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. 92, February 6, 2019
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Events 
Myths and facts about Israel: The question of “occupation”. Beth David Israel Action Committee presents a talk “Myths and facts about Israel: The question of “occupation” with David Meir-Levi, at Congregation Beth David on Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. The event is free, but reservations are required at IsraelNews@beth-david.org

Inside Israel
Likud leaders talk about Israeli “sovereignty over all Judea and Samaria”. At a gathering of some Likud leaders, Minister of Aliyah and Integration Yoav Galant expressed a firm position regarding the territories Israel conquered in the Six Day War. He said the party should “work to apply [Israeli] sovereignty in all of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and to strengthen the settlement enterprise”.

Palestinian terrorism. A Palestinian man exited his vehicle at a checkpoint near a military base outside Nablus in the West Bank and charged at a soldier while holding a large knife, before being shot and killed by IDF troops. – An Israeli officer had been shot by Gaza militants during violent riots along the border fence. Two posts belonging to Hamas’ military wing were struck in response. –  A teenage female terrorist attempted to stab a solder at checkpoint near Ma’aleh Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem before being shot. The teenager, 16, lived in Ramallah and was in 11th grade.

When Israel intervened to save Mahmoud Abbas’ life. Last May, amid fears the PA leader could die and leave a power vacuum in Ramallah or be replaced in subsequent elections by a member of Hamas, Israel offered to provide Abbas with top-of-the-line medical treatment at an Israeli hospital. After PA refused this offer, Israel dispatched doctors to Ramallah to treat Abbas there, resulting in a marked improvement in the PA leader’s condition.

Jewish minor indicted for terror attack that killed Palestinian woman. The main minor suspect in the Jewish terror case was indicted for the killing of a Palestinian woman. The woman, Aysha Ravi was killed by rock throwing.

Israel’s economy is strong. Israel’s gross domestic product has been rising at an average annual rate of 3.69% since 2000, inflation has been 1.57%, and unemployment has fallen to 3.6%. The nation of 8.4 million people has outperformed European stalwarts since 2009. Among the 36 developed economies that make up the OECD, Israel will be the 4th fastest growing (tied with Chile) this year with 3.6%, behind Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia.
 
International
Arab League: Palestinian issue has “reduced” importance. Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu al-Gheith stated during a recent television interview that the priority of the Palestinian cause has been somewhat “reduced.” One Egyptian political analyst said that al-Gheith’s “statements are a clear attempt to prepare the way for the normalization of ties with the Zionist entity.”

Israel slams Amnesty’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ call for boycott of Judea and Samaria. Amnesty International says Israel’s tourism industry in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) profits from the “occupation, human rights violations and war crimes” and is calling for a boycott by international tourism companies. Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin rejected Amnesty’s International call to boycott Israeli tourism sites in Judea and Samaria while vowing to fight the “despicable anti-Semitic decision.”

Iran continues with its nuclear activities unabated. Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has said that Iran did not fill in the core of the reactor with cement and claimed that images showing that Iran had sealed the core were photo-shopped. Salehi said he was “thankful to Allah for the way in which the discussions relating to the technical aspects of the nuclear talks were conducted, as they left so many breaches in the agreement that Iran was able to exploit… Iran has lost nothing as a result of signing the agreement”. Some other excerpts from the interview are here.

IDF destroys Iranian weapons, military sites in Syria. Israeli fighter jets struck Iranian and Syrian military targets, air defense batteries and Iranian Quds Forces positions throughout Syria in response to the firing of a missile by Iranian forces in Syria toward the Golan Heights. The IDF attack targeted weapons storage sites, a site at Damascus International Airport, an Iranian intelligence site, and an Iranian training camp

Brazil welcomes Israeli rescue team with open arms. An Israeli team numbering 130 members of the Israel Defense Forces arrived in Brazil to help in the wake of a horrific dam collapse that may have cost the lives of hundreds. The Israelis were warmly welcomed by Brazil.

UK Foreign Secretary: Israel is “an inspiration”. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Conservative Friends of Israel’s Annual Parliamentary Reception, “It’s a great inspiration to see how Israel flourished despite the many challenges on your borders.” He noted Britain’s “strong, deep-rooted friendship based on a huge historic admiration for what the State of Israel has achieved against all the odds.”
 
Culture and Lifestyle
15 spectacular snapshots of lively Tel Aviv-Jaffa. For Tel Aviv’s 110th anniversary, street photographer Ido Biran is releasing his book of 190 photos of the city’s neighborhoods, architecture, beaches, street art and people.

29-year-old ultra-Orthodox mother of 5 wins Tiberias Marathon. A 29 year-old ultra-orthodox lecturer and mother of five children, Beatie Deutsch, won the Tiberias Marathon at 2:42:00 hours. Deutsch started her running career only three years ago. 

Meow! Jerusalem mayor provides annual budget for cat food. Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion decided to build feeding stations for stray cats in Jerusalem and fill them with food at the cost of 100,000 NIS (~$39,000) per year. Jerusalem recently changed its garbage disposal system and began using containers that are buried in the ground, this led to thousands of complaints from worried residents who noticed that street cats are unable to get into the garbage to find food as they used to.

Taking care of business: Essential tips on how best to work with Israelis. “When an Israeli thinks you are mistaken,” writes organizational consultant Osnat Lautman in her books on Israeli business culture, “he simply says, ‘You’re wrong.’ When you ask for his opinion, he assumes you really want it, and gives you an honest and straightforward answer.”
 
Science and Technology
Israel jumps to 5th place in 2019 Bloomberg Index of Most Innovative Countries. Israel surged to 5th place in the newest Bloomberg Innovation Index of 2019, climbing five spots from last year’s index where Israel ranked 10th for the second consecutive year. The Bloomberg Innovation Index ranks the world’s 60 most innovative countries using several criteria, including research and development expenditures, productivity, patent activity, concentration of researchers per 1 million people, and concentration of high-tech companies.

Intel to make $11 Billion investment in Israel, adding thousands of jobs. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced that Intel Corporation has agreed on terms for the biggest investment ever made by a single business in Israel. The company will invest 40 billion shekels ($11 billion) in building another chip-making plant next to its current one in Kiryat Gat, in the Southern District of Israel

Israeli companies received a fifth of all cyber venture capital investments in 2018. Only U.S. firms topped Israeli firms in terms of overall cybersecurity investments. Exports of cybersecurity technologies and products from Israel reached $5 billion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Israel is set on cutting red tape to make it easier to set up new companies in the domain, he added.

Edited by:

Alex Drukarev

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