News Nosh 7.10.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday July 10, 2019

 
You Must Be Kidding: 
The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court overturned the conviction of right-wing activist, Noam Federman, who was documented hurling rocks at Palestinian cars and smashing the windshield of another car in Hebron. The Israeli penal code treats stone throwing as a felony, with a maximum penalty of 10 years for stoning cars, regardless of intent to endanger passengers. Federman was only ordered to pay $56 in compensation to each of the two Palestinian car owners. **

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Abuse (of the toddler) on the birthday chair - New testimonies in the case of Carmel Mauda, the nursery school teacher who abused toddlers (Hebrew)
  • What the government needs to do to protect our children
  • The undercover agents and the problematic recording - New revelations in the affair of the murder of Tair Rada
  • Grandma cooked an international prize - Daughters of Shoshana Cohen surprised her with a cookbook of the Tunisian recipes from her kitchen - and got her the Oscar of cookbooks (Hebrew)
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • The next target: Netanyahu will act to unite the right-wing
  • The Mapai party still lives on // Haim Shine
  • Those who oppose the merger are in the crosshairs // Mati Tuchfeld
  • Complaints against Wolfson Hospital: “Keeping medicine from cancer patients”
  • Summer camp in Jerusalem under the auspices of Erdogan - Another Turkish attempt to influence in the capital
  • For the first time: US to impose sanctions on Hezbollah members of Lebanese parliament

Top News Summary:
With the exception of Haaretz, today’s newspapers focused on the candidates and the parties moves ahead of Israeli elections. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his rival Ehud Barak, leader of the newly formed ‘Democratic Israel’ party, smeared each other on social media networks, on connections to wealthy Jewish criminals abroad (American sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and French criminal Arnaud Mimran) or ability to do the bottle cap challenge. Maariv’s Ben Caspit wrote that Netanyahu has a “new rabbit” to win the upcoming elections: a formal defense pact between Israel and the United States. Caspit wrote that Netanyahu, “who is looking for another gimmick to persuade his supporters to vote for him, is considering the possibility that President Trump will declare a defense pact, and in exchange he will secretly promise (Trump) a positive answer to the 'Deal of the Century.'"


Elections 2019 Quickees:
  • Israeli Arab parties irking their voters by slowing up formation of latest joint ticket - As the parties bicker over slots on a unified slate, 'the Arab community feels that the rhetoric about unity, national challenges and priorities are empty words,' a mediator says. (Haaretz+)
  • Poll: Ehud Barak makes it into Knesset, Likud and Kahol Lavan on par - The center-left bloc leads the right-wing bloc with 57 over 54 seats. The two major parties, Likud and Kahol-Lavan, are once again receiving the same number of seats: 30. Yisrael Beiteinu is leaping to 9 seats.Right-wing parties Hayamin Hehadash and Zehut, which failed to pass the electoral threshold in the last election, are projected to get five seats each in the September elections, according to public broadcaster's poll. (Haaretz and Maariv)
  • Lapid against Ehud Barak: "He is a leftist, he won’t pass the threshold" - Number 2 in Kahol-Lavan said in an interview Monday that the former prime minister's return to politics could lead to "100,000 votes going in the trash." Netanyahu: "His policy is stagnation.” (Maariv)
  • A Kahol-Lavan election headquarters was set up, without Lapid - Gantz: No 2 in Kahol-Lvan will not take part this time the campaign management. Lapid's Yesh Atid group: "Lapid is a candidate, not the campaign manager." (Yedioth Hebrew)
  • Likud petition:  Hold primaries for party leadership
    An activist of the movement, who petitioned the party's court, said, "Netanyahu is flailing over the criminal case pending against him." More and more people believe that his era is over." (Maariv)
  • Right-wing Unification in the shadow of separation - Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich have indeed renewed the agreement for a joint run, but the leader of the third party in the unification of the right-wing parties, Itamar Ben-Gvir of Otzmah Yehudit, refuses to align himself with them. "We want real partnership, we aren't going to bring them the votes any more when they don't comply with the agreements," Ben-Gvi said. (Yedioth Hebrew)
