Top News Summary:
Police suspect an ultra-Orthodox woman led the human trafficking
babies, who were sold to childless Jewish-American couples
. Israeli police also arrested a Palestinian man on suspicion he raped
teen at the school where he was a janitor. Yet, he and his lawyer said he visited the police station five times in the last week to find out
claims were made against him after his work permit was revoked. He was told he was not being sought for
questioning. (Also Maariv
) These were today's top stories in the Hebrew press.
*Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised he would not be evicting any more Jewish settlements - or any
Arab communities in the Land of Israel.
“I personally commit to this, and the commitment has no expiration
date. We will not let any community or town in the Land of Israel be evicted, neither Jewish nor Arab. We
don’t forcibly evict people. We’re done with this nonsense.
Israel under my leadership will not repeat the
mistakes of the past.” [NOTE
: The statement has two important messages. One, means that
he opposes a viable two-state solution, which would require dividing the land and removing settlers from the
land which would be the Palestinian state. Secondly, by referring to the Arab communities, he might be trying
to lure Arab voters to vote for him ahead of the September elections. But if he means what he says then it
will be interesting to see what that means for the Bedouin communities living in ‘unrecognized’ villages in
Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. Will Israel recognize them? - OH]
In the evening, Netanyahu and his wife and President Reuven Rivlin gave the honor of attending the annual
reception at the residence of the Egyptian Ambassador
to Israel, Khaled Azmi. Rivlin spoke of the need to
include peace not only between the leaders of Israel and Egypt, but also between the Egyptian people and the people
of Israel. Netanyahu praised President Sisi, calling him "a wise and courageous leader," and said that they
exchanged views and assessments of the situation in the region on a regular basis. "It's hard to imagine what would
have happened if there had not been peace between Israel and Egypt ... We want to expand the circle of peace,"
Netanyahu said. [NOTE
: It’s hard to see how he will expand the circle of peace without being
willing to remove settlers to make peace with the Palestinians, who want a state of their own. (Yedioth Hebrew
Meretz: They're choosing the list members
About 1,000 members of the Meretz conference will choose the party's list for the 22nd Knesset today, two weeks
after Nitzan Horowitz defeated MK Tamar Zandberg in the party leadership elections. Discussions about joint
lists: "We are holding talks with everyone and talking to Amir Peretz and the Labor Party, as well as with other
parties, including Ehud Barak, and these contacts will continue." (Yedioth Hebrew
The secret meeting and the struggle for the chairman
Despite the natural suspicion between the two, yesterday, under the shadow of the fog, Amir Peretz and Ehud Barak
were discussing a possible union ahead of the elections. But behind the scenes, Barak, the chairman of 'Democratic
Israel' party, was already preparing for the campaign. A few hours after the meeting, Barak presented to his party
members an internal poll indicating that he is bringing more seats than Labor chairman if he heads a joint list of
the two parties. (Yedioth Hebrew
The American adviser to Kahol-Lavan party recommended: don't talk about Israel
- The chairman of
Kahol-Lavan brought in Joel Benenson, who had worked with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic
nomination, and recommended to them that they "Do not talk about Israel in public." (Israel Hayom Hebrew
Three Ethiopian Israelis Who Made It in Israel Tell Their Stories
They overcame the racism they encountered to pursue higher education, create businesses and advance careers.
Netanyahu, AOC, Concentration Camps and the Obscene Holocaust Hypocrisy of Right-wing Rage
+) Education Minister Peretz's analogy between extermination and
assimilation was far more repulsive - but the reactions far more restrained.
Trump and Netanyahu are working, at pulling one over on us all
(Ran Edelist, Maariv
) The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Israel are
riding together toward the sunset. Every time the former adds a lie when he's drowning in his lies, the second
adds something of his own.
In Israel just as NY, racial profiling harms more than just victims of police killings
District Judge Shira Scheindlin, +972mag
) The judge who oversaw New York City’s stop and frisk case
for nearly a decade responds to the shooting of an unarmed black man in northern Israel.
Let’s see you, Hogeg (owner of Beitar Jerusalem soccer team)
(Dvir Reshef, Yedioth Hebrew
) I don’t know if Moshe is doing a “hold me back” scene or is
really serious in his statement that he might leave the team [because of racial shouts by the team’s fans
towards its new Black Christian African acquisition who has a Muslim name - OH] - but he should be respected
for it. From the first moment he arrived at Beitar Jerusalem, he celebrated that he would do everything to
eradicate racism, and since then he has done (and does) much more than all the owners before him, and does not
show for a moment fear of that racist and disgusting hardcore group of fans. Ali Mohammed signed with Beitar
because for two years he has been one of the league's best midfielders (some would say the best in his
position) - a significant achievement for the celebrant who managed to bring him and proved that he is not
going to give up any other player in the league. In contrast to (former owner) Arcadi Gaydamak, who completely
angered the fans on purpose and brought two Muslims to the team, who also suffered from it [the fans -OH],
Hogeg worked hard and acquired a great player, who is not even a Muslim - but alas, his name is Mohammed. What
the hell do you care, you ungrateful fans? A man came with money that saved the club from disbanding after
(former owner) Eli Tabib left. Despite a failed season, he continues to invest in order to bring Beitar back
to the top of Israeli football, and instead of thanking him, you cause him to leave. It seems that you cannot
change those fans - obviously they are a very small part of all the fans, but there is no doubt that Hogeg is
trying everything he can to minimize the repulsive phenomenon [of racism]. And if that means threatening to
leave, why not? Want to see if these threats are real? Come on, try him. Maybe afterward you’ll again beg that
someone buy the club.
