News From Israel

No. 75, April 18, 2018

“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.

Inside Israel
Israel remembers 6 Million on Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Wednesday evening, April 11, the State of Israel marked the official start of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, with an opening ceremony at Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Each year, Israelis pause from their routines to ponder the fate of the six millions Jews who perished in the Holocaust, vowing to never again allow such an atrocity to occur.

Netanyahu reverses migrant deal. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing that he was cancelling the agreement he dramatically announced and advocated less than 24 hours before regarding the African migrants in Israel. The decision was made under the pressure from the residents of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants live, as well as from some coalition parties.

Israeli food prices 19% higher than OECD average. Last week Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry reported that according to the OECD, food prices in the country fell 5% between October 2015 and December 2017. The Ministry, however, also stated that Israeli food prices are still 19% higher than the OECD average.

Israel’s average monthly salary up to NIS 10,200 ($2,900). According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the average wage per full-time job of a wage earner rose by an annualized 2.4% in current prices. Employees in the financial sector, including banking and insurance companies, had the steepest pay rises – an annualized 7.5%. For comparison, the average monthly salary in the US is about $3,700.

Palestinian rioters burn tires, attempt to infiltrate Israel in latest Gaza border clashes. The rioters have attempted to damage & cross the security fence under the cover of smoke from their burning tires. They also attempted to carry out terror attacks & hurl of explosive devices & firebombs,” the IDF Spokesperson said. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, speaking before protesters said that “we will breach the borders [with Israel] and pray at Al-Aqsa [Temple Mount in Jerusalem]”. Left-wing human rights group B’Tselem launched an advertising campaign calling on Israeli soldiers to disobey orders to shoot “unarmed demonstrators” in the Gaza Strip. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) described the ad campaign as “plunging a knife into the backs of the residents of [Israel’s] south.”

Poll: Palestinians reject state on ’67 lines with land swaps. 71% of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian cause, according to a poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza, 77% reject the creation of a binational state for both Arabs and Jews as a final solution for the Palestinian cause. 38% support and 56% reject an armed intifada.

Social media ‘warriors’ from 6 continents band together to spread the truth about Israel. Social media experts from 15 countries joined #DigiTell18, an innovative conference in the battle against anti-Israel bias and disinformation, hosted by the Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy in Jerusalem. Participants will hear from leading global digital experts in the private and public sectors about strategies and insights towards becoming better Israel activists online.

Mossad chief: 100% certain Iran seeks nuclear bomb. Mossad chief warns that Iran never abandoned nuclear program, failure to cancel or change Iran deal will create existential threat for Israel. The deal “allows Iran to preserve completely crucial elements of its nuclear plan, and it will remove the various restrictions within a few years,” he said.

Culture and Lifestyle
The secrets of Israelis’ long, satisfying lives. The combination of a Mediterranean-style diet, low alcohol consumption, strong family and cultural values, and an excellent healthcare system could be the main factors that put Israel in fifth place worldwide on the longevity scale, according to National Geographic Travel.

Israeli NGO “Save a Child’s Heart” receives UN Award. Save a Child’s Heart (Israel) received the 2018 United Nations Population Award for outstanding achievements in health. Established in 1996, Save a Child’s Heart at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, has provided life-saving cardiac surgery for 4,400 children from 55 developing countries.

Acheinu (Our Brothers). Inspired by a true story, the video “Acheinu” (Our Brothers) depicts a conversation which took place at a bus-stop between Amir, a secular former IDF soldier and Yosef, an Orthodox man.

Science and Technology
Intel’s Israeli team developed “best processor ever” for laptops. Intel Corp. unveiled what it called the “best processor” for laptops Intel “has ever built” – the 8th Gen Intel Core i9 – designed by its development team in Haifa, Israel.

Google sets up new accelerator program In Tel Aviv. Google has selected Tel Aviv as the site for a new startup accelerator focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. This is the first time Google has taken the program outside the United States. Aside from its own accelerator, Google also works with more than 150 local startups through different Israeli accelerators.

180-seconds emergency response time. Thanks to its ambucycles and SOS emergency app, the average time for a United Hatzalah responder to arrive at the scene of an emergency call in Israel is now just 3 minutes. In 2017 United Hatzalah EMS volunteers treated 207,000 people in Israel.

In Depth
A Timeline of 70 Years of Israeli Achievement.  Join us on a journey through the last 70 years to discover how Israel has become one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world. This fascinating timeline of accomplishment is the first part in a special multimedia package “Israel 21c” created to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary.

Edited by:
Alex Drukarev

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