  • Rabbis demand Bennett opposes drafting women into IDF - In an ultimatum to the New Right leader, a number of prominent Religious-Zionist rabbis insist they will not enter into political partnership with the former education minister unless he abandons his belief that women should serve in the military. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Gantz hires Hillary Clinton aide who said she shouldn't publicly 'call out Israel' - In a debate over inclusion of statement supporting Israel in a draft of Clinton's 'home base talking points,' Joel Benenson said Israel shouldn't be mentioned 'in public events.' (Haaretz)
  • El Al workers' union urges employees to join Likud, stirs commotion - Letter from chair of union calls workers and their families to join party 'to empower working force'; 'It's unreal we need to explain why this is a problem,' says one flight attendant. (Ynet)

 

Quick Hits:
  • Israel Evicts Palestinian Family From East Jerusalem Home, Handing It to Settlers - Jerusalem court dismisses appeal of the Siyam family, ending a 30-year court battle in favor of the right-wing Jewish association Elad. The court ruling brought to an end a nearly 30-year legal battle over the property. Elad’s victory also had symbolic value because the people evicted from the apartment and a nearby store are relatives of Jawad Siyam, a social worker and community activist who is considered a leader of Silwan residents. (Haaretz+)
  • **Israeli Court Overturns Conviction of Jewish Settler Documented Hurling Rocks at Palestinian Cars - Judge notes the accused 'takes responsibility,' sentences him to $112 in compensation ■ Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir: The defendant committed a 'heroic act.’ (Haaretz+ and MEMO)
  • Palestinian shot by security forces after hurling firebombs at Border Police in West Bank - The military court in Salem is frequently targeted. Last month, a man attempted entering the court with a pipe bomb. The suspect was arrested by Border Police soldiers at the entrance to a military court where the attack took place. (Haaretz)
  • Graffiti in West Bank Targets Palestinian Who Was Suspected of Raping 7-year-old Israeli Girl - 'I'm not afraid they will reach me, I'm an innocent man,' Mahmoud Qatusa says of perpetrators who vandalized walls and slashed tires in his village. (Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Report: Mossad intel foiled 50 terrorist attacks in 20 countries - Information provided by the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence organization, and the IDF's Military Intelligence Directorate have helped foil at least 50 terror attacks planned by the Islamic State group and Iran in 20 countries across the globe over the past three years, Channel 12 reports. At least 12 of the aforementioned terrorist plots targeted Turkey. (Israel Hayom and Maariv)
  • Israeli Attempts to Kill Hamas Officials Thwarted in Recent Months, Report Says - Hamas sources tell Lebanese newspaper that since a botched operation in Gaza, Israel has sought to use locals to help it kill senior members of the group. (Haaretz+)
  • Hamas stages large-scale surprise drill with other Gaza groups - Strip-wide exercise sees land crossings closed, fisherman banned from entering the sea; group hails its performance in 2014 war with Israel, says it has not stopped making preparations for future conflicts. (Yedioth/Ynet, Maariv and Israel Hayom)
  • The IDF reveals a significant decrease in the number of fires caused by incendiary balloons - In an unprecedented way, the army revealed data indicating a significant decrease in the number of fires and in the area that was burned in recent months. IDF says it takes forces less time to get control and extinguish the fires and it is faster at locating the balloons and hitting them before they reach Israel. According to IDF data, in the three months from April to June there were 190 fires in the Gaza vicinity, compared with 977 fires in the same period last year. Also, 1,400 dunams of land was burnt this year compared with 34,000 dunams in the previous year. (Maariv)
  • Israeli Minister Says Violent Cops Won't Remain on the Force - The comments by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan come in wake of widespread protest for the death of Solomon Teka, an Ethiopian Israeli shot by an off-duty policeman in Haifa last week. (Haaretz+)
  • Bodies of Soldiers Held by Hamas Will Only Be Returned Through Prisoner Swap, Israeli Official Says - Former coordinator on Israeli hostages says government is creating the misleading impression that the return of two civilians and the bodies of two soldiers can be part of main agreement being negotiated with Hamas. (Haaretz+)
