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Tel Aviv Beach Season Opens

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Tel Aviv beaches officially opened on Tuesday under the supervision of life guards and with the city distributing chess and checker board games for the beach crowd.

There even will be a portable library for readers, and wireless Internet is available.

Tel Aviv expects 9 million visitors before the official season ends on October 12.

There will be dog-friendly beaches, where dogs are permitted to be without a leash, but only under supervision.

Russian-Israeli Stabs Arab worker

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A Jewish man with a Russian accent stabbed an Arab worker Monday in Herzliya, next to Tel Aviv, while yelling “Death to Arabs,” police said. The attacker confessed that he intentionally targeted an Arab. The victim suffered light wounds in his shoulder, was treated on the scene and hospitalized.

The assailant is a resident of Herzliya, and the Arab works for the city

Is Billionaire Roman Abramovich Planning Aliyah?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Published on Jewish Business News
by Ilan Shavit

Just as Ben Mezrich’s new book “Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs” is about to be published, with what are expected to be authentic descriptions of the battle between tycoons Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich, with a Warner Bros. movie already in production, the colorful owner of Chelsea soccer club appears to be moving his business to Tel Aviv.

Globes reported Monday that the 58th richest man on the planet, with an estimated fortune of $12 billion, has picked up a major asset in Israel, the lot on which stands the Varsano boutique hotel in gentrified, picturesque south Tel Aviv.

Abramowich paid roughly $25 million for the lot, which was owned by the Guy and Yaron Versano (married to Israeli Hollywood actress Gal Gadot—a.k.a. Wonder Woman), in the old neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, near the border of Jaffa.

The lot is less than half an acre in all, and includes the hotel, which is slated for preservation, as well as a parking lot, zoned for housing.

Now, Abramovich lives with his family in London, but he has been expressing an interest for a few years now, according to Globes, in buying property in Neve Tzedek.

Late last March, the media reported that Abramovich had arrived in Israel on his private jet and stayed at the boutique hotel Norman in Tel Aviv, where he engaged in several secret business meetings. Now it turns out that he was closing on the Varsano transaction. There was a report back then that he was spotted touring the old neighborhood.

Abramovich owns several luxury properties in London and the U.S., and now he owns a nice piece of Israel. He visits Israel with his family on the holidays. So the expectations are that he will convert the Versano into a residential facility and use the zoning rights to add residential space to use during his stay in Israel.

Last year, Abramowich and his family celebrated the Passover seder at the Genesis hotel down in Mitzpe Ramon.

He rented the entire hotel, naturally.

Abramowich has invested in many Israeli technology companies, like the transportation collaboration start-up Via, investment fund iAngels, the Storedot company developing rapid charging of smartphones, and AcousticEye, which tests tubes using sound waves.

Abramowitz owns a private Boeing 767-300, and in 2007 he added an Airbus A380 for $300 million. In 2010 he also added a yacht—Eclipse—for $ 1.2 billion, the second biggest yachts in all of God’s wide seas.

So, is Roman Abramowich doing Aliyah? We have no idea, but he might as well—he owns a chunk of the place already.

This article was written by ILan Shavit.

Archaeologists Discover Egypt Occupied Tel Aviv 5,000 Years Ago

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Excavations at an office construction site in downtown Tel Aviv have unearthed evidence that Egypt occupied the “city that never sleeps” 5,000 years ago, more than a millennium before the Jews left slavery in ancient Egypt and proceeded to the Promised Land.

Fragments of ancient pottery vessels used to prepare beer were discovered in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is conducting in conjunction with a construction project by the Rubenstein Company, according to excavation director Diego Barkan.

The construction site is located next to the Ma’ariv Bridge in downtown Tel Aviv.

Barkan said:

We found seventeen pits in the excavations, which were used to store agricultural produce in the Early Bronze Age (3500-3000-BCE). Among the hundreds of pottery sherds that characterize the local culture, a number of fragments of large ceramic basins were discovered that were made in an Egyptian tradition and were used to prepare beer….

