The News From Israel

02.01.13

Damaging Israel's Legitimacy

Taking human life without justification damages the legitimacy of the IDF's actions in the territories, in the eyes of both Israeli society and the international community.
--Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of the Israel Defense Force's Central Command, writes a letter to his officers, asking them to show restraint instead of shooting Palestinians, Haaretz reports.

  • Lapid: Most Israelis support a two-state solution - In interview with U.S. TIme magazine, Lapid also predicts he will be prime minister one day. (NRG Hebrew)
  • Netanyahu's cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser to resign - Announcement comes after Zvi Hauser, who was one of three officials to inform attorney general of Natan Eshel's alleged sexual harassment, chose not submit candidacy for Likud Knesset list. (Haaretz+)
  • Rabbi Ovadia Yosef hints at compromise on ultra-Orthodox IDF draft -Shas spiritual leader in letter to President Shimon Peres: 'Not every Haredi is entitled to exemption from military service'; Bennett tells president during their consultations that he recommends tapping Netanyahu to form next coalition. (Haaretz+)
  • Shas Minister Yishai: We'll give up ministry for yeshivas - Shas party leader says religious party 'must join next coalition' to 'prevent rift in the nation.' (Ynet)
  • U.S. Jewish donor to Upper Nazareth threatens to cut funding after mayor opposes Arab school - Don Green says the Israeli town should heed local demands and build a school for Arab children. (Haaretz+)
  • (Immigrant) Absorption Ministry: Jewish Agency activities encourage Israelis who emigrated to stay abroad - Ministry claims the investment in creating community frameworks for Israelis who left Israel harms the efforts to bring them back. (Maariv, p. 8)
  • Israel falls near bottom of press freedom rankings - The Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index ranked Israel 112 out of 179 countries, 20 spots lower than last year, due largely to Operation Pillar of Defense and a new ranking methodology. (Haaretz+))

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