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Israel Press Review of 07/12/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 07/12/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Minister proposes blacklisting entities that support boycotting Israel or settlements

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan has recommended to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon that a committee be set up to maintain a blacklist of companies, organisations and in some cases, individuals, who call for boycotts of Israel or the West Bank settlements, Ha’aretz reports.

Under Erdan’s proposal those entities on the list would be subject to treasury sanctions, such as being banned from bidding on government tenders. The Strategic Affairs Ministry is responsible for coordinating the struggle against boycotts of the Jewish state.

The recommendations were first reported by Channel 2 News. After they were reported, Erdan sent them in writing to the Treasury, noting that under the Boycott Law passed in 2011, the finance minister has the authority to promulgate regulations that would block entities that call for boycotting Israel from bidding on government tenders or receiving any financial benefits from the state.

Erdan also proposed that for this purpose “Israel” include the West Bank settlements. In the draft regulations Erdan sent to Kahlon, he wrote that the sanctions would also be imposed on entities that refuse to purchase products or services produce in Israel, by one of its institutions, or “in an area under its control,” i.e., the West Bank.

Under the draft regulations, individuals who are executives of companies or non-profit associations could also be included on the blacklist if they themselves call for boycotts of Israel in a consistent, methodical and organised fashion.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Giant golden statue of Netanyahu appears in Tel Aviv

A giant golden statue of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appeared mysteriously in Tel Aviv's most famous square on Tuesday night, stunning officials and bemusing passers-by, Ha’aretz reports.

Not long after sunrise, the gilded effigy had already been slapped with an official warning sticker, calling on its owner to remove it from the central Rabin Square.

A few hours later, Netanyahu's statue was taken down by citizens who were invited to the square to have a chance to "topple Netanyahu."

The statue was placed at the iconic square by Israeli artist Itay Zalait who in recent weeks has flooded news desks across the country with emails announcing that he would “undertake a subversive artistic political act which will garner much media attention." He was ordered to remove the statue. 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Burger company branch in Israel introduces doughnut burgers for Chanukah

Burger King restaurants in Israel have introduced a doughnut burger for the Chanukah season, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The SufganiKing is a Whopper with savoury doughnuts in place of buns. Its name is a play on the Hebrew word for doughnuts, sufganiyot, which are ubiquitous on every Israeli street corner in the weeks leading up to the festival.

The burger “proves that miracles still happen,” Burger King Israel said in a Facebook post, a reference to the miracles at the heart of the holiday story.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Biblical sheep in Israel for first time in millennia

After three years of high-level negotiations between the Israeli and Canadian governments, 119 heritage sheep, which trace their lineage back 5,000 years to the Middle East, began arriving in Israel on November 30. It is the first time that the breed, called Jacob’s sheep, has been represented in Israel since biblical times, the Times of Israel reports.

Three of the 11 flights carrying the sheep have already arrived in Israel, according to Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, the shepherds who began raising the ovines on a whim in western Canada. “The first sheep arrived on the Jewish calendar the day that Noah came out of the ark, the 28th of Heshvan,” said Jenna Lewinsky.

“It was beautiful to see them walk on the soil of Israel,” she said. “As a Jewish person, I am so connected to the land, but to see the whole project connecting — it’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Lewinsky immigrated to Israel just three weeks before the first flight of sheep came on their own baa-liyah.

Genetic markings for the breed date back at least a few thousand years to the Middle East. The journey for the sheep began in ancient Syria (also the biblical home of Laban) and passed through North Africa. Moorish invaders brought the breed to Spain, and then to England, where the animal was something of a trophy sheep. A number were brought to North America, originally for zoos and then later for commercial use.

The breed received the name “Jacob sheep” based on Genesis Chapter 30, where Jacob talks about leaving his father-in-law Laban’s home and taking part of the flock as his payment for years of service. “I will pass through all thy flock today, removing from thence every speckled and spotted one, and every dark one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and of such shall be my hire,” he is quoted as saying in Genesis 30:32.

For now, the sheep are being held at a special private quarantine in the south of Israel, where they will stay for eight days after the arrival of the last sheep, a process that should take about a month. 

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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