The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, April 22
From the U.S. finalizing a military equipment sale aimed at ensuring Israel's 'air superiority,' to an Israeli MK getting a taste of Palestinian humiliation at a West Bank checkpoint, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is on an official visit to Israel, met Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and finalized the sale of an undisclosed number of Bell Boeing V-22 transport helicopters and other U.S. military equipment including Boeing KC-135 inflight refueling planes, advanced radar systems for fighter planes and anti-radiation missiles at a reported cost of $10 billion dollars.
Israel has issued a formal complaint to Egypt, claiming that the three rockets that were fired at Eilat from within the Sinai Peninsula constitute a violation of the peace agreement between the two nations.
An increasing number of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship, according to figures in a report from the International Crisis Group, an independent non-profit NGO, on East Jerusalem.
A committee of legislative ministers have approved a bill that would forbid illegal migrants from sending money abroad while living in Israel. The bill was proposed by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who said it is “meant to use economic means to deal with the phenomenon of infiltrators in Israel.” The bill passed during first reading in the previous Knesset, and will now proceed on to a second and third reading.
Israel can and must revolutionize its energy consumption so that within 30 years half of its electricity comes from renewable sources, the international environmental organization Greenpeace says in a new report. Currently, only about 1 percent of the nation’s energy comes from renewable sources.
On her way back from a personal visit to Ramallah on Sunday, MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid) encountered what she described as 'humiliating conditions' at the Qalandiyah checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem. She then proceeded to tell her Facebook followers about the experience in a post that quickly went viral.
German prosecutors are seeking to indict a 93-year-old alleged Nazi war criminal whom they believe worked as a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Hans Lipschis is expected to be the first person brought to court as a result of a series of investigations launched by German officials several weeks ago into 50 alleged Auschwitz guards under suspicion of murder.
Earth Day events are being held in Israel and throughout the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In Israel one of the main points of focus will be on the conservation of nature in a country dense with roads, fences and various barriers. Wild animals suffer most from this density, which limits their movements. In recent years infrastructure planning authorities have finally stopped ignoring this problem, but solutions that will grant the continuity of natural surroundings are still a long way off.