News Nosh 07.27.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday July 27, 2014

Number of the day:
Over 1000.
--The number of Palestinians killed in 19 days of Operation Protective Edge. The majority are civilians. One Israeli civilian and one Thai worker were killed by Palestinian rockets and another 42 Israeli soldiers were killed inside Gaza.**

Front Page News:
  • Cabinet approved another day of humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza Strip; Seven soldiers killed
  • In a tank in Gaza, there is no pathos, only soldiers and a mission // Amos Harel with the forces in Beit Hanoun
  • The UFO from Washington harmed the ceasefire // Barak Ravid
  • Secretary of State Kerry's embarrassment // Chemi Shalev
  • Killed and injured in clashes across the West Bank over weekend; Fear of escalation
  • Mass demonstrations before a political emptiness // Amira Hass
  • Air force changed its interception rules after the rocket that fell that stopped the flights to Israel
  • Thousands demonstrated in Tel-Aviv against continuing the military operation
  • 1/4 page ad: To the Government of Israel and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Courageous decisions are supportive of the Home Front. A strong Home Front supports the soldiers and the army which know their work and know what they are fighting for. Be strong and courageous! Signed: Eli Askido, mayor of Nahal Soreq regional council
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Chief of Staff: The price is painful, the achievement is enormous
  • [Main photo: Vastly devastated neighborhood of Shujaiyeh
  • Cabinet decided: Ceasefire until 12:00 last night
  • 10 more IDF casualties. Total IDF fallen: 42
  • Special: War of the shafts // Nahum Barnea with the paratroopers inside Gaza
  • Thinking outside the bubble // David Grossman
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links) Israel Hayom

Israeli journalist reported from inside Gaza with Israeli troops, more Israeli soldiers were buried and Israel rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's complete ceasefire proposal, but agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire on Saturday making top stories in today's Hebrew newspapers. Also in the news were the 150 bodies discovered under the rubble in Gaza and the escalating West Bank and E. Jerusalem demonstrations that killed eight Palestinians over the weekend.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz told soldiers who came out of Gaza for a refresher, "The price was painful, but the achievement is enormous," wrote Yedioth's Yossi Yehoshua from the field. Gantz also said: "When the civilians in Gaza understand the extent of the damage that Hamas has caused them, they will ask the difficult questions exactly as happened in Lebanon." [The statement appears to be an acknowledgement that harm to the Palestinians is a way to pressure them to pressure Hamas. - OH]

On Friday, the Israeli cabinet rejected Kerry's proposal for a seven-day ceasefire, during which the two sides' demands will be negotiated with other foreign nations, in an attempt to hammer out a permanent truce. Israel wanted to keep its forces in Gaza and continue to destroy tunnels and Hamas opposed. The proposal said Israel would have to remove its forces. Haaretz+ has the details of Kerry's proposal. After Israel rejected Kerry's proposal, Kerry traveled to France for an international meeting on a Gaza cease-fire. On Saturday morning, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce, which was extended to midnight. During the ceasefire, Palestinians returned to their destroyed homes where they found some 150 bodies under the rubble.

In the West Bank, the situation was escalating and there were questions whether it could erupt into a Third Intifada. After two demonstrators were shot dead Thursday, Fatah and other Palestinian factions declared a day of rage in support of bleeding, besieged Gaza.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not express a view about the continuing protests, wrote Haaretz+, but he did urge Palestinians to turn out en masse to donate blood to help the wounded in both Gaza and the West Bank. 
On Friday, five more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler. The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinian and settlers when someone appearing to be a settler shot one Palestinian man dead and injured three others in Huwarra town, near Nablus, Ynet reported. Two more Palestinians were killed overnight in clashes: a 16-year-old in Beit Fajjar, just south of Bethlehem, and an18-year-old at the Jalama checkpoint near Jenin.

Haaretz has an excellent review of live updates from Day 18 and Day 19 of Operation Protective Edge.

