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Israeli Press Review of 25.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 25.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel issues tender for new international airport

The Israel Airports Authority has issued a tender to survey possible locations for a new international airport to supplement Ben Gurion International Airport, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The authority is concerned that within the next few years, Ben Gurion International Airport will be operating at full capacity, which is 20 million travelers a year, including domestic flights.

Over 16 million passengers passed through Ben Gurion Airport in 2015. According to officials in the Airports Authority, the recently-implemented open skies policy helped increase the number of people traversing the International by 10 percent.

During the 2015 Galilee Conference in December, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the government's intention to establish a new international airport in the north. One of the options is to build the airport at the Ramat David Air Force Base or to enlarge one of the smaller airports in the area.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israeli delegation of industrialists visits Egypt for first time in ten years

A delegation of 38 Israeli captains of industry went to Egypt under the framework of the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) last week for the first time in 10 years, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The delegation was sent in an attempt to determine the viability of strengthening Israeli economic cooperation with Egypt.

The industrialists were warmly welcomed by their Egyptian counterparts. A similar delegation of Egyptian industrialists is expected to visit Israel at the end of 2016.

Very little has been done to develop Israel–Egypt trade and economic relations over the past few years. Now, however, with renewed political stability in Egypt, the council decided to open once again to encourage the strengthening of ties between the two countries and to strengthen the interpersonal relationships between the two peoples.

Most of the industrialists who took part in the delegation work in the textile, chemical, plastic and packaging industries, and were looking into the possibility of expanding exports of different products to Egypt.

Israeli exports to Egypt in 2015 amounted to $113.1 million, compared to $147.1 million in 2014. The level of Israeli imports from Egypt are much lower: $54.6 million dollars in 2015 and $58.3 million in 2014.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Police remove 13 Jews from Temple Mount for public prayer

Security personnel and border policemen removed 13 Jewish visitors from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Sunday morning for violating the High Court’s law forbidding Jews from openly praying at Judaism’s holiest site, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Despite the brief disturbance, police said that more than 1,000 visitors toured the compound without incident for Passover and Orthodox Palm Sunday, although a group of Muslims was removed for chanting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greater”) at the Jewish worshipers.

“Israel Police escorted roughly 1,050 people to the Temple Mount, including 885 tourists and over 100 Israelis, and during the visit 13 were removed from the area for not behaving according to the security measures that were implemented,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld added that security measures were to remain heightened for Monday morning’s Priestly Blessing, expected to draw thousands of Jews to the Western Wall.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Monday, April 25, 2016
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