News Nosh 10.27.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday October 27, 2017
Quote of the day:
"The ruling is based on live and let live. My ruling does not reflect a ruling of value on the desirable character of the Shabbat. This is not a secular or a religious ruling. This ruling reflects the correct interpretation of the law."
Retired chief justice Miriam Naor read her last ruling yesterday, which allows supermarkets to operate on Sabbath.*

You Must Be Kidding:
Pinchas Wallerstein, a settler who admitted lying to illegally advance construction of a settlement outpost, will head an Outpost Legalization Team.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • New Chief Justice Esther Hayut: “There are attempts to harm the judicial authority”
  • Ultra-Orthodox vs. High Court: This is a coup.
  • In her last ruling as chief justice, Miriam Naor prevented the closure of supermarkets on Sabbath
  • Each person and their way // Uri Keidar
  • No justice in the High Court // Kobi Bremer
  • “(We need) to approve bunker buster bombs for Israel” - Former CIA chief, Michael Hayden
  • Ambassador Flicker - Judoka Tal Flicker, who won gold medal in tournament in Abu Dhabi, sang the national anthem, ‘Hatikva,’ himself because it wasn’t played in the hall: “I’m proud of my country”
  • With tied hands - Yaron Bloom, the Prime Minister’s new liaison for captives and missing, will soon learn he doesn’t have real freedom to negotiate
  • Moving to winter time
  • The circle closed: Who was the Egyptian soldier who wrote the diary at the ‘Chinese Farm’ in Sinai
Israel Hayom
  • Ultra-Orthodox: “We will legislate a High Court bypass law against the Sabbath ruling” - Naor’s final ruling as chief justice: It is allowed to open supermarkets on Sabbath
  • Gold in the old Middle East
  • Catalonia’s moment of truth
  • Following ‘Israel Hayom’ expose: Bill for fair competition between HMOs
  • Knesset report: There is Judaism, there isn’t religionization
  • Former head of department of investigations in police Anti-Fraud Unit: “Opening investigations against public figures - is unbearably easy”
  • Don’t forget to move the clocks
  • The 67 words that set the groundwork for establishing the state: Back to the Balfour Declaration

News Summary:
*A landmark ruling that sparked outrage and an Israeli judoka who was ‘humiliated,’ but still won the gold, were the top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Just before handing over the reigns of Israel’s High Court to the new Chief Justice Esther Hayut, Miriam Naor made a landmark ruling that supermarkets in Tel-Aviv could operate on the Sabbath, sparking an uproar among ultra-Orthodox Jews. Of the extended seven-justice panel, only the two religious justices voted in opposition. 

Meanwhile, Israeli papers proudly reported that despite Abu Dhabi “doing everything to humiliate” (Yedioth) the Israeli judoka, Tal Flicker, he won the gold medal. But the Israeli national anthem was not played in the hall and Flicker sang it himself.

Yedioth also ran a front-page report of accusations by an ultra-Orthodox woman who is suing Sara Netanyahu for allegedly abusing her when she worked in the Prime Minister's Residence.

Oddly, the statement by Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz that Israel will take action "by itself" to stop Iran from getting nuclear arms barely made print.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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