Palestinians turn to the UN Security Council

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On December 18. Ynet reported that Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, presented a timetable detailing the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank. The Palestinians prefer to talk about this only after five temporary members join the UN security council. Additionally, the Justice Court in Luxembourg has temporarily removed Hamas from the European Union's list of terror organizations.

Article Source: Ynet

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Lieberman Criticizes Europe

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On December 16, Walla News reported on Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's response to certain European countries recent and coming recognition of a Palestinian state. He emphasized that the Israeli initiative for an agreement between Israel, her Arab neighbors, and the Palestinians must be promoted. Also, the Justice Court in Luxembourg will decide on whether to remove Hamas from the European Union's list of terror organizations.

Article Source: Walla

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Israeli Shabak Foils Terror Attack in Tel Aviv

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On December 15, NRG reported that the Israeli Shabak foiled a terror attack in heart of Tel Aviv. According to the report, the Shabak worked with the IDF and the Israeli police to arrest a woman who is suspected of pretending to be a pregnant woman in order to obtain an entry permit for medical reasons to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv. Four others are suspected of planning the attack with her.

Article Source: NRG

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Netanyahu and Lieberman at Odds

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On December 13, Ynet reported on the back and forth between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman. With Liberman's leaving the right column with the Likud, the issue arises of gaining Russian voters that followed Lieberman in the past.

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Likud Responds to Herzog and Livni Criticism of Netanyahu

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On December 11, Israeli media reported that the Likud party responded to critical comments made by MK Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, who had claimd that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is weak on terror. Herzog and Livni have launched an election campaign, combining their political parties.  

Article Source: Ynet

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Spanish Defense Minister Considers Purchasing Israeli UAVs

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On December 10, NRG reported that the Spanish defense minister met with his Israeli counterpart Moshe Yaalon in the beginning of the month. According to one website, the Spanish minister visited an Israeli UAV fleet located on a military base, raising rumors that Spain may purchase an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle. Sources also reported that the two men discussed cooperation in the cyber and counter-terror fields.

Article Source: NRG

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Zoabi to be Removed from the Knesset

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On December 9, Ynet reported on the discussion of MK Zoabi’s removal from the Knesset due to her controversial public remarks. She has called for a siege of Israel and said that the kidnappers of the three Israeli teens last summer were not terrorists. The question at hand is whether the ethics committee has the authority to rule on such political comments if they occurred outside of the Knesset itself.

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Oil Spill Brings Hard Questions for the Office of Environmental Protection

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On December 6, The Marker reported on the recent crude oil spill in a nature reserve in southern Israel and noted the Office of Environmental Protection's attempts to answer some of the crucial questions surrounding the reasons for the spill. Media sources reported that during the process of shifting the route of the oil pipeline, a connector broke and automatic valves were not activated, leading to the spill.

Article Source: The Marker

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Lapid Responds to Being Fired

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On December 4, NRG reported on Yair Lapid's recent statements concerning Netanyahu that come only days after he and Tzipi Livni were fired from Netanyahu's government coalition. The question of who will be the next prime minister seems to be the biggest topic of the elections, and not a focus on party platforms. Likud, Netanyahu's political party, responded by pointing out that Netanyahu is the only leader who knows how to handle all the relevant issues facing Israel today.

Article Source: NRG

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Raising the Minimum Wage in Israel

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On December 3, The Marker reported on the decision to raise the minimum wage in Israel and the subsequent inflation. Within the food industry specifically, came mixed responses to the decision with some companies claiming that it will further erode the economy and others pointing out that Israel has a competitive market and that rising costs are part of the system.

Article Source: The Marker

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Bus Drivers Stop Working Due to Lack of Personal Security

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On December 2, Ynet reported on the current situation of Jerusalem bus drivers, Jewish and Arab alike. Amidst rising tensions in Jerusalem, a quarter of bus drivers did not show up for work due to issues of harassment by passengers and a lack of personal security. According to the Office of Transportation, this is the first time the issue has been brought to its attention.

Article Source: Ynet

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Netanyahu Announces Being Forced into Elections

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On December 1, NRG reported on the rising tensions between the two leading political parties in Israel. Headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu (Likud) and the Treasury Minister Lapid (Yesh Atid), both parties have not been able to agree regarding issues such as the budget, and the "Jewish-state bill". Recently, Netanyahu has called for certain conditions to be met by Yesh Atid that he knows will not be accepted, and therefore has called for elections in the second half of March 2015.

Article Source: NRG

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Amendment to the "Infiltrator's Law"

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On November 29, Ynet reported on the new amendment to the "Infiltrator's Law" that deals with refugees being held in detention centers. The amendment limits the period of time an individual can be held to 20 months. Also, employers of foreigners must deposit a severance package on the accounts of the employees that will be returned to the employer when the foreign worker leaves Israel.

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Yehuda Glick Released from Hospital

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On November 24, Mako reported that Yehuda Glick, an Israeli right-wing activist, was released from the hospital. This is after the attempted assassination on his life. Glick stressed that he was only attacked because his faith, and that he is thankful to the hospital for their success in saving his life.

Article Source: Mako

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"Jewish State" Bill Vote Postponed

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On November 24, Ynet covered the update of the proposed "Jewish State" law. The law would define Israel as a Jewish State as the national home of the Jewish people with the right to national self-determination. Within the political arena, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is seen to have achieved this postponement, in opposition to Prime Minister Netanyahu's desires. Lapid responded by calling for Netanyahu and the government to stop playing games that harm the country's young couples and soldiers.

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Hamas Planned Assassination of Foreign Minister Lieberman

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On November 21, Ynet reported on the planned assassination of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The terrorists responsible for implementing the attack were arrested after Protective Edge, the recent operation in Gaza, which was after they had planned to carry out the assassination. They had planned to attack the minister's convoy with an RPG (rocket-propelled-grenade).

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Netanyahu Formulates the Principles of the Law of the Nation

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On November 19, Ynet reported on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bill on the legal wording and status of Israel as a Jewish state. The bill emphasizes the self determination for of the Jewish people. Other Knesset members have their own proposals that will be considered.

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Netanyahu Calls for a National Unity Government

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On November 18th, NRG covered Netanyahu's call for unity and the general response that a change is needed within the government. It seems that Netanyahu is not just talking, but rather, actually desires to merge the Labor party with the current government. This comes on the recent escalation in security.

Article Source: NRG

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Terror Attack in Jerusalem Synagogue

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On November 18th, Mako reported on the massacre that took place during the morning prayers in a synagogue in Jerusalem. Four worshipers were killed in addition to one Druze police officer who was shot during his confrontation with the terrorists. Three of the victims were U.S. citizens and one was a British citizen. The attack comes amid increasing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Article Source: Mako

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Lapid's Last Resort

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On November 16th, NRG reported on the conflicts within the current Israeli government coalition. If Treasury Minister Yair Lapid is notflexible with regulations, his value added  tax bill may be rejected. According to an expert in the coalition, if Lapid does not operate in accordance with the coalition, elections will follow.

Article Source: NRG

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