News Nosh 1.29.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday January 29, 2019
 
Word of the day:
"Blip."
--What Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the High Court-ordered eviction of settlers from a settlement outpost built on privately-owned Palestinian land.*

You Must Be Kidding:
An Israeli military court took orders from the Ofer Prison commander to ban two lawyers of Palestinian prisoners from bringing their cellphones into the prison. One of the lawyers had earlier used her phone at the request of the court to document the facial injuries her client received from the beatings of the prison guards during the raid on prisoners earlier this month.*

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • 40,000,000,000 shekels - Intel makes history - The largest investment in Israeli economy
  • Opens his mouth - This evening: Benny Gantz makes his first address
  • “They framed me” - Gal Hirsh enters politics and speaks about the thwarting of his appointment as police commissioner
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
israel Hayom
  • Gantz in the cross hairs: Right-wing ministers begin to attack - Former chief of staff will break his silence and state: “A prolonged rule leads to corruption”
  • “A foreign force won’t operate in the city of our forefathers” - Netanyahu decided to stop the observing activities of TIPH in Hebron
  • Key to success - The celebration begins: Eurovision 2019 events began

Elections 2019 News:
High anticipation - and more insults - ahead of the first speech by former chief of staff Benny Gantz, who will declare his candidacy for the premiership, reveal his party platform and is expected to say that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is not a king, his family is not royal and that his government “evil and corrupt” (Maariv) and he won’t sit in a government with Netanyahu if he is indicted (Maariv). Netanyahu’s rival, Naftali Bennett, made a comment that some thought was in defense of Netanyahu, when he said that the Attorney General “doesn’t have the power to change the leadership. He has the power to indict or not to indict. In the end, it’s up to the political arena whether to take that and change the government on the recommendation of one man.” Yedioth reported that MK Tzipi Livni, leader of Hatnua party, will launch her party’s campaign today with the slogan, “Saving the democracy” and retired general, MK Amiram Levine, left the Labor Party due to lack of trust in its chairman, MK Avi Gabbay. After the ‘Joint List’ faction alliance split, the Arab parties are considering running as two separate slates. And the left-wing Zionist Meretz party will hold its first ever primary for the Knesset slate. Party officials are concerned about a lack of a spot reserved for an Arab member.

Meanwhile, Facebook will block all anonymous paid political ads before Israel's election in an attempt to prevent foreign interference in the elections. Facebook will give users access to detailed information of the identities of those whose ads were approved. Yedioth reported that according to a poll, Jerusalem is a very right-wing city, with 31% voting for Likud, if elections were to take place today. The ultra-Orthodox parties would get 50% of the votes.

Other Top News Summary:
Intel will invest $11 billion in Israel over the next five years, bringing thousands of jobs. Netanyahu suspended the TIPH international observer mission in Hebron, which was established by the UN with the Israeli government following the 1994 massacre by American-Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein at a Hebron mosque in which he opened fire on worshippers, murdering 29 and injuring 125 of them. Haaretz recently revealed a confidential TIPH report documenting how Israel regularly breaks international law in the divided West Bank city. Netanyahu said TIPH was working “against us.”

*Netanyahu also visited the residents of former West Bank outpost, Netiv Ha’avot, and told them that “If it's up to me, there won't be any more uprooting or halting settlements. Just the opposite: The Land of Israel is ours, and will remain ours…There’s this thought that achieving peace with the Arabs depends on us being uprooted from our country, but as long as it’s up to me — there will be no uprooting (of settlers).״ Netanyahu called the June forced eviction of the settlers at the outpost a “blip” and said it won’t happen again. The High Court ordered the settlers be removed because the outpost was built on privately-owned Palestinian land. The settlers now live in trailer homes adjacent to that land.

