Israel Political Brief May 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Two-Week Delay on ‘Ulpana Law’ to Postpone Expulsion Plans to Beit El’s Ulpana Neighborhood

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Netanyahu Orders Two-Week Delay on ‘Ulpana Law’

Netanyahu orders the coalition to shelve Ketzaleh’s bill to legalize the Ulpana neighborhood and tells Barak to postpone expulsion plans.
A boy walks near Israeli flags in Ulpana

A boy walks near Israeli flags in Ulpana
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered the coalition to block National Union Knesset Member Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz’s bill to compensate potential expulsion victims at Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood and also told Defense Minister Ehud Barak to postpone demolition plans. The Prime Minister wants two weeks to solve the dilemma.

A court order for expulsions and demolitions of the five Ulpana apartment buildings is hanging over the heads of approximately two dozen families, some of whom have been living in the neighborhood for 10 years. There was no question of their legal presence until the High Court agreed with a left-wing organization petition that the land is owned by a Palestinian Authority Arab different from his cousin of the same name who sold the property – claiming ownership – to Beit El.

The government authorized the residents to move into their homes, which they argue were legally bought in good faith, but the High Court rejected their claim.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told coalition leader Ze’ev Elkin to work against advancing the bill proposed by MK Katz – whose party does not sit in the coalition – so that the government can find an alternative solution in two weeks.

Barak has said he opposes the proposed law because it would scuttle a standing court order and would give ammunition to the international anti-Israel movement. “In an advanced democratic country, there is no possibility of passing legislation that cancels a standing court order. Beit El is a large and important community that in the future will remain a part of the State of Israel in any future arrangement [with the Palestinian Authority). We must find a solution to carry out the court order while strengthening Beit El,” he said.

The implication is that Barak would agree to additional housing units in Beit El in exchange for carrying out the demolitions and expulsions. He has blocked thousands of homes from being built for Jews in Judea and Samaria by not signing authorization forms. As Defense Minister, he must sign each building permit for the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as they are subject to the  IDF civil administration.

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with National Union of Israel Students Leaders from Around the Country on the Occasion of National Student Day

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PM Netanyahu Meets with National Union of Israel Students Leaders from Around the Country on the Occasion of National Student Day

Photo by GPO

Source: PMO, 5-23-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, on the occasion of National Student Day, in his office, met with National Union of Israel Students leaders from around the country, led by NUIS Chairman Irzik Shmuli. Education Minister Gideon Saar, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, Deputy Minister for Student Affairs Gila Gamliel and Deputy Minister for Senior Citizen Affairs Leah Nass also attended the meeting.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We have a great commitment to higher education. It starts with investments in resolving students’ problems in order to help them learn and lead the State of Israel in all fields – security, society, the economy, science and others.” The Prime Minister also commented on the Government’s actions to lower the cost of living for students and citizens: “Competition is the most social thing there is. We are working to increase competition and thereby lower the cost of living. See what has happened to the price of cellular phones, for example. Also in the housing sphere, we are working to break the state’s monopoly on land in order to lower housing costs. Additionally, we are working on behalf of young couples, some of whom are students, and in the coming months we will implement the law on free education from age three.”

NUIS Chairman Shmuli noted the complete cooperation between the Government and the NUIS in the fields of education, public transportation, bringing students and senior citizens closer together through voluntary community projects, and advancing cultural issue. “I have been active on behalf of students in various frameworks for seven years and there has never been a partnership like that with the Education Minister. There are also similar partnerships with other ministers.

Perhaps there are areas in which we agree less but given the major reform in higher education, the Sheshinski report, the recent welcome news in the cellular phone sector, we also know how to show gratitude and we appreciate these things very much. It is clear to us that when so many ministers are working on behalf of the students, there is a guiding hand from above and this is not a coincidence. Therefore, Mr. Prime Minister, I thank you personally.”

