Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, July 12, 2012
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(Israel Hayom) U.S. Jewish group says boycott bid demonizes Israel and threatens Christian-Jewish relations.
(Times of Israel) 51 teen foundations now operate out of JCCs, schools, summer camps, education bureaus and federations. And 30 more are on the way.
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(Ynet) 'Taglit' initiative hopes to offer incredible experience to each and every participant; including handicapped teens. One guide discusses his special needs Birthright experience.
(Times of Israel) ‘Birthright Bump’ reverses trend of detachment among non-Orthodox Jewish Americans, while skepticism over peace prospects rises.
(Times of Israel) Tens of thousands of college students — many on Taglit Birthright Israel, and others on Masa Israel Journey and other programs— are currently criss-crossing the State of Israel.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Times of Israel) A community long denied justice will get $300 million. Deal comes as Israel, Germany commemorate the 60-year anniversary of the first reparations agreement.
(Times of Israel) Strict new regulations nix lighting up at bus stops, train platforms and event venues.
(Israel Hayom) Deputy attorney-general says it is the prosecution's duty to reexamine the pending indictment against Olmert.
(Haaretz) With deadline rapidly approaching, argument erupts between Kadima MK Plesner and Deputy PM Ya'alon over sanctions on individuals who fail to report for IDF duty.
Aliyah and Immigration
(Israel National News) A group of 229 arrivals arrived early Thursday morning on the first flight of the summer to mark the tenth year of Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyahs.
(Ynet) Missile defense battery shuttled to area as part of nationwide deployment, calibration test.
(Times of Israel) Haifa surgeon was part of a team that operated on 33 kids in 4 days in Ecuador.
(Haaretz) Nielsen survey finds cottage cheese at the center of the slump, but other dairy products get hit as well.
(Times of Israel) Jillian Schwartz says a special connection — and a little less competition — helped her join team Israel after previously competing for the USA.
(Ynet) Knesset passes law mandating industries with high environmental impact to list annual pollution results on public database.
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Yediot Ahronot suggests that, "The value of tolerance is sometimes more important than that of gender equality. One cannot insist on universal conscription on the one hand and, on the other, enforce an ideological melting pot that infringes on faith-based values, even if this requires allowing people with particular religious outlooks to quietly and respectably leave before a woman soldier gets up to sing." The author, whose son recently finished 12th grade and will soon enter the IDF, remarks: "It is clear to everyone that there is a war here of values and rights, beliefs and outlooks, and that neither side can persuade the other by an exchange of slogans. But beyond all the words, the strongest common denominator is the reality – rising numbers of those who are not conscripted and do not work, and the placing of the national burden on narrow shoulders."
Ma'ariv notes that religious Zionists, i.e. the 'national religious', have been conspicuous by their absence from the struggle over universal conscription and believes that, "This inactivity, the fear of an open and courageous clash with ultra-orthodox outlooks and even the adoption of some of them, have been the prominent characteristics of the recent generation," of religious Zionists. The author discounts the possibility that any change will come from the religious Zionist rabbinical and lay leadership and asserts, "The correction and the change must come from below, from the silent majority. This is a strong potential factor but, unfortunately, it quietly and apathetically accepts the situation and the conduct of those who pretend to lead it. It does not rise up and it does not protest even though the vast majority – in my estimation – opposes the inactivity in the face of the ultra-orthodox, the adoption of their outlook and their views regarding the conscription of yeshiva students. Only the rising up and extensive protest actions by the silent national religious public will spur its leaders into action that could perhaps lead to change."