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Moshe Kahlon

Finance Minister Raises Number of Customs-Free Items

12 Tevet 5776 – December 23, 2015
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has eliminated customs fees on additional food and manufacturing items.

Israel Introduces Blue Money worth 200 Shekels

The new banknote bears a portrait of poet Nathan Alterman, replacing the red banknote that carries a picture of former President Zalman Shajar.

16th-Century Talmud Sells for $9.3 Million at Sotheby’s

Daniel Bomberg is responsible for the first complete edition of the Babylonian Talmud (1519-1523).

Histadrut Strike Averted, Deal Reached

The Histadrut strike which was set to shut down Israel has been averted.

Fact Sheet: How Much Foreign Funding ‘Breaking the Silence’ Gets and from Whom

11 Tevet 5776 – December 22, 2015
There have been cases of "double dipping," whereby the same government provides funding through multiple channels to Breaking the Silence.

Litzman Pressures Reluctant Hospitals to Shorten Wait for MRI Scans

Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman has gone to war with Israeli hospitals over the long wait for MRI scans.

Union to Strike Public Sector Wednesday, No Schools, But Airport May Stay Open

Israeli parents must now find babysitting solutions for their school age children -- both the Teachers' Union and the Teachers' Association will participate in the strike.

CBS: While Israeli Exports to Europe Down, Sharp Rise in Sales to US, Asia

10 Tevet 5776 – December 21, 2015
Imports from the US rose by 0.8% on an annualized basis in September and November 2015, following an increase of 3.1% in June-August 2015.

Obama Signs New Hezbollah Sanctions Law

8 Tevet 5776 – December 20, 2015
The Hezbollah terrorist group starts the week with a dead commander and new financial sanctions imposed by the United States.

Israeli Lettuce Grower Proud a Live Frog Was Found in their Salanova

8 Tevet 5776 – December 19, 2015
“We want to share with you a complaint we received recently from one of our customers, regarding a frog that was found in one of our lettuce packages.”

Reconciliation: Israel to Pay $20 million to Turkey over 2010 Flotilla Incident

6 Tevet 5776 – December 17, 2015
As an added bonus, Turkey will expel Hamas military wing senior leader Salah Aruri.

Netanyahu Signs Gas Deal, Credits God with Making Israel Energy Superpower

Meretz Chairwoman MK Zahava Gal-On appealed to the Supreme Court Thursday morning, against the Prime Minister’s use of Section 52 of the Antitrust Law.

Court Bars Bar Refaeli from Leaving Israel over Tax Evasion

The Tax Authority has run an undercover investigation against Refaeli which turned up among other things that she received for personal use a Range Rover (value in Israel roughly $100,000) in exchange for advertising and PR.

Israeli Ambitious Project Launching First New City in Decades: Harish

4 Tevet 5776 – December 16, 2015
To get an idea of the sheer ambition of the new project: currently there are about 300 families living in Harish, and the plan calls for more than 50,000 residents there by 2020.

Israel’s Balance of Payments Q3 / 2015: $3.8 Billion Surplus

3 Tevet 5776 – December 14, 2015
The Imports of goods and services decreased by 3.5% from the previous quarter to $20 billion. The Exports of goods and services remained at a level similar to that of the previous quarter, totaling $22.5 billion.

Donald Trump Postpones Trip to Israel ‘Until I Am President’

28 Kislev 5776 – December 10, 2015
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has postponed his trip to Israel, for now.

New ‘Blue Alterman’ 200 Shekel Bill Launched Thursday

Like the first note in the new series, the 200 shekels also bears many more advanced security and anti-counterfeiting marks than the existing series of notes.

Turkish Paper: New Mossad Appointment Harbinger of Better Ties with Turkey

Netanyahu described high level talks being held between Turkish and Israeli governments over gas exports.

1.7M Israeli Families Living Below Poverty Line

27 Kislev 5776 – December 9, 2015
Israeli children and families paid the price in 2014, literally, of defense from Arab terrorism.

Egypt to Appeal Arbitration Ruling, Halts Negotiations on Importing Israeli Gas

25 Kislev 5776 – December 6, 2015
Both IEC and EMG turned to international arbitration after Egypt in 2012 disconnected the gas pipeline in the Sinai, effectively killing a 20-year agreement.

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