Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, March 29, 2012
Welfare and Social Issues
(Ynet) Legislation seeking to enable women residing in domestic violence shelters to claim income support benefits passes second, third Knesset readings
(Haaretz) Proposed change would allow men who had same-sex intercourse 10 or more years ago to donate blood that will be accepted by the blood bank.
Aliyah and Immigration
(Times of Israel) Former contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ is now an IDF recruit
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Times of Israel) I am a Conservative (Masorti) Jew living in Israel, and I’m done apologizing for it.
(Times of Israel) Even if we cannot eradicate the complexity of our tradition’s attitude to conversion, we must understand the pain it causes for those who seek to join us
(Israel Hayom) Following threats from United Torah Judaism's chairman, Prime Minister Netanyahu delays until summer a vote on the "Tzohar Law," which would allow couples to register for marriage at any rabbinate.
(Times of Israel) The Jewish school in France where a gunman killed three children and a teacher has received a rash of anti-Semitic hate mail and phone calls since the attack.
(Ynet) Politicians blast committee's failure to include minorities in Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony
Science, Technology and Development
(Ynet) Israel Land Administration aims to facilitate 57 new solar energy projects by offering zoning mitigations
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yediot Ahronot argues that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, "ignored the criticism." The author says that, "The Bank of Israel's annual report contained sharp criticism of his Government but Benjamin Netanyahu reacted with satisfaction and did not relate to the problematic paragraphs."
Ma'ariv contends that, "The primary results have left a large portion of Kadima voters without representation. [Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly] Yachimovich and [media personality Yair] Lapid [who is forming a new party] are far from providing them with an answer."