Quick Hits:
  • Pentagon expert: Getting rid of Hamas will only make things worse - Lieutenant General Michael Flynn says that if Israel eliminates Hamas a terrorist group like ISIS could take its place. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Two Palestinians assaulted reportedly by Jewish mob in Jerusalem - Two youth from Beit Hanina were hospitalized in serious condition in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital Friday night after being attacked near Light Rail. According to the victims, police officers that arrived at the scene did not call an ambulance, and they were instead evacuated by passersby. (Haaretz+) 
  • Masked protesters hurl stones, burn Israeli flag in Tayibe - Violent protest breaks out after masked rioters interrupt quiet demonstration; protesters call for end of Gaza war. (Ynet)
  • Police opens criminal investigation against MK Zoabi for incitement - Balad MK has been under fire for saying the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens was not terrorism. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • Rare photos from ‘underground Gaza’ give glimpse of tunnel threat - Photographs taken by photographer Jack Guez show tunnels dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israel. IDF troops still occupied with uncovering and destroying more tunnels: ‘Every day of combat allows us to inflict greater damage on this infrastructure.’ (Ynet)
  • 'Shujaiyya has turned into Dahiye' - Until two weeks ago there had been almost 100,000 people living in Shujaiyya. U.N. Relief and Works Agency says more than half of that left the area after the IDF dropped leaflets and played recorded messages telling them to leave. (Israel Hayom
  • **Israel warns displaced Gazans not to return home on threat of death -  The Israeli army's Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee said in a statement that those who stayed on in the neighborhood past the end of the ceasefire would be "putting their lives in danger," as the army is expected to resume a heavy assault that has taken nearly 1,000 Palestinian lives so far. (Maan)
  • Terrorist rocket kills 4 children in Egypt near Gaza border - Five others wounded when rocket lands near their homes in Rafah, an Egyptian town in Sinai near the border with Gaza, Egyptian security officials say. Rocket targeted army compound or checkpoint but fell instead near the homes. (Israel Hayom)
  • In Tel Aviv, thousands protest against the Gaza operation - Some 7,000 protesters were estimated to attended in the biggest protest against the operation thus far, alongside a small protest in support of the IDF. (Haaretz and Ynet + Photos and Israel Hayom)
  • Thousands of New Yorkers protest against Israel's operation in Gaza - Waving Palestinian flags and signs condemning Israel for the offensive, many called for an end to U.S. aid. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Joan Rivers staunchly defends Israel - American television personality slams actress and pop star Selena Gomez for her #PrayForGaza tweet, says 'if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out.' (Ynet)
  • Thousands protest Gaza operation in Paris, some with Nazi-like 'quenelle' salute - France's interior minister urges protesters to observe the order, fearing anti-Semitic violence. (Haaretz
  • Malaysian's 'Save Gaza' gloves stir up Commonwealth Games - Cyclist faces disciplinary action by staging political protest. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Gallup poll shows low support among young Americans for Operation Protective Edge - Support amongst Americans is divided, while older Americans are much likelier to say Israel’s actions are justified. (Haaretz)
  • Mixed reactions to Israelis' erotic moral-boosting Facebook effort - Concerned Israeli citizens set up Facebook page that seeks to 'keep Israel's cliff steadfast.' (Haaretz
  • IDF soldiers in Gaza get mobile gourmet treat - Chefs volunteering to cook at gourmet truck on Gaza border to provide combat soldiers with hot meals after days of fighting. (Ynet)
  • The rocket that disrupted Ben-Gurion flights: An Israel Air Force mistake - In memo to foreign carriers and aviation regulators, director general of Israeli civil aviation authority says danger from rockets to airliners is negligible. (Haaretz+)
  • Civilian planes asked to wait Friday over the sea until the fall or interception of rockets - Pilots who were about to land at Ben-Gurion Airport were asked to wait a few minutes above the Mediterranean Sea until the danger of a rocket from Gaza passed. (Maariv, p. 18)
  • Report: Hamas, North Korea sign secret arms deal - Unconfirmed report in Daily Telegraph says Hamas working to sign arms, communication equipment deal with Pyongyang in bid to refill now depleted missile arsenal, increase its ability to coordinate attacks against IDF. (Ynet
  • Full text: Shimon Peres' farewell address to the Knesset - The 90-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner stepped down as Israel's ninth president on Thursday. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel ranks 'very high' on UN human development index - Israel places 19th on the index, just before France. Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and U.S. make up top five. "State of Palestine" is 107th. Lebanon (65), Turkey (69), Iran (75), Jordan (77), Egypt (110) and Syria (118). (Israel Hayom)
  • Owl injured in mortar attack on Israel picking up: he attacked his doctors - That's a terrific sign for the young bird, who sustained head injuries - but clearly knows what's going on. (Haaretz+)
  • US Jewish group wants its award back from Turkey's Erdogan - Turkish PM says Israel should face International Criminal Court charges over Gaza campaign. American Jewish Congress, which gave Erdogan "Profile of Courage" award in 2004, seeks to revoke it, says he is "spewing dangerous rhetoric against Jews." (Israel Hayom
  • Austria: Turkish nationals behind attack on Israeli footballers - After pro-Palestinian activists storm pitch and attack Maccabi Haifa players in a freindly match in Austria, local authorities vow to investigate. (Ynet)
  • Alan Dershowitz plans an active — and combative — retirement - ‘Life’s short. I want to have as much impact as I can,’ says the Harvard prof of 50 years. (Times of Israel)

