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News Nosh 11.25.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 25, 2020

Quote of the day:

“One can still hope that when the next president takes office, he will have more than scorched earth, landmines and ticking time bombs left behind by Trump and Netanyahu to work with.”
—Daniel Seidemann, an Israeli expert on the geopolitics of Jerusalem, writes about the last-minute attempt by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to create irreversible settlement facts on the ground and a “new normal” that would enshrine a Greater Israel and an exclusively Israeli Jerusalem.*

Breaking News:
Eight pro-Iran Militiamen Killed in Israel Strike in Syria, Watchdog Says
The Syrian state-run news agency says the Israel military struck areas near Damascus and Quneitra early Wednesday, where opposition says there is a strong Iranian military presence. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)

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News Nosh 11.24.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday November 24, 2020

Quote of the day:

"With all due respect to the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the guardian of the holy places to Islam, is the real thing, and it is a historic move that will probably take some more time."
--Middle East analyst Shimrit Meir writes in today's Yedioth that Israel should not hold its breath for normalization with Saudi Arabia.

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News Nosh 11.23.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday November 23, 2020  

Quote of the day:

"We don't owe him anything, sorry. He was an American spy who worked for a lot of money. This was not some Zionist volunteer who sacrificed his life."
--Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said that Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard should not immigrate to Israel because it will harm US-Israel relations further.*

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News Nosh 11.22.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday November 22, 2020 

Quote of the day:

“I don’t know. We’re still counting votes in the US, so there’s not much game in talking about that, other than to say we’re very convinced that we have made the Middle East safer, and the policies we put in place are the right ones.”
—In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers the question: How easy or difficult will it be for the next administration to scale back its policies (vis-a-vis Israel and the Middle East)?*

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News Nosh 11.19.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday November 19, 2020

You Must Be Kidding: 
Inspectors from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank impounded cows belonging to a Palestinian resident of the northern Jordan Valley on the grounds that he had been grazing them in a nature reserve. However, the same Umm Zuka nature reserve has been used for grazing hundreds of cows by settlers of an unauthorized outpost in the same area.***

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News Nosh 11.18.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday November 18, 2020

Number of the day:

— Percentage of Israelis who reported being satisfied with the US election results, according to a new poll.*

Breaking News:
10 said killed, including Iranians, in IDF strikes in Syria
In a rare move, Israeli military claims airstrikes against Iranian Quds Force sites near Damascus, targeting central command of Iranian forces near capital's airport and compound housing high-level Iranian visitors; strike comes day after Israel uncovered explosives on its side of Syrian border. (Israel Hayom and Ynet)

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News Nosh 11.17.20

Tuesday November 17, 2020
- Quote of the day:

“Appointing Effi Eitam as Chair of Yad Vashem would turn an internationally respected institution devoted to the documentation of crimes against humanity and the pursuit of human rights into a mockery and a disgrace.”
—From a petition signed by 160 Holocaust historians and researchers and survivors from around the world against the appointment of Effi Eitam, who has called to deport the majority of the Palestinians from the West Bank and to exclude Arab Israelis from the political system. Eitam was also accused by his soldiers of giving them the order to beat a Palestinian to death.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“He is a worthy man."
— Higher Education Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) said of Effi Eitam, on the proposal that the far right-wing former politician head the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and research institution.*

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News Nosh 11.15.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday November 15, 2020

Quote of the day:

“How is it that you always think the judges we propose aren’t as good, and that the judges you suggest are all wonderful? What do the conservative judges we propose eat that makes them not as good?”
--Transportation Minister Miri Regev (Likud) reportedly said to High Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut in discussions over promotion of a conservative judge to the District Court, whom Regev said takes a hare line against Bedouin Israelis. Hayut reportedly rejected Regev's allegations, saying judges are promoted based on merit.*

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News Nosh 11.12.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday November 12, 2020 

Quote of the day:

"Gantz feared that his voters would punish him for joining hands with the [mostly Arab] Joint List. So he gave up an historic opportunity to replace Netanyahu, and no less importantly, to write a new chapter in the State of Israel's relations with its Arab citizens. The absurdity is that most Kahol-Lavan voters were actually in favor of this move."
--New Israel Fund Director, Mickey Gitzin, writes about how Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now connecting with Arab MK Mansour Abbas of the Islamic Movement's Ra'am party, a party he in the past referred to as 'terror-supporting,' and how Gantz didn't dare do so as not to appear 'too leftist.'*

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News Nosh 11.11.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday November 11, 2020

Quote of the day:

“Biden was careful to be moderate in his approach, behavior and rhetoric, but not in his values. He didn’t sell out his camp’s principles, kowtow to the rival side or make believe he was essentially a Republican.”
—Shai Agmon writes that the Israeli center-left (Labor party and Kahol-Lavan) should learn from US President-elect Joe Biden not to ingratiate itself on right-wingers and not to give up on or flee from left-wing ideology: peace vs. settlements and matters of religion and state.*

You Must Be Kidding:
"Winking to the settlers? Kahol-Lavan works to legalize 1,700 homes in Judea and Samaria"
--Headline in Yedioth newspaper, which revealed that Defense Minister Benny Gantz, leader of the center-left Kahol-Lavan party, which seeks peace with the Palestinians, is working to legalize settlement homes built without Israeli government approval in the West Bank.**

"(Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership have) unfortunately not yet understood that the time has come to put away the excuses, return to the negotiating table, coordinate security and work together to create solutions...(they must) abandon policy illusions and act for another better reality for both peoples."
--At the Knesset, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the leader of the center-left Kahol-Lavan party, accused the Palestinians of not acting for peace.**

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