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Israel Press Review of 08/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 08/09/2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel strikes Syrian regime targets after errant mortar fire again strikes Golan Heights

The Israel Air Force struck Syrian regime targets on Thursday several hours after mortar fire from the Syrian military errantly spilled into the northern Golan Heights, Ha’aretz reports.

According to an IDF statement, IAF jets targeted Syrian regime mortar launchers in direct response to the mortar fire. The statement added that the IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for all that happens in its territory.

This is the second incident of its kind this week. On Sunday, Israeli forces attacked artillery belonging to the Syrian government in response to a shell that exploded in the Israeli Golan Heights. No injuries or damage were reported in the explosion that took place in an open field in Israeli territory. 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Schools to have day commemorating Jews’ expulsion from Arab countries

The education system will hold a memorial day this year to commemorate the departure and expulsion of Jews from Arab countries and Iran, the Israel’s Education Ministry announced.

On November 30, schools and kindergartens throughout the country will mark the day with memorial ceremonies, reading books, singing songs and holding discussions on the immigrant absorption experience, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett launched the committee some five months ago, and appointed as its head Erez Biton, the first poet of Mizrahi descent to win the Israel Prize in Literature (2015).

Biton was tasked with strengthening the identity of the Mizrahi Jewish community – including immigrants from Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia and Libya – within the education system.

As part of the commemoration, students will meet with “perpetuators of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewish heritage,” past immigrants from countries such as Morocco, Iraq, Iran and Algeria, who will recount their personal stories of expulsion from their homes. The students will also learn of their Mizrahi culture and heritage, as well as their immigration and absorption experiences.

In addition, schools will invite the grandparents of children whose families come from Arab countries to hear their stories, accompanied by family photographs, mementos, newspaper clippings and movies.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Police divided as attorney-general halts Netanyahu investigation

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has ordered police to stop work into one of several cases being investigated in connection with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Times of Israel reports.

According to Ha’aretz newspaper, this particular case involves US-born Ari Harow, who headed American Friends of Likud from 2006-2008 and served as Netanyahu’s bureau chief until 2010, and again in 2014.

Suspicions arose that American Friends of Likud financed overseas trips for Netanyahu’s wife Sara and underwrote the salary of Odelia Karmon, who was a private adviser to Netanyahu while he was in the opposition, at a cost of $10,000 per month. The period under investigation was prior to 2009, when Harow was in charge. Netanyahu returned to the prime minister’s chair in 2009 and has remained in power since.

Differences of opinion have arisen between Mandelblit, who believes the probe is leading nowhere, and police investigators, who wish to question additional figures under caution. One of the people police want to talk to is the Netanyahu family’s lawyer, David Shimron.

A statement issued on Netanyahu’s behalf said: “All the activities of the prime minister and his wife during the period in question, and at all times, were carried out within the law and according to the accepted rules. Attempts by elements in the media to put unacceptable pressure on law enforcement figures so they will take action against Netanyahu will not work this time either, for the simple reason that there isn’t, and wasn’t, anything.”

During recent months, the police have been investigating several cases relating to Netanyahu and his associates.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Thursday, September 08, 2016
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