News Nosh 1.6.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday January 6, 2019

Number of the day:
--The number of Jewish terror attacks - nationalistically motivated crimes - against Palestinians in 2018 - triple of what it was the year before.*

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Senior Likud people preparing “Gantz file” - Race warming up: This is how they are preparing to damage the image of the former chief of staff
  • “Can someone give you back the elections?” - Netanyahu against the judicial system: In a video clip, he compared the possibility that he will face a hearing before elections (on corruption indictment) to an innocent person’s hand being cut off
  • Wanted: a moral compass // Tovah Tzimuki on Netanyahu’s attempt to de-legitimize the Attorney General’s decision
  • Playing with fire // Ben-Dror Yemini on Netanyahu’s battle against the legitimacy of the justice system
  • Love defeated terror - Their parents were murdered in two different horrific attacks (in 2002) and after they visited their graves yesterday they announced: We’re getting married
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Galant attacked, Gantz broke his silence
  • The severed hand video clip (of Netanyahu)
  • Poland: Five girls died (in fire) in escape room
  • “Terror family”: Third sibling arrested - One was eliminated for the attack at Ofra (settlement), a second brother is wanted for the attack at Givat Asaf (outpost), the father sat 25 in an Israeli prison, yesterday a third brother was detained
Israel Hayom
  • Order of the day: Unity of the (right-wing) camp // Boaz Bismuth [Photo of Netanyahu, Bennett and Shaked]
  • Shame of the Arabs: Assad won a renewed hug - Despite the murders of hundreds of thousands  in the civil war, Syria on the way back into the Arab League
  • Because of a father sick with measles, dozens of premature babies were vaccinated
  • 53 years later: “The murdered man, Nissim Binyamin, will be recognized as a Mossad fighter”
  • “Cancel the subsidized medicine committee”
  • (MK Haneen) Zouebi is departing: The coalition is against her - the widest ever
  • (Former chief justice) Aharon Barak and jurists present: Coup d’etat; The elections are an illusion // Asaf Malach

Elections 2019 News:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked the judicial system in a video clip, blamed his military secretary for the eviction of settlers from Amona outpost Friday (commentators say that was in order to keep settler support while the new and most sought-after politician Benny Gantz broke his silence and said Israel needs a different type of dialogue and leadership, it needs stateliness.

The opposition made fun of Netanyahu for his video clip in which he urged the Attorney General not to decide on whether to indict him before elections, saying it’s like severing an innocent man’s arm. Yedioth wrote that the clip signified that Netanyahu was “raising gears” against the judicial system. Netanyahu wasn’t the only one speaking against the judicial system. The State Prosecutor slammed coalition whip, MK David Amsalem, of making “dangerous,” “super problematic” and “precarious” statements for recently saying that "millions of people will not accept" an indictment against  Netanyahu for corruption charges. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblitt is expected to announce in February whether he will indict Netanyahu in any of the three corruption cases. According to a poll, most Israelis think the indictment decision should be announced before the April elections. Only 22% of respondents said Mendelblitt should wait until after elections. In any case, polls showed that an indictment won’t influence voters and Likud would still lead with 30 seats in the Knesset.

Elections 2019 Quickees:

*Other Top News Summary:
Maariv ran on its front page that Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Barghouti, 17, whose two brothers were behind shooting attacks in the West Bank, and called them a ‘terrorist family,’ while Haaretz ran on its front page that two more Jewish youth were arrested in connection to a Jewish terror case that has a gag order on it. Moreover, some 300 people demonstrated and scuffled with police outside the Prime Minister’s residence Saturday night in protest against the alleged violation of the rights of the five Jewish detainees' who were prohibited from seeing a lawyer. The first three have since seen their lawyers. Haaretz+ reported that ‘Jewish terror’ incidents targeting Palestinians tripled in 2018 with 482 politically motivated crimes by Jews reported in the West Bank last year, including assault and property damage.

