“Natalie Portman has played into the hands of the worst of our haters and of the worst of the anti-Semites in the Middle East,” Yuval Steinitz said.
”We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually (we are) the party that is not ashamed.”
“Even if there is a 50% chance that climate change and global warming is man-made, we must act to reduce risk,” Israel’s Energy Minister said.
Israel said on Monday it was probable that world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on Tehran’s nuclear program and it would do all it could to toughen any accord before talks resume this week.
Israel gave the world an unusually raw look at its internal divisions this week as a high-profile security conference turned into a pitched battle over the most basic of issues.
Shimon Peres came under furious attack for endorsing Israeli withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders. The funny thing is, the elder statesman never said it.
Alan Dershowitz, famed for his uncompromising support of Israel, locked horns with a jeering crowd of even more uncompromising supporters of the Jewish State.
Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, fresh from a record-setting sale of Israeli bonds to investors in Florida, said on Monday that balancing the government budget will require “moderate but still significant” cuts to the defense sector.
What if you were a woman entering a business conference in order to hear speeches the mayor of a city, a government finance minister and the CEO of a major bank, but were turned away at the door because you were female and the audience was limited only to men “for modesty reasons”? One might expect such a thing to happen in Saudi Arabia or Iran. But it happened last week in Jerusalem.
Finally, some small change for women in Israel, so to speak. Four women have been appointed to the New Currency Committee, the Bank of Israel announced last week. The four women, veteran reporter Sherry Raz-Biron, sculptor Ilana Gur, Tel Aviv University professor Adina Myer, and design expert Gila Shakin, will not only create a female presence in decision-making where there was previously none, but they will now have a role in ensuring that women’s profiles will also be represented on the new currency.