  • First indictment of Ethiopian-Israeli from protests Over Police Shooting - for Setting Car Aflame Tel Aviv - The suspect is accused of pouring gasoline into a vehicle that was set on fire during nationwide protests over the killing of 18-year-old Solomon Teka. (Haaretz+)
  • Soldiers Attacked in Suspected Jerusalem Ramming Didn't Follow Orders, Israeli Army Finds - Probe by Israeli army reveals the suspected assailant is brother of Mohammed Edwan, who was killed in clashes with the IDF at the Qalandiyah refugee camp. (Haaretz+)
  • Immigrants to Israel in last year: Older and more educated, fewer from US and France, more from Russia - According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2018, 28,000 immigrants immigrated to Israel, 6.6% more than in 2017. Of the total number of immigrants in 2018, 67.7% immigrated from the former Soviet Union, mainly from Russia and the Ukraine, 9% came from the United States and 8.7% immigrated from France. Rise of 46.6% of Russian immigrants and a decline of 2.7% from American and also a decline from France. Since the establishment of state, 3.3 million immigrants immigrated to Israel, about 43.7% of whom immigrated to Israel since 1990. 11.1% settled in Tel Aviv-Yafo, 9.5% in Jerusalem, 8.5% in Netanya and 7.5% in Haifa. The level of education among the immigrants in 2018 is relatively high - 72% of them studied 13 years of schooling or more, and more than half of them had 16 or more years of schooling. 68% of the immigrants had academic occupations. (Maariv and Israel Hayom)
  • 'Without an emergency plan, French Jews will stop making aliyah' - New survey by Qualita organization for French immigrants points out serious problems faced by French immigrants. Unemployment is one of the biggest problems, with 40% of French immigrants unable to find work in their professions. (Israel Hayom)
  • Operation wedding - She is: Captain R., a ombat navigator. He is Captain B, an officer in Sayeret Matkal commando. A friend introduced them. They got engaged within four months. A few days ago, they got married. "This is a modest and successful couple and they are also so beautiful, like they came out of a catalog,” says a friend of the couple. (Yedioth Hebrew)
  • City of Petah Tikva names traffic roundabout after Trump - Mayor Rami Greenberg says naming of traffic circle is a thank-you to US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights. (Israel Hayom)
  • Mommy, it’s so delicious - The six daughters of Shoshana Cohen wanted to surprise their mother, who cooks very well, and prepared for her 70th birthday a Tunisian cookbook with 70 of her recipes. What started as fun quickly became a worldwide hit. At the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, ‘Ya Amna,’ (meaning ‘mother of all mothers’ in Tunisian dialect of Arabic) won first place in the big international cookbook festival in the category of ”The Best Jewish Cooking Cookbook in the World" - against six other Jewish cooking cookbooks. Shoshana says that "As soon as I received the announcement of winning the best Jewish cooking cookbook in the world, I felt like I was in a dream...I felt Jewish, Tunisian and Israeli at the same time...There is no doubt that the Tunisian food is the best in the world." (Yedioth Hebrew)
  • Israeli Diplomats Say Their Hands Are Tied Because of Excessive Austerity - Israeli embassies and consulates abroad don’t even have money for train tickets or to serve coffee at work meetings, one diplomat claims. (Haaretz+)
  • European foreign ministers call for 'urgent' meeting over Iran nuke deal breach - Signatories call on Tehran to 'reverse its nuclear activities,' while Netanyahu doubles down on threats, saying Israeli air force 'can reach anywhere in the Middle East.’ (Haaretz)
  • U.S. puts Hezbollah lawmakers on sanctions blacklist for first time - Treasury official says group uses operatives in Lebanese parliament to manipulate institutions in support of its financial and security interests, bolster Iran's malign activities; blacklist forbids Americans and businesses with American branches from doing business with those sanctioned. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • U.S. Sanctions on Top Hezbollah Figures Are an Assault on Lebanon, Parliament Speaker Says - In first, U.S. Treasury designates members of Lebanon's parliament under sanctions list, hoping it would have a 'chilling effect' on anyone doing business with Hezbollah. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property - Hadat's Christian citizens are prohibited from selling or renting properties to Muslims; 'It's unacceptable that Lebanese citizens cannot live wherever they want in the country,' says a leading journalist, while a resident claims they just 'want to preserve our village or what remains of it.’ (Agencies, Ynet)
