Full Text Israel Political Brief March 23, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Sends Condolence Letter to the Sassoon Family

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PM Netanyahu Sends Condolence Letter to the Sassoon Family

Source: PMO, 3-23-15

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a condolence letter to the Sassoon family which lost seven children last Shabbat in a fire in Brooklyn. The children were laid to rest in Jerusalem earlier this evening.

Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote to Gabriel, the father of the family:

“Dear Gabriel,

I was deeply shocked to hear about the tragic deaths of your beloved children, Eliane, David, Rivka, Yehoshua, Moshe, Sarah and Yaakov. From what I have heard about them, they were children imbued with values, who were a source of pride and joy for you. Each one of your children was a world unto him or herself, unique and special. There is no greater sorrow than the loss of children and the pain is even greater because they were so young. The entire Jewish People feels your pain.

As a family with faith, your dear ones embody the verse (Leviticus 10:3), ‘Through those that are close to Me will I be sanctified’. May you find the inner strength to cope with the tragedy that has befallen your family. May the memories of your children be a source of strength and consolation. I wish a full and quick recovery to your wife Gayle and your daughter Tziporah.

Yours in deep grief over the loss of seven pure souls,

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu.”

ראש הממשלה נתניהו שלח מכתב תנחומים לבני משפחת ששון ששבעה מילדיה נספו בשריפה בברוקלין
23/03/2015
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ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו שלח היום מכתב תנחומים לבני משפחת ששון ששבעה מילדיה נספו בשבת בשריפה בברוקלין והובאו הערב למנוחות בירושלים.

במכתב כתב ראש הממשלה נתניהו לאב המשפחה: “גבריאל היקר, שמעתי בזעזוע עמוק על מותם הטראגי של ילדיך האהובים אליען, דוד, רבקה, יהושע, משה, שרה ויעקב. ממה ששמעתי אודותם, אני למד על ילדים ערכיים שהיוו מקור גאווה ושמחה עבורכם. כל אחד מילדיך היה עולם ומלואו, יחיד ומיוחד. אין יגון גדול יותר מאובדן בנים ובנות, והייסורים גדולים עוד יותר כשמדובר בילדים רכים בשנים. עם ישראל כולו כואב את כאבכם.

כמשפחה מאמינה נתקיים ביקיריכם הפסוק ‘בקרוביי אקדש’ – במקורבים אליי אקדש. מי ייתן ותמצא את תעצומות הנפש להתמודד עם האסון שפקד את המשפחה כולה, ותשאב מזיכרון ילדיך מקור כח ונחמה. אני מאחל רפואה שלמה והחלמה מלאה לרעייתך גייל ולבתך ציפורה. עמכם ביגונכם העמוק על אובדן ילדיכם, שבע נשמות טהורות. בברכה, בנימין נתניהו”.

Israel Brief November 18, 2014: At funerals for synagogue terror victims, mourners grieve with ’24 orphans from one street’

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At funerals for synagogue terror victims, mourners grieve with ’24 orphans from one street’

Source: Times of Israel, 11-18-14

Thousands attend funerals of Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Kalman Levine, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky, killed at prayer in Jerusalem Tuesday morning…READ MORE

Israel Brief September 22, 2014: Israel’s population reaches 8.9 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah

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Israel’s population reaches 8.9 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Source: JNS.org, 9-22-14

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli population has reached 8.9 million, the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics revealed in its annual report ahead of Rosh Hashanah. As of Sunday, the population of Israel was exactly 8,904,373 people….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 15, 2013: Hundreds injured, fainted over Yom Kippur

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Hundreds injured, fainted over Yom Kippur

Source: JTA, 9-15-13

More than 200 Israeli children were injured in bicycle-related accidents in Israel on Yom Kippur….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 2, 2013: Israel’s population grows slightly to 8.081 million

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Israel’s population grows slightly to 8.081 million

Source: JTA, 9-2-13

The population in Israel rose to 8.081 million — 148,000 more than on the eve of Rosh Hashanah a year ago….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief August 29, 2013: Israelis mob gas mask distribution centers, army urges calm over Syria

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As Israelis mob gas mask distribution centers, army urges calm

Source: JTA, 8-29-13

Israelis have flooded gas mask distribution centers in recent days amid concerns about possible retaliation should the United States strike Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israelis should continue their lives as normal and the military is prepared for any eventuality….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 29, 2013: President Obama talks Syria strike, Israelis line up for gas masks

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As Obama talks Syria strike, Israelis queue up for gas masks

Source: JTA, 8-29-13

Israelis waited for hours at gas mask distribution centers a day after President Obama said he was considering a “limited” military strike on Syria….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

