News Nosh: 9.20.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 20, 2018
 
Quotes of the day:
“Our country is losing itself, and what is happening here does not add to our democracy, but only weakens it."
--Former Shin Bet agent Gonen Ben-Yitzhak said in an interview in Maariv.*
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"I think there will be an explosion in Israeli society, I just don’t know when."
--Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avigdor Kahalani said in an interview in Maariv.**kahalani

Front Page:
Haaretz
  • Russian Israel relations being tested after downing of plane: Fear in Jerusalem of limiting of Israel Air Force activities in Syria
  • Complication in relations // Amos Harel
  • Palestinian man died hours after he was detained. His family: He was beaten by soldiers
  • Kim promised to visit Seoul and dismantle nuclear facilities “if the US will take reciprocal steps”
  • Trump’s trade war in China brings the countries to the verge of a cold war // Dafna Maor
  • Court relied on Nation-State Law: But if the injured party in the attack weren’t a Jew? // Mordechai Kremnitzer
  • The race of the messengers - How is Walla’s CEO Ilan Yeshua different from (state witnesses) Hefetz and Filber - and why isn’t he (also) a suspect in Case 4000? // Gur Megido
  • And still, (Ehud) Barak // Yechiam Weitz (Hebrew)
  • List of guests is, indeed, getting shorter, but some 280 films will be presented at the Haifa Film Festival (Hebrew)
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Putin: "Downing of plane is a tragic error” - Incident of the Russian Plane: Israel Air Force commander will go to Moscow
  • The glitch and the price // Alex Fishman
  • A blow in Syria // Yossi Yehoshua
  • In the sukkah, near the Gaza border - Three generations of the Shklar family from Kibbutz Alumim are ready for the holiday and hope they’ll spend it in the sukkah and not in protected spaces, despite the tension on the Gaza border
  • “(Tel-Aviv Mayor) Huldai is Bibi. For him, ‘the administration is me” - Asaf Zamir, Tel-Aviv Deputy Mayor, and who is running against Huldai
  • Home of terrorist who murdered the Duvdevan Unit soldier will be destroyed
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • “It should not happen again” - Putin to Israel following the downing of the Russia plane
  • The Korean summit
  • “Trump didn’t want to be President” - Porn star Stormy Daniels reveals details in a new book
  • Polluted air also on Yom Kippur (when cars aren’t driven): While in the whole country they enjoyed a day of relatively clean air, in Haifa, high air pollution was measured even during the fast
Israel Hayom
News Summary:
Israel tries to mitigate the damage after a Russian jet was downed over Syria during an Israeli attack band the latest on US President Donald Trump’s scandals and the meeting between the North and South Korean leaders were top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers, but the six Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces within 24 hours in four different incidents barely made news.

Fearing that Russia will now limit Israeli aerial attacks in Syria, Israel is sending today to Moscow a delegation, headed by the commander of the Israeli Air Force, after Russia initially blamed Israel for the mistaken downing by Syria of a Russian plane and the killing of 15 personnel, during an Israeli attack in Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Syria is to blame and Putin said that the shooting down of its plane was a result of a 'chain of tragic circumstances.’ Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said, "Israeli aggression on Syria is no longer tolerable, must end.” The IDF took responsibility for the attack on Latakia - after initially remaining silent - and expressed sorrow for the loss of the 15 Russians, but refused to take responsibility for the deaths of the Russians, saying that Syria and Iran forced Israel to launch the strike that triggered Syrian air defense systems and downed the jet, therefore they were responsible for the Russian deaths. Satellite images revealed the damage wreaked by the Israeli strikes near Damascus International Airport and others aimed at suburb of Syria's port city Latakia.


