European Jewish Congress
Israel Press Review of 26/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 26/09/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Netanyahu: I hope Obama won’t help Palestinians unilaterally establish a state

Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Saturday night that he hopes US President Barack Obama will not push forward a diplomatic initiative not coordinated with Israel in the final months of his presidency, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Netanyahu’s comments came during an interview with Channel 2, one of a number of interviews he conducted with Israeli media outlets over the weekend.

Although articulating his hope that Obama would not initiate such a move, he said that the issue did not come up in his meeting with the president in New York on Wednesday.

Netanyahu noted that he addressed the issue in his speech to the UN on Thursday, when he quoted Obama from a speech the president gave to the UN in 2011, saying that peace is not made through UN resolutions.

“That is right,” Netanyahu said in the interview. “It is done through negotiations, certainly difficult – but vital – ones between the two sides.”

“I can only hope that the US’s consistent policy will continue to the end of his [Obama’s] tenure [on January 20],” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu reiterated that he is not interested in a binational state.

“I want an agreement whereby the Palestinians will recognise our state, just as we will recognise theirs. Not a state that they will flood with refugees, but rather the national home of the Jewish people. Their refusal to recognise [Israel] as the national home of the Jewish people, in any borders, remains the heart of the conflict.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Storm over Culture Minister’s walk-out from film awards

On a night when the Israeli film industry gathered to celebrate the year’s best films, the biggest drama was on the stage, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev defended her decision to walk out of Thursday’s Ophir Awards ceremony in Ashdod because of a performance by Tamer Nafar at the ceremony. The Palestinian rapper and actor included an excerpt of a poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in a presentation.

Regev said, just before the prize for Best Picture was awarded to Sand Storm, a drama about two Bedouin women, that she had left the auditorium during Nafar’s performance because she did not approve of the lyrics by Darwish and said that no other Israeli should either.

Afterward, she spoke strongly for 20 minutes against the words and spirit of the late poet Darwish and drew scattered cheers, many boos and some walkouts. Regev also objected to a raised clenched fist salute by the artists who read Darwish’s poem.

“Where have we arrived? Why? In a state awards ceremony, should a poem by a poet who called for the destruction of the State of Israel be heard?” Regev asked. “This is not a fight between Right and Left, this is the protection of the essence of our existence here.”

The minister added that she and her office had not been made aware that a poem by Darwish was to be performed at the ceremony, and also criticised the audience at the awards ceremony.

Following the incident, Regev was subjected to heavy criticism from leading figures in the arts and film industries, as well as from senior political leaders.

Zionist Union leader and head of the opposition, MK Isaac Herzog, said that Regev was taking Israeli cinema “back to the days of black and white,” quipping that “it would be better if she took one step further back to the days of silent film.”

At the event, which was held at the Performing Arts Centre in Ashdod, Sand Storm became Israel’s official choice for consideration for a nomination in the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars. This is the first time that a movie entirely in Arabic has won the Ophir Award for Best Picture.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel donates 117 earthquake-resistant tables to Taiwan

The balance of power on the appointments committee for rabbinical judges swung in favour of the haredi religious establishment, after two haredi Supreme Rabbinical Court judges were elected to the committee on Thursday, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The judges elected to the appointments committee were Rabbi Yaakov Zamir – a close associate and study partner of Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef – and Rabbi Avraham Shindler. The appointments were approved in a vote of the ten supreme rabbinical court judges and Chief Rabbis Yosef and David Lau, who also serve as judges on the court.

There are now 11 members on the committee, five of whom are haredi, including the two chief rabbis, the two Supreme Rabbinical Court judges, and United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler.

National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz of the Likud is largely seen as beholden to the haredi parties, since they have frequently threatened severe political consequences against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should rabbinical judges who are not favoured by them be appointed.

Last September, The Jerusalem Post reported that Shas chairman Arye Deri threatened to topple the government if three liberal candidates for the regional rabbinical courts were appointed, and they were duly rejected.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Delegation of Jordanian generals visits Israel

A delegation of 12 Jordanian soldiers—all loyal to King Abdullah—recently concluded a secret, three-day visit to Israel, during which it toured the country and met with high ranking Israeli officials and senior IDF officers, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The delegation—which requested that the visit be kept low profile—attended an international conference held at Netanya Academic College on military forces in the region preserving the environment and natural resources.

