News Nosh: 9.4.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 4, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Welcome to all those who are making Aliyah and blessed are those who are leaving. This isn't your country, this country will always be the State of Israel and all the traitors—out!”
--At Ben-Gurion Airport, MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi party) told Arab MKs from the Joint List faction who were departing.**
Quote of the day:
"Yogev, I told you to take your medicine three times a day. You forgot again?"
--MK Ahmad Tibi, who is also a medical doctor, responded to MK Moti Yogev.**

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • The notebooks that revealed the horror - This is how the fear of every parent looks: Sexual abuse in school (PHOTO of child’s school notebook with words ‘I don’t know what to do, can you help me’ and drawings)
  • First place - Hadera (soccer team) takes over the league
  • Expose - Ships that were confiscated from Hamas will be transferred to bereaved families
  • The Nasrin-Bracha Qadri storm: “The rabbinate won’t recognize the conversion”
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Hungry on the holiday - New poll reveals: 21% of Israelis will buy less food due to economic hardship (Photo with caption: Line at the distribution of food in Lod yesterday)
  • (Public Security Minister) Erdan against Netanyahu: “The decision not to pin the salaries of police to those of IDF career soldiers discriminates between blood”
  • The leader who compared himself to Hitler visited Yad Vashem - Controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte met with Netanyahu and said: “We share the same passion for peace”
  • Israel’s romance with dictators // Yossi Melman
  • Eurovision’s ultimatum puts Israel in trouble - European Broadcasters Association sent Netanyahu a list of demands including entry permits to Israel regardless of political views, but the problem is that Israel today does not allow entry to BDS activists
Israel Hayom
  • Jordan against Abu Mazen - Senior Jordanian official to ‘Israel Hayom’: “Chairman of Palestinian Authority intentionally raised an unimplementable idea”
  • Palestinians asked the (Trump) administration: “Replace (Trump’s Mideast envoy, Jason) Greenblatt” - Storm following Greenblatt’s Op-Ed in ‘Israel Hayom’
  • 1 out of every 2 Israelis is overweight
  • “Oron must be brought back” - 4 years after the fall of his brother, Ofek Shaul was drafted and gives an interview for the first time
  • With a flag - in Abu Dhabi - National Judo team to compete with Israeli flag (on uniform)
  • Bennett’s response to (Netanyahu’s call for) “40 mandates for Likud” - It shows his distress
  • Nation-State Law: Suddenly the racism showed up // Rabbi Yoel Ben-Nun
News Summary:
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who once compared himself to Hitler, visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and a mysterious attack was made in Syria near the Iraqi border - making the top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Also making headlines was the speech by Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, who in the past warned of fascist elements in Israel, the attempt by the Israeli government to pressure the European Union not to meet with visiting Arab members of Knesset, the outrageous statement made by Habayit Hayehudi MK Moti Yogev to Arab MKs at the airport and the ultimatum from the Eurovision to Israel.

Duterte visited Yad Vashem accompanied by two Holocaust survivors who fled to the Philippines. Duterte also met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and said that the two leaders “share the same passion for peace.” Haaretz+ reported that at a closed event Duterte justified his remarks about rape, saying they were 'freedom of expression.’

Maariv reported that possibly out of fear that Duterte would say something awkward, President Reuven Rivlin closed off to journalists Duterte’s controversial visit to the President’s residence. Meanwhile, Israel and the Philippines signed an agreement for attracting foreign investment.

A day after what many said was an Israeli attack on a weapons depot in Damascus, a convoy of Iranian forces in Syria was bombed by air near a US base near the border between Syria, Iraq and Jordan, killing eight people. Haaretz military commentator Amos Harel assumed it was Israel behind the attack as he wrote in his analysis. And at the IDC’s annual counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman signaled that Israel could hit Iranian targets in Iraq, saying,  “We retain total freedom of action, will not limit ourselves to Syria.” KAN News (Channel 1) reported that the US asked Israel not to attack Iranian forces in Iraq and that the message was conveyed to Jerusalem following information received in Washington and not following the deployment of Iranian missiles on Iraqi soil over the weekend. (Maariv) Also yesterday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met on Monday with Syria's President Bashar Assad in Damascus to discuss recent developments in Syria and the region, and prepare for the upcoming summit with Russia, Iran and Turkey. According to a statement released by the Syrian palace, the two leaders agreed that the "threats and pressure on Tehran and Damascus attests to (the West’s) failure to implement the plans it has proposed."

