News Nosh 01.24.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday January 24, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Tattoo a Star of David on his forehead and parachute him into Gaza.”
--Right-wing MKs attack civics teacher who said the IDF is immoral.**

Front Page News:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • IDF considering: 'Jobniks' (soldiers who serve in offices) will serve less time
  • Tears and prayers - Shocked couple between cemetery and hospital
  • 40% of fathers see their children mainly on the weekends
  • Netanyahu and Peres at Davos conference: State of Israel can endure an economic boycott
  • The new red lines in the Iranian issue // Nadav Eyal
  • The shaky structure of the coalition has turned into Netanyahu's collateral // Shalom Yerusahalmi
  • How the news broadcasts were choking from the Canadian Prime Minister's show of support // Kalman Libskind
  • The affair of civics teacher and the enraging message Haaretz newspaper is marketing to the world // Ben-Dror Yemini (Hebrew)
  • The green battle in Gush Etzion (settlement bloc): A journey into the collapsing paradise of Wadi Fukin // Mordechai Chaimovich
  • Why circumcision is the deepest Jewish act possible // Dov Elboim
  • Police: "The exterminator warned the family - 'If you smell something, run from the house' - Little sisters, who died from inhaling pesticide gasses, laid to rest. Their brothers continue to be in critical condition.  Last night, mother and two daughters hospitalized after their house was pest-controlled, apparently by the same exterminator
  • Ukraine is burning
  • A year till the end of the Chief of Staff's term: Generals Eisencott, Naveh and Golan are candidates to replace him (Hebrew)
  • Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer is building a compound for private helicopters to serve medical tourists
Israel Hayom
  • "Yael and Avigirl, protect your brothers" - Parents buried their daughters - and rushed to their two sons at hospital
  • Netanyahu: Rouhani continues to deceive
  • On blindness // Boaz Bismuth
  • Kerry: Doubtful that a framework agreement will be signed soon
  • Residents of Afula received inflated water bills
  • Eyal Golan in interrogation transcripts: "I got angry at my father"
  • Light plea bargain for Shoshan Barbi; Families of victims furious

News Summary:
Today's top story was the speech that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave at Davos, calling for 'constructive engagement' with the US and Europe and the response by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who said Rouhani was deceiving everyone. Netanyahu claimed Arab countries were more concerned with a nuclear Iran than with Israel. Israeli President Shimon Peres also blasted Rouhani's Davos speech, slamming Iran for its lack of support for a two-state solution and its support for Hezbollah.
But more interestingly was Maariv's report that both Netanyahu and Peres said that Israel would be able to endure an economic boycott. "We have experienced such things. We have known boycotts and intifada. We have known wars. This needs to be remembered. This does not mean that we need to get to that point, but we can withstand it. Dangers are endless, but the State of Israel can withstand the dangers," said Peres. Netanyahu avoided answering this question directly, wrote Ariel Kahane, but in his speech he said that boycotts are something of the past that caused Israel's economy to blossom. "Israel is prospering for a number of reasons," he said and named among them the Arab boycott on Israel. "We were threatened. Our neighbors boycotted us. But the result was initiatives and inventions - because we had no choice." Peres and his son, Chemi, who is a senior hi-tech executive, both said that Israel's diplomatic situation regarding the Palestinians has no effect on the business dealings in Davos.
During talks with Russian leaders aimed at restoring warmer ties between the two Soviet-era allies, Abbas called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene in the peace process. "Russia should have a central role in the peace process," he said, according to NRG Hebrew. Abbas and the Russian Prime Minster were also due to sign an agreement that reportedly included a $1 billion natural gas project off the Gaza coast.
Maariv's Asaf Gabor reported that the Palestinian Authority has a new plan for E. Jerusalem: Bringing thousands of Muslim tourists from Europe to the Temple Mount. It is trying to draft international support in its struggle to gain status in the capital. Former Palestinian prime minister Abu Alaa' said: "Occupied Jerusalem will lose the possibility of being divided if the Israeli settlement policy continues.

Quick Hits:
  • Israel bars Gaza student from travel to U.S. for coexistence program - Civil rights group warns Israel is toughening Palestinian student restrictions on movement. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli police forbid peaceful protest in East Jerusalem - Israeli police officers told Palestinians they would not be allowed to remain in their house demolition protest tent in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem. (Maan)
  • Israel cuts unenforced high school Arabic studies requirement - As of next year schools will not have to teach Arabic from seventh to 10th grade but only to 9th, Education Ministry decides. (Haaretz+)
  • **Tapes of teacher’s hearing contradict high school administration’s version of events - Officials pressed Adam Verete to resign for expressing leftist views in class, then said he offered to quit. (Haaretz+)
  • Too left-wing for school: Israeli teacher faces ax for slaughtering sacred cows - Adam Verete has gotten death threats and faces possible dismissal for expressing critical views of the Israel army and Zionism in class; he maintains he is simply trying to be 'open' and 'sincere' with his pupils. (Haaretz+)
  • Police arrest 2 for anti-Arab graffiti in Tel Aviv - Israeli police have arrested two youths for writing “Death to Arabs” on Bar Kochba and Dizengoff streets in Tel Aviv. Two young men are being held on suspicion of writing 15 anti-Arab slogans. (Maan)
  • Palestinians: No al-Qaeda in West Bank - Palestinians dismiss Israel's claim that it foiled an al-Qaeda plot to attack the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, claiming there is 'no indication' of Qaeda presence in West Bank. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • U.S. checking 'validity' of foiled Al-Qaida plot in Israel - Israel's Shin Bet says it thwarted attacks on U.S. Embassy and other targets; U.S. working to corroborate claim. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Arabs taking their place in Startup Nation - Nazareth is emerging as a new Silicon Wadi. (Haaretz+)
  • The Nazareth incubator: 'The factory for Arab startups’ - Israeli Arabs lack the necessary tools to create technology-based businesses. (Haaretz+)
  • Incubator focused on Arabic-language apps and other tools planned for Haifa - Initiative aims at addressing the capital shortage that blights the Israeli-Arab startup scene. (Haaretz+)  
  • Imprisoned Palestinian lawmaker suspends hunger strike - Yasser Mansour, a lawmaker from Nablus who is currently held in an Israeli prison in the Negev, decided to end his hunger strike in order to allow the prison administration to respond to his demands. (Maan)
  • Rockets and tunnels: Hamas preparing for next conflict - From mosque tower cameras to a complex system of tunnels to a massive stockpile of long-range missiles, despite the relative quiet in Gaza and general attempts by Hamas to prevent an escalation, Hamas is hard at work preparing for its next war with Israel. (Ynet)
  • Lebanese TV allowed onto IAF base to send Hezbollah a message - In rare use of public media, Israeli air force allow Lebanese television network to film inside base, interview IAF commander in bid to send Hezbollah a clear, direct threat. (Ynet)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.