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Israel Press Review of 20/01/2017
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 20/01/2017

Major Headlines
  • Arab MK claims he was shot by police in Negev demonstration and clashes

Joint List MK Ayman Odeh has claimed he was shot by police early on Wednesday morning while participating in violent protests against the demolition of the illegal Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran in the Negev, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The police stated on Wednesday that Odeh’s head injury was caused by stones that were thrown by protesters but Odeh claims he was shot by a rubber bullet fired by the police.

“I was shot in the head. If they [the police] act like this to a Knesset member, how do they act to others?” Odeh asked in an interview to Channel 2. “We came [to Umm al-Hiran] in the morning and a massive amount of policemen arrived along with bulldozers.”

‘They started hitting us and shooting us,” he added.

Other demonstrators in the Umm al-Hiran echoed Odeh’s version of the story.

Odeh was evacuated to Soroka- University Medical Centre in Beersheba. He was treated in the emergency room and was released shortly after.

President Reuven Rivlin called the hospital director to check on the situation of the injured, including Odeh. Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas called Odeh to check on him as well.

“I am not the story here,” replied Odeh in an interview to the Army Radio from the hospital, when asked about his condition. “I here send my condolences to the families of the two casualties.”

When Odeh was asked about what triggered the events he said that he could not believe that it was a terrorist attack that started this.

“We agreed upon a nonviolent resistance. I wasn’t there [when it started], but I find it hard to believe that someone would do so,” he said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel secures top ten ranking in 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index

Moving up one spot from last year, Israel has been named the tenth most innovative economy in the world in the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The index ranks economies annually by analysing seven contributing factors such as research and development spending and the concentration of public hi-tech companies in each country. Israel moved from 11th place to 10th this year, ousting France from its place in the top ten strongest innovation economies.

South Korea topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Singapore, Japan, Denmark, the United States and Israel.

Israel achieved first place in the “researcher concentration category,” or the number of professionals – including postgraduate and PhD students – engaged in R&D per million people in the country. The country was ranked second and trailed only South Korea in the “R&D intensity” category, or R&D expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).

Israel also did well in “hi-tech density” – the number of domestically domiciled hi-tech public companies – placing third, just after the United States and France.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Two new ministers added to government

The government is expected to approve the appointment of two new ministers on Sunday, Yediot Aharonot reports.

MK Eli Cohen (Kulanu) will be named Minister of the Economy while Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation, MK Ayoob Kara, will be named a minister without portfolio in the Prime Minister's Office.

The two new appointments will bring the total number of ministers in the government to 22.

Cohen, 45, is seen as one of Kulanu's rising stars. He is chairman of the Knesset Reform Committee and held senior positions in the business sector. He holds the rank of major in the reserves and is an accountant by profession.

Ayoob Kara, 62, is currently the Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation and was promised a ministerial post by Netanyahu, but was stalled repeatedly. Kara also holds the rank of major in the reserves and is a disabled veteran of the IDF who lives in Daliyat al-Karmel. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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