News Nosh 7.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, July 9, 2018
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
Israeli Minister of Science blocked the appointment of a top brain researcher for her support for refusal to do Israeli military service in the occupied Palestinian territories.* “But this is not just another news item. Because it is so small, miserable and insulting, despicable and disgraceful, this news item turns into a black flag flying over our faces. It needs to be read again, and again, and again, and it will still be difficult to contain the shame.” -- Top Maariv political commentator, Ben Caspit.**

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
Israel blocked access to Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzuq's Twitter account after he expressed support for a Palestinian state on the '67 borders, Palestinian political unity and an end to the siege on Gaza.
"Not, God forbid, because of any inflammatory words, since those come a dime a dozen here – one only needs to listen to an interview with MK Bezalel Smotrich – but because Israel is concerned about the changes taking place in Hamas’ positions, and that Israelis might discover that there is another truth." -- Haaretz commentator Odeh Bisharat.***

Front Page:
  • Syria: Israel attacked T-4 Air Force base used by Iran
  • After 15 days, four youth rescued from cave in Thailand
  • Thousands of contractors’ licenses were revoked since 2010, but none over safety violations
  • State to High Court: We will set up ‘Kashrut Guards’ who will prevent entry of chametz to hospitals during Passover
  • (Science Minister) Akunis blocked the appointment of a female scientist because she signed a petition in 2005 against serving in the (occupied Palestinian) Territories
  • US threatened sanctions against states that support breastfeeding
  • It’s not betrayal // Raviv Drucker on the reactions to the joint Israel-Poland declaration
  • It’s not an apology // Orit Kamir responds to the responses to her interview with Ari Shavit
  • Those responsible for the internet - Gov’t wants to also supervise TV on the Internet
  • Shai Sharaf returns in his film ‘Anthrax’ to the biological experiment that IDF made on members of its unit
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)]
Israel Hayom
  • From the depths - Coming out to the light: Big drama in Thailand - 4 children rescued, 8 waiting
  • Jewish Nation State law: Clause of dispute between MK Levine and Attorney General
  • “The condition: Aid for Gaza - in exchange for returning the missing (Israelis)” - say sources in the security establishment
  • Draft Law crisis: Ultra-Orthodox pressuring Minister Leitzman to allow passing the present version
  • Ground in the north shook again: Diamant family from Kibbutz Ginosar presents: “Living room-bunker” against earthquakes

News Summary:
The first four Thai youth were rescued from the flooded cave in Thailand, Syria said Israel struck last night the T-4 airbase used by Iran (for the third time this year) and a tenth tremor in a week shook the earth near Lake Kinneret yesterday, making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

On the subject of Gaza: A Qatari mediator between Israel and Hamas spoke on Israel Public Broadcasting Channel last night and dismissed the Israeli offer of Gaza humanitarian aid in exchange for bodies and encouraged allowing Gazans to work in Israeli agriculture. Muhammad al-Amadi, head of Qatar's Gaza Reconstruction Committee, telling Israelis: “There’s no such thing as captives in exchange for a port or airport, or opening of borders,” he said. “Anyone who says otherwise won’t accomplish anything…Only the formula ‘prisoners in return for prisoners’ will work.” And he advised: Issuing 5,000 work permits for Gazans would go a long way toward reducing kite arson and calming the border fence. Meanwhile, Israel established a task force to combat Palestinian kite and balloon arsons. And, 20 IDF reservists returned their Operation Protective Edge campaign medals to the Prime Minister, saying the medals were 'worthless' until the remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul are returned to Israel.
