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Israeli Press Review of 04.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 04.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli lightly hurt in West Bank car-ramming attack

An Israeli was lightly injured in a suspected car-ramming attack in the West Bank on Friday morning, the Times of Israel reports.

The incident took place at the Gush Etzion Junction. The female Palestinian assailant was shot by soldiers at the scene.

She had attempted to ram her vehicle into IDF soldiers, the Hebrew-language news website Ynet reported, lightly injuring one.

The Etzion Junction has seen a spate of attacks, many targeting soldiers stationed at the intersection. In November, American teen Ezra Schwartz was killed in a terror attack at the site, along with Israeli teacher Yaakov Don, and Hebron resident Shaadi Arfa. That month, Hadar Buchris, 21, was also stabbed to death at the site, which has been bolstered by a massive army presence in recent months.

Last week, Eliav Gelman, 30, was killed at the junction by errant IDF gunfire during a Palestinian stabbing attack.

Twenty-eight Israelis and three foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October. Nearly 170 Palestinians have also been killed — some two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops — according to the Israeli army.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Gazan indicted for planning attacks against Jews in Ukraine and Israel

A Gazan who spent years living in Ukraine was indicted on Thursday in the Beersheba District Court for attempting to plan terror attacks against Jews in Ukraine and in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Sami Haviv, 30, was charged in an indictment filed by the Southern District Attorney's Office with several counts relating to terror activities, spying and falsifying documents. The terror plots, hatched from Ukraine between 2014 and 2016, included luring a high-ranking IDF general to the Sinai to kidnap him and bring him to Hamas in Gaza or to attack a bus of Israeli tourists in Ukraine with gunfire or a bomb.

Haviv also assisted Hamas fighters in various ways during the 2008-9 Gaza war and in general from 2006-2010.

He was arrested while trying to get into Gaza through Israel from Jordan on January 31.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Abbas says he may renege on agreements with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinians will not remain committed to agreements with Israel as long as the Israelis do not commit to them, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Speaking at the 16th session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, in remarks quoted by the Maan News Agency, Abbas said that the recent wave of terror attacks, which he dubbed a "peaceful popular awakening," came as a response to the "actions of the occupation," the violation of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, and the lack of Israeli commitment to signed agreements.

The Palestinian president noted that the Palestinian leadership welcomes the French initiative to hold an international peace conference, at the end of which France will recognise the Palestinian states if no agreement can be reached between the warring sides.

He added that he hopes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will merit a mechanism, similar to mechanisms used to resolve other regional issues.

He said, however, that the Palestinians were still unwilling to accept the Israeli government's demand to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Ministers to vote on preventing mosques using PA systems

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will decide Sunday whether to support a bill that would forbid muezzins from using mosques’ public address systems to call their worshippers to prayer.

Although the bill has wide support in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, the legislation is not expected to pass. In recent years repeated efforts to pass similar bills have failed.

“Freedom of religion does not have to be a factor undermining quality of life,” said the bill’s backers.

The legislation was initiated by MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) and is supported by other Knesset members from his party, along with MKs Miki Zohar and Nurit Koren of Likud and Merav Ben Ari of Kulanu.

“Hundreds of thousands of Israelis – in the Galilee, the Negev, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and other areas in the center of the country – experience regular daily suffering from the noise resulting from the muezzin calls in the mosques,” the bill’s explanatory notes say.

“This noise stems from the use of a PA system that disturbs the other residents several times a day, including in the early morning hours and at night.”

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz

Friday, March 04, 2016
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