter fraud by Arab citizens of Israel. The Likud party alleged voter fraud at more than a hundred polling stations from the April elections.
The police investigated and found one case in favor of Likud.**


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News Nosh 9.5.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 5, 2019

 
Quotes of the day:
"We won't let them steal the election."
--Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says speaking of his party's attempt to pass a bill to place cameras at polling stations to prevent alleged fake votes in Arab sector.*

"Advancing the bill, even though it has no chance, is meant to keep the narrative of 'Arabs stealing the vote' in the minds of Likud voters. This will get them to go out and vote."
--A source within Likud told Maariv.*

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News Nosh 9.4.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 4, 2019
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"The education minister not only goes beyond his purview, he simply acts as if he's the minister of religionization. He doesn't care about Israeli students, but only how to turn them into settlers living in the West Bank."
--Democratic Camp party member, Stav Shafir, and Meretz party leader, Nitzan Horowitz, said after far right-wing Education Minister Rafi Peretz promoted plans to have school children make school trips in the West Bank.**

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PeaceCast: APN’s Debra Shushan and Ori Nir, Hosted by Bill Press

In this special episode of PeaceCast, APN’s Debra Shushan and Ori Nir are the interviewees rather than the interviewers on the Bill Press Pod. A co-production.

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News Nosh 9.3.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 3, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
“I suppose the message today from the Likud campaign will be something like, ‘Ayoub Kara is a leftist who collaborates with the enemies of Israel, the New Israel Fund, the cable and satellite council and George Soros, with the aim of ousting an incumbent prime minister, establishing a Hamas state whose capital is at Channel 13 in Givatayim and appointing Azmi Bishara as Minister of Defense.’”
--Maariv’s senior political commentator Ben Caspit guesses the Likud reaction to the recordings released that reveal Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shouting at then-Communications Minister, Ayoub Kara, telling him what he expected him to do on Netanyahu's behalf.*

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