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Israel Press Review of 12/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 12/09/2016

Major Headlines
  • Tel Aviv train stations to close for eight days

In order to complete infrastructural work required for the future Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed line, Israel Railways will be shutting down three of Tel Aviv's central train stations for eight full days at the end of the month, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The Tel Aviv Hashalom, Tel Aviv Savidor-Merkaz and Tel Aviv University stations will be closed beginning on Monday, September 19, opening once again only on Tuesday, September 27, the company announced on Sunday. During the temporary shutdown, Israel Railways will be constructing rail and electrical infrastructure for the high speed rail, which is slated to open in another year, as well as double and widen the tracks between Tel Aviv University and Herlizya, the company said.

Despite demands by ultra-Orthodox parties that train work on Shabbat cease, and a crisis last weekend that left soldiers and other travellers without trains last Sunday, maintenance work occurred this weekend without any disturbances. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu accused of twisting history in “ethnic cleansing” video

Members of the Israeli opposition slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday over his "ethnic cleansing" video, accusing him of spinning the current political deadlock for his own good as well as twisting the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Ha’aretz reports.

In a video message released by Netanyahu on Friday, the prime minister said that Palestinian leaders want a future state to be ethnically cleansed of Jews. Netanyahu said that the demand to remove settlements from a Palestinian state is outrageous.

“It’s even more outrageous that the world doesn’t find this outrageous,” he stated. “Some otherwise enlightened countries even promote this outrage.”

Joint List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh accused Netanyahu on Saturday of trying to "rewrite history" by comparing settlers to Arab citizens of Israel.

"The prime minister of Israel decided to go a step further in creating an imagined reality," Odeh said.

"In his last video, he explained to us that in fact, he cares for the Palestinians who live in the occupied territories and that actually the occupation is for their benefit. Now he's trying to rewrite history by explaining that the settlements aren't an obstacle to peace and even compares the Arab minority in the state to the settlers.

MK Tzipi Livni said on Saturday that Netanyahu's video undermines her diplomatic achievements concerning the settlements.

"With one video that was meant for Likud or Republican ears, Netanyahu destroys the achievements I made during the Sharon era – that the [settlement] blocs would be a part of Israel, that there would be no [Palestinian] right of return and that a separation fence be built," Livni said during a political forum in Holon.

"After Netanyahu's video, the U.S. asserts that all the settlements, including the blocs, are an obstacle [to peace], while in the past" the blocs were recognised as part of Israel," she said.

The United States responded with anger to Netanyahu's video, seeing his message as aimed at American policy concerning the settlements.

"We obviously strongly disagree with the characterisation that those who oppose settlement activity or view it as an obstacle to peace are somehow calling for ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said. "We believe that using that type of terminology is inappropriate and unhelpful."  

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israel condemns North Korea nuclear test

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test on Friday, issuing a statement saying the act stands in contradiction to international norms and UN Security Council decisions, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The ministry further stated that North Korea’s nuclear acts require continued activity by the international community, so that nuclear proliferation to the Middle East from the mostly-isolated state may be prevented.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

 

Monday, September 12, 2016
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