Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Meet Morton Freiman, an American who immigrated to Israel. At 74, he labored alongside our soldiers to create a large Hanukiya -- a Hanukkah candelabra -- which they carved together out of stone. As we close the Hanukkah holiday, we share Morton's warmth & devotion to the #IDF with our supporters everywhere.
Israel’s Mobli web picture sharing service is taking on Instagram, the U.S.-based leader, in a battle for supremacy in the online picture and video sharing business, Israel’s Globesbusiness daily reported on Thursday.
The UN on Tuesday passed an Israeli-sponsored resolution on “agricultural technology for development,” a bill dedicated to sustainable agricultural advancements for developing countries.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said Nelson Mandela, who passed on Thursday at 95, “was among the greatest figures of our time” and “will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa and a moral leader of the highest order.”
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Thursday praised Israel’s economic growth in 2013 and predicted that its economy will continue to grow in 2014 and 2015 at a rate that exceeds growth projections for the OECD’s other 33 member nations, Israel Hayom reported.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar will personally grant citizenship to the classical performer Evgeny Kissin.
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Two Bedouin sheikhs reveal their support for the Begin Plan, Israel's strategy to improve the welfare of the Negev Bedouin and resolve land issues in southern Israel. While Sheikh Awde A-Zanoon and Sheikh I'd Abu Rashed do not hesitate to criticize former Israeli policies toward the Bedouin, they also express their satisfaction with the proposed plan, praising Minister Benny Begin for his personal involvement and efforts to jointly reach a solution.
The Begin Plan is an improvement on an outline suggested by Ehud Prawer of the Prime Minister's office (which was based on the report of an official committee headed by former Supreme Court Justice Eliezer Goldberg.) The plan will not only settle all land claims by the Bedouin, giving them property on which to build houses legally, but will set up employment, social, educational and health programs for the 210,000 Bedouin men, women and children in the Negev. Nearly 2.2 billion dollars is being invested in implementation of the plan.
Cooperation between the Israeli government and the Bedouin is emphasized by the sheikhs, as this is the best way to find an equitable resolution that respects Bedouin traditions and culture. However, support for the advancement of the Bedouin in the Negev is not limited to governmental action: in an act of Jewish-Bedouin cooperation, the Yerucham municipality is giving Sheikh A-Zanoon's village 500 dunams (124 acres) of land.
Strong criticism is also expressed towards "people on the outside," primarily Israeli Arabs from northern Israel and foreign activists. These outsiders are agitating against the plan, but as Sheikh A-Zanoon says "they lack nothing" while the Bedouin suffer from difficult conditions. These agitators offer no better alternative yet are willing to sacrifice the future of the Bedouin for their own political interests.
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