News Nosh 5.8.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday May 8, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
“Heroism is not a military term. Wherever there is sacrifice, there is heroism… The opposite of heroism isn't cowardice, but selfishness. A selfish person can be brave, but he cannot be a hero...Heroism is sacrifice, and it doesn't have any cruelty in its nature. It is the highest form of service. It is founded on the love of humanity…Only a person who has a lot within him, can give back a lot. He who has a thin personality has nothing to offer to the greater good of others…He who is ignorant cannot be a hero, since ignorance means no interest in those who surround you. Lack of interest means a lack of love, and where there is no love there is no sacrifice, and thus no heroism.”
—In an Op-Ed in Yedioth, former IDF deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan quotes commander of the Palmach and a founder of the IDF, Yitzhak Sadeh, and writes: “Just imagine how our lives would have look like if our public sector had more people with the quality of heroism? People who don't live by a desire to rule over others, or limit themselves to their own personal gain; people who use knowledge to increase our society's human riches rather than to accumulate financial gain. People who have a lifestyle of loving their neighbor, whomever he or she may be. Imagine that leaders would be such heroes, like Yitzhak Sadeh was.”

You Must Be Kidding: 
The family of a woman who was declared a 'Righteous Among the Nations' was allowed into Israel only after a 10-hour grilling at Ben-Gurion Airport. They had come to meet the family she had saved.**

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • 71 years - Blue and White party: Israel is 71-years-old
  • Celebrating together // Hanoch Daum (Hebrew)
  • Missing them and crying together - Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers: At 11:00 the siren for a minute of silence will be heard across the country and we will all stand and unite together with the memory of 23,741 fallen soldiers and the 3,150 civilians who were murdered in hostile actions
  • Shaldag unit is revealed - Photos give a rare peek into the activities of the secret unit (Hebrew)
  • Indian romance - The amazing story of the Israeli women who established families with Indians from Dharamsala (Hebrew)
  • Sisters in battle - The sisters of the missing soldiers of the Battle of Sultan Yakub (Lebanon) hold a tense meeting (Hebrew)
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Remembering - Israel unites with the memory of the fallen and the victims of hostile actions
  • and Celebrating - Traditional torch-lighting ceremony at Mt. Herzl this evening launches the 71st Independence Day of the State of Israel
  • This is how we almost assassinated Nasrallah in the Second Lebanon War
  • The moving stories behind the personal items of the combat soldiers who fell
  • That’s all the ‘magic’ - The day that David Ben-Gurion transferred the Knesset from the legendary movie theatre in Tel-Aviv
Israel Hayom
  • In their memory, for their sake - Today: People of Israel unite in the memory of the 23,741 fallen.
  • Tonight: The whole country will celebrate 71 years of pride
  • From “We were dreaming” to a people who are living the dream // Boaz Bismuth
  • That’s our spirit: Determined in the face of any enemy // Gen. Amikam Nurkin
  • Israel - Exemplary model for the countries of the world // Amnon Lord
  • I hope we will get close to one another - always // Prof. Avraham Diskin
  • A taste of memory - Three bereaved mothers continue to prepare the foods their fallen sons loved so much
  • Hanita and Dudu Enijer, both bereaved siblings, tried for 16 years to have a child. Today they are hugging a son and daughter
  • Lt. Col. Inbal Man, who was raised without a father and who lost her partner, is the commander of the first battalion of female combat soldiers in the IDF

News Summary:
Today is both Memorial Day for the Fallen and the Eve of Independence Day and while Maariv and Haaretz reported in a regular news fashion, while publishing articles and Op-Eds relevant to the day, Yedioth Ahronoth and Israel Hayom turned the papers into emotional editions, mourning and celebrating, and imparting a sense of hope and optimism, even as they shared stories from bereaved families. Israel Hayom interviewed bereaved mothers who still cook their fallen sons’ favorite dishes. Another article shared the story of an elderly couple for whom marking the days their many loved ones died “gives them power to continue.” Photos in Yedioth showed a person at a grave alongside youth standing in a field and holding Israeli flags and the paper published Op-Eds such as Hanoch Daum’s, titled, “Choosing to focus on the good.” Another photo showed young Israeli children from an Israeli community near the Gaza Strip seated in front of Israeli soldiers and waving Israeli flags.

