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Israeli Press Review of 09.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 09.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Terror rampage leaves one dead, at least 13 injured in stabbings and shootings across Israel

Israel was engulfed by a wave of terror attacks on Tuesday, with at least one person killed and 13 wounded in attacks that ranged from Jerusalem to Jaffa and Petah Tikva, Ha’aretz reports.

A tourist from the U.S. was killed and 11 people wounded, four of them seriously, in two stabbing attacks in Jaffa Port and the area of Tel Aviv bordering on Jaffa on Tuesday evening. The attacks were carried out by a single assailant.

The man killed was identified later as Taylor Force, a graduation student from Vanderbilt University in the United States. He had travelled to Israel with other faculty, students and staff from the institution.

All the wounded were evacuated to hospitals in the Tel Aviv area.

According to the police, the assailant stabbed three people at the Jaffa port, and then ran to the promenade and stabbed four more near the Manta Ray Restaurant. He then fled toward Tel Aviv, but was shot dead by police officers. No other assailant is suspected of having been involved in the attack.

Less than an hour before the Jaffa attacks, two Border Police officers were seriously wounded in a shooting attack on Salah A-Din Street near Jerusalem's Old City. One officer was wounded in the initial round of firing by the attacker, while the second was wounded during the pursuit after the gunman.

The two officers – one, aged 49, in critical condition and the other, aged 31, in moderate condition – were treated at the scene before being evacuated to hospital.

At virtually the same time as the Jerusalem attack, a man was stabbed in a terrorist attack in Petah Tikva, outside Tel Aviv.

The victim, an ultra-Orthodox man in his 40s, managed to overcome the attacker and, with the assistance of a shop-owner, stabbed him to death. The victim, who sustained moderate wounds to the upper body, was rushed to hospital.

Earlier on Tuesday, a female Palestinian assailant attempted to stab Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Old City.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israel to complete security barrier in Jerusalem area and southern West Bank

Israel will complete construction of the separation barrier in the Jerusalem area and the southern West Bank following Tuesday's terror attacks, the Prime Minister's Office announced.

During security consultations held by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister's Office said it was immediately decided to close gaps in the separation barrier in the Jerusalem area, and to complete construction of the barrier in the Tarkumiya area in the South Hebron Hills, Ha’aretz reports.

Gaps in the separation barrier are used by Palestinians to enter Israel illegally without the proper permits. The assailant behind the Jaffa attack entered Israel illegally, from a West Bank village near Qalqilya. In recent months, opposition chair MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) called on Netanyahu to close the gaps and complete construction of the barrier.

It was also decided to close Palestinian media outlets accused of incitement. Professionals in the defence establishment will decide which Palestinian media will be closed. Further, it was decided to deny work permits for family members of terrorists.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israeli women earn less but live longer

Israeli women live longer and do better academically, but they earn much less than Israeli men, according to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on the occasion of International Women's Day on Tuesday.

The data indicates that women in Israel marry at a later age compared to a decade ago (25.1 compared to 24.5 in 2004) and also give birth at a later age: The average age of women who gave birth to their first child increased from 26.5 in 2004 to 27.5 in 2014.

At the end of 2014, there were 3,042,900 women in Israel aged 15 and over. Life expectancy in Israel in 2014 was 80.3 years for men and 84.1 for women. The life expectancy of men did not change compared to 2013, while women's life expectancy rose by 0.2 years. 

In 2014, the average monthly income of a female employee was NIS 7,439, while the average monthly income of a male employee was NIS 11,114. The average monthly income gap between the sexes was 133.1 percent, but the median monthly income gap narrowed to 27.9 percent.

Women’s employment rate does not surpass that of men in any of the OECD countries. In this category, Israel ranked 15th out of 34, with a female employment rate of 65.05 percent, compared to male employment rate of 72.26 percent Israel has seen a steady increase in female employment rate since the first quarter of 2007, when the employment rate stood at 53.87 percent.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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