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Israeli Press Review of 29.07.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 29.07.2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu denies Israeli government prefers Trump over Clinton

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu unequivocally denied on Thursday that Israel’s leadership expressed a preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential race, following a Washington Post story quoting former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as saying that was the case, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“The Prime Minister expressed no preference whatsoever in this presidential race,” Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes said. 

“He has scrupulously avoided being dragged into American politics, and looks forward to working with whomever the American people decide to elect.”

The Washington Post on Wednesday quoted Giuliani who was in Israel in the spring and met with Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders, as saying, “I’ve talked to the members of the Israeli government at the highest levels. I know who they want elected here. It’s not Hillary Clinton. It’s not Obama 3.”

Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday that they have not heard at this point of any intention by Trump, Clinton or their running mates to visit the country before the November 8 election.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Barak: Israel’s true threat is one-state option

The true existential threat to Israel is not a belligerent enemy such as Iran, but rather domestic policies that have dragged the Jewish state toward an untenable future, former prime minister Ehud Barak said, the Jerusalem Post reports.

A “one-state nation” undercuts “the very foundations of the Zionist dream and project,” he said in an interview on CNN on Wednesday. 

Barak continued by claiming that extremist members in the government are “interested basically in continuation, extrapolation of the present situation... which is a one-state, or headed toward a one-state solution, against all the declarations for the opposite.”

He added that the Netanyahu government had “drifted into a mindset of pessimism, passivity, fear and victimhood,” which was leading Israel toward a bleak future.

If Israel cannot arrive at an equitable solution, the country “will end up with one state from the Mediterranean to the River Jordan, with millions of Palestinians within it, which will make it inevitably either non-Jewish or nondemocratic,” he said.

Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes responded by saying on the same network that Netanyahu’s position in favour of a two-state solution was “abundantly clear,” and he has been saying it since he gave a speech on the matter at Bar-Ilan University in 2009.

Keyes sad that Barak knows “all too well” that “the barrier to that two-state solution is not Israel, in fact it is the Palestinian Authority.” He said that when Barak offered Yasser Arafat “almost every single inch of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the answer he got was ‘no.’” 

Barak also blasted Netanyahu for saying that Iran poses an existential threat comparable to that of the Nazis, saying this “cheapens the Holocaust”.

“With all respect, due respect to the Iranians – and I was probably more hawkish than Netanyahu about this issue – none of the threats that are described as the Hitler du jour is an existential threat to Israel anymore,” the former prime minister said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Tel Aviv train stations to face protracted closures next month for improvements

Light rail construction has already caused huge traffic jams throughout the Gush Dan and Tel Aviv areas, but an even bigger traffic headache is coming; electric works on the Israel Railways stations in Tel Aviv are set to begin soon, shutting down the train stations in the city, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The closures will occur starting in September, and are expected to continue over the course of the next two years. 

The train stations in Tel Aviv and throughout the country are due for massive upgrades on their track and electrical systems.

While the Tel Aviv Municipality and Israel Railways say that there will be a shuttle system, there will still be huge increases in traffic.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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