News Nosh: May 25, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 25, 2018
Number of the day:
--Number of Jewish-Israeli housing units in the West Bank whose construction Israel plans to approve.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel's High Court approved razing a West Bank Bedouin village, because it didn’t have construction permits that are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain from Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank.**

Front Page:
  • (Bezeq Telecom main shareholder) Elovitch on Netanyahu’s aid to Bezeq Telecom: I understand that he is willing to commit suicide for me
  • Labor Minister Haim Katz will stand trial for corruption
  • High Court approved destroying a Bedouin village and evicting its residents because it had no construction permit
  • Elderly LGBTs suffer from isolation and are afraid to go back to the closet
  • Trump cancelled the meeting with the N. Korean leader, claiming that he demonstrated hostility
  • Soldier critically wounded from a brick thrown on him by a Palestinian during an arrest raid in the West Bank
  • Arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin to open preschools in Jerusalem
  • (Left-wing activist) Ezra Nawi will be indicted for violating a clause in the Oslo Accord
  • High Court will rule whether Jews of Iraq ere victims of the Nazi regime
  • The treatment method of the ‘psychologist of the fringes’: Nudity and fines
  • Will the accordion, the symbol of the Old Israel, have a place in the new one? // Roee Chicky Arad
  • Ayman Seif explains why Netanyahu is actually good for the Arabs, after all
  • Claims of sexual harassment put a shadow over the image of (Rabbi) Shlomo Carlebach
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Special - The underground bunker - It is protected from every possible danger - Everything that it is permissible to tell about the place where from now on all security cabinet meetings will be held
  • Syria accuses: Israel attacked a military airport in Homs
  • The summit collapsed (Photo of Kim Jung On and Trump)
  • Praying for his health - Duvdevan Unit soldier is fighting for his life
  • Following a hearing: Minister Haim Katz will be indicted
  • In IDF, recommending that soldiers be treated at HMOs
  • What broke him - the life and death of A., the young man from Samaria [West Bank], who was a Shin Bet source - and committed suicide
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • “Israel destroyed an Iranian missile base”
  • About the ‘Adir’ (F-35 jet) in Beirut skies: (Air Force Chief) The PR guy of the stealth fighter // Ben Caspit; A showcase // Avi Benayahu
  • “The draft law will lead to early elections” - Political establishment thinks that the ultra-Orthodox parties will oppose the Defense Ministry’s plan to integrate ultra-Orthodox into the IDF and will pressure to advance an exemption law
  • Duvdevan Unit soldier fighting for his life
  • On the buzzer - Last minute efforts to prevent the early end to the basketball season following the strike of the players
  • Conquered the summit: (Singer) Omer Adam excited audience of 30,000 in Haifa
  • Non-stop fire: Crime in the Arab sector is breaking records
  • Withdrawal or escape: 10 years since the IDF withdrew from southern Lebanon
  • Secret of forever: “Stars Outside,’ by Natan Alterman, is with us already 80 years
  • Right to speak: Shimrit Meir examines Abu Mazen
Israel Hayom
  • The lane of hate: Millions from Europe going to boycott - On the surface, the EU opposes BDS. But a Ministry of Strategic Affairs report revealed: The EU transfers millions of Euros a year to organizations that call for boycott of Israel
  • Duvdevan Unit soldier fighting for his life
  • (Minister Haim) Katz is on the way to indictment
  • Trump cancelled the summit with Kim
  • Another report on an attack in Syria: Military airport bombed near Homs
  • Following the players’ strike: The basketball league administration declared the end to the season; Night efforts to solve the crisis
  • Former MK Einat Wilf and investigator Adi Schwartz trying to deflect the spotlight of the conflict from the ‘Territories’ to the ‘Right of Return’ // Nadav Shragai
  • Road block ahead: Police Commissioner Alsheikh fighting in battle whose results are known in advance // Mati Tuchfeld
  • They aren’t 10-years-old yet, but they are making thousands of shekels on social media networks: The future stars of Isarel
  • He’s burning - Netanyahu, the left-wing, IDF Radio - and the soldier who fell in battle: Razi Barkai (radio host of ‘It’s All Burning’) in a very personal interview
  • Bigger than life - Netta Barzilai summarizes an exciting period and prepares for life after Eurovision

News Summary:
Israel apparently bombed a military airport near Homs, Syria, an Israeli soldier was critically wounded by a Palestinian during an arrest raid in the West Bank and (another) Israeli minister will be indicted for corruption - making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Meanwhile, Israeli analysts wondered whether it was wise for Israel's Air Force chief to show off Israel’s F-35 over Beirut skies. (Maariv reported that ministers also called it 'unnecessary arrogance.)

*Meanwhile, the Israeli government will vote to approve the immediate construction of another 2,500 housing units in the West Bank, followed by another 1,400. Maariv’s Yanir Kuzin wrote that the government is renewing the settlement construction momentum because it has the ‘tailwind’ of the US administration.

**Also on Thursday, Israel’s High Court approved razing a West Bank Bedouin village, Khan Al-Ahmar, because it didn’t have the building permits that are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain from Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank, and it declared IDF conduct on the Gaza border fence - ie. opening fire on unarmed demonstrators -  legal. (However, the court also said that due to the large number of killed and injured Palestinians with wounds above the waist, the court expected: a) the IDF would immediately make changes voluntarily to further reduce casualties, and b) possible individual violations of the laws of war by individual soldiers would be thoroughly investigated,” Jerusalem Post reported.

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