Zoabi Compares the IDF to the Islamic State

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On October 20, Globes reported on the response to Knesset Member Zoabi's remarks comparing the IDF to the Islamic State. Many members of the Knesset from across the political spectrum have expressed opinions ranging from Zoabi's removal from the Knesset to a permanent deportation. There's even rumors of creating a "Zoabi Law".

Article Source: Globes

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Lieberman Against Bennet's Criticism of Kerry

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On October 18, Haaretz reported on Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's response to Economy Minister Naftali Bennet's criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry. While the United States remains Israeli's closest ally and munitions supplier, countries within the EU have taken to criticism of Israel.

Article Source: Haaretz

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Nasrallah Claims Responsibility for Har Dov Attack

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On October 14, NRG reported that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah took credit for an explosion on Har Dov in Israel that mildly injured two soldiers the week before, stating that it was revenge for the IDF's operations in Lebanon. Nasrallah also stressed the need to strengthen Hezbollah's fighters, stating that the group would not submit to the "infidel enemy."

Article Source: NRG

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French Jews Join Islamic State's Jihad

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On October 15, Globes reported on the phenomenon of young Jewish French women leaving France to enlist in the Islamic State entity. Typically, the girls are from middle or upper class families with an absence of spiritual education. By means of online publicity and propaganda, the girls are able to connect with sleeper cells of radical Islam throughout France and in Paris.

Article Source: Globes

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Minister of the Treasury Transferred Millions of Shekels to Settlers and the Religious

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On October 12, Globes reported on the national budget passed by the Israeli Treasury and the breakdown of some of the cutbacks and allocations. The Treasury made the data report on the budget official so as to enhance transparency from previous years. The article stated that Treasury Minister Lapid allocated 25 million shekels to HaBeit Hayehudi.

Article Source: Globes

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Malfunction Stops Gas Supply at Tamar Field for 20 Minutes

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Picture published by Globes

Picture published by Globes

On October 7, Globes reported that the gas supply from the Israeli natural gas field Tamar stopped due to an operational malfunction. The gas flow ceased for 20 minutes until it resumed. The Tamar field is the sole supplier of natural gas to Israel.

Article Source: Globes

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Lieberman Responds to Swedish Recognition of Palestinian State

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On October 8th, NRG reported that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded to the Swedish Prime Minister's recognition of a Palestinian State. Lieberman opined that such a statement may placate public opinion but is not a "magic solution" to the issue and other important issues regarding human rights violations.

Article Source: NRG

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Israeli Government Passes Budget for 2015

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On October 8th, Walla News reported that the Israeli government passed a budget of more than 328 billion NIS for 2015. Part of the law changes the amount of time an unemployed person must have worked in order to obtain unemployment benefits while other parts make evident political tensions between Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi.

Article Source: Walla

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Interior Minister Attacks Israeli Supreme Court Decision

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Note: Video is two weeks old

On October 6, Walla reported on the failure of the new amendment in the Israeli Knesset concerning a law addressing illegal African immigrants and asylum seekers. It seeks to determine that all people who enter illegally will be imprisoned, outraging Knesset members.

Article Source: Walla

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Netanyahu Calls for Obama to Learn the Facts

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On October 2, Ynet reported on the continued tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Obama. Obama expressed anger regarding continued and planned building in Jerusalem, albeit some of the apartments being built are allocated for Arab residents. Additionally, the apartments were permitted for building two years prior, specifically intended for encouraging youth movement into the city.

Article Source: Ynet

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Jerusalem Mayor Fined for Behavior during Elections

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Picture publisihed by Calcalist

On September 30, Israel Hayom covered the details of the fines laid on city leaders due to their expenditure conduct during local elections. State Comptroller of Israel Yosef Shapira examined the cases and found instances of nepotism, improper taxing, as well as overspending of campaign funds.

Article Source: Calcalist

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Support for Palestinian State Despite Netanyahu's UN speech

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On September 30, NRG reported on the different states that support the establishment of a Palestinian State. They call for the end to the occupation and the blockade around Gaza. The Egyptian Foreign minister, however, noted and respects the legitimate security concerns of Israel concerning a two-state solution.

Article Source: NRG

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Push to Appoint New Police Commissioner

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On September 29, Ynet reported that 4 major-generals in the Israeli police have retired by surprise in the past 2 years, but that this turmoil will not speed up the Minister of Homeland Security's decision process to appoint a new Police Commissioner. Such a state of instability in the Israeli Police Force is a sign of a problematic organizational culture that causes police in the field to be frustrated and to doubt their work and service.

Article Source: Ynet

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Israeli Security Budget Agreement

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On September 28, Globes reported that the Israeli security establishment was not satisfied with budget agreements between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid. Netanyahu and Lapid agreed on an additional $6 billion for the security budget. Security officials warned that the IDF will shrink up until a total stop in training, and a smaller budget will result in fewer Iron Dome systems.

Article Source: Globes

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Proposal Rejected to Add Israel to Anti-Nuclear Weapons Pact

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Picture published by Mako

On September 25, Mako reported that the UN Nuclear Assembly rejected a proposed bid by Arab nations to add Israel to join a anti-nuclear weapons pact. 58 countries voted against the proposal, which was praised by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Article Source: Mako

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Israeli Coalition Tensions Rise over Supreme Court Ruling

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On September 24, NRG reported that the recent rulings of Israel's Supreme Court concerning illegal immigrants has large political implications for the unity of the current parliamentary coalition. If the law is not approved one political party has decided that they will leave the current government.

Article Source: NRG

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