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News Nosh 3.17.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 17, 2020

 
Quote of the day:
"Nothing brings people together in solidarity like a natural disaster, even when that disaster requires more social distancing than gathering together. Let the new plague be our shared enemy."
--Middle East experts, Seraj Assi and Zachary Foster, write in a beautiful essay about how Jews and Arabs united to fight a locust plague in Palestine in 1915.*

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News Nosh 3.17.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 17, 2020
 
You Must Be Kidding:
“The time has come to clear my conscience. It feels that the end of the world is near."
--Fearing the end of the world, an Israeli man returned a 2,000-year-old catapult bolt to Israel Antiquities Authority press.*


Breaking News:
In Dead of Night, Israel Approves Harsher Coronavirus Tracking Methods Than Gov't Stated
Government approves regulations permitting collection of data without court order, circumventing Knesset in the process. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)

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News Nosh 3.15.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 15, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
"Your step...is a courageous act and has a chance to begin a process of repair and healing. You can break the glass ceiling that hinders Arab society from being a tremendous growth engine in all walks of life. It is likely that you will suddenly find that the glass ceiling that prevents Israel from rising as a state, as a society, as a democracy - will also be shattered, at last."
--Author and Israel's moral compass, David Grossman wrote in Yedioth about Kahol-Lavan leader Benny Gantz's call for the mostly Arab 'Joint List' to be part of the emergency unity government that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called for. Netanyahu rejected the inclusion of the Joint List.*

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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.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"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.*

 You Must Be Kidding: 

"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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