Full Text Israel Political Brief July 9, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at a Press Conference on Nutritional Security on Poverty Data

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks, at a Press Conference on Nutritional Security, on the Poverty Data Presented by the National Insurance Institute Director-General

Source: PMO, 7-9-12

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, made the following remarks, at a press conference on nutritional security, on the poverty data presented by National Insurance Institute Director-General Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef:

“They say that nothing is being done, they say that nothing is happening. Look at what is happening here. Poverty has declined, just as Prof. Mor-Yosef has said, for one simple reason – because we intervened here with two populations, the elderly and the handicapped, and I think that this is very significant.

We have endured three years of global economic crisis. Other western economies are groaning under the burden. They are greatly cutting social welfare budgets, there are waves of dismissals and major unemployment. This is not the situation in the State of Israel; the opposite is true. Our unemployment situation is very good, apparently better than almost all developed countries.

We have added significant social welfare budgets in a way that focuses on the needy populations, not with an open hand and an undiscerning eye, but with an open hand to focused needs, and this is showing signs in a turning point in the poverty trends.”

On the implementation of the Trajtenberg report, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

“They say that the Trajtenberg report has been for naught. Not true. This includes the law on free education from age 3, a great thing, a revolution that will go into effect at the end of August at the start of the school year. We added tax credit points – this is money in people’s pockets. We lowered taxation. We allowed people to buy products over the Internet without duties. All of these things have lowered the cost of living. As you know, we added free dental care until age 12; this means a great number of free dental treatments for children.

We also did other things to lower the cost of living, such as the reform of the cellular phone market – all of this together puts money in citizens’ pockets. You lower the cost of living and we will continue in this direction today with a very, very important and dramatic decision for the needy population.”

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Full Text Israel Political Brief July 9, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Comments on Retired Judge Edmund Levy’s Report on West Bank Settlements

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PM Netanyahu Comments on Retired Judge Edmund Levy’s Report

Source: PMO, 7-9-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today commented on retired Supreme Court Judge Edmund Levy’s report:

“First of all, I very much appreciate the efforts of Judge Levy and the people who worked with him. They did serious, quiet work over long months. I will submit this report to the Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs that I established and we will discuss it and make a decision.

This is important. This report, in my opinion, discusses the question of the legality and legitimacy of the settlement movement in Judea and Samaria on the basis of the facts and claims that merit serious examination.”

The Commision to Examine the Status of Building In Judea and Samaria – Conclusion and Recommendations — Full Text PDF

Israel Political Brief July 9, 2012: The Levy Committee: West Bank Settlements & Outposts Legal Under International Law

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Israeli panel: West Bank settlements, outposts legal under int’l law

Source: JTA, 7-9-12

West Bank settlements are legal under international law, according to an Israeli committee set up to review the legal status of West Bank land.

The Levy Committee, which was formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy, said in its 89-page report released late Sunday that “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military occupation’ as defined under international law” in the West Bank, and that therefore settlements and West Bank outposts are legal.

The report recommends changing the legal regulations concerning Jewish settlement in the West Bank in the areas of zoning, demolitions and building….READ MORE

The Commision to Examine the Status of Building In Judea and Samaria – Conclusion and Recommendations — Full Text PDF

Israel Brief July 9, 2012: Rhodes Earthquake shakes Israel

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Rhodes quake shakes Israel

Source: JTA, 7-9-12

An earthquake that originated in Rhodes was felt throughout Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 9, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Remarks at Meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

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PM Netanyahu Meets with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

Source: PMO, 7-9-12

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in his office, met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. The two discussed the importance of expanding cooperation between Israel and Europe in all areas, Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons and the resumption of the peace talks with the Palestinians.

Following the meeting, Israel and the European Union signed a cooperation agreement on research and development in the fields of energy and water. Energy and Water Resources Ministry Chief Scientist Dr. Shlomo Wald and European Commission Joint Research Centre Director Dominique Ristori signed for Israel and the EU, respectively.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I think this is a very important milestone in the progression of development between us.  Israel is a technological country.  Europe is our main trading partner.  Europe is an advanced society; we’re an advanced society.  We’re in a decade, in a century of innovations and the more we cooperate, the more it will benefit our societies.

European Commission President Barroso said, “We are now going to witness the signature of this important agreement, because it is also in one of the most important fields for Israel and European Union cooperation – scientific research and the technological field. I’m looking forward to deepening our good cooperation between Israel and the European Union in all fields. I took this occasion, of course, to express the European Union’s commitment to Israel, to Israel living in peace.  We are, as you know, in favor of a two-state solution.  I really think it’s a good moment to re-start some hope regarding the so-called Middle East peace process.”

Israel Brief July 9, 2012: Palestinian Teens Arrested for Jerusalem Arson

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Palestinian teens arrested for Jerusalem arson

Source: JTA, 7-9-12

Two Palestinian teens were arrested for setting a fire near Jerusalem that destroyed 15 acres of forest…. READ MORE

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