Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, June 21, 2012
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(Haaretz)'Takdim 'seeks to raise $1 million over two years for four projects that will serve both the estimated 46,000 residents of Ramat Hasharon and Israelis outside its own community via joint programs.
(Times of Israel) Chose to meet with representatives of Eastern European bloc nations because they often vote neutral or abstain on resolutions pertaining to Israel.
(Times of Israel) Leaders accuse Shlomo Amar of alienating fellow Jews.
Federation Projects in the Israeli Press
(Israel National News) A 12 year old New York girl set up a therapeutic knitting class for kids in Sderot, to help them deal with the stress of Gaza terror.
(Israel Hayom) Hamas military wing announces willingness to stop escalating the violence as long as "occupation forces halt their aggression." Some 70 rockets strike southern Israel on Wednesday, more than 120 rockets since Monday.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Jpost) Israel has only one quarter the firemen and firetrucks as other western countries.
(Times of Israel) President warns against focusing only on the things that went wrong in the deadly 2010 blaze that claimed 44 lives.
Aliyah and Immigration
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Times of Israel) Group of women protest outside police station.
(Israel National News) MK Eldad calls to “end the occupation” as rabbi is barred from the Temple Mount.
(Jpost) Israel seems to provide young Diaspora Jews with a unique opportunity to confront their Jewishness on their own terms while experiencing the miracle of the Jewish people’s return to national sovereignty.
(Ynet) Government seeks connection with Israeli emigrants' communities; instead of criticizing, offers incentives to return.
(Israel Hayom) Students from across Israel begin their summer vacation "We're already used to this," one teen says of the rocket fire "We don’t let the situation bum us out."
(Times of Israel) Interior Ministry grants extra days after hundreds agree to depart on own accord.
(Ynet) Yaki Reisner of the Z. Landau Group, warns that if no housing solution is found for haredim, they will be forced to 'take over' secular cities.
(Israel Hayom) Special forces from Israel come to American conferences and teach some battlefield medical techniques.
(Ynet) Bank of Israel chief says banks invested heavily in real estate market, adding 'if financial system is weak there are no loans'
Science, Technology and Development
(Ynet) Cabinet approves plan to expedite construction of two offshore, two land-based processing plants by end of next year
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yediot Ahronot says, "Whoever really wants to learn the lessons [regarding State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss's report on the December 2010 Carmel wildfire] and take steps to change the situation, as opposed to going headhunting, can see from the report that the firefighting situation today is also catastrophic and that the same deficiency that has gone on for years is still continuing." The author suggests that, "Within a few days, the report will be tossed into the great trash bin of State Comptroller's reports. The only place in which the report will be mentioned will be in the report on the next disaster, when the next State Comptroller asks why the conclusions of this report were not implemented. Will Netanyahu, Stenitz and Yishai be hurt by the report? Oh come on, really. When was the last time a minister here was hurt by a major screw-up?"
Ma'ariv professes that, "Heavy weapons, including missiles, are flowing throughout the Middle East to the Sinai peninsula, which obligates Israel to urgently recalibrate its security perspective towards Egypt."