Hundreds of Zaka volunteers everywhere in Israel are constantly on the alert for tragedies which might necessitate them to provide the final chesed for victims. Zaka volunteer Mati Goldstein reached the scene of the bus attack in Armon Hanetziv immediately after the terrorists there were neutralized, while Shimi Grossman who lives near Malchei Yisrael Street reached the scene of the car ramming that took place there within minutes. That evening, Zaka volunteers returned to the scene of tragedy in Malchei Yisroel Street to light memorial candles.
In Israel and overseas, liberal and so-called Open Orthodox leaders are enraged at the Israeli rabbinate's intimation that it may expel Shlomo Riskin from his post as chief rabbi of Efrat in the West Bank. The furor began after the Chief Rabbinical Council summoned Rabbi Riskin to a June 29 hearing to discuss whether he will be reappointed to his position as rov of the town he helped found in 1983.
With a track record of trampled chareidi rights, failed peace talks, war in Gaza, Palestinian violence and growing criticism in the United States and Europe, Israel’s 19th Knesset voted to disolve itself this week. This was due partially to the constant bickering over legislation and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s allegation that Yair Lapid tried to form a new coalition behind his back. Chareidi MKs later confirmed that Lapid indeed approached them for this purpose.