Also, a few hundred Israelis and Palestinians held the annual joint Alternative Memorial Day ceremony in Tel-Aviv, after the High Court cancelled Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s banning of the entry of the Palestinian participants. A couple hundreds right-wing Israelis came to protest the event and shouted at the participants. Two were detained for throwing objects. While Haaretz covered the event in depth, Yedioth only published a photo of the protesters shouting and waving Israeli flags with a caption and the title, “Ceremony in shadow of protest,” yet it ran an OpEd by Ben-Dror Yemini, one of its top right-wing commentators on the subject. And Israel Hayom did not even report on it - although it also complained about it an Op-Ed by Meir Indor. Maariv published an article titled, “Demonstrators oppose the alternative ceremony memorializing the terrorists.” Haaretz revealed that a Gazan peace activist, Rami Amman, screened the ceremony in Gaza. “I saw the meaningless deaths of normal civilians, and it made me realize I have to do something to change the reality here,” he told Haaretz+. In 2014 he contacted Israeli peace activists and launched the project Skype with the Enemy, in which Israelis and Palestinians could talk via video. Meanwhile, Yair Netanyahu called the bereaved families who participated, “mentally ill.” (Maariv)

News regarding Gaza barely made the papers, but the online versions did report:
  • Sources in the Cabinet against the IDF's claims: "The chief of staff and head of the Shin Bet recommended stopping the fighting" - Following the army's briefings, according to which the political echelon instructed not to respond to the rocket fire in a manner that would lead to the operation in the Gaza Strip, the ministers said: "Things (said) are not compatible with what happened.” (Maariv)
  • Senior PLO official: “Conquering Gaza is not a pleasant holiday trip, if you enter you will sink into mud and destruction" - Qadura Fares told 103FM radio hosts, Anat Davidov and Yinon Magal, that Israel was guilty of the last round of fighting: “There is no significance to who fired first, Israel has to admit that it is impossible to rule another people forever.” (Maariv/103FM)
  • Qatar Pledges $480 Million for West Bank and Gaza Aid, Foreign Ministry Says - $300 million will go toward education and health in the Palestinian Authority while the remaining money will go to humanitarian support. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Israel Approves Renewal of Fuel Deliveries to Gaza After Cease-fire Takes Hold - General closure imposed on West Bank and Gaza for Israeli Memorial Day and Independence Day. (Haaretz)
     
Quick Hits:
  • Israeli Minor Suspected of Pelting Palestinian Woman to Death Released to House Arrest - 16-year-old yeshiva student's DNA was found on the stone that killed Aisha Rabi, a mother of eight, in October on a West Bank road in suspected Jewish terror case. The court ordered release of L. to house arrest. His lawyer: “This is testimony that the DNA is not sufficient (evidence).” (Haaretz+, Maan and Maariv)
  • The murder of Aisha Rabi: Court ruled suspect was "dangerous" and evidence against him was strong - Although the minor was released to house arrest, the judge's decision contains harsh criticism of his version and confirms: "A reasonable probability of conviction for manslaughter under circumstances of terror.” (Maariv)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Event Disturbed by Protesters; Ceremony Streamed in Gaza - ‘I’m hoping people in Gaza will get a different idea about Israelis - and vice versa,’ Gazan organizer tells Haaretz; protesters call participants 'Nazis' and 'traitors.’ (Haaretz+ and VIDEO, Maariv and Times of Israel)
  • Yair Netanyahu: "The bereaved families who will participate in the alternative memorial ceremony - are mentally ill” - The son of the prime minister attacked those who would take part in the ceremony for which 100 Palestinians were allowed to enter to participate, adding: "I wonder how the left-wing would react to an alternative Rabin Day ceremony.” (Maariv)
