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Silvan Shalom

  • Red-Dead pipeline is the wrong answer, politically and environmentally

    Pumping Red Sea water into the Dead Sea to save it from drying up ignores environmental consequences, experts warn. Rights groups decry the plan as an 'attempt to force the Palestinian population to consent to their own dispossession.' By Keren Simons Israel and Jordan last Thursday signed a historic agreement to cooperate over their shared bodies of water, in a move to protect the shrinking Dead Sea and to address the looming potable water crisis in the two countries. A pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea is proposed to refill water in the salt lake, and desalinization plants…

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  • The trauma and tragedy of Israel's vocational education system

    Across the board, the achievements of vocational school graduates are significantly lower than those of non-vocational high school graduates. What is needed is equality. Nothing more, nothing less. By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Alan Horowitz) Before surrendering to the vision of Stef Wertheimer, Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Shay Piron and the vocational education system, which calls for transforming the educational system into an indentured servant of the labor market and the Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI), consider first some data on the vocational education system in Israel. The latest research on the topic was conducted by Noam…

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  • Wife of Vice PM: 'I need ten minutes with Michelle Obama!'

    Judy Shalom Nir Mozes is a rich woman. So rich that her marriage to former Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has made him the richest politician in Israel, according to Forbes Magazine. But alas, Silvan is not as important a Likudnik as he used to be (although he is still a cabinet minister). The title he managed to squeeze out of Benjamin Netanyahu this time is "Senior Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development and the development of the Negev and the Galilee." Whatever. Yet despite the drop in Silvan's (or Steve, as Judy calls him for some unknown) prestige,…

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  • Wife of Vice PM: Demolish Gaza if shooting continues

    A few comments on the recent flare-up in the south expose the blind, knee-jerk public support the government and IDF get for their actions against Palestinians. Judy Nir Moses Shalom, the wife of senior Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, is known to pretty much say whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Calling her outspoken is an understatement. Besides being married to one of Israel’s most senior ministers (Shalom has also served as foreign minister and finance minister), she belongs to one of the most powerful families in Israel, who own what used to be the largest daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, before Sheldon…

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