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Israel Press Review of 06/01/2017
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 06/01/2017

Major Headlines
  • IDF condemns incitement against military judges

The IDF released a statement on Thursday night condemning "any act of incitement or statements of any kind against judges in the military courts, the military justice system or against IDF forces. It is a severe tirade worthy of condemnation and the statements are clear.”

The “IDF is the people's army and must stay out of political debates. We do not allow inciting or offensive posts in the army and condemn them unequivocally,” the statement read.

Two people have already been arrested by police for social media posts threatening the military judges and the head of the army after Hebron killer Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter by a military court in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu undergoes five hours of police questioning

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was questioned under caution on Thursday evening for the second time this week, Yediot Aharonot reports. 

He underwent five hours of questioning on the suspicion that he received illicit benefits from various businessmen.

The questioning also touched on another case which is connected to another, as yet unidentified suspect.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel harnessing sunshine with world’s largest solar tower

In sunny Israel, aside from the ubiquitous solar water heaters adorning the roofs, solar energy supplies only a small percentage of the nation’s power needs, leaving it far behind countries with cloudier and colder climates.

Now the fledgling solar industry is trying to make a leap forward with a large-scale project boasting the world’s tallest solar tower, as a symbol of Israel’s renewal energy ambitions, the Times of Israel reports.

With Israel traditionally running its economy on fossil fuels, renewable energy has long been hobbled by bureaucracy and a lack of incentives. But the country is starting to make an effort, setting a goal of generating 10 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from the current 2.5 per cent.

The Ashalim project, deep in the Negev desert, is made up of three plots, with a fourth planned for the future, each with a different solar technology. Together, the fields will be Israel’s largest renewable energy project when completed by 2018. They are set to generate some 310 megawatts of power, about 1.6 per cent of the country’s energy needs — enough for about 130,000 households, or roughly 5 per cent of Israel’s population, according to the Israel Electricity Authority.

The centrepiece is a solar tower that will be the world’s tallest at 250 meters (820 feet).

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

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