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Israel Press Review of 02/11/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 02/11/2016

Major Headlines 
  • First rains of winter wash over Israel

With the first rains of the winter falling on Israel, a total of 19 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in the Golan Heights since the early hours of Tuesday morning, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Meanwhile, the northern town of Tzfat got 10 millimetres. The Sharon Plains region received six millimetres, while the Gush Dan area received seven.

Rain began to fall on Jerusalem in the afternoon hours.

The rainfall managed to raise the Kinneret water level, reaching -213.71 metres below sea level. The water level needs to be almost five metres higher until it is considered full. After three winters of below average rainfall, the Kinneret’s water level is expected to drop again, and fast. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • State asks Supreme Court to defer evacuation of Amona

The State of Israel has requested that the country’s Supreme Court push back by seven months the evacuation of the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, citing fear of violence by extremists and saying they need time to find alternative housing arrangements for its residents, the i24 news website reports.

The court has ordered that the settlement be demolished by December 25.

Amona, home to about 40 families, was built on lands privately owned by Palestinians, who successfully petitioned Israeli courts for the outpost's removal. 

The ruling sparked outrage among right-wing Israeli politicians who saw the order as going against government policy. On Sunday, a vote on legalising the status of Amona and other illegally-built homes in the West Bank was postponed for another week.

The bill, introduced by Bayit Yehudi MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, aims to cancel the Supreme Court order and allow the settlers to remain. It was ruled unconstitutional by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Israeli invention aims to take smartphones out of family time

An Israeli invention, launched on Tuesday, has set out to put quality back in family time by taking smartphones out of the equation, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The device, called Pause, is a sleek designed box that blocks Wi-Fi, incoming calls, text messages or emails from mobile phones placed inside of it.

Using the “out of sight, out of mind” principle, it strives to “remove the temptation of peeking at email or social media when focus is needed elsewhere,” the company said.

Pause co-founder Yuval Lazi explained he got the idea about 18 months ago, sitting at the dinner table with his family.

“It was one of these normal day when I come back from work and I manage to actually arrive before dinner time and we sat, the whole family, around a table, over food,” he recalled. “But instead of doing what a family should be doing, which is talking, I just received one email from work, and I had to answer it immediately, and then you get a whatsapp, and there’s a call.”

Within seconds, Lazi found himself completely immersed and focused on the screen of his smartphone.

When he finally lifted his head up, he realised his three year- old son Liam had been trying to get his attention repeatedly for over a minute.

“He looked at me and said ‘Dad, please put your phone in your pocket,’” Lazi told The Jerusalem Post. “I realised that I was so wrong, and it just turned something inside me.”

He pointed out that Pause can also be used in a workplace setting. The 2015 Lireo Workplace Culture and Communication report shows indeed that 47% of workers say that their biggest issue during meetings is that other participants are not paying attention.

The Pause box started selling on Tuesday on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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