Quick Hits:
  • Palestinian youth injured by Israeli gunfire succumbs to wounds in Hebron - Yacoub Fayiq Nassar, was paralyzed in 2009, after Israeli forces shot him in his back, in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, in Hebron district. Nassar suffered from this injury for many years, as well as suffered from kidney failure, and recently had one of his feet amputated. (Maan)
  • *Israeli scientist blocked from appointment for supporting refusal to serve in West Bank - University officials protest that Science Minister Ofir Akunis' decision against naming Prof. Yael Amitai to an Israeli-German scientific committee could hurt Israel's international academic standing and wrote to Netanyahu to intervene, saying that “Akunis is sacrificing Israel's interests.” (Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Thousands of Guns Could Flood Streets as Israel Seeks to Ease Restrictions - Public Security Ministry's proposal would allow any citizen with infantry firearms training to be eligible for a gun permit. (Haaretz+)
  • After 3-year ban, right-wing Israeli lawmakers visit (‘storm’) Temple Mount after Netanyahu eases restrictions - Netanyahu reportedly told Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein last week that lawmakers can resume visiting the Temple Mount on a regular basis, as long as they don’t do so more than once every three months. (Haaretz+, Maan, Israel Hayom and Ynet)
  • Israeli forces set up caravans for Khan al-Ahmar residents in al-Eizariya (before expulsion) - The preparation is meant for the transportation of Khan al-Ahmar residents after Israeli forces carry out the planned demolishment of the village which would displace more than 35 Palestinian families, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby Kfar Adummim illegal settlement. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinian youths during predawn raids in Jerusalem - Five of the detainees were boys between the ages of 13-16. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain Palestinian journalist and civil rights activist and 6 foreign activists near Hebron - According to local sources, Israeli forces detained Palestinian TV journalist, Eyad Abed al-Hafith al-Hashlamon, and the Deputy Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders, Badie al-Dweik, and six foreign solidarity activists who peacefully protested alongside Palestinians over the Israeli seizure of land near Hebron Saturday. (Maan+ PHOTOS)
  • Israeli forces demolish four Palestinian-owned houses in Um al-Fahm (Israel) - Israeli bulldozers raided the area in the morning and demolished four houses still under-construction, on the pretext of building without the nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli building permit. (Maan+PHOTOS)
  • Radio host Shai Goldstein to (TV host and former minister’s wife) Judy Nir-Moses: "You suppot murdering Palestinian children" - A humorous program at 103 FM led to mutual accusations on the subject of the burning kites. Nir-Moses claimed: "You are a bleeding heart (liberal).” Shai responded: "I prefer that to an ugly heart.” It began in a debate over the statement by former defense minister Moshe Yaalon, who said that Israel should retaliate by burning Gaza fields. Judy: "What do you mean by light fires in Gaza?" Shai: "That we will set fire on Gaza in retaliation, an eye for an eye. There is logic in that, I don’t say there isn’t. But who will we burn? Those poor Gazans who are already suffering? Let's burn the Hamasniks, let's set on fire the houses of the Hamasniks every time they set on fire one of our fields. Not the citizens, Leave the citizens alone." (Maariv/103FM )
  • French navy arrives in Israel for first joint exercises in decades - Israel and France conduct first joint naval drills in almost 60 years to improve relations and operational cooperation. (Haaretz+)
  • Defying Attorney General, nation-state bill to include clause discriminating against non-Jews - The clause allowing Jewish communities to exclude non-Jews seeking to move there is discriminatory, Attorney General Mendelblit rules. Minister heading legislative efforts plans to present bill for Knesset vote anyway. Move likely to spark political firestorm. (Israel Hayom)
  • Nation-state law: A crisis between Likud and Habayit Hayehudi parties over clause about Jewish law - MK Slomansky (Habayit Hayehudi) threatens to torpedo bill: "Without us, the Likud does not have a majority." MK Ohana is opposed to adding a clause that declares that Jewish law is an inspiration for the civil law because of the discriminatory treatment of Jewish law (halacha) against the LGBT public. (Maariv)
  • Netanyahu hopes to pass IDF draft bill, nationality bill by end of month - Prime Minister Netanyahu says IDF draft bill is at the top of the coalition's priorities, adding coalition heads set to meet to discuss matter; 'We will try to square the circle and bring this to an end as soon as possible,' he says.  (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Netanyahu: ‘I want to continue with this coalition until the end of the full term’ - At the weekly meeting of coalition party heads, PM says he is not interested in new elections for now because of the draft law. (Haaretz+)
