The News From Israel
Bennett On Two-States: "It Won't Happen"
Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.
"There's no place in our small and stunning piece of God's country for another state. It won't happen."--Chairman of Habayit Hayehudi Naftali Bennett, and political ally of Yesh Atid party, declares his view on the two-state solution.
- Israel Border Guard officers recorded chanting 'Muhammad is dead' in Jerusalem - Officers stationed in capital’s HaHatulot Square (near Zion Square) to prevent attacks against minorities, are recorded chanting racist epithets against Islam's prophet. After investigation officers caught and sentenced to 35 days jail time. (yesterday's Yedioth and Ynet+ VIDEO)
- EU to use legal loophole to ban settlement goods - Germany's Der Spiegel says European Union to take effort to ban products made in West Bank, Golan Heights further by using import laws' loophole. (Ynet)
- Israeli education body reverses decision to close Ben Gurion University's ('leftist') politics department - Negev university successfully appeals against Higher Education Council's controversial ruling, putting an end to an affair that caused widespread controversy among academics. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Polish-British sociologist Zygmunt Bauman rejects call to cancel lectures in Israel - Palestinian group bases its argument on Bauman's criticism of the occupation, but the professor says he's against boycotts. (Haaretz+)
- US condemns Israel's decision to build in settlement near Jerusalem - Israel's decision to build housing in Beit El, mostly to house educational staff, could widen a rift with Washington ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit. Palestinian Authority: No negotiations if settlements continue. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)
- Alert level raised in Jerusalem amid terror warning - Police, firefighters, Magen David Adom emergency crews instructed to raise level of alertness amid general warning of possible terror attack. (Yedioth/Ynet)
- Israeli court approves highway bisecting Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem - Judge rejects residents' petition against road planned 23 years ago that will split Beit Safafa; in Jewish areas of the city, the road runs adjacent to the neighborhoods rather than through them. (Haaretz+)
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