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Israeli Press Review of 11.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 11.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel calls on citizens to immediately leave Turkey

Israel's Counter-Terrorism Unit once again upgraded its travel warning to Turkey on Friday, urging Israelis currently in the country to leave as soon as possible, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The upgraded and urgent warning, set at level two (indicating a high level, concrete threat) comes on the heels of a warning issued by Turkish authorities a week and a half ago of an ISIS plan to attack Jewish targets in the country, including synagogues, Jewish schools and kindergartens.

Turkish police arrested six ISIS terrorists in the city of Gaziantep who reportedly planned an attack against the Great Synagogue in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, which is located alongside a Jewish community centre and school.

The Counter-Terrorism Unit decided to issue its call on Israelis to leave Turkey following a recent situation assessment.

"There is an immediate threat of attacks in the country, which, we stress, applies to all tourist destinations in Turkey. The Counter-Terrorism Unit asks Israeli citizens to heed the warning and avoid traveling to Turkey."

Israelis who are already in Turkey are asked avoid crowded tourist destinations, "follow instructions of local authorities, and leave the country as soon as possible," the unit said.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Likud activists target Israel’s Defence Minister after he criticises soldier’s killing of disarmed terrorist

Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said he had no intention of changing his position condemning the Hebron shooting incident even after inciting photos of him were posted on social media, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Ya'alon has been at the centre of much contention in recent days in light of his comments backing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and many senior officials and officers in the defence establishment who came out against a Kfir Brigade soldier for shooting dead a terrorist who was already lying wounded on the ground.

The photos, showing the defence minister's face framed by a rifle's target, were posted on social media and passed on WhatsApp groups of Likud activists, calling for an "assassination" of Ya'alon's political career.

"After all kinds of fringe radical elements tried to portray me as the troubler of Israel, the next stage has come (that should not have surprised anyone) - the distribution of photos inciting against me," Ya'alon wrote on Facebook and Twitter.

"This won't do them any good. I have no intention of caving in or conceding the fight for the nature of the State of Israel and Israeli society. I will continue fighting for a just, sane and moral State of Israel. One that fights with an iron fist and determination against those who mean to cause it harm, while at the same time doesn't lose sight of its values or becomes apathetic."

Ya'alon went on to say that "this isn't about the right wing or the left wing - this is about our future and that of our children. This is about what country we aspire to live in: One that is part of the family of nations, Jewish and democratic, modern and tolerant, or a country that is declining towards dangerous and destructive paths. We must stand firm and uncompromising against the kind of harmful discourse that has taken over the country. This fight is more important and significant than anything else, and the sane forces in Israeli society must remain united to defeat it."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Twenty-six percent drop in terrorist attacks in March

The number of terrorist attacks carried out in Israeli-controlled areas in March decreased by 26 percent over February, making last month’s tally of 123 incidents the lowest recorded since July, the Times of Israel reports.

The only fatality among victims of March attacks inside Israel was US citizen Taylor Force, a Vanderbilt University student, who was killed in a stabbing attack on March 8 in Jaffa. That event also accounted for nine of the 26 victims wounded in terrorist attacks last month in Israel, according to data published earlier this week by the Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency.

Several Palestinians were killed last month, most of them while carrying out attacks.

Palestinian attacks in February resulted in the death of three victims and the wounding of 11 — a decrease from the slaying of five victims in January, when 28 were wounded.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


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