Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, April 19, 2012
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(Israel Hayom) (JAFI) Cpl. Maya Liss, a U.S. citizen, immigrated to Israel with the help of Nefesh B’Nefesh and received an award for excellence from the Israel Defense Forces Personnel Directorate
Holocaust Memorial Day
(Israel national news) See and hear the story of Yisrael Aviram (Kalisky), a Holocaust survivor who later immigrated to Israel.
(Israel Hayom) The Holocaust is not just history. People who experienced it in their lifetimes are still among us
Welfare and Social Issues
(Times of Israel) Released Hamas captive officially completes his army service
(Israel Hayom) U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro in special message: Today we stand our ground and resolutely declare, never again.
(Times of Israel) A West Texas quilting bee sends a long distance embrace
Science, Technology and Development
(Haaretz) Israeli firm launches Treato, a search platform that aggregates billions of user-generated medical posts and pulls out their meaning with proprietary algorithms.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yisrael Hayom refers to Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day and asks, "Where did those young people find the courage, the strength, the determination to live for two years in the forests, to be hunted by those who slaughtered their families and to hunt them? To awaken each dawn without knowing that you will see the dusk. To lose the friends who fought at your side without knowing if tomorrow it will be you. And after the war they immigrated to Israel and built homes and raised families. But the families remained small because so many remained there. The Holocaust survivors arrived to their safe harbors, and with them the former partisans, living witnesses to heroism, who have lived here in quiet and in modesty, under an ever-present heavy shadow. In the past years they have begun to leave us. Indeed a generation is disappearing. Every day in the streets or in a public park or in a hospital corridor, we do not really discern them. We do not know which of the elderly were there, or perhaps even fought there. But they are the generation which brought us into the world. They are the generation which allowed this country to come into being. They are worthy of a bow of respect. This is a generation which we must not forget. Ever."
Yediot Ahronot notes that, "In order to ensure the existence and stability of the banks, and assure their account holders, the Bank of Israel and the Finance Ministry recently decided to formulate an innovative new document of principles." The author remarks that, "In the US, 250 banks have closed in the last two years; 4,000 banks have gone bankrupt and have been closed in dozens of countries since the height of the financial crisis in 2008. In Israel, not one bank has closed."