After Jewish burial association planned to charge Paris Jewry 40,000 shekels per burial plot and 10,000 per funeral for each victim of the kosher market terror attack, Minister Naftali Bennett decided Israel would cover the costs.
By Akiva Novik
Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennett announced Tuesday night that the Jewish community of Paris will not have to pay for the burial plots and funerals of the Hyper Cacher victims.
Each of the families of the four Paris kosher market victims, laid to rest Tuesday in Jerusalem, was asked to pay 50,000 shekels to the Chevra Kaddisha for the burial plot and funeral, Ynet was told, after refusing to bury their loves ones in multi-storey tombs. Continue Reading »
At the State funeral for the 4 Paris terror victims in Jerusalem, President Rivlin calls on French Jews to choose to make aliyah to Israel, rather than come out of fear for their safety in Europe: ‘We will continue to fight for your right to live as Jews – wherever you may be’.
By Roi Yanovsky
“This is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel,” President Reuven Rivlin told the families of Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Francois-Michel Saada and Phillipe Braham – the four victims of the terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris. Thousands turned out in force on Tuesday to the state funeral held for the four men at the Givat Shaul Cemetery in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
While a BBC reporter apologized for linking anti-Semitic attacks in France to Palestinian ‘suffering’ at Israeli hands, Jimmy Carter, blames the Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket attacks in France squarely on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Muslim frustration over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the factors that led to the attacks on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris last week, former US President Jimmy Carter told Jon Stewart on the Daily Show on Monday.
Former 1-time President, Jimmy Carter – Photo by AP
When Stewart asked Carter what he believed led to the massacre, which claimed the lives of 17 people, the latter replied: “Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem. Continue Reading »
With possibility of 100,000 Jews fleeing France, French PM urges Jews not to leave the country, in an interview with The Atlantic.
• European Union rabbi urges Jerusalem to help fund security for French Jews, as 2nd option, not just urge Aliyah.
“If 100,000 French people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France anymore. But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday ahead of a memorial rally in honor of those killed in France in recent days. Continue Reading »
Former French president in a speech to party members, objects to a Palestinian bid to attain statehood through recognition via local parliaments, citing deadly terror attacks and the lack of peace talks.
By Ynetnews, AFP
Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy urged members of his party to vote against a new resolution which would see France join a string of European nations in symbolically recognizing a Palestinian state.
Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy – Photo: Reuters
Speaking to members of his UMP part this Tuesday, Sarkozy said “I will fight for the Palestinians to have their state. But unilateral recognition a few days after a deadly attack and when there is no peace process? Continue Reading »
The Venus satellite will be launched from Kourou Islands in French Guiana. This civilian satellite, which has an expected lifespan of 10 years, was designed for earth observation.
Israel Space Agency is planning to launch its largest communications satellite, Amos 6, in late 2016.
By Aharon Lapidot
Israel will launch its first civilian satellite into orbit in December 2015, Israel Space Agency Chairman Maj. Gen. (res) Yitzhak Ben Israel told reporters on Thursday.
The Venus Vegetation and Environment Monitoring New Microsatellite program was the joint project of the Israel Space Agency and French space agency Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES). Continue Reading »
The new hydroelectric plant, which will be Israel’s “1st pumped storage power station,” is planned to be built 60 kms (37 miles) east of Haifa, and is anticipated to raise national power generation capacity by 2.5%.
By Ari Yashar
Israel’s first hydroelectric storage facility will be built by Alstom, a French engineering group. The company announced on Thursday that it has won a 120 million euro ($163 million) contract to build the facility, which will reportedly be operational by 2018.
The company said that the project, which will have the group operating and maintaining the 300 MW Gilboa plant for 18 years, “represents Alstom’s first entry into the Israeli hydro market.” Continue Reading »
In Jerusalem, French President Hollande echos Israel’s position by insisting on his 4 points for an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
By Elad Benari
French President Francois Hollande reiterated on Sunday evening that his country would never tolerate nuclear proliferation, AFP reports.
French President Francois Hollande & PM Binyamin Netanyahu hold joint press conference – Photo: Koby Gideon, GPO
Speaking in a news conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, hours after he arrived in Israel for his first official visit as France’s president, Hollande laid out four demands which he said must be in place for any deal with Iran to be successful. Continue Reading »
French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Israel, including meeting with PM Netanyahu, President Peres, and an address at the Knesset, will facilitate stronger financial & diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Jerusalem to demonstrate it thanks for France’s actions in representing Israel’s interests.
By Attila Somfalvi
French President Francois Hollande will arrive to Israel on Sunday for a visit in which he will meet Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and address the Knesset.
PM Netanyahu with President Hollande – Photo: EP
Hollande has seen a decrease in support of France, but in Israel, he is unprecedentedly welcome, as he is seen as the man responsible for preventing a Geneva treaty with Iran from happening. Continue Reading »
The Obama Doctrine: “Snub friends, coddle opponents, devalue American interests, seek consensus, & act unpredictably.”
So, how could France not step-up to the plate?
By Daniel Pipes
That the socialist French government of François Hollande just blocked a bad deal with Tehran, emerging as the hero of the Geneva negotiations, is on one level a huge surprise. But it also follows logically from the passivity of the Obama administration.
American foreign policy is in unprecedented free-fall, with a feckless and distracted White House barely paying attention to the outside world, and when it does, acting in an inconsistent, weak, and fantastical manner. Continue Reading »
French President Hollande reports that he will address the Knesset as originally planned.
By Yuval Karni
French President Francois Hollande announced he will address the Knesset plenum during his Israel visit set for late November, two weeks after Paris decided to move the speech to one of Israel’s universities.
The initial decision to move the speech was met with outrage at the Knesset.
“If the French president had canceled the speech altogether, that’s his prerogative. But once he decided that the Knesset, which represents the people, is not respectable enough for him and that he’d rather do the speech outside, that’s an insult to Israeli democracy and the Israeli people,” a Knesset official said. Continue Reading »
Iranian Ministers accuse French Foreign Minister Fabius of ‘defending Israel’.
French FM expressed the concerns Israel has raising to no avail, ‘no certainty’ a deal will be reached.
By Ari Yashar
Amid the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, two senior Iranian MPs Saturday claimed French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is defending Israel. The French FM has expressed concerns that Israel has raised over the proposals.
Fabius traveled to Geneva Friday where the talks between Iran and six world powers (P5+1) are being held.
He arrived the same day as US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the trip to Geneva for three-way meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Continue Reading »