  • 'Reinvigorated' UN Forces in Lebanon Would Limit Iran's Influence, ex-Israeli Military Chief Says - International dispute over 2015 nuclear deal an opportunity for increased pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces and 'advisers' from Syria and Lebanon, Eisenkot argues. (Haaretz)
  • U.S. wants to lead military coalition to protect waters off Iran, Yemen - Under the plan, the U.S. would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition while allies patrol waters near those ships. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Iran's release of Lebanese-American resident was failed overture to U.S., sources say - Tehran tried to signal it wanted to ease tensions by letting Nizar Zakka go. 'It was a missed opportunity' which Washington didn't seize on, U.S. source charges. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • U.S. Seeks a Congress-approved Deal With Iran, Says Trump Envoy - The Trump administration has long argued that one of the flaws of the deal agreed under Barack Obama is that it wasn't formally ratified by Congress. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Trump: Sanctions on Iran 'Will Soon Be Increased, Substantially' - U.S. president says Iran 'has long been secretly "enriching"' uranium in violation of nuclear deal. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Iran says Israel and its allies tricked Trump into killing 2015 nuclear deal - Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out on the so-called 'B-Team' which includes Israel, Saudi Arabi and UAE, that 'lured' the American president into believing he can convince Iranian officials to stop all uranium enrichment altogether. (Ynet)
  • Netanyahu to Iran: Israel's warplanes can reach anywhere in Mideast, including you - PM issues warning during visit to IAF base; Europeans express 'deep concern' as Tehran moves further away from commitments under nuclear deal abandoned by U.S.; Macron dispatches top diplomatic adviser to Iranian capital in urgent bid to deescalate rising tensions. (Ynet)
  • Explained Trump's Embrace of Iran Ally and Saudi Foe Qatar Illustrates the Middle East's Strange Bedfellows - Trump clasped hands with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and called him a friend while recognizing the country’s extensive military partnership. (Haaretz)
  • WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Agrees to Help ‘End Occupation’ and Republican Jews Pounce - Jewish left-wing activists asked Warren, ‘We’d really love it if you’d also pushed the Israeli government to end occupation.’ She answered, ‘Yes. So I’m there!’ and then quickly posed for a photo. (Haaretz+)
  • Mideast envoy: US not seeking regime change in Palestinian Authority - US President Donald Trump remains “very fond” of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, despite a breakdown in ties between Ramallah and Washington, Jason Greenblatt says at Christians United for Israel summit. The Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a “small conflict in the region” as Iran is the “real threat” to Mideast peace," he adds. (Israel Hayom)
  • Syria has right to recover Golan Heights, country's UN envoy says
  • Condemning US recognition of Israeli Golan, Syria's UN envoy tells Human Rights Council, "We demand accountability and we call for impunity to be combated." Israel confiscating land and "pillaging" resources, he says. (Israel Hayom)
  • Syria may still possess chemical weapons, global watchdog says - Assad's regime could still have chemicals like sarin – and is trying to keep inspectors out of the country, OPCW finds. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Jews Came to Israel ‘To Be Nazis,’ Dutch Member of Mainstream Party Says - Green Left, which has publicly endorsed BDS, distances itself from activist, calling remarks 'inappropriate and unacceptable’. (JTA)
  • Linda Sarsour tweets that Jesus was Palestinian and Twitter goes crazy - Sarsour's tweet led to a more than 24-hour debate about the Jewish and Palestinian roots of Jesus. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Arab MK urges Israel boycott at London BDS conference - At Palestine Expo conference, Joint Arab List lawmaker Yousef Jabareen blasts Israeli "apartheid and occupation." Right-wing group blasts Arab MKs for "abusing their positions to participate in pro-BDS conferences and spew lies and hatred against Israel." (Israel Hayom)
  • NYSE to Help Israel to Create Secondary Tech Stock Exchange - New exchange would cater to smaller high-tech companies, as Tel Aviv Stock Exchange regulations often too stringent. (Agencies, Haaretz+)