  • Ex-legal Chiefs Blast Israel's AG for Letting Netanyahu Take Legal Defense Funds From Tycoon Friends - 'It's no secret the prime minister is a wealthy man. He should not be allowed to get funding from foreign tycoons,' attorneys tell Avichai Mendelblit in a letter. (Haaretz+)
  • Netanyahu: Etzel fallen in Altalena Affair 'were true patriots, not traitors' - 70 years after violent confrontation between the newly-formed IDF and the Etzel paramilitary groups, the prime minister declares Etzel fighters were 'acting in the benefit of the State of Israel.' (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Netanyahu Says He Understands Criticism of Holocaust Declaration, 'Will Give It Expression' - The premier responds for first time to harsh criticism of statement, says he 'respects' historians' comments but that 'goal was achieved.' Knesset to discuss motion on renouncing joint statement on Wednesday. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Yad Vashem's Chief Historian: We Can Live With Joint Israeli-Polish Position on Holocaust Law - The Yad Vashem statement was released after Prof. Yehuda Bauer, an Israel Prize-winning Holocaust historian, said last week that the Israeli-Polish statement was a “betrayal.” (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Israel protests to Poland over Hebrew publication of joint statement - Jerusalem submits official protest to Warsaw over the decision to publish full-page ad in Israeli newspapers containing a bad Hebrew translation of the joint statement that was meant to end the crisis over the Holocaust law. (Ynet)
  • Israel deported Nigerian Woman and Her Four Children From Israel After Imprisonment - Since 2011, hundreds of children have been imprisoned under conditions described as harsh and in violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. (Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Significant drop in asylum seekers 'willingly' leaving Israel despite state's best efforts - Israel reports that 1,019 asylum seekers left Israel between January and May 2018, compared to 1,703 in same stretch in 2017. Figures suggest that 58 percent of asylum seekers earn less than the Israeli minimum wage. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli Arab Man Charged With Plotting Terror Attack on Behalf of Islamic Movement - Firas Alomari gets eight year sentence after admitting to conspiring to assist an enemy in time of war and to promoting and supporting an illegal terror organization. (Haaretz+)
  • Turkish national indicted for trying to launder money for - and give perfume to - Hamas - 27-year-old Ebru Ozkan, arrested last month at Ben-Gurion Airport, is charged with unlawful associations, crimes against public order for Hamas and offenses of bringing enemy funds into the area, which include smuggling five bottles of perfume to launder money. (Ynet and Haaretz+)
  • US News & World Report names Israel 8th most powerful country - Power index measures a country's ability to project its influence on the global stage by factoring its diplomatic, economic and military might. U.S. remains most powerful country in the world, while Israel ranks higher than most Western countries. (Israel Hayom)
  • Former Australian PM: Embassy should move to Jerusalem - MP Tony Abbott, a major pro-Israel voice in the Australian government, says Israel deserves the "strongest possible support from countries like Australia" • Abbott would like to see stronger scientific, commercial ties between Israel and Australia. (Israel Hayom)
  • New complaint against Ari Shavit: He grabbed, tried to kiss me while I was dating his daughter - Israeli website publishes the account of the woman, who claimed the journalist placed his hand on the back of her neck and tried to move her head toward him. Shavit: 'What was done to me is cold-blooded murder.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinian leader vows to keep paying salaries to terrorists' families - PA President Mahmoud Abbas slams Israel's intention to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes collected on the PA's behalf • "We will not allow anyone to intervene" in payments to 35,000 families, he says • Stipends expected to amount to $330 million in 2018. (Israel Hayom)
  • Abbas grants Benjamin Ladraa Palestinian nationality, Ashrawi extends gratitude - Palestinian President granted  Palestinian nationality to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, 25, and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people. Ladraa walked 4,800 kilometers, through 15 countries on a period of 11 months with a Palestinian flag on his back to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people under the Israeli military occupation. (Maan)
