“The Israeli side emphasizes the series of disturbances, while the Palestinians claim that Israel is the result of imperialist acts."--Israeli and Palestinian textbooks demonize each other, according to a new report funded by the U.S. State Dept.
- Changes in Jerusalem police brass bring crackdown on Arab residents - Operations included numerous arrests, vehicle inspections, tax collection, house demolitions, shutting off water, searches and random checks of identification, with the help of other authorities including the municipality, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, the Tax Authority, National Insurance Institute, Traffic Police and the Jerusalem municipal water corporation. Police denied the claims of collective punishment. (Haaretz+)
- Women excluded from coalition talks? As efforts to form new government gain speed it seems none of the parties saw fit to include women in their negotiating teams. (Ynet)
- Foreign Ministry against Prime Minister: "We are not a garbage bin" - FM employees angry over Netanyahu's intention to appoint top Likud officials as ambassadors. (Yedioth, p. 10)
- Foreign Ministry to young Israelis: Stop asking for visas to the US - With the goal of being included in the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the US, Israel needs to reduce the number of Israelis whose visa requests are denied. So it is trying to convince Israelis who just finished the military (and are going to work illegally in the US) not to ask. (Maariv/NRG Hebrew)
- Israel re-opens Nablus roads closed since Second Intifada - Israel reopened several roads in Nablus that connect with the Nablus villages of Awarta, Yanun, Aqraba and surrounding areas, and will give Palestinians quick access to over 13,000 dunams of land. They had been closed for 13 years. (Maan)
- CIA report on Yom Kippur War: Israel had nuclear arsenal - According to a CIA report, Israeli intelligence downplayed the risk of an Egyptian attack in 1973 for fear that the U.S. would push Israel toward peace talks. (Haaretz+)
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