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Young Professional Olim Prefer Tel Aviv

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

For the third year in a row (2014, 15, 16), Tel Aviv is the number one Aliyah destination, having concluded 2016 with an additional 2,900 immigrants who chose to make Tel Aviv their new home in Israel, according to the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. In the past year, Israel welcomed some 27,000 immigrants, according to a report by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption. 11% of the new immigrants chose to settle in Tel Aviv, the “Nonstop City.” The report also shows that most of the immigrants who arrived in Tel Aviv hailed from Russia (715), France (526) and the United States (252).

Immigration to Tel Aviv has come to be characterized by youth: approximately 9,500 of the new immigrants are between the ages of 18 and 35, joining a third of Tel Aviv’s population that is of the same age group.

Tel Aviv embodies many of the things these young professionals are looking for when they come to Israel. On top of Tel Aviv’s attractive beaches, nightlife and culinary scene, the Startup City is also home to 1,450 early stage startups, the highest amount of startups per capita. That constitutes 28 startups per square kilometer and 1 startup for every 290 residents. 2,400 of the Olim have a background in high-tech and engineering, a perfect match while the Tel Aviv startup scene is looking to scale-up to international markets, providing plenty of jobs for International immigrants.

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality supports the Aliyah and absorption of new immigrants by offering them unique career benefits, including workshops covering important topics such as job search, resume writing and entrepreneurship, offered in 3 languages. All activities are done in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.

Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement: “Absorption and Aliyah is an important asset for Tel Aviv-Yafo, and I am proud that the support that this city is providing to immigrants, proved itself over the years. We feel honored and welcome the immigrants, who chose to make Tel Aviv their new home and contribute by making this city more interesting, diverse and cosmopolitan.”

Shlomo Maslawi, Chairman of the Immigration and Absorption Committee, said in a statement: “I am proud to be standing at the head of a municipal system determined to integrate immigrants effectively into the Tel Aviv-Yafo society. These new immigrants contribute immensely to the diversity of the local culture and economy. I would like to thank our partners at the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption who are working with us in order to make sure these new immigrants feel at home in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.”

Amir Dor, Director for the Department of Immigration Absorption, said in a statement: “I am happy and proud to be standing at the head of the municipal absorption department, which is devoted to providing new immigrants with the assistance they need, in a variety of languages, in order to help them build their home and future in Tel Aviv-Yafo.”

Tel Aviv Global & Tourism’s CEO, Eytan Schwartz: “Tel Aviv offers Young Jewish professionals from around the world an innovative and creative nonstop lifestyle that is comparable to global cities such as New York, London and Berlin. Out of the 61 cities studied, Tel Aviv was ranked 8th in the Global Cities Ranking.”


Police Sappers Called to Haganah Museum in Tel Aviv

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Tourists were surprised to learn that a live spray grenade was found Thursday morning in a museum in Tel Aviv. The grenade was discovered in a closet at the Haganah Museum on Rothschild Street.

The museum itself is located in the house of Eliyahu Golomb, founder of the Haganah and its uncrowned military commander, according to its website. The house, built in 1923, was the secret headquarters of the Haganah, which eventually became the Israel Defense Forces of the modern-day State of Israel.

It was an grenade from the British Mandate period, apparently produced by fighters in an underground lab in the pre-state years.

The museum called the police bomb squad, and sappers came to take the grenade to another location where they could defuse it safely.

Hana Levi Julian

US Senators Cruz, Heller & Rubio Launch Attempt to Force Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), announced this week their formal attempt to force recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The three lawmakers introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, legislation that would fulfill America’s commitment to Israel to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Sen. Cruz said.

“Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth – let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel – is shocking in some circles. But it is finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel.

“I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation with Senator Heller and Senator Rubio, and I look forward to working with the Trump administration to make this happen.” “My support for Israel is unwavering. From my very first days as a United States Senator, I have prioritized the strengthening of the important relationship shared between Israel and the United States. That’s why I’m proud to reintroduce the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act.

“For years, I’ve advocated for America’s need to reaffirm its support for one of our nation’s strongest allies by recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. It honors an important promise America made more than two decades ago but has yet to fulfill. While Administrations come and go, the lasting strength of our partnership with one of our strongest allies in the Middle East continues to endure. My legislation is a testament to that.”

“I’d like to thank Senators Rubio and Cruz for their support for this legislation and look forward to working with the new Administration to turn this bill into law,” said Sen. Heller.

Senator Rubio added, “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that’s where America’s embassy belongs. It’s time for Congress and the President-Elect to eliminate the loophole that has allowed presidents in both parties to ignore U.S. law and delay our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem for over two decades.”

In 1995, Congress passed “The Jerusalem Embassy and Relocation Act,” which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

To date, the promise to move the U.S. Embassy has not yet been fulfilled. The bill withholds certain State Department funds until that relocation is complete.

The reason for this is because it is within the State Department that the actual stumbling block lies, even under an administration friendly to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Commuters’ Paradise — Not — in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Wednesday was a busy day for commuters in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, who were watching the media to find out whether their transportation plans would remain stable for the next 24 hours.