PALESTINIAN DEATHS:
On Tuesday morning, Muhammad Zaghloul Khatib, 24, died in Israeli custody after he was allegedly beaten unconscious by Israeli soldiers during his arrest in Bayt Rima village in the predawn hours of that day. Khatib's family accuses the military of murdering him. The Israeli army confirmed that Khatib died in its custody, but denied Palestinians’ claim that he had been injured during the raid. According to the Israeli military, Khatib lost consciousness shortly after his arrest for as yet unknown reasons.
Hours after Yom Kippur began Tuesday eve, Border Police shot dead Mohammed Yusuf Sha'aban Alian, 26, near Damascus Gate in E. Jerusalem. Police said: "Officers identified an assailant who ran toward a Jewish [worshipper] and tried to knock him to the ground. He then continued running toward the policemen while brandishing a sharp object in his hand, intending to harm them.” The police said that when the assailant ignored orders to stop, they opened fire, fatally wounding him. (Also Haaretz+ and video from Maan)


IN GAZA:
On Monday, Israeli forces injured 95 Palestinians participating in the 8th naval march, in which 15 solidarity boats set sail to break the nearly 12-year siege imposed by Egypt and Israel on Gaza and thousands of Gazans gathered on the beach along the border fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel to demonstrate.  
On Monday night, the Israeli military aircraft shot missiles targeting and killing two Palestinians, Naji Jamil Abu Assi, 18, and Alaa Ziad Abu Assi, 21, after detecting them approaching the Israeli border.
On Tuesday, the IDF shot and killed two Palestinians, Ahmad Mahmoud Muhsen Omar, 20, and Muhammad Ahmad Abu Naji, 34, who were protesting near the Gaza-Israel border and wounded 46. Both Amer and Naji were shot in the head and chest by Israeli forces. The IDF reported that 20 Palestinians breached the security fence, leaving explosives near the border and other set off incendiary balloons that started a fire in Israel.
Predawn Wednesday, clashes erupted along the eastern Gaza-Israel fence after Israeli forces fired flares and tear-gas bombs towards the ‘March of Return’ camps, causing dozens of Palestinian youths to suffer tear-gas suffocation, Maan reported. Hundreds of Palestinian youths approached the border fence and set tires on fire as a form of protest.
Later Wednesday, thousands of Palestinians marched in the funeral processions of the four Palestinians killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip previous 24 hours. The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi, strongly condemned, on Wednesday, "Israel's murder of six Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in the last 24 hours" accusing Israeli forces of deliberately targeting the Palestinians.

Palestinians in Gaza told Ynet and Haaretz that the Gaza clashes are a response to the failed Israel-Hamas talks and the failed reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah. Sources told Ynet that Hamas is encouraging Gaza residents to escalate the weekly 'March of Return' protests along the border fence in order to restart the ceasefire talks, which have been suspended for the past three weeks. Ynet’s Elior Levy writes that the “reason for the delay is an explicit threat made by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to Egypt, saying that a truce in Gaza—that includes significant efforts to ease the Israeli and Egyptian blockade—without the PA's involvement, will result in the PA's complete withdrawal of monthly payments transferred to the Gaza Strip.

