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Israeli Press Review of 18.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 18.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan dies

Former Mossad director Meir Dagan passed away on Thursday at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer, Yediot Aharonot reports. 

Born in 1945 in what is now Ukraine, Dagan moved to Israel when he was five. The family lived in the Mahane Israel transit camp near Lod. In 1963, Dagan began his army service as a paratrooper. During the Six Day War, he commanded a company in battles in the Sinai. In 1970, under GOC Southern Command Ariel Sharon, Dagan formed Sayeret Rimon, a unit comprised of soldiers disguised as Arab locals that worked in the Gaza Strip to locate terrorists.

Later, he became a general and acted as the advisor of the Head of the Operations Directorate.

He left the IDF in 1995 after 32 years of service, throughout which he was injured twice, and received the Medal of Courage after running at a Palestinian who was holding a grenade with the pin already pulled.

After leaving the IDF, Dagan became the counter terror advisor under Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2000 he joined the public campaign against the withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

In 2001, after Ariel Sharon won Israeli elections, Dagan became the chief security negotiator with the Palestinians.

A year later, Dagan was appointed to head of the Mossad by Sharon. His term was extended twice, once by Ehud Olmert, and once by Benjamin Netanyahu. He finally ended his term in 2011.

In Egypt he was referred to as "Superman," and other Arab countries have alleged that he was behind the assassinations of various Hamas and Hezbollah leaders.

Dagan came out against the prospect of a military strike on Iran several times after ending his tenure in 2011. “Bombing could speed up attainment of the bomb,” he said last May. “A bombing has no power to stop the project. If we bomb, we’ll encounter a reality in which we solve all Iran’s political problems and some of its economic ones by making the entire Iranian population rally behind the regime as one.”

In 2015, just a few days before elections for the 20th Knesset, Dagan gave a speech at a Rabin Square rally. With tears in his eyes, Dagan said: “I worry about our leadership” and urged a change to a leadership that would “serve the public and not itself.” 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Terrorists stab soldier near Ariel

Two attackers stabbed and moderately-to-seriously wounded a female IDF soldier on Thursday morning near Ariel, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The attack occurred next to a transportation station at a square at the entrance to Ariel in the northern West Bank, which is used by hundreds of Palestinians and settlers every day.

The attackers were shot dead. The victim remained conscious and was wounded in the upper body.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Five Jews indicted for racist attack on Arab cleaner

Five Jerusalem Jews, including four minors, were indicted in the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday for a racist-motivated attack of an Arab under aggravated circumstances and causing physical harm, the Jerusalem Post reports.

According to the indictment filed by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office, Netanel Goldenberg, 19, and four 17-year-old minors whose names are under gag order, followed a man who appeared to be an Arab on March 11 in order to confront and attack him.

The group are accused of having arrived at Bell Park in Jerusalem and calling out loud racist epithets before targeting two municipal sanitation workers, one of whom was Arab.

The indictment states that they then started to shove, beat and kick the Arab for several minutes, causing him to fall to the ground. They continued to punch and kick him in the face, back and stomach as he was lying on the ground.

The prosecution requested to keep Goldenberg in police custody until the end of the trial.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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