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PM’s bid to increase number of ministers narrowly passes first reading

Knesset votes 61-59 against legislation that would cap number of ministers at 18; bill yet to pass second, third, readings

  • Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett (left) and MK Ayelet Shaked before an event at party headquarters, May 10, 2015. (Flash90)
    Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett (left) and MK Ayelet Shaked before an event at party headquarters, May 10, 2015. (Flash90)
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the  nuclear talks with Iran at the Palais Coburg in Vienna on November 23, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/POOL/ RONALD ZAK)
    US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the nuclear talks with Iran at the Palais Coburg in Vienna on November 23, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/POOL/ RONALD ZAK)
  • Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog at the Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem on February 24, 2015 (Miriam Alster/ Flash 90)
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog at the Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem on February 24, 2015 (Miriam Alster/ Flash 90)
  • President Reuven Rivlin (R) and Israel's ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman (L) take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the 'Gleis 17' (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)
    President Reuven Rivlin (R) and Israel's ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman (L) take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the 'Gleis 17' (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)
  • President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony at the 'Gleis 17' (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. (Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)
    President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony at the 'Gleis 17' (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. (Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)
  • Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon meets with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen in Tel Aviv on Monday, May 11, 2015. (Photo credit: Ariel Hermony/Defense Ministry)
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon meets with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen in Tel Aviv on Monday, May 11, 2015. (Photo credit: Ariel Hermony/Defense Ministry)

The Times of Israel live blogged Monday’s events as they unfolded.

Lavrov, Kerry to discuss US aid to Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in Sochi tomorrow with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for talks on ongoing unrest in Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, Russian news agencies report.

State news agency RIA-Novosti cite a diplomatic source as saying the Kremlin hopes Kerry will bring new proposals on reaching a settlement in Ukraine.

There was no immediate confirmation from the State Department on the trip to Russia, although Kerry has made it clear for several months he’d like to go. The last time he visited Russia was May 2013.

Ukraine continues to be embroiled in sporadic conflict despite a ceasefire sealed in mid-February.

Western nations have accused Russia of supporting separatist rebels in Ukraine with arms and manpower — a claim that Moscow has denied.

Russia has bristled at recent efforts by Washington to provide Ukraine with training for its troops, calling it a destabilizing policy.

Interfax news agency cites an unnamed official as saying the issue of US military assistance to Ukraine will be raised at the meeting in Sochi.

— AP

Knesset panel addresses issue of more ministers

An ad hoc Knesset committee is paving the way for discussions on a governmental bill seeking to modify the Basic Law: Government to make it possible to increase the number of ministers.

Discussions on amending the basic law will begin this afternoon and the committee is likely to continue discussions well into the night.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to pass the amendment to the law so that he will have leeway in appointing coalition members to ministerial positions, and – some analysts and critics assume – have the option of luring Zionist Union later into a unity government, a political move for which the prime minister would need the carrot of prestigious ministerial positions for Zionist Union MKs.

The ad hoc committee on formulating the bill comprises coalition and opposition MKs. It is headed by Likud faction chairman Ze’ev Elkin.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) speaks during a session, on September 3, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) speaks during a session, on September 3, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Lapid keeps crusading against larger cabinet

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid is making the issue of increasing the number of ministers his main point of criticism against Netanyahu.

Speaking on the Knesset Chanel, Lapid says Netanyahu “wants to spend hundreds of millions of shekels on political convenience. This daylight robbery is despicable exploitation of the Knesset, and Yesh Atid will lead the battle against this scandal.”

Lapid, who served as finance minister in the last government, made the issue of limiting the size of the cabinet one of his pet projects as minister.

Leader of the Yesh Atid party, MK Yair Lapid, seen at the swearing-in ceremony for the 20th Knesset, at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on March 31, 2015. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Leader of the Yesh Atid party, MK Yair Lapid, seen at the swearing-in ceremony for the 20th Knesset in Jerusalem, on March 31, 2015. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Opposition plans filibuster

Knesset debate on the first reading of a bill to amend Basic Law: The Government is expected to begin at 4 p.m. local time, but opponents of the amendment have pledged to stage filibusters to draw out the process.

