The Tel Aviv municipality has taken a small step toward alleviating road congestion with a new car share program that will begin in the fall.
Avigdor Liberman, Bibi Netanyahu’s foreign minister and perennial rival, has ended his alliance with the Likud over his spurned demands for harsher strikes on Hamas.
Tel Aviv is known for being a hot spot for beach life, colorful markets and street parties. Now, many of these locations, are becoming themselves hot spots.
Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, may have lost (temporarily?) the support of his more radical and liberal constituents, following the heavy-handed way his municipal inspectors treated the new wave of social protestors in recent weeks, but at least on the pages of the Monocle, the international jet-set’s style bible, he is still one of the most inspiring city leaders on the globe.
Of all the ways that religion impacts the Israeli public sphere, the lack of public transportation in most of the country on Sabbaths and religious holidays has possibly the largest week-to-week impact on people’s lives. It means that those who don’t have their own vehicles can’t get far from home on these days.
Has Ron Huldai forgotten that he is the mayor of Tel Aviv and not Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? In condemning the defacement yesterday of the memorial to assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the square outside Tel Aviv’s city hall, Huldai proclaimed, “We should cut off the hands that allow themselves [sic] to harm what is sacred and important to the people of Israel.”