Ethiopians have an opportunity at solidarity with Palestinians. Will they take it?
) Solomon Tekah was shot and killed by an Israeli police officer because
he was black. As a Palestinian I know exactly what that feels like.
Is support for open borders really in tune with Jewish values?
(Jonathan S. Tobin, Israel Hayom
) Is support for open borders really in tune with Jewish values?
Defense of the rule of law and sovereignty is as important to Jewish interests as sympathy for illegal
immigrants or voicing political opposition.
The Palestinians will thwart any initiative that will lead them to ideological acceptance of Israel's
(Zalman Shoval, Maariv
) The goal of the Palestinian leaders, from the Mufti of Jerusalem
Muhammad Amin al-Husseini to Mahmoud Abbas, is to thwart any attempt that will be construed as a final and
historic affirmation of the right of the Jewish people to the state.
When Hunger Supplants Religion as the Driver for Middle East Conflict
(David Rosenberg, Haaretz
+) Strangely enough, Trump may be precipitating this by hastening climate
change and disrupting world trade.
I will not change the crazy Israeli reality with anywhere else
(Carmit Sapir Weitz, Maariv
) True, sometimes it's too much, and it can be oppressive. We choke here
and chairs are thrown at us, but in times of trouble there will always be someone to reach out to.
Finland’s new gov't is bad news for Israel
(Mikael Virtanen, Israel Hayom
) If the new left-wing government in Helsinki seeks to push the
Palestinian cause during its EU Council presidency, it risks derailing the Trump administration’s peace
efforts and consequently Finland’s relationship with Washington.
Israeli Education Minister's Duty
) Petah Tikva’s refusal to enroll 129 children of Eritrean
asylum seekers, which emerged from a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the city and the Education Ministry, is a
new point on the map of Israeli racism.
The Only Answer to Netanyahu's Conservative Clique: A Liberal Alliance
(Noa Landau, Haaretz
+) Can you currently imagine an effective environmental campaign that
isn’t global? Of course not. It’s easy to understand that environmental hazards cross the boundaries we’ve
drawn on maps. You can’t save the planet without partners to the cause, and opponents damage that joint
effort. Which makes it easy to see why the rise of Green parties has become a global trend. It’s less easy to
understand how other political processes occurring around us are equally global and also transcend borders.
Even worse, when such matters are spotted, each side hastens to issue superficial condemnation of the other
camp for cooperating with “foreigners” rather than admitting that this is the name of the game, and the goal
is to outplay one’s ideological adversary. As a result, while left-wing organizations in Israel are frequently
on the defensive for “talkingf abroad,” for years the Israeli right wing and the settlers have been
systematically forging strategic alliances both political and economic with the growing far right in Europe
and with the evangelicals in the United States, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. These seemingly
far-flung alliances directly affect our lives in Israel: from thwarting or advancing the possibility of the
two-state solution to the country’s policy towards Iran. But beyond that, they also affect the “shared values”
that Israel seeks increasingly to share with conservative forces around the world.
Only the formation of a bloc that includes Kahol-Lavan, Labor and Barak can bring down Netanyahu
(Avraham Tirosh, Maariv
) It would not be wise to rush to rejoice after Barak said he would agree
to serve as Peretz's number two. And also: Why do I prefer the experienced Ehud Barak - and not Benny Gantz -
as the successor to Netanyahu, despite his shortcomings. I have nothing against Gantz. On the contrary, he is
a decent, considerate, cooperative man and the salt of the earth. But I think that no one can skip from an
external role, important as it may be, to find the most difficult role, the position of prime minister,
without going through the getting serious experience in the political world. Whoever did skip, failed during
his first term. For example, Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak and Binyamin Netanyahu. In contrast, Shimon Peres and
Ehud Olmert, who came to the premiership after doing a serious internship in the Knesset and the government,
were good prime ministers.
The September elections unexpectedly unclear
(Yuval Karni, Yedioth/Ynet
) With Netanyahu's political future on the line, indifferent Likud
voters may be motivated ironically by the prime ministers' archrival of old, Ehud Barak, who's return is
shaking up the center left.
Ora Namir Has Passed Away, as Has the Israeli Labor Party That She Knew
(Gideon Levy, Haaretz
+) The Labor Party’s election this month as its leader of Amir Peretz, a
follower of Namir in several respects, does restore some of the party’s spirit, but the past is dead and the
party that once was has gone with it. We lived in a bubble back then, which was very pleasant. We were the
younger generation of the country’s founding party. All the great names were still with us in the corridors.
We hadn’t yet heard about the Nakba, and we thought it was sufficient to mutter a few sentences when it came
to the occupation, which at the time was less cruel and more temporary. There were doves and hawks, who argued
about issues nobody cares about anymore. There was an atmosphere of modesty and fairness, even if Rabin had
much greater disdain for Peres than Stav Shaffir of today’s Labor Party feels toward Itzik Shmuli. There were
rival camps and forged letters to the editor, but everyone knew that these people had established a country,
and an exemplary one at that. Ora Namir worried about the weak. Her heart would go out to them. Just like many
of her generation, she did not understand that ethnic discrimination was ingrained, institutionalized and
deeply rooted. Nobody in the party at the time paid any regard for the Arabs, other than when there were
guests from the Socialist International and Peres wanted a few men in kaffiyehs in the front row. We believed
we were right and that Israel was always right. We were so young, so naïve and so foolish. At the funeral, I
thought about where I had been just a day earlier, at the Palestine Expo in London, an event attended by
thousands hosted by the Friends of Al-Aqsa organization. I thought about how far I had also come since the
gefilte fish with Ora. But that’s a subject for another column.