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Israeli Press Review of 22.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 22.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Last Yemeni Jews secretly airlifted to Israel

A group of 17 Yemeni Jews travelled to Israel before dawn on Monday in a secret operation organised by the Jewish Agency, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The new immigrants were the last Jews in Yemen seeking to leave their country of residence, which is in the midst of a bloody civil war.

The group, which lived in the city of Raydeh, included the community’s rabbi, who also serves as its kosher slaughterer. He brought a 600-year-old Torah with him. Following these Jews’ departure, there are no longer any Jews in Yemen who live as part of an organised Jewish community.

About 40-50 Jews in Yemen refuse to leave. Most live in Sanaa, although a few remain in Raydeh. Jews have been increasingly harassed in recent years by radical Muslims.

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  • Report: Istanbul bomber followed Israeli group

Mehmet Ozturk, the suicide bomber who killed three Israelis in Istanbul, followed a group of Israeli tourists from their hotel before detonating, according to Turkish TV station HaberTurk. The report was not officially confirmed, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The station claimed its report was based on analysis of security footage, which allegedly showed the ISIS terrorist waiting outside the restaurant in which the Israelis ate breakfast. When they left, he approached them and detonated the explosives.

Turkish authorities said on Sunday that DNA confirmed that Ozturk was the terrorist. Ozturk, a Turkish national, was born in 1992 in the city of Gaziantep in south-eastern Turkey, a province which borders Syria.

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  • Sanders wins Israel’s Democratic primary

An overwhelming majority of American Democrats living in Israel voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democrats Abroad global primary, gaining 60.8 percent of the vote in Israel, while Hillary Clinton earned 39.1 percent, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Votes were cast in 38 countries by Internet, mail and in person from March 1-8. Overall, Sanders received 69 percent of the 34,570 votes to earn nine of the 13 delegates at stake. Hillary Clinton won 31 percent, picking up four delegates.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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