Also making headlines, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Saturday that the US may stay in Syria and he warned the Assad regime against using chemical weapons once the US withdraws from Syria. Bolton arrives in Israel today to allay Israel’s concerns about the US withdrawal. Netanyahu also discussed US troop withdrawal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

Also, a tiff between the Israeli and Palestinian embassies in Peru broke out after Peru named a square in its capital after Palestine, angering the Israeli ambassador. Last Monday, Peruvian officials inaugurated the square in the San Borja district during a ceremony hosted by Mayor Marco Antonio Alvarez Vargas. Israeli Ambassador to Peru, Asaf Ichilevich, slammed the move. “We hereby raise our objection to the presence of a square in our district, which will serve as a platform for future acts of support to the... Palestinian cause…n previous occasions, we have already witnessed that some ‘cultural’ events promoted by the Palestinians have been used to promote acts of terrorist organizations and glorify their members,” he wrote on Facebook. The Palestinian Embassy in Peru issued a response: “We would like to inform members of the public that there is a park called Ramat Gan Israel in San Borja, and the Palestinian community has never sought to spoil it. On the contrary, we respect the autonomy of Peruvian institutions and the diversity of communities and cultures that coexist peacefully in the country,” said the Palestinian Embassy in Peru in response, adding that it will lodge a formal protest against Ichilevich’s remarks with the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, and will ask the ministry to take appropriate measures. NOTE: Yedioth reported that the inauguration of the square was postponed following the Israeli ambassador’s letter and that the Peruvian Foreign Ministry will decide. However, the local media reported that it was inaugurated last Monday. (Yedioth, p. 19,,,, and MSN)

