The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, July 15
From Iran's warnings that it could blockade the Strait of Hormuz, to the self-immolation of an Israeli social protester, Haaretz.com sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.
Iran's warnings that it could blockade the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the only exit from the Gulf, are not a bluff, said the head of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the self-immolation of Israeli social protester Moshe Silman, saying that it was "a great and personal tragedy."
The Foreign Ministry and Israel Defense Forces are considering imposing sanctions against a UN agency in the West Bank and Gaza following allegations that agency employees have engaged in illegal activity such as illegal construction.
A Lod woman was stabbed to death in her home, allegedly by her partner, who was found with a knife in his stomach in an adjacent room. Police believe that the man tried to commit suicide after murdering his partner, Sna’it Achnafeh, in a crime they say was apparently witnessed by the couple’s seven-year-old daughter.
President Shimon Peres rejected underworld kingpin Zeev Rosenstein’s request for a presidential pardon over the weekend. Peres accepted the recommendation of Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and leading law enforcement officials who objected to a pardon for Rosenstein, who is currently serving two consecutive 17-year sentences for murder and attempted murder of his rivals.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he does not intend to adopt in full the new bill formulated by MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima) on conscription for the ultra-Orthodox. Speaking over the weekend, Netanyahu said he instead supports the alternative bill presented by Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud).
The Israel Electric Corporation may be forced to institute rolling blackouts − the deliberate cutoff of power to some customers − if demand exceeds supply when the current heat wave reaches its peak.
The time left to hear from those who lived through the Holocaust is clearly running out. Even those who were children then are today approaching their seventies. It is the weighty recognition of this fact that seems to be driving a new generation of filmmakers to seek out those remaining survivors and record their testimonies.