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Israeli Press Review of 14.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 14.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli Arab named deputy police commissioner

Israel has promoted an Israeli Arab police officer to deputy commissioner, making him the highest-ranking Muslim to serve in the force, Ha’aretz reports.

Gamal Hakroosh is being promoted at a time when Israel is battling a seven month-long wave of Palestinian attacks, though that violence has ebbed in recent weeks. It has nevertheless strained already tense relations between Jews and Israel's Arab minority.

The 59-year-old Hakroosh will oversee the policing of Arab communities, where residents view the Israeli police with suspicion.

"To this day, we did not grant the Arab sector equal law enforcement services. In everything related to the police, we did not act with equality," Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said at the Tel Aviv ceremony for Hakroosh on Wednesday.

Israel plans to add police stations and hundreds of officers to serve Arab communities over the next five years. It has also recently announced a landmark billion-shekel budget intended to improve the living conditions of the Arab community.

Hakroosh hails from Kafr Kana, an Arab town in northern Israel that experienced violent demonstrations in late 2014 after a local man was shot and killed by police. He joined the police force in 1978, serving as station chief in a number of cities.

As deputy commissioner, one rank below the national police chief, he is now the highest-ranking Arab in the force. 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Deri associates questioned under caution

A close associate of Interior Minister Arye Deri has been questioned under caution by police on suspicion of being involved in the corruption probe against the minister, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Due to the gag order on the case, police would not confirm or deny that an associate of Deri’s was questioned under caution. An official with the Lahav 433 branch of the Israel Police said no elected official or public employee has been questioned under caution in the case so far, when asked about the status of the associate.

The official added that “ever since the attorney-general ordered a criminal probe against Deri, steps are being carried out as part of the investigation.”

The associate was questioned for several hours at the Lod headquarters of the Lahav 433 branch of the Israel Police in part of a joint investigation being carried out with the National Tax Authority.

According to Channel 2, Deri’s associate is suspected of two offenses that are among the most severe corruption charges in Israel’s penal code. Deri himself is expected to be questioned under caution before the Passover holiday that begins on April 22.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Patriotism sky high in Israeli high schools

Israeli high school students have a strong patriotic sentiment, a recent Israel Hayom poll shows.

The poll was conducted by New Wave Research on behalf of Israel Hayom's weekend political supplement between March 27 and March 30, using a random representative sample of 308 Jewish students currently in grades 11 and 12, with a maximum sampling error of 5.7%. The full results will be released on Friday.

The respondents were asked questions on a variety of issues, including current affairs. They were also asked general-knowledge questions and about their preferred recreational activities.

Some 85% said they loved Israel, and 89% said they saw their future in Israel. The popularity of the Israel Defence Force was also evident: 88% said they planned on enlisting, and more than 50% said they believed the IDF was the most moral military. Some 65% endorsed the saying, "It is good to die for our country," attributed to Zionist icon Joseph Trumpeldor. Almost 60% said they subscribed to right-wing views, with 23% saying they were centrists. Only about 13% said they considered themselves left-wing.

Asked about a current controversy surrounding an IDF soldier who, last month, shot a Palestinian terrorist to death after the latter had already been subdued, 60% of Israeli high schoolers said the soldier should not face trial and only about 30% said he should prosecuted.

The recent controversies surrounding the conduct of Arab MKs have left an imprint on their views as well. Almost half, some 48%, said Israeli Arabs should not have Knesset representation or the right to vote. Some 52% said Israeli Arabs should not be stripped of this right.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


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