News Nosh 10.9.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, October 9, 2017

Quote of the Day #1:
“I call on Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] and [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu – enough! Sit already. Sit already! We want peace. Listen to our cry, it comes from our hearts. Listen to the cries of truth and justice, we want peace, from this place hope emerges.”
Among the speakers at the Women Wage Peace rally in Jerusalem Sunday was former MK Shaqib Shanan, whose son Kamil was killed in a Palestinian attack at the Temple Mount three months ago.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“It is probably the only positive article appearing in the paper, and should appear on the front page, not page 7. It is one that gives us hope that one day it will be normal for Jews and Arabs to come together, celebrating and honoring each other’s holidays and special occasions.”
Reader writes in response to article about Israeli Arab couple that build sukkah and invite both Jews and Arabs to come and celebrate the holiday and break stereotypes.**

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Respect! Mr. Israel, Judoka Ori Sasson won gold medal in Uzbekistan, Miss Israel, Gal Gadot gave unforgettable performance on legendary satire program, Saturday Night Live
  • The quiet was disrupted: Rocket from Gaza
  • Murdered in a (terror) attack: Shin Bet: Motive for murder of Reuven Shmerling was nationalistic
  • After years: Construction for Jews in Hebron
  • Enormous poll: Every other woman suffers at the gynecologist
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Shin Bet investigation revealed: Reuven Shmerling was murdered in a (terror) attack
  • Trump: “First, a peace agreement, afterward we will consider transferring the (US) embassy”
  • Forever young: Cliff Richard landed in Israel ahead of his solo performance
  • Neighbors of Attorney General on High Court decision [that no permit needed to demonstrate outside his home]: “Surreal”
  • Last night: Rocket shot towards community outside Gaza Strip; IDF attacked in Strip in retaliation
Israel Hayom
  • 11,563 copied on their matriculation exams
  • 2 detained on suspicion of murdering Shmerling
  • Golden - Judoka Ori Sasson won gold medal in Uzbekistan
  • Indictment over attack at Ichilov Hospital: “My husband will come and take you apart”
  • Biggest Cohenim blessing ritual ever - Some 100,000 people attended the ritual at the Wailing Wall
  • Not quiet in the south: Rocket shot toward Western Negev; IDF retaliated by shooting into the Gaza Strip

