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June 26, 2016 / 20 Sivan, 5776

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A New Luxury Hotel in the Upper Galilee Set On Attracting More Tourists

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

A new luxury hotel, which took more than 20 years to complete, is set to open in Israel’s Upper Galilee. The Galilion hotel features 120 luxury rooms, a large conference center, a health spa and a swimming pool.

The project was planned and overseen by chief architects Gadi Rubenstein and Oshrat Brown, who were able to secure an investment totalling NIS 90 million ($23 million) for the project, which began in 1995. In an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS), Rubenstein said that residents from Kibbutz Kfar Giladi of the Upper Galilee approached him with the idea to transform kibbutz-owned land into a tourist project.

Rubenstein said that while the hotel was not the first in the region, it is the first independent hotel unattached to a kibbutz or pre-existing enterprise since the land was acquired from Kfar Giladi some distance from the kibbutz itself. The hotel, whose construction began in 2011, is part of a larger venture which will include the opening of an industrial center that will have a farmers’ market, a spa health club and restaurants.

“There has never been such a project in the Upper Galilee,” Rubenstein told TPS.

Additionally, tourists will also have the opportunity to fly in an observation balloon and see the entire Galilee region and Mount Hermon from a height of 150 meters. Organized walking and driving tours will also be available into the Agamon Hula bird nature park in the Hula Valley.

“The Agamon Hula nature park is a great tourist attraction – hundreds of bird species come here during migration seasons,” pointed out Rubenstein.

“Previously people would come to the north just to travel around but now I hope that they will stay for longer periods of time,” said Rubenstein.

Rubenstein anticipates that the Galilion hotel will be open for business by May or June.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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

Saudis Hold Body of U.S. Elbit Subcontractor After Mysterious Death in Tabuk

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Saudi Arabia has yet to release the body of a U.S. defense subcontractor who was working for Israel’s Elbit Systems when he died under mysterious circumstances after being sent to the country to help complete a weapons deal.

Christopher Cramer was working for Kollsman Inc., a firm that subcontracted for the Israeli defense electronics company, when he was found dead last month on the ground outside his third-floor hotel room in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

“We received a message from Kollsman Inc., Elbit Systems’ subcontractor in America, saying its employee Chris Cramer passed away during a work trip,” said a spokesperson for Elbit Systems.

“The circumstances of his death are being investigated by the American State Department. We have no further details at this stage and we are waiting for the State Department to update our American subcontractor. Cramer worked for the company for 12 years. We cannot provide details on the project he was working on, but this is a Kollsman product, an American product with no Israeli technologies involved in its production.”

Cramer, 50, provided technical assistance for a demonstration and sale of a TOW anti-armor missile system as an employee of Kollsman Inc., Fox News reported over the weekend. Authorities in Saudi Arabia claim that Cramer committed suicide by jumping to his death from the third floor of a hotel – but the facts just don’t add up. His family does not believe he committed suicide; they say he was murdered because he appeared to be a threat to the lucrative arms deal that was in process.

Noah Mandell, the family attorney and a longtime friend of Cramer’s, told Fox News the problem was with the customer. “The missile system was already sold to the Saudi company and they were complaining that it wasn’t working,” Mandell said.

“He was basically sent to see if he could prove that they were firing it incorrectly.” Mandell added that he believes the company that purchased the equipment wanted the missiles to malfunction. “The point of sabotaging equipment is you get a customer who has to buy a new set, and you’ve still got the old equipment,” Mandell said.

A spokesperson for Kollsman Inc. said Cramer had even posted a video of one of the missile firings, showing that everything was operating and fully functional. Mandell received messages from Cramer on the night that he died, saying his life was in danger and asking his friend to contact the State Department.

“I’m at the Marakim Tabuk Hotel in Saudi,” he texted his roommate back in New Hampshire when he could not reach Mandell. “I think something bad is going to happen to me tonight. Please contact State Dept. ASAP. Bad things were said.”

Mandell missed three calls within eight minutes on his voice mail that night. Cramer may not have trusted his own employers as well; the company rushed to inform his family that his death was a suicide. Now Kollsman says it will wait for the outcome of the Saudi probe.

“The question is… Why was Chris calling his dog sitter and his lawyer in America instead of his own company? They sent him into hell and had no plan to get him back,” Mandell charged. More to the point, the delivery of Cramer’s body to the United States has been delayed and has still not arrived on U.S. soil. His family is waiting to be able to send it for an autopsy.

Under American law, it is up to the FBI to investigate the circumstances when an U.S. citizen dies overseas – but the FBI gets involved only “if they are invited to do so by the local authorities,” according to the State Department. “They don’t have the jurisdiction to go into a country and start an investigation. They have to be invited in,” an FBI official told The Daily Beast. “Our standard practice is to neither confirm nor deny FBI investigations.”

