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Israeli Press Review of 26.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 26.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Jewish terror suspects indicted

Indictments were filed at the Lod District Court on Monday against members of a recently-uncovered Jewish terror cell, suspected of perpetrating terrorist acts and hate crimes against Palestinians, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The indictments include violent offences, weapons charges, and other crimes aimed against Palestinians and their property in the West Bank. The alleged acts were perpetrated in the Gush Talmonim area of the West Bank, near Ramallah. The suspects are accused of committing similar offences in the 2009-2013 period.

Last week, the Shin Bet revealed that had arrested six suspects, five from the Binyamin area, and one from Kiryat Arba, near Hebron. Three of the suspects are Pinchas Sandorfi, 22, Itamar Ben Aharon, 20 and Michael Kaplan, 20. Among them are also two minors, 16 and 17 years old, and an IDF soldier, all of whose identities are under gag order. They are suspected of being involved in security offences against Palestinians, setting vehicles on fire, assault, and throwing a Molotov cocktail and gas grenade towards inhabited homes.

The Shin Bet claims that a short while after their arrest, the suspects confessed to their deeds, and even re-enacted several of the events.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Brush fire ravages acres of forest land in northern Israel

Acres of forest land were burned in northern Israel on Monday, when a large blaze broke out in the Biriya Forest in the Upper Galilee region, close to the city of Safed, the Times of Israel reports.

At least six fire engines and six fire-fighting planes were called in to tackle the flames that spread in the area, which is traditionally believed to be the location of the grave of Yonatan ben Uziel, a Jewish scholar who lived around the turn of the first century.

Hikers in the area were evacuated from the site, and local roads were closed as a precaution. After several hours, fire-fighters declared they had the flames under control. There were no reports of injuries.

Fire-fighters were also called in to deal with a blaze in the area of Gedera, in the centre of the country, Channel 2 reported.

Earlier on Monday, a fire broke out along Route 3, near Moshav Yesodot in central Israel. Train services in the area were halted and hikers were also evacuated from the area. 

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Police to recommend closing fraud investigation against Herzog

Israeli police will recommend a fraud investigation against opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) be closed, the i24 news website reports.

The investigation surrounded Herzog's conduct during the last Labour primaries in 2013, where he was alleged to have received funding from a private company, in contravention of campaign financing laws.

Herzog was questioned by police under caution last week after they came into possession of documents, including invoices, that tied the opposition leader to the accusations against him.

Herzog has firmly denied the accusations levied against him since the investigation was announced, taking to Facebook to affirm his faith in Israeli law enforcement.

“I went this morning to present my version at the request of law enforcement officials,” Herzog wrote in a Hebrew post on social media.

“From the moment that the existence of a probe leaked… I requested permission to respond so that I could put the matter behind me. I have complete faith in the law enforcement officials and I thank them for their respectful and fair treatment."

At the same time that an investigation was launched against Herzog, it was announced that Israeli Interior Minister and current chairman of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, Arye Deri, was also under investigation for corruption in an unrelated case.

Click here to read the full article in i24

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