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Israel Press Review of 14/11/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 14/11/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Netanyahu hails “responsible economic policy” as Israel gets A+ credit rating

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday welcomed Israel’s new A+ credit rating from the prestigious Fitch Ratings, attributing it to his government’s “responsible economic policy,” the Times of Israel reports.

“More good news for the economy of Israel: the international credit rating company Fitch raised Israel’s credit rating to the level of A+ with a stable outlook. Israel is rated at this high rating in all three international companies, S&P, Moody’s and Fitch,” the prime minister wrote in Hebrew on Facebook.

“The rise comes due to the responsible economic policy I led together with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon,” he says. “We will continue strengthening our economy and leading Israel’s economy responsibly.”

Israel has been rated A1 with a stable outlook by Moody’s since mid-April 2008.

Standard & Poor’s rated Israel A+ in September 2009, and has retained this rating to the present.

Fitch’s rating of A+ comes after it rated the country at A for nearly a decade. In April, the organisation ranked Israel as A with a “positive” outlook.

All agencies rate Israel as having a stable or positive outlook. The last time the country was rated with a negative outlook was in 2002.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • 500 Jewish mothers bake challah for IDF soldiers

Some 500 Jewish mothers from around the world bonded in Jerusalem on Thursday as they baked hundreds of challah — a knotted bread traditionally eaten on Shabbat and Jewish festivals — for Israeli soldiers.

“The Great Big Challah Bake” event was run by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) as part of the global Shabbat Project, a multi-denominational organisation celebrating “the transformative power” of the Jewish Sabbath.

The women, 400 of whom are visiting Israel on a 10-day JWRP “Momentum” trip gathered with past participants from Israel, to bake over 1,000 loaves and package them for distribution to the troops.

The visitors, from Canada, the US, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, are also touring Israel as part of the Momentum trip — stopping in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Galilee — on a schedule covering a range of topics from Jewish values to contemporary Israeli society.

Momentum trips are designed to inspire Jewish mothers to connect deeply with their Jewish heritage. More than 10,000 women from dozens of countries have participated in the trips.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israel first in OECD in percentage of students studying environmental and social science

Israel has come in first place among all 32 OECD countries in the percentage of people who study social and environmental sciences in higher education, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Meanwhile, the Jewish state comes in fourth in terms of percentage of students who study law, and 12th in terms of people who study education. 

However, Israel comes in second-to-last place when it comes to service industry and manufacturing degrees, and dead last in percentage of students studying to be architects.

The Israeli Chief Economist noted that the last several years has seen a significant rise in the number of people studying medicine and other paramedical professions, such as nursing.  

There has also been a rise in the number of people studying computer studies. The numbers of students studying law, biology and engineering has remained stable, while students studying for their MBA and management degrees have gone down. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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