On Monday, a hand grenade was found attached to a balloon in a field in an Israeli community near the Gaza-border. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mufid al-Hasayneh, announced that the Palestinian ministry cashed $3 million of the Kuwaiti grant to rehabilitate and develop Gaza infrastructure.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Israeli forces injure dozens of Palestinian students in Hebron - Local sources said that Israeli forces provoked Palestinian students as they were on their way to school in Hebron City Wednesday, resulting in violent clashes between students and Israeli forces. (Maan)
  • 326 Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Tuesday to perform prayers - Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the compound to hold celebrations and perform religious Jewish prayers. Israeli forces reportedly assaulted staff members of the Islamic Endowment Department, as well as several other Palestinians. Seven Palestinians were hospitalized. (Maan)
  • In video - Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Wednesday for Yom Kippur - Within half an hour, about 40 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccans Gate under the heavy protection of Israeli forces, said the Spokesman of the Islamic Endowment Department (Waqf), Firas al-Dibs. (Maan)
  • Israel bans 7 Palestinians from Old City of Jerusalem - The Israeli authorities released seven Jerusalemites Tuesday from detention on  condition they are banned from the Old City of occupied E. Jerusalem. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians, including teenage girl - According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,781 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, 270 of whom are child prisoners, and 50 of them are under the age of 16. (Maan)
  • Gush Etzion terrorist's bag was searched before attack, but pockets weren't - Guards who grew suspicious of 16-year-old Khalil Jabarin who murdered Ari Fuld, prevented him from entering a shopping mall, but one guard, after checking his bag, failed to search his pockets where the knife was concealed. (Ynet)
  • Israeli High Court Won’t Order IDF to Prosecute Soldiers in Protester’s 2009 Death - Bassem Abu Rahmeh died after being hit by a teargas grenade during a protest at the West Bank village of Bil’in; his story was documented in the Oscar-nominated film 'Five Broken Cameras.’ (Haaretz+)
  • In unprecedented move, judge bases verdict on controversial nation-state law - A Jerusalem District Court ruled that Hamas must pay $1.5 million to a Jewish man injured in a terror attack in 1998. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel's top court has no authority to overrule Basic Laws, justice minister says; Opposition slams MK Shaked - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked claims Israel has never passed a racist law, says any Knesset that can pass racist laws is one that would not obey a High Court’s decisions. Shaked pans opposition for degrading court during Knesset discussion titled 'Minister of Justice's attack on High Court of Justice'; opposition slamד Shaked's approach towards the court and her conduct regarding the appointment of the next police chief. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Arab-Israeli Delegation to UN: Pressure Israel to Nix Nation-state Law - Representatives from the Arab community in Israel met with UN deputy commissioner for human rights Wednesday, as part of an effort to pressure the international community to condemn Israel and cancel law. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli culture minister pushes to nix funding for festival featuring films that 'undermine our value' - Miri Regev calls on Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to ax the funds for the festival over a film that portrays an Arab-Jewish relationship and another about an ex-soldier who joins right-wing group against human rights activists. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel and Turkey conduct secret talks - Following expulsion of Israeli ambassador in Ankara four months ago, the two countries are reportedly in negotiations over possible normalization of diplomatic ties; Defense Minister Lieberman and President Erdogan visit capital of Azerbaijan at same time. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Israel Air Force plans to destroy controversial cluster bombs - The use of cluster bombs attracted much international criticism during the Second Lebanon War. Now air force issues a bid for commercial companies to destroy them. (Haaretz+)
  • Moshe Ya'alon: "The trauma of Yom Kippur accompanies me to this day, I lost faith in the leadership" - In an interview on KAN Bet,  former defense minister spoke about his 1973 memoirs here, referring to his political future, claiming that in the dispute between the General Staff and the IDF Ombudsman Maj. Gen. (res.) Brick, regarding the IDF's preparedness for war, he was "on the side of (Chief of Staff) Eizenkot.” (Maariv)
  • Netanyahu green-lights migration of 1,000 new Falashmura from Ethiopia to Israel - The new migrants will be accepted on the grounds that they already have children who migrated to Israel. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • Al-Quds graduates first cohort of trainees in ICC litigation - Al-Quds University's newly created Academy for Global Justice completed the first training of its kind in the procedural and substantive aspects of litigation before the International Criminal Court. The Academy offered this intensive training course to twenty six students from the Faculty of Law and the Al-Quds Bard College. (Maan)
  • International groups to participate in Palestine Circus Festival - International circus teams from Argentina, the United Kingdom, Chile and France are going to participate in the Palestine Circus Festival, with more than 12 performances, taking place between September 27th until October 6th in 32 locations. (Maan)
  • Despite Rising Tensions, Trump Administration Says Palestinian Authority Fighting Terrorism - The Trump administration has announced over the summer a series of budget cuts in U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, but the dozens of millions of dollars going to the PA security forces were not touched. (Haaretz+)
  • Bereaved mother: Trump's aid cuts kill hope - US decision to cut funding for Palestinians harms coexistence initiatives like joint Israeli-Palestinian Parents Circle Families Forum, a group of families who have lost their relatives to the conflict and are working for reconciliation, said Robbie Damelin, who became a member. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • EU appoints new Special Representative to Middle East peace process - The European Council appointed Susanna Terstal as European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday. (Maan)
  • Two Prominent Jewish Republican Donors Cut GOP Ties Over Trump - Leslie Wexnner and Seth Klarman have both contributed millions of dollars and are known as supporters of Israel. (Haaretz+)