“I hope (your reporter) brings a sleeping bag,” Itzik Shmuli of Zionist Union told Army Radio this morning.

“The opposition will be given time for debate,” Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein told the station.

“I don’t think that this legislation will be completed by tomorrow,” he added. “There are 59 opposition MKs — I shall give them time both today and tomorrow to express their reservations.”

But Edelstein also said that time would not be unlimited.

“We have to form a government in Israel. If there is a majority it will be formed; if not then apparently somebody else will need to get the task of trying,” he said.

— AFP

Gazan gets 15 years for ‘spying’ for Israel

A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip jails a Palestinian convicted of “spying” for Israel to 15 years, judicial sources say.

In March two other men were given the same sentence for the same offense.

Under Palestinian law, those convicted of collaboration with Israel, murder and drug trafficking face the death penalty.

Execution orders must be approved by the Palestinian Authority president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas whose four-year term ended in 2009.

The group has carried out formal executions ordered by its courts and summary, sometimes public, killings of “collaborators” condemned by “revolutionary tribunals.”

— AFP

Gaza truck driver hit by gunfire from Egypt

A Palestinian truck driver in the southern Gaza Strip was seriously wounded this morning by gunfire from Egypt, medics say.

“A 27-year-old driver who was working at the Kerem Shalom crossing was seriously wounded on Monday morning by shots which were fired from the Egyptian side of the border,” health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra says.

The incident took place as the driver was on his way to the nearby border city of Rafah after leaving the terminal, which is used for transporting commercial goods between Gaza and Israel and is very close to the Egyptian border.

The Hamas-run interior ministry condemned the shooting, demanding that the authorities in Egypt hold “an urgent inquiry.”

The source of the fire was not immediately clear, but Egypt has been fighting a dogged insurgency in Sinai that took hold after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, with militants killing scores of police and soldiers.

Egypt has accused gunmen from Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza, of using cross-border tunnels to infiltrate Sinai and help terrorists there launch attacks on the security forces.

— AFP

German defense minister to visit Yad Vashem

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen will visit Yad Vashem tomorrow.

The minister will tour the museum, participate in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children’s Memorial and sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi Germany occupation of the French city of Lorient, on May 10, 2015 in Lorient. (Photo credit: Damine Meyer/AFP)

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi Germany occupation of the French city of Lorient, on May 10, 2015 in Lorient. (Photo credit: Damine Meyer/AFP)

Shaked to receive private security detail

Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked, who is slated to become justice minister in the new government, will be accompanied by a Knesset-appointed security guard until further notice, Israel Radio reports.

Kneeset chairman Yuli Edelstein agreed to appoint a private security detail for Shaked after pictures surfaced on social media in which Shaked is portrayed wearing a Nazi uniform.

The appointment of Shaked to the Justice Ministry raised the ire of left wing groups, since Shaked has long been calling for changes in Israel’s justice system, including changing the makeup of the committee in charge of selecting Supreme Court justices.

The amendments proposed by Shaked aim to strengthen the government’s influence on the makeup of the panel of justices heading Israel’s legal establishment. Shaked believes the legislative branch in Israel is overly powerful and cites instances where the top court ruled against laws passed by the Knesset, the legislative branch.

Opponents of Shaked accuse her of trying to politicize the court.

Leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett seen with MK Ayelet Shaked, prior to an event for members of his party at the Jewish Home party headquarters on May 10, 2015. (Photo credit: FLASH90)

Leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett seen with MK Ayelet Shaked, prior to an event for members of his party at the Jewish Home party headquarters on May 10, 2015. (Photo credit: FLASH90)

PM says he’s aiming for larger government

Netanyahu says at the beginning of a Likud faction meeting that the new government will “make an effort to lower the cost of housing and the cost of living, not just for the people who voted for us but for everyone.”

Netanyahu also says, “I will continue to make an effort to expand the government, make it the widest government we can achieve, a large government and a large Knesset.”

After the prime minister’s opening statement, the Likud faction meeting was closed to the media.

Liberman pummels everyone in press conference

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman holds his first major press conference since the one last week where he dropped a political bombshell and announced he will not join Netanyahu’s coalition.

