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Israeli Press Review of 17.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 17.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli wounded in Jerusalem stabbing attack

A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli man in central Jerusalem on Monday.

The terrorist, a resident of the West Bank, was apprehended by police, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The victim, described as a haredi youth, was treated by paramedics on the scene, before being transported to hospital in the capital for further treatment.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • 5.0 magnitude earthquake strikes southern Israel

An earthquake rumbled in the Red Sea early on Monday morning, shaking buildings in the Sinai peninsula and as far north as Israel’s southern tip, the Times of Israel reports.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Israel from the tremor, which struck at about 4:45 a.m on Monday morning.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the tremor measured 5.0 on the Richter scale with an epicenter in the Red Sea, 25 kilometers north-east of Dhahab, Egypt, and 100 kilometers southwest of Eilat in Israel.

Last month, a very small earthquake hit parts of southern Israel as local residents of the city of Arad and the Dead Sea area reported experiencing minor tremors.

Israel is situated along the Syrian-African rift, a tear in the earth’s crust running the length of the border separating Israel and Jordan, and is part of the Great Rift Valley, which extends from northern Syria to Mozambique.

Experts have warned a large earthquake could strike Israel in the near future, and the government has begun funding projects for buildings to be bolstered against tremors.

The last major earthquake to hit the region was in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 people and injured another 700.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Hanegbi appointed minister without portfolio

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided on Monday to appoint MK David Bitan as the chairman of the coalition instead of MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who will be appointed a minister without portfolio, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Despite Netanyahu's decision, in private conversations Hanegbi has rejected the possibility of being appointed a minister without portfolio.

Bitan will continue to serve as the chair of the Knesset's House Committee until the end of the summer session, and will then be replaced by MK Yoav Kish. MK Avi Dichter will replace Hanegbi as the chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee.

Senior officials in the Likud party said that "no one is pressuring for a portfolio, so the prime minister has no reason to make a whole series of appointments right now. Other than Hanegbi and Bitan, he has no intention of staffing the other ministries any time soon, unless that is done as part of the expansion of the government."

In addition to being the prime minister, Netanyahu is also communications minister, foreign minister, economy minister and the minister of regional cooperation.

Netanyahu is holding talks with opposition leader Isaac Herzog, who heads the Labour party, over forming a unity government. On Sunday, the prime minister also called on Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman to join the government.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • King of Togo in Israel, wants people officially recognised as Jewish

King Ayi of the West African nation of Togo arrived in Israel on Sunday with an unusual request - he wants the Jewish state to officially recognise his people as a lost tribe of Israel.

The king, who has become well known among the Orthodox Jewish community, met with Religious Affairs Minister David Azulai, who told the African ruler that Israel’s Chief Rabbinate will have to investigate his claims, Israel Hayom reports.

“My desire is to come to the Western Wall with my people next Sukkot and shout ‘Shema Israel,’” the king told his Israeli hosts.

In an interview with the Orthodox Israeli news portal Kikar Hashabbat, King Ayi explained that “a nation that does not recognise God and has no religion is a nation that does not know where it is going. …I can tell you that as a professor of religion, there is no religion as close to my heart as Judaism.”

Asked how he discovered his own Jewish heritage, King Ayi said that “our teachers in Togo taught us that we are Jews. Before Togo became a republic, it was a kingdom known as ‘the Jewish Kingdom of West Africa.’ Our founding fathers came from Israel over 2,000 years ago.”

The king noted that his people have long kept Jewish biblical customs, such as various kosher dietary laws, circumcision on the eighth day after birth, and observing the Sabbath.

Responding to skepticism concerning the Jewish roots of Togo, King Ayi said that any who doubt need to “go read the Torah, where it is written that the lost tribes are beyond the River Sambation [the legendary ‘Sabbath River’ beyond which the ten tribes were supposedly exiled]. In the Last Days, all Jews in the world will be discovered, and people from afar will return”

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom

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