News Nosh 10.06.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 6, 2016  
Quote of the day:
"Our group includes women and men together. We want a dialogue in feminine form, with more compassion, listening… We want women's representation among the staff of committees, of (peace) talks, (we want there) to be women in the accords there. And we are together, women and men, but the voice we want to sound is the women's attitude."
--Ulfat Haider, one of the 2000 women who began marching for peace this week.**

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Ohad was killed in the cockpit – third casualty from Pilot’s Course #147
  • (Actress) Anat Atsmon: “I need to be ashamed of being Ashkenazia?”
  • Drama at the courthouse: 14-year-old sued for child support from her father – and won in the High Court
  • My grandfather – Mika Almog on the Peres we didn’t know
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Pilot killed in plane crash when he was returning from bombing
  • Navy succeeded in taking over women’s flotilla that was making its way to Gaza
  • Zionist Camp against (its chairman,) Herzog
  • US against Israel
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
Today’s Hebrew newspapers (with the usual exception of Israel Hayom) highlighted the unusually harsh statement that the US released against Israel for the latter’s latest settlement construction plans, (Israel rejected the criticism, blaming Palestinians for the lack of peace) an Israeli fighter pilot was killed while abandoning his F-16 after returning from an airstrike on the Gaza Strip, which left none wounded, and the Israeli Navy took control of the women’s peace flotilla that was attempting to break the siege on Gaza, making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers. But other women - some two thousand - began a two-week march for peace at Israel’s border with Lebanon.
Quick Hits:
  • 2,000 women begin two-week march for peace to end in mass rally in Jerusalem - Women Wage Peace organization sets out on march from Lebanese border in event to be joined by women from around the world. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Israel Seeks More Time Over Prosecution of West Bank Rabbi for Incitement to Violence - Prosecution asks High Court for further extension before deciding whether to indict far-right Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of Yitzhar. (Haaretz+) 
  • Herzog: No unity government talks underway - Zionist Union chair denies engaging in talks with PM, but Netanyahu associate insists that Herzog's party is a desired partner; Their last round of negotiations ended with the surprise addition of Yisrael Beytenu to the coalition, with its chair MK Avigdor Liebermen becoming minister of defense. (Ynet
  • Israel Air Force opens window on secretive Shaldag commando unit - In demonstration for the media, soldiers simulate seizure of strategic facility in an unnamed Arab state. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • Israel Arrests Seven Palestinian Teens Over Pipe-bomb Attack on Rachel's Tomb - The seven, aged 16-17, allegedly threw makeshift explosives at holy Jewish site near Bethlehem in the West Bank. (Haaretz
  • Abbas's attendance at Peres's funeral stirs controversy in the West Bank - In the week following the Jerusalem funeral of Shimon Peres, Ramallah has seen protests both for and against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to attend the funeral. (Agencies, Haaretz
  • Miri Regev's culture policy once again under fire, High Court petitioned - Culture Minister Miri Regev's changes to artistic funding criteria discriminatory, says group. Under new policy, troupes performing in Judea and Samaria rewarded and those abstaining punished. Culture Ministry says changes in accordance with law. (Israel Hayom
  • Israeli soldier who accidentally killed friend to get 28 months in plea deal\ - The deal involves the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Vital Barmash in May as the soldier was handling his loaded weapon. (Haaretz
  • Israeli army major suspended for allegedly sending explicit pictures over WhatsApp - Artillery corps officer is further accused of asking his subordinates to submit photographs of themselves naked for him to view. (Haaretz
  • Yedioth Ahronoth discovers an open, unsecured IDF base - A Yedioth Ahronoth reporter found an IDF base which is completely exposed and can be entered by anyone; the reporter entered, walked around for an hour, took a photo next to a brigade commander's office, and wasn't even asked to explain his presence. (Yedioth/Ynet
  • Arab Twitter Storm Flares Over References to Palestinian 'Terrorism' in Qatari Textbook - Qatar pulls a textbook from a private international school's curriculum after fellow Arabs complain on social media about how it portrays the Palestinians. (Haaretz
  • Israeli farmers protest Turkish produce imports - As a way to help lower the cost of living, the Israeli government decided to allow imports of fresh produce from abroad into Israel; now, with a government initiative to import tomatoes from Turkey, Israeli farmers are rising up and demanding a halt to this attack on their livelihoods. (Ynet
  • Palestinian Authority makes debt payment to Israel Electric Corp - As part of deal clinched between Finance Ministry, PA, original debt sees hundred of millions of shekels waived, remainder of balance will be paid in 48 installments • Israel, PA to establish joint entity to oversee collecting of IEC bills. (Israel Hayom)
  • Syria to Reduce Airstrikes in Aleppo to Alleviate Humanitarian Crisis, Military Source Says - Decision to reduce air strikes and artillery bombardment taken after the army's advances succeeded in cutting all the entry roads into Aleppo used by rebels. (Agencies, Haaretz)