Features:
Repentance isn’t only for Yom Kippur
In Israel, some survivors of terror and criminal attacks seek to understand and reconcile with those who harmed them, not punish them. (Dina Kraft, Haaretz+)
Telegram exposes Mossad chief's warnings about Yom Kippur War
State archives publish urgent telegram from Zvi Zamir to the military secretary of PM Golda Meir on the morning of the war which contained clear warning from Mossad's source, Nasser’s son-in-law, Ashraf Marwan, that war was imminent.. (Yaron Drukman, Yedioth/Ynet)
The Israeli commander who ignored intelligence orders and saved his troops
On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, Lt. Col. Nitzani looked at the Suez Canal through his binoculars and ordered his soldiers to go on full alert. One of his soldiers tells the little-known story. (Ofer Aderet, Haaretz+)
Voice of the desert
To travel to Sinai or not? That’s the question that is bothering many a moment before Sukkot holiday, with a rise in the number of Israelis visiting the Egyptian peninsula. Facing the severe travel warning and the threats of terror, there is a pastoral vacation just a short distance away with ridiculously cheap prices and tourists who are convinced that the warnings are ‘just politics.’ (Mor Shimoni, Maariv’s magazine supplement, cover)
The Jerusalem-born Jew who preferred fighting Franco to fighting for Zionism
In the 1930s Meir Levy left the Holy Land to fight in the Spanish Civil War. His descendants are trying to bring his body back to Israel. (Ofer Aderet, Haaretz+)
The Oslo process may be dead, but its impact is very much visible: A photo essay
Haaretz photographer Emil Salman looks at the presence of the Oslo peace process in the lives of Palestinians and Israelis 25 years after the signing of the accords. (Emil Salman, Haaretz)

