News Nosh: May 4, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 4, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
It took four days for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to delete his false Facebook post falsely claiming the fan's of Israel's only Arab soccer team booed during a moment of silence for Jewish teens killed in a flash flood.*

Quote of the day:
"The Israeli prime minister lies, makes racist statements, incites, doesn’t apologize. Hit and run. Harms for no reason, and runs away without a word of apology when no one pays attention."
—Knesset Member Shelly Yachimovich (Zionist Camp) accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of incitement after he took four days to remove his fake news Facebook post. (Maariv)

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • The flood oversight: The system that could have prevented the disaster
  • Country on wheels - Today the biggest sport event ever held in Israel, the Giro D’Italia, set off
  • The war before the war // Nahum Barnea writes that the prime minister, defense minister and chief of staff are united behind moves that lead to their goal: dragging Iran into a military confrontation
  • Profile: The Iranian commander in Syria // Ronen Bergman
  • This is how it was possible to hack the computers of the archives // Alex Fishman
  • The architect of the nuclear agreement, Ernest Munoz, speaks in an interview
  • Eisenkot’s new general staff // Yossi Yehoshua
  • “Pushed his hand to the blouse, and his head to the chest": Indictment against actor Moshe Ivgi for sexual harassment and indecent acts
  • MK Oren Hazan decided: He’ll run for mayor of Tel-Aviv
  • History: The first gay general in the history of the IDF
  • Late wedding: (Comedienne) Adi Ashkenazi talks about the marriage offer she received and why there needs to be a limit to how many terms the prime minister serves
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • Trump’s plan: Israel will give up the neighborhoods in E. Jerusalem
  • Solving the atom - This is how the operation to get a hold of the Iranian nuclear archives was born, planned and executed
  • The smoking gun // Ben Caspit
  • The big satan // Kalman Libeskind
  • Mr. PR (hasbara) // Avi Benayahu
  • The fear effect // Caroline Glick
  • Nuclear shadow // Udi Segal
  • Master at marketing // Alon Ben-David
  • Satellite photos reveal: Unusual activity at the Fordo nuclear station
Israel Hayom
  • The report on legalizing settlements: This is how the demolition of thousands of [Jewish] homes in Judea and Samaria [West Bank] will be avoided
  • Preparing for the start of the Giro D’Italia bicycle race
  • (Actor) Moshe Ivgi will be put on trial
  • The satellite does not lie - Suspicious activity at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility, which was supposed to be closed
  • On the Op-Ed in the NYT against Abu Mazen: Good morning, where have you been until now? // Amnon Lord
  • Exclusive: Parents of N., a Duvdevan Unit fighter who accidentally killed his fellow soldier, speak about the tragedy
  • Following the floods tragedy, parents and teachers warn about the dangers of school trips
  • “Holot Detention Facility turned into a rest home”: Interior Minister Deri on migration, investigation, Shas and the Shabbat storm
  • The bomb was dropped: Iran entered the trap, but will the great powers abandon the agreement? // Yoav Limor

News Summary:
Satellite images show unusual activity at Iran’s supposedly closed Fordo nuclear site, Israeli actor and director Moshe Ivgy was charged with sexual harassment against four women, and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 'quietly' and 'without any apology or soul-searching' removed his race-baiting Facebook post against the fans of Israel's only Arab soccer team, four days after his accusation against them was revealed as blatantly false, making top stories in today's Hebrew newspapers. Meanwhile, in the commentary section, Israeli analysts wrote about the fears over and moves towards war with Iran.

Also, Maariv reported that Trump’s peace deal plan requires that in the first stage, Israel transfer four neighborhoods in East Jerusalem to Palestinian Authority control [likely only civil and not security - OH] and make East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. [NOTE: None of the neighborhoods around the Old City or downtown E. Jerusalem are included. - OH] The report also said that “Israel had been promised unreserved support from the White House regarding efforts against the Iranian nuclear program. Among other things, the United States will give Israel extensive backing in international forums if it decides to act (militarily) directly against Iran, and as a result is expected to face international condemnation, and will also provide Israel with significant military support in the event of war, even by providing advanced weapons.”

And Israel Hayom revealed a plan to make Israeli settlement outposts in the West Bank ‘legal.’
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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