  • North Korea Reportedly Asked Israel for $1 Billion in Cash (in exchange for) Halting Missile Sale to Iran - Pynogyang tried to persuade Jerusalem in 1999 to pay up in a meeting between the Israeli and North Korean envoys to Sweden, the Wall Street Journal reports. Israel said to have refused the offer. (Haaretz)
  • Israel acknowledges US-Saudi nuclear deal but presents its 'red lines': report - Israel has presented its “red lines” to President Donald Trump regarding nuclear reactors that the US is helping Saudi Arabia build, Israel's Channel 10 reported on Sunday. (i24 News and Maariv)
  • Pope: Fundamentalism, walls, occupation hamper Mideast peace - Francis renews his appeal for a two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict, denounces "occupation" of Middle East lands and weapons trade that fuels region's wars • Global powers must stop their "thirst for profit ... with no scruples," he says. (Israel Hayom)
  • Iran summons Dutch ambassador, condemns deportation of its diplomats- Dutch Ambassador Susanna Terstal reprimanded over the two-month-old expulsion of Iranian embassy staffers from the Netherlands • Move is "unfriendly and unconstructive" and Iran has the right "to take reciprocal measures," Tehran official says. (Israel Hayom)
  • Iran Detains Teen Over 'Immoral' Instagram Dance Videos
  • - Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, acknowledged breaking moral norms while insisting that was not her intention, and that she was only trying to gain more followers. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Trump effect: KLM airlines announced the suspension of its flights to Iran- The Dutch company said it must check the economic feasibility of operating the line, and in the meantime will stop operating it starting on September 24. Meanwhile, cracks in the European Union around the issue. (Maariv)

The struggle for a solution to polygamy: "For 70 years the state has chosen to close its eyes"
The recommendations of the Committee Against Polygamy, which will be presented in the Knesset and grant a permit for a second marriage under special circumstances, succeeded, even before they were submitted, to ignite a heated debate about how to deal with the phenomenon common among the Bedouin in the south of the country.  “Without a doubt, we did not write and did not intend to give a permit (for polygamy),” says attorney Ami Palmor, director general of the Ministry of Justice and the head of the committee. "There is an attempt to enforce something that has never been enforced. For 70 years the state has chosen to close its eyes and allow the phenomenon to spread, and now there is a need for a gradual transition process. This is not a law, but a transitional order that will be measured and examined, and if it does not succeed, it will be changed immediately. This is an experiment that accompanies research and measurement." (Sigal Ben-David, Maariv)
How a 91-year-old Israeli had to busk to make ends meet
Yona Braverman’s death highlights the inadequacy of old-age benefits that only reach $830 or so a month. At least the disabled won a big victory recently. (Orly Vilnai, Haaretz+)
Friends of Israel are storming the Knesset: A special conference of "ambassadors" of Israel at (foreign) parliaments
Sixty-five guests from 32 countries will arrive today at the Knesset for a four-day special event. On the agenda: the struggle against BDS and terrorism, a tour of the communities around the Gaza Strip perimeter, as well as on Israel’s image in the world, the environment, sustainability and high-tech. Other delegations that have so far confirmed their arrival at the conference, which are held in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, are Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, Ukraine and the UK. (Arik Bender, Maariv)
Explained Everything You Need to Know About the West Bank Bedouin Village at the Eye of a Diplomatic Storm
Who lives in Khan al-Ahmar, why is the West Bank village slated for demolition considered 'illegal' and what does the High Court say about it? (Yotam Berger, Haaretz+)
Despite threat of terror, Israelis clamor to live in Gaza-area communities
Against all expectations, thousands of Israelis, mostly from the center, have moved to Gaza-adjacent communities in the four years since Operation Protective Edge • "An outsider wouldn't get it," one resident says, describing the area's unique appeal. (Gadi Golan, Israel Hayom)
A Country Made of Plastic: Israel’s Addiction to Disposable Tableware
As countries worldwide attempt to reduce plastic consumption, in Israel demand for disposable tableware is on the rise. (Ari Libsker, Calcalist English/Yedioth)
The renaissance of Nazareth's ancient market
Local women are leading the way in a revival of the Old City market in Nazareth, with new cafes, hostels and antique shops. (Ronit Vered, Haaretz+)

***A Senior Hamas Official's Scary Tweet (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+) Israel has blocked access to Abu Marzuq’s twitter account. Not, God forbid, because of any inflammatory words, but for writing 'Hamas wants to see a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza with Jerusalem as its capital.’
