Friday May 26th 2017

Posts Tagged ‘IDF’

Leading Religious Figure Supports Civil Disobedience

Leading Religious Figure Supports Civil Disobedience

by Eitam Abadi Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Tzfat, has publicly declared his support for civil disobedience in the face of administrative distancing orders. The IDF is currently able to issue distancing orders to residents of Israel's disputed Samaria and Judea regions without bringing charges against them or allowing them a [...]

Bennett-Lapid Rift on Key Issues

Bennett-Lapid Rift on Key Issues

by Eitam Abadi For the first time since they entered the government as partners in a political pact, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) has issued direct public criticism of Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), albeit without naming him by name. In an interview with Yediot Aharonot, Bennett detailed a list of [...]

Youth Villages Face Demolition for Obama Visit

Youth Villages Face Demolition for Obama Visit

by Eitam Abadi Government forces have reportedly received orders to destroy the youth villages of Ramat Migron and Oz Tzion by the beginning of next week – in preparation for the visit of United States President Barack Obama. The orders were displayed in an IDFdocument obtained by various media outlets. Soldiers were ordered to [...]

Bennett Calls to Integrate Ultra-Orthodox into Society

Bennett Calls to Integrate Ultra-Orthodox into Society

by Sagit Levi Jewish Home faction leader Naftali Bennett issued a declaration Tuesday morning regarding his party’s position on forcing Israel's Ultra-Orthodox community to start carrying part of the national burden. As coalition negotiations have gotten underway, a primary issue being discussed is whether the haredi sector should be [...]

Oz Tzion Evacuated After Friday Clashes

Oz Tzion Evacuated After Friday Clashes

by Sagit Levi Residents willingly evacuated the tents and other makeshift structures at the Oz Tzion youth village in the Gofna Hills Saturday night, after the IDF reached an agreement with Hebron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, Channel 2 reported. Grassroots resistance had prevented security forces from demolishing the structures on Friday [...]

Bennett Says He’d Refuse to Expel Jews

Bennett Says He’d Refuse to Expel Jews

by Eitam Abadi Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett stirred controversy Thursday night when he said he would ask to be exempted from military orders to forcibly expel Jews from their homes were he in such a position. "It is an integral part of being a soldier to refuse orders on matters of conscience," Bennett said in an interview on [...]

Soldier Dismissed for Refusing to Participate in Demolition

Soldier Dismissed for Refusing to Participate in Demolition

by Eitam Abadi An IDF soldier who refused to participate in the demolition of Jewish homes in the Samaria region last week was sentenced by a military court on Tuesday and removed from his position as a combat soldier. The soldier, Pini Shendorfi, who serves in the Kfir brigade, was sent last Wednesday night, along with his fellow soldiers, [...]

Overnight Demolitions at Yitzhar

Overnight Demolitions at Yitzhar

by Eitam Abadi Large numbers of government forces descended on the Jewish village of Yitzhar overnight Wednesday and destroyed several buildings in the community's new Haseruga neighborhood. The government contends that the neighborhood, established roughly six months ago, is illegal and must be demolished. A spokesperson for Yitzhar said [...]

Yachimovich Wants Cooperation with Ultra-Orthodox

Yachimovich Wants Cooperation with Ultra-Orthodox

by Naama Ben-Yaakov Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) lashed out Wednesday night against the new committee formed by the Likud and Kadima factions to draft Ultra-Orthodox Jews into the IDF, saying the issue is intended to distract the public from the country’s real problems and ensure that there would not be socio-economic [...]

Last Ditch Attempts to Save Ulpana

Last Ditch Attempts to Save Ulpana

by Eitam Abadi In a last ditch attempt to save 30 homes from demolition, two lawmakers plan to present legislation that would retroactively authorize the endangered five apartment buildings located in the ancient Jewish town of Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood. Members of Knesset Yaakov Katz (National Union) and Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) plan [...]

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