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Israeli Press Review of 04.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 04.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Soldier in critical condition after car ramming attack

A soldier remained in critical condition on Wednesday morning after being wounded in a car ramming attack while manning a checkpoint in the Binyamin region of the West Bank the previous day, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Two other soldiers were also lightly wounded in the attack but remained in hospital overnight for observation.

The attack occurred after a Palestinian motorist drove his vehicle into the three soldiers while they were standing near a checkpoint between the settlements of Dolev and Talmon. The driver was subsequently shot and killed by other soldiers at the checkpoint.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Mortar shell fired at soldiers

A mortar shell was fired at IDF troops doing engineering work near the Gaza border fence on Wednesday morning, Yediot Aharonot reports.

None of the troops was hurt. The IDF responded with tank fire at a landfill in southern Gaza, not far from the Sufa Crossing. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Abu Khdeir murderer receives life sentence

Yosef Ben-David, who was convicted of the kidnapping and gruesome murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was sentenced on Tuesday to life (25 years) and a cumulative punishment of an additional 20 years in prison, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Ben-David and two minors, who were both convicted for their role in the murder, abducted the 16-year-old teenager and killed him after the funeral of the three Jewish teens Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, who were kidnapped and murdered on June 12, 2014. A day earlier, the three defendants tried to kidnap seven-year-old Moussa Zaloum while he was walking down the street in Beit Hanina with his mother and two brothers.

The Jerusalem District Court also ordered Ben-David to pay NIS 150,000 in compensation to the Abu Khdeir family, and NIS 20,000 to Moussa Zaloum.

Shortly before his sentencing was announced, Ben-David apologised to the Abu Khdeir family for the first time, saying "Everything that happened was out of my control. It's not my character and not who I am. I apologise and ask for forgiveness."

Ben-David, 30, was convicted last month of the murder in July 2014 after a November court ruling found him responsible for his actions, but did not convict him because of a previous psychiatric assessment presented by his attorneys that questioned his sanity.

Abu Khdeir's father Hussein said the sentence was not enough, "We want him to stay in prison for the rest of his life and die there."

The Abu Khdeir family's lawyer, Muhand Jabariya, said he submitted a request to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to consider destroying Ben-David's house, as is commonly done by Israel as an act of deterrence against Palestinian terrorists.

The prosecution welcomed the sentencing, saying "Every person, of every religion and race, ought to know that if he commits such acts - whatever the ideology he claims to act in the name of - the law enforcement system will bring him to justice."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
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