Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, August 18, 2011
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(Haaretz) Taglit trips must be achieving their stated goal of drawing Diaspora Jews closer to the fold if 29-year-old Canadian David Goodman is any indication.
(Ynet) Oral Health Association operates mobile dental care service arriving at homes of elderly in need of treatment at subsidized price
Welfare and Social Issues
(Jpost) Health Ministry will hire public health nurses in the northern and southern district from Ashkelon downwards.
(Haaretz) Inadequate and expensive child care means it still doesn't pay for some moms to work.
Social Justice Protests
(Jpost) Organizers bypass Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in effort to "let the rest of the voices speak"; over 20,000 rally in Haifa
(Jpost) Committee chair of impoverished Jesse Cohen neighborhood writes letter to municipality warns events could "spin out of control" if shacks destroyed.
(Haaretz) All government general, psychiatric and geriatric hospitals to strike; outpatient clinics and departments in these hospitals will be closed to outpatients, only urgent operations to be performed.
(Haaretz) Rabbi Yisrael Lau tells Student Union representatives that he's never seen so many Israelis come together; says he'll contact Netanyahu.
(Haaretz) Parents have set up a protest summer camp in the Sharon region, and it looks a little like an amusement park decorated with the theme of social justice.
(Haaretz) Don't expect change to come to you; you are the change.
(Ynet) Op-ed: Recent wave of social protest mostly an indication that Israelis have become spoiled
(Jpost) Sde Dov, Mahane 80, Sirkin among bases considered
Aliyah and Immigration
(Jpost) Nefesh B’Nefesh flight lands from New York with 359 new immigrants.
(Haaretz) Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg and his team of experts will deal with low-income groups that would benefit the most from reforms.
(Israel Hayom) In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister says social ills can be rectified without changing the economic system
(Jpost) PIBA: Contrary to media reports, situation is not unprecedented; girl is "far from being on borderline of meeting the state criteria to stay."
(Jpost) Cyclists concerned they won’t be allowed to board with bikes.
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) Group of parents from Petah Tikva file High Court petition against Education Ministry's decision to separate between boys and girls in religious school
Science, Technology and Development
(Ynet) Finance Ministry says five plants will together supply 75% of country's drinking water by 2013
Arts and Culture
(Jpost) White marble Roman-era Hero found without head in dig under new railroad line at Horvat Tarbenet; site was probably old Roman bathhouse.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yisrael Hayom's author tells, "Why the welfare state frightens me. The 'welfare state' and the 'socialist economy' have become magic words. But, in reality, they are what caused the crumbling of the European economy right before our very eyes."
Ma'ariv maintains that, "What will happen on the 20th of September is more-or-less what happens today. Gasoline will flow through the pumps; electricity through the cables, milk will be in containers as will be cottage cheese..." In short, the author contends that, "The day on which the Palestinians intend to declare statehood is not supposed to change our lives. Because the reality is not only what is determined by the media's agenda."