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Israel Press Review of 31/08/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 31/08/2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel lashes back after UN envoy’s comments on settlements

Israel on Tuesday said remarks by the UN Mideast envoy "distort history" after he declared that Israel's settlement-building is a main obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The spat drew new attention to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which has continued to move forward during a more than two-year freeze in Mideast peace efforts. The Palestinians seek both areas as part of a future independent state and say that the construction undermines hopes for a peace deal.

In a briefing to the Security Council on Monday, UN Mideast envoy Nicolay Mladenov said that settlement expansion by the Israelis is among the biggest obstacles to peace with the Palestinians.

Mladenov listed Israeli plans to build hundreds of new houses in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, as well as steps Israel is taking to legalise outposts that were built without permission by settlers.

"It is difficult to read in these actions a genuine intention to work toward a viable two-state solution," Mladenov said. "This appears to reinforce a policy, carried out over decades, that has enabled over half a million Israelis to settle in territory that was occupied militarily in 1967."

David Keyes, spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the comments "distort history."  

"Jews have been in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for thousands of years and their presence there is not an obstacle to peace," Keyes said in a statement.

"The obstacle to peace is the unending attempt to deny the Jewish People's connection to parts of their historic land," Keyes added.

Some 120 settlements have been erected in the West Bank, now home to about 400,000 people. Some 200,000 Israelis live in east Jerusalem. Israel considers both sides of the city part of its eternal, undivided capital. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharont


  • Israeli football leagues launch open-ended strike over sponsorship delay

Israel’s football leagues went on an open-ended strike on Tuesday to protest delays over a sponsorship deal between the Israel Football Association and the Toto Winner company, which manages sports betting in Israel, the Times of Israel reports.

The 2018 World Cup qualifying game between Israel and Italy will still go ahead as planned on Monday, however.

Ofer Eini, president of the Israel Football Association, and Premier League director-general Oren Hasson informed Sports Minister MIri Regev and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Tuesday that the strike was beginning.

“Despite repeated assurances given to us that the issue will be resolved, a sponsorship deal with Toto Winner has not been signed,” they told the ministers. “As a result…we are forced to inform you that all Israeli soccer activity stops from today.”

Given that the leagues are on a break for another two weeks, the move gives the various bodies involved time to reach an agreement. In the next few days, it will only affect children’s and youth league games, the Calcalist website said.

Several months ago, Toto, the soccer association and the Premier League agreed with the sports and finance ministries on a marketing deal and financial help to cover security, but according to Calcalist, the deal was not signed because of Toto’s demands and legal issues.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israel fourth worldwide in meat consumption

Israelis' meat consumption is among the highest in the world, a new OECD study published on Monday found. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Israel is fourth in meat consumption worldwide, with a yearly average of 86.1 kilogrammes per capita, Israel Hayom reports.

Australia topped the list, with a yearly average of 90.3 kg of meat per capita; the U.S. came in second, with 90.1 kg; Argentina came in third with an average of 86.6 kg per capita; and, after Israel, Brazil rounded up the world's top-five meat consumers, with an average of 78 kg per capita. India ranked last, with a mere 3.2 kg per capita.

In the EU, average meat consumption stood at 64.9 kg.

The study, focused on the consumption of chicken, beef, veal, and pork in 2014-2015. It also included countries outside the OECD.

Interestingly, the average in Iran and Turkey is significantly lower than in Israel. In Turkey, the nation that gave birth to kebab, meat consumption averages only 28.2 kg per capita, while Iranians consume just 29.3 kg of meat per capita.

A closer look at the findings explains Israel's high ranking, as Israelis ate the most amount of chicken in the world in 2015 -- 57.7 kg per person. Rivaling Israel's chicken consumption were the U.S. (47.6 kg) and Muslim countries like Malaysia (41.4 kg) and Saudi Arabia, (41.2 kg). The countries with the lowest chicken consumption -- excluding India, where almost no meat is eaten at all -- were Ghana and Mozambique, where consumption averaged 1.5 kg per capita.

Not surprisingly, Israel ranked very low in pork consumption -- 29th on the list with an average of 1.6 kg per capita.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom

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