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Israeli City of Eilat To Host World Windsurfing Championships

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Eilat (TPS) – For the first time, Israel will host the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships, as 143 of the world’s top athletes converge Monday on the southern resort city of Eilat, The competitors, who include past Olympic medalists, will compete for the title of champion and coveted places in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“Eilat was chosen by an international committee of the World Sailing organization, which is the umbrella body for all sailing events officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee, including windsurfing,” Ronen Hillel, spokesperson of the Israel Sailing Association told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

According to a spokesperson from the municipality, Eilat has become an internationally respected aquatic sports town.

“Our city is thrilled to be hosting this world championship. Thanks to the city’s natural resources and investment in aquatic sports facilities, we have become the hosts of many European and world championships of many sports events,” stated Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi.

The championship is being held with the support of the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, which financed the purchase of equipments, development of infrastructure and the refurbishment of the city’s sailing club.

“We are extremely proud to be hosting an international world championship of an important Olympic event in Israel. We are ecstatic to be seeing the cream of the crop of this event right here in Israel. I want to wish the best of luck to all athletes Israeli and international,” Gili Amir, chairman of the Israel Sailing Association told TPS.

Israeli athletes have racked up many achievements in sailing events and windsurfing in particular. In 2004, Israeli windsurfer Gal Fridman made history by bringing Israel its first gold medal during the Athens Olympics.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Terror Attacks by Israeli Arabs Thwarted In Eilat and Jaljulia

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Israel’s Southern District Prosecutor’s Office filed an indictment against Israeli Arabs Khalil Nimri and Ashraf Salaimeh, in the Beersheva District Court recently. Both are suspected of conspiring to aid the enemy in wartime for reportedly planning to bomb a hotel in Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat.

According to the Southern District Prosecutor’s Office, Khalil and Ashraf met each other from their joint work in the hotel and conspired two months ago to carry out a terrorist attack.

One of the defendants was seeking to avenge the death of his childhood friend Fadi Alun who was killed on October 4 during a stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Ashraf reportedly felt an overall need to carry out an attack as part of the current wave of terror attacks.

The indictment also indicates that Khalil originally proposed to commit a stabbing attack against a religious Jew. Ashraf apparently rejected the idea, arguing instead for a much bigger and more significant attack. Ashraf suggested a plan that Khalil agreed to, in which they would plant a bomb in a hotel in Eilat.

The defendants made a number of preparations in order to implement the attack, among which included observations of the hotel from outside and gathering information on a religious group that planned to stay at the hotel. One of the defendants also watched Internet videos that showed how to construct a bomb.

On November 30, Ashraf arrived at the hotel in order to gather information and make preliminary preparations for the attack. He created the false impression that he was interested in renting a hotel room for a certain period of time and asked to see the different rooms of the hotel to make a decision. Ashraf said that he was interested in taking a room located below the dining room, where he was reportedly planning to hide the bomb.

It was Ashraf’s questions regarding the hotel’s several entrances, overall occupancy, and of the religious group staying at the hotel, that aroused the suspicions of the receptionist and housekeeper.

After Ashraf left the hotel, the receptionist and housekeeper alerted hotel management and security of their suspicions, which led to the arrest of Ashraf and Khalil.

The case was investigated by the Israel Security Agency and Israeli police units in the south.

Another incident of terror activity planned by Israeli Arabs was recently released for publication as well. Four residents of Jaljulia, an Arab town in central Israel near Kfar Saba, were arrested in November for arms trade and for involvement in disorderly conduct the previous month.

Yahya Abu Hajla, Firas Feki, Muhammad Fayoumi and Udai Harbush, all Israeli citizens residing in Jaljulia, were arrested in a joint operation of the Israel police and the General Security Service (Shin Bet).

The four were involved in violent riots, tire burning and rock throwing at police forces during the recent October events. Their interrogation further revealed that they planned to shoot at a police vehicle or to burn down the local police station using Molotov cocktails, but eventually backtracked due to fear of being caught.

The Shin Bet said in a statement, that it is likely that their arrest “prevented a further and more significant involvement in terrorist activity.”

Fayoumi and Abu Hajla were indicted for arms trade, and Feki, Abu Hajla and Harbush were indicted for disorderly conduct.

Michael Bachner contributed to this report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Monarch Airlines to Start Flying Tel Aviv to Manchester, England

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

British carrier Monarch Airlines is launching a new route from Tel Aviv to Manchester three times a week, starting next April.

The airline has already begun to book seats for the flights, which will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Earlier this month, Monarch began flying three times a week flying to Ben Gurion International Airport from Luton Airport, near London.

The airline also flies once a week each Thursday from Ovda Airport near Eilat to Luton Airport as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Kabbalist Sails to IDF Ship to Ask Soldiers to Say ‘Shema Yisrael’ [video]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Kabbalist Rabbi Dov Kook of Tiberias visited Eilat this week and sailed in a boat to reach an IDF Navy ship to encourage soldiers to say “Shema Yisrael” but almost landed in the sea.

The Hareidi website Kikar Shabbat reported that Rabbi Kook spoke with officials of the southern tourist city as part of a campaign to persuade Jews to say the prayer, recited three times daily in prayers and before going to sleep at night.

After visiting the maritime observatory in Eilat, Rabbi Kook sailed in a boat towards a Navy ship. As seen in the video in the link here, he began to lose his footing while trying to board the ship as others told him, “Rabbi, be careful.”

He settled for remaining on the boat and shouting out loud, “Say Shema Yisrael. This is most important. You can say it now but especially at night.”

The soldiers promised they would, and the rabbi sailed back to Eilat.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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).

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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.


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