Commentary/Analysis:
45 Years After Yom Kippur War, Debate on Israeli Army's War-readiness Is Swept Under Rug (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Critique of Israeli army’s readiness for war dogs IDF chief's exit. Hamas stokes fighting spirit in Gaza, the Tamimi family doing the same in West Bank.
No justice for Bil'in Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli soldier (Henriette Chacar, +972mag) Nearly a decade after an Israeli soldier killed Bassem Abu Rahmeh while he was nonviolently protesting in Bil’in, Israel’s High Court decides once and for all that his killer will never see the inside of a courtroom.
Why did Israel handcuff and deport a French-American law professor? (Mordechai Kremnitzer, Haaretz+) The military arrest of Frank Romano, a French-American citizen who was protesting Israeli policy, raises many disturbing questions.
The double standard of the ICC (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) The US is justified in its refusal to cooperate with the ICC over alleged war crimes committed by its forces and close allies, democratic countries are capable of trying their own soldiers; but the Palestinians, who fund murderers and their families, turn to the ICC to file complaints against Israel.
To Jewish leftists around the world I say: Please don’t make aliyah (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) From the water you drink, to the beach you enjoy, when you pop over for your brother’s or your cousin’s bar mitzvah back home, you’re choosing to be superior, and that is patently immoral.
UK Jews: Unity at any price (Isi Leibler, Israel Hayom) The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews calls for unity regardless of circumstances. But just as Jews espousing racism would not be welcomed, neither should those who honor anti-Israel terrorists.
The Khan al-Ahmar Demolition Will Be Ugly (Yaron Ovadia, Haaretz+) Destroying a small Bedouin community of 30 families and a school made of tires and mud is yet another nail in the coffin of Israeli democracy.
The meeting with the Arab MKs in the European Union signals concern over Israel's conduct (Dr. Nimrod Goren, Maariv) The European body views the meeting with the members of the “Joint List" as another way to convey a penetrating message to the Israeli government, while simultaneously expressing solidarity and partnership with those in Israel who are working towards a change of direction.
A Yom Kippur Reckoning at the Netanyahu Residence (Aluf Benn, Haaretz+) An imaginary holiday interview.
According to 'Israel Hayom,' BDS has nothing to do with the occupation (Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972mag) Israel’s most-read newspaper deletes crucial explanations from an Associated Press article, leaving its readers with zero understanding of why Palestinians might want the world to boycott Israel.
The Struggle Over the Definition of Jewishness Is Now Existential (Shuki Friedman, Haaretz+) The centrality granted to the Jewish component over the democratic one in the constitutional identity of the state and the increasing influence of religion on the lives of Israelis make defining Judaism all the more important.
On Yom Kippur, Israelis should think about the sins of the occupation (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Will Israel's decision-makers feel a little shame when they chant 'we have trespassed,' and when you get to 'we robbed,' 'we have done violence,' 'we coveted' and we 'spoke deceitfully'?
'Let us fight together for human rights, for a country that is democratic for all its citizens' (Ahmed Abu Artema, +972mag) Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the organizers of the Great Return March in Gaza, responds to Israeli conscientious objector Hillel Garmi, who said his decision to refuse the draft is partly inspired by Artema’s acts of civil disobedience.
What Is Necessary for Peace? (Moshe Arens, Haaretz+) Obtaining support of the Israeli voter is a necessary condition for reaching a peace agreement with Israel’s Arab neighbors.
They didn’t say niyet: The IDF still has freedom of action and maneuver to act in Syria
(Yossi Melman, Maariv) Hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the Russian president forgave (Israel) for the downing of the Ilyushin plane and the deaths of 15 members of its crew. In soccer terms, he has only given Israel a yellow card.
Syria Is Not a Firing Range (Haaretz Editorial) In light of the downing of the Russian plane, Israel must remember that all military action carries risks.
The IDF Spokesperson's announcement was intended to soften Russian anger, but without taking responsibility (Tal Lev Ram, Maariv) The chain of events that led to the downing of the transport plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire could force Israel to act extra carefully in the skies of Syria, and it provides a rare glimpse into the capabilities Hezbollah is trying to build.
Putin Absolves Israel Over Syria Strike, but Crisis With Moscow Reaches All the Way to Tehran (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Monday’s incident near Latakia, in which 15 Russian soldiers were killed in a downed plane, might see Russia toughen its stance toward Israel and curtail the air force’s freedom of action in Syria.
In order to lower the tension with Russia, Israel is expected to reduce its attacks (Tal Lev Ram, Maariv) The fact that the civil war is nearing an end and that Assad has restored control over most of his country's territory may also change the position of the Kremlin regarding the green light that it has provided Israel with the ability to operate in the region.
Friend or Foe? A Deadly Syrian-Russian Screwup (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) Something strange was definitely in the air over Syria on Monday night, with British and French forces both reportedly present – but Israel may now have to lay low for a while and let Russian pride recover.
Extremism and fragile states (Clifford D. May, Israel Hayom) Many of those joining jihadi groups are fleeing terrible circumstances. Others want to build a new Islamic empire. And some are eager to trade humdrum lives for a license to pillage, slaughter, and enslave.
Not just Weinstein: The year #MeToo rocked and shocked the Jewish world (Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz+) Over the past year, a high number of powerful Jewish men have been accused of sexual misconduct. While it has provided fodder for anti-Semites, activists say addressing the problem is vital.
Enforcing Orthodoxy on Yom Kippur (Alit Karp, Haaretz+) The decision to close the beaches of Lake Kinneret marks yet another milestone in the slope down which secular Israel is sliding.
 
