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Israel News for 11-9-18

Oman Visit
Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz arrived in Oman earlier this week and quickly joined his hosts in a in a traditional sword dance to the sounds of local folk music. Katz presented before several Arab ministers his “Tracks for Regional Peace” plan—a railway that will connect the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf through Israel and Jordan. He said, ”I was moved to receive such a warm welcome in Oman as an Israeli minister, and take part in Oman’s traditional sword dance. This is a sign of Israel’s growing strength.”

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Pakistan Contact
Staff at a Pakistani airbase have reportedly confirmed a report that a private jet made a secretive trip to the country straight from Tel Aviv last month, in the same week that PM Netanyahu secretly visited Oman. Both Pakistan and Israel deny any contact.

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Palestinian in Congress
Rashida Tlaib, 44, has become the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Her family in the small village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa in the West Bank celebrated. Her uncle said she was, “a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world.”

Tlaib, a Democrat, ran virtually unopposed in Michigan’s 13th congressional district, which encompasses southwest Detroit and its suburbs west to the city of Dearborn. Her district is home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the United States. She previously served in Michigan’s state legislature.

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Canada Apologizes
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized on Wednesday (the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht) for the country’s 1939 refusal to take in more than 900 Jewish refugees escaping Germany on board the St. Louis. He said, “We apologize to the 907 German Jews aboard the St. Louis, as well as their families. We are sorry for the callousness of Canada’s response. We are sorry for not apologizing sooner.” The US also turned the ship away. Will Trump issue an apology?

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Israel News for 11-7-18

Worshippers Attacked
IDF forces escorting over 1,000 Jews to pray at Joseph’s Tomb, in Palestinian Authority controlled Shechem (Nablus), were attacked by Palestinians throwing firebombs and shooting at their armored vehicles. The IDF drove them back with tear gas and live fire. One Palestinian was arrested. No injuries were reported. Inside the tomb, soldiers discovered 2 explosive devices, which were then defused by sappers.

[When Jews are attacked at their place of worship in Israel, it doesn’t seem to raise any outcry or condemnation. I guess it’s their own fault for being there. Perhaps it’s time for Jews (and non Jews) around the world to start protesting attacks against Jews in Israel, the same way they do when Jews are attacked in other countries?]

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Shin Bet Warning
In a briefing to members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman said, “Over the past year, we were able to thwart 480 terror attacks, including 219 Hamas cells and 590 lone attackers. This is a very large number that is indicative of the terrorism bubbling under the surface.” But he warned that the relative quiet in the West Bank is “deceptive” and that “Hamas is trying very hard to carry out terror attacks in and from Judea and Samaria.”

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New Name
Nazareth Illit (Upper Nazareth) Mayor Ronen Plot declared Sunday that he intends to rename the city, which is located next to the biblical town of Nazareth, to avoid the confusion among its visitors. The mayor remarked, “We need to fix this mistake once and for all.” He intends to submit an official proposal to change the city’s name during the first city council meeting. Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel and Nazareth Illit is the largest Jewish city in the Galilee.

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Jewish Minister
The new Tunisian minister of tourism is Roni Trabelsi, a Jewish businessman who lives in France and holds Tunisian citizenship. He is a prominent and successful businessman in Tunisia, dealing mostly with tourism, and owns the Royal First Travel agency. His father is one of the leaders of the Jewish community in Tunisia, which numbers around 1,200.

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Israel News for 11-5-18

Terrorist Stopped
A terrorist who attempted to stab civilians and an IDF officer outside of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, was shot by an alert soldier. No Israeli were injured and the terrorist was lightly wounded. The IDF is investigating.

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Palestinian Authority
For the past few months, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been waging a fierce campaign against Palestinians selling real estate and lands in east Jerusalem to Jews. Palestinian officials, in coordination with the PA defense establishment, have detained several east Jerusalem residents and have launched investigations into others suspected of making real estate deals with Jewish citizens.

In response, Israeli police detained Adnan Rit, the Governor of the Jerusalem District of the Palestinian Authority and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the head of Palestinian intelligence in the city. Two Palestinians were wounded on Sunday while trying to prevent the security forces from entering Rit’s office to search it. Police confiscated computers and documents.

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Ceasefire Deal
The Hamas-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar published on Saturday an initial draft of the ceasefire deal between Hamas and Israel. The draft, which has not been finalized yet and is still being negotiated, includes 10 provisions:

1. Hamas will restrain the riots along the Gaza border fence, punishing protesters violating the terror organization’s orders.

