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Fri. Sep 2, 2016 News from Israel

  • Health Minister Litzman blames Israel Railway for lying about construction work on Shabbat
  • Following political dispute Education minister Bennett announces Tel Aviv high school to remain unchanged
  • Father of IDF soldier Oron Shaul abducted by Hamas in operation protective edge dies

The ongoing crisis within the coalition over plans to carry out railway infrastructure work on Shabbat refuses to end. MK Yaakov Litzman, Israel's Health Minister and Chairman of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party on Friday accused the CEO of Israel Railways of lying to the public by claiming that canceling the work on Shabbat will cause serious delays, cost millions of shekels and ultimately harm passengers. Meanwhile, left-wing Meretz party demonstrated on Friday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's compromise to the orthodox parties that would affect some 70,000 passengers—mostly soldiers—and would mean a delay of 10 days until the completion of the fast-train project from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Chairman MK Zehava Gal'on demanded that the work be carried out as planned, including on Shabbat."The Ministry of Labor issued work permits legally, and therefore the Prime Minister has no business interfering in this issue, which is not under his authority," Gal'on stated.

After days of heated discussions and protests over Tel Aviv municipality's plans to restrict acceptance into a school in the south of the city to make way for illegal migrant children, and which is currently the battleground of a political dispute between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Education minister Naftali Bennet announced that Shevach Mofet high school would not be turned into a school for illegal migrants.

The father of IDF sergeant Oron Shaul, whose body was abducted by Hamas in the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, died on Friday. Hertzl Shaul, 54, and his family have stayed in the headlines of Israeli media amid their adamant petitioning for the government to secure the return of his son's remains. Israeli media reported that he had battled with cancer for the past 10 months.

and now for this week's headlines

sat aug 27- according to channel 2 news poll two thirds of parents unhappy with Israeli education

major entrances to Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv blocked due to construction on the light rail

President Assad marks major achievement in Damascus after crushing an opposition enclave in Dariya

sun aug 28- Former Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Dies at the age of 80

Coalition uproar over Sabbath work on train station in Tel Aviv

Defense witnesses testify for Hebron Shooter soldier Elor Azariah

mon aug 29- Fearing arrest Son of Ben Eliezer who lives abroad most likely not to attend funeral on Tuesday

UN representative to the Middle East slams Israel's policy in the West Bank

Defense minister Lieberman criticizes Israeli media saying “A fighter does not need to go to the battlefield with a lawyer”

tues aug 30- Former Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer laid to rest

Former Mossad chief: Israel’s internal threats are more dangerous than external threats

Religious parties agree to committee to discuss Shabbat construction following work on Tel Aviv light rail on weekend

wed aug 31- Minister of Education Naftali Bennett calls Zionism and excellence leading characteristics of upcoming school year Chief of Police tries to explain his statement about the connection between police, Ethiopians and crime

Letter from Knesset Members to the Prime Minister calling on him to stop tax law on third apartment

thurs sept 1st- Israeli satellite Amos 6 explodes on Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral Florida

Israel Police recommends to close probe against opposition leader Isaac Herzog

New school year starts in Israel for over 2 million students

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