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Israeli Press Review of 27.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 27.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu praises resigning Cameron as “true friend of Israel”

Departing British Prime Minister David Cameron is a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the UK premier resigned, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Cooperation between Britain and Israel grew much closer in the years of his term in the areas of security, economics and technology, and together, we set strong foundations for continued cooperation,” Netanyahu said Friday.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, meanwhile, said he was saddened by Cameron’s resignation, calling him a “responsible and fair leader and a true gentleman.

“I met him when he was opposition leader and he showed a deep friendship with Israel, and continued to act that way throughout his years as prime minister,” Erdan stated.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter also called Cameron a friend of Israel, and saying his resignation was “unfortunate,” but proves his integrity.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Coalition chairman calls Mossad and Shin Bet “leftists”

Heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet, Israel’s external and internal security agencies, join the political Left during their service, coalition chairman David Bitan claimed on Saturday, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Something happens over the years in this position. I believe this is an evolution that happens in the framework of the position,” Bitan said at a cultural event in Beersheva.

“There is a problem with the Mossad and Shin Bet’s head positions.

Something there makes them leftists. Meir Dagan was an extreme right-winger, but after he entered the Mossad and left the organisation, he was the opposite.”

Bitan said that former Mossad director Dagan came to the Likud branch in Rishon Lezion, of which Bitan was a member, and requested to run in the Likud primary prior to his appointment as Mossad director. However, after leaving the Mossad, stated Bitan, Dagan’s political stance flipped from one end of the spectrum to the other.

“Everyone there [in the Mossad and Shin Bet] are leftists apart from [Likud MK] Avi Dichter,” a former Shin Bet chief, Bitan said.

During the event, Bitan also addressed former defence minister Moshe Ya’alon: “His main issue is that he was a great commander in chief of the IDF. We don’t need a defence minister who serves the army instead of serving the state. There is a problem with commanders that turn into defence ministers. They think that the position is lifelong.”

Ya’alon said in response via Twitter on Saturday that “dangerous political attempts to destroy the defence establishment and to incite against its leaders are continuing systematically.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Unemployment rate hits all-time low

Unemployment rates in Israel have hit an all-time low, a new report by the Central Bureau of Statistics said last week. The figures reflect a steady decrease of an aggregated 2.2% in jobless rates since 2012, Israel Hayom reports.

The unemployment rate in May was 4.8%, compared to 4.9% in April and 5.3% in March.

According to the data, since 2012, the number of unemployed Israelis has decreased by 31.4%, from 277,083 to 190,000.

Jobless rates among Israelis ages 25 to 64 marked an all-time low as well, at 4.1% in May, compared to 4.3% in April. Unemployment among men in this age group was 4.8%, while unemployment among women in this age group was slightly higher, 4.9%.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom

 

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