News Nosh 10.29.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 29, 2019
 
Quote of the day:
"In my opinion, he was the most important person in the illegal immigration campaign from Iraq. I was in all these activities, and without him they would not have succeeded. His contribution to Israel's security and to Zionism is great.”
--Shlomo Hillel, 96, friend and colleague of legendary and controversial Iraqi-Israeli spy, Shmuel Moriya, who died this week at the age of 95.*

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Special - “We are collapsing, the winter won’t wait for a government to be established” - Country on hold: There is no one to save the health system
  • Lethal winter // Sarit Rosenblum (Hebrew)
  • Expose - The memorial hall at Mt. Herzl - also for victims of terror acts
  • Chief of Staff cancelled the appointment of the commander of the technological unit in Military Intel
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • The hive under interrogation - (Netanyahu’s advisors) Yonatan Urich and Ofer Golan are not alone: Senior members of Netanyahu’s bureau were summoned to give their version in the affair of the harassment of state witness Shlomo Filber
  • Round of appointments in IDF: For the first time, woman appointed to position of intel command officer
  • Gantz: All the options are on the table
  • “Iran deployed missiles in Yemen”
  • Tzafit River disaster: State Prosecutor submitted indictment against heads of military preparatory program
Israel Hayom
  • Threat from Yemen: “Iranian missiles against Israel”
  • Investigation against Netanyahu’s advisors: Israel is in the footsteps of Turkey // Caroline Glick
  • A star in the Haifa skies - (Soccer player) Ronaldinho tells ‘Israel Hayom’ ahead of the peace game tonight in Haifa: “We are already old, but it’s amazing to play with friends”
  • Compensation to passengers of “Sabbath Flight’: 2,152 shekels (for landing in Greece in order not to desecrate the Sabbath
  • Price of negligence - Indictment against heads of military preparatory program Bnei Tzion
  • Light, warning: Study - LED lights harm animals
  • Attorney General must explain: Why (is the law) enforced with Netanyahu, and with (Eitan) Cabel - they are silent? // Shuki Sadeh


Top News Summary:
Two senior advisors to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as two senior Likud officials, were questioned by police and their cellular phones were confiscated (which Netanyahu called an “attack on democracy”) after they were found suspicious of harassing a state witness in one of the Netanyahu corruption cases, Netanyahu said that Iran had deployed long-range missiles in Yemen in order to attack Israel, and the director of a pre-military preparatory program and a guide were charged with negligent homicide in the deaths of nine teens.

Also in the news, a US diplomatic delegation visited Israel and for the first time, Trump’s Mideast envoy, Jared Kushner, met with Kahol-Lavan chairman, Benny Gantz. Also visiting Jerusalem, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the US will ramp up economic pressure on Iran.

