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Oren, Lipman form lobby for Anglo immigrants

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Member of Knesset Michael Oren (Kulanu) and former MK Dov Lipman announced, Thursday, a new Knesset based initiative to address some of the challenges that face English-speaking immigrants to Israel. These issues include the immigrant benefit package, tax problems, professional and driving licenses, struggles of lone soldier and national service volunteers, and the need for English speaking clerks and representatives in government agencies and ministries.

This new initiative will kickoff with a hearing in the Immigration and Absoprtion Committee on Monday August 1 to address specific challenges regarding national service for young people from overseas which create obstacles for their immigration and absoprtion process. Representatives of various absoprtion organizations will present these challenges to the committee and to invited government representatives with a goal to work towards legislation which addresses these issues.

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Mother of wounded soldier: My son deserves to go home

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Knesset committee convenes to hear claims Defense Ministry failed in handling case of a severely wounded Gaza operation veteran.


Lapid: Give me a polygraph test on hate for haredim

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Member of Knesset Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) said, Thursday morning, that he was willing to take a lie-detector test to prove he does not hate haredi-religious Jews. Interviewed on haredi-religious radio station Kol Chai, he protested the fact that accusations of hatred enter every political discussion.

Lapid was speaking in the context of legislation to withhold state funding from schools that don't teach core curriculum. Noting that he sent a lot of money to the haredi community while he was finance minister, Lapid said he was committed to give the maximum to all sectors of society, religious, non religious and non Jewish. He lamented that survey after survey showed that haredi youth have a difficult time fitting into the labor market.


Assad offers amnesty to Aleppo rebels

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said, Thursday, that he will grant amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender.

He issued an order to that effect which expires in three months.


'Disabled in workplace' bill expected to pass

Thursday, July 28, 2016
A bill which would require large government bodies to meet a quota of 5% disabled employees has been approved for final Knesset vote.


2 senior Turkish generals resign in protest

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Two of Turkey's generals resigned in protest, Thursday, a day after the dismissal of 1,700 officers and admirals accused of taking part in the recent failed coup attempt.

The Cable News Network's Turkish affiliate reported 88 employees of the Foreign Ministry have been similarly fired.


Forest fire near Arab village in the Menashe Region

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ten firefighting companies, assisted by personnel from the Jewish National Fund, were sent to put out a forest fire, Thursday morning, near the Arab village of Mesar, northeast of Netanya.

There were a number of hot spots, Firefighters have put out one of them.


Weapons charges against 20 from Arab Triangle

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Central District prosecutors have filed indictments against 20 people, charging them with weapons-related charges. The suspects range in age from 17 to 47 and come from Baqa Al-Gharbiye, Jatt, Tayibe and Zamr, in the triangle of Israeli Arab communities northeast of Tel Aviv.

A total of 28 counts were placed, charging the suspects with trafficking in weapons, attempting and conspiring to do so, other weapons dealings, illegal carrying of weapons and discharging a firearm in a built-up area.


Is Russia a better friend to Israel than the U.S.?

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Israeli jets attacked Russian-protected Syria this week. Would U.S. have allowed the same?


IDF suspends lecturer for defending exclusion of women

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Israel Defense Forces have suspended an outside lecturer as they investigate if he really defended exclusion of women during a mandatory talk given to an elite intelligence unit, according to a Thursday morning report by IDF Radio. Complaints were filed about the talks, saying, "Requiring soldier, particularly the women, to listen to these things in the IDF is fundamentally flawed.

The lecturer allegedly said the sending of women to the back of certain buses does not constitute exclusion because women look at men and have good thoughts while men look at women and have improper thoughts. He also cited hareidi religious practice against men listening to women singing.


Abbas to meet Kerry, Valls this weekend

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is scheduled to meet Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, this weekend in Paris.

The meetings were postponed due to the death of Abu-Mazen's brother Omar, last week. They are scheduled to center around France's initiative for an international summitt abou the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is expected to take place in December.


Data reveals haredi educational gap

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Statistics regarding dropout rates among haredim in academia emerges to challenge haredi narrative that core curriculum is unnecessary.


Galilee teen fractures skull playing Pokemon Go

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A 15-year-old from Karmiel suffered a fractured skull and cerebral bleeding, Wednesday evening, when she fell from her bicycle while playing the virtual reality game Pokemon Go on the western Galiee city's streets.

She was taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, where her injuries were described as moderate.


Abbas: New Fatah-Hamas talks soon

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has told Sudanese television that there will be a new round of talks in the coming weeks between his Fatah faction and Hamas about general elections for president and parliament in the PA and about a unity government.

The two sides have come close to reconciliation from the split highlighted by Hamas's takeover of Gaza following fighting in 2007. Abbas said, "Without unity, there won't be a Palestinian state."


