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Israeli Press Review of 15.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 15.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu! Hails “dramatic warming” of Israel-Arab ties

Signaling a shift in regional alliances, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday said “dramatically warming” ties between Israel and the Arab world could facilitate a lasting peace agreement with the Palestinians, the Times of Israel reports.

In a Likud faction meeting held at Jerusalem’s Menachem Begin Heritage Centre, Netanyahu said the threat posed by Iran and the Islamic State was remolding Middle East politics, and could have a silver lining for the Jewish state.

“Different countries understand that Israel is not the enemy of the Arab world, rather its partner in the common struggle against radical Islamic elements,” Netanyahu said. “I believe this partnership inherently entails an opportunity to bring our Palestinian neighbours towards a more realistic, responsible agreement with us.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israeli economy grew by 2.5% in 2015

The Israeli economy grew by 2.5% in 2015, a slight downturn from recent years, the Central Bureau of Statistics revealed over the weekend.

The report found that while the economy grew by 3.3% in 2013 and by 2.6% in 2014, growth rates in 2015 were the lowest in six years, Israel Hayom reports.

Nevertheless, Israel's growth rate was relatively higher than in other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development states, which averaged 2%..

Overall, Israel's gross domestic product marked an annualised increase of 3.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The GDP rose 2.5% in the first quarter of 2015, followed by 0.3% growth in the second quarter, and a 2.4% increase in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


  • Rocket shot from Gaza lands in Israel

A rocket shot at Israel from Gaza landed in the southern Sha'ar Hanegev region on Monday night, Yediot Aharonot reports.

No injuries or damage were reported. Sirens were not sounded as the rocket landed in an open area.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Five Jewish teens arrested for racially-motivated attack on Arab

Five Jewish teens were arrested for attacking an Arab in Jerusalem and stealing his cellphone in what police said was “a distinctly racial incident,” the Times of Israel reports.

The victim of the attack, who was not identified in the report, required medical treatment for light injuries.

Netanel Golenberg, 19, and the four other suspects were brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to be remanded into custody.

“This is clearly a racist incident,” police representative Pinhas Sari Levi told the court at the start of the hearing.

Four of the suspects were not named in the report, apparently because they are minors.

On Wednesday morning of last week, the suspects allegedly encountered the victim near the capital’s Liberty Bell Park, attacked him, and took his phone. Police investigated whether or not there was a verbal confrontation between the Jewish suspects and the victim that led to the violence.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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