Elections 2019 Quickees:
Gantz: "We'll talk to everyone"; Likud: "Blue and White Leads Government to Arabs" - Blue and White Chairman said at the meeting that meeting with Netanyahu was matter-of-fact but without progress. In the meantime, a meeting between him and MK Ayman Odeh will be held this Thursday. (Maariv)
New Likudniks demand unity government: "We are not Gosheniks" - Members of the disputed group among the party call on its leaders to give up on Bloc 55: "Establishing a national unity government led by the Likud is Israel's supreme interest.” (Maariv)
Quick Hits:
  • Israel's High Court Orders Trial for Cop Who Killed Israeli Arab, Four Years After Case Was Closed - Judges say original investigation into killing of Kheir Hamdan in Kafr Kana in 2014 'could create the appearance of preferential treatment and bias.’ (Haaretz+ and VIDEO)
  • Jordanian Detained by Israel Hospitalized After 35 Days on Hunger Strike - Heba al-Labadi was held by Shin Bet for over a month; she began hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, which frees authorities from need to issue indictment. (Haaretz)
  • Palestinian Teen Shot and Wounded After Trying to Stab Israeli Policemen at Jerusalem’s Old City - Police say the 16-year-old East Jerusalem resident tried to stab them with a knife but failed; troops opened fire after the teen fled, injuring him moderately. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • The good stays in the family - Major Zidan fenced off a terror attack in a synagogue, paid for his life and won the Police medal of exceptional honor. His cousin, Nadia Sleiman Seif, won the ‘Teacher of the Country’ title. The cash prize she received she used for educational activities as part of the non-profit organization in his memorial. (Yedioth Hebrew)
  • Live Fire and Stun Grenades: Five Israeli Arab Leaders Attacked in Two Weeks - Series of incidents targeting elected officials and senior municipal employees comes amid protests and steps to curb violence in Arab community. (Haaretz+)
  • Violence Is Rising in Israel's Arab Community and Falling in West Bank, Data Shows - Despite smaller population, more than twice as many people were murdered in the Arab community in Israel in 2019. Experts credit better policing, government concern and stronger traditional social structures. (Haaretz+)
  • 'Israeli Air Force One' almost ready for takeoff - Customized Boeing 767 is painted blue and white with a Star of David on the tail, and will serve the country’s president and prime minister. (Israel Hayom)
  • Australian Delegation in Israel Demands Extradition of Accused Pedophile Malka Leifer - Led by former Australian prime minister, the delegation met with Benjamin Netanyahu and asked for return of Malka Leifer, who fled to Israel in 2008. (Haaretz+)
  • Mother of imprisoned Israeli barred from visiting her in Russian jail - The prime minister and his aids assured Mrs. Issachar that they are doing everything possible to ensure her daughter's release, but she said Naama is being used as a pawn in a situation she cannot control. (Maariv and Ynet)
  • Netanyahu, National Security Adviser Meet Mother of Israeli Jailed in Russia on Drug Charges - Netanyahu told Yaffa Issachar that he is doing everything in his power to have her daughter released from Russia, where she has been sentenced to 7.5 years behind bars. (Maariv and Haaretz+)
  • Filipina Worker, Israeli-born Son Jailed Pending Deportation Amid Government Crackdown - Maureen Mariano and her 10-year-old son Ralph are currently held in the Givon prison; their detention is part of a move to deport dozens of migrant workers. (Haaretz+)
  • As Self-appointed Diaspora Minister, Netanyahu Vows to Protect Jewish Communities Threatened by anti-Semitism - Netanyahu tells Jewish Agency that Israel needs to 'shift money from civilian areas to military areas' due to Iran threat, accuses Gantz of preventing unity government. (Haaretz+)
  • Body of soldier missing for 24 hours found in central Israel, says IDF - After hours of intensive search, the army confirms the body of 20-year-old Eliezer Ashkenazi was finally located; IDF add they've launched an investigation into the incident. (Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • After U.S. Pressure, Security Cabinet to Weigh Plan for Vetting Foreign Investment in Israel - Although the proposal is framed as 'supervision over foreign investment,' the real goal is create a mechanism for screening investments by Chinese companies and investment funds in strategic Israeli assets. (Haaretz+)
  • Hamas says ready for Palestinian elections - Abbas announced his intention to hold elections in his speech to the UN General Assembly last month, calling on the UN to monitor the vote. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Trump-Netanyahu embrace boosts progressive Jewish Americans - Trump’s polarizing effect makes it 'easy to understand' that criticizing a U.S. leader is not the same as anti-Americanism, J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami said in an interview. 'The same thing goes for Israel.’ (Agencies, Ynet)
  • In First J Street Appearance, Schumer Pushes for Two-state Solution - Speeches by minority Senate leader, Pelosi at J Street conference are latest sign of the organization's growing influence within the Democratic Party. (Haaretz+)
  • Iraq declares curfew on Baghdad as anti-government protests enter fourth day - As students join the demonstrations, Iraqi prime minister says anyone disrupting work or school days will be severely punished. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Syrian Kurdish forces say they killed close al-Baghdadi aide - Syrian Kurdish forces say that Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, Baghdadi's right-hand man and ISIS spokesman, was killed late on Sunday near Jarablus, a town in northwestern Syria. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Masked Security Forces Open Fire on Iraqi Protesters, Death Toll Climbs to 250 - At least 18 people were killed and 865 wounded in the night between Monday and Tuesday after masked Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • U.S. Official Looks to Bolster Fight Against ISIS After Trump Says It's 100% Defeated - Following the death of Baghdadi, security experts warn of future attacks by the group. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Two Men Detained in Baghdadi Assassination Mission Are in U.S. Custody - Authorities have given the remains of the Islamic State leader a burial according to Islamic law, but have no plans on releasing photos or videos, an official says. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Turkey threatens to attack Kurdish fighters who remain near Syria border - Turkey's foreign minister sets 3 P.M. deadline on Tuesday for Kurdish troops to move 30 km from the Turkish border. (Agencies, Haaretz)


