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Israeli Press Review of 09.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 09.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Death toll in Tel Aviv shooting rises as fourth victim succumbs to wounds

Four people were killed and several others wounded in a coordinated terrorist assault on Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market on Wednesday evening, in one of the deadliest attacks in the city since Palestinian violence erupted last October, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Tel Aviv Police head Asst.-Ch. Moshe Edri called the shooting a “serious terrorist attack,” saying that two terrorists came to the market and opened fire randomly at civilians. Eyewitnesses said that the terrorists were disguised as religious Jews and wore kippot.

Edri said the police did not have warnings of a terrorist attack at the site. He said police have increased deployments in the city but that schools would be open on Thursday and people can keep their normal routine, though he also implored the public to exercise caution and to report suspicious persons.

The two attackers were relatives from Yata in the South Hebron Hills and were said to be in their twenties.

The Hebron area is a known Hamas stronghold.

Mayor Ron Huldai said that while Tel Aviv “is a target for terrorists, we will continue to live in this city... terrorism will not defeat us and we must strive for peace.”

Dr. Pini Halperin, head of the emergency room at Ichilov Hospital, said the hospital received 10 wounded people, four of whom later died of their wounds. He said one of the terrorists was among the wounded being treated in the hospital, and was listed in serious condition on Wednesday night.

The attack is the first terrorist shooting in Tel Aviv since New Year’s Day, when Israeli Arab Nashat Milhem opened fire at a Dizengoff bar, killing two before murdering a cab driver.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Herzog questioned again by police

Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) was again questioned by police last week, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Two months previously, the police's Lahav 433 unit questioned him on suspicion of receiving illicit contributions failing to report donations he received, and giving a false statement.

This investigation surrounds Herzog's primary campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party three years ago.

According to a source in the opposition leader's office who spoke on Wednesday night, "This was a small follow-up that had been planned for a while ago and got postponed. In Mr. Herzog's opinion, nothing new came up. Herzog trusts the law-enforcement authorities and is certain that it will soon be proven that his conduct was impeccable."

A preliminary investigation was launched against Herzog in late March on suspicion he used funds from his private company – which specializes in bringing foreign caregivers into Israel – to fund his campaign during the Labour party primaries in 2013.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre to be renovated

A team of experts began a historic renovation this week at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The project is focused on reinforcing and preserving the Edicule — the ancient chamber housing Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It has been the first repair work at the tomb since 1810, when the shrine was restored and given its current shape following a fire.

An ornate structure with hanging oil lamps, columns, and oversized candlesticks, the Edicule was erected above the spot where Christian tradition says Jesus' body was anointed, wrapped in cloth and buried before his resurrection. It stands a few hundred meters from the site of Jesus' crucifixion.

Though the church is one of Christianity's holiest shrines, its hallowed status has not prevented clerics from engaging in turf rivalries over the years, mainly those from the three major denominations that manage the site: Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox.

The clergymen are attempting to put aside their differences for the renovation - a testament to the dire need for the repairs. This was made all the more clear when last year police briefly shut down the building after Israel's Antiquities Authority deemed it unsafe, prompting the Christian denominations to join forces. 

"We equally decided the required renovation was necessary to be done, so we agreed upon it", said the Rev. Samuel Aghoyan, the top Armenian official at the church.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

 

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