Egged bus drivers went on strike at 5 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday. The walkout came after Egged management and the Finance Ministry failed to reach an accord on subsidies for the lines.

Bus lines were expected to get back to normal by Thursday morning at 5 am.

But as the buses were getting back to normal, Israel Railways was threatening a strike at stations in Tel Aviv.

That announcement came in response to a summons to a hearing by the Environmental Protection Ministry.

The ministry tested and found excessive levels of air pollution at the HaShalom Station in Tel Aviv, and at the Yoseftal Station in Bat Yam.

In retaliation, management at Israel Railways said it would stop running the trains to the entire Gush Dan region, which would create havoc for some 100,000 daily passengers.

The railway says it’s building a new electric train system to run from Herzliya to Jerusalem, which should help reduce the pollution levels.

But its management added that other solutions suggested by the ministry in the meantime would just cause chaos for the entire public transportation system.

Hana Levi Julian

Protesters Heat Up Atmosphere Outside As Military Judge Begins Verdict for IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Military Court where the Judge Maya Heller picked apart the various claims of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria prior to handing down a verdict on charges of manslaughter against him.

“Azaria! Azaria!” protesters shouted, even as Judge Heller said, “Azaria acted coldly and with calculation, took his time clearing people. This does not work with acting toward immediate danger.”

Protesters meanwhile were blocking the main road outside the Kirya military base, also home to IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.

It appeared the judge was leading up to a guilty verdict: had she been working towards acquittal, she would not have been listing all of the negative behaviors displayed by the defendant.

Meanwhile, the increasingly distraught protesters were breaking through the blockades police had set up to contain the demonstration.

“We have adopted the conclusion that the terrorist’s death was caused by the shooting by Azaria,” she said, and cited testimony from the soldier’s commanding officer who had recalled the medic had said the terrorist “deserved to die.”

Judge Heller continued her analysis, saying there was no real indication that Azaria felt threatened in any way by the injured terrorist.

Meanwhile, there were reports of police violence and arrests, along with a statement by Israel Police that officers had “arrested two suspects on the spot for violating public order. The protests blocked the Highway 20 to the increases, in both directions.”

The judge discussed the case in the courtroom for more than two hours prior to rendering a decision.

Hana Levi Julian

Kellyanne Conway Says Trump Still Committed to Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Just a few days after choosing to nominate Texas oilman and ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson to become his Secretary of State, a spokesperson for President-elect Donald Trump says he’s still determined to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a move that may rile many of America’s Arab allies and Tillerson’s former business colleagues in the region.

Many presidents have promised in the past to move the US Embassy to Israel’s capital, as American law requires and as so many American Jews hope to see. It’s great “vote bait” in the Jewish sector and a promise that when proclaimed at AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) annual conventions always wins a roar from the crowd.

But once presidents enter the White House, in the past things have always changed and instead a six-month presidential waiver is signed, claiming concerns to “national security.” In fact, outgoing President Barack Obama signed another one this month, extending the presence of the embassy in Tel Aviv at least until the middle of 2017.

But Republican campaign manager and senior Trump transition team adviser Kellyanne Conway replied to that question from JewishPress.com photojournalist DS Levi Thursday night, emphasizing that her boss has “made that promise and he has shown his commitment to that… particular, moving… the capital… to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in Israel, but again, he can’t … he’s not going to do anything like that until he’s actually the president.”

Listening to the audio, one hears that Conway is speaking quickly, and it’s not clear which city she was referring to as Israel’s capital. However, in a November 2, 2016 joint statement issued by Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, co-chairs of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump, Number 16 on the list of campaign promises read as follows:

The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and Mr. Trump’s Administration will move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Conway quickly reasserted herself and after underlining the coming success of Mr. Trump’s 100-day plan once he enters the White House, she added, “When you’re a successful billionaire businessman, and brilliant real estate developer you can’t waste time thinking about it or having a commission or blaming other people. You’re in charge of the issue, you’re used to producing and delivering results. I know it’s very much on his mind.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Trump Team Searching for Embassy Site in Jerusalem

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The incoming Trump administration is reportedly searching Jerusalem for a feasible site in which to locate the U.S. Embassy, according to a report broadcast Monday evening by Channel 2 television news.

The report comes on the heels of one earlier in the day quoting senior aide Kellyanne Conway, who told media that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was a “big priority” for President-elect Donald Trump.

Conway told conservative U.S. radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, an attorney who broadcasts with the Salem Radio Network, that Trump “made it very clear during the campaign… and as president-elect I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.”

She pointed out that such a move would be “easy to do” and wondered why other presidents have not done so, saying that it would be something that Israel, “a great friend in the Middle East” would appreciate. She also noted it is “something that a lot of Jewish Americans have expressed their preference for.”

The Politico website explained in an article on the issue that “The United Nations does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and most countries keep their embassies in the vicinity of Tel Aviv.”

Hana Levi Julian

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