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Explosive Terror Attack Thwarted Near Maccabim

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A terror attack was averted at 3 AM Monday morning.

Terrorists placed burning tires and a gas balloon (gas tank/canister) along Highway 443 (Modiin-Jerusalem highway), about 1/2 a kilometer south of the Maccabim checkpoint, near the Arab village of Hirbhat el-Mitzbach, east of Modiin.

The highway was shut down as sappers and the fire department responded.

The sappers blew up the gas canister in a controlled explosion, according to the police.

The fire department then extinguished the fire, after the sappers ensured there were no additional explosive devices in the area.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Bennett and Herzog Teach High School on Unity

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett and Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog spoke together on Sunday at a high-school class in which they spoke on unity.

The special class at the Yachad (Together) high school in Modi’in was held in memory of the three youth — Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah – who were kidnapped and murdered last year by Hamas terrorists.

Bennett said:

The danger in Israel is not between the left and the right and not between coalition and opposition. The differences in Israel are between those who are tolerant and those who are not, between those who are dedicated to unity of the people and those who are dedicated to dividing us.

When Herzog took his turn to speak to the students, he said how much he respects Bennett but, according to Nana news, couldn’t resist an opportunity to play the “sore loser”and said:

We have to argue with each other but also have to observe basic principles…. Bennett and his party crossed the red line and harmed unity when he compared the Zionist Union with the enemies of Israel in the election campaign.

Heavy Snow on Golan to Spread to the Negev Desert

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A massive system of frigid air will whip most of Israel late Thursday night and Friday morning and bring snow to areas that have not seen the white stuff for 20 years or more.

Arad, Dimona, Upper Haifa, Modi’in, Karnei-Ginot Shomron, Maaleh Gilboa, Nazareth, Kfar Saba and possibly Ben Gurion Airport will probably be covered in white Friday morning.

Snow is falling on the Hermon ski slopes and the northern Golan Heights at this time (early Thursday afternoon), and rain in other areas will turn to snow when temperatures plummet tonight. The airport in Haifa has been closed, and police probably will not allow cars to travel on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway.

Last December, heavy snow trapped motorists.

Snow will fall through the night, but by Friday afternoon it will turn back to rain in lower areas. Snow will continue falling on communities where the altitude is above 2,000 feet, and later in the day above 3,000 feet, which includes Hebron, Nevei Daniel in Gush Etzion, and Tzfat (Safed).

More than a foot of snow is likely to be dumped on Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.

Smaller accumulations will fall on Arad and Dimona in the northern Negev, and possibly on Be’er Sheva and Kiryat Gat.

There is a chance that Tel Aviv residents will see snow mixed with rain.

Anyone who does not want to lift a snow shovel, and who is not in a hurry, can wait around for a couple of days. The forecast for Sunday is freezing temperatures in the morning but significant warming in the afternoon.

On Monday and Tuesday, it will be warmer than usual. There is a chance for more rain – but no snow – later next week.

Meanwhile, the Kinneret continues to add an inch or so a day, and the entire country has received the amount of precipitation that usually falls for the entire year.

 

Haredim Blocks Roads in Protest of Draft

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Haredim took to the streets Monday morning to protest the arrest of four yeshiva students who refused to report to the IDF draft center after receiving orders to enlist.

Protesters blocked traffic in Jerusalem, Modi’in and Ashdod before police dispersed them and arrest more than a dozen demonstrators.

There were no serious injuries.

Police Close Case, False Alarm on Possible Missing Child Near Modi’in

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Update 9:45 PM – Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reports that no parent has reported any missing child, nor has any complaint been filed indicating that a child has not come home. The case has been closed and the search has been terminated. Thank God, this time it was a false alarm.

Update: 6:00 PM – No parents have reported any missing children. Police are continuing the search, just in case.


After receiving a phone call on Monday afternoon, Israeli Police are investigating whether a 10 year old child was seen in the back of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Modi’in, in the central region.

Police are not sure of the accuracy of the call, but they are not taking any chances. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld emphasized that no report of a missing child has been received at any precinct and no official complaint filed by any parent.

Police and security forces are actively searching even though it is not yet clear whether or not the report is 100 percent valid. Nevertheless, the search is continuing just in case, Rosenfeld said, adding that it would not end until a security assessment determined that it was safe to do so.

