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Egyptian Candidates Run on Hate for Israel

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Animosity toward Israel is playing a significant role in the Egyptian presidential race, according to a report by Reuters.

One ex-air force commander, Moneim Abol Fotouh,  hopes to garner votes by recalling his role in shooting down Israeli aircraft in 1973, referring to Israel as “the enemy” and the “Zionist entity” rather than “Israel”.  Yet another, Hamdeen Sabahy promises his support for Palestinian militant activity against Israel, while another, preacher Safwat el-Hegazi, hopes to oversee the creation of a Palestinian state where Israel is today, with Jerusalem as its capital.  All the candidates recommend reconsidering the degree to which Egypt enjoys relations with Israel.

Egypt suffered a major economic downturn during and following the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in January and February 2011.

Civil Administration Coordinates Transport of Arab Boy With Kidney Failure to Boston Hospital

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Civil Administration arranged for the transport of Yehia, an Arab boy from Bethlehem, to be treated at a hospital in Boston where he underwent a kidney transplant that saved his life.

The child was previously treated for kidney issues at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he received dialysis treatment. Eventually, Israeli doctors diagnosed that Yehia was in need of a new kidney.

Yehia was supposed to receive a kidney donated by his father, when the doctors at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petakh Tikva (where the surgery was meant to take place) detected an organ incompatibility.

The Health Coordinator at the Civil Administration, Dalia Bassa, contacted a team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which specializes in kidney diseases, and arranged for Yehia to receive the transplant there.

The Civil Administration flew Yehia to the US in January, 2012, where he stayed till April 24. Since his return, Yehia is undergoing frequent checkups at the Shaare Zedek Hospital.

Knesset Calls Special Session; Migron Bills on Agenda

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The Knesset will meet this Wednesday at 11 AM to discuss the two bills that would legalize the outpost of Migron.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to order Migron evacuated in a matter of months, the nationalist MKs promised to fight back with legislation. The two bills that were shelved back in January will be discussed following Likud MK Danny Danon’s success in attaining 25 MKs’ signatures to call a special session during the Knesset’s 39-day spring recess.

Most of the Netanyahu government’s 66 coalition members refused to sign Danon’s request, including all of Yisrael Beitenu and Independence, which led to Danon enlisting opposition National Union and Kadima MKs to meet the 25 MK minimum needed to call a special session during a recess.

Speaker Rivlin authorized the request for a Migron Knesset session last week and chose April 18th as the meeting date.

Record High for Incoming Tourism in First Quarter of 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Based on data released today by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the first quarter of 2012 registered an all-time record high for incoming tourism to Israel.

During the months of January through March, 2012, there has been an increase of 2% compared with the same period last year, and an increase of 1% compared with January through March of 2010, (the previous record high for incoming tourism).

The information from the Central Bureau of Statistics further shows that the first quarter of 2012 maintains the stability of tourists entering Israel – the current number stands at 637,200 entries, same as of March of last year.

In addition, in March, 2012, there were more than 41,000 day visitors recorded, compared with approximately 23,000 day visitors recorded in March, 2011, an increase of 78%.

The geopolitical situation in Egypt last year apparently led to a decline in day visitors’ entry and now there has been an improvement and a return to the norm. Further testament to this is evident in the amount of entries registered through the Egyptian border, compared with March 2011.

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Israel exports to Asia have surpassed export to the US for the first time, according to a report in the the Israeli financial paper the Marker.

The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. Exports to the US registered a 7% drop, from 27% to approximately 20%, or $2.9 billion. In contrast, Israel’s exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Israel’s exports to the EU are also growing at a very robust rate, increasing by 21%, and bringing its share of Israeli exports to 35%, or $5 billion.

The Marker quoted Ramzi Gabai, chairman of theIsrael Export Institute as expressing concern over the US data, stating that if this trend continues, it might cause harm to Israel’s total exports. Still, the growth of the Asian and European markets are a source of pride for Israel, and have been greeted as a confirmation of Israel’s diverse and burgeoning relationships.

2nd Arrest in NJ Synagogue Firebombings

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

The NY Post reports that a second man was charged Friday in a series of attacks on synagogues in northern New Jersey that included the firebombing of a house of worship where a rabbi and several family members were sleeping upstairs.

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said 19-year-old Aakash Dalal of New Brunswick instigated the January firebombings carried out by Anthony Graziano. Police do not believe Dalal took part in the actual bombings.

Westport to Lubavitch: Hands Off the Three Bears

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

When you think of Lubavitch and Bears, you’re more likely to come up with Dov Ber than that illustrious trio renowned for that infamous Goldilocks incident. But this time you’d be wrong, the bears in questions are the Three Bears Restaurant, a Westport, Connecticut landmark since the early 1900s, which closed in 2009 after filing for bankruptcy.

According to Westport Now, Chabad Lubavitch of Westport moved into the town’s shuttered Three Bears restaurant in early January and was subsequently issued a town cease-and-desist order. Chabad has submitted a special permit and site plan application to the local Planning Zoning Department.

Lubavitch submitted the application Feb. 22, a day before the deadline, allowing the congregation to continue conducting religious education classes at the site, at 333 Wilton Road.

The matter is scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 12.

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