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Israel Press Review of 16/01/2017
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 16/01/2017

Major Headlines
  • Israeli officials blast Paris peace conference

Officials in Jerusalem have strongly condemned the Paris conference on the Middle East, which began on Sunday morning, Yediot Aharonot reports.

"This is a redundant, futile conference and this is not how to make peace,” officials said. “International conferences and UN resolutions only distance us from peace because they encourage the Palestinians to continue to refuse direct negotiations with Israel. The only way for peace is bilateral negotiations between the two sides, as was done with Egypt and with Jordan.”

"If the countries that are meeting in Paris really want to promote peace, they need to push Mahmoud Abbas to accept the invitations of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for direct negotiations."  

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israelis donate winter gear to Syrian refugees

Various Israeli youth movements, including the Youth Federation for Working and Studying, the Dror Movement, and the Committed for the Fight against Genocide are leading a wide scale operation to collect winter clothes for Syrian refugees, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The operation, codenamed “Human Warmth,” has opened up 15 collection centres around the country where Israelis can go and donate winter clothes..

The winter clothes will then go off to the Syrians who are in need of assistance.

A similar operation occurred in 2014, seeing 30 tons of winter clothes being donated to Syrian refugees. It took 1,500 boxes to carry all the clothing, and eight large trucks to transport it all.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Netanyahu decries orchestrated media campaign to bring down government

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took to his Facebook page on Sunday evening in an effort to debunk a string of reports pertaining to alleged meetings that took place between him and Yedioth Ahronot publisher Arnon Mozes. 

“In the last few days, an orchestrated media campaign has been conducted, unprecedented in its breadth, in order to bring down the Likud government under my leadership. This propaganda campaign is intended to exert pressure on the attorney general and other officials in the state prosecutor’s office to submit an indictment against me,” the prime minister wrote.   

“The method is simple: Every day and every evening, carefully selected, filtered transcripts and deliberate lies on two issues are disseminated. Obviously, as long as the investigation continues, I have no way of defending myself. I cannot tell the public the real story behind these things, that clarify that there was no transgression,” the post continued. 

“Since I am prevented from elaborating on the details on the investigation, I am only able to say things that are public and known to everyone: Everyone knows that I fiercely opposed the ‘Israel Hayom’ law, that others designed and initiated a long time before the elections of 2013,” he insisted. “For many months, I prevented the bill from being brought for a preliminary reading. When the vote came, I voted against the bill together with a handful of MKs that included the majority of Likud members."

Before the prime minister's Facebook post, Channel 2 broadcast new citations from conversations that Netanyahu had with Mozes. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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