On the basis of previously conducted excavations in the region we knew there is an Early Bronze Age site here, but this excavation is the first evidence we have of an Egyptian occupation in the center of Tel Aviv at that time.This is also the northernmost evidence we have of an Egyptian presence in the Early Bronze Age I. Until now we were only aware of an Egyptian presence in the northern Negev and southern coastal plain.

Beer was the “national drink of Egypt” in ancient times and was made from a mixture of barley and water that was partially baked and then left to ferment in the sun.

Various fruit concentrates were added to this mixture in order to flavor the beer. The mixture was filtered in special vessels and was ready for use.

Animal bones from 5,000 years ago that were discovered in the excavation.

Animal bones from 5,000 years ago that were discovered in the excavation. Credit: Yoli Shwartz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

 

 

Tel Aviv Women Sue over Illegal Infiltrators

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Two women from southern Tel Aviv are suing the state and the city over the problem of illegal immigration. According to News1, the two are claiming that their personal safety has been compromised due to authorities’ negligence.

They are seeking a payment of 640,000 shekels.

Southern Tel Aviv has become home to tens of thousands of African migrants in recent years. Most are men from Sudan or Eritrea who have claimed refuge in Israel due to fighting in their home countries.

Crime in the area has risen, with migrants implicated in many robberies and assaults. Many Israeli residents have reported being afraid for their safety.

There have been rallies in southern Tel Aviv accusing the government of abandoning the city’s working-class neighborhoods. The government has essentially dumped its migrant problem on the city’s poorest neighborhoods, they say, leaving the areas that already struggled with failing infrastructure and poverty to deal with an influx of traumatized, unemployed young men.

IDF to Split Tel Aviv’s Missile Warning System

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

During Operation Protective Edge, no matter where a rocket at Tel Aviv was aimed, the entire city of 400,000 people ran to shelters.

IDF Central Command is rectifying that situation by dividing Tel Aviv into 4 separate warning zones: North Tel Aviv and the Yarkon, Central Tel Aviv, South Tel Aviv and Yafo, and eastern Tel Aviv, according to a Walla report.

That way, when Hamas launches rockets at Tel Aviv, only 100,000 people will need to seek shelter, instead of 400,000.

The Tel Aviv municipality asked the IDF to further divide the city, but the IDF decided against it at this point in time.

The IDF is planning to subdivide additional cities this way in the upcoming years.

Madonna and Portman May Vie to Purchase $55 Million Tel Aviv Penthouse [video]

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Singer Madonna and actress Natalie Portman each is considering buying the $55 penthouse atop the Meier-on-Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, the London Daily Mail reported.

Madonna often has said how much she loves Israel, and she likes saying the word “kabbalah” so she can imagine she has some kind of Jewish mysticism to guide her.

Portman is Jewish, even if she does not fool around with Kabbalah. She was born in Jerusalem as Neta-Lee Hershlag, moved to the United States with her parents at the age of three and earned a degree in psychology from Harvard University, where she stood up for Israel in a letter to the university’s Crimson magazine.

She could have been one of Israel’s best-looking spokeswoman, having been a guest lecturer in Columbia University on terrorism and counter-terrorism, but Hollywood grabbed her, and she has won award after award.

That is why she is rich, and there is nothing like a $55 million penthouse n Tel Aviv to make a rich person “feel at home” at the expense of Jerusalem, where the best view overlooks the Western Wall and Temple Mount instead of the Mediterranean Sea.

Speaking of being rich, Madonna’s bank account would hardly even jingle if she took out $55 million to buy the penthouse in the 42-story building designed by prize-winning architect Richard Meier.

It features a private elevator, a huge entertaining area, private gym, cocktail bar, cinema and mini-spa.

Whether Madonna or Portman becomes Israel’s new resident remains to be seen.

Here is a  free tour of the luxury high-rise.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/madonna-and-portman-may-vie-to-purchase-55-million-tel-aviv-penthouse-video/2015/02/22/

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