Education Minister and Council on Higher Education Chairman Saar informed those in attendance that the next meeting of the Council, he intends to submit for approval new benefits that have been formulated for students serving in the IDF reserves. The benefits will be in regard to eligibility to be absent from classes, postponement of courses and assignments, eligibility to take exams at later dates, extending studies, etc. Minster Saar added, “The great change in higher education is the multi-year plan that was launched in August 2010. Higher education is moving forward in impressive fashion while strengthening excellence and increasing accessibility. Today, students are more involved in the higher education system, which will continue to strengthen and move forward.”

Transportation Minister Katz noted that over the past two years, his ministry has instituted many improvements and major discounts in public transportation for the student public in order to encourage the use of public transportation.  He said, “The Transportation Ministry has even expanded the system of discounts on all bus lines and on the railways, to all academic institutions in which students learn.  It has also upgraded and improved lines to all institutions of higher learning and the various campuses.”

Culture and Sports Minister Livnat said, “The student public in Israel is an important public. It is the human future of Israel in which we must invest. It is a public active in culture and sports and it is my intention to work to enhance cooperation with students so that culture and sports in Israel are accessible and available to them. This year I initiated basic scholarship grants for students from the periphery who study at schools for the arts around the country and I intend to consider ways to expand them. The ministry also supports higher schools for the arts at a cost of NIS 20 million per annum.”

Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Youth, Women and Students Gamliel described the various actions being led by her office, including a year’s free study at academic institutions in the periphery, the construction of an additional 10,000 residential units, and expanding the student village in Lod. She said, “The fact that the Prime Minister has – for the first time – appointed a deputy minister to deal with students’ affairs speaks for itself. It provides students with a channel for direct dialogue with the Government and has led to many achievements. Investing in Israeli youth is not an expenditure but a national investment. We are working to lower tuition so that it will depend on contributing to the state and to various social projects. Thus, we will be able to help students and they will be able to help us, the population.”

Deputy Minister Nass updated those in attendance on the success of the initiative to award scholarships of up to NIS 5,000 to students who volunteer in various projects and assist Holocaust survivors, and on the success of the ‘students for senior citizens’ program, which was created in cooperation with the NUIS. This was in order to promote students as agents of change in Israeli society, strengthen senior citizens and enhance the link between young people and the older population. “Thanks to the joint activity by students and senior citizens we are creating an important bridge between the generations.”

Main points of activity by the Netanyahu Government on behalf of students

* NIS Seven billion investment in higher education in the framework of the multi-year plan to promote excellence and increase accessibility;

* Plan to establish centers for research excellence and to bring back scientists from abroad;

* Recognizing students who serve in the reserves and in social frameworks;

* A free first year of study at academic institutions in the Negev, Galilee, Judea and Samaria, Ashkelon and Jerusalem;

* The construction of 10,000 additional housing units as student dormitories;

* Gradually expanding the student village in Lod;

* Amending the students Rights Law – easements for pregnant and postpartum students, and for those undergoing fertility treatment;

* Public transportation discounts: 50% on all Israel Railways lines for those holding student fare cards and 30% for those who do not; 50% discount on buses whether by single-ticket purchase, fare cards or electronic cards;

* Upgrading and improving lines to institutions of higher learning and the various campuses, with special emphasis on students’ needs in the framework of the greater Tel Aviv area transportation reform;

* Culture and Sports Ministry support for higher schools of the arts, at a cost of NIS 20 million per annum;

* Basic scholarships for students from the periphery who learn at schools for the arts around the country; and

* Scholarships in the framework of the “students for senior citizens” plan which includes seven projects that involve students in the community in exchange for grants of up to NIS 5,000.

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Inaugurates Bible Study Department Named After the Late Shmuel Ben-Artzi — Hosted Shavout Bible Study at Official Residence

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Netanyahu, wife hold bible study group at J’lem residence

Source: JPost, 5-23-12

As the world powers sat with Iran in Baghdad Wednesday afternoon to discuss Tehran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sat in the courtyard of his official residence in Jerusalem and discussed the Book of Ruth with 16 rabbis, biblical scholars, archeologists and Hebrew language experts.