Be'er Sheva' employee fired for anti-gay Facebook post

Thursday, July 28, 2016

An employee of the Be'er Sheva' municipality will be dismissed for a Facebook post that was offensive to the gay community, according to a Thursday-morning report by Kol Yisrael government radio.

The woman has been working in the welfare department for three months.


France has most foreign-born 2016 inductees in IDF

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A ceremony was held, Wednesday evening in Tel Aviv to honor volunteers in the Israel Defense Forces.

Earlier, the Security-Social branch of the Defense Ministry published statistics about those inducted from abroad this year. The figures show France led the way with 49 percent of the inductees. The United States accounted for 29 percent, while about five percent came from Britain.


Bereaved mother slams MK: You know nothing about democracy

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Mother of Hadar Goldin, whose body has been held by Hamas since 2014, blasts Yesh Atid MK's proposal to limit prisoner swaps.


Report: Soldier lightly wounded in training accident

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A soldier was lightly wounded in the hand, Thursday morning, at the Camp Keren, next to the city of Katzrin in the Golan Heights.

The wound was from shots accidently fired during training.


Report: Assad discussed Israel deal with Putin

Thursday, July 28, 2016

President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria discussed the Clinton plan for peace between his country and Israel with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a secret visit to Russia last month, according to a Thursday report by the Lebanese newspaper Al-Jumhuria that Assad brought up the plan during talks on ending his country's civil war.

The Clinton plan calls for Israel to give up the Golan Heights, which it captured during the Six-Day War of 1967. Iran was updated about the content of the meeting and sent positive messages about the results


Bill Clinton wears a Hillary pin in Hebrew

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Former United States president Bill Clinton was seen sporting a pin supporting his wife Hillary's bid for president, Wednesday evening, during a speech by Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention.

The Tablet website reported two people associated with the National Jewish Democratic Council gave such a pin to Clinton


Children's show pulled for perceived Koran abuse

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Britain's Channel 5 Television has pulled an episode of the animated children's series "Fireman Sam", originally aired in 2014, in which a character slip on what appears to be a page of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. An outcry arose after the episode was seen in the video-on-demand department of the station's website.

Hit Entertainment, which produces the series, apologized on Wednesday, saying the page was not supposed to be identifiable. Hit Entertainment said it would no longer with the animation studio that was responsible and is investigating further.


The Israeli model for beating 'lone-wolf' terrorism

Thursday, July 28, 2016
With attacks in Israel on the decline as terrorism in Europe surges, all eyes turn to Israel's anti-terror methods.


Unilever discovers breakfast-cereal salmonella in time

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Unilever company, which markets Telma and Pinukei Briut breakfast cereals, found bacteria - apparently salmonella - in two batches of cereal packages during a routine inspection of its assembly line on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a Thursday morning report by Yediot Ahronot.

The company destroyed the products (cornflakes and Delipecan), as required by law, and stressed that none of them made it to the public.

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Thursday weather: Not as hot

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fair skies are forecast during the day through Sunday. Thursday will see a slight drop in temperature to the seasonal average. Friday will be slightly warmer with no significant change the following two days.

Thursday highs:
Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv: 29Celsius/84Fahrenheit;
Sea of Galilee: 38C/100F; Golan, Be'er Sheva: 34/93;
Dead Sea: 37/98; Eilat: 40/104


Bulgaria: 3 Syrians convicted for terror

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Three Syrian citizens have been convicted of terror offenses in Bulgaria.

The trio received asylum in Germany and tried to return to Syria, earlier this year, to join jihadist groups in the civil war. They were caught by Bulgarian border police in February.


'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot attacked as 'Zionist' on Twitter

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Israeli actress Gal Gadot comes to prominence as "Wonder Woman" trailer spreads online; some Twitter users don't like her "Zionism".


Funeral for Ilan Yankelvich this afternoon in Netanya

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The funeral for Corporal Ilan Yankelvich of the Israel Defense Forces is scheduled this afternoon at 16:00 in the Netanyah military cemetery.

Yankelevich drowned to death in a water reserve close to Kibbutz Kissufim near Gaza.


Tel Aviv youth dies of wounds

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A youth who was shot by police after he pointed a gun at them has died of his wounds.

The incident took place during a police operation against drugs. The Police Investigations Unit is investigating the case.


Germans arrest teen for planning shooting spree

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Germans have arrested a 15-year-old on suspicion of planning a shooting spree.

Autorities received evidence the youth was in contact with Ali David Sonboly, who shot nine people to death at a Munich shopping center last Friday before taking his own life.


US approves Teva takeover of Allergan generics

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The United States Federal Trade Commission approved, Wednesday, Israeli generic-drug giant Teva's $40.5 billion acquisition of the generics business of Ireland's Allergan PLC. The deal was conditioned upon Teva’s divestiture of 75 drugs to rivals in order to preserve competition in markets where Teva and Allergan currently compete or would have likely competed if not for the merger.

FTC approval was the last hurdle for the deal, which is now expected to close next week.

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