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News Nosh: June 13, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 13, 2018
Quote of the Day #1:
"Israelis and Iranians, we are family. That is since the days of King Cyrus 2000 years ago. These are just governments that ruin it all because of religion."
--Reza, an Iranian fan attending the World Cup, welcomed two Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth reporters he met at the hotel dining room.*

Quote of the Day #2:
״So I have this background that allows me to look at things from a different perspective, and to some extent that allowed me to make the movie, since I didn’t buy into the threats that most Israelis believe in – according to which most Palestinians are terrorists and it’s very dangerous to go there. My complicated identity allowed me to observe this from a slightly different angle.”
—Argentina-born Jewish Israeli filmmaker, Ines Moldavsky, made a prize-winning film about dating Palestinian men from the West Bank.**
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News Nosh: June 12, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 12, 2018
Quote of the day:
“Fifty years I’m here – since the Jordanian era. There are adults who bought from me when they were children. I don’t know what they want.”
—Like other Palestinians in E. Jerusalem, Marwan Sumara, 77, who sells juice in the Old City dressed in a white fez and traditional vest during Ramaddan, says Jerusalem Municipality officials are picking on him now and they didn’t in the past. Some think that the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem has emboldened Israeli authorities to act more aggressively towards the city’s Palestinian residents.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli security guards at airport in Greece strip-search Arab Israeli couple before flight to Israel and demand to see their marriage license.**
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News Nosh: June 11, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 11, 2018
Quote of the Day #1:
“I just saw that there were realities beyond what was on my plate, and those realities almost inevitably informed what was – or was not – for dinner…I came away from the experience deeply embittered, confused – and determined to make television differently than I had before.”
--Anthony Bourdain once explained that a visit to Beirut changed the way he reported on food, and later took him to places of conflict. Haaretz's Dina Kraft wrote that it was his depictions of everyday life in Gaza that drew the strongest reactions, particularly from Palestinians, who along with others across the Middle East, now shared their sadness at his passing.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“The problem - it is not profitable to the security establishment. This system can not be sold to anyone. Its operation is also cheap, so it is impossible to make a living from it.”
—Dr. Oded Amichai, an Israeli expert on homefront defense, laser and military technology, missiles and rockets writes in Maariv that Israel avoids using cheap efficient equipment against Palestinian drones and rockets and instead uses expensive equipment it has developed because that helps sell it abroad.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
**Israel admitted in court that it allotted East Jerusalem land to a Jewish settler group, which intends to evict the 700 Palestinians living there, without making proper checks about the nature of the trust that holds the land or the Ottoman-era law that applies in the case.***
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News Nosh: June 10, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 10, 2018
Numbers of the Day:
--Percentage of Jewish Americans vs. percentage of Israelis who supported the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
--Percentage of Jewish Americans vs. percentage of Israelis who support a two-state solution.
--Percentage of Jewish Americans vs. percentage of Israelis who support Trump’s policies towards Israel.
--Percentage of Jewish Americans vs. percentage of Israelis who see the other as ‘brothers.’

You Must Be Kidding: 
A Palestinian family was trapped inside their home and forced to leave through a broken window after Israeli forces welded their front door shut and temporarily detained them inside their home in Hebron.**
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News Nosh: June 8, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 8, 2018
Confusing numbers of the day:
58% of Israelis were unhappy with Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev following Argentina’s cancellation of the friendly match with Israel in Jerusalem. Argentina said the match was cancelled because it was moved to Jerusalem.
50% of Israelis think it was wrong to move the match from Haifa to Jerusalem.
But 39% of Israelis think that BDS was responsible for the cancellation of the match, 28% blame Regev, 16% don’t know, 11% blame the Argentinian Soccer Association and 6% blamed Palestinian Soccer Association Chairman, Jibril Rajoub.

You Must Be Kidding: 
"We tried other ways, it doesn't work. Hamas wants them to die."
--Speaking in London at end of four-day Europe tour, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explains why Israeli troops use lethal methods to stop Gazan protesters from coming close to the fence.
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News Nosh: June 7, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 7, 2018
You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely asked to change the name of the location of hotels in Area C of the West Bank from ‘Palestinian Territories’ to ‘Israel.’**
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News Nosh: June 6, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 6, 2018
Quote of the day:
"It’s time the politicians vacate the stage. We are not your toy, and neither is Leo Messi."
--Yedioth commentator, Raz Shechnik, slammed Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev for politicizing the warm-up match between the Israeli and Argentinian national soccer teams, leading to its cancellation, and expressed concern the same will happen to the Eurovision contest to be held in Jerusalem next year.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel ordered five 5 families in the Jordan Valley (West Bank) to vacate their homes for 10 days during Ramadan and Eid al-Fiter for Israeli military exercises. Nineteen will be left homeless.**
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News Nosh: June 5, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 5, 2018
Quote of the day:
"A teenager was shot in the head with his back to the soldiers on his way to the village where he lives. There are no legal orders that permit shooting at the upper body under such circumstances, in which there is no danger to the lives of the soldiers or other people and no danger whatsoever. If there are rules of engagement that permit such shooting, then those rules themselves are illegal.”
--Attorney Gaby Lasky responded to the State Proseuctor's Office plans to withdraw indictments against two former soldiers who were charged with shooting and killing 16-year-old Palestinian, Samir Awad, five years ago. Lasky represents the family in court.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
State Prosecutor's Office dropped plan to file monetary claim against the Jewish terrorists who killed Mohammed Abu Khdeir because they have no real assets. Yet, last year the State Prosecutor sued families of two killed Palestinian terrorists for about $2.8 million, which they did not have.**
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News Nosh: June 4, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 4, 2018
Quote of the day:
“All that interests them is cooking competitions on television.”
--In a closed meeting, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah allegedly said that when he was flipping through Israeli TV stations he was shocked to discover how much Israelis love cooking shows.**