**The despicable act of the Minister of Science is a black flag of McCarthyism looming over above our faces (Ben Caspit, Maariv) Akunis's poor attempt to give a world-renowned brain researcher the reputation of a traitor just for a little more political gain should shock us all, especially his boss, the prime minister....On first read, this is just another piece of information from an endless series of reports of its kind: The Minister of Science, Ofir Akunis, did not sign the letter of appointment of some left-wing Israeli scientist who tried to poison our wells and turn our children over to the Arabs until Akunis arrived, a hero of his own strength, and saved us from her. But this is not just another news item. Because it is so small, miserable and insulting, despicable and disgraceful, this news item (from Assaf Ronel, in Haaretz yesterday) turns into a black flag flying over our faces. It needs to be read again, and again, and again, and it will still be difficult to contain the shame. A modest, not particularly dramatic piece of news item, that does not contain extraordinarily explosive details (during days when a former minister is accused of spying for Iran), yet, more than many of its fellow news items, embodies the low point to which the ruling party has brought us. The feeling of nausea spreads slowly throughout one’s stomach, with the vague hope that this is indeed the official bottom of the barrel. Spoiler: In two days or two weeks there will be a deeper bottom...If the Board of Governors of the Research Fund had dealt with matters of territory, security, army, and policy, its personal opinions might have been well-founded. But this foundation deals with biology and research. The fact that Akunis took advantage of these stupid circumstances to make political profit, a little more political gain, on the back of the country's interests and image, should shock us all, especially Akunis' boss, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. I believe that unlike the minister, Netanyahu understands this issue very well. Secretly, he also knows that he is solely responsible for the low ebb we have reached. On the other hand, Netanyahu has already proved that sometimes he understands that there is a limit to every prank. Thus, for example, he decided to take over the chairmanship of the ministerial committee for the Western Wall, after Miri Regev justified her escape, lest she be forced to do something that would restore our relations with world Jewry, but would prevent her from running for primaries. So here is an idea to end the Akunis and brain research crisis: Netanyahu will fire Akunis, assume his powers, sign the appointment of Prof. Yael Amitai and return Akunis the next day. Thus, with one ticket, we will save Akunis and brain research. Alternatively, if Akunis was afraid of being fired, he could put himself in political freeze, although it seems to me that he has been in political freeze for some time. Whatever it is, after all this is over, we can go and vomit together.
Election-anytime Economics (Haaretz Editorial) Netanyahu generates the constant political uncertainty of elections any minute, thus dictating to his ministers a populist agenda, or one that evades difficult decisions.
Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine (John Brown, Haaretz) Human rights activists petition the court to cease Israeli arms exports to Ukraine since some of these weapons reach neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine’s security forces.
Residents of the Gaza perimeter, there is a way to put an end to your suffering: register for the Likud party (Ben Caspit, Maariv) Caspit shared one of dozens emails he said he receives “that deal with the same issue and almost in the same words, how the Israelis living in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip are suffering. In response, Caspit writes: “Yes, you are also victims of your strength, your cohesion, your excellent stamina, your social and perhaps your economic strength. You are not miserable, you are not at risk, you do not threaten the government with the political dismissals, you do not endanger the “base” of Netanyahu voters. You also do not belong to his base, since most of the residents in the Gaza envelope are affiliated with the Labor party, the percentage of Likud voters in the peripheral communities is tiny. In short, no one in the government compound in Jerusalem has a reason to count you. You have a lot of grain, but you do not have Yossi Dagan, the one from Samaria who actually runs the country and every sneeze from his direction shakes Balfour. Not just Netanyahu has not been kind enough to visit your burned fields since the kite terror began 102 days ago. In Tel Aviv, too, you no one talks about you in cafes, even though 40,000 dunams of the area around the Gaza Strip has already burned, which is 80 percent of Tel Aviv's area (a little more than 50,000 dunams). The truth is, Amir, that you are the burning silver tray on which the prime minister and the defense minister are basing their policy, whose essence is clear: absolute immunity for Hamas. Binyamin Netanyahu promised, in his own voice, to topple the Hamas regime in Gaza as soon as he returns to power. He does not even consider doing it. *Hamas is dearer to Netanyahu than you are, because the continuation of Hamas' rule in Gaza means continued political paralysis, the continued prosperity of the concept of "no partner" and the continued entrenchment of the status quo, which also enables the government to annex its de facto annexation policy in Judea and Samaria.