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Finance and Justice Ministries to Crack Down on Gambling

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Justice Ministry Director General Emi Palmor announced at a joint press conference on Wednesday evening that gambling machines and horse racing are to be outlawed in Israel.

“Israel’s weakest and poorest are being sold illusions and false hopes every day,” said Minister Kahlon. “As of next year, there will not be a single gambling machine or any horse racing in Israel.”

There are currently some legal forms of gambling permitted in Israel though most are outlawed. The only authorities licensed to provide gambling services are Mifal HaPayis, which operates the Israeli national lottery, and the Sports Betting Council, which manages betting on various sports events. The gambling machines belong to the lottery while horse-race betting is run through the Sports Betting Council.

The announcement was made after a report published on Wednesday by the Commission on Gambling Regulations, a joint think-tank headed by the directors general of the two ministries.

The commission’s recommendations include a limit on the size of the legal gambling sector, a prohibition on operating games with an addictive nature, a tax raise on money earned through gambling, and various other limitations.

The report expects the implementation of its recommendations to drastically curb the growth of the gambling sector in Israel and thus decrease its influence on the Israeli population.

Minister Kahlon announced that he would adopt and implement the recommendations to their full extent.

“It is no coincidence that these gambling machines are found mostly in poor neighborhoods. It is also not a coincidence that we see a sharp rise in lottery revenue the day after welfare checks are sent out every month,” Kahlon explained.

The report claims that while a certain percentage of the gambling revenue accrued by these authorities is meant to go to charity and to state education and welfare projects, only a small amount actually does.

The report further states that there will be a reduction in the operating costs of the Sports Betting Council and the lottery, such as in advertising and sales commissions, thus increasing the state’s share of the revenue.

“Unregulated gambling exclusively and deliberately targets and hurts the country’s weakest communities so as long as I am finance minister, there will be no casinos in Israel,” concluded Kahlon.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Deri Backs Down on Shabbat Work Halt on New Rail Line

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

A court order overruling Deri’s “stop work” decision allows Israel Railways to continue maintenance and construction work on Shabbat.

Israeli Railways can continue carrying out maintenance work and construction of the new high-speed Jerusalem-to rail line on Shabbat after the Justice Ministry and the Supreme Court out-maneuvered Shas leader Aryeh Deri, who also is Minister of Economy.

As reported here last week by the JewishPress.com, Deri scored his political points with his Sephardi Hareidi constituency knowing that his stop work order would not last very long.

Deri’s has backed down from his order against work on Shabbat following a Justice Ministry petition to the Supreme Court against the Ministry of Economy. The court obliged and overruled Deri, who then withdrew his order.

He stated:

The permits to be given or extended shall be valid until a different decision is made, given the court proceeding.

Deri had claimed that Israeli Railways did not obtain a legal permit for working on Shabbat, and he ordered that work on the rail line be halted. Israel Railways claimed that Deri’s decision would delay the inauguration of the high-speed train by 2 years, which mathematically does not make any sense but at least gave the company another excuse for another postponement in completing the massive and oft-mismanaged project.

One delay earlier this year was caused by tunnel engineers who were off the mark during work from both ends of one of the tunnels. It returned out that the opening from each end did not meet in the middle.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Best Friends Forever?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked met with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein at a special Cabinet meeting held in the Israel Museum on May 19, 2015.

The position of Attorney General is one of those that Shaked hopes to reform.

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Israeli A-G Breaks Own Rule, Interferes in Gov’t Coalition Talks

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

by Ben Niran

In a controversial move seen by democracy watchdog groups as endangering Israel’s separation of powers, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced when his opposition to a bill proposed last year by Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party, the Justice Ministry reported in a statement to the press.

Coming on the last, crucial day of the coalition negotiations, Weinstein’s rejection of the bill, which proposed to limit the powers of Israel’s High Court of Justice, was interpreted by The Movement for Governability and Democracy as a blatant interference in the negotiations, and a move that contradicts a directive Weinstein himself issued two years ago, in which he forbade government involvement in coalition affairs.

“The separation between the national public sphere and the [political] party sphere is a basic notion in Israel,” the Movement for Governance and Democracy, a non-profit watchdog group, wrote in an open letter to Weinstein, and demanded an explanation for his statement.

“This separation is necessary in order to prevent a conflict of interests and the politicization of public service,” the organization wrote.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Tel Aviv Cop Shoots and Kills Palestinian Car Thief

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

A 33 year old resident of the Disputed Territories staying illegally in Israel was shot and killed Wednesday night in northern Tel Aviv by an off-duty police officer.

From initial reports it appears that the man was engaging in auto theft at the time and threatened the police officer with a knife prior to being shot. He was shot in the neck, and ran a few yards before dropping dead. The exact circumstances of the incident are currently being investigated by Machash—Dept of Policemen Investigation, the police internal affairs unit of the Justice Ministry.

The incident began at about 1:30 AM, when the MDA (Israel’s EMT) received a call about a 33 year old man who had been shot during a police chase in a parking lot on Yaakov Mark Street in the Hadar Yosef neighborhood of Tel Aviv. The MDA crew tried to revive the man, but in the end, he was declared dead.

The officer that shot him, a local resident assigned to the northern Tel Aviv district, testified that he noticed suspicious activity in the parking lot adjacent to his house and began to chase after two suspects who were fleeing the scene. A struggle ensued between the police officer and one of the suspects, during which he shot the suspect. According to the officer, the second suspect got away.

A large number of police units arrived at the scene, among them Tel Aviv police chief Aharon Aksel, and the commander of the Yarkon region, Brigadier General Yoram Ochayon. A portable criminal identification laboratory was also brought to the scene.

“We are referring to a police officer that was passing by and noticed two suspects breaking into and stealing cars,” explained Ochayon. “A chase ensued involving a struggle during which the suspect was shot. The case has been given over to Internal Affairs. I can only comment that the police officer is considered an excellent officer who carried out his duty as required. Unfortunately, the incident culminated with the suspect’s death. This was an incident where the suspects broke into a house, took the keys and were in the process of stealing the car. I support all my officers, but we will wait for the results of the investigation.”

A man living close to the scene related, “We heard screams and went outside. I took my dogs and heard someone scream ‘God.’ Then I heard a single shot. When I got close, I heard the police officer shout, ‘I shot him.’ The police officer was holding the suspect with one hand and calling MDA with his other hand.”

Last month, a parole board freed Shachar Mizrahi, a police officer sentenced to 30 months in prison after being found guilty of killing Mahmoud Ganaim, a car thief. Mizrahi was freed a month earlier than the date set by the Prison Authority parole board because of an unexpected overload in the prison system.

Jacob Edelist

Netanyahu Aide to Resign in Sexual Harassment Case

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Natan Eshel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff, will resign in exchange for the dropping of an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed a female staff member, the Justice Ministry said today in an e-mailed statement.

Eshel, a close friend of Netanyahu’s wife Sarah, agreed to admit to taking “inappropriate” photos of the unidentified woman and searching her private e-mails.

He will receive a severe reprimand and won’t be allowed to seek another government job. He has been on leave since the allegations became public in late January.

Yori Yanover

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