To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed Kadima into his Likud-led government at the first cabinet meeting since Kadima’s entry into the coalition.
“This is the first meeting of the broad unity government, and we have many challenges ahead of us. On behalf of all ministers, I welcome Shaul Mofaz as a government minister and welcome the Kadima MKs that have joined the coalition.” Mofaz was sworn in as deputy prime minister and minister-without-portfolio last week.
“In the talks between us, we set four main goals for the broad unity government,” he continued, “changing the Tal Law, changing the electoral system, passing the budget, and advancing the peace process.”
Netanyahu placed greatest priority on advancing a bill that will replace the expiring Tal Law, which permitted Haredi men to defer military service indefinitely. “This week, an inter-party team will be formed to present us with alternatives to the Tal Law. By the end of July, we will pass a law that will divide the burden on a more equal, more egalitarian and more just basis for all Israelis, Jewish and Arab alike, without setting public against public.”
Without going into specifics, Netanyahu also reiterated his and Mofaz’s call last week to reform the electoral system, saying that the government would “establish a team to lead the change in the electoral system.”
One topic that Netanyahu did not address in his statement but is certain to test the strength and durability of the new coalition is the Ulpana outpost crisis. In light of the High Court’s ruling last Monday that Ulpana must be evacuated and destroyed by July 1, there is talk that the government will propose a bill that would circumvent the High Court’s ruling by legalizing Ulpana.
Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau stated that proceeding with the scheduled evacuation and demolition would be “immoral, unjust and inhumane.”
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In Lebanon, a pro-Hezbollah vocalist has been arrested for nationalist and sectarian incitement.
Thousands attended a Jerusalem memorial service to mark the end of seven days’ mourning for five terror victims.
The European Parliament decided Tuesday to postpone till December its decision on recognizing ‘Palestine’ as a new country.
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MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) will be receiving additional security protection.
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A major rainstorm is expected to hit Israel overnight. Batten down the hatches
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All of the hit-and-run attacks were “accidents,” and no mention was made of the massacre in Har Nof.
The Netherlands will not recognize Palestinian statehood right now because it would not help restart peace talks with Israel, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.
According to his definition, anyone who wants to pray on the Temple Mount is a “right-wing extremist.”
But doesn’t “democracy” mean rights for everyone?
Among the song’s lyrics, depicting an Arab: “I will send a Jew or two to Hell…. I am just an ungrateful piece of scum.
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Israeli MKs from Likud and Labor plan to submit a bill allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Israel Police received more than 9 million ‘100′ calls (Israel’s ‘911′) in 2013; 18 percent came from Tel Aviv.
A Jewish carpenter is suing New York City’s Housing Authority after allegedly being threatened and insulted with anti-Semitic epithets.
This Rosh Hashana you can commit to be a hero, just like Fariba and Alexa Khorshad, Ariel and Adir Settenbrino and more! Read about the amazing volunteers of the Aleh Foundation.
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