Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, June 28, 2012
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(Israel National News) World ORT KadimaMada to officially open an advanced center for science and technology at the Sha’ar HaNegev region.
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(Haaretz)While the average response time in Western countries is seven to 10 minutes, in Israel it takes 17 minutes on average to arrive at the scene.
(Times of Israel) Yohanan Plesner says legislation also aims to double number of non-Jewish Israelis in non-military national service.
(Haaretz)Sixty percent of those polled said last year's protest has brought no change; 16 percent said the situation worsened, while 15 percent said it improved.
(Israel Hayom) Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino says protests over the weekend were unlike those that took place last summer.
(Ynet) Cologne court rules non-medical circumcision is serious interference in human body's integrity.
(Haaretz)Rainbow coalition joins international call for tribute at London's Games to the Israelis killed at the German Olympics 40 years ago.
(Times of Israel) Israelis are interested in strengthening relations with the Diaspora, according to the seventh annual B’nai B’rith World Center Survey on Contemporary Israeli Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yediot Ahronot discusses the Plasner Committee proposal whereby ultra-orthodox men would be drafted into the army from the age of 22-23. The author claims that this would mean that, "Most will be married and fathers by then. Integration into the army will be limited, and the cost to the country will be high: NIS 5,000 a month per recruit." The paper notes that, "Regular soldiers would also be happy, between the ages of 18 to 23, to occupy themselves with making babies, or at least intensive training in preparation, but what can you do – they're in the army."
Yisrael Hayom says that, "The Iranian nuclear effort is intended to advance Tehran's 1,400 year-old historic aspiration: Control of the Persian Gulf as the first stage of regional and world hegemony. A nuclear Iran would be an immediate and clear threat to pro-American regimes in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and would lead to a slippery regional and global economic and security slope that would threaten the world's sanity and fatally harm the security of the United States and its economy. Israel would be a target for Iran's nuclear capabilities, but not a first target."