HA’ARETZ 1. HA’ARETZ POLL: PUBLIC SUPPORTS RIVLIN AND SHECHTMAN FOR THE PRESIDENCY (…) Netanyahu has not submitted a candidate and David Levy decided not to run.
2. YAALON REFUSING TO APPLY ARMS SALES OVERSIGHT TREATY OUT OF CONCERN IN WOULD HARM THE IDF
MA’ARIV 1. CORRUPTION AT THE PORT (…)
YEDIOT AHRONOT 1. RAID ON THE PORT (…)
2. JERUSALEM CELEBRATES Cabinet meeting at Ammunition Hill, official gatherings, parade and events for the whole family. Capital city marks 47 years since unification.
YISRAEL HAYOM 1. (…) SUSPICION: SEA OF CORRUPTION
2. REGISTRATION CLOSES: CITIZEN #1 WILL COME FROM THESE SIX (…) Rivlin, Ben-Eliezer, Shetrit, Shechtman, Dorner and Itzik.
WALLA! 1. POLICEMAN LIGHTLY INJURED BY STONE THROWING ON TEMPLE MOUNT; AREA CLOSED TO VISITORS
2. TWO WOUNDED SYRIANS BROUGHT TO MEDICAL CENTER IN SAFED FOR TREATMENT
3. NINE DETAINED ON SUSPICION OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY AND INCITEMENT EAST OF JERUSALEM
NANA10 1. DISTURBANCES ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: POLICEMAN LIGHTLY INJURED, SITE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO VISITORS
2. NIGHT RAID IN EASTERN JERUSALEM: NINE PEOPLE ARRESTED, 150 BULLETS AND INCITEMENT MATERIAL SEIZED
[Headlines from Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 10:35.] ______________________________
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
Ma’ariv comments on the upcoming presidential election and says, “The efforts that were made this time by the supporters of the various candidates – with or without their knowledge – in besmirching the [other] candidates and digging in their past in order to find and bring out the skeletons in their closets have driven the race to an unprecedented nadir.” The author believes that, “The dirty race for the presidency proves that the future of the lofty institution and its character deserve a thorough evaluation and not a superficial discussion on the eve of an election.”
Yediot Ahronot suggests that, “A considerable portion of terrorist attacks, including apparently the attack in Brussels, stem from brainwashing that turns rivals into representatives of Satan.” The author adds that, “When Peter Beinart, one of the stars of the Jewish Left in the US, tweeted a few days ago that Israelis had carried out a pogrom – this is a blood libel. Beinart is neither a racist skinhead, nor a jihadist, but he thus gave legitimacy to countless reports about ‘war crimes’ because he is a Jew and even pretends to be a Zionist. Beinart tweeted a correction, but there is something frightening in the insufferable ease with which Israel has been turned into a monster,” and concludes, “What happened in Brussels – and not just there – stems from lies and incitement, and people like Beinart are also responsible.”
Yisrael Hayom discusses today’s celebration of Jerusalem Day (<http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/Spotlight/Pages/Jerusalem-Day.aspx>) and asserts, “Do not be confused by those among us who are mistaken: We did not occupy a foreign country. We have returned home, to Zion and Jerusalem. Those who return home are not occupiers. This is not just semantics. We liberated it from a series of occupiers – the last being the Jordanians – who, over many generations, mocked us and our rights.”
[Avraham Tirosh, Ben-Dror Yemini and Nadav Shragai wrote today’s articles in Ma’ariv, Yediot Ahronot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]
My Interview with Sheila Gunn Reid from the Rebel Media in Canada: I’m located in Jerusalem and I give my opinion on President Trump’s announcement that he will move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I discuss the so-called two state solution and what scholars on the subject have to say about it. […]