News Nosh 05.29.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 29, 2015 

Quote of the day:
"I really hope we won't get to that point because it will be a tsunami for Israeli soccer."
--Former Israel Soccer Association chief Yaakov Arel said the FIFA vote whether to suspend Israel


Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Israel’s judgment day at FIFA
  • The threat: All trains to strike starting Sunday
  • State Comptroller demands Netanyahu explain if he has a conflict of interests serving as Minister of Communications (media)
  • It passed peacefully – Culture Minister Miri Regev gave her speech before the performance of Shalom Hanoch and was booed by many in the audience, but despite Hanoch’s threats to respond sharply, he just sang
  • IDF draft-dodging? Forget renewing your driver’s license, renewing your passport, getting tax and housing benefits
  • He has a case – (Arab) Actor Kais Nashef on racism he experienced and his relations with actress Dana Modan
  • A year without them – The mothers of Gil-Ad, Eyal and Naftali, who were kidnapped and murdered, speak about the unending longing
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • The ball is in their hands – FIFA decides today whether to accept Palestinian request to suspend Israel
  • FIFA’s lie // Yaakov Ziv
  • Never fear (Israel won’t be suspended from FIFA) // Ron Amikam
  • Not cultured: Whistles of scorn during (Culture Minister) Miri Regev’s speech at opening of Israel Festival
  • Returning to the sea – Pressure and threats did the job: Port workers returned last night to work after one day strike and millions of shekels of damage to economy 
  • Efforts to cancel Railway workers Sunday strike
  • Agreement between National Labor Union (Histadrut) and Israel Chemicals: 100 workers will voluntarily leave
  • “It’s possible we didn’t really know him” – Friends of Ariel Runis, Interior Ministry manager and former Shin Bet employee, who committed suicide over a Facebook post that accused him of racism
  • The battle over (the portfolio of) Jerusalem // Ben Caspit
  • 18-year-old died after drowning in a water reservoir in Beit Zayit
  • The deal and the questions: The whole story about the acquisition of missile boats
  • To the end: Ruth David, the prosecutor who committed suicide and closing the circle (on the Fisher affair)
Israel Hayom
  • “Harming Israel will bring FIFA’s fall” - Netanyahu on FIFA vote today to suspend Israel. Israel making efforts to prevent vote
  • Negotiations failed: Fear of Israel Railways strike on Sunday
  • White House to Iraq: “ISIS is your problem”
  • 8 principles to prevent Iranian nukes
  • (Mobster) Asi Abutbul tried to commit suicide in jail
  • Police investigating connections between (arrested lawyer) Fisher and the Secretary General of the Teachers Union
  • Game of Thrones: Nicholas Sarkozy speaks about the comeback of his life
  • After he lost his legs: Gadi Yarkoni (injured on last day of Gaza war at his kibbutz near Gaza) is running to politics
  • ISIS danger – The murderous organization is conquering and butchering and the world stands by // special project
  • Rabbi Haim Druckman and his wife in a rare interview together
  • The bereaved parents can make a grandchild from their son who was killed, despite the opposition of his widow

News Summary:
**The possible suspension of Israeli teams from world soccer is the biggest story in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Israeli officials scrambled last night to prevent the vote by the FIFA world soccer organization to oust Israel at the Palestinian request for Israeli preventing Palestinian national soccer players from traveling and for having Israeli settler soccer teams in the occupied Territories. Israel offered a number of concessions, but the vote is likely to take place today.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said banning Israel would “be FIFA’s collapse.” The former head of the Israeli Soccer Association, Yaakov Arel, said Israeli suspension would be "a tsunami for Israeli soccer."
 
Also in the news, many in the audience booed the new Culture Minister Miri Regev, who recently expressed support for political censorship of the arts, during her speech at the Israel Festival last night. And, the new far-right-wing Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked made her first bill proposal: harsher punishment for stone throwers. [It’s likely she is referring to Palestinian one, not Jewish ones. – OH] A Knesset panel will advance the bill to put in jail for 10 years someone who throws a stone or another object at a moving vehicle in a way that can endanger the driver or passenger’s safety, 20 years if the intent was to cause grievous injury. 
  
Barely mentioned was that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he’s coming to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories next month in an attempt to revive peace talks.

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