News Nosh 4.17.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday April 17, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"On the one hand, he treats the Arabs in Israel as unworthy of participating in government and accuses his rivals of allying with the Arabs and he even incites against them, but on the other hand, he tries to meet King Abdullah for the elections."
--Jordanian source told Arab media that Jordan found Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's behavior towards the Israeli Arabs surprising.**

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Exclusive - My husband, the anonymous hero - Widow of Lt. Col. M., who was killed 6 months ago in a clash with Hamas deep inside the Gaza Strip, tells about his heroism (Hebrew)
  • Evening of roses - Prime Minister Netanyahu, his wife and members of Likud celebrated his victory with the performance by the “Queen of Roses,” Eden Ben-Zaken (Hebrew)
  • Black bells // Nahum Barnea at the Notre Dame cathedral (Hebrew)
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • “Notre Dame will be rebuilt and its bells will ring again”
  • He got the mandate - President will give Prime Minister responsibility of forming a coalition
  • Counting of the votes ended - Hayamin Hadash is out of the Knesset. Bennet: “We have no claims, only I am responsible”
Israel Hayom
  • Netanyahu: There are those who have not internalized the results
  • In the end, Lieberman and the ultra-Orthodox will climb down the tree // Yehuda Shlezinger
  • Former National Security Council chief: “I don’t see any solution to Gaza at the moment”
  • Notre Dame, sweat and tears
  • “The left-wing is making fake targets that are comfortable for it” - (Haaretz journalist) Gideon Levy attacks the members of his camp
  • The Prime Minister’s Residence Affair: Sara Netanyahu rejected the compromise to close the case
  • Between the summits of the Golan and the hidden quaint corners - Today: Special travel supplement for Passover

Elections 2019 News:
In today's top stories, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party celebrated their victory in a lavish event, where Netanyahu slammed the media and declared he will work for all the country's citizens, after 64 members of the new Knesset recommended him to the President to form the next government, among them Yisrael Beiteinu chief, Avigdor Lieberman, and who said he would only join the government coalition if a Draft Law for the ultra-Orthodox Jews were enacted. Education Minister and leader of Hayamin Hadash party, Naftali Bennett, finally conceded that he lost and his party did not enter the Knesset, after the very final election results came in. Likud also lost a seat and is now even again with Kahol-Lavan at 35 seats.
 
