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Israel Press Review of 20/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 20/10/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Thousands of women rally for Israel-Palestinian peace

Thousands of women demonstrated across the street from the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday night at an event entitled the "March of Hope" staged by the Women Wage Peace organisation, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The women called on both the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to take steps to reach a political agreement. 

Rabbi Hadassah Forman and her partner Michal Forman, who was injured in a stabbing attack in 2015, attended the rally.

"There is a lot of energy which will lead us on a new path—maybe even to change. I hope that it will be possible to see the connections and to see what can be done to create a solution," Rabbi Forman said.   

The women have marched in different places throughout Israel with people from every sector of Israeli society.

They held a multi-faith prayer service at Qasr al-Yahud on the Israel-Jordan border in which 1,000 Palestinian women participated, along with hundreds of Jordanian women on the other side of the border.

Participants included, among others, Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee who helped work for an end to the civil war in her native Liberia, head of the Eshkol Regional Council Gadi Yarkoni and former mayor of the Israeli-Arab city of Sakhnin, Mazen Ghanim.

The world's largest Sukkah was erected at the end of the rally, wrapped in a quilt with thousands of patches expressing hope for a better future. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • African nations open for diplomatic and business links with Israel

African nations are willing and ready to develop and expand their diplomatic and business relations with Israel, a spokesman for the ruling political party in the Ivory Coast said on Wednesday.

Joel N’guessan, an official in the Rally of the Republicans party, headed by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, said in Jerusalem on Wednesday that the historical cause of the rupture in relations between Israel and African states was a result of political pressure imposed on them by Arab countries who dominated the Islamic world in the 20th century, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Today, as that influence has waned, Israel is in a position to expand its diplomatic relations with African countries, but Jerusalem must show its intent by investing in the continent, he said.

“In order for Israel to be supported by African countries in the UN, it is important for Israel not only to restore diplomatic relations with Africa, but there must be within Israel an evolution of a diplomatic effort to create investment in Africa,” said N’guessan.

The official spoke during a press conference at the annual Feast of Tabernacles at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, which has brought numerous government officials to Israel for the festival, along with 5,000 Christian pilgrims.

The comments follow the recent UNESCO resolution condemning Israel over its control of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, which ignored the Jewish history of the site.

Several African nations, namely Cameroon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Togo, refused to back the resolution and abstained from the vote. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel gives Taiwan tables that double as earthquake shelters

Israel donated 117 tables that provide shelter during earthquakes to schools in a Taiwanese city struck by an earthquake earlier this year, the Times of Israel reports.

Israel’s envoy to Taiwan, Asher Yarden, decided to cancel a celebration for Israel’s Independence Day in May to use the funds to buy the tables, which were designed by a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Yarden, who heads the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, decided on the number 117 to honour the same number of people who died in February when an earthquake struck the city of Tainan.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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