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Shin Bet Reveals Terrorist Stabbed Woman in Eilat

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The Arab terror-knifing spree has reached Eilat.

An Arab Israeli carried out a terrorist attack in the southern two weeks ago, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Thursday afternoon.

The stabbing of the woman was reported at the time, but police later banned all reports. With the help of an eye witness and forensic experts, the terrorist was found not far from his home and is to be indicted.

It lifted the gag order on the attack by 24-year-old Nadal Yosef Jabarin, who has been living in Eilat for several years but originally is from Umm al-Fahm, headquarters of the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement that preaches violence against Jews.

He stabbed a woman in the face, and she suffered light injuries.

Jabarin told investigators he was encouraged by social media to try to kill Jews.

In a separate attack, a Palestinian Authority terrorist escaped Thursday afternoon after trying to stab a soldier at a checkpoint near at Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel).

Ministers Aim To Reduce Vacation Costs In Israel

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon presented a national plan earlier on Wednesday, November 11 that aims to reduce vacationing costs in Israel.

“We are jointly presenting today a broad national program that, for the first time, deals with the core issues of tourism and creates a historical procedure which, according to professional sources, will reduce the cost of vacationing in Israel by about 20% over five years,” explained Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “This is a step that will be felt in the pocket of each and everyone of us.”

As part of the plan introduced by Ministers Levin and Kahlon, approximately 15,000 hotel rooms will be built over the next five years and 27,000 hotel rooms over the next ten years. The increase in the number of hotel rooms is meant to increase competition, helping to reduce vacation costs by about twenty percent.

Additionally, hotels will be considered “national infrastructure,” allowing for the approval process of hotel construction by the National Infrastructure Committee, to be much more fluid and quick.

In particular, the plan seeks to make an easier business environment for entrepreneurs in the hotel industry. “The program will ensure that entrepreneurs will not be forced to go through the bureaucratic ordeals, and the construction of a hotel in Israel will no longer be a dream,” Levin said.

The plan also attempts to minimize risk for entrepreneurs. Independent local committees for example, will be able to approve up to 20% of hotel rights for residential purposes, helping to reduce risk assumed by entrepreneurs in a hotel project.

“We are providing an answer and a solution to entrepreneurs and investors from Israel and overseas that, until now, have been prevented from investing in hotels in Israel, and we are reducing the economic risk inherent in investment,” explained Levin pointing to the potential benefits for entrepreneurs.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Chairman of the Kulanu Party echoed Minister Levin’s remarks. “Strengthening the tourism sector in these times in particular is in the national interest,” said Kahlon.

“Shortening the procedures for planning and construction in the industry joins the other initiatives in the housing market that we are leading, by removing the obstacles and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy,” continued Kahlon. “We will continue to work to increase competition, reduce the cost of living and ease the lives of citizens in all spheres of life.”

Bureaucratic hurdles and a shortfall of hotel rooms pushed Ministers Levin and Kahlon to initiate reforms in the hotel industry. Despite the construction of approximately 3,000 new hotel rooms in Israel over the last decade, the cost for overnight hotel accommodations increased by about 70% over the same time period.

The national plan aims to match supply with increasing demand and is scheduled to be presented for government approval on Sunday, November 15.

Eilat Mayor: Smart City Requires Intelligent CIO

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) “A Smart City requires a smart CIO (Chief information officer), and vice versa,” said Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi, “And that’s exactly what we do in Eilat. We postponed gratification, we built a long-term plan, and we’re turning Eilat into a bona fide smart city,” DailyMaily reported.

Halevi spoke on Monday, at the municipal IT Conference 2015, at the Avenue convention center in Airport City, Israel. The conference was attended by hundreds of IT professionals from Israeli municipalities.

According to Halevi, “The vision and the path that guide us are in accordance with the verse, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18). We believe in our ability to produce good quality of life for our residents and tourists, with the infrastructure for it being technology. But for that we have to build a long-term, multi-year strategy.”

Meir Yitzhak Halevi was born in Jerusalem, the grandson of the chief rabbi of Yemen. He moved to Eilat in 1978 and ran the community center and management college in the city. He was elected to the city council in 1993, and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1998. Between 1998 and 2003 he served as opposition leader on the council, until he finally won the municipal election in 2003 in two rounds. He left the Likud to join Ariel Sharon’s new party, Kadima, and in 2008 won 50% of the vote to retain office.

Mayor Halevi described some of the projects being carried out in Eilat, as part of making it a Smart City: replacement of street lighting with LED, smart street signage, smart trash cans equipped with sensors, a plan to deploy fiber optics throughout the city, deploying sensors to collect data on noise and air pollution, analysis capabilities of operational measures to increase energy efficiency, smart districts, smart bus stops, and electric taxis. Halevi also boasted his signature project “City without Violence,” which utilizes a system of CCTV cameras deployed throughout the city.