Quick Hits:
  • 'A murder every other day': Arab sector reels in face of spiraling violence - In last month or so, 17 Arab Israelis, among them 4 women, were slain against a backdrop of internal conflicts. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the incoming police commissioner would be tasked with reducing crime rates in the Arab sector. A new police commissioner, however, has yet to be appointed. police statement said they were making every effort to contain the violence, including rounding up weapons, increasing police numbers and making arrests. The police also called on the local leadership to help crack down on perpetrators of violence. (Ynet)
  • Soldier who was sexually assaulted will be compensated 300,000 shekels: "I cried, it's a victory" - The court ruled that a Givati commander who sexually assaulted Arad Avital a number of times, as well as two other soldiers, would pay him compensation. "At the time, senior officers in the brigade were lying in my face," said the victim, who is recognized as PTSD and is paying for his therapy himself. "They conducted a campaign against us, it destroyed my trust in the army.” Avital’s lawyer, Roni Aloni-Sadovnik: "This is a first-rate legal scandal in which civil and criminal verdicts are issued in Israel that find a person guilty of committing sexual offenses, and yet it is forbidden to publicize his name…The public cannot protect itself from him…If he returns to his actions in the future, the next judge on his case will not know about his past. In this way, the legal system is committed to protecting the immunity and privacy of sex offenders.” (Ynet Hebrew)
  • 21 Percent Drop in Visits by Israelis to Auschwitz in 2018 - Last year, some 65,000 Israelis visited the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, that institution said Friday, compared to 83,000 in 2017. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Israel sees birthrate falling in Arab, religious Jewish communities - New data shows that while state spends too little on the health of its citizens, infant mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world, and fertility rate is among the highest. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • State-funded religious schools reject black children who 'will traumatize their classmates' - Ultra-Orthodox children of Ethiopian descent are not accepted by Talmud Torah institutions in Jerusalem, while one official is recorded telling parents their child was rejected due to his skin color. (Ynet)
  • Israel threatens family of 'wanted' Palestinian with expulsion - Israel accuses Assem Barghouti of carrying out an attack killing two Israeli soldiers near Ramallah on December 13, one day after his brother, Saleh, was reportedly shot and killed by Israeli soldiers north of Ramallah. Saleh’s body was taken by Israeli forces. (Maan)
  • 15 Palestinians, including paramedics, injured at eastern Gaza borders - IDF soldiers injured at least 15 Palestinians at the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday evening, 12 with live bullets. Palestinian crowds had gathered alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip to take part in the 41st Friday of "The Great March of Return." (Maan)
  • Israeli forces open fire at Palestinians across Gaza - Hebrew-language news outlets reported that shots were fired at Palestinians across three different sites near the border fence to prevent them from crossing. Meanwhile, Israeli naval forces opened fire towards a Palestinian fishing boat. (Maan)
  • Hamas Arrests Gazans Suspected of Attacking Abbas' TV Station Offices - On Friday, assailants destroyed cameras, editing and broadcasting equipment in the Gaza office of the station. (Agencies, Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • Gaza cafe owner offers fish pedicures to improve business - In an attempt to stop his cafe from closing, a local businessman offered a relaxing new treatment that 'helps the body get rid of negative energy', and says business is now booming. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • CBS won't pull pro-Israel interview with Egyptian leader - In "60 Minutes" interview set to air Sunday, Egypt's President el-Sissi says cooperation between Cairo, Jerusalem closer than ever • In recent years, Israel has allowed Egypt to boost military presence in Sinai as part of country's war on terror. (Israel Hayom)
  • Egyptian leader: Military cooperation with Israel the closest ever - Egyptian military is working with IDF against Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in Sinai • "We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis," Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi tells CBS. Israel, Egypt also maintain close diplomatic ties. (Israel Hayom)
  • UK foreign minister: Syria's Assad will be around for a while - Britain believes an Assad-led regime is not conducive to long-standing peace "but regretfully, we do think he's going to be around for a while," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says. Backed by Russia and Iran, Assad has regained control of most of Syria. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
  • Sudan president: “The Jewish lobby is behind the sanctions against us…I was advised to normalize relations with Israel to help stabilize country” - Omar al-Bashir's government has faced protests for months, while Israel has reportedly been working to normalize ties with the Arab nation. (Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Jordan's Trade Unions to Place Israeli Flag in Building Entrances for All to Step On - Following Israel's condemnation of photos of a Jordanian minister stepping on the Israeli flag in an Amman union building, the Professional Unions Association decided to place the flag in the entrances to all its buildings. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • Local Arkansas paper challenges state's anti-boycott law in lawsuit - The Arkansas Times is challenging the state's 2017 anti-boycott law which requires contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel, claiming the law infringes on free speech. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • #TweetYourThobe: Palestinian-American Pride Takes Over Twitter as Rashida Tlaib Sworn Into Congress - Tlaib became one of the first two Muslim congresswomen. (Haaretz)
  • WATCH: Palestinian-American Congresswoman on Trump: 'We Are Going to Impeach the Motherf*cker' - Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made the remarks hours after being sworn in while attending a event. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • Aid to Israel, BDS and anti-Semitism: New congress looks to reintroduce pro-Israel legislation - On the first day of the new congress, lawmakers look to combine several Middle East related items into a single bill including the Syria withdrawal and financial aid to Israel. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Iran Approves Anti-money Laundering Bill in Bid to Facilitate Foreign Trade Amid U.S Sanctions - Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental organization that underpins the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Something is smelly in the Iranian capital - An obnoxious odor filled the city of Teheran over the last few days. The social media networks found the reason: Israel is guilty in an attempt to discredit the government. (NOTE: Iranian media reported that the source may be from an old septic tank at a building site. (Yedioth, p. 16 and RadioFarda)
  • Jeremy Corbyn filmed applauding Jewish extremist who called for 'dismantling' of Israel - Footage published this week was taken in 2011 at a pro-Palestinian conference the Labour Party leader attended alongside activists who have been accused of anti-Semitism. (JTA, Haaretz)