Through the lens: The Israeli Air Force
For the first time in years, the Israeli Air Force allowed a media photographer to board flights and document almost everything. The photos, captured by Yedioth Ahronoth photographer Gadi Kabalo, are presented in this story. (Gadi Kabalo, Yedioth/Ynet)
How Did the World Remain Silent During the Holocaust? Exactly the Way It’s Doing in Aleppo (Nitzan Horowitz, Haaretz+) President Obama, at the end of his term, must enforce a no-fly zone if the massacre is to end.
Peres will be forgotten: There is no place in Israel of the right-wing for those whose connects to peace (Ran Adelist, Maariv) Netanyahu provided Peres with the license to play in the game of peace, and Peres believed him. While the President was busy selling practicality to the leaders in the world, the Prime Minister was strengthening the legacy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir (expanding settlement enterprise - OH). 
Small Factions in Gaza Could Drag Israel, Hamas Into Military Confrontation (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) With a single rocket, a Salafi group embarrassed the sovereign in the Strip while portraying itself as leading the fight against Israel.
The year in which incitement has become a profession, it is more important than ever to ask for forgiveness (Avihu Sofer, Maariv) We are good at asking for forgiveness. But a minute after we cleaned our conscience, we fill the cartridge that harms others and re-load a collection of offensive statements. 
Shimon Peres' true legacy could be redeemed when Hillary Clinton is elected president (Amir Oren, Haaretz+) If elected to office, Hillary Clinton would have the power, if she chooses, to bring the Oslo peace process back on track. 
Obama's message to Netanyahu during Peres's funeral (Alexander J. Apfel, Yedioth/Ynet) While paying tribute to Shimon Peres, Obama employed his oratorical prowess to communicate to the PM his true feelings toward him by expressing his perception of the startling contrast between the former president, inspired by hope, and the prime minister, gripped by fear.
Obama’s Zionist Legacy (Ari Shavit, Haaretz+) Two speeches by the U.S. president were more precise, on-point and moving than anything said by any center-left Israeli leader of the past generation.
Arab leaders aren't learning the lesson (Prof. Eyal Zisser, Israel Hayom) In deciding to boycott Shimon Peres' funeral, the Israeli Arab leaders did a disservice to the citizens they are supposed to be serving and strengthened the claim that they are working against the state, itself.
Israeli Jews' Debt to Peres (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) When suitable, we granted the Palestinians freedom of movement. When it empowered them too much, we revoked it. At most of these junctures, Peres was there. 
Israel Needs a Mizrahi Revolution on the Left (Ofra Rudner, Haaretz+) The government is offering a place in the canon in exchange for submission to the new white elite and its Zionist ethos - a fanatic, messianic, passive-aggressive mutation of the old colonialism.
Arab MKs breaking the rules of the game (Aviad Kleinberg, Yedioth/Ynet) Participating in Shimon Peres’s funeral is not a show of support for the private person, but for his official position; it is no different from Knesset members pledging allegiance to the State of Israel and its laws. 
After the Hadash Snub of Peres' Funeral, You Can Count Me Out (Uzi Baram, Haaretz+) The radical shift that the Arab party has undergone prevents it from joining in Israeli mourning. 
Israel's Contempt for the Western Wall Compromise (Haaretz Editorial) Every day that the government avoids implementing its own decision it is spitting in the face of American Jews of all streams and world views.

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