News Nosh: June 8, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 8, 2018
Confusing numbers of the day:
58% of Israelis were unhappy with Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev following Argentina’s cancellation of the friendly match with Israel in Jerusalem. Argentina said the match was cancelled because it was moved to Jerusalem.
50% of Israelis think it was wrong to move the match from Haifa to Jerusalem.
But 39% of Israelis think that BDS was responsible for the cancellation of the match, 28% blame Regev, 16% don’t know, 11% blame the Argentinian Soccer Association and 6% blamed Palestinian Soccer Association Chairman, Jibril Rajoub.

You Must Be Kidding: 
"We tried other ways, it doesn't work. Hamas wants them to die."
--Speaking in London at end of four-day Europe tour, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explains why Israeli troops use lethal methods to stop Gazan protesters from coming close to the fence.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Alert on the fence [Photo: “Military drone and jeeps on Gaza border on way to intercepting burning kites from Gaza”]
  • Transferring a message: Air Force held exercise simulating bombing of hundreds of targets in Gaza
  • Game of tears - Yedioth poll: [Israelis are] Unhappy with Miri Regev’s conduct as Culture Minister, but blame BDS, forgive Messi and don’t want the insistence on Jerusalem to harm (holding) the Eurovision
  • Regev bankruptcy // Nahum Barnea
  • Dropped a league // Sima Kadmon
  • Field legend // Meir Shalev
  • Following the article in Yedioth, Noam (child with rare genetic disease) will still get to meet Messi
  • Urban warfare - Yedioth investigation: MK Bezalel Smotrich and friends in the ‘Regevim’ movement running campaign against illegal construction, mainly in the Arab sector - while Smotrich and some of the senior members of the movement live in illegal homes
  • Master Chef - Assaf Granit in most revealing interview: On sex, food and why he will never open a restaurant in Tel-Aviv
  • Expensive song - You won’t believe how much the state is paying Sarit Hadad and Eyal Golan to sing one song
  • Special: 9 photographers from the Gaza fence vicinity went out to document for Yedioth the damage from the kite terror
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • Senior Labor party members: Agreement likely: (former IDF chief of staff) Beni Gantz candidate for prime minister, (Avi) Gabbay party chairman
  • Gaza alert - Highest preparation for violent demonstrations today
  • Argentinian Foreign Minister: “The game was cancelled because it was transferred to Jerusalem”
  • The abusive caretakers [of elderly] were sent to jail
  • Suspicion in Germany: 14-year-old Jewish girl raped and murdered by Muslim refugees
  • [Former chief justice] Aharon Barak: “Democracy in Israel is turning into tyranny of the majority”
  • High Court’s dictatorship // Adv. Yoram Sheftel
  • This is how I bought it: Testimony of [children’s star] Yuval Shem-Tov, suspected of using cocaine
  • Is the reform in the Electricity Company real? // Yehuda Sharoni
  • Between Gaza and Teheran: The security assessment of Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin
  • Sounds of revolution: The great battle of the Mizrachi music festival
Israel Hayom
  • Message to Hamas: Air Force simulated expansive attack in Gaza
  • “[Children’s star] Yuval Hamibulbal bought cocaine for 12,000 shekels”
  • Suspicion: Muslims raped and murdered a Jewish girl in Germany
  • In contradiction to Minister Regev’s claims - Argentina’s Foreign Minister: “Transfer of game to Jerusalem caused its cancellation”
  • Prepare for getting your feet wet: Mine clearing began, soon a new beach on the Kinneret
  • Got into trouble in the Phillipines: 8 Israelis suspected of massive multi-million dollar fraud
  • Giving their heart - Youth who moved to Kibbutz Nahal Oz [near Gaza] in order to strengthen the residents
  • At age 55, after their daughter died of cancer, Orit and Rafi Bavian became parents of twins
  • The cancellation of Messi put Israeli politics on the Argentinian grill // Mati Tuchfeld and Ronen Dorfan

News Summary:
Israel beefed up forces along the Gaza Strip fence in expectation of thousands of Palestinians showing up today to mark Naksa Day, when Israel conquered and occupied the Palestinian Territories and the Golan Heights in the 1967 war, and Argentina said that the reason it cancelled the friendly match against Israel was because Israel transferred the game to Jerusalem (thereby contradicting the claims of Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev that it was due to 'terror threats' against team captain Lionel Messi) - making the two top stories in Friday’s Hebrew newspapers. Also, today Tel-Aviv holds its Gay Pride Parade.

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