Meanwhile, in February Israel will be hosting a summit for the right-wing nationalist European countries, who are forming a bloc. Netanyahu hopes they will help him change the European Union consensus on issues related to the Palestinians and Iran.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Palestinian Inmate Seriously Wounded in Israeli Prison Raid Says He Was Hit for No Reason - Ahlam Haddad, lawyer of detainee Mahmoud al-Amlah, one of the Palestinian prisoners injured last week in an Israel Prison Service raid at Ofer prison in the West Bank, said Al-Amlah is suffering from a fracture to the face and a cracked rib and injuries to his eye and head. Despite previously saying there were few injuries, on Sunday, the prison service admitted that 17 prisoners had been taken to the hospital following the raid, but said they were not admitted as inpatients. Al-Amlah said security forces entered his room and set upon him and another prisoner, hitting them forcefully with clubs, pot covers, high-heeled shoes, and fired rubber-tipped bullets and pepper spray. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli suppression forces raid section 4 of Rimon prison - Israeli suppression forces raided section 4 of the Israeli Rimon prison, searched and damaged belongings of Palestinian prisoners, then transferred all 120 of those prisoners to section 1. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians, assault 3 in West Bank raids, 1 hospitalized - Israeli soldiers assaulted Suleiman Abed al-Karim Moussa at a checkpoint west of Bethlehem city, who was hospitalized for treatment. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers assaulted another Palestinian, Muhammad Abed al-Nasser Hamed, 23, releasing police dog on him as they raided his home in Silwad town. (Maan)
  • **(At order of Prison Commander,) Military Court Bars Palestinian Lawyers From Bringing in Cellphones - The commander of the Ofer Prison had instructed the military court to take the cellphones from Ahlam Haddad and Anan Odeh without a written order. The lawyers said they were shocked that a military court would be taking orders from a prison superintendent, comparing it to the Tel Aviv District Court taking orders from the warden of Ramle Prison. The military court had earlier allowed Haddad to photograph her client, Mahmoud al-Amlah, who said his facial injuries were a result of beatings by prison guards. In response to the order, most of the attorneys with clients at Ofer Prison went on strike. (Haaretz+)
  • Shin Bet Declines to Express Direct Opinion on Parole for ex-Knesset Member - Asked to deliver its stance on Ghattas' request for early parole, the security agency commented on smuggling of cellular phones to prisoners but declined to state an opinion on the former Joint List MK's case. (Haaretz+)
  • Top Prosecutor Strikes Request to Seize Television Interview of Terror Suspect - The “Uvda” investigative series negatively portrayed the roles of the Shin Bet security service and prosecutors in the trial of two Palestinian men, Ashraf Salaima, 25, and Khalil Nimri, 23, who were charged with planning an attack at a hotel in Eilat in 2015. The court acquitted Nimri in 2017 and was highly critical of the Shin Bet’s handling of the case. Prosecutors say parts of the interview of one of the two Palestinian suspects contradicts his testimony. (Haaretz+)
  • Canadian government accuses leading Jewish charity of supporting IDF and West Bank settlements - Canadian government revokes charity status of 'Beth Oloth' due to donations to pre-army institutions in Israel, which it says 'were not charitable under Canadian law.' (Haaretz+)
  • In video - Israeli MK Glick performs wedding ritual inside Al-Aqsa compound - Israeli ultra-Orthodox Knesset member, Yehuda Glick stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday morning, to perform a wedding ritual inside the compound in violation of standing rules. Palestinian Minister of Islamic Endowment, Youssef Ideis, said that Israeli violations of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque have reached a serious stage. (Maan)
  • Palestinian shot, injured by Israeli forces in Khan Younis - Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers opened fire towards a Palestinian youth who was walking near the Israeli border fence in eastern Abasan al-Jadida. (Maan)
  • Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers in southern Hebron - A group of Israeli settlers escorted by armed Israeli forces assaulted unarmed Palestinian farmers, which caused a fight between the settlers and farmers. The assaulted Palestinian farmers were left with bruises across their bodies. (Maan)
  • Former NASA astronaut: World looks peaceful from space - Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly takes part in Israel's annual space week, recalls his yearlong mission to the international space station to help pave way for journeys to Mars. "From space, we do not see the Earth with political borders," he says. (Israel Hayom)
  • Knesset speaker scraps MKs’ mission to Ireland over settlement boycott legislation - Yuli Edelstein nixes March parliamentary delegation of MK Eyal Ben-Reuven (Hatnua) and MK Akram Hasson (Kulanu) to Dublin in snub over Dublin’s stance on the import of West Bank products. Edelstein:”The legislation has serious implications for relations between the two countries.” (Maariv and Times of Israel)
