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Israeli Press Review of 07.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 07.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Parole board rejects Katsav request for early release

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav's request to be released early from prison was denied on Wednesday, Yediot Aharonot reports. He is currently serving a seven-year sentence for rape.

The parole board held a discussion to deduct one third of his sentence but After two hours of discussion, it was decided that he should remain in jail.

Katsav, who has already spent 4 years and 121 days in prison, was returned to his cell. His attorney, Zion Amir, said that he would appeal the decision.

The board stated in its decision: "The prisoner perceives himself as a victim, is busy blaming external factors for his condition, is still behaving in a forceful manner and is absorbed with his needs, losses and the price that only he and his family has paid. Even in light of the commission's questions, the prisoner did not express remorse or empathy for his victims, but reiterated that he has paid and continues to pay a heavy price.”

In summary, the board said: "The courts explicitly stated that these are serious offenses and noted the seriousness of these attacks on the victims. The victims brought their objections to the release council, and different legal opinions were consulted regarding the decision. The committee members believe that the private programme will not have the power to stop (Katzav's) poor conduct, his obsessive claims of innocence, or even (stop) his continued attacks on the victims."

On December 30, 2010, Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape, sexual harassment, indecent acts and obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to seven years in prison for rape and other sexual offences.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel Electric Corporation and Palestinians reach deal to end power cuts

A garden planted in the memory of 47 terrorists killed during the recent wave of violence was destroyed by the Jerusalem district police, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The garden was established in the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood of the city. An olive tree sapling was planted for every one of the 47 terrorists commemorated in the garden, alongside a placard with a picture and the name of the terrorist, as well as graffiti on a nearby wall praising their actions.

A ceremony to establish the garden took place three weeks ago, whereby members of the community were invited to bless the memory of the terrorists and plant an olive tree sapling in their name.

The police and municipality officials destroyed the garden when it was confirmed that it was built on public land and with no permits.

A joint statement from the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Police stated, "This garden glorifies murder and terror, and encourages additional violence and terror. In light of this, the Israel Police will open an investigation."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Supreme Court approves private conversions

Israel Electric Corporation and the Palestinian Authority reached a temporary agreement on Wednesday that will prevent further power supply reductions to West Bank cities, Ha’aretz reports.

IEC reduced the supply of electricity to West Bank cities in recent days over a mounting 1.74 billion shekel Palestinian debt.

Palestinian Authority officials and the IEC agreed that the PA will immediately transfer 20 million shekels in addition to its daily payments. At the same time, the sides will launch negotiations in attempt to reach a long-term solution. Should the talks fail to reach a solution within two weeks, the IEC would be allowed to again reduce power supply.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


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