News From Israel

News from Israel” presents a compilation of news stories from major Israeli and other publications. To see the source and to read the full story behind a headline, click the hyperlink in the corresponding news item.

No. 89, December 12, 2018 
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Inside Israel
Police recommend charging Netanyahu with bribery, fraud. The Israel Police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on bribery, fraud and breach-of-public trust charges in the corruption investigation known as Case 4000. “I am sure that the relevant authorities, after examining the matter, will reach the conclusion that there will be nothing because there was nothing,” Netanyahu said.

Haredi enlistment at all-time high. Over 3,000 haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, Israelis enlisted in the IDF in 2017 – the highest ever in the history of the State. It represents roughly a third of 18-year-old haredi Israelis eligible for military service.

Fighting BDS, Israelis and Palestinians work together in Jordan Valley. The BDS movement has demonstrated a willingness not only to hurt Israelis but also Palestinians, as economic data shows what would happen were there to be massive boycotts against the Jewish state. Some 25,000 workers—including 18,000 Palestinians—are employed in joint economic areas located within Judea and Samaria.

IDF launches operation to neutralize Hezbollah tunnelsIsrael announced beginning of Operation Northern Shield after discovering Hezbollah efforts to construct network of offensive tunnels on Lebanon border. “This is the most blatant proof of the violation of UN Resolution 1701 that ended the Second Lebanon War,” IDF said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized the extreme danger the tunnels would have created for Israel, “[The tunnels were large enough] to bring … several battalions into our territory, with the purpose of cutting off communities here, towns, kibbutzim, and then going into a campaign of murder and kidnapping”

Samaria shooting attack injures 6 Israelis including pregnant woman. A pregnant woman was among six people injured after 9 p.m. in a shooting attack outside the community of Ofra, north of Jerusalem. Her condition is critical. The others are in light to moderate condition. “Shots were fired at Israeli civilians standing at a bus station from a passing Palestinian vehicle. IDF troops nearby responded by firing towards the vehicle, which fled. IDF troops are currently searching the area,” the IDF tweeted.

International
Israel said working to forge ties with Bahrain amid unprecedented Gulf opening. Israel is working to normalize ties with Bahrain, as Jerusalem ramps up its drive to forge more open relations with the Arab world amid shifting alliances in the Middle East driven by shared concerns over Iran. During a recent press conference, Netanyahu remarked that “there will be more … visits in Arab countries very soon,” without providing details.

Czech president in Israel, to begin moving embassy to Jerusalem. Miloš Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic – one of the friendliest countries to Israel in Europe – arrived for a four-day state visit. During his visit, Zeman will inaugurate an office in Jerusalem he said will be the precursor to moving the country’s embassy to the city.

Support for U.S.-Israel alliance is losing support among the young, Schumer says.Enthusiasm for U.S. support for Israel is dying out among young Americans and the two countries must gin up a high-powered educational campaign to restore it, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer told a crowd of Israel supporters. “Israel does the job so American soldiers and sailors don’t have to be there,” he said. “Israel does more to help against terrorism than any other place.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article222519225.html

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib endorses Israel boycott. Rashida Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American women ever elected to Congress. The Michigan lawmaker campaigned in favor of a two-state solution until just weeks before the midterm elections, when she backtracked from her support, and suggested to instead favor a one-state solution, with the Arab majority in control. Earlier, another new member of Congress, Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, also revealed her support for BDS.

Resolution condemning Hamas fails at UN, despite unprecedented support. A US-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas garnered a 87-57 majority in the UN General Assembly, but fell nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to be adopted. US Ambassador Haley said that the demand for a two-thirds majority was nothing less than a double standard, since no such demand was made last week when the UN passed six resolutions condemning Israel.

Culture and Lifestyle
8 bakeries making the wildest donuts in Israel. This Hanukkah, inspire your taste buds with these wildly imaginative sufganiya flavors from Israeli bakeries.

Statistics: Hanukkah customs which are especially popular among Israeli Jews.There is almost no Israeli Jew that does not light Hanukkah candles. Most Israeli Jews partake in several Hanukkah activities, such as eating sufganiyot (doughnuts) and latkes (potato pancakes) (79%) and giving Hanukkah gelt (money) (64%). Find out more here.

Watch: Jerusalem 1918This rare amateur film presents Jerusalem as if was100 years ago, in 1918.  It shows the daily life of the Old City, the Western Wall, the market and Jaffa Street, Damascus Gate and holy places for Jews: David’s Tomb, Rachel’s Tomb, the Shiloah Spring and Yad Avshalom.

Science and Technology
Israeli scientist wins EU Innovation Award for breath test device that detects diseases. Israeli Professor Hossam Haick from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was awarded the European Commission Innovation Prize for his invention of the SNIFFPHONE, a device that uses nanotechnology sensors to analyze particles in the breath and is able to pinpoint exact diseases, like certain kinds of cancer, pulmonary and even the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.

Israeli startup restores speech abilities to stroke victims, others with impaired language. Each year, millions of people have their speech impaired due to strokes and aneurysms, diseases such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s, brain injuries from accidents, and other medical conditions. Voiceitt, a Tel Aviv-based startup has developed signal processing and customizable speech recognition technologies to provide a synthesized voice for those whose speech has been garbled.

In Depth
The Middle East’s most overlooked refugees. Today, only some 4,000 Jews remain in Arab countries. In other politically incorrect words, the Jews are the victims of ethnic cleansing. After the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, more than 800,000 Jews were expelled from Arab lands and came to Israel (compared to 711,000 Palestinian refugees).

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