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Israel Press Review of 29/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 29/09/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Public to pay last respects to Peres in lying in state outside Knesset

Former president Shimon Peres’s casket was set to be placed outside the Knesset so that the public may pay its last respects on Thursday, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Peres’s body was to lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and tens of thousands of Israelis, in addition to politicians and foreign dignitaries, as well as Jewish and Arab youth participating in Peres Centre for Peace programmes, are expected to attend. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Supreme Court sentences former PM Olmert to eight more months in jail

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected an appeal by former prime minister Ehud Olmert of his conviction in the Talansky retrial, adding eight months to an existing 19-month sentence that started in February 2016, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The ruling in the Talansky retrial, the affair that brought him down as prime minister in 2008 and paved the way for the election of Binyamin Netanyahu, ends eight long years of Olmert’s five legal battles and sets November 2019 for when he will leave prison.

There is potential for Olmert to get his now total 27-month sentence reduced by a third, but that will be before the Parole Board at a later date.

Besides the Talansky retrial ruling, the Supreme Court issued several other rulings on Wednesday to wrap up Olmert’s legal affairs.

Olmert already became the first prime minister in the state’s history to be locked behind bars after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 18 months (down from six years at the district court level) in prison for bribery in the Holyland real estate corruption trial.

He was sentenced to an additional month of prison as part of a plea bargain in the Shula Zaken tapes saga in which he tried to obstruct the various cases against him along with Zaken, his former top aide of 30 years.

In July 2012, the Jerusalem District Court acquitted Olmert in the original trial of the Talansky Affair and in the Rishon Tours Affair, but convicted him in the more minor Investment Centre Affair.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Jerusalem wedding hall disaster victims to receive compensation from the state

The state will compensate victims of the 2001 Versailles wedding hall disaster, giving them a total of NIS 120 million, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The disaster occurred in the hall in Jerusalem during a wedding when the dance floor collapsed, causing many of those in the room to plunge to the floor below. 23 people were killed and 250 were injured.

The floors of the hall were built in the Pal-Kal method, a system of building lightweight concrete floors which had been banned before the wedding hall was built as it was proven to be unsafe.

In addition to this, the Versailles hall was designed to be a two-story structure, but a third story was added later on. The story on which the wedding party took place was intended to be a roof, and thus was not designed originally to carry the same load as the other floors.  

Victims of the disaster fought a long battle for their compensation. A year ago, a way towards calculating compensation on an individual level was reached and most suits were approved. However, the funds were not transferred due to a disagreement between defendants about each party's share of responsibility for the disaster.

According to the compensation outline, whoever wasn’t physically injured will receive NIS 50,000 plus interest, while those more than 20% handicapped with receive NIS 6,000 for every additional percentage of disability. The estates of those killed in the incident will be compensated with NIS 75,000 along with an additional NIS 10,000 for every year of expected decrease in life expectancy. Upon passing of victims, NIS 10,000 plus interest will also be provided for funeral expenses.

The owners of the event hall—Adi Avraham, Efraim Adiv and Uri Nissim— were convicted in 2004 of negligence and wrongful death and sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The Magistrate's Court ruled that after seeing the depression in the dance floor the owners should have consulted with an engineer instead of trying to deal with the problem themselves.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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