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Israel Press Review of 20/12/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 20/12/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Rivlin: Democracy not to be taken for granted

A democratic administration is something that cannot be taken for granted even when there is a deep-seated tradition of democracy, President Reuven Rivlin told members of the Israel Democracy Institute on Monday after receiving the annual democracy index from the group’s president, Yohanan Plesner.

Rivlin noted that there are daily reports in the international media in which there are attempts to define and analyse 21st century democracy and where it is heading. In some respects, he continued, Israel’s democracy resembles that of other nations of the world, but with specific differences, the Jerusalem Post reports. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Farmers protest government’s agriculture policies

Thousands of farmers from across the country gathered in front of the Knesset on Monday to protest high water costs, competition from imported produce and low profit margins, the Jerusalem Post reports.

In a statement released on Monday, Avshalom Vilan, secretary- general of the Israel Farmers Association, lambasted what he called “a right-wing government with two left hands.”

“Instead of nurturing agriculture, food security and attachment to the land, in recent years the government has rendered agriculture an insolvent, existential threat,” said Vilan, adding that it must “allocate the necessary resources” to revive the struggling industry.

On Sunday night, the day before water prices were expected to be raised, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said he turned to Finance Minister Moshe Khalon to lower the price, or risk “creating a crisis and damage to agriculture and farming in Israel.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Shots fired at bus in West Bank, none hurt

An empty bus traveling in the central West Bank came under fire on Monday evening and sustained light damage, the Times of Israel reports.

There were no casualties in the shooting near the settlements of Dolev and Talmon, northwest of Ramallah.

“Bullet holes were identified on the bus,” the IDF said in a statement.

The army said it was searching for the perpetrator.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


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