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Israel Railways Lays New Tracks for High-Speed Train to Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The long-planned and long-delayed high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is getting closer Israel Railways has begun to lay tracks for the western section of the line in the Ayalon Valley, west of Jerusalem.

The target date for launching passenger train on the new line is January 2018, 17 years after construction began.

The project is costing approximately $2 billion and includes five tunnels and 20 bridges. Israel Railways also announced that the new passenger line between Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon will begin operations in September.

Israel Railways CEO Boaz Tzafrir said Monday:

The Negev railway is first and foremost a Zionist project. The direct line between Ashkelon to Be’er Sheva through Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim – will boost employment in southern Israel, attract young couples to the region, and increase the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of southern Israelis.

Rally against Violence Bars Religious MKs and Boos Right-Winger

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Those who blame others for the stabbings of homosexuals last week are tolerant – as long as you agree with them.

Organizers of last night’s Tel Aviv rally against violence and for support of the homosexual movement barred speakers who did not sign a pledge that they support the cause of homosexuals and lesbians.

They advised Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Naftali Bennett, who asked to speak, that it would be wise for him to stay away.

The reason was clear when right-wing Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke, or at least tried to speak. His call for non-violence was drowned by catcalls from the crowd.

One of the preachers for tolerance and non-violence was arrested by police when he surged toward the Steinitz as he was speaking.

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset Member Yinon Magal, who strongly identifies with the national religious movement, also was scheduled to speak. However, when he arrived at the rally, he was told he had to sign a statement saying that he supports the homosexual movement. Magal said he does not speak “on condition,” refused to sign and was barred from addressing the crowd.

There were several religious leaders, such as Rabbi Benny Lau, who did speak, but the requirement for signing a pledge illustrates the rally organizer’s understanding of “tolerance.”

The rally originally was called in memory of the murder of a homosexual in Tel Aviv several years ago, but the stabbings of several people by a known psychopath at the parade for homosexuals in Jerusalem Friday, along with the arson-murder of a Palestinian Authority baby gave the organizers plenty of ammunition to preach non-violence and tolerance.

Preaching is one thing, Practice is another.

The organizers don’t want right-wingers and religious people to tolerate homosexuals. They demand acceptance and approval.

And if you don’t approve, you cannot be tolerated.

Tisha B’Av vs. Israel Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Rabbi Mottle Wolfe joins Yishai to discuss the contours of the religious-secular divide in the Jewish state.

The two show hosts talk about the phenomenon of the very secular Tel Aviv being a mere five kilometers away from the ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak. The former celebrates Israel Independence Day, but doesn’t fast on the day that marks the loss of Jewish sovereignty 2,000 years ago. The latter observes the religious fast, but does not take part in the modern celebrations of statehood. They envision a way to move the process of building the third Jewish commonwealth forward.

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Teva to Buy Allergan for $40 Billion

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutics company is going to shell out $40.5 billion to buy Allergan and withdraw a troubled offer for almost the same amount of money to purchase Mylan, according to financial media reports Monday morning.

Mylan has opposed the offer, and Teva’s buying Allergan would extricate it from a bitter battle for Mylan. The addition of Allergan also would strongly strengthen Teva’s generic drug position in the industry.

Teva’s share price leaped 10% in trading in Tel Aviv Monday morning after trading has been suspended pending a “significant” announcement by the company.

Teva’s attempt to buy Mylan turned out to be a hostile takeover attempt that has resulted in a nasty war of words between the two companies. Indications are that the stock will open 25% higher than last week’s close.

Mylan chairman Robert Coury has called Teva’s bid “not even close to qualifying as a proposal worth pursuing,” while Teva countered that the purchase would expose Mylan as a “dysfunctional culture” and “troubled company.”

UK Guinness World Record Officials Think Lebanon is Safer Than Israel

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

There is no real way to explain this one. Somehow, Beirut has become safer than Tel Aviv.

Israeli filmmaker Oren Rosenfeld is making a movie called “Hummus” and of course, he wanted to stage a monster world event to roll out his new film.

What better way to do that than the challenge the current Guinness World Record?

The eternal battle for the best hummus in the world has raged on between Beirut and Abu Ghosh for as long as anyone can remember. There isn’t an Israeli in the universe who wouldn’t stand by the hummus in Abu Ghosh – even those of us who cannot eat it due to kashrut concerns – when it come to the Guinness World Record challenge.

And so it is with Rosenfeld, who organized a budget, a date, and all that goes along with.

“As part of the film’s PR I wanted to break the Guinness record, to create a plate with 15 tons of hummus and have all the characters from the film participate in the event,” Rosenfeld told the Ynet website.

But when he called the Guinness World Record office and asked for a judge, he was told it’s too dangerous to send a judge to Israel. This, despite being given options for the venue such as Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv, and Sacher Park in Jerusalem.

Not even Abu Gosh!

Israel held the world record for the largest plate of hummus until 300 Lebanese cooks wrested it away in 2010 with a batch weighing approximately 11.5 tons.

The current record is held by Lebanon, a Guinness World Records adjudicator confirmed.

Apparently it’s not too dangerous to send a judge to Beirut.

Missionaries in Tel Aviv Hand Out ‘Psalms’ with Christian Teachings

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Outraged pedestrians in Tel Aviv alerted an anti-missionary organization that went into action to stop missionaries from distributing innocent-looking “Tehillim” volumes that contained Christian teaching.

Recipients of the book phoned Yad L’Achim, which dispatched a team to the area which confirmed that pocket-sized volumes were being deceptively presented to passersby as “Tehillim.” the Hebrew term for the Book of Psalms.

On the cover, in large letters, was the word “Tehillim” and beneath it, shaped in a semi-circles above a crown, the words “Taste and see that HaShem is good. Fortunate is the man who cleaves to Him.” Along the bottom are the words, “Blessed is the one who comes in the Name of HaShem.”

Nothing about the cover hints that the contents were anything but what they claim to be. In between verses of Tehillim were unequivocal missionary messages on the revelation of Jesus and the imperative to believe in him and follow in his ways.

Yad L’Achim tried to retrieve all the copies that had already been distributed and explained to stunned passersby their real nature. The organization also broadcast announcements throughout the area warning people not to be taken in by the innocent-looking volumes.

The missionaries realized that they had been exposed and stopped handing out the books.

“The time has come to amend the missionary law,  If for no other reason than to put an end to such fraud that the missionaries continue to perpetrate unhindered,” said one Yad L’Achim official.

He added:

There is no way to bring this to an end but to pass a law that effectively prohibits these activities, the sooner the better.

JNF Plans to Build 3,000 Homes on Land It Owns in Tel Aviv Area

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) plans to build up to 3,000 residential units on land it owns in the greater Tel Aviv area.

TheJewishPress.com reported here last week that the JNF owns land worth approximately $1.75 billion.

It plans to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the new project following an approval of the new policy last month.

No timetable has been announced, Globes reported, but building on its own land will save the cost and bureaucracy of having to deal with Israel Land Authority tenders.

However, it will have to apply for building permits on land where there are no existing apartments or which needs to be re-zoned, meaning it could be years before final approval is received.

The bureaucratic procedures may be shorter than usual because the plan has been coordinated with the government, which has promised that it will ease the housing shortage in the metropolitan Tel Aviv region.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jnf-plans-to-build-3000-homes-on-land-it-owns-in-tel-aviv-area/2015/07/16/

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