The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 16
From the Israeli Military chief’s secret U.S. visits, to Israeli higher education’s standing worldwide, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.
The RAND Corporation, a think tank which advises the Pentagon, warned on Tuesday against an Israeli or American attack on Iran's nuclear reactors, and recommended that the Obama administration try to "quietly influence the internal Israeli discussion over the use of military force."
According to a senior Israeli official, IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi made a secret visit two weeks ago to Washington and to UN headquarters in New York, where he discussed the Iranian nuclear program, the Syria crisis and Hezbollah's increasing power in Lebanon.
Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai said on Wednesday that most of the migrants from Africa in the country are engaged in criminal activity and should be placed in detention facilities. Yishai said that Israel is willing to provide financial assistance for migrants to leave.
David Albright, founder of the Institute for Science and International Security said on Tuesday that records from the 1990s suggest Iran's current foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, had knowledge of a program to procure goods for an alleged clandestine nuclear program when he was head of a university.
A new system ranking higher education around the world has placed Israel in 19th place, out of 48 countries, using methods that look at countries in their entirety, rather than at individual universities.
Representatives of the Danel private nursing agency have been circulating through the wards of Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital and trying to persuade patients to sign up for the company's services. The company's marketing strategy is fully authorized by the hospital as part of a tender awarded to Danel two years ago, though some hospital patients find the practice disturbing.
The Second Authority for Television and Radio has received hundreds of e-mails in the last 24 hours demanding reevaluation from an e-mail campaign led by the "New Israel Fund" of the decision to allow the ultra-Orthodox radio station “Kol Barama” to reduce the number of hours female broadcasters can be heard each day from six to four.
After years of oft-flouted rabbinic bans on Internet use, a group of both Hasidic and non-Hasidic rabbis is pushing a new approach to the Internet that will be unveiled at the New York Mets’ CitiField on May 20.
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