Defense Ministry Official: Eilat Bound Aircraft Receive Triple Protection against Missiles

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israeli government is still waiting, like the rest of us, for results from the Egyptian investigation of the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai on its way from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. Although it is not largely believed that this was done deliberately, as ISIS is claiming, Israeli state officials are still waiting to see proof that the Islamic State is not behind the crash.

Amos Gilad, head of the political and security office in the Defense Ministry, told Walla on Sunday: “We trust the Egyptian statements which have shown good judgment and a professional examination. ISIS do have anti-aircraft missiles, but not the type that can hit a plane at a cruising altitude (the Russian plane was at an altitude of 40 thousand feet and shoulder-fired missiles simply do not reach that far up). There will be an in-depth investigation to rule out any possibilities of terror. Right now, they’re leaning towards a technical malfunction.”

Regarding the suspension of Air France and Lufthansa flights that pass over the Sinai, Gilad said: “These private companies have decided to suspend flights until they see the test results. Israeli companies will continue flying to Eilat normally because their airplanes are protected in three envelopes. The Elbit defense system is most impressive technologically, and Israel has adopted it. In addition, the Israeli Intelligence and deterrence systems are operating to prevent this kind of situation. Israel is well aware of the range of threats emanating from ISIS. This is a murderous organization with extremist ideologies that tries to undermine the existing order in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s air safety regulator has ordered Metrojet, the airline whose charter plane crashed in the Sinai, to suspend flights pending the probe, Al Ahram reported. Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport safety watchdog, on Sunday ordered the carrier to ground its fleet of Airbus A321s following Saturday’s crash.

Israel Begins Building Fence to Protect New Eilat Airport

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Israel has begun building a new fence from Eilat to Timna, where a new international airport is being built to serve Eilat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday.

Eilat’s current airport is located in what used to be the outskirts of the resort city but which now is practically in the center, making it a quaint curiosity but out of date in terms of the length of its runways as well as being a disturbance to tourists.

It also is prime real estate that will be freed once the new facility is completed to the north.

The fence is only the first step a project to better protect Israel’s eastern border from Eilat to the Golan Heights, Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

He added:

To the extent that it is possible, we will encompass Israel’s borders with a security fence and barriers that will allow us to control our borders. We will not allow Israel to be flooded with illegal migrants and terrorists.

Israel has finished constructing a fence along the southwestern border with Egypt, where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants previously crossed into Israel with ease. It created a major headache for the government and for cities where the immigrants located, such as Arad, Dimona and southern Tel Aviv.

The infiltration rate now is just about zero.

Ryanair Flying to Israel with Big Boost to Negev

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The European low-fare Ryanair Airlines announced Tuesday it is launching its first Israel flights with three new routes between Ovda Airport, northwest of Eilat and Budapest, Kaunas and Krakow.

The new service will begin in November, with two flights a week to each of the three European cities.

Ryanair also said that it “will continue to negotiate with the Israeli authorities over future routes.”

The Irish-based company’s chief commercial officer David O’Brien said:

We will strengthen our presence in Israel as time goes by. Eilat is a very unique tourist destination like Morocco and the Canary Islands and we are certain that we will fill the planes.

Negotiations between Israel and Ryanair have been taking place for several years.

The Negev is undergoing a boom with a massive transfer of IDF forces and bases to the southern Israel, the fast-growing change in Be’er Sheva’s becoming a high-tech center, and the extension of the high-speed north-south Kvish 6 (Highway 6) to Be’er Sheva.

Several major corporations, including Boeing, are investing in the new high-tech park next to Ben Gurion University, and Ryanair’s service will be convenient for soldiers and businessmen traveling to Europe.



Israel to Extend Security Fence Along Eastern Border

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Israel’s Security Cabinet has approved plans to build a security barrier from its southern border along the eastern section towards the north.

International media (such as The New York Times) have reported on the government’s decision as if the work were radically different from that seen along the southern U.S. border with Mexico — which it’s not.

The cabinet approved the project Sunday, to consist of a segment of fencing that stretches 30 kilometers (25 miles) from Eilat to just past the site designated for the new Timna airport currently under construction.

“The government of Israel is in contact with the government of Jordan and emphasizes that the construction of this section of security fence is being carried out on the Israeli side of the border,” noted the prime minister’s office. “The fence will not, in any way, infringe on the sovereignty of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its national interests, which will be respected.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the start of its meeting Monday that the decision to extend the security fence was “important” as part of Israel’s national security.

“It joins with the fence already built along the length of the border with Sinai, which blocked the entry of illegal migrants into Israel and – of course – the various terrorist movements,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“This step also joins the fence that we built on our border on the Golan Heights,” he noted, adding that he was also pleased that the Security Cabinet had approved the sources of funding for the construction as well.

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