  • Yair Netanyahu in Breitbart Op-ed: Land for peace doesn't work - Prime Minister's son declares, the “Land for Peace” formula leads in reality to “Land for War.” (JPost)
  • Israel orders temporary evacuation of 15 Palestinian families from Jordan Valley for military training - The evacuation orders obliges the families consisting of 98 individuals to evacuate their homes for the next four weeks for three days per week; on Sunday from 1:00 p.m., on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to Tuesday 10:00 a.m., and on Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Maan)
  • Israel forced 3,000 Palestinians from their Jerusalem homes within 15 years - Report by Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem: “Jerusalem Municipality demolished 830 residential units, and 120 more were demolished by their owners on municipality’s orders.” B’Tselem stressed, “Municipality deliberately left 2,927 people homeless, 1,574 of them minors.” B’Tselem explained, “Israel has expropriated more than a third of the land it annexed from the West Bank and has built 11 neighborhoods exclusively for Jews.” The report points out that the Israeli-run municipality adopts policies which deliberately created an acute construction crisis for the city’s Palestinian population. (Maan)
  • "The situation does not frighten us": 257 people immigrated to Israel - Many of the immigrants plan to live in the south. Alexander, who immigrated with his family said: "Compared with the shelling in Ukraine, this isn’t serious." (Maariv)
  • **Family of Righteous Among the Nations Let Into Israel Only After 10-hour Airport Grilling - Maria Blyshchyk's Ukranian relatives, who wanted to visit descendants of a Holocaust survivor saved by her, were allowed into the country only after inquiries by lawyer and Haaretz. (Haaretz+)
  • Bill seeks official status for bereaved siblings - MK Michal Shir proposes mandatory notification for siblings of fallen soldiers, members of the security forces, or civilians who are killed in terrorist attacks. (Israel Hayom)
  • State cancels state witness deal with Miki Ganor in submarine graft case - Prosecution informs key witness in scandal snaring several aides to Netanyahu that his immunity agreement is off after he changes his story and exercises right to remain silent. (Times of Israel and JPost)
  • Two Israelis arrested in global 'dark' Internet probe - The suspects allegedly set up a site used to purchase weapons, drugs and stolen credit cards through Bitcoin; arrests were made during a joint investigation with FBI and Israel's cyber crime unit. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • US-Iran tensions rise ahead of anniversary of deal pullout - Rouhani reportedly plans to broadcast a statement about the “counteractions” Tehran will take on Wednesday, on the nuclear deal pullout anniversary, following the sudden statement that the USS Abraham Lincoln will be deployed in the Persian Gulf. (Agencies, Ynet)


Features:
What happened when Palestinian women took charge of their village
Against all odds and despite living in a patriarchal society, 14 Palestinian women seized the initiative and fomented a mini-revolution that has brought their village, outside Bethlehem, into the 21st century. (Netta Ahituv, Haaretz+)
Fallen Druze troops are finally part of Israel's musical story
Jewish and Arab musicians unite to pay tribute to Border Police officers Hayil Satawi and Kamil Shanan, who were shot dead in an attack in Jerusalem in 2017; to their families, honoring their memories means righting the wrong of the Nation-State Law. (Yedioth/Ynet)
This Memorial Day, Zachary Baumel is no longer missing in action
After 37 years of uncertainty, the fallen American-born soldier's family has a grave at which to mourn, after his remains were located in Syria and brought home in a joint Israeli-Russian effort. For the first time, his family visited it. (Yael Fridson, Yedioth/Ynet)
First Came the Restaurants, Now the Supermarkets: Israeli Products Are Taking Over the U.S.