  • Convicted terrorist running France-sponsored summer program in east Jerusalem - French Foreign Ministry funds East Jerusalem Youth Initiative Program, to be run by Daoud Ghoul, a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine activist with multiple convictions over his ties with the terrorist group. (Israel Hayom)
  • Turkish organization teaches Arab kids from east Jerusalem that Israel is theirs - The Our Heritage group, which is already active in promoting Turkey's agenda in east Jerusalem through social and cultural activity, is now running free summer camps that teach children that they are the "legal owners" of Israel. (Israel Hayom)
  • Erdogan says Turkey may face 'serious problems' if central bank not fully revised - Turkish president plans overhaul for the central bank in wake of dismissal of former Governor Murat Cetinkaya, who has been sacked without official explanation. (Agencies, Haaretz)


Features:
Gaza's once thriving traditional crafts industries rapidly disappearing
With unemployment rate over 50 percent, goods that once defined the Strip's economy are now almost nonexistent. Craftsmen blame Israeli blockade for economic turmoil. (Agencies, Haaretz)
Letters to the Editor: South African Zionist Federation Fights for Israel Connection (Haaretz)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
We Should Have Warned the Ethiopians About Israel's Racism (B. Michael, Haaretz+) We should have warned them. We should have told them that the homeland being offered to them is one of the most racist countries in the universe, overflowing with religious, nationalist, ethnic, genetic and gender racism. Some people console themselves with the belief that this racism is one of the ravages of the occupation. Some aspect of colonialism has crept into us, along with several other despicable attributes of a criminal regime of oppression. The truth, alas, is otherwise. Israeli racism wasn’t born on the other side of the Green Line. It was born on the day they established a state here whose definition is an oxymoron, a state that lacks a bill of rights as well as an iron wall separating religion and state. In such a country, racism is an inevitable by-product. It’s not the daughter of the occupation, but almost its mother. On the other hand, the unbearable lightness of shooting human beings (excluding settlers, the ultra-Orthodox and pale-faced Jews) is something we definitely imported from the territories.  Slowly but surely, over the years of evil, a convenient and useful killing procedure has developed: You choose a non-Jew, close your eyes, pull the trigger and run to tell the guys. And if by chance an investigation is opened, you quickly mumble the mantras that will ensure your release: “He threw a stone” and “I felt threatened.” End of story.
May my son Solomon Tekah be the last victim of racism (Worka Tekah, Yedioth/Ynet) In a special piece for Ynet, the father of the Israeli Ethiopian teen shot dead by an off-duty police officer asks the public to 'understand that my son has been murdered,' and calls for protests to continue until justice is served — but without any violence on either side.
Activist Assault in Tel Aviv Should Serve as Wake-up Call (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Left-wing activist Jonathan Pollak was assaulted Sunday by two men when he was on his way to lunch. They knew where to lie in wait for him, they followed him and then struck him, pushed him to the ground and kicked him. When he managed to get back on his feet, one of them pulled out a knife and cut him in the face. Pollak said of the main assailant, adding that his attackers shouted something like “maniac leftist, anarchist son of a bitch.” As Pollak put it, “They looked like ordinary people.” Yes – if only because of the continuum that lies behind it; that is, the comments to a May 29 Facebook post by the right-wing group Ad Kan titled “Help us find Jonathan Pollak.” For example, a man who identified himself as Bari Buskila wrote: “Maybe he’s already in the cemetery.” One Eran Gueta wrote: “Why not take him down?” And Aviad Dayani preached: “In a properly run country they execute people for treason. I wish our country were properly run.” ..The phenomenon of Jews assaulting Palestinians isn’t stopping, because it’s an inseparable part of state violence – soldiers’ violence with a state license. Both serve the goal of taking over what has remained for the Palestinians. Only a small number of assaults are reported in the Israeli media. And even when they are reported, we’re not shocked…The assault of Pollak is more interesting because he’s a Jew and was attacked in Tel Aviv. And so the special reporting on him subverts the essence of his work against Israeli violence whose target is the Palestinians.
