News Nosh 08.29.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday August 29, 2014

Number of the day:
--Percentage of the Israeli public that believes that Isarel did not win the war, according to a Maariv poll.**

Front Page News:
  • Assad fighting to regain control in Golan; 43 UN observers kidnapped
  • Victory picture - Captains of the operation never appeared so sorrowful // Yossi Verter; Fundamental cracks in the bubble of security // Amos Harel; We are again quartering the circle // Amir Oren; The Palestinians will demand from the US to set a date ending the occupation
  • The indictment against the Bedouin doctors who refused to serve (in the IDF during the operation) - rare in its severity
  • NATO backs Ukraine: Russia invaded militarily into its territory
  • Efrat (settlement) council evacuating settlers from outpost that was approved to rake profit on permanent homes
  • Large gaps between the promises of (Education) Minister Piron and their implementation
  • Ahead of marathon interviews: The prominent candidates for the High Court
  • Red heads in Israel united at an orange assembly
  • Hill of the slaves? Copper miners in Timna (Israel) actually came from the high class
  • 1/4 page ad: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Members of the Israel Lands Council: Demographic growth and absorption of people to kibbutzim and the strong and clear Zionist answer to threats on the State of Israel. On Sunday, the Israel Lands Council will make a fateful decision about the future of the kibbutz movement, settlement and the State at large...Signed: in the name of Kibbutz Movement, the regional councils, the religious kibbutz movement, and the moshav movement
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • School (to begin) also in the south: Real sign of the end of the war
  • Sad brit: Next to bed of Givati soldier who was injured in Gaza and is in coma, circumcision ceremony of son was held
  • Happy wedding: (Two officers) married yesterday after 50 days that they were busy around the clock. "We were afraid the operation would not end and the guests would not make it to the wedding."
  • Insult and memory - Katch Malko, who lost her son in Gaza, speaks abotu the insensitive obituary notice that called her a "labor contractor"
  • Their Danielto - The whole country cried over the photo of Daniel Turgeman (who was killed). Now his grandmother, who photographed him, and his grandmother, who loved him so much, part
  • Left Gaza - So why did Amal Almuddin, George Clooney's fiance, give up on the (position) at the UN commission that will probe Israel
  • Devil's letters - Chilling document: the letters of Himmler. First report in a series
  • The heroism of the parachuter - Respect: Major A., who practically alone eliminated 6 terrorists
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links)
  • Question of profit and loss - The management was right, the operation was responsible (maybe too much), but the attrition and the negotiations severely harmed Israeli deterrence; IDF concludes Operation Protective Edge not so badly in the bottom line, but the government did not make a diplomatic achievement;
  • Problematic decisions // Eliezar Merom
  • Results of the (Gaza) disengagement // Kalman Libskind
  • Sarah Netanyahu's night phone call - "Eli Moyal isn't half of Bibi," Sara told the wife of the former mayor of Sderot for comments Moyal said about Netanyahu
  • The next front? The rebels are establishing themselves on the northern border
  • Not returning to daily life routine 
  • "In the end, everything comes down to money" - Head of Eshkol Council goes out to war against the government
  • "Israel goes up a grade"
Israel Hayom
  • Al-Qaeda on the Golan border - Israel following with concern after the progress of the rebels in Syria
  • "There's no place like home, we only hope that the quiet will be preserved" - residents of south
  • Between the Golan and Gaza: There are not absolute solutions // Yoav Limor
  • Angelina said yes (to marrying Brad Pitt)
  • The most guarded school there is: This is how they study at the most secret school in the country - Parents never saw where their children study. The pupils enter without cellular phones - A peek into the most guarded school, at the nuclear reactor in Dimona
  • Putin's tanks - Escalation (in Ukraine)
  • Last weekend before the start of school: Guide to trips and meals out with children
  • Life under Erdogan - Boaz Bismuth followed the Jews of Turkey who are trying to survive the Islamist rule and live in the shadow of anti-Semitism in the country
  • Closing accounts: After a stormy summer, 'The Shadow' makes clear: "I'm not a racist"
  • Getting married - Tahunya Robel shares it all
  • Operation Protective Edge, the end: The achievements, the lessons and the necessary corrections at the end of the operation in Gaza

In today's Friday Hebrew newspapers, the main stories reviewed Israel's achievements and losses following the ceasefire, which most believed would stick, and tried to determine who won Operation Protective Edge: Israel or Hamas.

Two polls taken after the ceasefire was declared, found that the right-wing got stronger and that most people thought Israel did not win the war. According to a Maariv poll, if elections were held now, the far-right wing Habayit Hayehudi party would become the second largest in the Knesset, with 18 seats compared to 12 seats today. Likud under Netanyahu would get 32 seats, compared to 19 seats in the current Knesset (the amount he has after the dissolving of the partnership with Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party). Israel Beiteinu survey gets 17 seats, compared to 12 that it has today. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid crashes from 19 seats in the current Knesset to only nine. This means that 84 seats would go to a right-wing-ultra-Orthodox bloc compared to 36 seats for the center-left. According to the survey, three parties currently represented in the Knesset would not be so, if elections were held now: Tzipi Livni's Hatnua party, Kadima, headed by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and the Arab Raam-Taal party headed by Ahmed Tibi. According to Prof. Avi Degani, the results confirm the tendency of the public to move towards the right during times of war. A Haaretz poll taken Wednesday found that most respondents said Netanyahu was the politician most suited to being prime minister. He got 42% of the votes, compared with 12% for Labor's Isaac Herzog, 11% each for Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avidgdor Lieberman and Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and just 4% for Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid. The second most popular pick, after Netanyahu, was "don't know," at 20%.

**The Maariv survey also states that 61% of the public believe that Israel "has not won the war" in the sense of achieving goals that ensure long-term peace. Another 28% of people agreed with the statement that "The IDF won the war, but Israel did not win:" 9% strongly agreed and 24% partially agreed. According to a Haaretz poll, 54% said there was no winner, about a quarter said Israel won and 16% said Hamas won. 

The public appreciated the performance of the IDF chief of staff more than that of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, according to the Maariv poll. But Haaretz found that half of Israelis expressed satisfaction with Netanyahyu's conduct – an improvement over his 40% satisfaction rate of July 7, the day before Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, but a significant drop over his performance early this month, when 77% said good or excellent
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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