Rachel Levy

Rocket Slams into Eilat Hotel [video]

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

A rocket launched from the Sinai slammed into the Club Hotel in Eilat at 1:27am, Tuesday morning.

Two rockets were launched. One landed in an open area in the Shachmon neighborhood, the second landed on a car in the hotel’s parking lot, which is also next to the Beatles Pub.

Five people were lightly injured from shrapnel. Two additional people were treated for shock.

The article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update: Two terrorist groups, Islamic Jijad and the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade, which is part of Hamas’s military wing, both independently claimed credit for the attack. (Maybe they should fight it out among themselves, and leave us out of it).

Rocket hits Eilat Hotel 2

 Photo: Fanatix / Rotter.net

Rocket hits Eilat Hotel 3

 Photo: Yamitnachelet / Rotter.net

 

Rocket hits Eilat Hotel 4

 Photo: Smiley Hafuch / Rotter.net

A rocket slammed into an Eilat hotel.

A rocket slammed into an Eilat hotel.

Jewish Press News Briefs

That Extra Bit of Comfort to Birthing in Jerusalem

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Having a baby is hard work. But Israel really makes it worth all the effort – starting with one hospital in Jerusalem that seems to have added just one extra bit of comfort to the process.

In the United States – and in most hospitals in Israel as well – the average hospital stay for birthing mothers these days is 48 hours, including two overnights. It’s a big business in Israel especially: 171,207 babies were born in 2013 in the Jewish State, and the government paid the hospital bill for every one.

Many hospitals keep the baby with the mother, relieving the burden on staff and relieving anxiety on the part of the parent. But that means Mom gets a little less sleep — and perhaps has a little more stress, depending on her nature.

Some hospitals also no longer teach mothers how to bathe the baby after the initial clean-up following the birth, leaving that job to be learned at home, presumably under the practiced eye of an experienced relative, friend or local professional. But what if this is a new mother and there’s no one at home to teach or to help?

What if this is baby #4 and it’s been a really tiring couple of days?

Some mothers are eligible to go to a “rest home” center, where the baby is cared for overnight and where Ima can get a good night’s sleep. Some mothers also have extra help at home.

But before all that — and the inevitable chaos that is bound to hit the second the new baby comes in the front door — there is one final send-off for some mothers in Jerusalem.

Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center offers a third, optional night in the hospital’s attached Maternity Hotel for mothers who prefer to be joined by their husbands but still need to rest. Most health plans cover this night, if the patient has the optional rider on their plan. Additional nights are available for a fee.

The hotel, which is managed under the “Hadassah Baby” program, offers a 24-hour baby nursery and provides supervision and care by the hospital medical team.

Located on the medical center’s campus, the Hadassah Baby hotel is part of the regular Ein Kerem hospital hotel, next door to the medical center’s full-service mall. The hotel room includes all the amenities of a regular hotel plus those necessary for a birthing more, and then some. Free workshops and group activities are available, and guests receive daily visits from an obstetrician and pediatrician during their stay.

“Another hospital in Jerusalem was offering a free stroller for new mothers who chose to deliver at their delivery room,” Michal J. told The Jewish Press in an interview in the hospital’s playroom for children after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

“But I have already had three children, thank G-d, and what I really need more than anything is rest. Lots of rest.”

Her face lit up.

“A night in a hotel made for birthing mothers, with my husband, is just perfect.”

Jewish Press Staff Writer

Rabbi Sacks Attacking PM, Multiculturalism

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Britain’s chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, is blaming British Prime Minister David Cameron for failing to do enough to boost marriages in the UK, and saying multiculturalism in Britain has “had its day,” The Times reported.

Rabbi Sacks said Cameron should recognize marriage in the tax system and do more to support stay at home mothers.

“I think the government has not done enough,” he said. “Although I don’t take a political stance … I don’t think the government has done enough at all.”

Rabbi Sacks, who retires next month after 22 years, said the estimated £9 billion-a-year cost of family breakdown and “non-marriage” meant the state has a direct interest in promoting marriage.

Rabbi Sacks also said multiculturalism in Britain had led to “segregation and inward-looking communities.”

Comparing it to a hotel where “nobody is at home,” he said: “It doesn’t belong to anyone, we’ve each got our own room and so long as we don’t disturb the neighbors we can do whatever we like.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Building Its First Hotel

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Ben Gurion Airport finally will join most other major international airports by having a hotel for travelers.

The Israel Airports Authority has approved construction for a hotel on land adjacent to the airport’s Terminal 3, where almost all international passengers arrive.

The hotel will allow direct access to the passenger hall and terminal and will cater to businesspeople who arrive in Israel for short visits to participate in conferences or events, the Airport Authority said.

JTA

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