News Highlights December 2010
The First 100 years
The year 2010 is the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of Kibbutz Degania, which was the first kibbutz to be established in
The official ceremony was attended by The President of Israel, Members of Parliament, senior officers of the Defense Force and leading figures from the business community.
The Kibbutz Movement is also planning a special reunion trip for past volunteers. They will stay and eat at different kibbutzim and hear about and see the changes that have occurred in the kibbutzim since their days as volunteers.
The kibbutzim formed the backbone of the country before
The kibbutzim formed a large part of
A volunteer union will be held in June 2011 for the many thousands of volunteers who have worked on kibbutzim.
Former volunteers will be given the opportunity to see how the kibbutzim and
Volunteering on a kibbutz is a tradition that thousands of people from all over the world have undertaken from the establishment of
Kibbutzim accept volunteers between the ages of 19 and 35 who want to live and work on a kibbutz for up to six months. Once on kibbutz a volunteer will work in exchange for room and board and a small amount of pocket money. There is generally great camaraderie amongst the volunteers, who come from all over the world.
No One is above the Law
The Israeli legal system proved yet again that no Israeli, regardless of his standing in society, is above the law.
Government ministers, members of parliament and senior officers in the Defense Force have been convicted and sentenced in the past to jail sentences for serious crimes.
Three years ago the then President of Israel, Moshe Katsav was forced to resign as he was accused of several cases of rape. Ordinary Israelis were stunned and embarrassed that the most senior person in the country was accused of a very serious crime.
After President Katsav's resignation he hired the most expensive lawyers to defend him and he was even offered a plea bargain, which he rejected.
The guilty verdict handed down by the Tel Aviv District Court in the trial of former president Moshe Katsav may turn out to be a landmark ruling in the long fight waged in
Members of the public have been on both sides of the spectrum in this case. Some think that a former President should not be formerly charged as this looks bad in the eyes of the world.Others believe that he should serve his jail sentence as this will be a lesson for all male violence against females in
Ex President Katsav and his expensive entourage of lawyers have decided to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.
Where Jesus was Baptized
The site where John baptized Jesus along the shores of the
Although Jesus was born in
“My government will more than double its investment in Birthright over the next few years. We will invest more than $100 million in Birthright,” Netanyahu proclaimed. “Together with private donations, we can increase the number of people to 50,000 a year.”
Studies conducted on behalf of the organization show that the visits have had a profound effect on participants.
In recent years the army has had to cope with the fact that fewer people actually serve in the fighting arm of the Defense Force. Service in the army is not as attractive to young people as it once was when the country was at the development stage.
Once it was an honor to serve in the fighting forces and most employers would not even employ people who did not serve.
The fastest growing section of
The Prime Minister's Office Friday announced that it will submit a proposal to increase the number of Haredim drafted into the Israel Defense Force (IDF).
The draft will also propose that the IDF prepare various combat units to absorb Haredi soldiers. In order to meet this goal, the government will allocate
The past two years have seen the discovery of two massive offshore energy deposits in the
Gas should be used to bring about energy security.
There has been a major argument over who should benefit from the profits of the gas reserves. Some of the investors believe that the shareholders should be the ones to benefit. Many others have suggested that the ordinary citizens of
There have also been arguments over whether the gas should be exported at all.
As the debate grows over gas, the Israeli government is implementing a plan to increase energy self sufficiency through another of the country's natural resources - sun. It has begun to abolish the red tape that has stopped solar energy projects from getting off the ground.
Mickey Mouse comes to
Disney has announced that it is to open a theme park in
The Walt Disney Company, which has amusement parks in the
The park, which will cover 20 acres of land near the Carmel Tunnel, will be home to a 25-screen cinema complex, shops and other entertainment facilities.
The project is expected to cost about a billion Shekels.
The Haifa Mayor said: “This plan expresses confidence in our plans to turn
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