The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 7
From Palestinian militant group in Syria saying it got the go-ahead from the Assad regime to attack Israel, to the announcement of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial bill in Greece, Haaretz brings you the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
A spokesman for a Palestinian militant group in Syria said Tuesday that it had received a nod from President Bashar Assad's regime to attack Israel following alleged back-to-back Israeli airstrikes over the weekend.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "to rein in" construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until mid-June, senior Israeli officials said on Tuesday. According to the officials, Netanyahu made the promise in light of U.S. efforts to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Judy Maltz, reporting from the World Jewish Congress in Budapest, Hungary, wrote that a new information center dedicated to the life and legacy of Theodor Herzl is slated to open in Budapest, the birthplace of the Zionist visionary, on November 29 – the date that the United Nations voted to establish the State of Israel.
Maltz also reported that a new legislative initiative in Greece promises a radical crackdown on Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and other forms of racism in the country. The bill was announced David Saltiel, the head of the country’s Jewish community, on Tuesday. The legislation, which could threaten the Golden Dawn party and its members, will be submitted to parliament in the coming days, following the Easter holiday break.
Back in Israel, the Jerusalem police said that they would act in accordance with a court decision, and not obstruct the prayers of women praying at the Western Wall with shawls, tefillin and all.
Eleven hours after taking off from Israel, where he left behind the tension on the northern border and issues including the Iranian bomb and the state budget, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed, hungry for results, for a working trip in China. Sami Peretz reports from Shanghai.
Nitzan Horowitz, a Knesset member for Meretz, vowed to run against the incumbent Tel Aviv mayor, Ron Huldai, in the upcoming local government elections. In an emotional speech before activists on Monday, Horowitz addressed a number of issues, including education, transportation, housing, the migrants living in south Tel Aviv and sluggish municipal bureaucracy. Among other things, he related to the high cost of renting a home in Tel Aviv.
Recent groundwater and soil tests carried out in the Tel Aviv area by Israel’s Water Authority prove that more than 30 years after the closure of an Israel Military Industries factory, the pollution that it caused still threatens the region’s groundwater supply and endangers public health. Following the findings, the Water Authority will need to formulate a clean-up plan to prevent the spread of the pollutants.