The 20-something Israeli Trio That's Fighting Femicide
'Shocked to the depth of their souls,' three Tel Aviv roommates were the moving force behind last month's national strike against violence against women. (Mae Palty, Haaretz+)
Where are the abducted Yemenite children?
In the first years of the State of Israel, young Jewish migrants from Yemen had their children taken away and were told they had died. Seventy years on, no one really knows what happened to them and the grieving families who still live with the burden are demanding to know the truth. What happened to their children? (Etti Abramov, Yedioth/Ynet)
Elections 2019 Commentary/Analysis:
The end-of-the-Netanyahu-era election (Ravit Hecht, Haaretz+) This election is like a midterm — a transitional election aimed at the day after the Netanyahu era, which all the political players expect to end in the next year or two for legal reasons.
A crystal ball on 2019 (David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom) A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: Netanyahu wins but his era ends, war breaks out in north, Trump plan fizzles, Supreme Court overreaches, Jews abroad suffer, and Israel thrives.
A Panicked Netanyahu Is Bracing for the Inevitable (Yossi Verter, Haaretz+) Netanyahu sees the indictment on the wall but has a new plan, while Labor leader Avi Gabbay drives a final nail in his party's coffin.
Who's afraid of Benny Gantz? (Yuval Karni, Ynet/Yedioth) Netanyahu's associates are planning a political 'targeted killing' of the former IDF chief, releasing what they say is ruinous sensitive material in the hope of taking down what they see as the prime minister's greatest threat.
Netanyahu Sacrifices His Military Secretary to Appease Settlers Ahead of Election (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) There is something strange about an incident in which over 20 police officers were wounded and the only person to pay a price was the prime minister’s military secretary.
Time to change the equation (Dror Eydar, Israel Hayom)
It is time for religious Zionism to come into its own as a movement that includes many different worldviews rather than risk splitting the conservative-right vote among increasingly specific sectors, which could wind up putting the Left into power.
Netanyahu's putsch against the rule of law is inspired by Trump, Bolsonaro and other authoritarian allies (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) His efforts from Brazil to stop the attorney general from deciding his fate before the election was a misrepresentation wrapped in a lie inside a fraud.
A rare animal in today's wild political climate (Einav Schiff, Yedioth/Ynet) With the departure of MK Dov Khenin, the Knesset is losing one of its most diligent and accomplished members, unlike so many others who constantly seek media coverage and sensational headlines.
I have no doubt that extremists also love the country, but how much is it permissible to act with evil? (Prof. Rafi Carasso, Maariv) Elections are approaching, and evil is celebrating. It's really a war. And in war there is legitimacy to defame and unleash evil. Where is the border between curses and curses and the permissiveness of opponents?
Talk to Us, Benny Gantz (Friday Haaretz Editorial) As army chief Benny Gantz fought for raising the defense budget and against bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities. But the halo of having been chief of staff isn’t sufficient to win the election.
The end of the road (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) I doubt Avi Gabbay ever voted for Labor before being appointed party leader in July 2017. One of the founders of the Kulanu party, Gabbay jumped ship when he saw an opportunity to take over Labor.
Bennett and Shaked’s dual test to draw support to 'Hayamin Hehadash' (Israel Harel, Haaretz+) In addition to the secular and traditional-Jewish pool of voters who seek a genuine, honest right-wing home is a second pool, also large, composed of the so-called 'knitted kippa' religious Zionists.
Hatred for hatred's sake (Yaron London, Yedioth/Ynet) Minister Uriel Ariel, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and MK Avigdor Lieberman could not contain their joy at news that Arab Mks Hanin Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka will likely not serve in the parliament following the elections. But what is the point of expressing these views so publicly if the targets of their abuse don't even see it?
Putsch bypass route: Netanyahu will build a coalition that will also function under indictment (Adv. Yoram Sheftel, Maariv) Bennett and Shaked's resignation from Habayit Hayehudi faction does not weaken the right-wing camp and may even strengthen it. And the law states: Even in the case of a scandalous indictment, there is no reason for the prime minister to resign.
The Decline and Fall of Putin's Favorite Israeli Politician (Evan Gottesman, Haaretz+) Avigdor Lieberman, the bellicose former coalition kingmaker, known for his fulsome praise for Putin, hoped his dramatic resignation as defense minister a month ago would reap him electoral dividends. But his brand of Russian-speaking special-interest politics is going out of style.
Gabi (Ashkenazi), it's time to get up and look after your own interests - the State of Israel (Avi Benayahu, Maariv) You did not speak in the squares, you did not walk through the streets. You got angry, you exploded, but you kept your stateliness. Avi Benayahu writes a long and reasoned personal letter to his former commander and friend about whether to enter politics.
Livni, Gabbay and the feminist filter (Anat Lev-Adler, Yedioth/Ynet) Although the Labor leader's treatment of his former political partner was inappropriate, anyone claiming that his behaviour is down to her being a 'helpless woman' is damaging the campaign for gender equality.
When I received the request from Bennett and Shaked, I understood that this was an offer that must not be refused (Caroline Glick, Maariv) The Maariv Weekend and JPost columnist writes in her last column: I could have continued calling for the restoration of the democratic systems in Israel from the pages of the newspaper, but I chose to join the mission from within the Knesset.

