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Israeli Press Review of 19.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 19.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • At least 20 wounded in Jerusalem bus bombing

At least 20 people were injured, two seriously, when a bomb exploded on a bus in Jerusalem on Monday. The Shin Bet security service confirmed that the incident was a terror attack, Ha’aretz reports.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “reach the perpetrators and those who support them, and ensure those who stand behind it are held accountable.” He also sent wishes “for a speedy recovery to all those who were wounded.”

The blast occurred at about 5:50 P.M. on Moshe Baram Street, near Hebron Road, in southwest Jerusalem. It is the first bombing attack in Jerusalem since the second intifada ended in 2005.

An explosion tore through the bus on the number 12 line, which then set another bus – which was empty at the time – on fire. A Jerusalem Police spokesperson said that most of those hurt by the blast were passengers on the first bus.

“Based on a professional investigation by police demolitions experts, it appears that a bomb went off in the back of the bus, which caused injuries to passengers and the bus to catch fire. In addition, another bus and a private vehicle nearby were also damaged,” the spokesperson said.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Jordan cancels plans for security cameras on temple Mount

Jordan’s prime minister on Monday said his government had decided to call off a plan to install surveillance cameras at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, derailing a US-brokered pact to ease tensions at the volatile hilltop compound, the Times of Israel reports.

Abdullah Ensour told the state-run Petra News Agency that Jordan was calling off the plan due to Palestinian concerns.

“We were surprised since we announced our intention to carry out the project by the reactions of some of our brothers in Palestine who were skeptical about the project,” he said. “We have found that this project is no longer enjoying a consensus, and it might be controversial. Therefore we have decided to stop implementing it.”

The decision came just days before the Jewish holiday of Passover — a time of increased activity at the site. The Temple Mount is revered by Jews as the site of the biblical Temples, and by Muslims, who call it the Noble Sanctuary. It has been a frequent scene of violence in the past.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • IDF uncovers terror tunnel from Gaza into Israel

The IDF recently discovered a terror tunnel from Gaza into southern Israel, marking the first such discovery since 2014's Operation Protective Edge, Arutz sheva reports.

The tunnel was a particularly large and complex one; its route stretched along the eastern sector of Gaza all the way to southern Gaza, and crossed onto the Israeli side. At some points it reached as much as 30 meters in depth.

After being discovered, IDF forces quickly mobilised to secure and neutralise it - though precisely how is under a gag order, as is the tunnel's exact route.

A senior defence official told Arutz Sheva that the IDF's number one priority over the past year has been to locate such terror tunnels, which Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups in Gaza have been busily rebuilding since the 2014 war. Israel has repeatedly protested Hamas's use of international aid - particularly building materials - to rebuild its tunnel capabilities, while preventing the aid from reaching civilians in Gaza.

Click here to read the full article in Israel National News

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