some select clippings:
Vårt Land 2013 08 06
Also in several other news sources
The population of the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank is growing at twice the pace of the population in Israel.
This is reported by the Israeli military radio, based on official statistics. This information is likely to increase Palestinians skepticism towards new negotiations.
According to the radio, 7700 new settlers have arrived in the West Bank, not including East Jerusalem. Thereby, the total figure of settlers in the West Bank is set at 367 000.
This implies a growth of 2.1 percent through the last six months. The Israeli population growth is at 2 percent annually.
The construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank is regarded as contrary to international law by most countries.
The Israeli “Peace Now” NGO, being against the settlements, is accusing the government of encouraging Israelis to settle; among other through issuing them with free land for housing.
Verdens Gang 2013 08 07
In poll: majority of Israeli respondents says “no” to return to pre-1967 borders.
Verdens Gang 2013 08 07
4 IDF soldiers wounded on Lebanese border; no details surrounding this published.
NRK Hordaland 2013 08 06
An interview with Oren and Elena Salomon, Israeli citizens surviving the dramatic tunnel fire at Gudvanga.
Mr. Salomon tells the story of a dramatic rescue action.
TV2 Nyhetene 2013 08 06
Oren Salomon, a former IDF officer and his wife Elena tells of their dramatic experience during the Gudvanga tunnel fire; Mr. Salomon ascribes military training to be key factor in surviving this ordeal. Both Mr. and Mrs. Salomon, hospitalized at Haukeland hospital in Bergen, has high praise for the rescuers, including the operator receiving their emergency call, and also staff at the hospital, not least for aiding with practical issues.
Copyright: Erlend Tangeraas Lygre/TV2
SHIMON PERES- THE ETERNAL LOSER
Dagens Næringsliv 2013 08 03
Åshild Eidem, Not Online
Summary. A long, and rather balanced biography over Shimon Peres, most likely the desk is behind the heading. A multitude of sources has been used, covering his 90 years of life. Unfortunately, one of these sources is Hilde Henriksen Waage, using this opportunity to describe Peres as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, claiming he was backstabbing Yitzhak Rabin.
MR ISRAEL AT 90
Verdens Gang 2013 08 03 p 24
Harald Berg Sævareid, Pay wall
Homage to Shimon Peres at 90.
“One should believe a politician who has been Minister of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister, and now being 90 and still being President of Israel should only receive praise and good will. And Shimon Peres receives this in these days, to a full measure. At a high age, having a quick, witty and sarcastic tongue, and an exquisite intellect, a full score on the popularity scale is very likely”.
“It is not rare for the Israeli president to be something of a loudmouth. For this reason, he is still the most interesting politician in Israel, in spite of his ceremonial role”