With guns blazing and a crafty smile, Liberman slams Netanyahu, the media and Likud officials.

He says “I have more friends among Likud ministers and activists than Netanyahu has.”

Liberman totally rejects accusations made by Likud officials and the media that he misled his voters.

“Those claims that Liberman misled his voters… during the entire election campaign I avoided committing to supporting Netanyahu. Our commitment was never personal, it was about basic issues, platform and principle,” Liberman said.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman at the Knesset, May 4, 2015 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman at the Knesset, May 4, 2015 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“I repeated this dozens of times during the campaign. Even during the 19th Knesset there were many offers to change the coalition, dump Yesh Atid and bring in the ultra-Orthodox [parties]. I said – if you want new elections, hold new elections, but we wouldn’t change the coalition.”

Liberman explains his decision to recommend that President Reuven Rivlin appoint Netanyahu as prime minister: “After [election] results we were very clear. We recommended Netanyahu because it was a very clear vote. In every meeting with Likud we said – we want to be [in the coalition] but not at any price.

“A week before Likud signed an agreement with United Torah Judaism we sent our basic outlines in writing to Likud. After the agreement was signed and we saw the agreement with Shas was on its way, we made the decision not to join.”

Liberman then turns to Netanyahu.

“If anyone cheated voters, it is Netanyahu. There is no doubt he cheated voters from the former Soviet Union. All the things he said about helping to absorb new immigrants – there is no trace of that in any of the coalition agreements,” he says.

Having skewered Netanyahu and Likud, the former foreign minister turns to the media.

He accuses Israel Radio and Channel 1 reporters of lying as well as making racist comments against him. Special anger is reserved for Channel 1 political analyst Ayala Hasson. Liberman quotes Hasson as saying “from what I hear the Immigration Absoprtion Ministry will be conquered by a Likud person and there will be purges there.”

Hasson’s words, Liberman says, “slander an entire population that lives in the country and contributed to it.” He adds that he intends to file an official complaint with the director general of the Israel Broadcast Authority and demand an official apology.

Finally, the maverick party leader assures that “we will be an opposition but not team up with the left wing opposition; we will be an alternative from the right.”

Meretz’s Gal-on slams Liberman in turn

Meretz leader Zahava Gal-on criticizes Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on his “horror show” threats against journalists.

Liberman is “disingenuous” for crying foul over alleged racism against immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Gal-on says.

Liberman slammed Channel 1’s Ayala Hasson and Israel Radio’s Hanan Crystal who spoke of coming “purges” at the Immigration Absorption Ministry following what Hasson described as the ministry’s future “conquest” by Likud.

The word used refers to Stalin’s purges and thus carries especially painful meaning for Jews who escaped the FSU. Liberman pointed out that Hasson’s claim that ballot boxes were brought to immigrant centers, where “some people with a drip in their arms cast their ballots” was particularly stinging since, he said, “many of those immigrants are Holocaust survivors.”

Gal-on said Liberman was himself a racist (against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs) and should therefore know better than to play the race card.

Meretz chairman Zahava Galon speaks with political rival and Jewish Home leader, Naftali Bennet in the Knesset on May 6, 2015. (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Meretz chairman Zahava Galon speaks with political rival and Jewish Home leader, Naftali Bennet in the Knesset on May 6, 2015. (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Marchers may traverse Arab East Jerusalem next week, court rules

The High Court of Justice rejects an appeal seeking to prevent the annual march of the flags expected to take place on Jerusalem Day, next Sunday, from traversing the Arab part of Jerusalem.

Two NGOs, Ir Amim and Tag Meir, sought to prevent the march after it became in recent years a forceful display of extremist right wing groups, including incidents of violence between Jews and Arabs and overt displays of anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian racism.

The court rejected the two NGOs’ appeal but demanded that police arrest and serve indictments against any person or persons behaving violently or making racist remarks.

Justices also demanded that the rabbis leading the march call on marchers to avoid any display of violence. The NGOs remarked that in the past few years the march became violent when it passed through the eastern part of Jerusalem near the Old City’s Muslim Quarter.

Abbas to meet pope before nuns’ canonization

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Pope Francis on Saturday, on the eve of the canonization of two nuns who became the first “Palestinian” saints of the modern era.

