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. 106, August 28, 2019

Events
Shtisel. Beth David Israel Action Committee presents “Shtisel”, one of the most popular Israeli TV shows with English subtitles. The event will take place at Congregation Beth David onThursday, September 19, 7:30 pm. Cost: $5/person. RSVP online or call the office at 408-257-3333.

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Inside Israel
Watch: 240 new immigrants to Israel thrilled to be “home”. The 60th Nefesh b’Nefesh flight to Israel brought 240 excited new immigrants to the Jewish state, including “lone soldiers” who will serve in the IDF. Immigration to Israel rose by nearly 30 percent in the first half of 2019 over the corresponding period last year owed largely to movement by Russian speakers from countries facing financial problems, nationalism and crackdowns on civil liberties.

Emigration from Israel drops to lowest level in decades. The number of Israelis moving abroad fell to the lowest level in more than three decades, according to a new report. The number of Israelis leaving the country has been in decline since 2003. Currently, about 600,000 Israelis are living abroad.

Terrorism. A 17-year-old girl, Rina Shnerb of Lod, was killed and her father, a rabbi, and brother, 19, were severely wounded by a remotely detonated explosive device while hiking at a nature reserve in the West Bank. Earlier in the week, 3 rockets were fired from Gaza, 2 were intercepted by Iron Dome. In a separate incident, IDF kills three armed Palestinians attempting to infiltrate Israel.

Top Israeli defense consultant: US military aid hits Israeli small and medium companies hard. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland says “The agreement is ostensibly a good one, but in practice, the agreement poses problems.” The new requirement to spend all US aid money in the US will shrink domestic procurement from smaller companies. The agreement also forces Israel to procure US products of which there are better or cheaper versions in Israel or Europe.

International
Abbas “aggressive” in talks with Democrats, rejected overtures to working with US on peace plan. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas avoided answering whether or not he believes that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state and seemed “aggressive” intalks with U.S. lawmakers regarding the Trump administration’s policies, according to members of Congress who just returned from a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of the West Bank.

Israel bans entry of US Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib. Netanyahu issued a statementsaying that no country in the world respects the US Congress more than Israel, but that Israeli law prohibits entry to those calling for a boycott of the country. Blue and White Party’s No. 2 Yair Lapid slammed the decision, saying the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows the decision is a mistake. After the initial announcement, Rashida Tlaib was allowed to visit her grandmother in IsraelBut Tlaib changed her mind, saying that in the end she could not enter Israel “under these oppressive conditions.”  The Palestinian groups that were part of the Tlaib and Omar planned trip to Israel and the West Bank have a public record of openly expressing anti-Semitism, supporting the BDS movement, as well as fostering sympathy of and links to terrorist groups.

President Rivlin: Israel-U.S. relationship must not be partisan. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that the U.S.-Israel relationship must not be turned into a partisan issue. “The link between us is between peoples, based on historical ties, deep, strong friendships and shared values, not dependent on the links with either party.”

PA lauds murderers of Jews in 1929 Arab Riots. In the 1929 Arab riots, 90 years ago, rampaging Arabs murdered 130 Jews, mostly in Hebron, but also in Jerusalem and Safed. In the aftermath of the massacres, British Mandate forces arrested and prosecuted dozens of Arabs. Three who “committed particularly brutal murders at Safed and Hebron” were executed. Every year the PA marks this event by praising these three murderers as “heroes” who have become “a legend of self-sacrifice for the homeland”.

IDF strike foils Iranian drone attack on northern Israel. Israel attacked a target in Syria on Saturday night. The Israel Defense Forces says it was a pre-emptive strike to prevent aplanned drone attack by Iran. Israel fired missiles at the Damascus International Airport located to the south of the capital destroying the drones before they could be launched.

Culture and Lifestyle
The true stories behind 10 best-loved Israeli love songs. In time for Tu b’Av, the Jewish holiday of romance, here is a playlist of Israeli love songs and the fascinating stories behind them.

Israeli gymnast wins four medals at World Cup in Minsk. Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram, 20, was awarded one gold medal, one silver and two bronze at the World Challenge Cup on August 16-18 in Minsk, Belarus.

Science and Technology
From sea waves to processed CO2 emissions: 5 Israeli companies developing clean energy solutions. The five Israeli startups listed in this article are looking to develop power generating solutions that are greener, more sustainable, and more affordable in the long run. These include: water-based fuel, wave-generated electricity, roads to allow electric vehicles to charge as they pass through them, CO2 capture, and turning the ocean into a solar field.

A medical 1st in Israel: 3D-printed ankle-bone implants allow two women to walk freely again. Thanks to 3D printing and medical technology, as well as leading doctors from the Rabin Medical Center, the two women, one of them a teen, underwent the country’s first (and second) talus replacement through 3D printing surgeries earlier this month. Before this revolutionary technology, those who had severe ankle accidents could remain virtually immobilized for life.

Teva launches generic version of EpiPen for young children. Teva, the world’s largest generic drug maker, is already selling the product for adults, after getting U.S. approval for its copy of EpiPen last August, following several years of delay. The drug maker has been struggling with falling prices of generics and faces lawsuits that allege it helped fuel the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic.

In Depth
Knowing your ABC: A primer to understand the different areas of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). Even avid followers of Israel’s political scene might be confused over what areas A, B and C mean more than 20 years after they came into existence. This primer explains what those areas are and their ramifications on issues such as settlements, security and the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian issue. 

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