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In first, haredi woman accepted to El Al’s pilot training program

Israel’s national airline, El Al, accepted a haredi Orthodox woman into its pilot training program. Identified in Israeli media only by her first name, Nechama, the new recruit is a 30-year-old mother of three from a town near Jerusalem, the news site reported.

Nechama, who will be El Al’s first female haredi candidate, went to flight school in the United States after attending the Beit Yaakov seminary. She applied to El Al several years after receiving a pilot’s license and returned regularly to the U.S. to fly in order to make the flight hour threshold required of candidates for El Al’s training program. She succeeded in the tryouts and tests for El Al’s upcoming class, and received notice of her acceptance in recent weeks, according to the report.

An El Al spokesperson described her as “an impressive woman with special abilities and a high level of personal qualities,” according to

She was quoted as saying: “Being a pilot has always been a dream of mine. My husband is very supportive, and he is helping realize this dream.”

Abbas reportedly building $13M presidential compound

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly having a $13-million luxurious presidential palace built near Ramallah despite his government facing a $2-billion deficit.

According to the Times of Israel and several other Israeli news outlets, the project is listed on the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction website devoted to “Ongoing and Future Projects.” The site, which includes a computer rendering of the completed palace, describes the complex as being funded by the Palestinian Authority’s treasury.

However, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an said PA officials are denying that the compound is a presidential residence or that it is being paid for with public funds, according to Haaretz.

PA officials said the complex will serve as a leadership headquarters and residence to receive world leaders and is being funded by international donations and private Palestinian corporations, Haaretz reported.

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