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Netanyahu Advises Schoolchildren to Study Bible

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31 Aug 2016
Netanyahu Advises Schoolchildren to Study Bible
As children and parents in Israel prepared for the start of the new school year this week, they got some advice from Prime Minister Netanyahu, who declared during a cabinet meeting that “Our objective is to carry out an education revolution. This revolution will be based on two things: excellence and Zionism. First of all the study of the Bible. We must make a major effort, this is the basis for why we are here, why we have returned here, why we stay here.”

In related news, during an emergency meeting with PM Netanyahu Tuesday afternoon, the Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) political factions in the Knesset, United Torah Judaism and Shas, were given promises of a prominent role in a new government committee to review what work will be allowed to be done on Shabbat. The concessions were necessary to avert a coalition crisis as the factions had threatened to quit the coalition if their demands were not met.

“Keeping the Sabbath is very important to me,” Netanyahu told the UTJ and Shas leaders. “It is our national day of rest, and I don’t want it said of me that I harm it.”

IS Admits Losing Senior Commander
The Islamic State (IS) terror militia announced Tuesday that an American air strike had killed one of its senior leaders in Syria. Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was in charge of directing IS terrorist operations around the world, as well as being a prominent spokesman, appearing in many videos posted by the group.

"Today, they rejoice for the killing ... and then they will cry much when Allah will overpower them, with His permission, with affliction of the worst torment by the soldiers of Abu Muhammad and his brothers," the IS statement said.

Czech Republic; ‘Capital of Israel is Tel Aviv, Not Jerusalem’
Media reports in the Czech Republic indicate that the Education Ministry has decided to teach students that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel, not Jerusalem. The change came in response to a demand by the embassy of the Palestinian Authority in Prague. A Czech Foreign Ministry spokesperson explained that "the Czech Republic does not consider East Jerusalem a part of the State of Israel."

"The EU member countries, including the Czech Republic, view Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, i.e. the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine," the spokesperson added.

HRW Decries Treatment of Palestinian Journalists 
New York based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report Tuesday decrying the treatment of journalists by the Palestinian Authority and the Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. “The governments in both areas arrest and try to silence those who criticize the authorities and it is having a chilling effect on free speech and public debate,” said Sari Bashi, the Israel/Palestine Director of HRW. PA and Hamas officials responded by flatly denying the accusations. 

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