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News Nosh 7.2.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday July 2, 2020

Quote of the day:

"And so, to sum up, what Netanyahu has managed, right now, to do is to burn the stew, to make Israeli initiatives, once again, loathsome to countries around the world, to harm relations with the United States, to quarrel with the neighbor to the east, and to deepen the chasm between the leadership and the people, between the decision makers and the hundreds of thousands of unemployed who do not understand how a government set up to fight corona and the collapsing economy has plunged us all into a far-fetched, unnecessary initiative, that has no connection to a real solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
--Yedioth Ahronoth commentator Ariella Ringel-Hoffman writes about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's annexation bid.*

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Israel’s Public Security Minister Amir Ohana (Likud) postponed the enforcement of a decision requiring private security guards to leave their guns at work in order to reduce the danger that hovers over the lives of women in violent relationships and he is trying to obtain a six-month delay in the implementation of a law that makes it a crime to pay for prostitution services.**

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News Nosh 7.1.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday July 1, 2020


Quote of the day:

"Annexation is a policy of belligerence unbecoming of a country that professes to pursue peace. It’s the diplomatic equivalent of unprovoked aggression, one of the staple Israeli accusations against its neighbors. Rather than proving the wisdom and prudence Israel has always boasted of, annexation is provocative, reckless and dangerous...(it) negates efforts to portray Israel as a responsible member of the free world and international community. It casts Israel as a rogue state that defies not only public opinion but international law as well."
--Haaretz commentator Chemi Shalev writes that annexation ruins 53 years of Israeli propaganda, according to which the evils of occupation are the fault of the Palestinians, who refuse to make peace.*


You Must Be Kidding: 
Despite the sharp rise in coronavirus cases, senior army officials approved that religious settlers hold a mass prayer service with thousands of participants at Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank in order for G-d to help make Israeli annexation of West Bank land happen.**

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News Nosh 6.30.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday June 30, 2020

You Must Be Kidding:
There are no fewer than 10 cameras in the 150 meters (164 yards) between Lions Gate, where the chase began, and the garbage room, where the Border Policeman shot dead the autistic Palestinian young man, Eyad Alhalaq. Yet the Police and the Justice Ministry have produced no video footage of the killing.*

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News Nosh 6.29.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday June 29, 2020


Quote of the day:

"It will not happen overnight, and it will be done gradually over years, but the path is clear and one-way: a fundamental change in the character of the state and a change in the nature of the Israeli economy. Partial annexation will create a new dynamic. Israel will not only lose its Jewish character, but also its economic and social character."
--Former CEO of Finance Ministry, David Brodt, writes about the implications of Israeli annexation of the West Bank in Yedioth. See translation in Commentary/Analysis below.*

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News Nosh 6.25.20

APN's daily news review from Israel  - Thursday June 25, 2020

Quote of the day:

"Israel is the land of memorials. There are more memorials in Israel in relation to the population than in any other country; a memorial for every eight fallen in battle, on average. In Europe there’s a memorial for every 10,000 fallen. Nevertheless, one can hope that someday Israel will confront its past and find those who will dare to take down both the signs and heroes."
--Haaretz+ commentator Gideon Levy on the hope that Israel will one day be able to review its past as the US is.*

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News Nosh 6.24.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday June 24, 2020

Quote of the day:

"Because this time, it was impossible not to see how his long strong hand stubbornly extended toward the depleted state coffers, how it reached there before the hands of other citizens - self-employed people, entertainers, senior citizens, students, disadvantaged people."
--Yedioth columnist Meirav Betito writes that Netanyahu's request - and its approval - for tax benefits at a time when many families are collapsing with no income due to the corona crisis exposes his indifference to the needs of the country's citizens.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“The prime minster shouldn’t have to try to find a way to make it through the month."
—Netanyahu loyalist, MK Miki Zohar, argued in support of approving tax breaks for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.**

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News Nosh 6.23.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday June 23, 2020

Quote of the day:

“It was the first time I had heard that there are antiquities there, and my family has been here for decades. My great-grandfather lived here.”
--Mahmoud Bisharat, a resident of a tiny West Bank village in the Beqaa Jordan Valley, was recently ordered by Israel to destroy some of his buildings, a well, olive trees and concrete casting around the structures that are on his property, because Israel suddenly declared they were on an archaeological site."

You Must Be Kidding:

In 2019, Israel issued 167% more demolition orders and warnings to Palestinians in the West Bank for structures built on what Israel claimed were archaeological sites than it had two years earlier. The initiative grew out of the right-wing Regavim movement.**

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News Nosh 6.22.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday June 22, 2020

 Quote of the day:

"I want to know that when I check out, my daughters and my granddaughters will continue to live a normal life here. That is all we wanted. But today I do not see that normal life as assured. I do not see the future of my daughters and granddaughters as assured. And that truly haunts me. What haunts me is knowing that what exists today is liable to fall apart tomorrow.”
--Prof. Zeev Sternhell, a world renown expert on fascism and a Holocaust survivor, was a vocal supporter of peace and opposed occupation. He died Sunday.*

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News Nosh 6.21.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 21, 2020

Quote of the day:

"One doesn’t need to read 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' in order to be filled with feelings of discomfort and injustice by the fact that the team mediating between representatives of the nation-state of the Jewish people and representatives of the Palestinian people is comprised entirely of Jews."
--Carolina Landsmann writes in Haaretz of the hypocrisy of the right-wing, which accuses the left-wing of being 'PC' and which likes to portray itself as “telling it as it is,” but is silent about the make-up of the US team that drafted the Trump peace plan and offered itself as an objective, impartial, unbiased broker between Palestinians and Israelis. Landsmann writes that one of the Trump team members, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, is so pro-settler he "makes Bibi (Netanyahu) look like Ahmad Tibi."*


You Must Be Kidding: 
45 days of community service.
--The sentence an IDF soldier received for shooting and killing a Palestinian fisherman in Gaza in 2018.**


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News Nosh 6.18.20

APN's daily news review from Israel 

Thursday June 18, 2020

Quote of the day:"It's called apartheid via salami tactics."
--Former Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Galon said of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's 'annexation in stages' proposal.*

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