Two of the country’s top elected officials arrived in the North last week
to lay the cornerstone for improvement work being done at the Golani Junction.
At the end of the construction, the junction will become the Golani Interchange,
with a higher speed limit, reduced traffic jams and shorter travel time for
commuters and tourists.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu explained his vision for the road system in the North. “My vision is
the creation of a high-quality and safe drive, without traffic lights, from
Metulla and Kiryat Shmona all the way to Eilat.” Such a project, he said, was
the most social and economic path – a nod to the country’s social justice
“It is a vision that was born over 40 years ago, when I was a
soldier and we would sit in traffic for hours. Building roads erases the gaps
between the periphery and the Center,” he said.
Yisrael Katz praised Netanyahu’s support for the project, noting that it led to
an increase of its budget by NIS 27 million.
“The road and rail network
create social and economic equality,” he said, adding that “as part of improving
the national rail network, we plan to increase the trains’ speed through each
Wilfrid Israel Museum offers Hol Hamoed activities
Wilfrid Israel Museum at Kibbutz Hazorea announced activities for the whole
family during Hol Hamoed, the intermediate days of Passover.
activities – part of an exhibit called “Voices from the Ground” – are clay
sculpting, “cardboard theater” and creating art with recycled materials. The
activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Entrance is NIS 25 per
Between April 8 and 14, the museum will open its doors to the
public for free.
Hundreds protest in Tel Aviv against Assad
least 200 protesters assembled in a central Tel Aviv park to voice solidarity
with the Syrian people over the weekend. Demonstrators called on Western nations
to intervene in Syria to stop the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad
from “slaughtering” members of opposition groups.
Some protesters carried
signs that read, “Nearly 10,000 Syrians have been murdered, where is the United
Nations?” More than 9,000 people have been killed in the past year as Assad’s
forces cracked down on protests against his rule.
Meretz starts its own
As part of the ongoing battle to see public
transportation run on Saturdays in Tel Aviv, the Meretz Party began running its
own buses through the city last Shabbat. The bus ran from Jaffa in the south to
Ramat Aviv Gimmel in the north, passing through Florentin, Hatikva, Rothschild
Boulevard and Ibn Gvirol Street.
Last month, Tel Aviv-Jaffa city
councilmen from Meretz passed a resolution to seek the operation of public
transportation in the city on Saturdays. The party said it would continue to
provide some public transportation for secular Israelis on Saturdays in various
Meretz City Councilwoman Tamar Sandberg said of the initiative,
“Meretz’s Shabbat Bus is the next stage in the struggle for public
transportation on Shabbat. From the time that the city council passed my
resolution, it was feared that the path to realizing [the introduction of public
transportation on Shabbat] would be long, and through the public no less than
through local and national government.” She went on to urge the public to
pressure their elected officials to advance the initiative.
A check in the mail After years of being able to check online how much
money they owe the city, Tel Aviv-Jaffa residents and business owners will now
have an easy way to check whether the city owes them money.
beginning of April, residents and business owners will be receiving letters
explaining the system for checking balances and owed moneys for past water and
arnona (municipal tax) bills.
In the new system, those paying arnona and
water in Tel Aviv-Jaffa can visit the municipality’s website or call its hotline
to see if they have a credit. If a credit exists, it will be transferred
directly into a bank account or paid by check. The municipality’s new website is
www.tel-aviv.gov.il, and the hotline is *6545.
Ramat Gan names park after
The Ramat Gan Municipality dedicated and renamed a park in the city
after longtime municipal Treasurer Haim Konvich, who is retiring this
Attending the dedication ceremony were Ramat Gan Mayor Zvi Bar,
former defense minister Yitzhak Mordechai and former mayor Israel Feld, the
Local website reported.
Konvich, 84, is a Holocaust survivor who rebuilt
his family in Ramat Gan after the war and held the treasurer position for 40
years. Recently he became the country’s oldest municipal treasurer, according to
At the ceremony, Bar addressed Konvich, saying nobody would
ever understand what Holocaust survivors endured.
“The secret of freedom
is courage of the heart, and you demonstrate bravery and courage of the heart
and soul,” the website reported.
Eilat looks to serve its young
Recognizing that nearly half of its population is made up of
young people between the ages of 18 and 35 and that 75 percent of students in
Eilat have moved away from their homes to study in the city, the Eilat
Municipality has begun the process of building and developing centers and
activities tailored to youngsters. The goals of the programs include increasing
employment among young people, and improving higher education, social
involvement, culture and leisure activities.
A planned youth center will
provide 525 square meters where youngsters can receive counseling, lectures,
food and other services.
Municipal deputy director-general Dr. Drori
Ganiel said of the programs, “Being a youth is characterized by feelings of fear
and uncertainty, which is natural when we remember that it is a period when
major decisions are made – perhaps the most important decisions one makes in
their life. Every young person worries about school, housing, employment, their
career, identity and relationships, and we should be doing everything we can so
that every youth on the starting line [of life] has the information, choices and
freedom to choose and realize their potential.”
The center’s first
activity was a preparatory course in February for soon-to-be-discharged
soldiers. The workshops – a collaborative project of the Gross Fund for Released
Soldiers, the Defense Ministry and Ben-Gurion University’s Eilat campus –
focused on ensuring the soldiers had a “soft landing” in civilian life,
emphasizing employment, education and learning their rights.
up measures against illegal businesses
The Eilat Municipality concluded an
enforcement operation last week targeting illegal businesses in the city, part
of a wider campaign to improve residents’ quality of life. Five unlicensed
businesses were shut down in the joint operation by the municipality’s
enforcement divisions, the Eilat Business Licensing Division of the Eilat
District Police, and the municipality’s Business Licensing Division. The
businesses were cited for operating in areas zoned for residential buildings,
and most of them were targeted for selling alcoholic drinks. The businesses
received administrative closure orders and will be served warrants for
In addition to the operations against businesses, the
municipality’s enforcement arm initiated legal proceedings against six property
owners who rented out their villas and homes on a daily basis, constituting a
nuisance to their neighbors, the city said in a statement.
Meir Yitzhak Halevi declared, “We will continue to act with determination and
uncompromising enforcement against lawbreakers, especially when it comes to
illegal activities that disturb the peace and create nuisances for
Two five-year-olds injured in separate dog attacks
five-year-old boy sustained moderate injuries when a dog attacked him in the
Jessie Cohen neighborhood of Holon last week. Police impounded and quarantined
the dog while they attempted to locate its owner. The boy was evacuated to the
city’s Wolfson Medical Center.
The same week, a dog attacked a
five-year-old girl at the Neot Ranch in the Negev over the weekend. Magen David
Adom paramedics treated the girl, who suffered moderate injuries, and evacuated
her to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where she underwent surgery for