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Israeli Press Review of 01.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 01.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu open to discussions on Arab peace initiative

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has held out the prospect of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Netanyahu's comments were a formal response to a speech last week by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who promised Israel warmer ties if it accepted efforts to resume peace talks.

"The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said, echoing comments he made a year ago to Israeli reporters.

"We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states on revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002 but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples," he added.

His comments were also made in English during a speech that was mostly in Hebrew.

Netanyahu spoke moments after Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as Israel's new defence minister and Israel's fragile right-wing coalition gained support in parliament.

The original Arab plan offered full recognition of Israel but only if it gave up all land acquired in the 1967 Middle East war and agreed to a "just solution" for Palestinian refugees.

But in 2013, after the initiative's terms were softened to include possible land swaps between Israel and the Palestinians, Netanyahu signalled a readiness to consider it.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Netanyahu’s wife loses court case over employee mistreatment

A former employee of the wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu won a court case against her on Tuesday alleging mistreatment, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The verdict is a new setback for Sara Netanyahu, who has been repeatedly accused of abusive behaviour toward household staff and found herself embroiled in a series of suspected scandals.

Jerusalem's labour court awarded Guy Eliyahu 100,000 NIS in damages. Eliyahu claimed Netanyahu had behaved abusively towards him, yelling and making unreasonable demands.

Amit Hadad, a Netanyahu family lawyer, said the allegations were "false" and "disconnected from reality."

In February, another former employee won a case alleging he was subjected to abusive language and insults by Sara Netanyahu.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Five police officers questioned over beating of Arab worker in Tel Aviv

Five police officers have been questioned under caution over the beating of an Arab employee of a supermarket in Tel Aviv last week, police said on Tuesday.

The five policemen are suspected of using excessive force after photos, videos and eyewitness accounts emerged of the violent altercation, the Times of Israel reports.

Other police officers were summoned for questioning, the Israel Police said in a statement. “Only once the investigation is completed will we be able to reach clear conclusions on the nature of the event,” police said.

The police have said the man, identified as Maysam Abu Alqian, 19, from Hura in the Negev, was resisting arrest and attacked officers after they asked him for identification. Another employee who came to Alqian’s aid was also accused of attacking officers.

The alleged police brutality incident at the Yuda Supermarket on Ibn Gvirol street in the city sparked outrage online as photos and a video of the attack emerged.

Eyewitnesses described a vicious, unprovoked attack by police.

“Just now in front of City Hall,” one of the bystanders, Erez Krispin, wrote in a Facebook post, “an Arab supermarket worker goes outside to throw out the trash. He’s approached by a man in shorts who says, ‘Show me some ID.’

“‘The ID is inside. Who are you?’” Krispin quoted the supermarket worker as saying in response.

“Before he even finishes speaking, he’s being beaten senseless,” he continued, “a beating like you’ve never seen, teeth flying through the air. The Arab is crushed.

“When an elderly woman asks them why they’re doing it, they yell at her, ‘Fuck off before we finish you too,” Krispin wrote.

At that point, he went on, uniformed police arrived and continued to beat the man.

The store manager, identified as Kobi Cohen, said he came out of the store to see what was happening before additional officers arrived and the violence started.

“They were speaking to him and he stood there, and didn’t try to flee. They asked him for ID and didn’t identify themselves. He asked them for ID. They called for backup and when these officers arrived, the beating started,” Cohen said.

Other employees who tried to stop the beating where also hit, Cohen added.

Days after the incident, an online crowdfunding drive raised nearly NIS 60,000 after it became known that Alqian was working up to 20 hours a day at a Tel Aviv Burger King as well as the Yuda Supermarket to save money for his university tuition.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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