UNESCO proclaimed the Massada fortress and old Akko districts archeological memorials. Thus, these structures from now on belong not only to Israel, but as well to all humanity. Now their status can be compared, for example, to the status of the Egyptian pyramids. Jerusalem's reaction to such a sovereignty impingement was quite favorable.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Israel proposes toughening the Repatriation Law in order to reduce the number of non-Jews among Israeli immigrants. According to the Ministry's official reports, non-Jews make up around 70% of repatriates of the last immigrant wave.
On the initiative of Eli Yeshai, Interior Minister of Israel, the proposal of amending the Law was discussed at the Knesset Absorption Committee, but received no support. The Law was passed in 1950. In 1965 an amendment was introduced. According to it, children and grandchildren of a Jew, his or her spouse, spouses of his or her children and grandchildren are eligible for all rights of a new repatriate.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Israel opposes this amendment.
The biggest newspaper in Israel Yediot Ahronot on December 19 informed about launching a new Internet project that will allow Arabic-speaking population to familiarize both with Israeli events and the Israeli point of view on topical region and world problems. The new project is called "Arab Y-Net". It will be a new site, where the Israeli newspaper version will be translated into Arabic. Except news the site will contain a section of articles on history, culture, traditions, politics and economy of Israel. According to Gay Bekhor, one of the project's founders, this will help Israelis and Arabs better understand each other, and, consequently, manage to find common grounds and learn to hear the opponent's opinion.
Natan Sharansky, Head of the Israel B'Aliyah party, sent Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, a letter with demands of immediate intrusion into the critical situation of benefit payments for apartment renting to dozens thousands of repatriates.
Sharansky stressed that 50 thousand pensioners-olim are left today without government support because the Finance Minister wasn't able to reach an agreement with the Knesset financial committee. "It cannot be allowed that the most vulnerable population sections should become victims of political quarrels. People, who count every shekel, do not care about parochial interests of deputies and ministers. They must receive what they are supposed to according to the law, and receive it in time".