News Nosh 12.3.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, December 3, 2018

? Hanukkah Sameach!

*Please note that News Nosh will be truncated and focus on the English Israeli media between December 3-13 while Orly Halpern is on holiday. 
Quote of the day:
"George Bush was a staunch supporter of Israel. He worked diligently to enhance Israel’s security and wellbeing both militarily and diplomatically, realizing that Israel can obtain real security only by combining defensive military power with proactive diplomacy to make peace with its neighbors. "
-- APN, read the full press release here

You Must Be Kidding: 
"More than 2000 years ago, Jewish patriots (Maccabees) captured Jerusalem, purified the Holy Temple and rededicated it as a house of Jewish worship. The U.N. can't vote away the facts: Jerusalem is the ancient and modern capital of Israel. Happy Chanukah from this blessed city!"
-- Ambassador David Friedman's Hanukkah tweet, see APN's comprehensive record of Friedman's deeds as ambassador here


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Front Page:
Israel Hayom
Times of Israel
i24 News
Ynet News

News Summary:
The hot ticket news item is the Israeli police recommendation that Prime Minister Netanyahu be indicted on charges of corruption.

On Sunday, the Israeli police concluded their investigation into Case 4000, which deals with suspected corruption tied to telecommunications giant Bezeq and the Walla! News website. They have recommended that PM Netanyahu be indicted for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. Bibi has, unsurprisingly, rejected the allegations and dubbed this a "witch-hunt," and he and his supporters have targeted the police force. Coalition Whip David Amsalem went as far as to say "this is an actual coup," prompting Attorney General Mandelblit to strongly speak out against the attacks on the justice system.

Ironically or intentionally, Bibi released a Hanukkah video on Sunday before the news of the indictment in which he made light of the series of police investigations against him. In the video, Bibi strikes up a conversation with a man as they wait in line for sufganiyot (donuts). At one point, the man refers to the various cases against him, "Case 1000, 2000, 4000, and 5000," and Bibi says "Leave it. Who is even counting.” 
Quick Hits:
  • Thousands of women are expected to participate in protests against violence against women across Israel on Tuesday. These protests, which are uniting Jewish and Arab Israelis, are a response to recent cases of murder and domestic violence. (Haaretz)
  • Channel 20 in Israel will air excerpts from an interview with Yigal Amir, PM Yitzhak Rabin's murderer. Amir has technically been barred from given interviews from prison, and the Israeli Prison Service has come out against this showing and claims Amir has not given any recent interviews. The excerpts are expected to air on Sunday. (Ynet News)
  • A ruling from Israel's High Court loosened regulations on Israeli authorities' use of physical force despite the 1999 ban on "physically abusive interrogation tactics." Last week the court ruled that the Shin Bet's torture of a Hamas suspect was not illegal and that the tactics used were “proportionate and reasonable in relation to the danger that arose from the intelligence.” (+972 Mag)
  • The Shin Bet is setting up a second accelerator program - a program to support tech start-ups - with Tel Aviv University. The program will select start-ups working in the fields of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, financial technology, and robotics. (Times of Israel)
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