Also speaking at the  IDC’s annual counterterrorism conference in Herzliya, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, said fire and intel alone could not win wars and will not do so in the future. “I hear presumptions that it is possible to discourage the enemy and to subdue him by harming infrastructure and civilians and I think there is nothing to base that presumption on. The most suitable recipe for the citizens of Israel is a short combat in which the threat on the home front is removed in the quickest time possible. Without a sharp force like that we will have trouble to provide the citizens of Israel the security they expect.…Anyone who has dealt with the field of combat understands that the presumption that it is possible to win wars only through intel and fire is a problematic assumption that reduces the art of war to the level of technicians.” Golan, one of four generals shortlisted to become the next IDF Chief of Staff, also said it was wishful thinking that Iran’s regime would fall. At the IDC event, former Shin Bet director Yaakov Peri talked of the main threats to the country. Peri said that Hezbollah was Israel’s biggest security threat, but that the country could also enter an unintentional war with Hamas because the situation is so volatile, tense and unresolved. Peri also pointed to two long-term threats: the internal fight within Israel over the character of the country and the alienation of American Jewry. Lieberman also said that talks with the Palestinians were hopeless and that Israel must act unilaterally and that Arab countries weren’t interested in the Palestinian problem. (Also Maariv, Ynet Hebrew and Channel 10 Hebrew)

**Haaretz+ revealed that over the last few weeks, Israeli officials pressured the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to cancel her meeting with Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh, and other Joint List MKs, who are meeting with EU officials to get help to pressure Israel to cancel the Nation-State law, which many perceive as classifying non-Jewish citizens as second-class citizens. However, Mogherini rejected Israel’s requests and will meet with Joint List MKs. At Ben-Gurion Airport Monday, on the way to Europe to meet with Mogherini, three Arab MKs from the Joint List were harassed by an MK from the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party. MK Moti Yogev was waiting to meet youth who were immigrating when he saw the Arab MKs and walked over to them.
MK Moti Yogev: "We encourage you to leave Israel. We welcome all those who are making Aliyah and welcome you to leave. This isn't your country, this country will always be the State of Israel and all the traitors—out!”
MK Yousef Jabareen: "Enough with your show.”
Turning to Tibi, Yogev said: "Ramallah will also be a part of Israel. Go to Paris, go to the UK, go to your anti-Semitic friends. Go to whoever is willing to have you. Your place is at the departure hall."
MK Ahmad Tibi (who is also a gynecologist): "Yogev, I told you to take your medicine three times a day. You forgot again?"
(Video in MaarivOnline)

