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Israeli Press Review of 27.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 27.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Shin Bet thwarts Hamas smuggling of terror materials

Security forces in cooperation with the Shin Bet stopped a shipment of metal tubes and water pumps into the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The metal tubes are of the variety typically used by Hamas terrorists to construct mortars, while the water pumps are typically used to pump water out of Hamas tunnels as they are being dug. The items were being shipped disguised in a textile and jewelery shipment. The seizure occurred at the Tarkumiya checkpoint next to Hebron.

The tubes and motors were supposed to continue with the textiles and jewelry into Gaza, and were supposed to pass through the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Jerusalem homes evacuated as massive fires rage

Large numbers of firefighters battled several large-scale blazes on Thursday in the general Jerusalem area, with fires caused by Lag ba’Omer bonfires, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The fire is spreading because of strong winds and nearing an inhabited area, leading to the evacuation of houses in the capital and its surrounding areas.

Residents were evacuated from 60 houses in the neighbourhood of Ramot; 10 from a house in Abu Ghosh; and from five apartments in Gilo.

Eighteen firefighting teams were deployed, as well as a water tank and eight firefighting planes. Jerusalem's Fire Department put out a cross-district general call for assistance.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel forming civil defence units in preparation for possible conflict with Hezbollah

Israel is forming civil defence units throughout northern Israel to assist in any future conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, Colonel Eren Makov, the Northern Regional Commander of the Homefront Command told The Media Line in an interview, subsequently reported in the Jerusalem Post.

“There is a big change in the Arab population in Israel in that they are much more willing to cooperate with us,” Makov said. “We give them training in what to do and they see it as a contribution.”

Makov said that more than half of the residents of northern Israel are Arab citizens of Israel, and are under the same missile threat from Hezbollah as Jewish citizens of Israel. While the vast majority of Arab citizens of Israel do not serve in the Israeli army, he said these civil defense units are not part of the army but of the Home Front Command and, for example, volunteers do not wear uniforms.

Israel is not on the verge of a war with Hezbollah, Israeli analysts and military officials say. Hezbollah is bogged down in the civil war in Syria and has lost thousands of fighters defending Syrian President Bashar Assad against rebel groups and Islamic State. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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