The interim agreement signed in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning was met with a mixture of derision and alarm by most of Israel’s political leadership. However, former intelligence chiefs and President Shimon Peres gave the deal a much more nuanced reception.
Forty families from ultra-Orthodox cult Lev Tahor last week relocated from Quebec province to adjacent Ontario amid reports that some of its members were due to appear in court over alleged child abuse and refusal to obey Quebec’s education guidelines.
The group, led by rabidly anti-Zionist leader Shlomo Helbrans, numbered about 200 and included more than 100 children.
A member of the Knesset has told police chiefs they must allow Jews to visit and pray at the Temple Mount this Chanucah.
Miri Regev, who belongs to the right-wing of the Likud- Beiteinu ruling coalition, spoke to police chiefs at a special Knesset Committee hearing, telling them that they "must allow Jews to go up to the site on Chanucah".
The United Nations’ excessive focus on Israel has long been documented by the media and academics. It came as little surprise, then, that last week the General Assembly passed nine resolutions on Israel.
That number of resolutions on the Jewish state has become commonplace at the assembly, so much so that, in-and-of-itself, the meeting was not deemed newsworthy.