News Nosh 01.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday January 10, 2014


Quote of the day:

"Esh Kodesh is an outpost that serves as launching ground for severe unlawful activity, and as such... it creates severe friction that causes harm to people and their property, and therefore heavily burdens the security authorities."

-- Peace Now calls for the government to take down the illegal outpost and remove its settlers.**

Front Page News:


Yedioth Ahronoth


  • Sharon in critical condition (Hebrew)
  • Maariv poll: The people oppose an agreement (Hebrew)
  • 80% of Israelis don't believe negotiations will lead to peace agreement
  • 34% support and 53% oppose agreement that would include keeping settlement blocs, land swaps and Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state
  • 73% are unwilling to give up on IDF presence in Beqaa Jordan Valley as part of a peace agreement
  • Kerry's journey: From trip to trip the depth of the gap between the Israeli and American positions is revealed regarding Jerusalem, security arrangemens and the future borders
  • Ramallah: Palestinian police had to evacuate an Israeli delegation that arrived for peace talks because of a violent demonstration (Hebrew)
  • Waiting for Silvan - Natan Sharansky and Dalia Itzik told their associates: If Silvan Shalom runs for President, we won't (Hebrew)
  • Following the African asylum seekers general strike: Palestinians illegally staying in Israel offer themselves for manual labor in Tel-Aviv
  • Within two years: 9000 illegal buildings built in Bedouin area in Negev
  • Ronen Shuval leaves the head of the [far right-wing] 'Im Tirtzu' movement and reveals that Netanyau offered him job of government cabinet secretary
  • Aviva Gat, the secular mother of the (ultra-Orthodox) Breslav singers who conquered 'A star is born' reality show, reveals her complicated family

Israel Hayom

  • Parting - Family members and close friends collected around bed of Ariel Sharon in his last hours
  • Storm in political establishment following criticism over US mediation in negotiations
  • Aharonovitch decided: (Police Commissioner) Danino - for another year
  • The live polio vaccine is now part of the routine vaccinations


Peace Talk Highlights:
The top story in today's Hebrew papers was that former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon is on the verge of death. Meanwhile, Haaretz reported that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejects including Jerusalem in US Secretary of State John Kerry's framework deal. Maariv's Eli Bardenstein reported that a large gap exists between the Israelis and the Americans on the issues of security arrangements, Jerusalem and drawing borders without any real solution. Bardenstein writes that the draft of the framework deal is stuck. Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian ground root peacemakers were forced to end their meeting in Ramallah and the Israelis were evacuated by Palestinian police after Palestinian protesters threw stones at the hotel where the peace talks were taking place. The activists protesting the meeting said that  "Normalization is treason" and held up signs that read: "Inside this hall sits Israeli officers who killed our children."

Quick Hits:

  • Report: Boy splashes chlorine on Palestinian women in Jerusalem - A 12-year-old ultra-orthodox Jewish boy on Thursday splashed a Palestinian woman with chlorine at a light rail station in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. (Maan)
  • **Peace Now: Israel must dismantle hotspot outpost - Israeli NGO slams government over controversial 'wildcat' Esh Kodesh outpost, demanding its removal. Several outpost residents were arrested for entering Palestinian village. (Ynet)
  • Israeli forces, rightists tour Aqsa compound - A group of newly recruited Israeli soldiers and a group of rightist Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque (compound). Separately, they said 17 Israeli rightists led by extremist lawyer Yehuda Glick entered Al-Aqsa. Furthermore, a group of Israeli intelligence officers toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Maan)
  • A third of Israeli Arabs in favor of towns being annexed to Palestinian state - Haaretz poll also shows increase in percentage of Arabs who support land swaps as part of future peace deal. (Haaretz)
  • Right-wing MKs against MK: "He should move to the Jordanian Parliament" - Fury in Knesset in response to MK Ahmad Tibi, who said that he would "fight in the Knesset against the demand for recognition of a Jewish state." MK Regev said that this is a trojan horse. MK Shaked suggested that "if he wants to act against the State of Israel he should outside the Knesset." (NRG Hebrew)
  • Fatah proposes unity government plan to Hamas - The proposal stipulates that President Mahmoud Abbas set dates for new presidential and legislative elections. (Maan)
  • Head of Fatah reconciliation team confirms visit to Gaza - Azzam Al-Ahmad said he phoned Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to arrange the visit. Fatah proposed that legislative and presidential elections be set for six months from now. (Maan)
  • IAF strikes Gaza targets after Palestinians fire at IDF - In response to Palestinian mortar shell fire at IDF force Thursday morning, IAF strikes several targets within Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. (Ynet)
  • Islamic Jihad: Israeli escalation aims to sabotage reconciliation - Earlier Thursday, three Palestinians were injured after an Israeli airstrike targeted the southern Gaza Strip, medical officials said. (Maan)
  • How to get around building regulations in a West Bank outpost - Daughter of the local council chairman comes to the aid of a family who's house was slated for demolition. (Haaretz)
  • Israel excavates site in flashpoint West Bank city - Israel Antiquities Authority plan excavation in West Bank city of Hebron, intend to develop archeological park. Critics say dig aimed to legitimize Jewish settlement in 'occupied West Bank.' (Ynet)
  • The fate of a Palestinian investor who called for Abbas' resignation - As the Quartet and U.S. try to attract foreign investors to develop the Palestinian Authority's economy, the bureaucracy experiences of the Palestinian-Canadian Sabawi family are driving it away from the West Bank. (Haaretz)
  • Palestinian prisoner suffers from 'hysteria' after hunger strike - Thaer Abdullah, a Palestinian inmate in Israel's Ofer prison, was on hunger strike for 50 days and suffered from brain dehydration. Now he suffers from hysteria. (Maan)
  • Watch: Israel's elite SWAT team in action - In special show of force for Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel's elite 'terror monkeys' unit shows the most impressive and daring of its missions, all shot from special helmet-cams. (Ynet)
  • IDF welcomes first female combat doctor in elite counterterror unit - Dr. Shani joins the Duvdevan counterterrorism unit as a combat doctor, coming in ahead of three male candidates for the position. Shani: "I can't wait to go out into the field with the other soldiers." (Israel Hayom)
  • Cyber attack targeted 28 embassies in Tehran, report shows - Emails to embassies in Tehran about the Syrian conflict contained a new data-mining malware, to which no defenses had yet been programmed. (Haaretz
  • ZOA slams call by U.K. actors for boycott of Habima Theater production in London - Among the three-dozen actors who issued the boycott call was Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson. (Haaretz)
  • Bangladeshi journalist who wanted to visit Israel arrested - 7-year sentence for a local newspaper editor of the Asian republic, who planned to give a speech in Tel-Aviv about the emergence of Islamic militancy in his country. (Agencies, NRG Hebrew)
  • Iran nuclear talks hit snag over centrifuge research - Iran announces it has developed a new model of advanced nuclear centrifuge, highlighting challenges facing negotiations with world powers over the terms of their Nov. 24 agreement. (Israel Hayom)


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

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