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Israeli Press Review of 13.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 13.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • 30,000 Jews immigrated to israel in last 12 months

Nearly 30,000 immigrants from over 90 countries arrived in Israel since Independence Day 2015, according to Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption statistics, the i24 news website reports.

Nearly half of the 29,715 new arrivals came from the former Soviet Union, mainly Russia and Ukraine, the figures show. Around 7,054 French Jews moved to Israel in the same period, a record number.

The most popular destinations for new immigrants were Tel Aviv (3,433), Netanya (3,402), Jerusalem (3,122), Haifa (2,216) and Ashdod (1,657). Only 768 — 2.5 percent — people elected to move over the Green Line into settlements.

Along religious lines, 37 percent of new immigrants from the West identified as Orthodox, while 41 percent identified as traditional. Only four percent belonged to the more liberal Reform Judaism stream.

The United States again provided the highest number of English-speaking immigrants, with 3,072 American Jews crossing the Atlantic. A further 692 moved from the UK, 466 from Canada and 236 from South Africa.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Netanyahu suggests Israel bring back military parades on Independence Day

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suggested on Thursday that Israel will bring back military parades on Independence Day, Ha’aretz reports.

Sitting with President Reuven Rivlin, Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot at an Independence Day event honouring 120 outstanding soldiers at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Netanyahu recalled his childhood in the city.

"There was something of a revival, of independence, and that came across in parades. There were military parades in Jerusalem. I remember seeing a cannon, I saw a tank for the first time. I saw soldiers. It moved me enormously," he said.

"You know what, I have a proposal," Netanyahu said, turning to Ya'alon and Eisenkot. "My friends, let's renew the parades in Jerusalem. A military parade on Independence Day in Jerusalem - that's the basis of our independence, those soldiers."

When the event's host commented that a military parade could put a strain on Israel's budget, the prime minister said he was confident funds could be found for such proposal. "I'll take care of it," he said.

Military parades were held annually in Israel for 20 years, between 1949 and 1968. 

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israeli man lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

A 20-year-old man was stabbed and lightly wounded in northern Jerusalem on Thursday morning, the Times of Israel reports.

The young man was attacked in the city’s Pisgat Zeev neighbourhood and stabbed in his upper body.

His assailant escaped and officials said it was not immediately clear whether the attack was criminal or nationalistic in nature.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and evacuated him to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for further treatment.

Israel, and particularly Jerusalem, has seen a wave of Palestinian stabbing, shooting, and car-ramming attacks since October that has left 29 Israelis and four foreigners dead.

Some 200 Palestinians were killed in the same period, most of them as they carried out attacks against Israelis and the remainder in violent protests in the West Bank, according to the IDF.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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