Interviews:
*Former Shin Bet agent who recruited the son of a Hamas leader: "The country is losing itself"
Gonen Ben-Yitzhak conducts a soul-searching account of the greatest failure that has plagued him to this day, Israel's betrayal of (Mosab) Hassan Yousef, [the son of a Hamas leader who worked as a spy for Israel - OH] and explains how this relates to his joining the protests against Israel’s attorney general. (Interviewed by Tomer Keren in Maariv, pp.16-17)
…According to Ben-Yitzhak, the Green Prince should receive the Israel Prize for Security. Ben-Yitzhak's deep friendship with Hassan Yousef, the Green Prince, which took place under the Shin Bet radar until about a year before the publication of Yousef’s book, caused him many problems:
"The Shin Bet did not like me saying that for what the Prince did he should receive the Israel Security Prize, that people who did less than him got the prize. For that they wanted to put me on trial, but I didn’t care, I could not be silent about the injustice done to him because he really did very big things for us. There’s no doubt they made a mistake here, and it is still not too late to give this man the treatment he deserves for saving the lives of thousands of Israelis.”
Are preventative assassinations an effective tool in the war on terror?
"Sometimes, yes. Take Bin Laden, for example. If they killed him a week before 9/11, they would have saved the lives of 3,000 Americans. But there is a long path between that and assuming that wholesale assassinations of terrorists will bring about the elimination of terrorism, because there is always a replacement. In the Shin Bet security service, there was a joke that they wrote in the newspaper that the village leader was assassinated, and only a week later did they really liquidate the village leader. That is why Israel is in no rush to liquidate terrorists. I did (assassination - OH) missions, and they did not contradict who I was and my scale of values.”
Is the (Green) Prince a hero or a traitor?
"If I were a Palestinian, I would think he was a traitor. There are those who say that I treat him like a hero, but that he’s just a shitty person who betrays his people. They may be right. But he saved innocent lives on both sides. We must not forget that.”
From your experience with the Palestinians, do they want peace?
"Over the years, I have been impressed that there are people who want peace, but I don’t believe there will be peace. We need to talk about an arrangement. It’s more effective to create a safe reality for Israel. I don’t think that Hamas is an existential threat to Israel. Therefore, peace with the Arab states and the Palestinians will ensure that we have stability and fewer threats. I am cutting this off from the question of the [Palestinian] Territories, which must be democratically decided by the [Jewish- OH] nation.”
Do politics talk to you?
“I’m not thinking about it right now. I am involved as a social justice activist in  'Israel is Dear to Us' and in demonstrations against corruption and against the gas pipeline, I demonstrate with Eldad Yaniv at Habima every Saturday night."
What do you think about the split between (protest leaderes Elad Yaniv) and Meni Naftali?
“I think the split is understandable. When it comes to people, there is anger, but that does not mean that it is impossible to work for a common goal in other places. People are demonstrating in Petah Tikva, Tel Aviv and elsewhere, and that’s good. It’s important to emphasize that I’m not a friend of Eldad (Yaniv). I am just a partner to the idea.”
What's the idea?
“Our country is losing itself, and what is happening here does not add to our democracy, but only weakens it."
You mean the (corruption) investigations against Netanyahu?
“The investigations are a small part of what is happening here. Many politicians are being investigated by the police, and that's okay. Maybe it's not okay, but that's the nature of the world. Something else is happening here. Something systematic, and above all, very dangerous, because Attorney General Mendelblit is not making decisions. Every day that passes that he doesn’t make a decision about the investigations seriously harms our democracy.”
Wow, you are laying on his shoulders a heavy load.
“What can you do, it's the truth. He’s the man who has to make the decision and he does not make it, so we're here to remind him of his commitment."
You were among the people who harassed him when he was shopping at the supermarket. Didn’t you get carried away?
“Absolutely not. We got carried away? Why? Because some journalists wrote that we got carried away? I don’t think that way. I think that this is a justified protest and I am happy to be a partner to it. It is a quiet and dignified protest, a protest against the conduct and not against the man.”
So why in the supermarket? Why not at his office?
"There is no other way to conduct a legitimate protest. The fact is that it makes headlines. Look, you asked me about, and if Mendelblit had not called the police, no one would have heard about it, thank you very much."
So I understand you will continue with this line? Even though some think it is illegitimate.
“Absolutely. It’s not legitimate in you opinion? Don’t come. I and many others think that this is legitimate. By the way, the High Court ruled that it’s legitimate.
Sounds like it's really burning in your bones.
“It’s true that it’s burning in my bones to save this country, as it did when I was in the Shin Bet. I have four children and I am afraid of the state they will have. In my view, this is no less important than the question of the Territories or targeted assassinations. It's in our souls. "

