Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, May 3, 2012
Federation Projects in the Israeli Press
(Ynet) Largest federation group to visit Israel in over a decade enjoys Independence Day celebrations as part of trip that took over two years to organize
(Ynet) Studies carried out recently among US Jews indicate that only one in five has visited, or is planning to visit Israel.
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(Haaretz) The sudden departure this month of the Jewish Agency's veteran chief financial officer, Yaron Neudorfer, is sending shock waves through the cash-strapped organization as it grapples with a severe budget deficit.
(Times of Israel) Masa Israel expects over 1,000 college graduates from North America to join a unique internship program in Israel.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Haaretz) Not even the court managed to nail down what it means for a person to live with dignity, or how the state should ensure that officially basic human right.
(Times of Israel) Meretz MKs are currently advancing a bill that would allow adopted grandchildren to automatically inherit their adoptive grandparents.
(Israel Hayom) Government has majority needed to dissolve 18th Knesset and call early elections for Sept. 4
(Israel Hayom) Defense Minister Ehud Barak to propose "service for all" bill
(Times of Israel) As Netanyahu prepares to call early elections, a look at the key factors that will determine the result
(Israel National News) A Tel Aviv rally in honor of International Workers’ Day turned into a call to bring back last summer’s social protest.
Aliyah and Immigration
(Haaretz) I urge the aliyah skeptics to come to Ben-Gurion Airport in July and August and watch the planes landing there filled with immigrants.
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Haaretz) An inability to enforce compulsory IDF enlistment challenges Israel, both practically – as the burden of service is not equally shared – and theoretically – when a third of Israel's population does not following its laws.
Over the past four months, 15 people who have converted in the Diaspora, through Diaspora rabbinates that Israel deems legitimate, have found themselves denied citizenship under the Law of Return
(Haaretz) The High Court of Justice has affirmed the validity of thousands of conversions called into question by the Rabbinical Court of Appeals in 2008
(Ynet) Survey finds that 51% of Israeli Jews support compromise that would sway haredim to enlist; 35% say sector should be forced to serve.
Arts and Culture
The new ‘Hatikva,’ which features some of the original lyrics and some new lyrics, was released for Independence Day.
Science, Technology and Development
(Times of Israel) Israel names Tel Aviv University's Renewable Energy Center a 'Center of Research Excellence'
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Ma'ariv discusses the upcoming elections and believes that, "The inability of the Center-Left parties to unite in a substantial political bloc ensures that the Right and the ultra-orthodox will continue to hold the reins."
Yisrael Hayom endorses new, stricter anti-smoking regulations. The author says, "As the cliché says, I am prepared to fight and to man the barricades over the right of smokers to smoke but in the same breath, I am convinced of our right, the non-smokers (and we are the majority), not to become walking ashtrays when we are in public places."