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Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-30-13‎

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently ordered the defense system to ensure that personal protection kits, which include gas masks, are distributed to all Israelis, Channel 10 News reported on Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: IDF to launch nationwide drill as officials ramp up war rhetoric

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IDF to launch nationwide drill as officials ramp up war rhetoric

Source: Ynetnews, 5-21-13

“There is no longer a question whether missiles will be launched at Israel’s major population centers, only when it would happen,” Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan said Tuesday ahead of a nationwide drill….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 4, 2013: Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying at Kotel

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Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying at Kotel

Source: Haaretz, 4-4-13

The rabbi assured the agency chairman, Natan Sharansky, that despite a recent warning by Jerusalem police, women would not be arrested for saying the mourner’s prayer at the wall….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 4, 2013: Computer virus attacks Israeli Facebook users

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Computer virus attacks Israeli Facebook users

Source: JTA, 4-4-13

A computer virus attacked thousands of Israeli Facebook subscribers days before a threatened mass cyber attack on Israeli websites….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 6, 2013: Central Bureau of Statistics: New Israeli family structure changing

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CBS: New Israeli family structure changing

Source: Ynetnews, 2-6-13

The number of families in Israel in 2011 was around 1,830,000, of which 81% were Jewish, said the Central Bureau of Statistics, which published its findings on Wednesday, in time for Family Day….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Rabbi Dov Lipman, US national elected to Knesset will give up citizenship

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U.S. national elected to Knesset will give up citizenship

Source: JTA, 1-23-13

Rabbi Dov Lipman, a dual American-Israeli citizen who was elected to the Knesset, will give up his American citizenship when he takes office….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Final Voter Turnout: 66.6%

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Final Voter Turnout: 66.6%

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13

66.6% of eligible Israeli voters exercised their right to vote in the 2013 elections, according to final numbers.

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66.6% of eligible Israeli voters exercised their right to vote in the 2013 elections, according to final statistics presented on Tuesday night.

Voter turnout remained high throughout the day and going into Tuesday evening, with 63.7% casting a ballot as of 8 p.m….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 31, 2012: 10 percent of Israelis with doctorates living abroad

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10 percent of Israelis with doctorates living abroad

Source: JTA, 12-31-12

Some 10 percent of Israelis holding doctorates are living abroad, according to an Israeli government report….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 22, 2012:PM Benjamin Netanyahu Appoints PMO Director-General Locker to Head Team to Deal with Affected Communities and Residents

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PM Netanyahu Appoints PMO Director-General Locker to Head Team to Deal with Affected Communities and Residents

Source: PMO, 11-22-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appointed Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker to head the team that will deal with the communities that were damaged and the residents who were injured and to see to a quick return to normal life. The other members of the team are the director-generals of the Finance; Home Front Defense; Tourism; Social Welfare and Social Services; Agriculture; Negev and Galilee; and Industry, Trade and Labor ministries.

They will work in tandem with the ongoing work of the Prime Minister’s Office, National Security Council, and Home Front Defense Ministry in preparing the home front for security events of this kind.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “The resilience shown by Israeli citizens and the local authorities was an important component in achieving the goals of the operation. Residents’ needs must be seen to quickly and efficiently. I am aware of the distress and the needs, and we will deal with them. I am following the dealing with home front and I have directed all ministries to see to physical reconstruction, psychological rehabilitation and economic compensation quickly and without bureaucracy.”

Israel Brief September 23, 2012: Israel moves to Standard Time amid demonstrations

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Israel moves to Standard Time amid demonstrations

Source: JTA, 9-23-12

Israel moved back to Standard Time, bringing out demonstrators in protest of the early switch due to Yom Kippur….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 16, 2012: President Shimon Peres stresses family in Rosh Hashanah message to Diaspora, tolerance to Israelis

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Peres stresses family in Rosh Hashanah message to Diaspora, tolerance to Israelis

Source: JTA, 9-16-12

Israeli President Shimon Peres in a Rosh Hashanah message called Diaspora Jews “full partners” with Israel….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 12, 2012: Israel’s population rises to nearly 8 million

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Israel’s population rises to nearly 8 million

Source: JTA, 9-12-12

Israel’s population is nearing 8 million, up almost 100,000 from the end of 2011, according to data released on the eve of Rosh Hashanah….READ MORE

Israel Brief August 3, 2012: Israel Warns Citizens to Leave Sinai

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Israel warns citizens to leave Sinai

Source: JTA, 8-3-12

Israeli authorities warned Israelis to return immediately from the Sinai peninsula, citing a terrorist threat….READ MORE

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