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September 28, 2016 / 25 Elul, 5776

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Massive Traffic Jams Collateral Damage of Internal War in Likud

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

The normal start-of-the-week traffic jams have been more severe than usual Sunday morning, as a result of the limits on train service across the country. Police report severe traffic delays on route 1, connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and both cities to Ben Gurion International Airport. Traffic on the coastal highway, Route 2, is unusually heavy from Caesarea to Tel Aviv. The inner highway, Route 4, is likewise jammed all the way from Holon to Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, to Ra’ana in both directions. Route 5 connecting the coastal highway with Ariel in Samaria is also jammed. Route 20, which cuts through downtown Tel Aviv is jammed, too. Route 65, connecting Hadera with Afula through Umm al-Fahm in the Arab Triangle is also at a standstill.

On Saturday, the Israel Railways Corporation announced that essential infrastructure works that were not carried out on Shabbat by decree of Prime Minister Netanyahu would be done Sunday, thus paralyzing most of the train service until 7 PM. The stoppage came against the background of Haredi party resistance to carrying out work on Shabbat, and the apparent capitulation of the prime minister, but judging by what the Haredi press had to say Sunday morning, this was more a provocation by Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) than an actual crisis.

The daily Yated Ne’eman cited MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) who accused Katz of acting out of revenge rather than caring for the services of his ministry. “The abominable conduct of Yisrael Katz proves that he does not care about danger to life, and not about the train, only about politics and his need to take revenge against the prime minister,” Gafni said.

Train service has been greatly curtailed Sunday morning. The IDF has added buses to transport soldiers returning to base from their Shabbat break. IDF representatives will guide confused soldier to the right buses. Israel’s inter-city bus companies have increased their active fleets Sunday to help passengers, which, of course, contributes to the traffic jams on the highways.

Leftwing parties Meretz and Labor called for protest rallies at the dark train stations Saturday night, but only a few hundred protesters showed up at the Tel Aviv rally, and only a few dozens at the Haifa event. The real fight over the train works and train service is being waged inside the Likud Party, between Prime Minister Netanyahu and his rebellious Transport Minister and Likud Secretariat Chairman Yisral Katz. (See: Coalition Chair: No Coming back from Netanyahu Vs. Transport Minister Crisis)

JNi.Media

Hot, Dry Weather Leads to Flames, Traffic Jams and Accidents in Israel

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The hot and dry weather that has struck the region has caused numerous power outages around Israel, leading to traffic jams and motor vehicle accidents due to malfunctioning traffic lights.

There were numerous accidents with injured passengers on major arteries in Israel on Monday due to the malfunctioning traffic signals.

The weather has also led to brush fires, forest fires and other issues around the country — including problems with the water in the yishuv of Nehemia. Residents there have been warned by the Health Ministry to “boil any water from the area until further notice, and not to use it for drinking, cooking, preparation of food or medicine or even brushing one’s teeth without first boiling it and straining it.”

In the central part of the Galilee, a team of firefighters battled a forest fire on Monday afternoon between the communities of Tefen and Kfar Horadim.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control and said no injuries were reported.

In the Romema neighborhood of Jerusalem, a separate fire caused major damage to a home late in the day.

One woman suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze. She received first aid on the scene before being evacuated to a local medical center. It’s not clear what caused the blaze.

Hana Levi Julian

NY Cops Stage Traffic Stop So Jewish Guy Can Propose to Girlfriend [video]

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Three NY police officers from the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway last Wednesday faked a traffic stop so help Yehuda Coriat, 22, could propose to his girlfriend Sara Oppen, 20, in Queens, the NY Post reported Friday. The officers, asked to help a guy in need by Yoel Tyrnauer, a member of the Borough Park Shomrim volunteer society, pulled over Sara’s car, on suspicion that she and her boyfriend were trafficking weapons and drugs in the trunk.

After grilling the poor woman about her boyfriend’s supposedly shady activities, the officers insisted that she open her trunk, which she did, releasing the balloons that had been stashed inside.

Yehuda then got down on one knee and asked Sara to be his betrothed.

The Post, in its unique fashion, used the story to rehash the NYPD bribery scandal involving accusations against the Shomrim, and so Tyrnauer told the Post he had asked for the favor not as a member of the Shomrim group but just as a guy asking his local cops for a favor. “I don’t know the cops. This whole thing has nothing to do with Shomrim,” he said.

Sara said the cops “weren’t on duty at the time. They did him a favor. They came in dressed up, got the car and did the whole getup just as a favor.”

Which goes to show you that good deeds rarely go unpunished, and sweet gestures can get a man in deep trouble.

JNi.Media

Best Israel Commercial Ever – But Is It Too Controversial? [video]

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The ad agency representing Honda Civic has outdone itself in capturing the wit and humor of Israeli society in a new commercial targeting new auto buyers.

The commercial advertises the joys of driving a Honda Civic. Although it is in Hebrew, the message is clear, featuring actresses demonstrating how pregnant women can convince police officers to cut a driver some slack — even if he’s been speeding — by pretending to be in labor.

But given the high rate of traffic accidents and fatalities on Israel’s roads, as funny as this commercial really is, might it be in poor taste?

JewishPress.com invites readers to respond with your opinion of this commercial on this issue.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Start-Up Finds Parking Places for Drivers

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Israelis, who brought WAZE to the world,  have come with another invention that will make the Boycott Israel movement even more obsolete.

“Spaceek” had developed a system that has run a pilot test in Kfar Saba, located on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv, and uses sensors and an app for drivers to head to an empty spot.

Empty parking places in the Tel Aviv area, just like in New York City, are a prize for frustrated motorists driving around in circles until they can find a place to park.

The Spaceek system places a network of sensors on parking places. Drivers use an app to “see” which ones are available and then can navigate to it.

If another driver beats someone else to the punch, an app will let him know, a system that might prevent fights from breaking out when someone arrives 30 seconds too late to what he thought was an empty parking place.

Globes reported that Spaceek has attracted $272,000 in crowd funding. The money will be used to expand business in urban center, and Spaceek hopes to deploy its system overseas.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Yom Kippur Traffic

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

This is what the roads in Israel will look like tomorrow, on Yom Kippur.

An Israeli man walk on the empty Road One near Mevaseret on Yom Kippur

Photos by Flash90

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Website Service Interruption

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

We apologize to everyone who had problems accessing JewishPress.com yesterday.

One of our articles was picked up by the Drudge Report, and at the peak, our servers were were trying to deliver an estimated 60,000+ pageviews an hour as people repeatedly tried to access the article, which is definitely more than our current capacity to deliver – so as you can imagine, the site slowed down, a bit.

In fact, this was far more traffic than the Denial of Service attack JewishPress.com successfully overcame before Pesach.

It was pretty cool to watch from the back-end of the system.

We certainly hope this happens again soon (and we thank Drudge for the link), and are quickly working on a solution to handle traffic peaks like that, so site access won’t be limited in the future.

Stephen Leavitt

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