Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, March 22, 2012
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(Haaretz) New York City police ramp security at synagogues and other Jewish institutions citywide.
Federation Projects in the Israeli Press
(Israel National News) The New Israel Fund, an organization that encourages boycotts, divestments, sanctions against Israel, to participate in Israeli Day Parade.
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(Israel National News) Eight young Jewish adults with various degrees of mental and physical disabilities spent ten days touring Israel.
(Times of Israel) New lobby to strengthen to Jewish people is launched in Knesset, dubbed “Lobby to Strengthen the Jewish People.”
(Times of Israel) The French community in Jerusalem came together Wednesday in sorrow as they buried four of their own on the Mount of Rest.
(Israel National News) In legislation aimed to replace the Tal Law, only 10%-20% will be allowed to study instead of serve
Welfare and Social Issues
(Times of Israel) ‘No compensation can fix the wrongs that were done,’ families’ lawyer says
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Haaretz) Proponents in Herzliya say the move would cut down on air pollution as fewer people use their cars. There would also be less traffic and fewer traffic accidents.
(Times of Israel) I have embraced Judaism. When will I be embraced in return?
(Haaretz) Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley was a Kindertransport refugee who became one of Britain's best-known philanthropists. Now she's coming to show Israelis that charity begins at home.
(Haaretz) Online posters sending messages of love and peace draw widespread attention and support; Iranian citizens send messages of thanks and praise.
(Ynet news) Op-ed: Pro-Israel blogger tries to counter Sweden’s new national sport – bashing Jewish state
(Ynet news) Odeda Benin Goren travels around the world, providing different countries with humanitarian aid on behalf of international organization
Sports and Culture
(Haaretz) In Jerusalem, people are truly amazed by the fact that other people take to the streets, to the difficult slopes, to the pouring rain - and run for the mere fun of it.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yisrael Hayom calls to, "Neutralize Iran for the sake of peace." The author argues that, "The danger is not only the possibility of the actual use of nuclear weapons, but rather the diplomatic implications of Iran becoming a regional nuclear power. All peace loving Israelis must view the prevention of Iran's nuclear armament as Israel's top diplomatic-security priority. It is preferable that it be attained diplomatically, through heavy sanctions imposed by the free world on Iran. If those measures fail, there will probably be no other option than an Israeli strike, even if no one desires it."
Yediot Ahronot believes that the recent New York Times story that US intelligence and the Mossad are in agreement that the Iranian leadership has yet to decide to produce a nuclear bomb, "may have been filed by the White House Spin Department." While the author asserts that both Washington and Jerusalem are engaged in active manipulation and spin, he nevertheless states that, "Manipulations conceal the main argument – and the argument is not over facts. If Israel wants to attack by itself, its timetable is short. The Americans, if they want to attack, will be able to do so even in the next year or two. Israel does not believe that the US will go to war against Iran despite Obama's promises. Moreover, Israel fears that if its window of opportunity for an attack closes, it will thereby lose a vital lever with which to pressure the American administration into acting against Iran."