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Large Desalination Plant Approved to Bring Gazans Clean Water

Posted on August 20th, 2018
From VirtualJerusalem, Courtesy of DEBKA


The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.  


Israel’s defense ministry has approved the delivery of equipment to the Gaza Strip for completing a large desalination plant and eight large water reservoirs.

The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.

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Liberman warns Assad planning to rebuild large Syrian army after civil war

Posted on August 13th, 2018
By JACOB MAGID for The Times of Israel


Defense minister also praises Trump's reimposition of Iran sanctions, saying Tehran was using relief provided by nuke deal not to support its economy but rather to fund terror


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad “is not satisfied” with regaining control of southern Syria and plans to rebuild the Syrian military into an even larger force than it was on the eve of the civil war.


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How Israel Became a Television Powerhouse

Posted on August 6th, 2018
By HANNAH BROWN for Commentary


The unlikely rise of a pop-culture leader


You don’t often see perfectly chilled martinis served at conferences in Israel, but the TLV Formats Conference was an event that was out of the ordinary. It was held for the second time in September 2017, and hundreds of buyers from television networks around the world came to Tel Aviv to snatch up new Israeli shows—scrambling to get ahead of the huge international TV convention called MIPCOM the following month in Cannes. Over the past decade, Israel has become one of the world’s most prolific exporters of “formats”—industry jargon for concepts and programs. 

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Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel

Posted on July 30th, 2018
By Daniel Gordis for Bloomberg.com


Is this the sort of nation Israelis want?


Almost a decade ago, shortly before their wedding, my daughter and her fiancé decided that the ceremony would not be performed by a rabbi associated with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Both religiously observant, they found the Chief Rabbinate’s attitude to women and to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism reprehensible; they were determined to use the occasion of their wedding, at which numerous politically and socially prominent Israelis would be present, to make that point.

They asked me to perform the wedding. As a Conservative rabbi ordained in the U.S. (and thus not recognized by the Israeli Rabbinate), I technically violated Israel’s 1953 Marriage and Divorce Law. This can be punished with a two-year prison sentence. We made the occasional quip about my getting arrested for performing my own daughter’s wedding, but we were never worried. Many rabbis had done this before, and none had ever been arrested.

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Hello or shalom? Half of Israeli kids grow up bilingual

Posted on July 23rd, 2018
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israel is possibly the world’s best ‘lab’ for researching the little-understood phenomenon of being raised with two or more spoken languages.

 



“Anna,” a preschooler in the Israeli city of Bat Yam, was thought to be cognitively impaired because testing her in Hebrew showed her cognitive skills lagging behind her classmates. But when retested in her home language, Russian, she was found to be normal.


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