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9 Tammuz 5760 - July 12, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Barak Loses Confidence Vote
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ehud Barak lost a no-confidence vote but under current rules the government did not fall because there was not an absolute majority of 61. The Knesset vote of 54 to 52 with seven abstentions allows the government to continue. The five members of UTJ did not participate in the vote.

NRP, Yisrael Ba'aliya and Shas Quit the Government
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Barak set out for the summit with US President Bill Clinton and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat with a dramatically smaller coalition than he had just 24 hours earlier. The withdrawal of NRP, Yisrael Ba'aliya and Shas will take the Barak government down to 13 cabinet ministers from 22 just a few weeks ago and it reduces Barak's Knesset supporters from 68 MKs to 42.

Archaeologists Destroy Haifa Burial Cave
by Yehuda Ariel

A burial cave discovered last week in Haifa has been destroyed by archaeologists. Two avreichim who protested desecration of the cave on Shivat Tziyon Street were detained by police but released shortly.

Scandal Surrounds Conversion of Minors
by B. Kahn

The special conversion court in Gush Etzion headed by headed by Rabbi Chaim Druckman and his assistant Rabbi Yosef Avior has rubber-stamped the bogus conversions of hundreds minors brought into the country for adoption.

Budgetary Delay Prevents Solution to Tumas Kohanim Problem In Ramat Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

The Ministry of Housing and Construction is delaying the allocation of hundreds of thousands of shekels needed to solve the problem of tumas kohanim at the entrance to Ramat Beit Shemesh.

The United States, Belgium and the United Kingdom Appoint Delegates to the World Finals of Degel Yerushalayim Contest
by Degel Yerushalayim Correspondent

Delegates from all over the world are being selected to take part in the final round of the Degel Yerushalayim contest on the laws of tefilla and beis haknesses, which is due to take place in Tel Aviv in the middle of this month. Regional finals have been held at six centers throughout Israel, and the United States, Belgium and Britain recently selected their delegates to the world finals.

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