Heroes on the mend
"I realized that if I didn't move, I would die, and that if they came to me, I would be putting other troops in danger. I pulled myself together somehow and crawled 20 meters backward, and the paramedics swooped down on me," recounts Capt. Ran Ben-Attia. (Israel Hayom
Children scarred by Gaza violence as entire families lost 
Children are suffering from the devastating consequences of escalating Israeli violence in the Gaza Strip, with entire families lost in single airstrikes and severe physical injuries likely to require long-term medical treatment. (Charlie Hoyle, Maan)
'This is war and we are winning'
Israel Hayom reporter Lilach Shoval enters Gaza for a rare account from inside the Strip • "The Palestinians need to realize that terrorism doesn't pay," says Givati Brigade commander, adding that the homefront needs to know that "we are protecting it." (Lilach Shoval in Gaza, Israel Hayom
Rocking the boat: The modern French refugees
It was supposed to be an escapist, educational experience -- 800 Jewish youngsters from France came to Israel to recreate the journey of the Exodus in 1947. But then war broke out in Gaza and plans changed. "J'adore Israel" is the general sentiment. (Israel Hayom)

Let's meet at six, before the war (Yossi Sarid, Haaretz+) After eight years in office, it’s clear: We won’t go far, or even near, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. For a moment it seemed we’d get as far as Tehran, but we were delayed in Shujaiyeh. 
Love your enemy as yourself? (Dror Eydar, Israel Hayom) All the IDF's efforts to avoid civilian casualties won't help -- the path is being paved for another Goldstone report. 
Gazans blame Israel, not Hamas (Amira Hass, Haaretz+) Are Israeli analysts viewing the moves by Hamas and the Palestinian public according to their own logic, not the logic of those they are analyzing?
Israel has much to show (Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom) A cease-fire may take effect, but that is not going to stop Israel from destroying the tunnels in the area it has temporarily seized.
Now is the time for diplomacy (Haaretz Editorial) To reach an effective cease-fire Israel will have to ease its blockade on Gaza.
No hope for the weak (Ben Caspit, Maariv) "How to get out of this" is the question that Hamas should ask, not us, and they needed to ask for a cease-fire, not us. It is unacceptable that an organization that shoots on Tel-Aviv, on Ben-Gurion Airport and the (nuclear) reactor continues to growl at the whole world and force us to ask for a ceasefire. Until Hamas understands that Israel is serious and willing to sacrifice in order to destroy it - it will not lay down its arms.
Kerry's latest cease-fire plan: What was he thinking?
(Barak Ravid, Haaretz+) Kerry isn’t anti-Israeli; on the contrary, he's a true friend to Israel. But his conduct in recent days over the Gaza cease-fire raises serious doubts over his judgment and perception of regional events.
Israeli atrocities and Egyptian madness (Sarah Eltantawi, Maan) As patient as I have tried to be with Egypt's various transitions, as much as I refuse to ever give up on Egypt, and as much as I am totally intolerant of anyone who simply attacks Egypt without appreciating the complexities it faces, I can find no reason not to let in the Palestinian injured and to block medical supplies to dying children for the sake of some school yard nose thumbing to Hamas. In addition, an aspect of the outcome of Sisi's negotiation with Hamas -- which was simply to hand Hamas terms of cessation of hostility approved by Israel -- is simply to position Egypt as a client state of Israel. 
Gaza op exposing radical left's disgrace (Oz Almog, Yedioth/Ynet) The picture of 'good' and 'evil' in this war is so clear, that the left's radical margins are forced to create an artificial symmetry between Israeli soldiers and Hamas and Jihad fighters. 
The shaming of John Kerry and the downturn in the battle for Israel’s image (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) The Secretary of State has fallen prey to an ongoing series of mishaps, faux pas and other unfortunate events, begging the critical question: has he become a nebbish?
The first Gaza war (Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom) Any final reckoning will have to deal with the psychological aspects: What each side will take from this conflict, and to what extent each side will be deterred from seeking another round of fighting in the future.
A real war is underway in Gaza (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) The humanitarian cease-fire is giving Gaza residents a chance to stock up on food and pull out bodies from the rubble, but it also allows Hamas to prepare for further combat. 
