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All Time Record High for Israel Tourism in February

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The month of February 2012 has broken records in the tourism industry in Israel, with 232,000 visitor arrivals, 6% more than the same month last year, and an increase of 4% compared to February 2010, which marked the previous record. Out of 232,000 arrivals, 200,000 were tourist entries, another all-time record high.

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov stated: “The increased momentum of tourism to Israel is the result of focused and intensive international marketing activity in spite of regional turmoil and the ongoing economic crisis in Europe.”

The Ministry of Tourism has been pushing travel to Israel in new markets such as China, India, South Korea, Russia and South America.

Since the beginning of the year 388,900 tourists have arrived in Israel, similar to 2011, when 388,500 tourists arrived.

According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, there is a stable trend in flights to Israel. In the month of February there were 172,000 arrivals by air, 1% less than in February 2011. Of those flights, 6,400 tourists flew directly to Eilat and Ovda. Since the beginning of the year, 329,000 tourists have arrived by air, 1% more than January – February 2011.

Tibbi Singer

Korean Jewish Community Gets First Torah Scroll

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The dedication of a new Torah scroll is always a cause for celebration. But for the small yet proud Jewish community in South Korea, just such a dedication Sunday meant so much more. Not only did it cap the community’s recent unprecedented growth, it welcomed what for Jews elsewhere in the world is almost a given: a Torah scroll of their own.

Often a Torah scroll – which typically costs in excess of $10,000 and can cost as much as $30,000 – is donated by generous individuals in honor or in memory of a loved one, but according to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Osher Litzman, the South Korean Torah was funded by the community members themselves.

“We have been blessed with donations from locals, visitors and friends who have helped to cover a significant amount of the expenses,” said Litzman, who is still fundraising for the project. “The goal is that everyone in the community will have a share.”

(Chabad.org)

Jewish Press News Briefs

Obama Discusses Leaders He Considers Friends

Friday, February 10th, 2012

In an interview with Time Magazine, US President Barack Obama listed those foreign leaders that he considers friends and have helped him implement diplomatic initiatives.

“The friendships and the bonds of trust that I’ve been able to forge with a whole range of leaders is precisely, or is a big part of, what has allowed us to execute effective diplomacy,” said Obama.

The list included Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not mentioned.

“I think that if you ask them, Angela Merkel or Prime Minister Singh or President Lee or Prime Minister Erdogan or David Cameron would say, ‘We have a lot of trust and confidence in the President. We believe what he says. We believe that he’ll follow through on his commitments. We think he’s paying attention to our concerns and our interests,'” Obama added.

Jewish Press Staff

Report: Boeing, IAI to Sell Arrow Missile System to South Korea

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), partners in production of the Arrow ballistic-missile defense system, intend to sell the weapon system to South Korea, according to Defense News.

The report stated that the deal is estimated to exceed $1 billion, and would be consummated between the US and South Korean governments.

“There’s still a long way to go, but we and our Israeli partners are working very persistently to be able to provide this phenomenal capability to South Korea, an important U.S. ally,” Roger Krone, president of Boeing said recently in Tel Aviv.

Last week, Boeing and IAI announced that they were increasing collaboration on the Arrow anti-ballistic missile program and other projects in the missile defense arena.

Jewish Press Staff

US Appeals to South Korea to reduce Iran Oil Imports

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Reflecting its recent campaign to increase economic pressure on the Iranian regime, a senior US official encouraged South Korea on Tuesday to lower its oil imports from Iran.

South Korea has been a dependable ally of the US in its efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program, but it relies on Iran for approximately 10% of its oil supplies.

South Korea has not yet responded to the US entreaty.

 

Jewish Press Staff

North Korean Kim Jong-il is Dead at Age 69

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Kim Jong-il, the leader of North Korea is dead at age 69. North Korean media reports that he died on December 17 while traveling on a train.
Kim Jong-un, his third oldest son is supposed to replace him as the new head of state.
Jong-un, in his late twenties, is reported to have gone to school in Switzerland while living there under a pseudonym. He is reported to be a diabetic and suffer from hypertension. His father made him a general in 2010.
In response to the news of Jong-il’s death, South Korea has put its military on high alert.

Jewish Press News Briefs

South Korea on Board with Iran Sanctions

Friday, December 16th, 2011

South Korea has joined the list of nations who will sanction Iran in the hopes of stopping its nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency has recently issued a report showing proof that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are not civilian in nature as claimed by the Iranian regime.

In turn, last month Britain, Canada and the US hit Iran with new sanctions focusing on Iran’s financial, petrochemical and energy operations. Now, South Korea has added over 100 names to the already large list of Iranian firms and individuals who are sanctioned by Seoul.

However, South Korea’s new measures did not include a ban on imports of petrochemicals or crude oil. For this reason the move was seen as not broad enough for the US State Department, whose special adviser for non-proliferation, Robert Einhorn, visited Seoul last week and called on US allies to ban petrochemical imports from Iran.

For countries which have trading ties with Iran, like South Korea, that is not so easy.  South Korea imported about $333 million of petrochemicals from Iran in 2010 and exported about $466 million of petrochemicals to Iran in the same year. Iran is also a major supplier of energy to South Korea: 8.3 percent of the 870 million barrels imported in 2010 into South Korea came from Iran.

Last year South Korea did take major steps to sanction Iran by restricting new investment in Iran’s oil and gas industry and by imposing reductions in exports. But any reduction or halt in Iranian crude imports would likely disrupt the Korean economy and complicate its efforts to hold down inflation.

Jewish Press Staff

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