Abbas will then attend the ceremony where Mariam Bawardi (1846-1878), who came from the Galilee, and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas (1843-1927), from Jerusalem, will be made saints of the Catholic Church.

English matriculation exam to go on despite leak

A quiz which is part of the matriculation examination in English leaked was being disseminated among Israeli students from Arab villages in the north, a second such incidence in less than a month.

In April, parts of the examination in Arabic leaked. Then too, the source of the leak was found to be schools in Arab villages in the north, and the Education Ministry decided to cancel the examination.

Last week, the Education Ministry decided to nix a test in Hebrew literature for students of the Arab and Druse sector after it was revealed parts of the test were leaked on social media.

On Monday, the English test took place as scheduled but parts of it were replaced with new questions.

According to NRG, the leak occurred in a post office where the tests had been sent in sealed bags.

Education Ministry director Michal Mahan says the case is “very serious.”

“Keeping the tests pure is a top priority of the education system. Hurting this ultimate value is a blatant and serious violation of the educational craft. Good grades should be achieved by intensive learning,” she says.

Rivlin attends memorial for Berlin Jews

President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony at the Gleis 17 (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin. The Israeli ambassador to Germany, Yaakov Hadas-Handelsman, is also present.

President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony at the 'Gleis 17' (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. (Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)

President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony at the ‘Gleis 17’ (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. (Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)

President Reuven Rivlin (R) and Israel's ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman (L) take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the 'Gleis 17' (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)

President Reuven Rivlin (R) and Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Yaakov Hadas-Handelsman (L) take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the ‘Gleis 17’ (platform 17) memorial of the deportation of Jews from Berlin to concentration camps at the Grunewald railway station in Berlin on May 11, 2015. Photo credit: Odd Andersen/AFP)

The old lady and the AK-47s

Netivot police detectives were astounded to discover 13 rifles in a house in Kibbutz Shoval in the northern Negev where a woman in her eighties lives.

The officers were conducting a search for weapons held in private homes. Upon arriving at the woman’s house, they asked her if she was keeping any weapons in the house, and she said she wasn’t.

They decided to search anyway, NRG reports, and went to her attic where they found AK-47s, a BB gun, a Czech-made rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, a Mauser handgun, Berettas, flares, and ammunition for all of the above.

Rifles found in the attic of a house of an old lady in Kibbutz Shoval. (Photo credit: Israel Police)

Rifles found in Kibbutz Shoval. (Photo credit: Israel Police)

The entire stash was taken to the Netivot police station. In her interrogation, the woman said the guns belonged to her late husband but she did not know he kept them in the house.

Superintendent Menny Ohayon of the Netivot police told NRG: “We received intelligence that illegal arms were being used in the area of the kibbutz. After some footwork we located the house and officers went to find the gun. To their surprise, they found a whole stash in the home’s attic, with many weapons beyond the specific gun they were looking for.

“In the stash there was even one weapon from British Mandate days. The rest of the weapons were usable and manufactured in recent decades. Among others, we found for AK-47 assault rifles, a sawed-off shotgun, a Czech rifle, five Beretta handguns, a Mauser hand gun, a tommy gun and a flare gun. We also found a silencer, cartridges, telescope sights and enough ammo that a whole IDF unit would be happy to use.”

According to Ohayon, “the landlady is 80, her husband passed away and she is not a suspect. The investigation continues to discover who used the weapons and who stashed them. Police are working around the clock to prevent illegal weapons from reaching criminal hands and being used in foul play. In this case we went to find one gun and found a whole stash.”

Handguns in the house of an old lady who lives in Kibbutz Shoval in the south. Photo credit: Israel Police)

Handguns found in Kibbutz Shoval in the south. Photo credit: Israel Police)

Ontario’s minister of innovation in Israel

The minister of research and innovation from the Ontario legislature in Canada, Reza Moridi, meets Chief Scientist Avi Hasson at the Economy Ministry and agrees to jointly invest in R&D to the tune of $3 million, with Canada and Israel each investing the same sum, totaling $6 million.

