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Political: December 5, 2012

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The Prime Minister’s Office demanded that Prof. Rivka Feldhay, a faculty member of Tel Aviv University, cancel her participation in a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Netanayhu with academics in Berlin, because of her political views and criticism of government policy. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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December 5th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Settlers and Settlements: December 1, 2012

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Minister of Construction and Housing, Ariel Atias (Shas), has declared that his office will begin marketing hundreds of housing units in the Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev in the coming week. (Ynetnews)

(Hebrew – Walla!)

Settlers and Settlements: November 30, 2012

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) has decided to approve the construction of approximately 3,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements, including in area E1, which connects Jerusalem with the settlement Ma’aleh Adumim. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

Diplomacy: November 29, 2012

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Germany decided to abstain from a UN General Assembly vote on the acceptance of Palestine as an observer state.  According to a senior German diplomat said that the reason for not opposing the move is that the “Israelis did not respond in any way to our request for positive gestures toward the Palestinians, specifically in relation to construction in settlements.” (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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November 29th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Diplomacy: June 4, 2012

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The Foreign Ministry has criticized the Interior Minister, Eli Yishai (Shas), who contacted the Eritrean authorities in order to expedite the deportation of Eritrean refugees, without coordinating the contacts with the Foreign Ministry, and against regulations.

(Hebrew - Haaretz)

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June 4th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Diplomacy: May 16, 2012

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The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court has awarded legal and administrative custody over Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus to two rabbis who head the Shechem Ehad (“One Nablus” ) organization, which has been involved in organizing visits to the site without the army’s permission.  The decision comes despite the fact that the site is situated within an enclave with special status in the heart of Nablus, in Area A, which according to the Oslo B accord is under the complete authority of the Palestinian Authority. (Haaretz)

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Diplomacy: May 16, 2012

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MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas) participated in a conference of extreme right-wing parties organized by Jörg Haider’s Austrian Freedom Party in European Union Headquartes in Brussels.

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May 16th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Diplomacy: March 25, 2012

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Israel is considering punitive measures towards the Palestinian Authority, after the UN Human Rights Council decided to form an internationl committee to investigate the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a decision proposed and advanced by the PA. According to a high-ranked Israeli official, at least three ministers of the eight-minister forum support freezing the Palestinian tax revenues collected by Israel for the PA – Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz (Likud) and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon (Likud).

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Diplomacy: March 23, 2012‎

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Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Israel Beitenu) said that Israel will not cooperate with UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission established to probe the effects of settlements on Palestinian human rights. He added that “As far as Israel is concerned, the U.N. committee has no effect – political nor moral – and therefore we will not allow them to work here”

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March 23rd, 2012 at 9:34 am

Internal Security: March 18, 2012

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The government decided to exempt the police from having to provide visual or audio recordings of investigations of suspects in security offences, in order to help preserve the secrecy of its sources.

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March 18th, 2012 at 6:26 pm