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U.S., Israeli Navies Launch Exchange Program for Cadets

American cadets will study at the University of Haifa, while their Israeli counterparts get a chance to show off at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The Israeli and American navies are launching an exchange program in which Israeli cadets will train at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for four months.
The American cadets will be coming to Israel this summer to learn Hebrew. During their naval training − and academic course work at the University of Haifa − they will be provided with simultaneous translation. The American cadets will also sail with their Israeli counterparts.
“It’s a student exchange with a considerable military add-on,” said the commander of Israel’s naval academy, Lt. Col. Eli Soholitzki. The new program is the latest example of cooperation between the two navies and follows Israeli participation in maneuvers with the Greek and American navies.
On Thursday about 100 recruits joined the new class of the Israeli naval cadet course. In this round most of the cadets are religious students from yeshivas; there are no women.
“There have been female cadets for more than a decade in every role − commanders of naval craft, platoon commanders on missile ships," Soholitzki said. "We have no restrictions other than on submarines, where the vessel doesn’t make that possible.”
In placement decisions, he added, gender is not a consideration.
The navy is considering recruiting two classes a year of men and women in anticipation of increased staffing needs with the purchase of new Sa’ar 6 corvettes. Demand among draftees to join the navy is high, Soholitzki said.

Gili Cohen
Haaretz Correspondent

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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