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Israeli Press Review of 23.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 23.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Ya’alon resigns from Knesset citing lack of faith in Netanyahu

Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon notified Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his resignation from the government on Friday morning, the Jerusalem Post reports.

In a statement he posted on his social media accounts, Ya'alon said that he took the decision to leave "following the recent conduct" of Netanyahu, and "in light of my lack of faith in him."

"I am resigning from the government and Knesset, and am taking a time out from political life," Ya'alon said.

The move came after Ya'alon was ousted by Netanyahu as defence minister in favour of Avigdor Liberman, who is currently in final negotiations to bring his Yisrael Beytenu party into the governing coalition.

Prior to Ya'alon's announcement on Friday morning, it had been believed that Netanyahu would offer him the job of foreign minster as compensation.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick to replace Ya’alon as Knesset member

American-born Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick will replace Moshe Ya'alon in the Knesset, following the latter's resignation on Friday, Ha’aretz reports.

Glick, who survived an assassination attempt in October 2014, is the next in line on the Likud's list of Knesset candidates to replace a sitting Knesset member.

"I pray to God that He give me good counsel and accompany me as an emissary for the nation of Israel, to sanctify the name of Heaven and to increase peace and light in the world and work to unify the nation of Israel," Glick told the Arutz Sheva website on Friday.

Yehuda Glick, 50, came to prominence in October 2014, when he was shot four times at point-blank range outside the Begin Heritage Centre in Jerusalem.

Glick later said that that the gunman had apologised before firing at him, saying: "I'm very sorry, but you're an enemy of Al-Aqsa. I have to."

Glick survived the shooting, though he was severely injured, and left hospital in late November 2014.

Glick, who lives in the settlement of Otniel, is the leader of HaLiba, a coalition of groups dedicated to “reaching complete and comprehensive freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount,” and chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation.

He was previously executive director of The Temple Institute, which promotes the construction of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Israeli government approves revised gas deal

The government on Sunday approved a revised version of the gas deal that the High Court of Justice had previously ruled against, Ha’aretz reports.

The revised framework doesn’t include the contentious stability clause that the court was particularly against, and instead offers a reserved government statement.

"The revised gas framework pact incorporates within it the comments that were received from the High Court of Justice," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "Now the most important thing is not to loiter, to move forward to and to bring the gas. I think this is a very important, even historical, step for the economy of Israel and in particular for citizens, and we're using a gift bestowed on us by nature for the good of the country and its citizens."

Last March, the High Court of Justice ruled against the government’s controversial framework deal with companies that own and operate Israel’s offshore natural gas fields.

Specifically, the ruling struck down the stability clause, a key part of the framework that committed the Israeli government not to impose any regulatory changes on the gas industry for at least 10 years.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Gunman opens fire on Israeli bus in West Bank

A gunman opened fire on an armoured Israeli bus traveling in the West Bank on Saturday evening, the Times of Israel reports.

No injuries were reported in the incident which occurred near the settlement of Tekoa but the bus sustained some damage.

According to witnesses, the gunman opened fire from a passing vehicle.

Residents of Tekoa received messages instructing them not to leave the settlement as security forces were sweeping the area for suspects.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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