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Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, June 28, 2012


JFNA in the Israeli Press

Sha’ar Hanegev school dedicates fortified campus

(Jpost) Grounds include synagogue, science center, archeological park, concert stage – and 28 shelters.


JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press

The Jewish Agency and aliya

(Jpost) This summer, more than 1,000 young adults will be bringing Israel to Jewish summer camps.


Jewish Agency vows to grow despite budget woes

(Jpost) Sharansky: Fostering Jewish identity best way to encourage aliya.


Advanced Technology Center Launched in Sha'ar Hanegev

(Israel National News) World ORT KadimaMada to officially open an advanced center for science and technology at the Sha’ar HaNegev region.


Welfare and Social Issues

Public hospital charges up by over 6% this year

(Jpost) The prices of services in the health system, including those provided by the public medical institutions, are updated every year.


Israel lags far behind West in firefighting resources

(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.


Civil Society

Ultra-Orthodox draft-dodgers will face criminal charges, says Knesset committee head

(Times of Israel) Yohanan Plesner says legislation also aims to double number of non-Jewish Israelis in non-military national service.


Social Protests

In wake of raucous rally, vast majority of Israelis support renewal of social protest

(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.


'We will not allow social protests to drift into anarchy'

(Israel Hayom) Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino says protests over the weekend were unlike those that took place last summer.


Jewish World

Circumcision to be considered a crime in Germany?

(Ynet) Cologne court rules non-medical circumcision is serious interference in human body's integrity.


Israel Advocacy/Relations

Australian MPs urge: Moment of silence for "Munich 11" victims

(Haaretz)Rainbow coalition joins international call for tribute at London's Games to the Israelis killed at the German Olympics 40 years ago.


Israelis eager for Diaspora relations, divided on US role in peace process

(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.



Firefighters suspect arson in J'lem forest fire

(Jpost) One hundred dunams burned; Highway 1 closed for two hours; three people lightly injured.


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."