Attendees included the Jordanian Ambassador to Israel, a former Swiss Chief of Staff and senior IDF officers. Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy, who spoke at the conference, noted the importance for the Middle East of the peace between Jordan and Israel and emphasised that both sides need to work to preserve it for future generations.

Netanya Academic College President, Professor Zvi Arad, told the conference, "I'm glad Netanya Academic College serves as a greenhouse for growing ties between Israel, Switzerland, Jordan, Germany and others in order to expedite peace and normalisation between neighbouring countries."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

Monday, September 26, 2016
More News
Israel Press Review of 03/02/2017
- Israel and Turkey renew strategic dialogue - Israel and Ukraine healing rift from Security Council vote - Ryanair launches 15 new flight routes between Israel and Europe
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Life in Israel
  • First fully disabled-accessible synagogue opened in Jerusalem
    Construction of the first fully disabled-accessible synagogue in Jerusalem is about to be finished, giving disabled worshipers easy access to the compound, with comfortable seating arrangements for wheelchair-bound visitors, Braille bibles and more.

    On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 First fully disabled-accessible synagogue opened in Jerusalem
  • Survey: 60 percent of Arab Israelis have a positive view of the state
    A poll of Israeli Arabs has found that sixty percent surveyed said they had a favourable view of the state, while 37% said their view was unfavourable.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Survey: 60 percent of Arab Israelis have a positive view of the state
  • Israel's trade with Russia leaps by 25 percent
    Trade between Israel and Russia has grown this year by 25 percent, officials from both countries revealed, amid complications with other Russian trading partners.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Israel's trade with Russia leaps by 25 percent
  • Israel aims to double the number of people working in hi-tech
    The Israel Innovation Authority aims to double the number of high-tech workers in the country over the next decade, while encouraging companies in older industry to use more technology and become more innovative, the authority said in its annual report released on Sunday.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Israel aims to double the number of people working in hi-tech
  • 20,000 Gazan lulavs arrive in Israel
    A shipment of 20,000 date palm fronds were transported on Monday from the Gaza Strip to Israel where they were to be sold for use in a traditional Jewish religious ritual during the coming Sukkot holiday, the Defence Ministry said.

    On Wednesday, October 04, 2017 20,000 Gazan lulavs arrive in Israel
  • Israeli intelligence helped to thwart dozens of terror attacks around the world
    The Israeli intelligence community has shared information with other countries over the past two years that has helped thwart dozens of terror attacks about to be perpetrated by Islamists who were in contact with members of Islamic State and Middle Eastern factions identified with Al-Qaida.

    On Thursday, September 28, 2017 Israeli intelligence helped to thwart dozens of terror attacks around the world
  • IDF declares war on smoking
    IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot has approved new measures to combat smoking in the military after new data revealed smoking during army service rose by 40 percent.

    On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 IDF declares war on smoking
  • Thousands take part in race commemorating fallen Druze police officers
    Thousands of participants took part on Friday in a race to commemorate the 421 Druze fighters who fell in all of Israel's battles and terror attacks.

    On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Thousands take part in race commemorating fallen Druze police officers
  • Tamar and Mohammed top Israel's baby name list
    The most popular baby names in Israel over the past year were Tamar for girls and Mohammad for boys, the two favourites remaining at the top of their lists for the third consecutive year, according to figures released on Sunday by the Interior Ministry.

    On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Tamar and Mohammed top Israel's baby name list
  • Syrians express gratitude for Israeli field hospitals
    Dozens of Syrian civilians have written letters of gratitude to Israel and the IDF for establishing field hospitals on its northern border which provided, and continue to provide, medical care to numerous victims wounded in the country's ongoing violent civil war.

    On Thursday, September 14, 2017 Syrians express gratitude for Israeli field hospitals
President's Page Security and Crisis Centre by EJC European Parliament Working Group On Antisemitism