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Israeli Press Review of 30.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 30.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Security Cabinet approves Turkey reconciliation deal

Israel’s Security Cabinet on Wednesday approved the reconciliation deal with Turkey, with seven ministers voting in favour of the agreement and three voting against, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beytenu), Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) voted against the deal.

The deal is next scheduled to go before the Turkish parliament, where it is expected to easily pass.

With the passage of the deal, the two countries, who are ending a six-year diplomatic crisis, are expected to begin the process of exchanging ambassadors in the coming weeks.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Knesset brawl erupts after Arab MK calls IDF soldiers “murderers”

Six years after the plenum devolved into chaos in a discussion of Joint List MK Haneen Zoabi’s presence on the Mavi Marmara challenging the Gaza blockade, the same thing happened again when the Knesset debated the government’s normalisation agreement with Turkey and Zoabi called IDF commandos “murderers,” the Jerusalem Post reports.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to examine possible ways to remove Zoabi from the Knesset, saying “her actions and lies crossed every line and her place is not in the Knesset.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote on Facebook: “IDF soldiers will continue fighting against terrorists at sea, on land and in the air, including terrorists at sea who are MKs.”

Zoabi demanded the government issue an apology both to the “political activists” aboard the Mavi Marmara, on which she sailed in solidarity, and to herself, from those who “incited against [her] for six years.”

Zoabi said Wednesday that the nine were “murdered,” which is why Israel agreed in its agreement with Turkey to pay their families.

Several MKs began shouting and moved toward the podium to complain.

“Come hit me! Come hit me!” Zoabi shouted to MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), who was pointing and yelling at her.

As MKs mobbed the stage, Zoabi shouted “they murdered” and “shut up” repeatedly.

When Deputy Knesset Speaker Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beytenu) asked her to apologise, Zoabi said: “The IDF soldiers who murdered are the ones who need to apologise! You need to apologise!” MK Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid), a former Jerusalem police chief, rushed at Zoabi, nearly reaching her before he was stopped by Knesset ushers, shouting “You are filth!” several times.

Amar had Zoabi removed from the plenum.

During the chaos, MKs Oren Hazan (Likud) – who called Zoabi a traitor – and Jamal Zahalka (Joint List) – who shouted – were also removed from the plenum.

In 2010, after Zoabi participated in the Gaza flotilla, pandemonium broke out in the Knesset, with then-MK Anastasia Michaeli (Yisrael Beytenu) attempting to pull her off the platform and former Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner saying Zoabi was single “because no man would want to touch her”. Both were punished by the Knesset Ethics Committee.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel moves to make Tel Aviv Stock Exchange profit-making enterprise

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will submit a bill to the Cabinet next week to change the structure of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to a for-profit entity, he said on Wednesday.

TASE's members approved a demutualisation plan last year for Israel's stock market, which is struggling with falling trading volumes and a declining number of listed companies, Ha’aretz reports.

Markets regulator Shmuel Hauser said this week that the plan would be completed this year.

"This is a process that will bring economic growth, strengthen the stock exchange and allow it to return to its rightful place as a central engine of growth of the Israeli economy," Kahlon said.

The move would also make Israel's stock exchange more competitive and lead to lower fees for investors, he said.

Israel is home to a flourishing start-up sector and the stock exchange management has said that becoming a for-profit company would help encourage start-ups to list in Tel Aviv, rather than listing on New York's Nasdaq or relying on private funding as many have done.

Once the cabinet approves the plan, it needs parliamentary approval.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz

 

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