News Nosh: 9.14.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, September 14, 2018
Quote of the day:
“... I felt it would be dishonest to continue to say nothing. i'm still really hopeful that one day i'll be able to play in Israel again."
—British DJ Ben Thomson, known as Ben UFO, wrote on Instagram that he joined several top electronic musicians, producers and DJs worldwide who pledged their support for a campaign promoting a cultural boycott of Israel, using the hashtag #DJsForPalestine.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • From three there will be one Police Commissioner - These are the candidates too stand at the head of the police - Yoram Halevy, Moshe ‘Chico’ Edri, David Bitan
  • Public Security Minister Erdan officially announced to Police Commissioner Alsheikh: I won’t extend your term
  • Not a deception and not a persecution // Ben-Dror Yemini
  • Erdan and Alsheikh: The tense meeting (Photo taken of the two at a ceremony, hours after the announcement)
  • Storm following Yedioth’s expose: “Recognition of conversion (outside the Rabbinate) is an earthquake”
  • It’s final: Eurovision will take place in Tel-Aviv
  • Performance out of the movies - Second medal for Linoy Ashram in rhythmic gymnastics at World Championships
  • Without her - Special: Moving conversation with parents of Shira Banky, 3 years after her murder (by a religious man) at the Gay Pride Parade
  • I accuse - Shimon Shiffer (Yedioth journalist) on the ordeal of his wife, Rachela (RIP), in the health system
  • Exclusive - Summit of fear - Excerpts from the book about President Trump that is shaking America
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
  • Sent home (Photo of Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh)
  • “You don’t want peace. There is nothing more to do” - In an interview from Ramallah, Saeb Erekat eulogizes the peace process. From hopelessness at Trump’s conduct, he hints about the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority and says: “In the end, it will all collapse, you will pay”
  • Trump’s presents // Caroline Glick
  • The officers discovered that a third of their salaries was slashed - Without informing them in advance, the IDF decreased by tens of percentages the salaries of officers at the Military Engineering School
  • It’s final: Eurovision will be held in Tel-Aviv
  • She’s amazing! Linoy Ashram won her second medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the World Championships
  • Big shoes: The war of the (IDF) trackers officer against Hamas terrorists
  • Thinking on the fence: Zvi Hendel dreams about returning to the Gaza Strip
  • Behind you, (Education Minister) Bennett: (Social Equality Minister) Gila Gamliel already marked her next position
Israel Hayom
  • Going home - Minister Erdan in talk with (Police Commissioner) Alsheikh: “I’m not sorry I appointed you”
  • From three there will be one: (Candidates for police commissioner are) Yoram Halevy, Moshe ‘Chico’ Edri, David Bitan
  • The Police Commissioner turned himself into a lame duck // Amnon Lord
  • Wanted: A police commissioner from within the police // Itsik Saban
  • Eurovision in Tel-Aviv - on May 18th
  • “The Palestinians only slander - and want money” - US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, again stands on Israel’s side: “We will continue to hope that they will see that they are mistaken and that they return to the negotiating table”
  • Linoy Ashram doesn’t stop - she won her second medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the World Championships
  • Grandma and Grandpa’s story on the smartphone: the app that will allow documenting memories of immigrants from the East
  • We sinned before you - Yom Kippur is almost here and Jews from all over the world arrived at the Wailing Wall to say slichot

News Summary:
In their headlines 'Going Home,' the Hebrew papers revealed that the announcement by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan - in the midst of corruption probes against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - that he was replacing Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh at the end of his term, instead of extending it for a year, as is normally done, was not a positive move. (But as Gidi Weitz writes in Haaretz, “Netanyahu may have gotten rid of Israel's police chief, but not of his corruption probes.”) Europe’s broadcasting union announced that Eurovision will take place in Tel-Aviv, and Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won her second medal at the world championships - making top news in the Hebrew newspapers.

Meanwhile, Israel ended its ‘Good Neighbors’ aid program to Syrian civilians after the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad retook the border area along the Golan Heights, Netanyahu’s spokesman, David Keyes, took a leave of absence after a 12th women accused him of either sexual assault or sexual harassment, and the Israeli army's ombudsman, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick, wrote a new report declaring the army was not prepared for war - completely contradicting a report this month by the Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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