News Summary:
Israel arrested two Palestinians for what the Shin Bet believed was a nationalistically-motivated murder of a settler at his business in an Arab-Israeli village, and in a strange twist, the Israeli army shelled a Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a rocket launched at Israel by a Palestinian ISIS-affiliated group from Gaza, which was angry at Hamas and wanted Israel to retaliate against Hamas - and in any case, the rocket fell inside the Strip, so there were no Israeli casualties, (Maan reported that Israeli forces also fired flares that caused a fire to break out in Rafah city)
and US President Donald Trump acknowledged, much to the Israeli right-wing government’s chagrin, that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was bad for peace, when he announced that he won’t consider moving the embassy because he wants to 'give peace a shot' first. That said, Yedioth splashed across its front page the news that the Trump administration had agree to allow the Israeli government to announce settlement construction in the West Bank every three to four months, and that the White House no longer would make the distinction between isolated settlements and major settlement blocs nor will it condemn Israeli settlement construction any more, so Israel announced that Netanyahu approved the construction of 3,800 new settler homes - including 30 in Hebron, making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.
Quick Hits:
  • *30,000 Israelis, Palestinians Take Part in Women Wage Peace Rally in Jerusalem - ‘I call on [Abbas] and Netanyahu – enough! Sit already. Sit already! We want peace,’ says former Israeli Arab lawmaker whose son was killed in terror attack on Temple Mount. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli Court: Protesters Outside Attorney General's Home Don’t Need Police Permit - The High Court says this should hold for all protests. The temporary limit of 500 protesters has been lifted. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Israeli (religious right-wing) Activists Celebrate Ancient Sukkot Rite Near (and at) Flashpoint Temple Mount - Tens of thousands attended the event in Jerusalem’s Old City, marking a warming of relations between Orthodox-Jewish activists and the police. Moreover, between 200 and 300 right-wing Israelis and settlers escorted by Israeli police took to the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Temple Mount) compound. (Haaretz+ and Maan)
  • Israeli authorities ban Muslims from Ibrahimi mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron) over Jewish holiday - Israeli authorities have decided to shut down the Ibrahimi mosque to Muslims and non-Jewish visitors and only allow Jewish worshipers access to the holy site, located in Hebron, for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. (Maan)
  • Protests against Greek Orthodox patriarch intensify over church land sales - One activist who called for ouster of Theophilos III of Jerusalem was barred from a town in northern Israel ahead of patriarch's visit. (Haaretz)
  • IDF seeks to boost Bedouin conscription with string of perks - In bid to lure young Bedouin away from joining terror groups such as ISIS, IDF to offer series of incentives to encourage military conscription, including education fees, truncated mandatory service, land discounts and integration into workforce; 'We want to embrace the Bedouin community,' says commander. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Family of Israeli soldier killed in Gaza threatens to involve High Court over Netanyahu's inaction - Relatives of Oron Shaul say they will petition the High Court of Justice unless the prime minister appoints a new coordinator for missing and captured Israelis. (Haaretz+, Israel Hayom and Ynet)
  • Parlez-vous Français? Israel Won't Anymore for Thousands of New Immigrants - Most of the newcomers involved do not yet speak good Hebrew, so the French-immigrant umbrella group is trying to get the program extended. The February 2015 cabinet decision to expand welfare services to French immigrants was intended to encourage aliyah. (Haaretz+)
  • **Letters to the Editor: On Israel's Tourism Industry and Jewish-Muslim Coexistence - We want to express our appreciation to Judy Maltz for her article on Khalil and Reem Bakly and their initiative to build a sukkah and invite both Jews and Arabs to come and celebrate the holiday. (Haaretz)
  • Israel seizes Hamas smuggled military boots - A slippery slope: Land Crossings Authority inspectors foil a Hamas attempt to supply its military wing with professional military boots, hidden inside a shipment of house slippers. (Ynet)
  • Revealed: Israel scrapped plan to bomb Syrian crematoria - U.S. intelligence suggesting Syria is cremating prisoners' bodies prompts Israel to weigh strike: "A nation that lost millions of its people in crematoria cannot stand idly by when this is happening," official says. Plan shelved over escalation fears. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli MK called 'war criminal' while in Morocco - Labor MK Amir Peretz, formerly Israel's defense minister, was jeered by Moroccan MP during conference; former Likud MK Wahabi came in Peretz's defense, telling Moroccan MP: 'You have no right to attack him.' (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Gal Gadot Hosts 'SNL,' Eats Lots of Hummus and Makes Out With Kate McKinnon - Gal Gadot spoofs 'Wonder Woman' and makes fun of the Kardashians in 'SNL' debut. (Haaretz)
  • Bank of Israel reports dramatic rise in quality of life in Israel - Total rise of 4.4% in per capita GDP coupled with negative inflation over past 3 years results in record purchases of cars, real estate and vacations for Israelis • National buying spree is stretching household credit to new limits. (Israel Hayom)
  • Russia issued an international arrest warrant for Jewish-Russian tycoon Michael Babel, who fled to Israel -  Mikhail Babel used his release on bail to escape to Israel after being accused of selling housing projects to several customers at the same time, Kommersant reported. (TheMarker Hebrew and Israel Today)
  • Hezbollah's Nasrallah: Israel and Saudi Arabia, Backed by U.S., Threaten Mideast Stability - Nasrallah adds that the U.S. is slowing down the fight against ISIS, using nuclear deal as pretext for settling accounts with Iran. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Anti-Israel play about terrorists twists facts, sparks outrage - NYU's Skirball Center to show "The Siege," a Palestinian play loosely based on 2002 hostage situation in the Church of the Nativity,  despite its distortion of the facts • Decision doesn't reflect the school's position on a political issue, official says. (Israel Hayom)
  • US approves sale of $15 billion missile defense system to Saudi Arabia - Approval paves way for Saudi Arabia to buy 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers and 360 missiles, which "furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests ... in the face of Iranian and other regional threats," Pentagon says. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • UNESCO to choose new chief amid tensions over Palestinian role - Voting by U.N. cultural body's 58-member executive board starts Monday and will continue until one of the seven candidates wins a majority. Choice will then be put to general UNESCO vote. Egypt's Jewish community backs country's UNESCO candidate. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)