Number of the day:
--Percentage of Israeli youth in academic institutions who will consider emigrating due to lack of professional opportunities or because of the high cost of living.*

Breaking News:
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian youth who allegedly attempted to cross into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip carrying an ax. Another youth with him was shot and wounded, but managed to flee. [In recent days, small groups of young Palestinians have been cutting the fence and crossing it to set IDF sniper posts and military infrastructure on fire before running back into Gaza. - OH]  (Haaretz, Ynet)
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News Nosh: June 1, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 1, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
Police cuffed Arab rights activist Jafar Farah to the hospital bed, despite an over-the-knee cast. The police officer suspected of breaking Farah’s knee after detaining him at a protest in Haifa was questioned again after being placed on leave.

Front Page:

Yedioth Ahronoth

  • Netanyahu told the Shin Bet: “Wiretap the phones of the Chief of Staff and the Mossad chief”
  • Of all the settings in the world // Nevo Ziv on the photo op that PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara did with the mourning notice of soldier Rone Lubarsky behind them
  • ‘Hadar’s army crew’ joins the protest - Soldiers who served under Hadar Goldin wrote Netanyahu: If you agree to rehabilitate the Gaza Strip without forcing Hamas to return the bodies of Hadar and of Shaul Oron, we will return our ‘Operation Protective Edge’ badges of honor
  • Even without Netanyahu’s support: Minister Elkin is running for mayor of Jerusalem
  • Noam Gershoni led Israel to the finals of the world championship of wheelchair tennis
  • Mr. Israel - Aviv Alush gets closer to religion and reveals what he compromised on completely in order to preserve his relationship
  • (Columnist) Raanan Shaked in the Gaza vicinity communities - This is how you raise children in the shadow of kite terror and mortars

Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)

  • The goal: Arrangements on two fronts
  • The magic circle // Tal Lev-Ram
  • Hudna shmudna // Adv. Yoram Sheftel
  • Retaliation action // Alon Ben-David
  • Until the next round // Yossi Melman
  • The muscle flexers // Jacky Khougy
  • After the (exchange of) fire: Netanyahu and Lieberman got stronger - Smith Institute found that the Mossad action in Iran, the attacks in Syria and the short round of combat in the south strengthened the PM and Defense Minister; 58% are satisfied with their conduct, Likud rose to 34 mandates and Yisrael Beiteinu to 8
  • Minister Zeev Elkin: Running for mayor of Jerusalem
  • Friends of Naor - This is how former chief justice Miriam Naor advanced the status of George Kara over David Mintz in contradiction of the decision of the committee to appoint high court justices
  • “They threw us into the road” - Hundreds of handicapped and elderly demonstrated in Tel-Aviv and blocked the Ayalon Hwy in protest of the plan the government passed. They demand: Make disability allowance be equal to minimum wage
  • On the day of the bomb: The regret of the man who destroyed Hiroshima
  • Not just the Islamic Movement: Um al-Fahm that you never knew
  • I’ll cook: Former MK Yigal Gueta returns to the Tunisian kitchen

Israel Hayom

  • “The Iranians are on their way out from south Syria” - Reports: “The militias and Hezbollah are preparing to withdraw from the area”
  • Teheran-Moscow rift: Hope and caution // Oded Granot
  • Education Ministry vs “(Sexual) exploitation of girls in Lod”
  • Senior Officer on Hamas: Will compromise? Will accept
  • IDF Spokesman Unit, Prisons Authority and Police in one voice: “Stop spreading rumors on WhatsApp”
  • The poll that caused Minister Elkin to run for mayor of Jerusalem
  • Light at the end of the ruer: Invitation to travel in Afula
  • “The Armored Corps is irrelevant? Ask ISIS” - Brigade 7 celebrates 70 years and charges forward
  • Timing strip: The quiet in the south returned - but the balance (of power) between Israel and Gaza Strip was broken // Yoav Limor

News Summary:
Israel was working on arrangements on both the Syria and Gaza fronts, while a TV investigative program claimed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the Shin Bet to wiretap the previous Chief of Staff and Mossad chief and his wife, Sara, was accused of attacking the Eli Groner, the director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office, who resigned this week, and Environment Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) announced he was running for mayor of Jerusalem - despite not getting Netanyahu’s approval - making top stories in today’s Friday newspapers. Also in the news, Friday Gaza border protests resume today with the theme, ‘Friday from Gaza to Haifa'—hinting both at dream of return and at recent naval flotilla and Palestinan President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet Democratic delegation led by Nancy Pelosi.

Maariv’s Ben Caspit reported that Jerusalem is conducting intensive contacts with Washington, Cairo, Doha and Amman over the distancing of Iranian forces from the border with Israel on the Golan Heights. Haaretz reported that Israel was discussing the subject with Russia. And a Syrian war monitor said Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters were already preparing to withdraw from southern Syria. Oddly, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview that there were no Iranian forces in Syria.

Meanwhile, an unnamed senior IDF officer told Israeli reporters that now was the time for a settlement with Hamas due to the suffering in Gaza. "Currently, the state does not want conflict in the south because there are other, wider considerations. It should be remembered that the terrorist organizations limited themselves in the range of rocket fire this week."
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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