Peace Now is constantly fighting those who want to hammer a hammer at the Zionist vision (Peace Now Secretary General, Shaked Morag, Maariv) The inauguration of 'Pilgrim's Path' in Jerusalem was another blow to a pillar that preserves the stability of the Middle East. This is true post-Zionism. A response to Prof. Aryeh Eldad…A hammer on the Zionist vision: At the beginning of last week in Jerusalem, what seemed to me as a reconstruction of the famous scene from the film "The Shining,” in which Jack Nicholson, who plays a writer with writer’s block, loses his mind, and in a manic attack he repeatedly slams an ax into the door of the hotel room. In the Israeli version, his character…was replaced by Sheldon Adelson, Sara Netanyahu, and the US Ambassador David Friedman and US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt team, who seemed to me to be hammering with one of the last pillars that preserve the stability of the Middle East. In a column published by Maariv last week, Prof. Aryeh Eldad claimed that the presence of representatives of the Trump government was positive and important. But it's important  mainly for two people - Trump and Netanyahu. Trump and Netanyahu are twins. Two leaders suspected of criminal activity, whose country's welfare is secondary to their political survival. Both use fear, hatred and incitement to promote themselves, and both rely on fundamentalist religious elements to fund their political adventures. In practice, these are the same extreme elements - evangelical Christians and Jewish messianists. Prof. Eldad likens "Peace Now" to "an unhappy child who tears his birth certificate in an attempt to declare that he has no parents," while he himself expresses himself like a small child who refuses to grow up, slams doors and pounds on the floor crying because he had so much fun in the garden and he does not want to go to school. Eldad's biblical nostalgia is dangerous to the State of Israel - on the social, security, diplomatic and moral levels. Jerusalem was and remains a divided city. A short tour along the seam line will reveal the fact that the settler associations are trying hard to make the Israeli public forget that Jerusalem has not been united, and in its heart there is a wall, even if not physically. 40% of the million residents of the capital are Palestinians, but the Jerusalem Municipality, led by Moshe Leon, sees only 10% of the city's budget transferred to East Jerusalem. Thus, Jerusalem has become a city that is not divided between Heavenly and Earthly, but rather between "Israel" and "Palestine.” Peace Now is the largest peace movement in Israel, and along with the other peace organizations and the struggle against the occupation, is fighting every day against the political forces that are willing to deceive, lie and steal for the possibility of lifting a five pound hammer on the chances of ever having a real peace here. Prof. Eldad accuses the Zionist left of lacking Zionism, but the Messianic right is the most significant danger to the Zionist vision. Elad is the spearhead of a political ideology that uses force and nationalism in the name of an extremist minority's desire to see a third temple built on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and on the ruins of the Jewish and democratic State of Israel. This ideology is post-Zionism.
Place of birth should not guarantee citizenship (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) Refugees and migrants all over the world are being sent back home by Western countries enforcing their laws, but somehow deportation from Israel is portrayed as an atrocity akin to those perpetrated by the Nazis.
Where’s the Money From? (Haaretz Editorial) Economy Minister Eli Cohen holds shares in a company that makes loans to customers in the United States, according to the conflict of interest agreement he signed with the state that was published this week. Which company? Who are its other shareholders? That information isn’t available to the public. Zeev Elkin, the environmental protection minister and Jerusalem affairs and heritage minister, received a loan of 600,000 shekels ($170,000) from his oligarch friend Vladimir Dubov, formerly an owners of the giant Russian energy conglomerate Yukos. Dubov is considered a Kremlin opponent, whereas Elkin, as is well known, frequently visits the Kremlin with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Elkin did report this loan, but the information wasn’t made public until TheMarker uncovered it and reported it in 2015. This week it was learned that, following the reporting, the Justice Ministry made a special conflict of interest arrangement for Elkin’s entire relationship with Dubov. Until 2010, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had holdings in the Texas-based firm Seadrift, which is controlled by his cousin Nathan Milikowsky. The public was unaware of this until Netanyahu asked the permits committee for permission to receive $1 million from Milikowsky for his legal defense. The suspiciously low price at which Netanyahu bought the shares was only revealed after that information became public. For the past three months, the attorney general has been considering opening an inquiry or criminal investigation into this affair. In 2017, Miki Zohar was rebuked by the Knesset Ethics Committee for holding three hearings of the Knesset Committee for Distributive Justice and Social Equality, which he chaired, about the Carmei Gat real estate project. It later transpired that his wife owned five apartments there. Elected officials also purportedly deserve privacy, but on occasion, the right to privacy becomes the right to conceal conflicts of interest from the public.
