“In a country where many Knesset members view the High Court as an enemy, minorities as a fifth column, the left as homegrown terrorists and religion as the basis of patriotism, it is not the legislature that needs strengthening but rather the court.”
—Haaretz analyst Zvi Barel comments on the ‘High Court Bypass Law.’
IDF soldiers suspected of stealing Palestinian’s gold in West Bank raid—Investigation begins after the head of the household, Ata Shatwi, submitted a complaint to the Civil Administration. (Haaretz)IDF closes off central Palestinian town to cars—Soldiers place large boulders across all four lanes of the main entrance to A-Ram, a Palestinian city of 60,000, blocking incoming and outgoing vehicular traffic. (Haaretz)Swedish Academy say won’t rescind Grass’ Nobel prize—Group of Israeli authors demand Nobel prize committee denounce German writer over anti-Israel poem. (Agencies, Ynet)Dramatic drop of 35% in Israeli emigration to US—Lowest number since 2003. Number of US citizens immigrating to Israel higher than number of Israelis who left (In 2011: 3,826 left Israel). (Yedioth, p. 6)Erdogan threatens: “We will act against Assad”—Turks may create a buffer zone inside Syria to protect the refugees crossing the border. Yesterday 100 civilians killed. (Yedioth, p. 9)Here is the full News from Israel.