News Nosh 11.28.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 28, 2018

NOTE: News Nosh will be published in a truncated version from December 2nd-13th.

Quote of the day:
"Isolating the Palestinians and rendering them irrelevant is a central pillar of Netanyahu’s campaign to push them into a corner, crush their aspirations, smash their expectations and bring them back, with a thud, to a reality in which they must make do with the status quo for the time being and with an administrative autonomy, at best, as a permanent solution. In order to weaken the Palestinians further, Netanyahu is playing divide and rule between Gaza and the West Bank, even if this requires an accommodation with Hamas that disappoints his right-wing base."
--Haaretz's Chemi Shalev writes that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policies could explode in Israel's face.*

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Look me in the eyes - Silvana Chagai, 13-years-old. She called the police. All the warning bells rang again and again. But no one listened to Silvana’s screams, till her final breath. Therefore, we have no choice but to declare: Regarding the treatment of violence towards women, the Israel Police went bankrupt
  • The strong Nahal brigades - For the first time, the brigade won the IDF combat fitness championship;
  • Today: Givati Brigades draft begins
  • Expose - The plan to blacken the minister. (Justice Minister) Ayelet Shaked is in the cross-hairs: This is the aggressive campaign against the extradition to Australia of the Australian woman suspected of a series of sex crimes
  • Green south - After the fires that burned enormous areas around the Gaza Strip, drone photos reveal the ability of nature to recover
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • “Zion fortress” The nerve center under the ground - Years after construction began: new 'pit' of the Kirya (IDF headquarters) will be inaugurated soon
  • Senior minister: “The coalition is falling apart”
  • The girls will no longer get to grow up // Hagit Ron-Rabinovitz on the murder of two young girls
  • “Gideon Saar Law”: essential to prevent tilting the will of the voters
  • Battling against dropouts: Enrichment program for youth who immigrated from France
  • Four years after he entered a tunnel to follow (captured soldier) Hadar Goldin, Captain Matan Horesh became a company commander

News Summary:
The police hunt for the killers of two young girls, one Eritrean, one Christian-Arab-Israeli, and the government coalition tries to hold itself together, while the opposition hopes to take advantage of the narrow one-seat majority to pass laws such as to increase old age pensions (Hebrew), making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers. Meanwhile, Hamas reportedly agreed to transfer control over the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority on condition that elections are held soon and Maariv’s reporter, Avishai Greenzweig, seems to be shocked when Israeli police told a court that Al-Aqsa is not holy to Jews and that Muslims at the holy site are ‘locals,’ while Jews are ‘visitors.’

