News from Israel
A Nation Mourns Arik Einstein, Inventor of Israeli Rock 'n Roll
Quote of the day:
--Title of iconic song of Israeli singer Arik Einstein, who passed away suddenly last night, leaving a country in sorrow.
- Horizon 2020 crisis: Israel and EU compromise on terms of joint initiative, following rift over settlement funding ban - Livni and Ashton draft agreement following day-long marathon telephone negotiations. EU agrees to give loans to companies that work with people and businesses over the Green Line, but Israel will have to insure money is invested solely within Green Line. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Israel faces new power in West Bank: Growing Salafist group with Al-Qaida leanings - Rise in popularity attributed to the increased activity of factions with similar ideology in Egypt's Sinai and the Syrian civil war. (Haaretz+)
- Palestinian workers crowding West Bank buses, right-wing activists complain - Pro-settlement protests target two of the most right-wing Likud MKs - Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and his deputy, Tzipi Hotovely. (Haaretz+)
- Financial straits: 20% of Israelis can't afford food - Study findings reveal despair among many layers of society. Rabbi: 'Poverty in Israel a strategic threat on our existence.' (Ynet)
- Report: Mossad spy ring uncovered in Egypt - Kuwait's Al-Rai newspaper says 17 people implicated in espionage for Israel have been detained by Egyptian security forces. Report alleges some of the suspects are diplomats. Cairo sources say case has been placed under a comprehensive gag order. (Israel Hayom)
- Israel's ex-security chiefs stand with the international community on Iran deal - The dilemma facing Israel is whether to continue to clash publicly with the U.S. or try to rehabilitate relations, influence the quality of supervision at the nuclear sites, and help craft a final agreement. (Haaretz+)
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