Pitfalls in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue are always a challenge for visiting British politicians and it appears that Prime Minister David Cameron, who is due to arrive in the Holy Land on Wednesday for his first visit as British leader, managed to leave Palestinians feeling that they are an “afterthought” even before he landed, the Independent reports.
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Moshe Abutbul was declared the winner in the Beit Shemesh recall elections with at least a 960 vote margin over his rival Eli Cohen. Abutbul received 19,190 votes to Cohen’s 18, 181, according to an unofficial tally.
“Love and truth won,” Abutbul told Kol Chai radio moments ago.
“This is a victory for Am Yisrael,” Shas leader Harav Ariye Deri told Kol Chai.
UPDATE 08:04: Agudath Israel projects Haredi Mayor Moshe Abutbul won the mayoral election with 3.5% over his Secular/Zionist rival Eli Cohen.
UPDATE 07:54: Abutbul has extended his lead over Cohen with 1000 votes (17,632-16,632).
UPDATE 07:40: Abutbul currently leading with 659 votes (16,250-15,591).
The Jewish Press, the oldest Orthodox newspaper in the U.S., fired its senior online editor Monday after publishing an offensive opinion article critical of the Haredi community.
On Monday, Yori Yanover, the online editor for The Jewish Press, published an article headlined “50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.” The author referred to the mass rally in Manhattan on Sunday. The offensive headline drew complete outrage on Twitter. The Yeshiva World also published an Op-Ed against Yanover.
As the opposition continues to boycott Knesset hearings due to the coalition’s deal to pass controversial bills, opposition members declared Tuesday they will walk out of the Knesset plenum during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Wednesday, immediately after British Prime Minister David Cameron’s address to the Israeli parliament.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that “the opposition’s intention to leave the plenum during Cameron’s visit is crossing a red line that will harm Israel’s image in the world.”
More than 1,000 Jews gathered Sunday in Times Square to learn about aliyah, or moving to Israel.
The event was hosted by Nefesh B’Nefesh – the first of numerous events scheduled in seven cities across North America. The initiative is sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.
The Knesset Task Force to help Haredim join the workforce, established by MK Rabbi Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), met Monday to discuss further steps to empower Haredim finding a job and support their families with dignity.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Science Minister Yaakov Peri, Energy Minister Silvan Shalom, and Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levy joined Knesset members in expressing their support for MK Lipman’s efforts and to explain the government’s commitment to this important process.
Leading figures in New York’s Jewish community have joined together in a statement that calls for vibrant and meaningful discussion of Israel, despite differences of opinion. The statement is issued by The Israel Talks, an initiative of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY).
The statement was drafted by Karen Adler, Rabbi Lester Bronstein, Professor Steven M. Cohen, Ethan Felson, Lawrence Grossman, Alan Jaffe, Hindy Poupko, Rabbi Avi Shafran, Dr. Marian Stoltz-Loike, Marc Suvall, and Jeff Wiesenfeld. As members of The Israel Talks’ steering committee, they modeled the kind of constructive conversation about Israel across religious and political differences at the heart of The Israel Talks’ work.
Several leading Orthodox rabbis in Israel have begun to battle what has become a popular phenomenon in the society, even among Country leaders, MAKO reports. According to the rabbis, the extensive use of ‘selfie’ pictures among yeshiva students at various events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs and major conferences is considered idolatry, and its purpose is to empower the people’s use of valuable time and forget from God and Torah study.
Sixty-six percent of Israeli Jews and 53% of Israeli Arabs do not trust US Secretary of State John Kerry to take Israel’s security into account in the American framework agreement he intends to reveal next month, according to the monthly Peace Index poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, which was published Tuesday afternoon.
Only a mere 31% of Israeli Jews and 32% of Arab Israelis do trust Kerry to take into account Israel’s security. Among Israelis who consider themselves left-wing, the number was 79%.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened the Likud party’s faction meeting on Tuesday with announcements about the direction of talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Knesset votes slated for this week.
“In light of statements made by the Palestinians, we are moving away from a peace deal,” Netanyahu noted. “They said this week they would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and never give up the right of return.”
The Israeli Air Force immediately retaliated for a mortar shell attack on soldiers near Gaza and bombed Islamic Jihad terror targets, reportedly killing three terrorists. The casualties were reported by Islamic Jihad sources and have not been confirmed or denied by the IDF, but military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “Direct hits were confirmed” moments after the mortar shell attack. The military holds Hamas, the de facto regime in Gaza, responsible for all terrorist attacks. – Jewish Press
“We condemn in the strongest terms Iran’s effort to supply terrorist organizations operating in the region with weaponry,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, whose statement was posted on Facebook by U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Haaretz reported.
