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Israeli Press Review of 10.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 10.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli man critically wounded in Jerusalem shooting attack

An Israeli man was critically wounded when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire from a vehicle on Wednesday morning at a light rail stop near the New Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Times of Israel reports.

The two occupants of the vehicle were shot dead by officers at the scene.

Police said the shooters were likely the same men who had carried out a failed attack at a Jerusalem public bus elsewhere in Jerusalem earlier in the morning.

In all, twenty-nine Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October. Some 180 Palestinians have also been killed, around two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Major poll exposes social rifts

About half of Jewish Israelis believe Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel, according to an extensive survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and whose results were revealed this week, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Pew surveyed more than 5,600 Israeli adults in face-to-face interviews from October 2014 through May 2015 in what it described as a first-of-its-kind poll of Israelis on a wide range of religious, social and political issues.

Nearly four fifths – 79 percent – of Arab Israelis say there is major discrimination against Muslims in Israeli society. Jews believe the opposite. The vast majority, 74 percent, says they do not see much discrimination against Muslims in Israel.

At the same time, public opinion among Jews is divided on the question of whether Israel can be a national home for the Jewish people while maintaining the Arab minority in the country. Nearly half of Israeli Jews, 48 percent, say Arabs should be deported or exiled from Israel. Religious people tend to be particularly supportive of such a move: about 71 percent agree that Arabs should be expelled.

Secular Jews tend to go the other way: 58 percent opposes the idea of expelling Arabs, including 25 who are completely opposed. But some secular Jews agree – about one third would support expelling Arabs from Israel.

According to the survey, there is a majority of religious and traditional Jews in Israel: Only 40 percent of Jews in the country are secular, while 23 percent are traditional, 10 percent are Orthodox and eight percent are ultra-Orthodox. In addition, 10 percent of the population is not Jewish: 14 percent are Muslim, two percent are Druze, two percent are Christian and one percent do not have a religion.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Security officer killed in operational accident near Gaza border

The shooting death of Shin Bet operative Amir Maymoni during operational activity near the Gaza Strip border was first thought to be the result of terrorist fire, however, Shin Bet Chief Yoram Cohen confirmed on Wednesday evening that the he was killed by friendly fire, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The circumstances of Maymoni's death are being investigated, with authorities currently presuming the cause of death to be either an accidental discharge or friendly fire.

Shin Bet special forces operate near the border fence in order to monitor and discover activity by Hamas forces who may be in the midst of digging attack tunnels that cross over into Israeli territory.

Residents of Gaza border towns have been complaining of hearing digging noises apparently coming from the underground in recent weeks, and the IDF has been taking steps to locate and destroy Hamas tunnels in the area.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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