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Israel Press Review of 07/11/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 07/11/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Coalition chairman says Rabin’s murder was not political

As Israelis gathered on Saturday night in Tel Aviv to attend a memorial ceremony in honour of late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 21 years ago, coalition chairman MK David Bitan (Likud) stated that his killing was not a "political murder," the Jerusalem Post reports.

"I will not attend the rally tonight [Saturday] in memory of Yitzhak Rabin, it was not a political murder, politicians did not murder him," Bitan said at an event in Holon hours before the ceremony. "They're trying to make it out as if politicians murdered him.

Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995 following a pro-peace rally at a plaza in central Tel Aviv now known as Rabin Square. His assassin, Jewish extremist Yigal Amir, opposed Rabin’s goal of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Deputy Knesset Speaker Hilik Bar (Zionist Union) responded to Bitan, saying that one does not need to be the coalition chairman in order to understand that Rabin's murder was clearly political.


"The murder was preceded by organised incitement, hatred, persecution from the extreme right, marking targets," and accusing the political left of treason, Bar said.

"That same hatred, persecution and incitement exists today, against journalists, judges, officers and all those who think differently than the government," he continued.

Zionist Union MK Erel Marglit also said that this was an example of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attempting to change the facts of history.

"No one can erase the rally of incitement in Zion Square, where Netanyahu was a keynote speaker, as the crowd chanted that Rabin was a traitor," stated Marglit.

A memorial ceremony has been held each year in Rabin Square on the Saturday night closest to the date of the assassination, bringing together tens of thousands of Israelis to remember Rabin’s legacy and call for peace with the Palestinians. In recent years, the memorial ceremony was sponsored by the coalition Remembering the Murder – Fighting for Democracy, led by youth groups and social organisations.

This year, due to a lack of funds, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog announced that the Zionist Union party would be sponsoring the memorial.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Justice Minister publishes list of candidates for Supreme Court

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked published on Sunday her list of 28 candidates for the Supreme Court, following an ongoing feud with Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor over the selection process, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Four justices will be chosen to replace Naor, as well as justices Zvi Zilbertal, Salim Joubran and Elyakim Rubinstein, all of whom will retire over the next year.

Naor announced last Thursday that she would cease consultations with Shaked over the selection of judges, after the latter appeared to condone a bill by MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu) altering the nomination process to the 15-member court. 

Justices are chosen by a nine-person Judicial Selection Committee. Currently, nominees must win the support of seven of the nine voting members for election to the high court, meaning new justices must obtain the approval of current judges serving on the committee. Ilatov’s proposal would reduce the election vote to a simple majority.

During a meeting between the two which took place on Sunday, Shaked agreed to postpone the debate on Ilatov’s contentious bill. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Netanyahu orders advancement of smart transportation plan

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu directed a team of officials on Sunday to submit a multi-year plan on Israel’s role in the global smart transportation sector for cabinet approval in the coming weeks, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Netanyahu issued the directive following a status update at Sunday’s cabinet meeting about the existing Fuel Choices Initiative by Eyal Rosner, outgoing director of the Prime Minister’s Office Alternative Fuels Administration.

During the discussion, ministers learned that international focus has now veered toward smart transportation, such as autonomous, cooperative electric vehicles capable of communicating with their surroundings, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Since the inception of the Fuel Choices Initiative, which began in 2011, the number of companies active in the alternative fuels sector has risen from 60 to 500, and investments are double the government’s targets at NIS 9 billion, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. The Fuel Choices Initiative has a budget of NIS 1.5b. for a 10 year period.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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