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News Nosh 1.26.21

APN’s daily news review from Israel - Tuesday January 26, 2021


Quote of the day:

"It's not this or that position paper that drives the right-wing nuts, but the fear of (Israeli civil society) organizations that insist on documenting, reporting and reminding the public of what is happening in its - and ostensibly for his security - in the Territories."
--—Mickey Gitzin, Director of the New Israel Fund in Israel, writes that B’Tselem’s declaration that Israel is an apartheid state is not what right-wingers fear, but informing Israelis about what Israel is doing in the Palestinian Territories does.* 

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News Nosh 1.25.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday January 25, 2021


Quote of the day:

“Israel consciously imported corona and further exempted it from customs…In the name of diplomatic advancement…”
—Einav Schiff writes in Yedioth that the fear of a diplomatic crisis with the UAE overcame scientific truth and epidemiological considerations.*

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News Nosh 1.14.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday January 14, 2021

Quote of the day:

“He must think Arab Israelis have a short memory.”
--Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh responding to Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's wooing of the Arab-Israeli vote.*

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News Nosh 1.13.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday January 13, 2021

Quote of the day:

“Unlike other Bibi fans, Adelson put his money where his mouth was. He poured hundreds of millions of shekels into the free daily newspaper Israel Hayom, for the sole purpose of making Binyamin Netanyahu Israel’s prime minister. From a journalistic perspective, Israel Hayom was never very important. But as a goal-oriented political project, it was Israel’s most important newspaper, contributing to Netanyahu's 11-and-counting consecutive years in office.”
—Sami Peretz writes about how the great influence the freebie Israeli newspaper, ‘Israel Hayom,’ created and published by the late Jewish billionaire and megadonor, Sheldon Adelson, had on Israelis - in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.*

Breaking News:
At least 40 Killed After Israel Struck Syria 'With U.S. Intel After Pompeo, Mossad Head Met in D.C.'
Senior U.S. intelligence official says Israel's strike on eastern Syria targeted arms depots, as well as components linked to Iran's nuclear program. This is the fourth alleged Israeli strike in Syria within two weeks and the deadliest attack since 2018. (Haaretz+, Ynet, Israel Hayom)

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News Nosh 1.12.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday January 12, 2021

Quotes of the day:

"A defense minister without a party, without a public mandate and without a backbone, has again failed to defend the future of Israel and is bowing to a small and vociferous minority from the settlements. Yesterday he promised that no outposts would be legalized, and today he approves an outpost with 350 units."
—Peace Now responds to Israeli Defense Minister and Kahol-Lavan chairman, Benny Gantz's approval of more settlement homes.*

“A public security minister who has lost it and a prime minister who gave up and and let this farce continue — that’s the only way to explain not vaccinating prisoners over the age of 60. This is a move that is illegal, politically motivated and life-threatening."
--Israeli Defense Minister and Kahol-Lavan chairman, Benny Gantz, said after calling on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to force Public Security Minister to allow 60+-year-old prisoners be vaccinated.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
Yesterday, a Jewish Israeli on one side of a road was moderately injured by a stone thrown by Jewish settlers at Palestinian vehicles from the other side of the road.***

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News Nosh 1.11.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday January 11, 2021 

Quotes of the Day:
“With all due respect to ‘realpolitik’ and the duty of every country to maneuver between its interests, it is hard to deny that there was a love story here, as well, and there probably still is. And if you were shocked by the photos from Washington last week, the love story and its meaning about Israel's moral image should break your heart as well.”
—Yedioth Ahronoth TV critic and commentator, Einav Schiff writes about the meaning today of Israelis turning Trump into a cult personality.

“After four years of the explicit support of the (Israeli) right-wing, accompanied by enabling silence from the mainstream, suddenly Israelis are remembering to flee for their lives from U.S. President Donald Trump’s sinking ship."
—Haaretz+ political correspondent Noa Landau also holds the Israeli mainstream accountable for staying silent during Israel's support of Trump.*

"As Donald Trump’s term in office comes to an end, we’ve recently seen the birth of the 'Young Settlement' (settler outposts) campaign, part of the settler right’s final attempt to promote land grabs and change the reality on the ground in the West Bank, before an adult once again assumes the seat of the President of the United States…In Israel’s attempts to legalize these illegal outposts, the government is signaling to settlers that the law may be applied selectively, and may even reward them. So, where is the surprise that following this criminal construction comes other types of crime, including severe violence of the likes that we saw in the Hilltop Youth’s recent riots (over the death of settler teen Ahuvia Sandak)?"
--Shaqued Morag, Executive Director of Peace Now, writes in Ynet that it should not surprise Israelis that the result of Israeli settler and government land grab of Palestinian land during Trump's era ends in settler violence.***

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News Nosh 1.10.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday January 10, 2021 

Quotes of the Day:

"The voters who screamed, ‘traitors,' at Pence and at Senator Lindsey Graham, two of Trump’s loyal servants, only because they acted according to the limitations of the law, were seduced into believing in the lies their leader spread. This lesson should also be learned in Israel.״
--Yedioth's senior political commentator, Nahum Barnea, compares between what led to the right-wing mob attack on Capitol Hill and what is happening in Israel.**

“At the end of it, Georgians cared far more about how many relatives they’d lost to coronavirus, and getting their stimulus checks, than a hyper-partisan outrage exercise about who can claim to be more "pro-Israel."
—Brooklyn-based Israeli writer and editor, Etan Nechin, in a sharp commentary in Haaretz about how Georgia’s black-Jewish alliance triumphed over the pro-Trump mob.*

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News Nosh 1.7.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday January 7, 2021

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Soldiers lives were threatened."
-- The Israeli army said in response to the shooting by a soldier of an unarmed Palestinian shepherd, Harun Abu Aram, who was trying to pull his generator away from three armed soldiers. The soldier shot Abu Aram in the neck, paralyzing him from the neck down for life. Abu Aram is on life-support.**

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News Nosh 1.6.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday January 6, 2021

Quotes of the Day:
“We grew up with the ideal of the heroic soldier, we sent them care packages, we visited the tanks they fought in, we dressed up as soldiers in pre-military training camps and we elevated their deaths on memorial days. The fact that this is the reality we’re all used to does not make it a-political. Enlistment is a political act, no less than refusal to do so.”
—From a letter signed signed by 60 Israeli high seniors declaring they refuse to serve in the Israeli army because of the occupation of the Palestinians.*

“It starts with school trips to Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, in which no political contexts are discussed. We’re only told about the battles. There’s an elephant in the room that no one is talking about…Until we talk about the Nakba in class, how it happened that most of the Palestinians who lived here fled or were expelled, or about the theft of their possessions, we won’t understand how much the problem remains part of our lives. This is sweeping history under the rug. When I began to understand this, I immediately started thinking about what else we were ‘sold’ in school.”
— Daniel Paldi, one of 60 high seniors who signed a letter refusing to serve in the Israeli army because of the occupation.*

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News Nosh 1.5.21

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APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday January 5, 2021

Quote of the day:

״It seems that no matter how many achievements the MKs bring to the public, there will always be commentators who will volunteer to explain to the Arab citizens what our real interest is and who really works for us.״
--Amjad Shbita, co-CEO of Sikkuy, an organization that promotes equality and partnership between Arab and Jewish citizens in Israel, writes in Yedioth that Arab-Israelis have a right as citizens and as equal human beings for the government to deal with the wave of crime in the Arab-Israeli sector and not because they serve the political interest of the right or the left.*

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