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Israeli Press Review of 03.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 03.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli man wounded in stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City

A 60-year-old Jewish man was stabbed near the Lion's Gate in the Old City late on Monday, the Jerusalem Post reports. The attacker was arrested after fleeing the scene. 

Extensive searches were conducted after the attack to find the stabber. Police arrested a young man, 18, from the West Bank, who admitted to carrying out the attack. 

The investigation is ongoing.

The attack comes following a relative lull of stabbings in the Old City over the past several weeks.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel expected to renew cement supplies to Gaza

Israel is expected to renew the supply of cement for private projects in the Gaza Strip in the coming days, security officials told Yediot Aharonot on Sunday.

The cement is meant for the reconstruction of thousands of civilian structures damaged or destroyed during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, as well as for use in aid and welfare projects in the Strip.

Israel halted the shipment of cement to the private sector in the Strip about a month ago in the wake of a Hamas attempt to pilfer the cement for its own purposes - likely for tunnel construction projects.

Supply of cement to international reconstruction projects, however, continued uninterrupted, as it operates on a different mechanism to that of the private sector.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Justice minister seeks to apply Israeli law to West Bank settlers

Israel’s Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked has announced that she plans on promoting the “Norms Bill,” which aims to give the same legal rights to settlers living beyond the Green Line as Israeli citizens living within it, Yediot Aharonot reports.

If approved, the law would in effect apply Israeli law to Jews living in the West Bank, widening the gap between the settlers and the Palestinians, who abide by Israeli military law.

Prior to discussing the bill at Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Shaked gave a speech on Sunday in front of the Legal Forum of Israel, saying that “conditions need to be equal. There are basic laws that do not apply in Judea and Samaria. It is my goal to equalise conditions within one year, either by a GOC (General Officer Commanding) decree or through legislation.”

During Netanyahu’s last term, a “Norms Bill” wishing to apply Israeli law to the West Bank was brought before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation by MKs Orit Strook and Yariv Levin. Due to the objections of then-Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, Netanyahu suspended the move, and it remained that way until its recent reintroduction.

At present, Israeli law states that any legislation passed in the Knesset will take effect in the West Bank through a GOC decree. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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