Why so many Israeli horror films take place in the army (Nirit Anderman, Haaretz+) More than half the horror films produced in Israel in the past decade are about the army and suggest the same idea: The Israeli nightmare is not about monsters and demons, but about the face in the mirror.
A Secular, Democratic Haven for Jews? What Early Zionist Figures Would Think of Israel Today (Hamutal Bar-Yosef, Haaretz+) Has Israel become what Zionist thinkers Chaim Weizmann, Haim Nahman Bialik and Lea Goldberg envisioned?
The successful chief of staff: Eizenkot overcame difficulties at home and abroad (Yossi Melman, Maariv) Gadi Eizenkot's ability to successfully deal with multiple fronts during his four years in office makes him one of the most important and successful Chiefs of Staff in the history of the IDF.
Outgoing Israeli Army Chief Was Effective on All Fronts. Except One (Amos Harel and Amir Tibon, Haaretz+) Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot was consistently attacked, mostly from the right-wing. Despite Trump's contentious Syria comments, U.S. will continue to support Israel's actions against Iran.
Palestinians have a tradition of collective ownership, but Israel splits up their land anyway (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Fahima and Jihad Hirsheh, like many of their neighbors, are fighting for their right to cultivate their land on the other side of the West Bank separation barrier. As a consolation, they grow vegetables on their roof.
Israel Is Relatively Optimistic About Gaza. But in the Long Term, It's Cosmically Pessimistic (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) One of the powder kegs in the Strip is the strained health services, struggling to care of more than 15,000 wounded since the border protests began in March. Meanwhile, a new report claims ISIS lost physical ground, but still drives majority of suicide attacks.
Israeli army exiles Palestinian families from their homes – to train in their fields (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) Residents of one Jordan Valley community never know when they’ll be evicted from their tents and have to seek refuge for hours at a time. Would anyone even conceive of treating settler families this way?
When Hamas chief Sinwar rises to the attack: the full story behind the expansion of the fishing area off the coast of Gaza (Jacky Khougy, Maariv) Israel refused to keep its promise for a long-term agreement, but Hamas kept the ceasefire. Six weeks passed without a single casualty along the fence, thanks to the cease-fire. Then the time came to pay off the little note. In mid-December, Hamas asked that the IDF expand the fishing zone. Hamas wondered when the promise would be fulfilled and were surprised to hear a negative response from the Israeli side. You, accused the Israelis, are continuing the violence, and especially with the “Gaza Return flotilla." Every Monday a flotilla of fishing boats leaves for the naval border, near the community of Zikim in Israel, and is accompanied by hundreds of demonstrators on the beach, who violently storm the border fence on the beach. In some cases soldiers were forced to shoot at them in order to injure them. Hamas decided to pull out their most secret weapon. The rioters did not receive an order or an incentive (to march at the border). Just the opposite. On Friday, two weeks ago, Hamas ordered the members of the “Stopping Brigade," a kind of Hamas border guard force that would stop the rioters from reaching the fence, to stop its work. No one bothered the masses from storming the fence. By evening, four people were killed for the first time in a month and a half. Hamas spokesmen accompanied the bloody events with accusations against Israel claiming of intentional heavy-handedness. Of course they acted to make that happen. Israel was left embarrassed. It knew that if it refused, the bloodshed would continue along the fence. Within two or three weeks, the cease-fire could collapse, and the explosive balloons would resume. On the other hand, if it sticks to its promise, Israel will appear to have succumbed to the Hamas move. In those days, on the Lebanese border, a two-year-old operation to dismantle Hezbollah tunnels reached its peak. This in itself is a