The Jewish Press has apologized for an offensive headline against the Haredi community today and fired its online editor who wrote/approved it, JP has learned.
“The Jewish Press apologizes to its readers for the unfortunate op-ed article, along with its incendiary and insulting headline, regarding the Atzeres Tefilla in New York on Sunday against the drafting of yeshiva students in Israel that appeared on the Jewish Press website early Monday,” a statement by The Jewish Press’s publishers Jerry Greenwald and Naomi Mauer read.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer told the Israeli American Council (IAC) last night that Israel will never allow a nuclear Iran and will take any necessary measures to defend itself.
Iran “is the single most important issue facing Israel,” Dermer said. “We need to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapons capability – not just nuclear weapons – and I can assure you that the Prime Minister of Israel is not going to allow Iran’s regime to develop nuclear weapons. I can assure you that Prime Minister Netanyahu will do whatever he must do to defend the Jewish State.”
Israeli agent and US prisoner Jonathan Pollard was released from hospital Monday, according to Ma’ariv – only to be escorted back to his prison cell.
“He is very weak and completely exhausted,” Pollard’s wife, Esther, told the press. “In my first conversation with him after his hospitalization he was having a hard time speaking – he was breathing heavily and suffering from pain so excruciating he could only answer ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to questions. He was unable to speak beyond a few words. When I asked him how he was feeling, he groaned and whispered ‘Wretched.’”
Israeli Prime Minister must have watched the Oscars last week. After a press conference at Eilat Port to present the Iranians shipment of missiles Israel seized, the Prime minister asked for a personal moment with the Israeli navy ‘Flotilla 13′ commandos.
Netanyahu took a selfie with the soldiers who participated in raid on Iranian arms shipment, and immediately posted it on Facebook. He later uploaded a photo of him snapping the selfie as a cover photo for the Israeli Prime Minister Office’s Facebook page.
“50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War,” read The Jewish Press headline Monday morning. The author referred to the mass rally in Manhattan. “Since then we’ve seen one demonstration of a few hundred thousand Haredim against the new law in Jerusalem (but not a single day’s work was lost!)..” the first paragraph of the article read.
Yesh Atid Knesset Member, Rabbi Dov Lipman defended Saturday night the new draft law, expected to pass this week, as very much pro-Chareidi.
“Right now anybody who is in draft age in the Chareidi world, if they don’t serve, they are not allowed to go to work, so you have tens of thousands of people who are not allowed to go to work and support their families legally even if they want to,” said Lipman in an interview that aired on Zev Brenner’s Talkline radio program. “The law says that anyone aged 22 and over, because of the fact that they were brought up in this culture…they are allowed to go to work without serving.”
Dozens of journalists attended a weapons exhibit and press conference on Monday afternoon, in which the arms seized on the Klos C vessel were put on public display. In his address to the press, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that in confiscating the shipment, “we have exposed the truth behind Iran’s fake smiles.”
“The world needs to awaken from its state of illusion and prevent Iran from acquiring the capability to create nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “The international community’s decision to ignore the seized weapons ship is biased, dangerous and unacceptable.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was informed last week during his visit to Washington that the U.S. Congress is expected to approve an additional $160 million of funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, Israel Hayom has learned.
Currently, there are seven Iron Dome batteries in operation, and the Israel defense establishment’s goal is to have 14 batteries in operation by the end of 2015. The increase would provide Israel’s skies with full coverage against rocket threats.
After the Knesset opposition announced on Sunday that it will boycott this week`s debates and votes on three of the government`s flagship bills, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein convinced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Coalition Chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud-Yisrael Beitenu) to accept an additional day of debates on Thursday instead of the current, three-day schedule for discussion and voting on bills to change military draft requirements for the ultra-Orthodox, require a referendum on any land transfers in a peace deal, and raise the bar for admission of parties to the Knesset.
Israeli tourists traveling on a Norwegian cruise ship were prevented from disembarking at a stop at the Port of Tunis. The Israeli passengers were told quietly by staff aboard the Norwegian Jade that they were not welcome per the Tunisian government during the stop, B’nai Brith Canada said in a statement Sunday. The organization had been contacted by a Jewish Canadian passenger on the ship.
Arab foreign ministers on Sunday rejected Israel’s demands that the Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state, saying such a move would undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees. In a resolution released at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, the foreign ministers called the issue of Palestinian refugees an integral part of a comprehensive and just peace. It blamed Israel for the floundering of peace negotiations.