Obituary:
*Death of a pioneer of the immigration from Iraq (and of Israel’s great spies -OH) - Shmuel (Sami) Moriya linked his life to Zionism and operated under dangers in order to bring Iraqi Jews to Israel. In 1947, Moriya was one of the organizers of Operation Michaelberg, which opened the campaign for the immigration of Jews of Iraq to Israel, during which 100 immigrants arrived in Israel on a transport plane. Shlomo Hillel, a native of Iraq, who previously served as Minister of Israel and Knesset Speaker, headed the bold, risky operation. That year, Moriya led a convoy of trucks carrying 77 immigrants through the deserts of Iraq. When he immigrated to Israel himself, Shmuel (Sami) Moriya was recruited to the Shin Bet and in 1952 established there the undercover unit of agents disguised as Arabs. Moriya recruited to the unit (Jewish) immigrants from Arab countries. After their training, they were assimilated into the Arab population in Israel to closely monitor its conduct. Two of them even married Arab women who were unaware of their husbands' true identity. In 1950, he was sent to Syria and Lebanon to look into the possibility of bringing to Israel Jews who lived there.…In 1955, after the dismantling of the undercover unit, Moriya left for Germany, at the service of the Mossad, which he had joined. The mission: bringing Ulrich Schnaft, a German who served in the SS, to Israel. Schnaft had arrived in Israel with a false identity, served as an officer in the IDF and passed secrets to Egyptian intelligence. At one point, when he felt he was about to be exposed, he fled the country. Moriya found him. Dressed as an Iraqi officer, he made contact with him and succeeded in catching him. Schnaft was caught and flew to Israel (sic- He traveled of his own accord and then was caught -OH) and sentenced to seven years in prison. As fate wished, Moriya married a woman who immigrated to Israel through Operation Michaelberg, of which he was one of the organizers. After her immigration, she was recruited to the Defense Ministry’s Arabic-language broadcast radio station. Moriya and his wife, Shlomit, had three children. She served in the Mossad and died six years ago. Moriya, who was also trained as a lawyer, passed away at the age of 95 on Sunday. He will be laid to rest at Kibbutz Einat today at 15:30. His friend Shlomo Hillel: "In my opinion, he was the most important person in the illegal immigration campaign from Iraq. I was in all these activities, and without him they would not have succeeded. His contribution to Israel's security and to Zionism is great.” (Yedioth Hebrew- more about him in Hebrew at Maapilim.org.il and IsraelDefense.Co.il)


