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Israeli Press Review of 26.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 26.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu signs coalition agreement with Yisrael Beyteynu

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday after understandings were reached on Lieberman's conditions to join the government as defence minister, Yediot Aharonot reports.

"I welcome Avigdor Lieberman and his faction members as important partners to the coalition," Netanyahu said after the signing. "I value his experience, we've worked together before for the security and welfare of the people of Israel."

Netanyahu said the two put their past disagreements aside. "It's no secret we've disagreed with each other, that's part of political life. Sometimes, in the heat of the argument, things were said by both of us that should not have been said. Now, we join hands to help Israel march forward," he said.

"The most important issue is the safety of Israeli citizens," Lieberman agreed. "For this we've made an effort, left everything else aside, and I hope we can truly achieve all we wanted to do."

Netanyahu also spoke about the significance of having a broader government, saying "Israel needs political stability to handle the challenges we face and to take advantage of the opportunities before us."

"I'm committed to advancing a peace process, I'm committed to making every effort to reach an accord," the prime minister said. 

He once again called on Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog to join the government as well, "so we can have a broader government, a true unity government that would strengthen the unity among the people."

Yisrael Beytenu announced Wednesday morning that as part of the agreement, NIS 1.4 billion will be allocated to the party's coveted pension reform over the course of four years. In addition, NIS 150 million will be allocated to public housing.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel strikes in Gaza strip in response to rocket attack

The Israeli air force attacked two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night, hours after terrorists in the Strip fired a rocket into Israel from the territory, the Times of Israel reports.

Palestinian media reported that a second rocket fired towards Israel exploded inside Gaza territory.

Walla News said a small group with ties to the Islamic State, the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The IDF said in a statement that it held Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for keeping the peace in Gaza.

There were no reports of injuries or damage in the rocket attack, which was not preceded by a warning siren. Reports suggested the rocket hit an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council bordering the Gaza Strip.

Israel has seen sporadic fire from the Gaza Strip, usually claimed by small Salafi groups engaged in a power struggle with Hamas.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Netanyahu claims Sephardic ancestry

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed that he has discovered his Lithuanian Jewish ancestry is not fully Ashkenazic, but actually at least partially hails from the Sephardic Jewry of Spain in tracing back through the years of exile from Israel.

The surprising revelation was unveiled by the Prime Minister during an event launching a new wing at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People located in northern Tel Aviv, Arutz 7 reports.

During the event the museum's chairwoman of the board Irina Nevzlin, who coincidentally is marrying Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein in under a month, gave Netanyahu his family tree as compiled by the museum.

Netanyahu spoke at the event, and said that after having quickly checked the family tree he was presented with, he found it needs correction.

"My brother, Ido, is an author and doctor. People who make family trees with DNA tests contacted him. Their thesis was that Jews of Lithuania - and we came from a family from Lithuania descended from the Gaon of Vilna - that there is an origin of Jews from Spain there," he explained.

Ido Netanyahu underwent a DNA saliva test that revealed the Netanyahu family links back to the Sephardic Jewry of Spain.

"He did a saliva test, and indeed it came out that at least part of this (family) tree is linked to the Jews of Spain."

"Of course they're letting me know this 30 years too late as Likud chairperson," he joked, "but it shows that all of Israel are brothers, and I think that is one of the great lessons (for those) coming to this building, this institution. You see the family of the nation of Israel."

Click here to read the full article in Arutz 7


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