Israeli restaurants, chefs and cookbooks are making it big in the U.S. For the home cook, products that Israelis know from their supermarkets were hard to come by, but this is all changing. A guide. (Vered Guttman, Haaretz+)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
Israelis, the Time Has Come to Acknowledge the Other Side’s Pain (Alit Karp, Haaretz+) Every once in a while, in the wake of shooting from Gaza, there is a military operation of the kind that destroys the little that is left of the place. In a random survey conducted yesterday on TV’s Channel 13 news at the Ashdod beach, there was agreement among the bathers: We should have attacked them a little more, and it’s a shame that it all ended so quickly. The years of hatred and separation have done their job: All the participants in the random survey thought that killing a few more Arabs is really not so terrible. And now suddenly, 100 flesh-and-blood [Palestinian -OH] people who have also lost their dear ones in hostile acts, will arrive deep inside the State of Israel, and it will turn out that not only do they have faces and names, but that there is a group of people in the State of Israel – even if small – that is willing to acknowledge their pain and the injustice done to them. [Reference to the Alternative Israeli-Palestinian Memorial ceremony. - OH] We don’t even know their names, but now we will hear them and we will also learn about their stories and their pain. And why is that important? Because the long years of hostility have erased the face of the other side, and it’s easier to hate someone you don’t know – certainly someone whose pain you don’t acknowledge.
Joint Memorial Day event a deception (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) While in past years I argued Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony is about peace, reconciliation, organizers Combatants for Peace recently expressed support for 'right of return,' a fantasy intended to deny Israel's right to exist as a Jewish, democratic state, not promote peace.
'Die, Leftist’: Why Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Drove Right-wingers Out of Their Minds (Ravit Hecht, Haaretz+) Most of the audience was from the cultural elite that is currently fighting for its life, which has no connection to the demonstrators outside, as if they were residents of two different galaxies.
There is no equality between the parents of murderers and the parents of murderers (Chairman of Almagor organization for victims of terror, Meir Indor, Israel Hayom Hebrew) Why not allow Holocaust Martyrs 'and Heroes' Remembrance Day ceremonies together with the families of the fallen Nazi soldiers who fell in the war? After all, most of them did not murder either. If "bereavement is bereavement and it unites," as the High Court judges ruled when the Defense Ministry was forced to allow the families of terrorists to attend a joint ceremony with families of terror victims - then, why not? “Sometimes bereavement, a kind of partnership of fate, can be a source of identification and unity, as difficult as it may be,” wrote the justice. Then comes the punch line. The judge ended her remarks by quoting Motti Hammer's poem, "We are all one living human tissue." You understand? All of us, the murderers and the murdered - one human tissue. When the High Court of Justice makes no distinction between terrorists and legitimate combatants who respect the purity of arms and sometimes pay with their lives or are wounded (as happened to me), it cheapens the principle it preaches, or grants the Palestinians an exemption from the duty of purity of arms. In the folds of the ruling, therefore, there is an almost explicit permission for the Palestinians to commit acts of murder and terror as part of their national struggle against us.  This is a sad and new message in the development of the judicial rulings of the High Court of Justice. The bereaved and terror victims who initiated the alternative memorial ceremony for IDF soldiers and victims of terror hurt most bereaved families and wounded..they are reminiscent of the Stockholm syndrome - in which the abductees identify with their kidnappers. Self-flagellation in the Jewish people is an old phenomenon. Jews have always tried to find the blame for the hatred of the Jews - among ourselves. After a terrorist attack in which a son of one of the group's main activists was murdered, she called her schoolmate, Benjamin Netanyahu, and blamed him for the attack. "You're guilty," she cried in his ear with genuine heartache. In the discourse of that small but influential and highly-budgeted group, they accuse the settlers and non-occupation of terror. Not everyone there justifies terror, but almost everyone there understands it. For me, as a son of Holocaust survivors - everything is clear. There is a side that murders girls and children and there is a side that defends itself. I do not have a "single human tissue" that unites the attacker and the attacked. I have one sacred value of "all of Israel is responsible for one another."
*What our fallen soldiers can teach us about the meaning of heroism (Former IDF deputy chief of staff, Maj. Yair Golan, Yedioth/Ynet) Heroism is based on sacrifice and a love for humanity, and is the antithesis of selfishness; imagine how our society would have looked like if our leaders encompassed this sense of mission and optimism?
