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Israel News for 9-5-17

IDF Exercise
The IDF today launched its largest military exercise in the last 20 years along its northern border with Lebanon. Thousands of troops will take part in the 11 day exercise on land, sea and in the air. Israel’s missile defense system will also be a part of the exercise.

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Chief Justice
Judge Esther Hayut has been appointed the next chief justice of Israel’s Supreme Court to replace the retiring Miriam Naor. She will be sworn in at the end of October and serve for a 6 year term. The daughter of Holocaust survivors from Romania, Hayut has served on the Supreme Court since 2003.

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Israeli Aid
Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett announced that Israel plans to donate 1 million dollars in emergency aid to Houston’s Jewish community. The funds will be earmarked to help the 60,000-strong community repair and rebuild schools, synagogues and a community center damaged in the storm and floods.

He said, ”For years, the Jewish communities stood by Israel when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Houston’s Jewish community.” The aid money will be submitted for government approval at an upcoming Cabinet meeting.

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Munich Massacre
Today is the 45th anniversary of the Munich Massacre, in which terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. President Rivlin will be traveling to Munich today to unveil a new memorial to the victims of the massacre.

In remembrance of the tragic event and the innocent Israelis who lost their lives, the Israel Forever Foundation has published two posts that reflect on various aspects and lessons of the tragedy.

To read the post remembering the athletes, click here.

To read the post reflecting on the lessons we can learn, click here.

Unexpected Hotels
If you’re looking to stay in a luxury hotel in Israel but want to avoid the usual locations frequented by tourists, here’s a list of five hotels in unexpected locations you should consider. It includes luxury hotels in Hadera, Nahariya, Dimona and Yerucham.

To see the list click here.