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  • Embassy Update: Preventing Nuclear Iran, Israel Election 2013
    January 18, 2013

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    In This Issue
    Netanyahu: Preventing Nuclear Iran Was, Is Goal
    FAQ on 2013 Election
    Prosor: "Counter-Terrorism Must Disrupt Extremism"
    Netanyahu: Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Bad for Peace
    Israel Antiquities Digitalizes Archives

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    PM Netanyahu: Preventing Nuclear Iran Was and Remains Main Goal
     

    During a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a statement regarding the government's commitment to strengthening security:

     

    "[...] We invested billions in building up our strength so as to ensure the security of Israel's citizens. We invested and we will continue to invest in Iron Dome, which stopped the missiles, in the security fence in the south, which stopped the infiltrators, in cybersecurity and in the offensive and defensive capabilities of the IDF, Mossad, and ISA.

      

    These capabilities have already found expression in various areas, including during Operation Pillar of Defense, which was conducted responsibly and wisely and which achieved its goals. It is no coincidence that the security situation in the country is the best it has been in years and this is in the face of the great security upheaval around us and in our region.

     

    [...] Preventing a nuclear Iran was, and remains, my main goal as Prime Minister. Whoever does not understand that a nuclear Iran is most severe threat to our security cannot lead the State of Israel. Not only must one understand this but one must also act both on the international plane and on that of Israel's capability for action. We have done both of these and will continue to do so if we win voters' confidence as I believe we will."

     

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    Frequently Asked Questions on Israel's 2013 Election
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    1.) What are the elections about?

    The upcoming national elections in Israel will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. These elections will determine the composition of the 19th Knesset and of the government to be established based on these results.

     

    Israel is a parliamentary democracy. The Prime Minister, who heads Israel's government, is chosen from among the members of the newly-elected Knesset, Israel's parliament.

     

    2.) Who can vote?

     

    Voting is a right granted to every Israeli citizen who has reached the age of 18 or older on election day.

    Israelis of all ethnic groups and religious beliefs, including Arab-Israelis, actively participate in the process.

    Every eligible Israeli citizen is automatically registered.

     

    3.) How does voting take place?

     

    The Israeli voting method is user-friendly, even to voters who have limited knowledge of Hebrew and Arabic. Inside the voting booth, voters select a slip of paper that represents their chosen party from an assortment in a tray, put the slip in an envelope and then place the envelope in the ballot box.

     

    4.) How is the Knesset formed?

     

    Knesset seats are assigned in proportion to each party's percentage of the total national vote.

     

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    Amb. Prosor to UN: "Counter-Terrorism Must Disrupt Ecosystem of Extremism"

     

    Ambassador Ron Prosor gave a statement to the UN Security Council on Tuesday: 

     

    "There is a specific kind of ecosystem that creates terrorism. Terrorism is rooted in hate, watered with instability and state support, and then planted in the next generation. All terrorists must have both the capability and motivation to strike.

     

    [...] I want to take the opportunity of this debate to ask the simple question: how do we truly counter terrorism? Yes, we must combat terrorists wherever they seek to strike. Yes, we must attack terrorist infrastructure, and go after those who support and finance terrorism.

     

    However, true counter-terrorism must also begin by disrupting the ecosystem of extremism in which terror thrives. It means advancing education that teaches peace, not hate, and mutual understanding, not martyrdom. It means speaking out against incitement and all forms of terrorism, even when it is politically inconvenient."

     

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    PM Netanyahu: Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Moves Away from Peace
     
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday for speaking in Cairo with Hamas's leaders and trying to push forward Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, reports JPost.

     

    "Abu Mazen [Abbas] is embracing the head of a terrorist organization that just last month said Israel needed to be wiped off the map," Netanyahu said. "This is not the way someone behaves who is interested in peace."

     

    This is the second day in a row that Netanyahu has related to the talks, saying on Wednesday that Abbas was considering unity with an organization that "wants to destroy Israel, and fired rockets on our cities. We know that any territory we evacuate will be taken over by Hamas and Iran. We won't let that happen."

     

    "We are trying to draw a line in the sand and let it be known that this is unacceptable," he said. "You can't profess to want peace, yet at the same time embrace people who want to wipe us off the map."


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    Israel Antiquities Digitalizes Archives

    The archaeological archive of Israel, administered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, has digitized and uploaded all of Israel's archaeological archives to the Internet, according to Israel Hayom.

     

    The archive allows visitors to explore the British Mandate Period, for example, and view the impressive and original architectural plan for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre following renovations, British espionage maps from World War I and blueprints for buildings on the Temple Mount.

     

    Because these documents are delicate and susceptible to decay, they were scanned individually and by hand. The documents in the online archive include texts, photographs, maps, and architectural plans.

     

    Uploading the precious material demanded special preparation. The first stage, which includes tens of thousands of documents from Acre and Jerusalem, mostly in English, dated between 1919 and 1948, is available for viewing here.

     

    The Landmark Heritage Fund, an initiative of the Prime Minister's Office, and the Antiquities Authority jointly funded the extensive project.

     

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    Idan Raichel Comes to Washington, D.C.

     

    Israeli singer and songwriter Idan Raichel came to the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday as part of his US tour.

     

    An amazing performance by the worldly Idan Raichel Project on Tuesday.

     

    Raichel, the creator and leader of the Idan Raichel Project, began his musical journey by inviting collaborations from artists of different generations, multiple ethnicities and singing in languages as diverse as Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili. The resulting albums shattered sales records in Israel, made Raichel his country's biggest musical breakthroughs, and sold over half a million records worldwide. 

     

    The Project was honored as the "Musical group of the Decade" in Israel in 2010, and the song "Mima'amakim" was selected the "Best Song of the Decade". As described by The New York Times, "His arrangements bind the voices together in somber minor-mode anthems paced by electronic beats, earnestly seeking to uplift."


    The Project's blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, coupled with a spectacular live show, have enchanted audiences worldwide.
                  
     
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