Israel and Ontario are marking a decade of cooperation on research and development; the two have jointly invested in approximately 15 projects. Moridi said the cooperation between companies in Israel and Ontario will contribute to developing new ideas and increased productivity in the global arena.

German defense minister hails ‘great friend’ Israel

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is in Israel as a guest of her counterpart Moshe Ya’alon.

In a press conference — marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries — the German minister says Israel is Germany’s “great friend” in the Middle East.

The German minister claims there is no country in the world that shares the security relations that Germany has with Israel. She adds that the relations with Israel also extend to military cooperation between the Israel Defense Forces and the German military.

Germany is trying, through UNIFIL, to prevent arms from reaching Lebanon, because of Berlin’s concern for the security of Israel.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon meets with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen in Tel Aviv on Monday, May 11 2015. (Photo credit: Ariel Hermony/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (left) meets with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen in Tel Aviv, May 11, 2015. (photo credit: Ariel Hermony/Defense Ministry)

Addressing the deal with Iran on its nuclear program, von der Leyen states that Berlin has an assessment regarding the future deal different to that of Israel, and that it is “obvious” a deal with Iran will be beneficial for Israel’s security.

Ya’alon says that “the cell that tried to lay an explosive device near the border fence in the Golan Heights last week was operated by Iranians, even as Iran is on a charm offensive, while on the other hand Revolutionary Guards continue to employ terrorism in Yemen, the northern border and other locations.”

Ya’alon adds that the corvettes purchased from Germany to protect Israeli gas rigs are “purely defensive.” The first of these corvettes will be deployed in five years, and another three are due to arrive in the following three years.

 

 

Zionist Union submits bill to disperse Knesset

The Zionist Union submits a bill calling to disperse the 20th Knesset.

The bill’s accompanying remarks note that “the 34th government of the State of Israel leans on a casual and technical majority of 61 coalition MKs against 59 opposition MKs.”

According to the authors of the bill, the conditions under which the government is being established are based on coalition agreements that reflect political benefits promised at the last minute. The accords “embody significant harm to the value of a political regime,” NRG quotes the bill as saying.

“Thus public money is funneled clandestinely to maintain a narrow and ineffective government that will prevent reforms or any kind of change during days when the State of Israel and Israeli society are facing great challenges. In light of this, it is proposed to disperse the 20th Knesset and let the people reelect its representatives,” continues the bill.

During a Zionist Union faction meeting, leader Isaac Herzog says that “Netanyahu is trying to establish a 61-MK government. I don’t intend to help him establish a government of 61, but to replace him. If not in this Knesset, then in another round of elections.”

Yesh Atid MK: Is PM lying about having a government?

Yesh Atid MK Haim Yalin implies that Prime Minister Netanyahu may have lied to President Reuven Rivlin when he told him that he succeeded in building a coalition last week.

“Mr. Chairman,” Yalin says during a speech at a Knesset filibuster on Monday evening, “you recently told new MKs we have a problem in the state of Israel — that the public does not believe the Knesset. Today I want to say to you, Mr. Chairman, the public really does not believe the Knesset. And why would it, when the government of Israel made laws and now a year, a year and a half later, it seeks to change them? How can this be, what kind of seesaw is this?”

Yalin continues: “Mr. Chairman, you know that by law there is a week to announce a government. The head of government sits there and still has no government. Could it be that the prime minister was not speaking the whole truth when he told the president he had a government? I cannot see this government.”

Yesh Atid MK Haim Yelin. (Photo credit: Courtesy)

Yesh Atid MK Haim Yalin (photo credit: Courtesy)

 

MKs vote against cap on number of government ministers

The Knesset votes 61-59 against an amendment to Basic Law: Government, which was backed by the prime minister in the previous Knesset but is now a hurdle to his wish to establish a government.

The reform would cap the number of ministers at 18 and was the brainchild of Yesh Atid.

There are no surprises during this evening’s vote, which takes place after a five-hour-long filibuster by the opposition. The Knesset must still hold a second and third reading of the amendment before it can be legislated.

As an opposition MK calls to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein about the “61-60” majority that voted on rejecting the amendment, a weary-looking Edelstein corrects him to say, “You realize it’s 61-59, otherwise we’d have an extra MK.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90)

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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