It is impossible to support Kurdish independence and to suppress the Palestinian cause (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) Even if the time for a peace agreement is not ripe, empathy for the people around us who seek liberation does not allow Israel to deny the right of the Palestinian people to a state.
The danger of imploding (Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gershon Hacohen, Israel Hayom) The biggest threat to Israel is not a nuclear Iran but rather a plan that pushes establishing a Palestinian state at the expense of dividing Jerusalem and withdrawing to the 1967 borders. National interests require a review and change in our priorities.
'Transparent' Asserts That Israel Isn't Necessary for Jewish Identity (Shany Littman, Haaretz+) The latest season brings the Pfeffermans on a meaningful trip to the Holy Land, but unlike Conan O'Brien, the show's creators don't work for the country's public relations machine.
In its ruling regarding the demonstrations in Petah Tikva, the High Court of Justice spoke loudly and clearly (Attorney Yehiel Gutman, Maariv) The decision of the High Court, which ruled that there was no need for police approval in order to demonstrate in front of the Attorney General’s home, is a value-based and unequivocal statement, which means empowering the right to demonstrate.
Meretz, Israel's 'Zionist Left' Party, Is Finished (Ron Cahlili, Haaretz+) There’s no such thing as a Zionist left because the terms “left” and “Zionist” are contradictory, and will never make peace with one another. While the basic definition of the universal left is “equality for all, regardless of religion, race and gender,” the basic definition of Zionist is “a national home for the Jewish people.” And the practical application of this is that a Jew has an inherent advantage, not only because of his recent past in Europe, but because he’s a Jew, the simplest explanation…(Meretz) must leave the stage, alone, unaided, erect and with chin up, and allow the new left, which is more varied and aggressive, the left that will redefine Zionism and its goals, to try its luck… because Meretz has no moral right to exist as long as it simultaneously uses both descriptions.
We Have No Other Meretz (Dror Mizrahi, Haaretz+) This Zionist-left party is Israel's only party that carries two banners, diplomatic and social, without blinking and without stuttering…Ron Cahlili’s statements are so detached from reality that it seems they were written by someone who just landed from outer space, and has been away for many months, during which a dramatic social revolution took place in Israel – the increase in monthly government benefits for the disabled. This struggle was led courageously and with determination by the chairman of the Meretz Knesset faction, MK Ilan Gilon.
Mass murderer wasn’t Muslim? What a relief! (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) The people who jumped for joy upon learning the Las Vegas massacre wasn’t committed by a Muslim are stricken with blindness. Jihad can keep relying on the foolishness of the forces of progress, who’ll always be there to say there’s no problem. But the more we ignore these problems, the more we sink into denial, the bigger they become.
The visit of the Syrian defense minister to the Kuneitra region in the Golan is a signal to Israel (Yasir Ukbi, Maariv) Fahd al-Faij's arrival near the border, on the 44th anniversary of what Syria considered a victory in the Yom Kippur War, attests to the importance of the region for the president's regime.
Netanyahu’s Reckless Gamble (Haaretz Editorial+) Israel's PM, directly or through organizations and people who follow him, will push U.S. senators to increase the pressure on Tehran, and in doing so endanger the nuclear agreement.
Israel-Iran conflict in Syria reaching point of no return (Alex Fishman, Yedioth/Ynet) As Tehran keeps ignoring the Israeli warnings against an Iranian expansion in the Middle East, the atmosphere created by the Trump administration against the nuclear agreement is only adding fuel to the fire. The effort to prevent a deterioration will resume immediately after the High Holy Days, but if the diplomatic move fails—Israel is likely headed toward a conflict with Iran.
Imagine if Jews Were Locked Away Behind Concrete Walls for 11 Days (Marilyn Garson, Haaretz+) Netanyahu seals the gates of the West Bank and Gaza, confining millions of Palestinians, to enjoy the Sukkot festival. If anywhere or anyone else demanded a Jew-free holiday, would we shrug that off?
An insane society (Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom) More and more "lone wolf" Palestinian terrorists are mentally ill or in the midst of some personal crisis when they carry out their attacks. But Palestinian society, which glorifies the murder of Jews, is no less deranged than its most disturbed members.
While the extreme right is raising its head in Europe, here it is already in control (Uri Savir, Maariv) The success of the elections for an alternative to Germanism marks the continuation of the change in the Western political world, which threatens globalization and freedom of immigration. Why don’t our leaders condemn it out loud?
A reconciliation no one really wants (Smadar Perry, Yedioth/Ynet) With Abbas refusing to give up his demand to dismantle Hamas’ military wing, and Hamas suspecting the Egyptian middleman is only pushing for reconciliation to prevent more terrorist infiltrations to Sinai, none of the involved parties truly seem to have a real interest in uniting the Palestinian camp. And if such an agreement is actually reached, it might entail an unpleasant surprise for Israel.
The Good News From Gaza (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+) Yes, Palestinian unity is good for the Jews, because it is good for the Palestinians. If your neighbors are embroiled among themselves, it is not good for you either.

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