* If he wanted, Netanyahu could have brought down Hamas more easily than ever before. Hamas is currently at its deepest point of weakness since its establishment. It's smashed. In a terrible state. It is impoverished, besieged, almost completely deprived of the weapons of the tunnels, it has no international support, no one is really interested in the fate of Yihyeh Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh. Au contraire. As long as is beaten, so everyone rejoices. Netanyahu talks about regional alliance? Here, he has the golden opportunity to form such an alliance with one goal: to get rid of Hamas. Had he done so, he would have found Egyptian President A-Sisi, who views Hamas as a deadly enemy. The Saudi Muhammad bin Salman, who loves Hamas about the same as Bibi and Sarah love Meni Naftali. Jordan, the Emirates, the Americans, some of the Europeans, and of course the Palestinian Authority and Abu Mazen. But Netanyahu does not want to. The crushing of Hamas will damage its policy, the status quo at any price, and the political disconnect. So you'll burn a little, how bad could it be? Your victimhood is dwarfed by Netanyahu's tremendous achievement. It's not that he wants you to suffer. Definitely not. He would have been very happy if your suffering had ended, but he would not sacrifice his policy to make it happen. That's his right. His heart is not immune to your suffering, Amir, but his policy is contrary to your interest. The truth is that this policy is also contrary to our interests. Anyone who understands anything about the struggle against terror (Bibi has labeled himself as “Mr. War on Terror" before releasing thousands of murderers and chickened out during Operation Protective Edge) knows that it is forbidden to allow bloodthirsty terror organizations to control territory…Wait, there is actually a way in which you can bring about a revolution. It is not easy, but it promises: register as Likud members. All of you. All residents of the Gaza perimeter. Get up and do something. In the Knesset elections, you can vote for whoever you want. There is no connection between the two things (fact: in the settlements there are far more Likud members than Likud voters). If you have a group, let's say, 5,000, they'll suddenly come. All of them. Bibi will come to visit, put on a face of grief, and promise, in that authoritarian baritone, to put an end to the terror of fire. For a change, perhaps he will also try to comply. Look at how 2,000 Messianic functionaries managed to train Miri Regev and perpetuate the takeover of the Western Wall plaza by the Orthodox fanatics, so that it would be possible to divide the Jewish people and give up most of the world's Jews (but not the chance to advance three more places in the primaries). So come on. Don’t waste time. Registration forms, please. Membership fees will be refunded to you at compound interest. But this possibility also has a frightening side, because together with Netanyahu Miri Rege may also come. What will you do if, for example, she decides to move to live in Ein Habesor in solidarity with my voters, excuse me, the residents of the Gaza perimeter? You'll miss the kites.
A vote for the right-wing parties is hermetically closing any potential for peace (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) Supporters of the annexation (of the West Bank) have taken over the public discourse and turned the leftist organizations into targets for campaigns of division and for delegitimization. But the two-state vision is still here, the moderate elements in the region do not know any other exit.
Abbas had better fall into line (Daniel Siryoti, Israel Hayom) The new U.S. administration has already proven that it is willing to break with diplomatic convention. If the Palestinians don't want to be left out, they should follow the lead of the moderate Arab countries and cooperate.
The missing reports on herbicides in Gaza (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) So we’re destroying Palestinian crops with our spraying? What’s new here, shrugs the average Israeli and clicks to another channel.
Netanyahu's Dark Deal With Europe's Radical Right (Nitzan Horowitz, Haaretz+) Netanyahu likes to boast about the foreign relations he has nurtured in Eastern Europe because these ties help him block EU decisions against the occupation, but there are no free lunches in politics.
Assad's huge victory and what it means for Israel (Ron Ben Yishai, Ynet) The fall of Daraa marks the beginning of the end of the civil war, but it is not over yet. There are both positive and negative consequences for Israel and the Russians are receptive to Israel’s concerns, despite some disagreements on the withdrawal of Iranian entrenchment. Israel must begin preparing for the day after the war.
