Israel news summary

Israel News for 10-30-2019

News Update

A terror attempt was foiled today when a female terrorist was neutralized when she tried to stab Border Police officers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. A preliminary investigation into the incident revealed the attack was pre-planned and the woman managed to make it through several checkpoints at the heavily guarded shrine.

Moving Funds: PM Netanyahu indicated in a speech this week that he plans to move funds designated for civilian purposes to military spending to meet any threats from Iran. There are no details about amounts or timing.

Blue and White leader Gantz will be the key speaker at the annual memory service for the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that will take place Saturday evening at Rabin Square outside Tel Aviv city hall. Also, Gantz said this week, “When I will be the Prime Minister of Israel, I will embrace all streams of Judaism. We are part of an inspiringly colorful mosaic of cultures and traditions. I will nurture this pluralism.” He promised to implement the compromise agreement relating to creating a non denominational prayer area at the southern part of the Western Wall.

Israeli embassies and consulates throughout the world shut down today in protest of the Finance Ministry’s demand that foreign ministry employees pay taxes on the financial allowances they receive for being overseas.

There’s been a butter shortage in Israel for the past year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better anytime soon.  The reason for the shortage stems from the fact that the government caps the price of butter, which makes farmers divert their production to more profitable products. There are also import quotas and duties on imported butter.

The Jerusalem municipality wants to triple the size of the Malcha Mall, but neighborhood residents are fighting the plans, claiming that the expansion will harm their quality of life.