Israel Police in court: "Temple Mount is not holy to Jews, Muslims are the locals" - In a recent criminal case the state is holding against prominent Temple Mount activist, Tom Nisani, the police's perception of the Temple Mount and the question of Israel's practical sovereignty over the most sacred and explosive land in Israel was somewhat revealed. Testifying in the court this week, Chief sergeant Raouf Alian, who served as a scout on the Temple Mount said that the fact that Arabs surrounded the Jewish group and shouted at them "Allahu Akbar" is not a violation of public order, and that Nisani's decision to sit on the floor is a violation of public order. He explained: "Do not compare the area of the Temple Mount to another place in the country. There are guidelines and rules for the Temple Mount area. You want to enter, there is a detailed briefing that they go through, which explains how to behave." The policeman further claimed that "Jews are visitors at the Temple Mount, and Arabs are the locals.” Police Inspector Idan Ben Nun, commander of the police guard on the Temple Mount also testified in court that the culprit in attacking of the Arabs was Nissani, who provoked and decided to sit down. "As a commander in the field, first of all, I need to know what the public disturbance stems from, and as soon as I see what is causing the disturbance I am detain. At that moment, the person who violated the arrangement and caused people to attack him and endangered the security of the group, was the suspect (Tom Nissani). The officer even said in his testimony that the Temple Mount is not holy to the Jews. “Who is it holy to?” asked the lawyer. “To the Muslims," replied the officer. "And to the Jews it’s not holy?” The officer replied: "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is not a holy place for the Jews." In his testimony, this officer also referred to the "local" Muslims, unlike Jews who are "visitors." (Maariv)
Quick Hits:
  • Czech president to Netanyahu: We'll discuss Jerusalem embassy move next year - Netanyahu says the opening of the Czech House in Jerusalem is just the first stage ahead of moving the embassy to Jerusalem. (Haaretz+)
  • Netanyahu to visit Chad to formally reestablish diplomatic ties - Announcement follows historic visit by Chad President Idriss Deby to Israel, the first since diplomatic ties were severed in 1972. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Spanish sports minister apologizes to Israeli counterpart over cancellation of match - 'Spain cannot submit' to pressure from BDS movement, minister says. Organizers eventually agreed to host water polo match. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • South African academic conference disinvites Israelis after boycott pressure - Citing nation-state law and 'incremental genocide' in Gaza, activists call on organizers of reconciliation conference to disinvite Israeli professors. 'Academia is being trampled by politics,' Israeli prof. responds. (Haaretz+)
  • Despite Investing Millions in Project, No Israeli Official Will Attend French Cross-cultural Event - Israel's culture minister won't meet her French counterpart at the closing event of a cultural exchange project in Tel Aviv because 'no suitable time was found.’ Sources said the decision to not attend the closing Tel Aviv event is the Israeli response to French President Emmanuel Macron's absence at the event after Netanyahu flew to France to attend the opening event. (Haaretz+)
  • IDF chief appoints team to probe botched Gaza op - On Nov. 11, a top-secret IDF unit was discovered during an operation in Gaza and an Israeli officer was killed while saving his comrades. After an internal review was launched immediately after the incident, IDF to now thoroughly examine what went wrong. General Nitzan Alon was appointed to head the team. (Israel Hayom, Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Palestinian prisoner's wife gives birth for 2nd time using smuggled sperm - Wife of Palestinian prisoner Saed Muhammad Ali Salah, from Kafr Dan village in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, gave birth to a baby boy named Ayyed at the Specialized Arab Hospital in Nablus from her husband's smuggled sperm. Palestinian prisoners are denied conjugal visits by the Israeli Prison Service. (Maan)
  • Israel to punitively demolish home of Palestinian attack suspect - Israeli forces delivered a demolition notice, on Tuesday, to the family of 16-year-old Palestinian prisoner, Khalil Yousef Ali Jabarin, who carried out an alleged stabbing attack, killing one Israeli and seriously injuring another. (Maan)
  • Israel to demolish 3 Palestinian homes in Yatta - Israeli forces delivered demolition notices, on Monday evening, to three Palestinian homes and a shed in al-Khalidiya area, southeast of Yatta City, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. (Maan)
  • In video - Israeli forces violently suppress peaceful protest in Lod City - Israeli police forces detained 11 Palestinians [Arab-Israelis - OH], on Monday, during a peaceful protest against Israel’s demolition campaign in the city of Lod, in central Israel. (Maan)
  • Israel’s Attorney General Taps Second Team to Examine Netanyahu Corruption Cases - Avichai Mendelblit appears to be seeking an extra, devil’s-advocate approach to the evidence against the prime minister. (Haaretz+)
  • Netanyahu on CNN Poll: Anti-Zionism is no different to anti-Semitism. New anti-Semitism Comes From Extreme Left and Radical Islam - Netanyahu says denying Jews' right to a state is 'ultimate anti-Semitism of today,' praises far-right European governments for combating the issue. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Acting Mayor of Ashdod to the representative of Holocaust survivors: "You can wipe with that” - Gabi Kanafo, No. 2 of the elected mayor Yechiel Lasri, spoke with Michael Lev, who asked to meet with him. In a recording exposed on Channel 12 News, Kanafo replied bluntly: “Everything you represent is wrong, go to the candidates whom you supported (in the elections).” Lev: “Sir, I represent Holocaust survivors of the State of Israel.” Kanfo: “You can wipe with that as well.” (Maariv)
  • Former Georgian president calls candidate's Israeli aide 'dirty Jew' - Georgia provides political strategist Moshe Klughaft with security after opposition leader, former President Mikheil Saakashvili, accuses him of "working for Romanian communists." Under fire, Saakashvili apologizes, says he "respects the Jewish people." (Israel Hayom)
  • Experts and teachers argue: The method of teaching about Mizrachi (Arab) Jewry is "minor and insufficient" - On Friday, the education system will mark the Day of the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran. History teacher: "A student can finish his studies without touching the subject.” (Maariv)
  • Jews expelled from Arab states call on UN to recognize their plight - In letter to U.N. secretary general, community heads say U.N. should strive for justice for all refugees, including Jews expelled from Arab lands • Ahead of Israel's national day of commemorating expulsion, Bar-Ilan University hosts symposium on subject. (Israel Hayom)
  • Suicides on the Rise in Israel After a Four-year Improvement - 321 men and 69 women committed suicide in 2016, according to Health Ministry statistics. After prevention program halted, experts warn not enough has been done to handle the issue. (Haaretz+)
  • British Trade Minister Arrives in Israel to Push for post-Brexit Opportunities - Liam Fox is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu as well as various Israeli business leaders hoping to replicate existing free trade agreements. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • TechNation: South Korea to Buy Israeli Radar System - Postal service to partner with startups ■ Israel’s Annapurna behind groundbreaking new server chip unveiled by Amazon. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • South Africa: Jewish students kneel during Israel's national anthem - Students at the United Herzlia Middle School in Cape Town, South Africa 'take a knee' during 'Hatikvah' national anthem in protest of 'Israel's attitude toward the Palestinians'; school condemns the act and says the students were punished, but the Jewish community is furious. (Ynet)
  • 'Ivanka's Rabbi' Makes the Cut: Israel Caves and Reveals Lists of Recognized Overseas Rabbis - Though names of rabbis who can perform marriages still kept under wraps, Rabbinate's list of those who can grant divorces and handle conversions made public – including rabbi who oversaw Ivanka's conversion. (Haaretz+)
  • Trump: Israel 'One Reason' for U.S. Troops to Remain in Middle East - U.S. president says oil production becoming less of a reason to stay in the region. (Haaretz)
  • Lebanon Accepts Russian Ammunition Deal, Hariri Denies Rejecting Aid Over U.S. Concerns - News that the Russian offer had been rejected was first reported by the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, which said the ammunition had been offered to Lebanon’s U.S.-backed army and had been turned down. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • FIFA Urged to Set Deadline for Iran to Allow Women to Attend Soccer Matches - FIFA's human rights advisory panel says Iran's ban on women at sporting events violates their code of ethics, which prohibits 'discrimination on the basis of gender.’ (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Demise of Iran nuclear deal will yield unpredictable consequences, Iran official warns - Despite assuring Tehran it will continue to reap benefits of nuclear deal regardless of Washington's withdrawal from accord, EU diplomats admit prospects of convincing firms to brave risk of U.S. penalties and do business with Iran "pretty grim." (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Saudi Crown Prince Met by Protests in Tunisia Over Khashoggi Killing - Saudi Arabian flags burned amid cries of 'Tunisia is not for sale.’ (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • HRW Asks Argentina to Investigate Saudi Crown Prince Over Yemen War Crimes and Khashoggi - Argentina’s constitution recognizes universal jurisdiction for war crimes and torture, meaning judicial authorities can investigate and prosecute those crimes no matter where they were committed. (Agencies, Haaretz)