Who’s afraid of nationalism? (Clifford D. May, Israel Hayom) If we reject tribalism and globalism, and if we’re not keen on imperialism, what is the preferable alternative? A world order based on sovereign nation-states is not the worst option.
Who speaks for Gazans? (Muhammad AlZanati and Muhammad AlBuhaisi, Israel Hayom) Now is the time for Palestinians to stand up and follow new leaders. We propose the creation of a new organization that can provide that leadership: the Palestinian Opposition Coalition.
Is the demise of The Israel Project a political defeat? (Ben Cohen, Israel Hayom) For public advocates of Israel and Zionism, there is only one question that matters when it comes to TIP’s demise: Is it a political defeat? My own answer is an unwavering no, it isn’t.

Elections 2019 Commentary/Analysis:
What will Ayelet Shaked do? The former justice minister understands the value of her stock and is not reluctant to exercise her options (Yanir Kozin, Maariv) The question around Shaked has become the most frequently asked question in recent weeks in the political system. Does the buzz around her really correspond to reality?…In the right-wing, various proposals for brining in Ayelet Shaked have come up and down. The proposal that is leading at the moment and appears to be one of the realistic ones for the unification of the right-wing parties, according to a proposal promoted by National Union Chairman Bezalel Smotrich, Shaked will be placed in second place…while Smotrich is currently in 2nd place and will be pushed to third place. There’s also the "proposal" from the Likud. There are various Knesset members, some of whom speak honestly, some of them misrepresenting, that Shaked should be reserved a spot in the party. In any event, it seems that this possibility does not really exist, considering the bad blood that has passed, and is still furiously passing between Ayelet Shaked and the Netanyahu family and even more so the Prime Minister's wife, following events that took place more than a decade ago. One Likud Knesset member said half-heartedly, half-seriously, "You know when Shaked will be in the Likud? 50 years from now, you know why? It will happen when Netanyahu dies at the age of 120.”
The order of the day (Amnon Lord, Israel Hayom) The Likud must recruit Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett as quickly as possible to prevent an election-day defeat and the emerging unholy alliance between the Israeli Left and Arab parties.
Ben-Gurion, like Netanyahu, preferred a partnership with the religious parties rather than the left (Aharon Papu, Maariv)  The future of the Labor Party is only in Zionism. Its followers, which encourage it to adopt the idea of a Jewish-Arab state, essentially are recommending suicide.
Ethiopian demonstrations have become fertile ground for right-wing opposition to attack the left (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) The protest of the Ethiopian community again revealed the  absence of humanity on the right-wing, which does not have a social agenda to offer. In order to cover up its embarrassment, it chooses the old trick of throwing mud at the left-wing.
The Left doesn't have a monopoly on solidarity (Itamar Fleishman, Israel Hayom) It's great that the Israeli Left is lining up alongside the Ethiopian Israelis in their justified protest. It would also be nice if they were active in the community on a regular basis.
In the coming elections, those who know how to manipulate and provoke will win (Dr. Liraz Margalit, Maariv) In the evolution of social media networks, the most tradable currency is the attention of people. The more provocative the information is, the more likely it is to become viral and to be translated into votes.
A great general is not necessarily a great politician (Amatzia Chen, Israel Hayom) Few, if any, of the top generals who transition into politics after leaving the army made any significant contributions to the defense of the nation, so it's hard to understand why the Israeli public rushes to endorse them.

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