Right-wing Temple Mount activist and freshman Likud MK Yehudah Glick on Monday denied reports he was caught attempting to defy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ban on Israeli lawmakers from visiting the flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem.
In a video of the Monday morning incident obtained by Channel 10, four police officers can be seen blocking Glick’s path as he attempted to ascend the stairs of the Temple Mount’s eastern entrance reserved for Muslim worshipers.
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett this week stressed that the Bible and Jewish faith are the most important topics children learn in school.
Bennett, himself a religious Jew, previously led a campaign to force religious Jewish schools to teach core subjects like math and science if they wanted to receive government funding.
One of Israel’s leading rabbis recently cautioned a bride-to-be to immediately cancel her wedding should her fiancé be found to be in possession of a “non-kosher” mobile phone.
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, in a statement published by the Orthodox news portal Kikar HaShabbat, explained that a person who owns and uses such a device cannot be trusted to raise children devoted to Orthodox Judaism.
A Monday hearing on a 2013 petition against the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Prime Minister’s Office served as a forum for the High Court of Justice to scold the government for not upholding its deals, according to attorney Yizhar Hess, head of Israel’s Masorti (Conservative) Movement.
Ostensibly, the 2013 petition was brought by several Liberal Jewish organizations in opposition to the lack of female or Liberal Jewish representation on the Western Wall Heritage Foundation’s leadership board. The foundation, which operates under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Government Companies Authority, administers the Western Wall, the plaza and the Western Wall Tunnels. Its leadership is strictly ultra-Orthodox.
A synagogue in Jerusalem was vandalized overnight, the assailants spray-painting black crosses across the front of the Jewish house of worship.
Police are currently investigating the incident.
Despite an ongoing political feud, Israel Railways will resume infrastructure work this weekend, including on Shabbat, on the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem rail link and maintenance work on another line, as instructed by Labor Minister Haim Katz (Likud).
Katz announced Thursday afternoon that some crucial work will be undertaken this upcoming Saturday, adding that Israel Railways employees who prefer not to work on that day can opt out, according to Israel Radio.
A new drought is in full swing in Israel, as evidenced by the plummeting water level of the Sea of Galilee, known locally as the Kinneret, which has resulted in the appearance of a large island near its southern shore.
The Galilee today stands some 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet) below its optimal water level, and is fast approaching its “Black Line”, at which point it will suffer irreversible ecological damage, experts have warned in the past.
Israel’s Tourism Ministry launched a new initiative this week calling on Christians around the world to help Israel by holding special events in their churches to showcase Israel’s unique role as the Land of the Bible.
The Tourism Ministry hopes to boost the image of Israel as a safe and attractive destination for Christian visitors and is being coordinated with other efforts, including plans to speed up construction of new hotels and parks.