Shevat 16, 5777
February 12, 2017
1. It is estimated that at least 1,000,000 trees were planted in Israel this week in honor of Tu B’Shevat.
2. The housing crunch cools; only 9,800 apartments were sold in Israel in December–the lowest level since the housing protests of December 2011.
3. In a bizarre twist, Princess wannabe Tzipi Livni has apparently been offered the position of sub-Secretary General of the United Nations on the condition that the United States withdraw its objection to Salaam Fayyad being named Palestinian ambassador to Libya; why is there a connection?
4. The Muezzin Noise Bill seems to be finally creeping forward with full Coalition support; the proposed law would stop the loud calling to prayer in residential neighborhoods between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am.
5. Shades of Tunis: a Palestinian woman set herself on fire today in front of the Tulkarm Palestinian Police Station (Tulkarm is in Area A completely controlled by the PLO); she was protesting the Palestinian police removal of her vendor kiosk.
6. 26 Palestinian terror attacks took place yesterday: in the worst a female terrorist had planned to stab children at a playground in Hevron; she was captured before any children were physically wounded.
7. The exchange rate today is 1$ = 3.75 shekels, and 1 Euro = 3.99 shekels; this is the closest in value that dollars and Euros have been in Israel in recent memory.
8. The separation fence south of Mt. Hevron has only been 1/3 completed (14 km out of 42 planned); a new push is on to complete it by the summer because this area is prime territory for Palestinian terrorists attempting to infiltrate into Israel.
9. Believe it or not, 65,945 Palestinians from Judea and Samaria now have a legal permit to work in Israel while another 29,664 have a permit to work in Judea and Samaria; at the same time Israeli security estimates that at least 50,000 Palestinians are working in Israel illegally–total of all: 145,609.
10. Iran is rushing to build another naval base to control another shipping lane, this time almost directly across the Gulf of Oman from Muscat; 20,000 Iranian marines are now hard at work building the infrastructure of the new base.