The European Union has published a guideline for all 28 member states stating that future agreements with Israel won't apply to settlements. The guideline, which goes into effect on Friday, forbids any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Furthermore, it requires that any agreement or contract signed by an EU country with Israel include a clause stating that the settlements are not part of the State of Israel and therefore are not part of the agreement.
Israel will decide this week whether to allow a former defense official to testify in a lawsuit against the Bank of China filed by the parents of suicide bombing victim Daniel Cantor Wultz. Israel promised it would provide testimony against China, but the latter's government has since applied immense pressure on Netanyahu to withdraw his support of the suit.
Seven mortar shells apparently fired during battles between the Syrian army and rebels on the Syrian side of Golan Heights landed in Israeli territory on Tuesday morning. The shells hit an area that is primarily traversed by Israel Defense Forces vehicles and personnel.
Sixteen years after the darkest chapter in Maccabiah history, some of the survivors of the 1997 bridge disaster are seething that officials held responsible for the deaths of four Australians still continue to operate inside the Maccabi movement.
Suicides in psychiatric hospitals cannot be prevented by doctors – that's what the heads of Israel's psychiatric associations argue in a new position paper. The paper adds that a psychiatric hospital "is not an 'insurance policy' promising that a person will not find some way to end his life."
More than 200 cases of babies left alone in vehicles have been reported in Israel since 2008, of which 188 were injured or nearly injured and 12 died. All were between the ages of 2 and 5, and 27 were left in vans. From the beginning of this year, 13 children were reported forgotten in vehicles, four of whom died. The figures were released Monday by child-safety group Safe Kids Israel.
Israel's Education Ministry will tighten supervision of ultra-Orthodox schools next month by creating a new department aiming to eliminate waste there. The Education Ministry has told the Finance Ministry that if ultra-Orthodox schools want government funding next school year, they will have to submit bimonthly reports on teachers' hours and remuneration.
Microchip maker Intel has acquired the Israeli gesture recognition startup Omek Interactive for close to $50 million, TheMarker has learned. Among the backers of Omek, which raised $14 million in funding, was Intel Capital, Intel's global investment arm. Omek's 150 employees located in Haifa are expected to be integrated into Intel's work force.
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