Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, March 15, 2012
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(Haaretz) A provision in the new U.S. federal budget proposal may force Jewish Federations to cut their charity to Israel.
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(Ynet) (MASA) Young adults from US Jewish communities teach their mother tongue in Israeli schools while learning about State of Israel, strengthening bond between world Jews
(Times of Israel) Hamas blames Islamic Jihad for breaching ceasefire; Israeli ministers say situation in south ‘unacceptable’
(Israel National News) The Iron Dome system has intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on urban centers during the latest rocket bombardment from Gaza.
(Haaretz) IDF strikes Gaza overnight after Palestinian militants fire three Grad rockets at Be'er Sheva and Ofakim, violating an Israeli-Palestinian truce; schools canceled in southern Israel.
(Times of Israel) Barrage from Gaza and Iron Dome defense result in YouTube uploads
(Haaretz) Activists cite segregation at schools as an urgent problem and demanded sanctions be imposed on schools that refuse to enroll students of Ethiopian origin.
(Ynet) Yayo Avraham shines spotlight on Ethiopian community by marching barefoot from Netanya to Jerusalem. 'It demonstrates the pain of an entire community,' he says
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) As part of joint holiday project, hundreds of haredi, secular couples host each other, exchange gift baskets. Rabbi: We tend to forget we have a lot in common
(Times of Israel) The Beery-Kopelow story is deeply personal and indicative of the broadening ideological divide between Diaspora Jewry and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
(Israel National News) Hundreds of children from Ofakim arrive for a day of fun at the Ice Festival in Jerusalem, after a week under the threat of rockets.
(Times of Israel) Grappling with the ideological disconnect between the Holy Land and the US
(Haaretz) Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz states that public servants would receive their full pay for the period when they missed work.
(Israel Hayom) Central Bureau of Statistics report shows growth rate lower than expected but higher than in other Western countries
Sports and Culture
(Haaretz) Olympic Committee of Israel selects icon of popular peanut-based snack following court case over former 'candidate' Shpitzik the prickly pear.
Science, Technology and Development
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yediot Ahronot warns that, "The current round of fighting in the south and the relative success of Iron Dome are liable to create a dangerous illusion to the effect that this system can resolve the complex problem that Israel is destined to deal with in the near future." The author, a former IDF Gaza Division commander, notes the new situation that has been created in Sinai after the fall of the Mubarak regime and believes that, "The Government must internalize the fact that there is a new situation in the south. The export of terrorism to Sinai requires a much more effective defensive alignment so that it would be possible to foil attempted terrorist attacks not just by striking at the organizations' leaders (successors always pop up immediately)." The paper cautions that, "Without a well-conceived attack initiative, Israel is liable to dragged – within a short time – into additional escalations."
Yisrael Hayom believes that, "The last five days of fighting in Gaza have not fundamentally changed anything," and suggests that, "In Israel and Gaza, they will now utilize the temporary calm in order to study the events of recent days and draw lessons from them ahead of the next round."