For the sake of deterrence: Israel must strive to end this from a position of military advantage (Amos Yadlin, Maariv) A political solution will always be better, but it will not succeed without advantageous positions for the military. From Israel's point of view, ending in a draw against Hamas will show weakness on other fronts.
UN inquiry could lead to war crime charges for Israel, Hamas (Aeyal Gross, Haaretz+) Both parties in Operation Protective Edge are open to accusations of illegal attacks on civilians. 
Playing with fire (Dr. Reuven Berko, Israel Hayom) The Qataris have essentially acknowledged their role as the bank for global Islamic terrorism, as practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Hamas, ISIS, and the other Islamic terror movements active in our region.
When the guns are roaring, Israelis must speak out (Haaretz Friday Editorial) Freedom of speech has been a notable victim, and fears about criticizing and protesting could spread.
A letter to a friend in Gaza (Ben-Dror Yemini, Yedioth/Ynet) Our demand to demilitarize the Strip is not only for Israelis; it's also for you, Fathi. We prefer to have happy neighbors rather than suffering neighbors. We want to be partners, not enemies.
A Third Intifada? Perhaps, but not quite yet (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) Over the last ten years, the periodic outbreaks of clashes have not developed into more than a few days of violent confrontation. There is little to indicate that this time around will be different.
Removing tunnel threat not a matter of days (Yossi Yehoshua, Yedioth/Ynet) IDF commanders returning from Gaza's underground front believe it could take forces two more weeks to complete their mission.
With the airlines back flying, Netanyahu praises himself (Amir Oren, Haaretz+) Israeli diplomats assuaged the concerns of the Americans and others, but Bibi is thinking more about internal party politics.
Israel’s war of deception 2014 (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) How can a preventable war be justified? And how can one wrap oneself in its rightness in the presence of the horror-show images from Gaza? 
Terror tunnels, embargoes and human rights (Josh Bacon, Ynet) Hundreds of rockets fired into Israel and discovery of dozens of underground Gaza tunnels have completely undercut NGOs' narrative, yet they continue to ignore these inconvenient facts.
Amid Gaza’s horrors, it’s not enough for Israelis to ask: So what do you propose? (David Enoch, Haaretz+) The Israelis could conduct true negotiations to solve Gaza’s problems, while the Palestinians could opt for a nonviolent struggle. 
Twitter, Gaza, gender, power: Language and the steel of bulldozers (Heike Schotten, Maan) Every minute, another person in Gaza tweets an expression of sheer terror, keeping followers like myself, half a world away, sleepless, panicked, and heartsick. The advent of Twitter as people's primary news source is causing Israel to lose the social media war in Gaza (if not the actual war).
In Gaza, Israel's Facebook generation fights well (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Units are raiding orchards and houses and finding launchers, mortars and rockets, all the while looking for tunnels.
Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) Hamas seeks return to 'Shi’ite bosom' of Iran and Hezbollah, but times have changed.
Four comments on the current situation in Gaza (Yoel Marcus, Haaretz+) For the first time, Netanyahu has evinced signs of leadership maturity and is behaving in a serious and measured way, like somebody one could trust. 
What Netanyahu and Hamas stand to lose from a cease-fire (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Two aspects complicate the prospects of a truce - one has to do with the prime minister's political hurdles, the other with the mind-set of Hamas' military leader, Mohammed Deif.
Our strength lies in unity (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) A great spirit envelops Israeli society these days.
Avigdor Lieberman, the Internet commenter (Gidi Weitz, Haaretz+) The foreign minister has returned to his familiar set point: inflaming passions, spreading hatred and methodically inspiring brief, violent and baseless headlines
The UN Human Wrongs Council (Elliott Abrams, Israel Hayom) Until the U.N. Human Rights Council stops its biased and one-sided actions, and stops throwing fuel on the flames in the Middle East, America should disengage. 
Defense Ministry scales new heights of cynicism (Nechemia Shtrasler, Haaretz+) The ministry has shamelessly exploited a tragic error in the battlefield to try and make budgetary gain. It mustn’t be allowed to get away with it.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.