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Israeli Press Review of 10.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 10.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel revokes Palestinian Ramadan permits after Tel Aviv terror attack

All permits given to Palestinians for Ramadan have been suspended following the Tel Aviv terror attack, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said overnight on Thursday.

These include some 83,000 permits, most of them to visit family in Israel. Permits for Gaza residents to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem have also been suspended, Ha’aretz reports.

"There will be firm action by other security elements, not only to locate anyone who cooperated with this murder, but also to prevent further actions. We will act firmly and intelligently," the prime minister said.  

Four people were killed in the attack and more were wounded. On Thursday morning, it was reported that four victims and the perpetrator of the attack were hospitalised in moderate condition at Ichilov Hospital's intensive care units. Another two women who were lightly wounded have been released from hospital.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Tel Aviv mayor criticises government and occupation

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai spoke on Army Radio about Tel Aviv and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in light of Wednesday night's terror attack at Sarona Market.

Huldai spoke of the situation under which Palestinians live: "We are probably the only country in which another people is living under occupation without civil rights and the leadership is saying the situation will (make conditions ripe) in favour of an agreement."

He added, "I know the reality and I know that courageous leaders need to aspire to take action and not just pay lip service. The fact that we are tolerating this misery will not lead to the change that needs to be made."

Huldai argued that the status quo cannot be maintained: "You can’t hold people in a situation of occupation and hope they’ll reach the conclusion everything is all right."

Huldai also suggested that a worse security situation may be the only way for Israeli citizens to realise that there is no alternative but to try to reach an agreement.

After Wednesday’s attack Huldai issued a statement: "It was a hard night in Tel Aviv. There was another attack in which terrorists, who were apparently sitting at a coffee shop, hid their weapons and then started firing indiscriminately.

"We ask the public to remain calm. We in Tel Aviv are a target of terrorism, and they are trying to disrupt our lives. We will continue to enjoy living in the city, and terrorism will not make us surrender. I ask everyone to return to their daily routine tomorrow."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Netanyahu: US, not Moscow, cornerstone of our foreign relations

The US remains Israel’s chief ally and cannot be replaced by Russia, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday before flying home after a two-day visit to Moscow, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“It is not desirable or practical to replace the United States [with Russia]. The US is the cornerstone of our foreign relations,” Netanyahu told reporters.

He had visited Moscow for the third time this year, and had held his fourth face-to-face meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

Although the trip was a celebration of 25 years of diplomatic ties, it fueled speculation that Israel is seeking to grow closer to Moscow and to distance itself from Washington, particularly in light of Netanyahu’s contentious relationship with President Barack Obama, with whom he has met only once in the past year.

But Netanyahu said that the idea that his frequent trips to Russia were part of a plan to replace Washington with Moscow is “nonsense.”

“I’m not looking for an alternative. We have a firm relationship with the US,” Netanyahu said, describing it as “steadfast and unwavering.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

 

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