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Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, April 24, 2014


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Welfare and Social Issues

Poverty on the rise among Holocaust survivors

(Times of Israel) More than a quarter live below the poverty line, study finds; 61% say relationship with government has not improved.


50,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel live in poverty

(Haaretz-premium) Over 1,000 die every month; new statistics paint stark picture of their lives.


Health Ministry: 95% of Israeli Children Vaccinated

(Israel National News) The rate of Israeli children who receive well-child vaccines at regular intervals is 95%, making it one of the highest levels of vaccinated children in a given population worldwide.


Civil Society

Rockets fired at Israel after Palestinian unity deal struck

(Israel Hayom) IAF launches strike to prevent imminent rocket fire on Wednesday, but fails to hit target.


Jewish World

Ukrainian Jews look to Israel as anti-Semitism escalates

(Haaretz) Anti-Jewish incidents elicit a warning from U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden during a visit to Ukraine.


Muslim Mob Terrified Jewish Children on Temple Mount

(Israel National News) Several dozen hareidi Jews, including children, ascended the Temple Mount, and were surrounded by an angry mob.

‘Train of the Living’ to memorialize 70th anniversary of deportation of Hungarian Jews

(Jpost) Hundreds of high school students to ride train from Budapest to Auschwitz to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Israel Advocacy/Relations

Jordan summons Israeli envoy in Amman after Temple Mount clashes

(Jpost) Jordanian Foreign Ministry calls on ambassador Daniel Nevo to convey Amman's "protest and rejection" of Israeli treatment of Muslim worshipers.


Unaccompanied Israeli tourists banned from Jordan

(Times of Israel) New unofficial regulations apparently apply only to Jewish, not Arab, visitors.


Ukraine separatists: We're holding missing US-Israeli reporter

(Ynet) Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky was detained Monday night along with a number of other reporters who have since been released.



New Holocaust education program in Israel to start in kindergarten

(Jpost) The new program, "In the path of memory," is formulated by Holocaust experts, psychologists and Education Ministry consultants.


New project encourages recycling after school

(Jpost) ELA Recycling Corporation chairwoman says Israel surpassed the US and Europe in meeting its plastic recycling goals this year.


Israeli Economy

The free market isn’t in retreat, Israel just needs a fairer economy

(Haaretz-premium) Everywhere you look the state is trying to influence prices: food, housing, health care and the dollar. But don’t worry, we’re not returning to the 1980s.


Sports and Culture

Second Temple period chisel found near Kotel

(Ynet) Ancient chisel found by Israeli Antiquities Authority may have been used during Second Temple period to construct Western Wall.


Israeli Arab women break ground on pro soccer team

(Israel Hayom) "They're happy. We're happy. The mix has been very successful," says Hapoel Petach Tikva team founder.



Millions visit Israel's parks, nature reserves, forests and beaches over Passover

(Jpost) Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) reported a collective total of approximately 3.5 million visitors.

Award-Winning 'Basil Tree' Comes Home to Israel

(Israel National News) After winning awards abroad, an Israeli botanical invention by Hishtil called the “Basil Tree” will be available in Israel.


Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press

Yediot Ahronot says that Israel will be watching the US reaction to the agreement and cautions that, "Unless there is a marked American response, this will be the start of a diplomatic avalanche that will lead to Western recognition of Hamas." The author notes that Jerusalem is calling on Washington, "not to cooperate with Hamas as long as it does not accept the Quartet's three conditions: Recognition of Israel, recognition of the agreements that have been signed between it and the Palestinians and a renunciation of terrorism." The paper notes that once Abu Mazen assumes the leadership of a unified Palestinian Authority government, Israel will hold him responsible for any firing from the Gaza Strip.


Yisrael Hayom asserts that, "One must regard the reconciliation agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas with caution and suspicion," because, "Similar agreements that they reached in the past were violated repeatedly." The author avers that, "Hamas is coming to the wedding without any dowry. Syria and Iran have turned their backs on it due to its support for the anti-Assad rebels, and in Egypt Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal are seen as dangerous enemies who are no different than their Muslim Brotherhood cohorts." The paper claims that Hamas's popularity in the Gaza Strip is very low due to its, "inability to ensure residents even a minimal standard of living," and declares, "Hamas needs Abu Mazen like it needs air to breathe." But the author also contends that, "Abu Mazen is coming to the wedding empty-handed," and adds, "Nobody in the Arab world really supports him and he knows not to expect anything from the international community." The paper believes that the collapse of the negotiations with Israel will lead to, "a demand on the Palestinian street to resume the struggle against Israel, which the experienced Abu Mazen knows is liable to end in disaster." The author doubts whether, "Abu Mazen and the Hamas leadership will be able to overcome the burden of the past, especially the fundamental contradictions in their worldviews and long-range political interests," and doubts whether any unity government will be able to survive.







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