sensitive move with explosive potential. Jerusalem thought and thought, and decided to add only one mile of fishing activity to the fisherman at the sea of Gaza. Hamas said to themselves, Israelis have reduced distances, so we will release the belt, but less. A partial gesture will be responded with partial restraint. Then came Friday, Friday before last. Hamas's restraint forces were sent to arrest rioters who sought to reach the fence. They operated mainly east of Gaza City and in the central Gaza Strip. Khan Yunis, still in a state of turmoil following the operation of the IDF's secret unit, was not approached, and soldiers killed a single rioter, aged 22, on that day. He was hit by a bullet in the head on the fence east of his town. Two days passed, and at the beginning of last week the fishing area was expanded to about 12 miles, as promised. In contrast, the IDF decided not to publish a press release about the easing of that sanction, which was done far from the limelight, as was the case in early November: Neither party officially declared the ceasefire, so as not to embarrass itself in the eyes of its community.
A System of Collaboration (Haaretz Editorial) The occupation continues to corrupt and Bennett is a clear danger to academia in Israel.
With U.S. Pullout, Erdogan in Pole Position to Shape Syria to His Liking (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Spat between Turkey and U.S. over American support for Kurds played into Putin's hands. Taking aim at social media, Erdogan cracks down on ‘terror.’
How can Israelis work so hard, and not, all at once? (Meirav Arlosoroff, Haaretz+) Depending on which Israeli you are, you’re either among the most likely or least likely in the developed world to hold a job: Society has failed to merge into a single whole what President Rivlin called Israel's four tribes.
Mohamed Salah, Don't Boycott Israeli Arabs. We're the Only Reason Palestine Wasn't Lost Completely (Jawad Bulus, Haaretz+) An open letter to the Egyptian soccer player from a Palestinian citizen of Israel.
The absurd saga of Khan Al-Ahmar continues (Akiva Bigman, Israel Hayom) The outpost is a Palestinian Authority-planned, intentional slight toward the Israeli government, yet in a democratic country, the prime minister alone can't simply decide to evacuate an entire community.
Divorcing in Kafr Qasem (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) We’re finished raping you, dear Palestinians. Now let’s divorce. That’s fair. Isn’t it?
The fight for the combat units (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom) The latest survey held by the IDF shows a very troubling decline in Israeli youth's motivation to join combat units, as only 64% say they would be willing to do so. This may not be a key issue of the coming elections but it is an alarming wakeup call.
When the connection between Hezbollah and Assad grows stronger, the IDF must prepare for war on two fronts (Tal Lev-Ram, Maariv) Toward the end of the "Northern Shield" operation, it appears that 2019 will be marked by tension with the terrorist organization from Lebanon. These will be the main challenges of the defense establishment in the new year.
What should Israel be doing while the world isn't looking? (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) The never-ending Israeli Palestinian conflict - noisy echo-chamber apart - elicits one long yawn across the globe. It’s just us and the Palestinians, home alone - with a rare chance to try solve the conflict without interfering 'adults.’
The Israeli political artist who dabbles both inside and outside the occupation
For some of his works, David Reeb goes out into the field, films Palestinian demonstrations and turns them into paintings. He tells Haaretz about the process. (Interviewed by Naama Riba in Haaretz+)

A former rodeo clown travels to Israel to learn Krav Maga straight from the source
This week at the Tel Aviv airport: An American who wants to learn an Israeli martial art in order to disarm assailants, and two Israelis who observed a Jewish community in Canada – including an attempted anti-Semitic attack. (Interviewed by Liat Elkayam in Haaretz+)

Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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