From Israel: some items you might have missed


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed:

I want to ride my (cardboard) bicycle

Production is set to begin in Israel on a cardboard bicycle. The $20 bike made entirely from recycled materials is the brainchild of Izhar...
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Israel fires second missles at Syria after mortar attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli anti-tank missile struck a Syrian military mortar crew after the Syrians fired a mortar shell that landed near an Israeli town in the Golan Heights. Monday’s incident marked the second time that Israel has fired on Syrian territory since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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Palestinians release draft of statehood bid

(JTA) — Palestinian diplomats circulated a draft resolution to U.N. member states that calls for recognition of “Palestine” as an observer state. The draft resolution could be put to a vote in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly later this month, Reuters reported last week.

If approved, the resolution would “accord...
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Judge to Maariv workers: start the presses!

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Tel Aviv court ordered striking employees of the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv back to work. A district court judge on Wednesday called the first work stoppage in the newspaper’s 64-year history a “wildcat” strike and told the employees to file a complaint against the new management...
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Maariv daily workers go on strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The staff of Maariv has gone on strike for the first time in the Israeli daily newspaper’s 64-year history. The Hebrew-language paper was not printed Wednesday and its website NRG has not been updated since Tuesday evening, when the employees walked off the job.

The action comes...
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Report: Netanyahu, Barak ordered preparation for Iran strike in 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli military in 2010 to prepare for an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, according to an Israeli television station.

Netanyahu gave the order during a meeting with what is known as the cabinet of seven, or...
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Barak: Iran has delayed building a nuclear bomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has pulled back from the brink of achieving a nuclear weapon, opting to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a British newspaper.

Iran’s decision to convert that uranium into fuel rods for a civilian research...
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Israeli startup Argo hopes to put paraplegics on their feet


YOKNE’AM ILIT, Israel (JTA) — Radi Kaiuf was serving in Lebanon in 1988 with the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade when, in the middle of an operation, he took two bullets to the stomach and one to the back. He was lucky to be alive, doctors said,...
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Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood: What to do about Egypt?


WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups looking for signals from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi regarding his views were appalled when one finally came — in the form of a nod and what appeared to be a muttered “amen” to an imam’s call for God to “deal harshly” with...
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Jewish Agency committee calls for new approach to prayer at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish Agency committee has adopted a resolution calling for a “satisfactory approach” to prayer at the Western Wall. The resolution passed Tuesday during the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting in Tel Aviv, reads in part: “Whereas Jewish women and men, of all streams of Judaism,...
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