  • Rivlin predicts Iran will ‘worsen its attacks on Israel’s north’ - President Reuven Rivlin believes that Israel faces ‘deterioration and complexity,’ and says Iran it to step up its attacks in retaliation to IAF air strikes on its Syrian facilities. (Ynet)
  • Israel's Ex-air Force Chief: Military Capability Won't Get Iran Out of Syria, Only Russia Can Do It - 'There's a very great chance that the Russians will do an about-face on us,' Amir Eshel says amid visit by Putin's Syria envoy as tensions simmer. (Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Iranian commander threatens Israel's destruction if (Israel) attacks (first) - state TV - Deputy head of Revolutionary Guards says if Jewish state takes any action to wage a war against Iran, 'it will definitely lead to its own elimination.' (Agencies, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Iran: Russia prevented Syrians from using S-300 against Israel - "There appears to be a strange type of correlation between the Zionist regime's airstrikes and the Russian air defenses not working," says senior Iranian lawmaker • Israeli reports of destroyed Iranian infrastructure in Syria are totally false, he adds. (Israel Hayom)
  • Netanyahu to meet Putin's special Syria envoy visiting Israel - Putin's Syria envoy and deputy foreign minister hold meetings with Israeli diplomats after weeks of tensions surrounding Syria in the wake of the U.S. decision to pull out of the war-torn country. (Haaretz)
  • Why is no one guarding the Iron Dome batteries in central Israel? - Journalists spend 10 minutes openly filming at site of unguarded anti-missile defense system, before solitary soldier shoos them away; locals say their complaints to authorities went unheeded, were told to go to media. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • "Nature defeated everything": An Israeli firefighter documented how fields adjacent to Gaza Strip recovered from (incendiary) kite attacks - Eli Cohen, a spokesman for firefighters and rescuers in the south, decided to reconstruct photos he took in the south during the balloons and the kites that were launched from the Gaza Strip: "Green defeated the Black." (Maariv)
  • Top Saudi official: Arafat committed crimes against his people, Barack Obama lied, set Middle East back 20 years - Obama, Bandar Bin Sultan said, “would promise something and do the opposite.” He spoke critically of the Iran nuclear deal and how the former president spoke about curbing Iran but failed. (Maariv and JPost)
  • 2018 sees record spike in anti-Semitic attacks - Thirteen Jews murdered in anti-Semitic attacks in 2018, the most since 1994 • Iran still foremost perpetrator of spreading incitement, Holocaust denial • Unlike previous years, neo-Nazis, white supremacists behind most anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, U.S. (Israel Hayom)
  • For the first time at UNESCO: International Holocaust Day without Israel's participation - Following Israel's withdrawal from the organization, the memorial ceremony was held in Paris yesterday without the presence of an Israeli representative - even an unofficial one. CEO: "It's very sad and regrettable.” (Maariv)
  • “BDS lashes out all over the world, even in the 1930s began the confiscation and ostracism of Jews" - The International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Haifa became a show of strength and empowerment of the event. Shimon Sabag, the director of the Yad Ezer L’Haver organization, attacked the organization that is acting against Israel. (Maariv)
  • Roseanne Barr says show axed over her support for Israel - Speaking at an event in Tel Aviv, comedian and former television star says she was "BDS-ed" by television network ABC • I have "witnessed horrific anti-Semitism and I'm just here to defend the Jewish people," says Barr, who is in Israel on (a paid-for) four-day visit. (Israel Hayom)
  • Chief Rabbinate Withdraws From Plan to Allow Chametz in Hospitals During Passover - In response to a court challenge to an overall ban on leavened foods at hospitals during the holiday, a compromise would have designated areas of hospitals where such food that is not kosher for Passover could be consumed. (Haaretz+)
  • Brazilian authorities: "The equipment brought by the Israelis is not suitable for this type of disaster" - The imaging device brought by the Israeli delegation to the site of the collapse of the dam in the city of Brumadinho is not effective in locating survivors, said the commander of the local rescue forces. (Maariv)
  • Senior Fatah Official: The Goal of the New Government in Ramallah Is to Isolate Hamas - The next government is expected to be fully controlled by Fatah with a party veteran that could potentially succeed Abbas. (Haaretz+)
  • Amid Growing Debate, New Democratic Group Seeks to Present 'pro-Israeli Face' of Party - The creation of the group comes amid a contentious debate over anti-BDS legislation in the Senate, which has been opposed by leading Democratic figures. (Haaretz+)
  • France’s Macron presses Egypt on human rights during visit - As he meets Egyptian counterpart in Cairo, French president says current crackdown seems worse than those led by Mubarak, too many ordinary people 'who do not threaten the regime's stability' have been jailed. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Haunt for Artifacts Looted by Islamic State Builds Up at EU Workshop in Baghdad - In 2014 and 2015, during its occupation of most of the country, the jihadist group raided and wrecked historical sites on what UNESCO called an 'industrial' scale. (Agencies, Haaretz)


