Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, May 10, 2012
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(Times of Israel) PJ Library comes to Israel as Sifriyat Pijama
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(Israel National News) “Birthright Israel for Boomers” provides older American Jews with an experience identical to that of young adults
New Coalition Knesset
(Times of Israel) Shelly Yachimovich in line to become next opposition leader
(Ynet) Kadima chairman vowed never to join Netanyahu's government just two months ago, called his new coalition partner a liar last January
Welfare and Social Issues
(Israel Hayom) Terrorists who killed five members of the Itamar family are behind bars, but now government wants to invoke special measure to punish their family members for having served as accessories in attempted cover-up
(Israel National News) Cybercrime a central topic of discussion, as the Israel Police hosts the three-day International Interpol Convention
(Haaretz) Two firebombs hurled at a house in Hatikva neighborhood, less than two weeks after similar attack on homes of asylum seekers
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) Israel's Schechter Rabbinical Seminary to accept gay and lesbian students in the next academic year
(Ynet) Hundreds of thousands of Israelis spent Wednesday night around Lag B'Omer bonfires
(Israel Hayom) Moran Samuel, who took home a gold medal at last month's international rowing competition for disabled athletes in Italy, moves audience when she decides to sing Israel's national anthem on her own after Italian organizers failed to prepare a recording
(Haaretz) Michael Oren tells U.S. crowd that while Palestinian suicide bombers blew up Israeli restaurants and buses, Israel provided shelter for LGBT Palestinians
Arts and Culture
(Israel National News) Magicians from all over the world got together in Holon for the International Magicians Convention.
Science, Technology and Development
(Ynet) A team from the Savionim middle school in Yahud-Monosson on Sunday won first place in an international Robotics Competition held in Florida.
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Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Ma'ariv asserts that the agreement was, "designed to scare away the vultures that were circling Kadima's corpse, scare away the Feiglin supporters from the Likud and hang Livni out to dry at home for one-and-half years while Yair Lapid becomes irrelevant." The author concludes: "Now we have to wait. Will our heroes change the electoral system? Will they draft the ultra-orthodox? Will they carry out the rulings of the High Court of Justice? The good news is that we will know soon. The bad news is that maybe it would be better not to know. If all of these promises happen, then it will have been worth it. Really. And if not? Then, all in all, we would have here yet another stinking trick in the increasingly smelly history of Israeli politics."
Yisrael Hayom contends that, "It is the obligation of any honest person – to begin a discussion regarding the military enlistment of the ultra-Orthodox with the question of the place of the Torah world in Israel society."