Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, April 5, 2012
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(mentions JFNA Tribe Fest)
(Times of Israel) Raul Castro asked to free social worker, who brought Internet access to island’s Jews, ahead of ‘the holiday of freedom’
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(Ynet) Report published by Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel indicates 40% of Shoah survivors feel lonely, 12,000 lack proper heating and 5% suffer from shortage of food
(Haaretz) Senior defense official presents Israeli cabinet with assessment of number of people dead should Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas launch missiles at Israel; number is far lower than the one mentioned previously by Defense Minister Barak.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Times of Israel)
(Haaretz) One Palestinian killed in clashes at Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza border; at least 34 arrested in Jerusalem; IDF Spokesperson: This is only the start, Nakba and Naksa Day still ahead of us.
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) Former NPR MK said to be top candidate to take over from Rabbi Druckman
(Ynet) Opening of first Israel Academy of Philanthropy designed to train new generation of resource development professionals in Israel - with countrywide teaching centers
(Israel National News) Atlanta Hawks were presented with Maccabi jerseys in demonstration of close bond between Israel and America on basketball court.
(The Marker) Netanyahu's personal intervention in fuel prices is solid evidence of what his main concern will be in the next round of elections: public awareness and the consumer foment.
(Haaretz) The Dan Region Wastewater Treatment Plant situated in central Israel is doubling as an exhibition space for the Passover holiday, advancing environmental of ecological issues through art and design.
Science, Technology and Development
(Ynet) Water and Energy minister says exporting Israeli natural gas will help promote peace process
(Times of Israel) Weizmann Institute’s Naama Geva-Zatorsky named Europe’s top female researcher of the year
(Times of Israel) Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reveals in their latest data that 88 percent of Israelis will take part in a Seder and 47 percent eat only kosher-for-Passover items during the holiday.
(You Tube) The Exodus with Google Maps and Wikipedia
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Ma'ariv believes that, "More than anything, the Machpelah House affair teaches us about the insanity that awaits us as the elections approach," and adds that, "Ministers are making combative statements, the sole objective of which is to garner greater support in the struggle within the Right. Barak himself, who faces no primaries and whose only voter is the Prime Minister, seems free of such considerations and indeed, this time he acted according to logic and the directives of the legal system. And yet even as he does so there are always those who suspect that his motives are not altogether clean and that he might be playing a complex game against Netanyahu."
Yisrael Hayom ventures that, "With all due respect, the rule of law is only an excuse. Around Machpelah House are hundreds of Arab homes that were built without permits. Barak and his lawyers are not troubled by them. The heart of the matter is the huge difference in outlook between Barak and most Government ministers (from the Likud, Shas, Yisrael Beytenu and the Jewish Home) regarding Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, including Hebron."