Features:
Politics, death penalties and SpongeBob: A look at Israeli jails' security wings
The rift between Fatah and Hamas, the suffocating conditions, canteen allowances, dental health and MK Oren Hazan – impressions from Haaretz conversations with Palestinian security prisoners. (Josh Breiner, Haaretz+)
 
Elections 2019 Commentary/Analysis:
These Are the Odds Netanyahu Will Lose in 2019 (Bradley Burston, Haaretz+) Benjamin Netanyahu is vulnerable. His desperation is showing of late, as is his weariness. It's not a good look for him. But what's the chance he'll lose on April 9?
All the prime minister's men (Eli Senyor, Yedioth/Ynet) Netanyahu keeps pushing publically to delay any legal moves on his three graft probes until after the April 9 elections, but behind the scenes his camp understands that this is not happening, and they are preparing hard to fight back against possible indictment decision in the coming weeks.
Collusion: How Trump’s Peace Plan Helps Netanyahu Win the Election and Avert Prison (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) The plan to publish the U.S. blueprint shortly after the April 9 ballot aims to cast the prime minister as a peacenik worthy of leftist absolution.
Yair Lapid is paving the way for a government led by Netanyahu - and he will lick his wounds in the opposition (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) In his refusal to join forces with Benny Gantz and his escape from the Labor Party, the chairman of Yesh Atid is paving the way for the establishment of another government that he so opposes.
Can the Center Left Ever Win Over Israel’s Middle Class? (Sami Peretz, Haaretz+) Its support is concentrated in the top 20 percent of income earners but that won’t be enough to bring victory in a system dominated by identity politics.
A question of contamination (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) It seems the Israel Police is leaking information about the Netanyahu investigation to the media in the hope that if they provide the goods now, they will receive sympathetic coverage later.
Why Israel’s Election Season Is So Hard and Troubling for Palestinian Citizens Like Me (Anwar Mhajne, Haaretz+) Palestinian citizens of Israel are constantly reminded of the fragility and conditionality of our (second-class) Israeli citizenship, and the illegitimacy of our Palestinian identity - and that's amplified as elections approach.

Commentary/Analysis:
The 11th Commandment (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) The death of Hamdy Na’asan proves one thing: land that is hard to steal by means of Israeli laws is stolen by means of the settlers’ violent, sacred fire and code of silence.
When it comes to hatred of Israel, there is no difference between the PLO and Hamas (Yossi Ahimeir, Maariv) The State of Israel is reckoning with the dangers that have emerged from within it. The Palestinians are doing the exact opposite and are encouraging terrorism. The desire to harm us unites Ramallah and Gaza.
The Landlord Is Above the Law (Haaretz Editorial) The truth in the land of illegal outposts is that the settlers are above the law, while the Palestinians are trampled by it.
The day the conflict died (Akiva Bigman, Israel Hayom) In a fast-changing world with far more pressing problems, and even in Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict no longer carries the same cachet.
Maybe this is how we will wake up: It’s good that Nasrallah reminds us that he intends to conquer communities in the Galilee (Meir Uziel, Maariv) Hezbollah secretary-general has succeeded in turning Lebanon into a base of terror and death, and the reminder of his chilling plan against the north is important to Israel, which often sinks into serenity.
The false promise of peace (Dr. Edy Cohen, Israel Hayom) Sick and tired of watching Iran plunder their natural treasures, the people of Iraq hope to enlist Israel in their efforts to expel the Iranians by paying lip service to a hypothetical future peace.
Who You Calling an auto-anti-Semite? (Carolina Landsmann, Haaretz+) The Jewish right, both in Israel and abroad, has consistently claimed that the Jewish left suffers from auto-anti-Semitism. The real 'auto-anti-Semites' can be found elsewhere.
Jews are no longer safe in the streets of Europe (Isaac Herzog, Maariv) A special column by the head of the Jewish Agency: Not long ago, the head of a Jewish Agency delegation in France toured the Champs Elysées in Paris. A young man who saw the skullcap on his head attacked him - and if it were not for the security guard, it would have ended in a tragedy.
Between Zionism and Hellenism: Amos Oz on the meaning of secular Judaism (Amos Oz, Haaretz+) Today marks 30 days since Amos Oz passed away. Haaretz is republishing here his text 'A full cart or an empty one,' an intellectual investigation of secular Jewish culture by one of Israel's greatest Hebrew writers
Peace and Zealots: 30 Days since the death of the author who rarely said, “It seems to me" (Benny Don-Yehia, Maariv) The late Amos Oz was no less steadfast in his views than his opponents, and strangely refused to see Palestinian murderous behavior for what it was. This conduct invites reflection.
Emerging U.S.-Taliban Deal Will Give Iran Leverage to Expand Influence (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Cooperation between Iran and the Taliban, although a limited tactical objective that could achieve a quiet withdrawal of U.S. forces, further confounds the theory of the Shi’ite axis that threatens the Middle East.
 
Interviews:
Even Etgar Keret Was Surprised He Won Israel's Most Prestigious Literary Prize
Wearing bedroom slippers and searching for his wayward rabbit, the 51-year-old short story writer muses about feeling like an establishment outsider and says he'd have let Amos Oz bring up his kid. (Interviewed by Gili Izikovich in Haaretz+)
 


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