How Cremation Became a Hot Israeli Business
A battle with the ultra-Orthodox community and the daily encounter with death haven't deterred this couple from entering the new business of cremation in Israel. (Moran Sharir, Haaretz+)
Anti-Semitism Cover-up' Rocks Sweden's Most Prestigious Medical Institute
A former department head at Karolinska hospital, affiliated with the body that grants the Nobel Prize in Medicine, is accused of anti-Semitic behavior toward Jewish doctors. Haaretz speaks to one of his alleged victims to hear about years of alleged bullying. (David Stavrou, Haaretz+)
Then we take Manhattan: How the 'State of Tel Aviv' was reborn in NYC
Whether it's high-techies hobnobbing with each other, glittery dinners by celebrity chefs or a myriad cultural and social activities held in Hebrew – it's clear that Israelis feel right at home in NYC today. (Haim Handwerker, Haaretz+)
Israeli Arabs Are More Israeli Than People Think (Alexander Yakobson, Haaretz+) Most want to live under Israeli rule without giving up the Palestinian narrative, and are persevering in this despite all the obstacles.
Netanyahu’s challenges as defense minister and right-wing leader (Nahum Barnea, Yedioth/Ynet) Stabilizing the Gaza border while appeasing the right wing is not an easy task, which might lead Netanyahu to either avoid making required decisions altogether or blame the failures on the outgoing and incoming chiefs of staff.
*Netanyahu Is Pushing Palestinians Into a Pressure Cooker, Assuming It Won't Explode in Israel's Face (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) Crushing Palestinian aspirations is no less significant for the prime minister than derailing the Iran nuclear deal.
The Armored Corps makes history (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) Despite the shift in Israel from a "we" society to a "me" society, there are still enough Israeli youngsters who will show up and lead Israel to victory, should they be called up. Let's just hope they are never called up.
Why comparing the Mexican and Gaza borders is irresistible, but dangerous (Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz+) The comparison does little more than score political points, and by fanning the already-high level of rhetorical flames, may actually be making matters worse.
Escaping Gaza is easier now — for Palestinians who can afford it (Pam Bailey and Fadi O. al-Naji, +972mag) Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing from Gaza continuously open since May, diverging from a years-long policy. But leaving the Strip is only the first of many challenges.
Israel bolsters Hamas at PA's expense (Alex Fishman, Yedioth/Ynet) Israeli PR aside, Israel handed Hamas a windfall with its recent policies, blundering the last confrontation and erasing any previous gains. Weakening the PA will inevitably result in a dangerous escalation in the West Bank.
The seven worst double standards undermining Israel (Bradley Burston, Haaretz+) Let me begin by agreeing with Benjamin Netanyahu. I'm speaking here about one of the prime minister's most fervently stated positions.
Next foreign minister will have his work cut out (Itamar Eichner, Yedioth/Ynet) The Foreign Affairs Ministry, which has been under Netanyahu's leadership since May 2015, has a NIS 330 million budget deficit; 'Netanyahu shattered the ministry. Whoever takes the job needs to condition the appointment on a commitment for funding, otherwise he would have a hard time functioning,' says ministry official.
Victims of a Punitive Policy (Haaretz Editorial) The asylum seekers and violence against women are among the issues most neglected by the Netanyahu government. The government must begin demonstrating loyalty to society’s most vulnerable groups by budgeting existing committees.
Violence against women is the norm that needs to change (Anat Lev Adler, Yedioth/Ynet) Only educating men about equality can help neutralize the toxic perception that women are of a lesser status and have fewer rights than men. The more the need for behavioral and cognitive changes is instilled in the young generation, the more we can be certain norms will change.
Why the Murder of a 12-year Old in South Tel Aviv Comes as No Surprise (Lee Yaron, Haaretz+) Violence against women and distress among asylum seekers are two of the issues most neglected by successive Israeli governments.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.