2. Cessation of Monday’s weekly demonstrations—including the flotillas embarking from Gaza towards the strip’s naval border with Israel—in northern Gaza near Kibbutz Zikim.

3. The continuation of the “March of Return” campaign in its non-violent manner form until the end of the year.
 
4. Egypt will work to lift 70 percent of the siege imposed on Gaza until the complete termination of the riots.
 
5. Gaza’s fishing zone will increase up to 14 nautical miles.
 
6. The strip’s crossings will open permanently, and 5,000 Gazans under the age of 40 will be granted work permits allowing them to be employed in Israel.The work permits will be granted only after the Palestinian Authority pays 80 percents of the salaries of Gaza’s government workers, and agrees that Qatar pays the salaries of Hamas officials.
 
7. Egypt will work to implement the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, on which currently negotiations talks are not being held.
 
8. A calm of at least three years on the Gaza border under international supervision under the auspices of the United Nations and Russia.
 
9. A permanent opening of the Rafah crossing and additional crossings for transferring goods into Gaza in order to support the strip’s power station and infrastructures.
 
10. Launching projects meant to provide 30,000 work places for universities graduates in Gaza.

Egyptian intelligence officers are mediating between Israel and Hamas.

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Teen Marchers
Over 100 teenage students living in Israeli communities near Gaza started a 5 day march to the Knesset to raise awareness of the ongoing tensions on the Gaza border. The teens will be joined by other students from across the country. The students have the full support of their parents and other organizations who will provide them with supplies.

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American Products
Shufersal, the large Israeli supermarket chain, has just launched a new website called American Outlets. The site, which is in Hebrew, lets Israelis purchase a broad range of American items ranging from well-known fashion brands to electrical and electronics goods, and household products directly from US warehouses — without paying VAT or customs duties for purchases up to $75. Delivery will be made by UPS directly to the customer’s home in 7-14 days and will cost $15 for a package the size of a shoebox weighing three kilograms, with heavier packages costing more.

Due to legal restrictions, Shufersal does not currently own the import company behind American Outlets; it is merely an intermediary, marketing the products from huge logistical warehouses in the US sending products to Israel, with headquarters located in Miami. Shufersal gets a commission on each sale.

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Israel News for 11-2-18

Brazil Embassy
Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has announced that he plans to relocate Brazil’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Bolsonaro, a staunch supporter of Israel said, “Israel is a sovereign state. If you decide on your capital, we will go according to that. When I was asked during the campaign whether I would [move the embassy], I said yes, and the one who decides on the capital of the state of Israel is you, not other nations.”

He added, “As for the Palestinian embassy [in Brazil], it is built too close to the president’s palace…No embassy can be so close to the president’s palace, therefore we intend to move it from its place and there is no other way, in my opinion. Besides, Palestine first needs to be a state before it has the right to an embassy.”

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Jerusalem Blaze
A large fire erupted near the Ziporri guesthouse in the Jerusalem forest today. Eight teams of firefighters, along with firefighting planes, were called to battle the blaze. The firefighters eventually contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to houses in Jerusalem and nearby towns. Authorities have warned that hot, dry weather and high winds could lead to a rash of fires around the country.

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New Chief
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced on Friday that he will recommend Moshe ‘Chico’ Edri replace Roni Alsheikh as Israel’s next police commissioner. Edri, married and father of three, is 51 and lives in Kfar Oranim, a settlement in Samaria near Modiin. He is a graduate of a religious high school in Kiryat Shmuel, served in the IDF as deputy commander of the Golani reconnaissance unit and has served in various command positions with the Israel Police since 1990.

Minister Erdan said, “Retired Major General Moshe Edri has impressive and proven command capabilities, along with many years of experience in a wide range of positions in the Israel Police and with great knowledge of the challenges facing the police in the coming years.”

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Mayoral Surprise
After an all night vote count, Aliza Bloch beat incumbent Moshe Abutbul to become the first female mayor of Beit Shemesh. Bloch, who is religious, defeated Abutbul, who is ultra-orthodox (haredi), by just 500 votes in the heavily Haredi city of 80,000. She is the first woman to ever run for mayor of the city. Bloch said she will act as a bridge between the Haredi and secular residents of the city.

While Haifa also elected its first female mayor, over 95% of Israeli municipalities have male mayors.

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Cyber Warriors
Serving in the IDF’s cyber warfare unit 8200 is usually a good career move. Just ask a former commander in the unit who was offered (and accepted) a million dollar a year job offer. Around 80% of the units soldiers accept job offers 3 months before the end of their service at an average of 20% higher salaries than the general market.
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