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Israeli Press Review of 04.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 04.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Soldier in Hebron shooting incident to be released to base detention

A military judge decided on Friday to uphold a previous ruling to release the Kfir Brigade soldier who shot dead an already-neutralised terrorist in Hebron to a five-day open detention, rejecting an appeal of the decision by the Military Advocate General's Office, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Qastina Military Court Judge Lt.-Col. Ronen Shor on Thursday rejected the prosecution's request to extend the remand of the soldier and decided to release him to open detention at the Kfir Brigade's base in the Jordan Valley for the next week.

The soldier has been arrested, though not yet charged. The prosecution initially said it was a murder investigation, but on Thursday prosecutors told a court they were looking into manslaughter charges.

The military prosecution argued against the decision, saying that he is not cooperating with investigators.

At first, his lawyers said the soldier was willing to conduct a reconstruction of the incident and be confronted with soldiers who testified against him - but not undergo a polygraph test.

Now, however, the prosecution says that the soldier "refuses to conduct a reconstruction of the incident or to be confronted with other witnesses (except for one soldier with whom the soldier has no real disagreement), and even stated he does not remember things reported by witnesses who were on the scene."

Chief military prosecutor Col. Sharon Zagagi-Pinhas said that "the evidence presents a very clear picture of what happened, which bases the suspicions against him."

Col. Zagagi-Pinhas went on to say that "the soldier claimed several times during the investigation that the terrorist tried to reach for a knife that was 'within reach' of him, while the documentation in the video presents a different situation, in which the knife was a significant distance away from the terrorist, who was in serious condition as it is." 

“The soldier," she said, "gives evasive answers whenever confronted with the questions that arise from his version of events. The soldier's changing version raises serious doubts about the credibility of the defense's claims, to put it mildly."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel extends fishing rights for Gaza fishermen

Israel is to extend the distance off the Gaza Strip coast that some of the Palestinian territory’s fishermen are allowed to operate from Sunday, the Times of Israel reports.

Fishing boats working out of ports in the southern part of the Strip will be allowed up to nine nautical miles off the coast, the chairman of the Gaza fishermen’s union, Nizar Ayyash, said.

He said that the previous six-mile limit would be retained in waters off the north of Gaza which neighbour those of Israel.

COGAT, the Defense Ministry body responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories, said on its Facebook page that ahead of the fishing season, the navy “decided to expand fishing south of Wadi Gaza from six to nine miles.”

COGAT estimated the decision could add NIS 400,000 (93,000 euros) a year to the Gazan economy.

Around 4,000 fishermen work in Gaza, more than half of whom live below the poverty line.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israeli navy sinks suspected smuggling boat off Gaza coast

Israel’s navy sunk a suspected smuggling boat that was approaching the coast of the Gaza Strip overnight on Saturday, the Jerusalem post reports. 

The IDF spotted a suspicious fishing boat loaded with sacks approaching Gaza from the direction of Egypt and called for the vessel to stop. The IDF fired warning shots in the air and in the water but the boat continued on its course. The Israeli forces noticed that the crew began to throw the contents of the boat overboard and then the crew itself jumped into the sea. The boat continued moving at which point the IDF opened fire and sank it.   

Since 2007, Israel and Egypt have imposed a naval blockade of the coastal Palestinian territory for security reasons. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel returns power to Jericho despite debt

Israel’s state-run electricity company has restored full power supply to the Palestinian city of Jericho in the West Bank after reducing the supply over an outstanding debt, officials said on Sunday. The cut on Thursday led to blackouts, but full supply was restored later the same day, the Times of Israel reports.

The Israel Electric Corporation had reduced supply to Jericho over a debt of 1.7 billion shekels (397 million euros) owed by the private JDECO and Palestinian Authority.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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