Why Does Hannah Arendt's 'Banality of Evil' Still Anger Israelis? (Michal Aharony, Haaretz+) Nearly 60 years after she attended and wrote about the Eichmann trial, Hannah Arendt remains a controversial figure among intellectuals in Israel.
The price of Jewish independence must be weighed against the horrific alternative (Prof. Arieh Eldad, Maariv) Israeli soldiers fell to defend the State of Israel. So that we will no longer be ashes of fields, smoke from crematorium chimneys, so that we won’t be living carcasses in the forest, piles of anonymous bodies in a pit.
Israel Independence Day 2019: A Time for Dwindling Hope, a Time for Growing Fears (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) The clear and present danger isn’t from Iran or Palestinians but rather, as Walt Kelly noted: 'I have met the enemy, and he is us.'
This Memorial Day, Netanyahu's Biggest Achievement Is the One He Won't Talk About (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) Far fewer Israelis have died from terror and warfare under Bibi, but this belies his image as a tough man to meet on the battlefield.
Firing zone: In the virtual realm of Israel, a war is going on (Nir Kipnis, Maariv) Until not so many years ago it did not seem necessary to emphasize our commitment to each other by virtue of being brothers. The recent election campaign has caused a rise in tones on the social media networks. Therefore, my friend, if you are a real man, do not hold a virtual battle with me, but on the contrary, hug your brother whether he is on your right or on your left (of course, if that does not work you can always hit him, but even then - not so that he changes sides, but just till he admits that you are brothers).
Israel's War for Judicial Independence (Haaretz Editorial) The leading candidate to be justice minister, Yariv Levin (Likud), proved on Monday that the coming year could be symbolized by a war for the independence of the judiciary. Levin criticized the High Court of Justice’s order to the state to allow 100 Palestinians to enter Israel to attend a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony at Yarkon Park — an order that overturned a decision by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Celebrating together (Hanoch Daum, Yedioth Hebrew) There were four Israeli victims in the last round of fighting with Gaza: an ultra-Orthodox Jew, an Arab, a secular Jew and a religious Jews. At least the very least it is a symbol. Because while internal quarrels seem always very important and urgent, it doesn’t interest our enemies. They do not see our differences. They shoot at everyone.
Israel Is Independent, but Not Free (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Generations of pupils no longer know to sketch out a map of the country and can’t distinguish between Kiryat Arba and Kiryat Gat, or between Ofra and Gedera, or Shfaram and Nablus. Generations of students haven’t learned and won’t learn about the Palestinian struggle or the Nakba. They have been trained to identify anyone who isn’t Jewish as an enemy and in adulthood they will also point to half the Jewish population as an enemy of the nation and country. They will not know what “love of homeland” is because they have been born and bred in an unfinished skeleton of a country. They will be asked to become shahids of the religion of the territories, which has become the only permissible belief, and in its name they will kill Palestinian children, not because they threaten the country’s security but because they interfere with fulfilling a dream of divine promise.
Latest Israel-Hamas flare-up made Palestinian state a possibility (Sever Plocker, Yedioth/Ynet) The recent deadly round of border violence between Israel and Gaza militants, might well be the last one, because now more than ever, Hamas is prepared to let the Palestinian Authority take control of the crumbling enclave.
Life in Southern Israel Is Back to Normal. But What About Gaza? (Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, Haaretz+) Independence Day flags and mourning in Ashkelon and Ashdod, sick Gazans who can’t get home: A tour of the sites of destruction along the Gaza border.
Jihadi missiles, Israeli mourning (Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom) Unlike the terrorists who control Gaza, who use their people as hapless human shields and faceless cannon fodder, Israelis honor every individual casualty of war.
Qatari Cash and Egyptian Mediators Brought Israel-Gaza Calm, but for How Long? (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Paradoxically, the last round of fighting increases the chances of a large-scale operation in Gaza; U.S.-Iran tensions may have repercussions and Lieberman's silence indicates he may return to the Defense Ministry.

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