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Israeli Press Review of 22.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 22.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • IDF imposes general closure on West Bank for Pesach holiday

The IDF imposed a general closure on the West Bank and shut down Gaza border crossings on Thursday night, the Jerusalem Post reports. The closure will continue throughout the Passover period.

The decision came following instructions with the government, as well as a security evaluation, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said. The closure will be lifted on April 23 at 11:59 pm, "in line with a [security] evaluation," the IDF added.

Meanwhile, Israel's security establishment has raised its level of alert in preparation for a feared rise in terrorist attacks during the Passover holiday, which starts on Friday evening.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Suspect arrested in 2015 Hebron stabbing attack

Israeli security forces on Thursday arrested a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and seriously injuring an Israeli in a West Bank terror attack last October, the Times of Israel reports.

The unnamed suspect had been on the loose for nearly six months after stabbing Meir Pavlovsky, 30, in Kiryat Arba and fleeing the scene.

Police at the time said the suspect had fled into nearby Hebron.

Pavlovsky, originally from Ukraine, was stabbed in the stomach and back and was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in serious condition. He underwent several surgeries to stabilise his condition.

Three weeks after the stabbing, Pavlovsky got engaged to his girlfriend.

The stabbing attack occurred on October 8, 2015, one of four such attacks that day in which a total of nine people were injured.

The attacks came near the beginning of a wave of terror assaults which have included stabbing, shootings, car-rammings and, most recently, a bus bombing in Jerusalem in which 20 people were injured. The bomber was the only casualty in the attack.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Netanyahu hails “very successful” meeting with Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday labelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day as “very successful,” adding that the two countries reached understandings over issues that had previously not been sufficiently clarified, the Times of Israel reports.

“I set the goal of the meeting as strengthening coordination between Russia and Israel to prevent mishaps,” Netanyahu said. “I think we clarified some matters, and that is very important.”

The issues of the Syrian civil war and the ownership of the Golan had been expected to top the agenda at the meeting. Russia has been carrying out air raids in Syria in support of embattled President Bashar Assad since September of last year. And although Moscow recently announced it would withdraw many of its troops from the war-torn country, Russian planes still regularly fly sorties there.

Netanyahu said that Israeli and Russian military officials had also discussed coordination between their armies.

“I think [such coordination] is crucial because we have to keep the freedom of movement for the army and the air force in the places that are important to us in terms of our security, and I think that this essential,” he said.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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