When would that be? “I don’t know,” he replied. The spokesman told TheJewishPress.com that police now receive 10 to 12 of these calls each day.

Helicopters are scrutinizing the area from the skies and roadblocks have been erected on all the streets and major arteries, throwing a dragnet around the area.

The Jewish city of Mod’in is situated next to Highway 443, which leads directly towards the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah, located in Samaria. It is also close to Route 446, near the Shilat Junction, which leads to Samaria (Shomron) as well.

Boys to be Buried Side by Side

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel HY”D will be buried side by side in the Modiin Cemetery today, Tuesday, in a joint funeral.

At the moment the schedule is as follows:

Eyal Yifrah’s funeral will begin at 2:30 PM, in the Beit Knesset Neria shul in Elad,. The burial will be at 5:30 PM in the Modi’in cemetery.

Gil-ad Shaar’s funeral will begin at 3:00 PM, in the Talmon shul, and they will leave to the cemetery at 4:30 PM.

Naftali Frenkel’s funeral will begin at 3:00 PM in Nof Ayalon, and the burial will be at the same time, in Modiin, at 5:30 PM.

The bodies of the kidnapped boys were found yesterday. They were kidnapped on June 12 by terrorists from Hebron, and murdered soon after.

Modi’in: the Next Big Thing in Israel Housing

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

The city of Modi’in has long since stopped being considered a suburb of Tel Aviv. The rising demand for housing has managed to shorten the gap in real estate prices in both cities. Statistics published by the finance ministry last month also indicate that prices are on the rise. Within a year, housing costs in the city will climb 11 percent.

Modi’in has had its fair share of “birth pangs” before it became what it is today. As early as the 1950s, urban planners were eager to transform this strip of land replete with dry valleys into a city, in order to establish population centers away from the coast.

Those plans, however, were put on hold by various governments who instead sought to earmark the area for other needs, whether it be headquartering state and government agencies, relocating a large cemetery that would serve central Israel, or relocating the large garbage dump from the nearby city of Rehovot.

These deliberations and discussions rendered the rocky hills of Modi’in barren. Nonetheless, the goal of establishing a city in the area was never abandoned, and was rekindled in the 1960s and 70s, initially to sustain security and defense considerations. Still, those intentions failed to propel the planning process forward.

It was only in the mid-1980s when the decision to build Modi’in in earnest was finally made. What tilted the scales in favor of building was the housing shortage triggered by the massive immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. In December 1985, the government needed to find a housing solution as waves of Jews were coming over. The most immediate one was Modi’in. In the early 1990s, the plans were approved, and in 1996 the first residents began moving in.

Ashdar's Deputy CEO for Marketing Racheli Brizel. Photo: Sivan Farge.

Ashdar’s Deputy CEO for Marketing Racheli Brizel. Photo: Sivan Farge.

“The situation today is not that much different from what it was in the early 1990s,” says construction giant Ashdar’s Deputy CEO for Marketing Racheli Brizel. “The government’s strong desire to flood the country with available properties and create an impact on housing prices led it to sign an agreement in which it promised to market 12,000 new housing units in the city, available housing in the center of the country.”

Modi’in lies within Israel’s central region, located atop the hills of Judea, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The city was planned to one day become a major metropolis. Its municipal administration came about by the merger of two neighboring suburbs, Reut and Maccabim. Today, Modi’in has 82,000 residents. The population is expected to hit 120,000 within the next few years. Within a 10-year period, Modi’in will be home to a quarter-million residents.

If construction and building plans are any indication, it would appear that Modi’in is making giant strides toward this goal. The latest government plan calls for the construction of 11,800 residential units in the four main neighborhoods of the city. From now until February 2015, some 3,200 apartments will be offered on the market. The rest of the apartments will become available between 2015 and 2017.

While there is reason for optimism, some are expressing many doubts as to whether this will have the desired impact on real estate prices in the city.

“More than 1,700 apartments were offered on the market over the course of the last six years in Modi’in,” says Brizel. “Every tender that was announced has been higher than the previous one. The movement in the real estate market was what prompted the company to make the decision to move into Modi’in and invest there, even with the high property values.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/modiin-the-next-big-thing-in-israel-housing/2014/03/02/

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