“The Bible is always relevant, whether in dealing with the problems and challenges of the day, or the problems and challenges of the period,”  Netanyahu said at the start of the study group, re-establishing a tradition David Ben-Gurion established when he was prime minister, and Menachem Begin continued when he served in that office.

The study group,  established in honor of Sara Netanyahu’s late father Shmuel Ben-Artzi, a renowned Bible educator, will be held periodically at the Prime Minister’s residence.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו חנך את חוג התנ”ך של ראש הממשלה על שמו של שמואל בן ארצי ז”ל

יום רביעי ב’ סיון תשע”ב

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו חנך הערב במעונו הרשמי את חוג התנ”ך של ראש הממשלה על שמו של שמואל בן ארצי ז”ל, אביה של הגברת שרה נתניהו שמשתתפת גם כן בחוג, שהיה מורה לתנ”ך וחוקר תנ”ך, אשר נפטר לפני כחצי שנה.

חוג התנ”ך מחדש מסורת שנוסדה ע”י ראש הממשלה הראשון של ישראל דוד בן-גוריון ז”ל ונמשכה על ידי ראש הממשלה מנחם בגין ז”ל.

בפתח השיעור הראשון של חוג התנ”ך המחודש, אמר ראש הממשלה נתניהו: “בן-גוריון ובגין האמינו שהתנ”ך צריך להיות נחלת העם כולו – חילונים ודתיים, צעירים ומבוגרים, גברים ונשים, כל העם. התנ”ך הוא מסד הקיום שלנו, התנ”ך מאחד את עם ישראל, איחד אותו במהלך הדורות והוא גם משמש לנו בעצם לא רק את המסד אלא גם את המפה והמצפן. התנ”ך תמיד רלוונטי, בין אם  לבעיות ואתגרי היום או לבעיות ואתגרי התקופה, הוא נוסך המון כוח, זהו מעיין חיים של עמנו ואני חושב שחשוב שנרחיב את לימוד התנ”ך ואהבת התנ”ך בקרב כל חלקי העם. זוהי גם המטרה של החוג הזה. אני בטוח שבאמצעות החוקרים והמלומדים והרבנים והגברים והנשים שנמצאים כאן שבקיאים בתנ”ך ואוהבים את התנ”ך, אני בטוח שאנחנו נעשיר את הידע המשותף שלנו”.

חוג התנ”ך מתקיים בבית ראש הממשלה בשיתוף מרכז מורשת בגין. השיעור המלא, שהוקדש לחג השבועות, יעלה לערוץ היוטיוב ודף הפייסבוק של משרד ראש הממשלה.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated this evening at his official residence the Bible Department of the Prime Minister in honor of the late Shmuel Ben-Artzi, father of Mrs. Sara Netanyahu who also participated in the Department, who teaches Bible and biblical scholar, and who died six months ago year.

Bible Club re-established tradition by the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben – Gurion late and continued by Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

The first lesson at the entrance of the renovated Bible class, said the Prime Minister said: “Ben – Gurion and Menachem Begin believed that the Bible should be a thing of the whole people – secular and religious, young and old, men and women, all people. Bible is our foundation of existence, Bible from the people of Israel, joined him over the centuries and is also used by us to actually not only the foundation but also the map and compass. Bible is always relevant, whether the problems and challenges of today or the problems and challenges of the period, he pours a lot of power, it is spring life of our people and I think it’s important we come to Bible study and love of the Bible among all sectors of the nation. This is also the target of this department. I’m sure that by the researchers and scholars and rabbis, and the men and women here who are experts in the Bible and love the Bible, I’m sure we Nashir our common knowledge “.

Bible class is held in cooperation with Prime Minister Menachem Begin Heritage Center. Full class was devoted to the holiday of Shavuot, will be posted on the YouTube Channel &  Facebook page of the Prime Minister.

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