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Israeli Press Review of 13.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 13.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Ugandan Jews get official recognition from Jewish Agency

A Jewish community in Africa has moved one step closer to gaining formal recognition from the Israeli government, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The Jewish Agency said in a letter to Israel’s Conservative movement that the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, a community whose members formally converted to Judaism under Conservative auspices, are a “recognised” community.

Such recognition means the Ugandan Jews are allowed to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return.

Since the early 20th century, members of the Abayudaya community, which now numbers approximately 1,500, have been observing Judaism, and in 2002, the majority formally converted.

In a letter to Rabbi Andrew Sacks, director of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement in Israel, the Jewish Agency said it has recognised the community as Jewish since 2009 and also recognises the authority of its rabbi, Gershom Sizomu.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel approves plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The Israeli government has approved a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, the Times of Israel reports.

The plan adopted on Sunday in a unanimous vote by the Cabinet is expected to save the Israeli economy $8 billion, the government said. It is part of Israel’s effort to meet its commitments from last year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Under the plan, Israel will allocate some NIS 500 million in loan guarantees loans over 10 years for programmes to increase energy efficiency and some NIS 300 million in grants for projects that will lead to energy efficiency in industry, business and local governments.

The government also has committed to examining other ways of lowering greenhouse gas emissions, including reducing coal use and switching to natural gas, as well as assisting in the development of the Israeli clean-tech industry and providing tax incentives to encourage the use of renewable energy and promoting green building construction.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Attorney-General considering Herzog investigation

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to meet with the head of the Investigations Directorate and the State Prosecutor in order to officially determine whether or not to open a criminal investigation into opposition leader Isaac Herzog's campaign finances this week, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Herzog is suspected of illegally using funds from his private company – which specialises in bringing foreign care-givers into Israel – to fund his campaign during the primaries in 2013.

The initial investigations into Herzog's finances recently began after gaining the approval of the Attorney General. Herzog was running for election against Shelly Yachimovich at the time.

Herzog associate and former Labour Party Chairman Shimon Batat was already questioned, and denied the allegations. However, in light of recent findings, an assessment has been made for the Attorney General to open an investigation into Herzog's campaign finances.

Allegations have been made that Herzog used a team of lawyers to hide the money, and make the financial transfer from his private company to his campaign appear legal.

Herzog has agreed to fully cooperate with the investigation, but described the charges as a "political assassination.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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