In a letter, the European Broadcasting Union demanded that Netanyahu assure that Israel allow all Eurovision people to enter the country regardless of their political opinions, religion, or sexual orientation, that Israel not interfere with content and that the preparations for the contest be allowed to be held on Shabbat. But Minister of Culture Miri Regev has said that she is interested in interfering with the content that will be broadcast and Israel’s new policy rejects the entry of BDS activists into Israel. (Also Maariv)
Quick Hits:
  • Palestinian shot dead in suspected stabbing attempt near Hebron - Palestinian reports name dead man as 28-year-old Wael Al-Jabari of Hebron. (Haaretz, Maariv and Ynet)
  • Israel demolishes buildings in Palestinian village; 10 wounded - Some 40 people had been said to live in the buildings. The village, which lies within the jurisdiction of both Jerusalem and West Bank, has been the target of a recent enforcement drive by Justice Ministry. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • 'Greetings from the terror attack in Tekoa’: (Palestinian) Cars vandalized in suspected West Bank hate crime (by Jews) - The slogan sprayed on 10 cars in Beita village, whose tires were also slashed, apparently refers to a recent incident in which a Palestinian man tried to attack an Israeli in a settlement. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel Foils Palestinian Prisoner Plot to Kidnap Soldier - The putative abduction was the brainchild of Mohammed Naifa, a Fatah official sentenced to 13 life terms for murdering 13 Israelis. (Haaretz and Maariv)
  • Israeli ministry cancels adult education for hundreds in Bedouin towns - Axing of program mainly hurts women who made up majority of those who sought its high school equivalency degrees as an escape hatch from poverty and illiteracy. (Haaretz)
  • Israeli Arabs say police neglect rising violence in their communities - While most of the 37 murders committed in Israeli Arabs communities this year remain unsolved, the police deny allegations of neglect. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli farmers to sue Hamas in the Hague over airborne firebombs - The farmers, whose fields have been burned by incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza, say Hamas violated the Rome Statue, which governs the ICC. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • The ships (from the Gaza flotilla) will be sold. The money will go terror victims - Four ships that were confiscated a month and a half ago by the navy on their way to the Gaza Strip will be sold and the money will be divided between two families of terror victims, the Gavish family (four members murdered in 2002 at Elon Moreh settlement) and Weinstein family (son murdered in a terror attack on the Jerusalem pedestrian mall in 2001). The Jerusalem District Court ruled discussed the petition of the families and heard the opinion of senior naval and intelligence officers who unequivocally claimed that when any ships reach the Gaza Strip, they are immediately transferred to Hamas. (Yedioth, p. 1)
  • Kerry Reveals Details of Assad’s Secret Letter to Netanyahu in 2010 - 'Assad asked me what it would take to enter into serious peace negotiations in the hope of securing return of the Golan Heights,' former U.S. secretary of state says in new memoir. (Haaretz+)
  • Prime Minister: Iran nuclear deal brought us closer to Arab world - While Netanyahu slams the 2015 nuclear accord, he says it 'has brought Israel closer to Arab world'; adds his goal is to continue tightening relations with leading Arab countries. (Ynet)
  • 35 IDF troops arrested for trading, using drugs - IDF says investigation, which also included arrest of civilians, part of a number of steps to enforce prohibition of drug use; promises to 'use the full force of the law' against any soldier selling drugs. (Ynet)
  • Israeli weapons maker to unveil powerful new anti-tank missile - Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will present its new SPIKE ER2 anti-tank missile at an international defense expo in Poland this week. (Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli Army Probing Rabbi in Reserve Service for Conflict of Interest in Fundraising - Rabbi Peretz Einhorn's classes in an army base were stopped in October because they were taking place at a parking lot. army says that Einhorn’s activities are now coordinated with the military rabbinate. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli professor draws ire for call to boycott Ariel U conference - Professor Ofer Aharony, a theoretical physicist at Weizmann Institute of Science, emailed invitees to an Ariel University conference on cosmology and particle physics, asking them not to attend and also made the call in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper. Council for Higher Education: Boycott "improper, anti-democratic step." (Israel Hayom)
  • Colombian President Says Recognition of Palestine 'Irreversible' - Ivan Duque announces that cannot overturn predecessor's decision because president has constitutional authority to manage foreign relations. (Haaretz and Maariv)
  • You Can't Wish Away Millions of Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA Chief Tells U.S. - Statement comes after the U.S. State Department criticized UNRWA for its 'endlessly and exponentially expanding community of entitled beneficiaries.’ (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Official: Israel not behind Jordanian-Palestinian confederation idea - Israel is not behind what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said was a US-backed peace plan based on a Palestinian confederation with Jordan, senior Israeli diplomatic officials clarified Sunday. (Maariv/JPost)
  • (Bereaved soldiers) Families 'disappointed' with PM's inaction on soldiers' remains - Parents of late Lt. Hadar Goldin, whose body is held in Gaza by Hamas, call PM Benjamin Netanyahu's "hollow words" nothing more than public relations. PM's office pledges that return of soldiers' remains to Israel will be part of any future Gaza deal. (Israel Hayom)
  • 'Erased from history:' Twitter mocks hawkish Netanyahu speech excerpts - Without context the tweets suggested to some that Netanyahu was either mocking the Palestinians or insulting victims of the Holocaust. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Israeli (kids’) handball coach expected to be charged on 170 counts of pedophilia - Beno Reinhorn is suspected of rape, sodomy, sexual harassment and other indecent acts. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli man gets IDF chief's former phone number, receives calls from top officials - The military returned the number to the mobile provider a year ago. The provider said the number wasn't classified and was reassigned. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • US lawmakers push Trump to keep Iraqi Jewish Archive in America - Lawmakers warn that artifacts, saved from flooded basement of Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters, belong to Jews who fled Iraq, not to Iraqi government • U.S. government examining legal options to avoid repatriating the salvaged trove to Iraq. (Israel Hayom)
  • Britain's former chief rabbi warns of 'existential threat' to UK Jews - Jonathan Sacks tells BBC that for the first time in the 362 years Jews have been in Britain, many question whether it is safe to raise children there. Former PM Gordon Brown tells Jewish MPs that anti-Semitism is a "wrong that can and must be righted." (Israel Hayom)
  • Embattled comedienne Roseanne Barr is moving to Israel - "I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there. … I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky I can go … study with any rabbi that I can ask to teach me," Barr tells Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. (Israel Hayom)
  • Rights group says Syria strike kills 8 pro-regime fighters - Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three non-Syrian fighters among casualties in attack carried out Saturday night near Al-Tanf base; Syrian observatory group says unclear whether attack was launched by US-led coalition forces. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Swiss Set to Ease Arms Export Rules Despite Syria Grenades Report - Under the new rules, countries locked in civil wars could buy Swiss arms so long as there was no reason to believe the weapons would be used in the internal conflict. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Iran admits to having 'worked closely' with Soros network - American billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundation has often been accused of promoting anti-Israeli agenda through left-wing NGOs. Iranian FM confirms Tehran worked with the foundation but says work predated his term and boasts "regulating" it. (Israel Hayom)
  • Monica Lewinsky Cuts Off Interview in Israel After Clinton Question - Now an activist and public speaker, the former White House intern walked off the stage after one question. (Haaretz)

