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Israel Press Review of 07/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 07/09/2016

Major Headlines
  • High Court rules Israel Railways can perform work on Shabbat

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday issued an interim order permitting Israel Railways to continue performing work on Shabbat, the Jerusalem Post reports. Technically, the High Court said it was just confirming the state's position filed earlier in a written response on the issue.

The High Court order also froze any leftover order to stop working on Shabbat, to the extent there was any leftover order, due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's order to halt work last weekend.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Poll: Lapid would win elections if held today

The Yesh Atid party led by Yair Lapid would emerge with the highest number of mandates if elections were to be held today, according to a poll published on Tuesday evening by Channel 2 News.

According to the survey, Lapid would take 24 mandates (during the last election he received just 11) while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud would trail with just 22 mandates. During the last election, Likud received 30 mandates. This is the first time that Lapid appears to have overtaken Netanyahu in the polls.

The survey also reveals that the Bayit Yehudi party, led by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, would strengthen its grip in the government with an estimated 14 mandates as opposed to the 8 it currently holds, Yediot Aharonot cites the poll. 

The poll indicates that support for the Zionist Union seems to have dropped significantly from the 24 mandates its received during the last elections to just 13.

The Joint List remains the same, according to the poll, clinching 13 mandates while Yisrael Beytenu, led by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, would increase its mandate from its current 6 to 10.

By contrast, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party appears to have declined in popularity from 10 mandates to 6, the poll indicates. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • First arrest made in building collapse investigation

While search and rescue forces are still working to locate three missing people, police have made the first arrest in the investigation of the subterranean parking structure collapse, Yediot Aharonot reports.

A gag order has been placed on the identity of the arrested individual as well as the entire investigation.

Police made the first arrest on Tuesday evening in the case surrounding the collapse of the underground car park in Tel Aviv which left three dead, dozens injured and five missing. The arrest comes just a day-and-a-half after the collapse as rescue forces continue in their efforts to locate three people that are still missing. 

Another body was pulled from the rubble on Tuesday afternoon after rescue teams continued their search throughout the night. However, three people remain trapped—two residents of Acre and a Palestinian from the Dawabsheh family

Social workers and psychologists gathered on Tuesday morning with the relatives of those still trapped to offer support and counselling. Jewish and Palestinian families both sat on benches in waiting rooms anxiously awaiting news on the status of their loved ones. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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