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Israel Press Review of 21/12/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 21/12/2016

Major Headlines 
  • First Ethiopian Israeli women appointed judges

Two women from Israel’s Ethiopian community broke through the glass ceiling on Tuesday, becoming the first to be appointed judges. They were among six women who were included in the 13 new judicial appointments as judges and registrars serving in the district, magistrate’s and traffic courts in Haifa and Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Although there is no shortage of Ethiopian-Israeli lawyers, none had previously reached the bench.

At the appointments ceremony at the President’s Residence, Ednaki Sebhat Haimowitz and Esther Tafta Gardi were the last two judges to be called to make the pledge not to pervert the law or to show favour. Haimowitz has been appointed to the Central District Magistrate’s Court, and Gardi to the Haifa District Traffic Court. President Reuven Rivlin told the new judges that there had been a glut of arguments lately accusing the courts of being political and handing down rulings mired in politics.

The process of appointing judges is devoid of politics, he said, and he wants to believe that all judges in Israel are appointed in accordance with their abilities and professional integrity.

“If not, and if everything is indeed political,” Rivlin asked, “what is the point of having judges in the courts?” Rivlin urged the judges to be faithful to the law, not to bow to pressure, and to pursue truth and justice in formulating their decisions.


Supreme Court President Miriam Naor followed a similar line, saying that reports in the media to the effect that judicial appointments were made on the basis of the connections of the candidates to members of the appointments committee were distorted and inaccurate. According to law, she said, all discussion about candidates is classified and free of any political considerations. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu: Israel is looking to absorb injured Syrians from Aleppo

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday began exploring ways for Israel to expand the medical assistance given to civilian casualties in Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.

“We see the tragedy of the terrible suffering of the civilians,” Netanyahu said at an annual New Year’s event he holds with the foreign press, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“We are prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they are not combatants. Bring them to Israel, [we will] take care of them in our hospitals as we have done with thousands of Syrian civilians. We are looking into ways of doing this. It is being explored as we speak.” 

One of the issues being explored, one government official said, is the question of how to transfer civilians from Aleppo. Up until now, he pointed out, most of the Syrians treated in Israel were from regions close to the Golan border. Transferring the wounded from Aleppo is a much more complicated logistical issue, he said.

Netanyahu said he does not see a resolution now for the Syrian situation. “Will it come together and be a unified Syria? I doubt it. I think you have enclaves there and they are not about to disappear, but the suffering is great, and the one initiative we took is to help – as I said – thousands of Syrians who are sometimes mutilated beyond belief. We help them. I offered to do more today. I don’t know if we can resolve [the crisis in] Syria, but we can help mitigate some of the suffering. That is the best that Israel can do.”

At the same time, he said, Israel will not let the Syrian war or aggression from Syria “spill over into our territory.” He said that Israel has stringently maintained its red lines on this matter.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • State asks court to extend deadline for evacuating West Bank outpost

The state submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice on Tuesday to postpone the evacuation of the illegal outpost of Amona, telling the court the evacuation agreement with Amona’s settlers could not be implemented, Ha’aretz reports.

The outpost, which was built on privately-owned Palestinian land, must be evacuated by December 25, by order of the High Court of Justice.

The state asked the High Court for a 45-day postponement of the evacuation. Its petition states that “given the complexity, sensitivity and explosiveness accompanying evacuation of a settlement of the size of Amona, the state has invested supreme efforts in formulating a solution that will allow peaceful evacuation of the residents, limiting damage to the families.”

The state said it had reached an agreement with the residents of Amona on Sunday but that “it turned out that at this time one of the components of the plan cannot be implemented (beginning immediate construction in parcel 38 in bloc 21).”

The plan to which the Amona residents agreed is based on three main elements: a request to the High Court to delay evacuation; the construction of 24 prefabs on parcel 38 near the outpost and a promise from the state to find a legal solution to the construction of dozens more prefabs on adjacent parcels on the hill to which Palestinians lay claim.

Yesh Din, the organization representing the petitioners for the evacuation of Amona as well as the Palestinian laying claim to parcel 38, said: “The state’s request to delay the evacuation of Amona is based on a corrupt deal between the State of Israel and lawbreakers, which constitutes a surrender to extortion by those who are obligated by judicial order to vacate land on which they had squatted.”

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


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