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Israeli Press Review of 24.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 24.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Parties resolve differences in coalition talks

Leaders of the Yisrael Beytenu and Kulanu parties met late on Monday night in an effort to finalise a draft of a coalition agreement after apparently resolving a crisis over pensions for veteran immigrants and other disadvantaged elderly people, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The progress in the coalition talks came after a day in which Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) each delivered vigorous addresses to the press in which they vowed not to compromise. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu downplayed the impasse and said it would be resolved.

“There are negotiations, which have ups and downs,” Netanyahu told the Likud faction.

“I’ve conducted countless processes of negotiations. It takes an effort, and there are always crises and blow-ups. They always say everything is collapsing, but the truth is that nothing is collapsing. It just takes time. Don’t lose hope.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Soldier who shot neutralised terrorist enters not guilty plea

Elor Azaria, who was charged with manslaughter after shooting dead an already-neutralised terrorist, pleaded not guilty in court on Monday, Yediot Aharonot reports. 

In the response to the indictment, Azaria’s attorneys claimed that “The defendant acted in a fraction of a second to neutralise the terrorist to prevent an attack on himself and his friends who were standing close to the terrorist. He did not see any other way to save their lives or his own. The defendant admits that the gun fire may have killed the terrorist but that it definitely neutralised him.”

The plea went on to state that “the defendant saw a situation in which, given the circumstances, the terrorist was wearing an explosive belt and carrying a knife as part of a combined attack and his movements indicated that he intended to detonate the belt on his body which could have had serious consequences.”

During the trial the prosecutor asked about the circumstantial connection between the shooting and the death of the terrorist after the defence claimed that the shooting “may have caused the death of the terrorist.” In response, the defence said that it is investigating the matter using its own pathologist.

Initial investigations showed that Azaria shot the terrorist six minutes after the attack even though soldiers from another unit had already neutralised him. Two of the unit commanders were reprimanded for their failure to treat the terrorist and their failure to remove him from the scene of the attack. According to an army general, Azaria took it upon himself to open fire. Moreover, the indictment handed down to him was unequivocal when it stated that “the terrorist was left lying on the ground and was still alive. He posed no immediate or real threat to civilian lives or the soldiers around him.” 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel resumes Gaza cement shipments

Lorries laden with cement began making their way into Gaza on Monday after Israel resumed the shipment of cement after a 45-day ban, the Jerusalem Post reports.

In early April, Israel temporarily suspended the delivery of cement to Gaza’s private sector after it discovered that Hamas was siphoning the material, which is intended to rebuild destroyed houses.

The first of some 90 truckloads of cement entered the Gaza Strip on Monday through an Israeli-controlled border crossing.

Hamas has denied Israeli charges that it siphons off cement imports to fortify attack tunnels.

"The occupation has today allowed the re-entering of cement like before to the Strip. It is expected that 2,500 tons will enter, from 2,000 to 2,500 tons today,'' said Munir Al-Ghalban who manages the Kerem Shalom Crossing on the Gaza side.

Meanwhile, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, welcomed the resumption of the shipments, saying in a statement that "all sides need to ensure that cement deliveries reach their intended beneficiaries and are used solely for civilian purposes."

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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