A Palestinian State First (Haaretz Editorial) As long as Israel adheres to the policy of preventing the idea of a state, the idea of a confederation will have no chance of success, either.
A Jordan-Palestinian confederation—why not? (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) If Abbas is right and the US administration recommended a peace plan based on a Palestinian-Jordan confederation, it is the right move; however, it is not clear why the PA president insists on including Israel in such confederation; 31 years after the failed London Agreement, the Jordanian option should be back on the negotiating table.
A salute to Joan Peters (Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom) Four years after her death and 34 years after the publication of her bestselling book "From Time Immemorial," Peters' claims about the Palestinian refugees are gaining U.S. government recognition.
The Eviction of Khan al-Ahmar Stinks Up to High Heaven (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) This is a story about Israel that European newspapers would never publish. Who would believe the Jewish democratic state would present non-Jews with two options for where to live, either next to a garbage dump or next to a sewage plant?
Courtesy of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan: Soon we will have “Dying to Die 2" in Tel Aviv, and we deserve it (Ron Kaufman, Maariv) Every guy who took up arms and passed advanced training with a gun 20 years ago when he was a soldier, can now potentially play Michael Douglas [due to Erdan's easing of restrictions to get a gun permit and his encouragement of civilians to carry arms - OH]. There is nothing casual about the stupidity that controls us, everything is planned.
The center will only wake up when the whims of the right make their mark (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) By means of a stubborn struggle, the extreme right is slowly reaping achievements on the ground and establishing facts that make it difficult to establish an independent and united Palestinian entity in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Netanyahu's Education Policy: A Speech and a Brochure  (Raviv Drucker, Haaretz+) When it comes to the international tests, Israel is very far from being in the top 10, as the prime minister promised a decade ago; it’s usually near the bottom of the list.
Duterte’s visit proved again: Shame has disappeared from Israel's foreign policy (Yossi Melman, Maariv) In an era in which Israel is courted and can be selective in choosing its friends, the government proves that its policy is based solely on interests, without the slightest desire to pay even lip service to morality.
Shed the apathy (Akiva Bigman, Israel Hayom) The fact that the Left is battered, divided, ridiculous and weak doesn't mean it cannot win the next election. Under these circumstances, a loss for the Right would be far more painful.
Anyone who supports the idea of confederation is ready to give up an independent Jewish state (Prof. Arieh Eldad, Maariv) Those who support the idea that Israel will be part of a Jordanian-Palestinian-Israeli confederation explicitly state that it waives Israel's full independence as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
Israel Signals Lull in Syria Strikes Is Over, Resuming Military Action Against Iran (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Airstrike attributed to Israel and threats made by its leaders suggest Israel may respond to any danger – even if it means deviating from deals made with Moscow.
The end of the Syrian war, a risk for Israel (Prof. Eyal Zisser, Israel Hayom) With Assad's emerging victory, a new conflict will begin between Russia and Iran over the spoils. Meanwhile, Israel might be forced to pay a price for the West's efforts to reconcile with Damascus.
Soldiers in the Syrian Civil War Against Their Will (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) The Syrian government is making it more difficult for young men to go to one of the country's deteriorating universities to evade the draft.
There is fertile ground in the Arab sector for the activities of the major parties (Yossi Ahimeir, Maariv) Even after the enactment of the Nation-State law, Israeli democracy will not be able to accept MKs who swear allegiance to the state, but organize demonstrations with PLO flags and appeal to the UN to intervene in its affairs.
An Israeli Playwright’s Complicated Relationship With Holland
‘Amsterdam’ by Maya Arad-Yasur focuses on an Israeli violinist with an unpaid and inflated gas bill from 1944. Her play, “God Waits at the Station,”  required that Arad-Yasur confront the difficult aspect of writing political theater in Israel. On the one hand, despite its critical success, the play closed in Israel after fewer than 30 performances. (“Today, in my opinion, it wouldn’t have been staged at all,” she says). On the other hand, when the play was featured at events in Europe, it generated opposition from BDS activists, making it too left–wing in Israel, and too Israeli abroad. (Interviewed by Maya Asheri in Haaretz+)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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