The News From Israel
02.18.13 2:15 PM ET
Israel To Return West Bank Farmland
--Codename for the U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Israel (with a five-hour trip to Ramallah).
- Israel to return West Bank farmland to Palestinian owners after wrongly allocating land to kibbutz - Over the years, Israel, under various pretexts, has seized control of around 20,000 dunams of privately owned Palestinian land and transferred it to settlements for agricultural use. (Haaretz+)
- Palestinians reject Israel's compromise for West Bank fence: Stop rail traffic instead of building on our land - Batir village residents reject state suggestion to build chain-link fence instead of wall on ancient terraces. (Haaretz+)
- Historic rivals unite to save Jewish history - Cambridge, Oxford universities' libraries announce first ever joint fundraising campaign to purchase Lewis-Gibson Genizah Collection, which comprises more than 1,700 fragments of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts dating from 9th-19th centuries. (Ynet)
- Anonymous activists hack into 600,000 Israeli email accounts - Expert says attack is part of the #OpIsrael campaign targeting Israeli websites; email provider 'Walla!' confirms that an attack took place but says information taken was useless. (Haaretz+)
- Thousands attend memorial for slain Fogel family, vow to continue West Bank settlement - An exceptional number of public figures attended the memorial ceremony. Almost the entire Habayit Hayehudi Knesset faction was there, as well as ministers Yaakov Neeman, Yuli Edelstein and Katz from Likud; and minister Eli Yishai and MK Nissim Zeev of Shas. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- (Former Ariel settlement mayor) Ron Nachman honored with Israel Prize posthumously - Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar awards prize for Lifetime Achievement to late Ariel mayor and Hebrew music professor, Eliyahu Cohen, upon committee recommendation. "Nachman was a pioneer and a great Zionist." (Israel Hayom)
- Iran will never shut down Fordow nuclear plant, says senior MP - Remark follows report that world powers are planning to offer to ease sanctions on Iran in return for steps to shut down Fordow uranium enrichment plant. (Agencies, Haaretz)
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