Quick Hits:
  • Masked Jewish settlers filmed attacking Palestinian family; no arrests were made - Some ten settlers were documented throwing stones on a family in a West Bank village ■ Israeli army confirms 'friction' occurred, says it ended after crowd dispersed. (Haaretz+)
  • Tuesday: Supreme Court Okays Demolition of 500 Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem - Court rejects families’ appeal that Jerusalem Municipality left them no choice but to build illegally. (Haaretz+)
  • Wednesday: Israel Begins Demolishing Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem Neighborhood - Supreme Court rejected families’ appeal that Jerusalem Municipality discriminated against them and they had no choice but to build illegally. Neighborhood includes some 60 buildings and is home to 500 residents. (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinian demolishes own home in Silwan - Awad Muhammad Abbasi demolished his own home upon receiving orders by the Israeli municipality, claiming that the house was built without the nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli permit. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces dismantle two tents in Susiya - Israeli forces raided the village and dismantled one residential tent housing the 10-member family of Radi Hussein al-Nawajaa and another used for housing sheep.  (Maan)
  • Israeli forces open heavy fire at Gazan fishermen, farmers - Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli naval forces opened heavy fire towards Palestinian fishing boats, within the permitted fishing zone of six nautical miles, off the southern coast of Rafah. (Maan)
  • Ismail Haniyeh: "The issue of the prisoners' strike was part of the negotiations over a long-term settlement“ - At the end of Hamas prisoners' hunger strike, Hamas leader said: "We have made it clear to the mediators that we can not reach a stable agreement without a solution to the issue.” (Ynet)
  • 'Collective punishment' enacted on Palestinians in Issawiya for 5th day - Israeli authorities continued to enforce a strict crackdown on the the E. Jerusalem neighborhood, with Palestinians saying they have been subjected to “collective punishment” through road closures, arbitrary searches, and mass detentions. (Maan)
  • Hundreds of Gazans asked to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem - Israel let 200 go to Jordan - Out of 800 to 900 requests by Gazan Christians to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank for the holiday, only 200 were granted permits - to Jordan. (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinian BDS Founder Barghouti on Being Denied Entry to U.S.: Israel Outsources Repression - 'U.S. entry ban against me is ideologically motivated,' Barghouti tells NYU event via video chat after he was stopped from boarding a flight at Israel's airport. (Haaretz+)
  • Court upholds deportation of Human Rights Watch director under BDS rule - Omar Shakir ordered to leave country by May 1 over calls to boycott companies to pressure Israel; activist says he only called on firms to cease operations in settlements. (Times of Israel and Maariv)
  • Roger Waters Urges Madonna Not to Perform at Eurovision in Tel Aviv - In an Op-Ed published by The Guardian, the rock star calls on 'everyone involved in what I see as Eurovision’s betrayal of our joint humanity to focus on their capacity to empathize with their Palestinian brothers and sisters.’ (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Democrats, Republicans Endorse anti-BDS Resolution in Rare Bipartisan Agreement - 48 U.S. lawmakers voiced support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite growing opposition from the Republican Party. (Haaretz+)
  • Jewish Groups Split Over Ocasio-Cortez Comments on Cutting U.S. Aid to Israel - U.S. congresswoman says reelection of 'Trump-like' Netanyahu is part of 'ascent of authoritarianism across the world'; J Street president praises AOC's 'nuanced' stance, but Jewish Democrats group calls on her to 'engage' with party leaders on Israel issue. (Haaretz+)
  • Tax dispute leaves US military aid stuck in Israeli customs - Large consignments of weapons and parts, meant for use by Israeli army and security forces, stuck for weeks in customs warehouses, due to a dispute between the Ministry of Defense and the Israel Tax Authority. (Globes English)
  • US Special Envoy Greenblatt shares map of Israel – with Golan Heights - US Envoy for Middle East negotiations Jason Greenblatt released a map of Israel, including the Golan Heights, on social media on Tuesday., The new Palestinian prime minister wrote: "The President of the United States has no Palestinian partners.” (JPost/Maariv and Israel Hayom)
  • **Arab media report: Kings of Jordan and Morocco rejected Netanyahu's request for a meeting before the elections - A Jordanian source told the Independent in Arabic that Amman did not want to be part of the prime minister's election considerations and expressed surprise at his attitude toward the Israeli Arabs. "On the one hand, he treats the Arabs in Israel as unworthy of government participation and accuses his rivals of allying with the Arabs and even incites against them, but on the other hand, he tries to meet King Abdullah for the elections. If the meeting had taken place, it would have been leaked on election day, as in the past,” the source said. (Maariv)
  • US counter-terror expert visits Gaza border area; blames Iran for regional security situation - 'We know what the Iranians are capable of", Nathan Sales tells Israeli counterparts, expresses 'amazement' at Hamas investment in terror activity. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Hebrew University president rebuts critics: Army ties won’t change academic life on campus - Prof. Asher Cohen says intelligence officers in training will live off-campus, denies Haaretz reports that students will carry weapons. (Haaretz+)
  • Trump's Meeting With Jewish Leaders Excludes non-Orthodox Organizations - 'It’s clear the Trump White House invited a subset of the Jewish community and intentionally excluded others,' says director of an excluded group. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • US starts scouting site for permanent Jerusalem embassy - Despite Trump boasting of cost-saving move to former consulate, diplomats said to eye forsaken plot in city’s Arnona neighborhood, which Palestinians consider ‘stolen property.’ (Maariv and Times of Israel)
  • Israel’s ‘captive’ regulators fail to properly supervise banks, Knesset committee says - The Bank of Israel's Banks Supervisor takes the most blame for generous credit terms to tycoons. (Haaretz+)
  • For would-be MKs, Knesset loss means millions in campaign bills - Government funding will cover pricey campaign costs for winning parties, but those who found themselves outside Knesset won't be so lucky. (Haaretz+)
  • Nearly all complaints about Israeli buses justified, Transportation Ministry says - The poor performance could be the reason detailed data on the problem has never been published before. (Haaretz+)
  • Christianity grows in Syrian town once besieged by Islamic State - The converts of Kobani say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for Islam pushed them towards their new faith. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • U.S. Holocaust museum gives award to Syrian volunteer aid group - The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. grants highest honor to the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets that provided aid and rescue during the Syrian civil war. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Saudi Crown Prince meets commander of U.S. Central Command - They reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and latest developments in the region, Saudi Press Agency said late on Monday. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • UN says fighting over Libya's capital has displaced 18,000 - The self-styled Libyan National Army, aligned with a rival government in the east, launched a major military offensive on April 5 to take Tripoli. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Qatar calls for arms embargo against Libya's Haftar - Egypt and the UAE are considered main supporters of Haftar, who has built his position battling Islamist militants and other opponents in eastern Libya. (Agencies, Haaretz)


Features:
The Godfather of Palestinian Hip Hop
Hip hop artist Muqata’a has a musical grammar of his own. (Ben Shalev, Haaretz+)
Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Turmoil Part 1: Oil Empire - Oil Superpower, Now Forced to Play by Others’ Rules
As more countries reduce their dependence on Saudi crude oil, the kingdom is trying to transform its economy – and finds itself at the mercy of buyers. (Dafna Maor, Haaretz+)
Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Turmoil Part 2: Human Rights - Granting a License to Drive, Keeping a License to Kill
The West has long overlooked Saudi Arabia's dismal human rights record, but the Khashoggi murder could change that. (Roi Simyoni, Haaretz+)

