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News Nosh 3.12.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 12, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
“In the State of Israel, there are no half-citizens. There are deep disagreements, but no semi-citizens.”
President Reuven Rivlin said Wednesday, leveling criticism at the heads of the parties over their apparent disdain for the Arab electorate.*

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"This report brings the region closer to peace because as it has been said repeatedly, peace can only be built on a foundation of truth, anything else will crumble and fail."
--Trump Administration officiabolishal told 'Israel Hayom' in regards to the policy change, according to which Palestinians of East Jerusalem are no longer considered Palestinian. They are now referred to as "Arab residents of Jerusalem."**


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News Nosh 3.10.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 10, 2020

NOTE: News Nosh will be off for Purim holiday tomorrow, March 11, 2020.

 
Quote of the day #1:
“Letting (US Ambassador David Friedman) carve out the West Bank and hand off vast portions of it to the settlers would be like allowing National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre to distribute the U.S. military’s arsenal of assault rifles among America’s most fanatical gun enthusiasts.”
—Communications director for Americans for Peace Now, Ori Nir, writes in an Op-Ed why Jewish Americans must oppose the Trump administration’s policy for Israeli annexation policy in the West Bank.

Quote of the day #2:
“The bottom line is that this, too, is racism. Not the sweaty, raging and violent kind that the emissaries of Balfour Street scream on the streets and on social media. This is an educated, buttoned-up, cultured racism.”
—Haaretz+’s political analyst, Yossi Verter, examines the decision of two right-wing lawmakers of Kahol-Lavan, Yoaz Hendel and Zvi Hauser, who would prefer to enter a government with Netanyahu, the man the party was formed to replace, than form a government with the party representing Arab citizens and some Jewish ones, too.**


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News Nosh 3.9.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 9, 2020

Quote of the Day:
“Either we enter negotiations with Gantz through the front door or we don’t enter at all.”  
--A member of the Knesset of the Arab Joint List said, expressing anger that Kahol-Lavan leader Benny Gantz appeared to be concealing that he would be negotiating with them to get their support for him to be prime minister.*

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"The talk by (Joint List leaders Ayman) Odeh, Ahmed Tibi and their friends about discrimination and racism are demagogic and unconvincing, but the fact is that it encouraged Arabs to go in droves to the polls."
--Maariv commentator Yossi Ahimeir writes that Arab citizens face no discrimination in Israel and that he can't understand why they elected representatives that say they do.**

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News Nosh 3.8.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 8, 2020
  
You Must Be Kidding: 
“You have to understand that before we showed up, knees were the hardest thing to rack up. There was a story about one sniper who had 11 knees all told, and people thought no one could outdo him. And then I brought in seven-eight knees in one day. Within a few hours, I almost broke his record.”
—Eden, who completed his military service in the IDF as a sniper, is one of six snipers who tells about his experiences shooting Palestinian demonstrators on the Gaza Strip border fence, where he was stationed much of his service.**


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News Nosh 3.5.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 5, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood and scrawled his racism on the board for all to see. '58 seats for Zionist right, 47 for the Zionist left,' are, to his thinking, the election results and the basis on which a government should be formed. With the sweep of a marker, the prime minister erased the 575,500 citizens who voted for the Joint List alliance of Arab parties (20,000 of whom, incidentally, were Jews) and put them beyond the pale, as if they were lepers."
--In an Op-Ed, senior Haaretz political commentator Yossi Verter slams thinking that Arab citizens should be excluded because they are not Zionist.*

Breaking News:
Syrian soldier killed, 4 others wounded in alleged Israeli strikes in Quneitra, Homs
State media in the country reports that IDF jets fired a number of missiles 'from northern occupied Palestine' targeting airport, army sites; Qatari aircrafts were en route to Syria at the time of the alleged attack. (Ynet and Haaretz+)

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News Nosh 3.4.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday March 4, 2020

 
Quote of the day:
"Now the Arabs are tasked with saving the Jewish state."
--Haaretz commentator Odeh Bisharat looks at the irony of how, during the campaigning, Kahol-Lavan rejected forming a government with the support of the mostly Arab Joint List, but now some of its members look to it for hope for forming a government - or at least for preventing the right-wing from forming one.*

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News Nosh 3.3.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 3, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
"Israel is a right-wing country, where racism is politically correct and personal corruption is irrelevant. When generals fresh from the army are the alternative, there is none. We must hope a true Jewish-Arab partnership will emerge."
--Gideon Levy in today's post-election Op-Ed.*

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News Nosh 3.1.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 1, 2020

NOTE: News Nosh will be off tomorrow, Israel Election Day, Monday March 2nd.


You Must Be Kidding: 
“Hatred is what unites our camp."
--Natan Eshel, close confidante of Prime Minister and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, was secretly recorded explaining how the Likud strategy involved fomenting hatred because the "non-Ashkenazi" Likud supporters "hate everything."***


Quotes of the day:
“And it's important that in the end, after a year in which we asked ourselves 'what do we disagree on,' we will have to ask ourselves the day after 'what do we agree on.' What connects the tribes that make up Israeli society? Around what common ideas can we gather? And in order to answer those questions, we need a leader. And not a campaigner.”
Author Eshkol Nevo writes in Yedioth why it is important to vote tomorrow not to get Netanyahu reelected.*

“It’s hard to imagine a more bipartisan issue than opposition to the abuse of children. But apparently, to AIPAC, if the children are Palestinian, each of their little bodies is a potential terror cell and their legal and moral rights disappear.”
Yoana Gonen writes in Haaretz why Senator Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he would not appear at this year’s AIPAC conference because the organization provides a platform “for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights," was justified.**


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News Nosh 2.27.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 27, 2020

NOTE: "Cutting off East Jerusalem from the West Bank" - APN holding briefing call with Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann (Friday, 2/28, 11:00am EST) More details here.

 
Quote of the day:
"Every occupying state has gone down this path – a coarsening of the soul, a loss of good character, burgeoning violence and oppression, an addiction to authority, hatred, evil and lucre. And then, riding on all this, a contemptible man always attains power, a corrupt man devoid of restraint who gathers evil men in his own image around him – people who market hatred and wickedness, who dance on the blood of others, holy priests with the greatness of God in their mouths and bribes in their pockets. And the masses are always drawn to their charm, because hatred is always stronger than enlightenment."
--B. Michael writes about the occupation in today's Haaretz.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel halted the removal of an illegal West Bank outpost at the request of a settler, but did remove a Palestinian protest tent in the area, based on the same regulations by which it originally planned to remove the outpost.**

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News Nosh 2.26.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 26, 2020

NOTE: "Cutting off East Jerusalem from the West Bank" - APN holding briefing call with Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann (Friday, 2/28, 11:00am EST). Background information here.*

 
You Must Be Kidding: 
The IDF Spokesperson Unit falsely claimed that a video clip of an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer pushing rocks at high speed through a Palestinian village had been edited and sped up. Haaretz investigated and found that the claim was false.*


Breaking News:
Sanders Says He May Move U.S. Embassy Back From Jerusalem if Elected President
On debate stage, Sanders also called Netanyahu a 'reactionary racist,' Warren encouraged direct negotiations with the Palestinians, Bloomberg pushed two-state solution. (Haaretz+, Maariv and Ynet)

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