Commentary/Analysis:
International Monetary Fund Report Inadvertently Debunks Myth of Economic Peace in Mideast (David Rosenberg, Haaretz+) Report released Monday shows the Middle East to be an economic shambles, but as far as Israel is concerned, it could be happening on another planet. They don't want us and we don’t need them.
Top Court's Order to Try Cop Who Killed Arab Israeli Shows Using Lethal Force Always Warrants Probe (Mordechai Kremnitzer, Haaretz+) Majority justices found several flaws in the attorney general's decision to reject the appeal to open the probe into the death Kheir Hamdan, stating a clear public interest in legal proceedings.
We cannot count on anyone but ourselves (Limor Livnat, Yedioth/Ynet) Today Israel is a superpower in security and a powerhouse in economics and has excellent foreign relations with the world's superpowers, but we must remember that back in 1967, Israel was left to its own device by these very 'friends.’
Fetishizing the Law (B. Michael, Haaretz+) Blushing in shame, I have something awkward to admit: There’s more than a little truth in the arguments put forward by the people in the Education Ministry in charge of high school civics studies. The connection between “the rule of law” and “human rights” is indeed very problematic. In fact, it hardly exists. Overloading the word “law” with too many tasks is a well-known syndrome. Sometimes it approaches total fetishism. As if “law” is the be-all and end-all, and in its sacred clauses can be found an answer to every question. But the law is simply the law. It deals with prohibitions, permissions and proceedings. No less, but also not much more.
The Tzofar and Naharim affair is one of the symbols of peaceful relations between Israel and Jordan (Elyakim Rubinstein, Maariv) It is not too late to come to new understandings in the Tzofar and Naharim affair [The return of Jordanian lands which were loaned to Israel for a specific period. - OH] This is a subject, which beyond its importance to the farmers of both regions, is one of the symbols of good relations between the countries.
The Empty Chair of a Gazan Woman Who Was Meant to Sit Beside Me (Netta Ahituv, Haaretz+) The topic of the event, which took place in a European country, was “The dissolution of borders: communication with the Other.” Beside the moderator sat one of the organizers of this two-day international conference, sponsored by the Responsible Leaders Network…The moderator explained that the chair next to mine was empty because the Israeli authorities (in this case, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories) did not allow her to leave the Gaza Strip. She couldn’t attend the conference but the organizers wanted her voice be heard anyway, so one of them read the comments that she had sent in advance.
Civil servants - the punching bag of elected officials (Yair Bar-Kol, Maariv) The battle of elected officials against civil servants is only part of a government instability in a paralyzed state.
Netanyahu Is the Champion at Getting Off Cheap (Raviv Drucker, Haaretz+) It’s hard to think of any public figure who has received more concessions from the law enforcement system than Benjamin Netanyahu. All Israeli prime ministers have gotten VIP treatment. There was no search of the Sharon family’s Sycamore Ranch during the investigation of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s son Gilad, nor were there any wiretaps. When the state comptroller referred various cases involving Ehud Olmert to Menachem Mazuz, the attorney general at the time said it was better for the comptroller to investigate. The appointment calendars kept by Olmert’s office manager, Shula Zaken, sat in the State Prosecutor’s Office for months. And still, Netanyahu is in a different league with regard to the lenient treatment he has received over the years.

Elections 2019 Commentary/Analysis:
Israel's ultra-Orthodox Belong on the Left (Emilie Moatti, Haaretz+) A few years ago, I took part in an international relations course run by the Geneva Initiative. The purpose of the course was to allow young people taking their first steps in the world of politics to study in depth some of the diplomatic plans that were on the agenda at the time. One of my first memories from those meetings is a whisper from one of my colleagues: “What are all these ultra-Orthodox people doing here?” Indeed, more than 30 percent of the participants were Haredi men who were also Shas party activists.
Establishing a minority government will remove Israel from the place where its stuck (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) Goals such as strengthening governing norms, healing the rifts in society, promoting a social agenda and secular agenda are important enough, and their realization will position the center and left parties as long-term ruling parties.
Mr. Crybaby Netanyahu and His Loyal Legions of Whimpering Whiners (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) The prime minister and his right-wing followers increasingly rely on hysteria, self-victimization and moral blindness.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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