From Nixon to Trump, America has always backed a nuclear Israel. This is why (Dan Sagir, Haaretz+) Israel's nuclear ambiguity, legitimated in secret presidential letters, has proved a top Israeli strategic asset. International pressure won't push Israel to denuclearize - not even from America
When boycott has a Jewish face (Yossi Beilin, Israel Hayom) Under the Law of Return, Jews who support the BDS movement cannot be barred from making aliyah. Nor should they be – our democracy is strong enough to include their voices.
Ari Shavit Endured an Inquisitorial Public Stoning (Alit Karp, Haaretz+) One has to also know when it’s time to leave someone who sinned and admitted his transgression and apologized alone, and not go on hounding him forever.
How one of Palestine's preeminent journalists lost hope for peace
Nasser Laham, the editor-in-chief of Palestine’s biggest independent media outlet, used to be an ardent supporter Abbas and the peace process. But after decades of failed attempts, something inside him changed. Today he believes Palestinians must stop talking about peace. ‘We’ll wait a thousand years, the Israelis will be defeated. What’s the hurry?’ (Interviewed by Meron Rapoport in +972mag)
“Abbas is old and I wish him health, but after he goes, I don’t think you’ll find a single Palestinian who will talk to you about solutions. Not Saeb Erekat, not Majd Farj, and not Jibril Rajoub. No one will dare say “I have a solution.” The solution is for the occupation to end.”

“The Palestinians are a smart, educated people who have paid a high price in lives lost, in prisons. It is not a violent nation. Angry, but not violent. I am angry, but I am not violent. The occupation is violent and not angry. The Zionist is violent and not angry. When Salam Fayyad established the government in 2007, he asked Israel for a list of wanted Palestinians. They gave him a list of 480 people — 280 in the West Bank, 200 in Gaza. That means that 500 people were behind the Second Intifada. These are statistics provided by the Shin Bet. This is a tiny percentage of the Palestinian people. Less than a hundredth. That is why I say that the Palestinian people are angry — not violent. They are smart. They understand that there is no military solution, no political solution, no economic solution, and no historic solution. What kind of understanding can I bring to Itamar Ben-Gvir (a far-right activist and lawyer associated with the anti-Arab Kahanist movement – M.R.), or Uri Ariel? What kind of common thinking do we have about the meaning of life, the meaning of history, the meaning of religion and politics?”

“The Palestinian leadership needs to apologize for peace with Israel, it must feel remorse, because the new generations are now growing up. Every year, 43,800 Palestinian students graduate from Palestinian universities. The government employs 1,200 of them. The rest are unemployed and sit on the streets. Seventy percent of Palestinians are under 45, but there is not a single person in the Palestinian leadership under the age of 45. This is a young, educated, and oppressed society.”

Yad Vashem's Chief Historian: “I stand behind the Joint Declaration with Poland"
Prof. Dina Porat does not regret her part in the storm that was created: "I was asked to give personal and confidential advice." She calls on (Holocaust historian) Professor Yehuda Bauer to retract the word ‘treason’: “(Yosef) Chachnover betrayed the memory of those in his family who perished?…”I was asked to give advice personally and secretly, "says Porat on the issue.” No one promised that every word that I corrected - would be corrected.” According to her, she did not discuss (the document) with the prime minister at any point during the negotiations with the Poles and after the storm broke out. Despite the harsh criticism leveled at her by some of her colleagues at Yad Vashem, Porat stands behind most of the document’s clauses. "We can certainly live with the first part of the document. If it were be possible to make corrections - I would add (to it), but not in the atmosphere that was created, and that is why I did not respond until now. It was not possible to open (the issue) due to the confusion that came about,” she explains. (MaarivOnline)

Ariel Gold to Ma'an: 'We need to continue to fight back'
Ma'an News Agency interviewed Gold after she was banned from entering Israel upon arrival at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv earlier this week; Gold told Ma'an that she was "outraged" by this form of discrimination, despite her holding a valid visa to enter Israel. (Maan VIDEO)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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