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Netanyahu: Israel planning to surround country with security fences

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is preparing a plan to completely surround the country with security fences.

“At the end, in the state of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, Feb. 9, while on a tour of the security fence being constructed on the country’s eastern border with Jordan. “Will we surround all of the state of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes. In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts.”

The multi-year plan, which will also include closing the holes in the West Bank security barrier, “will cost many billions,” Netanyahu said.

Nevada’s Democratic caucus on Shabbat

Sabbath-observing Jewish Democrats will be shut out of the party’s caucus in Nevada.

The country’s third primary election is scheduled for Feb. 20, a Saturday, at noon. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and senator, is considered the favorite in Nevada against her insurgent opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, party leaders said they selected the time because they thought it would be most convenient for the largest number of people.

Traditional Shabbat observance prohibits driving, working and numerous other activities from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

Other states with Saturday primaries avoid excluding observant Jews (and Seventh-day Adventists, who also observe their Sabbath on Saturdays) by giving voters the option of casting absentee ballots. In Nevada, however, voters who are not members of the military must show up in person to participate in its caucus.

According to the Huffington Post, Jolie Brislin, Nevada regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the group is “dismayed to learn that no religious accommodation will be made.”

According to a 2012 Jewish population estimate, there are 76,300 Jews in Nevada. However, it is not clear how many of them are registered Democrats or Sabbath observant.

Nevada’s Republican caucus, the fourth primary vote for the party, is scheduled for Feb. 23, a Tuesday.

Israel trip included in Oscar swag bag

A 10-day trip to Israel valued at $55,000 is among the gifts that will be offered in the swag bags given to some of this year’s Academy Awards nominees.

Distinctive Assets, the company that assembled the bags, put the value on the first-class trip, the Daily Beast reported last week. In total, the luxurious gifts in each bag are worth $200,000, the report said.

Among the other gift items are a lifetime supply of skin creams from Lizora, valued at $31,200; ultherapy, a laser skin-tightening procedure courtesy of 740 Park MD, $5,530; a year’s worth of unlimited Audi car rentals from Silvercar, $45,000; and a 15-day walking tour of Japan, $45,000.

Nominees in the Oscars main acting and directing categories receive the bags, according to the Daily Beast.

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