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Israeli Press Review of 11.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 11.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel marks Memorial Day for fallen soldiers

A siren sounded across Israel at 8 P.M. on Tuesday night to mark the Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, Ha’aretz reports

The ceremonies for Memorial Day began Tuesday evening, in remembrance of the 23,477 who have fallen in defense of Israel since 1860. The Defence Ministry released the official number of the fallen starting with the date when the Jewish community in the Land of Israel first moved outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke from Yad Levanim in Jerusalem on Tuesday, marking the beginning of commemoration ceremonies.

"We won't give up hope to make peace with our enemies, but first we'll reconcile within ourselves. National reconciliation comes out of the shared fate," Netanyahu said in his speech. 

The number of those remembered include those who died serving as soldiers, members of the Shin Bet security service, Mossad, Israel Police, Prisons Service and those who died while serving in the pre-state underground militias and the Jewish Brigade in the British Army.

The number of civilians who have been killed in “hostile acts” since the end of the War of Independence is 2,576, reported the National Insurance Institute.

On Wednesday, a second siren was to sound for two minutes starting at 11 A.M. After the siren, the official Memorial Day ceremony was to be held on Mount Herzl, with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Netanyahu and army chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot in attendance.

Other ceremonies were to be held simultaneously in military cemeteries all over the country. Ya’alon will speak at the ceremony in the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv.

The official ceremony in honour of civilians killed in terrorist attacks was to be held in the early afternoon on Wednesday at Mount Herzl.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Israeli soldier seriously wounded in blast at West Bank checkpoint

An Israeli officer was seriously wounded on Tuesday by an explosive device at the West Bank checkpoint of Hizme, north of Jerusalem, Ha’aretz reports

The incident occurred as the officer noticed a suspicious object and left his vehicle to investigate. He was evacuated to hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment.

After the blast, several other suspicious objects were safely detonated at the scene and security forces began searching for those responsible and for possible additional devices. Overall, nine explosives were discovered. It seems that four pipe bombs exploded, wounding the officer. 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Manhunt in Jerusalem for stabber of two Jewish women in their 80s

Two women in their 80's were stabbed on Tuesday morning on the Golden Promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighbourhood in Jerusalem.Police are still searching for the suspect, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The victims were taken to hospital in light to moderate condition.

The two women were walking with three other friends when they were attacked from behind.

The women reported that the attackers were Palestinians, and that following the attack they had fled to the Jabel Mukaber neighbourhood in east Jerusalem.

The head of the hospital’s trauma unit said that one of the victims was an 86 year old who was stabbed in the back, but that her life was not in danger. The other victim is 80 years old in moderate condition.

Police suspect the motivation for the attack to be nationalistic.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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