Commentary/Analysis:
The True Cost of Israeli Settlers' Annexation Dream (David Rosenberg, Haaretz+) Bibi, a status-quo man forced into action, has created new risks for Israel by opening a Pandora’s Box he should have known to keep shut.
Post-election language - Kill the killer instinct (Yaron London, Yedioth) The election campaign rooted a number of expression that should be uprooted from the memory of the political commentators, not because they aren't accurate, but because we need to air out, to open the windows of the room where too many people stayed too long. First of all, kill the expression 'He went for his head' ("Bibi went for Bennett's head"). Secondly, we need to lower the importance of the instinct of killing, slaughtering, slitting, detaching, dismembering, which political commentators use regarding Netanyahu and in their wake, the masses in Israel. The negative phrase of killer instinct has changed in the political field so that the instinct born to kill is considered that one cannot survive without. The successful politician is one who easily skips over moral inhibitions and without that ability he can't win, say the strategists. What is the difference between 'war spirit,' 'determination in achieving the goal,' 'battle to the end' and numerous other expressions and between 'killer instinct.'? I think the small difference in the meaning is the the silencing of the conscience and going according to the primal instincts. It can be said another way: The politician who has a 'killer instinct' is simply a shithead. The other Binyamin, Benny Gantz, was described as a 'worthy person.' It wasn't explained why he's worthy, but it was clear that those describing his as a 'worthy person,' mean that his wonderful characteristics don't prepare him to be prime minister.
Once Again, Israel’s Courts Collaborate With Government anti-Arab Housing Policy (Mordechai Kremnitzer, Haaretz+) Given the Israeli legal system’s failure to do justice, Israel’s friends must demand that it act like a civilized country.
Palestinian leadership too lazy to fight Israeli occupation (Hani Al-Masri, Ynet) The reason why March of Return protests haven’t spread beyond the Gaza Strip is Palestinian public’s distrust of the elected officials, which can only be mended by a unified political front in order to resist the occupation in a democratic way.
During first 100 days in office, army chief of staff Kochavi demonstrates restraint under fire (Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz+) Yet he didn’t hesitate to take on a group of paratroop brigade commanders and to publicly disagree with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
‘Why Did You Meet With Arabs?’ (Haaretz Editorial) The Abraham Initiatives has for 30 years worked in complete cooperation with various authorities in Israel, including government ministries and defense agencies. The detention and humiliation of Laura Mandel, a U.S. citizen and board member of the organization, which promotes equality between Jews and Arabs, at Ben-Gurion International Airport indicate further erosion in the attitude of the authorities toward organizations identified with the left, and an increase in the level of suspicion regarding Jewish-Arab cooperation. The Israel Airports Authority did not deny the details, and expressed regret “for the passenger’s feelings over the security check.” But when we’re talking about Arab citizens or ordinary left-wing activists, no one apologizes. There must be an end to the thought police and the abuse of people entering and leaving the country.
The new government will be required to correct the harsh impression that the elections left on the Arab sector
(Yossi Ahimeir, Maariv) Arab citizens should feel equal (to Jewish ones) in the Jewish state, and it is time for a public figure who represents them to sit at the table at which decisions are made.
US Jewish groups are undermining Israeli democracy (Jonathan S. Tobin, Israel Hayom) The willingness of major Jewish groups and denominations to try to undermine the choice of Israel’s voters calls into question their belief in and respect for democracy.
Israel, Hamas, Hail Victory in Ending Hunger Strike. But Real Success Is the Timing (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) The deal struck between prisoners and the prison service came just two days before Palestinians commemorate prisoner's day, thwarting violent escalations along the border.
What should Israel really do about Gaza? (Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yair Golan, Yedioth/Ynet) Destroying Hamas is secondary to achieving regional long-term calm; Israel ought to adopt a generous policy of civil and economic incentives for Gaza civilians, and if Hamas persists in its bellicosity, we ought to produce our big stick and crush its military capability.
Trump Now Expects Payback From Netanyahu. It Could Blow Up the Middle East (David Rothkopf, Haaretz+) Trump helped Netanyahu get re-elected. Now it’s Netanyahu’s turn to help Trump's 2020 re-election campaign - by playing along with the Kushner 'peace plan' and by ramping up tension with Iran.
Kahol-Lavan and the Labor Party can not take a bite out of the right wing (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) The only alternative to the Likud is a large party, cross-ethnic and from many sectors of society, which will place the citizen in the center and will be led by a social personality.
The draft ball is in Lieberman's court (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) A majority of Israelis would like to see ultra-Orthodox share the load of military service, but their leaders are adamant this will not come to pass and only one man has the power to subvert their will.
Black Flags of Immorality and Illegitimacy Flutter Over Annexation and Netanyahu’s Immunity (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) Despondent center-leftists console themselves by asserting that elections have changed nothing – but their moments of truth are at hand.
Netanyahu's fate is in Lieberman's hands, and he is going to use it to the end (Ben Caspit, Maariv) He knows he has only 5 seats. He knows that Bibi knows he can go crazy at the last minute and abandon him. Just as he did in 2015. For such moments, he is in politics.
Israeli presence on the Golan is a strategic necessity (Efraim Inbar, Israel Hayom) The Golan Heights is Israel’s northern shield, especially since Iranian forces have moved into Syria. Moving the Israel-Syria border westwards would reduce deterrence, which in turn invites aggression.

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