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Israeli Press Review of 25/07/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 25/07/2016

Major Headlines
  • Lieberman rebukes army radio over contentious show featuring works of Arab poet

Following the broadcast of a programme on Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish on Army Radio last week, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Army Radio Commander Yaron Dekel and expressed his strong opposition to the broadcast, Israel Hayom reports.

"By the same logic, one could also add to the Israeli narrative the legacy of the mufti [Haj Amin al-Husseini, who expressed support for the Nazis] or applaud the literary quality of [Adolf Hitler's book] 'Mein Kampf," Lieberman said.

According to a statement from his office, Lieberman told Dekel that while there would be no political meddling in Army Radio programmess, the purpose of a military radio station in a complex democratic society such as Israel's was to bolster solidarity, not to deepen rifts or offend public sensibilities. The statement said Lieberman had pointed out that there was a big difference between freedom of expression and freedom of incitement, and that it was the commander's responsibility to make that clear to the station's hosts, writers and editors.

Lieberman said Darwish, who called for the expulsion of the Jewish people from Israel and wrote "I will eat the occupier's flesh," could not constitute part of the narrative of what it means to be Israeli, despite Army Radio claims.

Referring to Lieberman's comments, Joint Arab List party leader Ayman Odeh said: "Only a man full of hate and evil could compare the wonderful and humane poetry of Mahmoud Darwish to the writings of Hitler. Darwish was not only an exalted poet, but an extraordinary person, who despite the pain of losing his homeland, never stopped believing in universal values."

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


  • Peres, Rivlin and Netanyahu launch Israel Innovation Centre

The Peres Centre for Peace on the Jaffa seashore has become the showcase for Israeli innovation, and is now known as the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. At the launch of the centre on Thursday, both President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lauded former president Shimon Peres as the ongoing trailblazer of Israeli innovation, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Listing a string of Israeli initiatives in which Peres played a leading role, Rivlin credited Peres with enabling Israel’s nuclear capability.

For Rivlin and Netanyahu, this was their first visit to the Peres Centre.

All three men emphasised that, while Israel is poor in natural resources, it is rich in human resources and this wealth of ingenuity is the foundation for Israel’s reputation as the start-up nation.

Netanyahu said that Israel’s scientific and technological edge, plus its record for dealing with terrorism, is bringing the world to Israel’s door.

The scourge of terrorism brought about by radical Islam has heightened the security concerns of many countries, which are eager to share in Israel’s breakthroughs in security technologies. This includes Arab countries, said Netanyahu, adding, “This may bring us the peace we seek.”

Peres, who was the architect of Israel’s defence and aviation industries, noted that Israeli innovation was born out of security needs but can now be used for dialogue that can lead to peace.

“Israel is not a miracle,” he said. “Israel is a vision. We dreamed big, but the realities are much greater than our dreams.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu: LGBTs are integral part of Israeli society

Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu said that the LGBT community is an integral part of Israeli society, calling the pride parade in Jerusalem a “march of unity” for all those who believe in equality, the Times of Israel reports.

The Hebrew message was followed by an English video stressing the differences between the treatment of homosexuals in Arab countries and Israel.

In a Facebook post and video in Hebrew, the prime minister wrote that those who participated in Thursday’s event, “will be marching for one principle: all human beings are equal, all human beings were created in God’s image, all human beings have a right to live their lives as they choose, with dignity and security.”

Some 25,000 people, according to police estimates, marched on Thursday evening at the fifteenth annual Jerusalem gay pride parade under heavy security after a deadly stabbing attack that took place at last year’s event.

Netanyahu paid tribute to Shira Banki, 16, who was murdered at the 2015 parade in the capital by an ultra-Orthodox extremist, calling her a “brave, talented and loved” child.

“Shira was murdered for supporting the simple idea that we are all equal. The parade today in Jerusalem is not a parade just for the LGBT community. It’s not a march just for one group…It’s a march for ‘us,’ for ‘togetherness.’ …We are all one family,” he said. “We march together in Shira’s memory, we will remember her with love and longing, we will not let others sow separation among us.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


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