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U.S. Jewish group rejects call to ban Sheldon Adelson election funds

(Haaretz) National Jewish Democratic Council official says regrets claims that mogul's money represented a Chinese influence on elections



Peres: Israel will hit terror nests around world

(Jpost) Defense Minister promises to find perpetrators of attack; Netanyahu vows powerful response; Liberman says Israel has solid information Hezbollah carried out Burgas terror attack.


32 wounded tourists land in Israel following deadly suicide bombing in Bulgaria

(Times of Israel) Chief medical officer says Israeli doctors are in Sofia to determine when three seriously injured victims can return, praises work of Bulgarian medical staff.


Civil Society

PM to submit his own conscription bill, after Kadima quits coalition

(Times of Israel) Mofaz, leading his party out of government after only 10 weeks, says Netanyahu has chosen to side ‘with the draft-dodgers’.


State to Israel High Court: Women must not be excluded from ads

(Haaretz) Nine months ago, a Jerusalem NGO petitioned the court after an ad agency and Egged bus company refused to run the NGO's campaign against exclusion of women from the public sphere.


Social Protests

Woman sets fire at Eilat National Insurance branch

(Times of Israel) Torching latest in wave since man set fire to self at Tel Aviv rally Saturday.


Social protest marks one year anniversary

(Ynet) Protesters gather in Tel Aviv to mark one year since first tent was erected in Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard. Demonstrations held simultaneously in Haifa, Jerusalem.


Aliyah and Immigration

10 Years Later, Nefesh B'Nefesh Plans for the Future

(Israel National News) The co-founders of Nefesh B'Nefesh celebrate 10 years of bringing Jews to Israel and are planning new projects for the future.


Jewish World

More haredim to study in academia

(Ynet) Council of Higher Education to open study tracks geared for haredi public; programs to include engineering, exact sciences, architecture. Goal is to double number of students from 6,000 to 12,000 by 2017.


Millions of Africans see themselves as Jews, researcher says

(Ynet) Dr. Shalva Weil of Hebrew U. says the past 15 years have seen sharp rise in number of African communities identifying as Jews; Israel unaware of phenomenon, its ramifications.


Hundreds of thousands attend funeral of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

(Times of Israel) The prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbinic leader died Wednesday at age 102 and was buried in Jerusalem late Wednesday night.



Math Olympiad: Israeli team wins 3 silver medals

(Ynet) Israel's team ranks in 31st place overall; brings home total of five medals


Israeli Economy

New ‘Red Lights’ task force aims to prevent financially driven acts of desperation

(Times of Israel) National Insurance Institute hotline planned for workers to report severe, life-threatening cases of hardship.



Expo offers a chance to pick Israel's 'green brain'

(Ynet) CleanTech 2012 offers visitors bewildering variety of Israeli inventions: Solar kits, water technologies, solutions for green construction, wastewater treatment, recycling and gardening.


Science, Technology and Development

Better Place launches commercial electric cars

(Jpost) Company touts lower cost, no emissions, silent motors and lack of gasoline dependence for its cars.


Israeli female scientists win L’Oreal-UNESCO awards

(Jpost) Dr. Ephrat Shema-Ya’acobi and Osnat Zomer-Pen receive NIS 50,000 apiece, while student Gili Bisker awarded NIS 10,000 prize.  


Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press

Yediot Ahronot believes, "One thing is clear – the biggest loser is us, the Israeli people. A unique opportunity, in which a gigantic coalition of 94 MKs could have really enacted an historic change, has been missed. And even if they convince us that there were good intentions here and that everyone entered the story with a clean heart and a sense of mission, the fact is that an historical opportunity has become a political event."  The author suggests that Prime Minister Netanyahu will not be so quick to call for new elections given the public mood, now that he has been thrown back on his alliance with the ultra-orthodox.


Ma'ariv says, "Thanks to Netanyahu, Shaul Mofaz and Kadima are leaving this partnership with flag in hand. They finally found an agenda that eluded them during three years in opposition.  Maybe Kadima will crumble in the next elections, but on the way down it will inflict damage on Netanyahu, the scope of which cannot be gauged at present. In the next elections, Netanyahu will be the one who gave in to the ultra-orthodox at the expense of those who serve." The author asserts, "The last thing he needs now is elections over the Tal Law, with the social protests going in unexpected directions. Therefore, Netanyahu will try to go to elections as far away as possible from the events of recent weeks, but still soon enough not to be dragged into wars over the [2013] budget, and this will almost certainly be in early 2013."