APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday March 27, 2015
Quote of the day:
"I frankly do not know if it is already too late."
--Outgoing Middle East Envoy Robert Serry calls on the UN Security Council to intervene to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for a two-state solution.**
- IDF applies Israeli penal code to (occupied) Territories
- Regional war: Arab states opened campaign against Yemen
- The goal: To minimize Iran’s influence // Zvi Bar’el
- Copilot crashed the plane intentionally; Motive still unclear
- Giving out jobs: Bennett and senior Likud members stressed, and justly so // Yossi Verter
- Police submitting hundreds of indictments on attacking police, without authority
- The arbitrators between Iran and Israel: A French Jew and an Iranian judge
- At the public’s expense – Kiryat Shmonah residents demanded to pay for ER treatment because of dispute with HMOs
- Historical correction – At age 87, the farmer Joe Wolf is battling Interior Ministry clerks to change his birth date by 10 days
- Israel changed to summer clocks last night
- Pilot, murderer – He committed suicide and took everyone with him
- Storm in the Mossad: Petition against the woman lighting the (Independence Day) torch
- There is hope // Simcha Goldin on how Israelis gave her support when her son 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin was thought captured by Hamas during Operation Protective Edge and yet after elections the people became divided
- The X Files // Sima Kadmon on the crisis in the division of jobs among the potential coalition members
- Did you remember to move the clock forward?
- It happened exactly a week ago // Yehonatan Geffen on being attacked at his home by a right-winger for expressing his disappointment with the election results
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
- Madness in the cockpit
- Getting closer to a nuclear agreement: Rouhani spoke with some of the leaders of the world powers
- Saudis preparing for invasion of Yemen
- What does Barack Obama really want? // Various Maariv commentators
- War game: The staged probe by the IDF into Operation Protective Edge
- “Obama will recognize Iran as a leading country in the Middle East”
- Obama abandons his allies // Boaz Bismuth
- Fateful days in M.E.: US on verge of agreement with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sunni countries opened broad military campaign against Yemen
- The madness: The pilot committed suicide with his plane – and with 149 passengers
- No system is immune to madness // Aharon Lapidot
- Danger to the public: No supervision over coaches and alternative therapists
- Obama’s temper tantrum: against Israel and with Iran // Boaz Bismuth, Mati Tuchfeld
- First day of meetings for forming a coalition: “Demand as much as you can”
The German co-pilot who murdered his passengers, the Israeli Prime Minister's difficulty satisfying the demands of his potential coalition partners, the regional war erupting after Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies launched a military campaign against the Iran-supported Shiite rebels in Yemen and the nearing nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers were today's top stories in the Hebrew newspapers.
**Also in today's news, the outgoing UN Mideast envoy said Israel's settlement building, "may kill the very possibility of reaching peace” through a two-state solution and asked the UN Security Council to lead by presenting a framework for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "I frankly do not know if it is already too late," Robert Serry said. In a damning report on the humanitarian situation released Thursday, the UN said the 2014 Palestinian death toll was the highest since Israel conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. And Israel decided to apply its penal code to Palestinians in the West Bank – with one key exception: Palestinians may not ward off settler attacks, without bearing criminal responsibility, Haaretz+ reported.
The papers also reported that a young Palestinian man drove his car into a tree/ditch and fled, injured, because he was afraid an IDF soldier was trying to kidnap him, when the soldier stopped the 19-year-old’s car and demanded the driver drive him to the [radical - OH] Yizhar settlement.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.