Ex-Israeli Air Force Pilot Eyes His Toughest Mission Yet: Saving Both Israeli and Diaspora Jews
Tal Keinan wasn’t scared, even though he knew each time he took off that he might not return alive. Now, however, he fears for the future of Israel and the Jewish people – no less. But he thinks he might have the solution. (Interviewed by David B. Green in Haaretz+)

The ‘Oslo Diaries’ creators explain why they haven’t lost hope for peace
Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan discuss how the filming process altered their extreme leftist positions and why, despite failure, we should continue along the path of Rabin and Arafat. (Interviewed by Nirit Anderman in Haaretz+)

**(Brig. Gen. Avigdor) Kahalani in a meeting with his subordinates from the Yom Kippur War: "There will be an explosion in Israeli society"
Forty-five years after he led the 77th Battalion in the Yom Kippur War and the moment after he published a new book on leadership, we met Brig.-Gen. (res.) Avigdor Kahalani with his colleagues from the war to discuss the integration of women in the army, his talks with leaders and the future of the state. (Interviewed by Eyal Levy in Maariv)
Does the army prepare people to become leaders in civilian life?
“It prepares for decision-making on the highest level in the world. But let's take Benny Gantz, (for example,) who is supposed to join the political establishment. Once he joins, half the people will hate him. As much as I was loved, as soon as I joined, I was marked. It's hard for a military man to digest that. He wants to remain the soldier who guards the country and helps everyone. These are some of the hesitations. He does not want to deal with the 26-year-old woman who sits next to him. I once heard a young female Knesset member tell Arik Sharon: 'Who are you to tell me what to do?' I was disgusted. Someone else could turn a table over and say, ‘Get out of my sight'. Military personnel have to lower themselves to the lowest level and understand that from now on they have to fill up the gas in a car, and they will not have a driver outside the door with a vehicle driven.”
Have you changed your political views over the years?
"There is no one who does not change them. I sat with Arafat at the time, and Abu Mazen was in my home. I try not to be naïve in the solution to which we aspire, nor do I apologize for wanting to guard our existence. I do not think we have to manage the lives of the Arabs, I want them to live and not to disturb me. I am for two states, but with borders and security. I think that if we spoke Arabic with the Arabs, and I mean in the broad and inclusive way, we would probably have reached the golden path. If we let the Arabists (Israeli experts on Arabs) to conduct negotiations, Avi Dichter for example, they would be able to find the language. When I sat down with Arafat and said (in Arabic) about [high-ranking Palestinian leader] Muhammad Dahlan: ‘That man is evil, the son of evil,’ he laughed for half an hour. I touched the point exactly.
By the way, what is your attitude toward the Nation-State law, of which Dichter is one of the proponents?
"This is a correct law that maintains the existence of Israel as a Jewish state and does not harm anyone. You want equality? Get under the gurney."
The Druze are already there.
"I appreciate them, I fought with them, but they have to understand that we are a Jewish state. This law really does not hurt. If it were passed by the Labor Party, everything would have been conducted quietly. "
The nation is divided, torn.
"I think there will be an explosion in Israeli society, I just don’t know when."
Perhaps the problem is that there are no leaders as strong as they used to be, those who don’t zigzag?
"The cemetery is full of people who didn’t have any replacements. There are people who until they sit on the chair you will not know how they will function. It is defeatism to say there is no substitute. They come to me sometimes in the street and tell me that I belong to the generation of giants, and I am one who grew up in Wadi Hanin in Nes Ziona and was supposed to be a locksmith."

Head of IDF ground forces denies claims army is unprepared for war
Maj. Gen. Kobi Barak tells Israel Hayom that outgoing IDF Ombudsman Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Brik's report that ground forces are unprepared for war, which he based on anonymous interviews with commanders of field units, "borders on irresponsible." (Interviewed by Yoav Limor in Israel Hayom)
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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