Wednesday May 27, 2015
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Erdan joins Netanyahu cabinet, vows 'real change'
A week and a half after induction of new government, Likud MK Gilad Erdan joins cabinet, receiving the public security, strategic affairs and public diplomacy portfolios Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin gets Jerusalem affairs portfolio.
Mati Tuchfeld | Media scouting its next rebel
The media's disappointment with Gilad Erdan's decision to join the government reflects its hypocrisy.
Mordechai Gilat | Olmert's easy day in court
Given the severity of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's offenses, one would think the court would be harsher on him.
Dan Margalit | Olmert's foot-dragging must stop
Now that the lower courts have done their part, the Supreme Court must put an end to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's never-ending defense ploys.
Zalman Shoval | Worrying signals from Europe
This is not the first time Europe has tried making its mark on the Palestinian issue while outflanking the United States, but we can hope that, as in the past, Washington will take the wind out of its sails.
David M. Weinberg | Outrageous move means war
The Israeli Chief Rabbinate's attempt to oust Rabbi Shlomo Riskin will be its own death knell.
Antitrust commissioner resigns over policy dispute
David Gilo, who sought major reforms to natural gas industry, says the government's planned moderate reforms "may have far-reaching implications on foreign relations, security and energy independence" PM Netanyahu: Policy promotes vital interests.
Hezi Sternlicht | Reform runs out of gas
The outgoing antitrust commissioner tried to promote bold ideas, but they would have left Israel with a stagnant natural gas market.
Dore Gold to be new Foreign Ministry director general
Former diplomat and political adviser "has extensive experience in the international arena, which he can use to contribute to improving and advancing Israel's foreign relations," says Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely Gold to replace veteran Nissim Ben-Sheetrit.
MKs grounded, Israeli diplomacy suffers
In light of delicate balance of power in Knesset, MKs had to surrender their passports This "zero absences" policy has already had an effect on Israel's standing in international forums "Israel's voice is silenced," laments Foreign Ministry official.
Unemployment rate drops to historic low of 4.9%
Central Bureau of Statistics says number of employed Israelis has reached an all-time high of 60.9%, or 3.64 million Bank of Israel leaves June's key interest unchanged at 0.1%, says economy is "growing at moderate rate" Consumer Price Index up 0.6%.
Iran's deputy FM: Russia to deliver S-300 soon
Talks between Russia and Iran on the S-300 surface-to-air missile system deal have been "successful," says Iranian official visiting Moscow Russia Foreign Ministry emphasizes "importance of maintaining a continual dialogue" with Iran.
As Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, US reassures Abadi
Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi after Defense Secretary Ash Carter criticizes Iraqi forces Islamic State reinforces Ramadi in preparation for battle against Iraqi forces, paramilitary groups advancing on provincial capital.
Palestinians to push ahead with bid to oust Israel from FIFA
Despite FIFA President Sepp Blatter's effort to diffuse the crisis during his recent trip to the region, Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestine Football Association, vows not to compromise in effort to suspend Israel from soccer world's governing body.
1,000-year-old ketubah goes on display in Jersualem
"This is one of the first and only existing artifacts that testifies to the Jewish community in Safed during that period," says Dr. Yoel Finkelman, the National Library's Judaica curator The ketubah, written in Aramaic, dates from Nov. 28, 1023.
Israir jet impounded in Portugal over debt
In embarrassing incident for Israir, one of its Airbus 320 jets is held in Lisbon over debt owed to EuroAtlantic Airways Israir CEO: Impounding took place without warning. We are working to bring the matter to a close as quickly as possible.