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Israeli Press Review of 14.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 14.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Rivlin sends condolences to Obama after Orlando killings

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin said the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded dozens more is "as cowardly as it is abhorrent," Yediot Aharonot reports.

In a letter to US President Barack Obama, Reuven Rivlin said Monday that Israel stands "shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters" after the attack on the LGBT community.

He sent his condolences and said there is "no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them."

LGBT groups in Israel planned rallies and other support for the community in Orlando.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, also issued a statement saying, "On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I extend our deepest condolences to the American people following last night’s horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando."

"Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States at this moment of tragic loss. We send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a full and speedy recovery to the wounded," he said.

During the opening of the government's weekly cabinet session on Monday, Netanyahu said, “We are all shocked by the terrible massacre in Orlando. I wish to express our national condolences to the American people and to the families. Islamic terror threatens the entire world and all enlightened nations need to unite in order to fight against it."

A number of solidarity events with the victims of the Orlando attacks took place around Israel on Sunday afternoon and evening. The Tel Aviv Municipality lit its southern façade overlooking Rabin Square to display the LGBT pride, American, and Israeli flags, and a candlelight vigil was held at Gan Meir. In Jerusalem, a group of people gathered in Zion Square holding rainbow flags and signs of support.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Arab MK under fire for urging UN anti-Israel investigation

The Israeli mission to the United Nations has lambasted Joint Arab List Chairman Ayman Odeh after the lawmaker enlisted the Palestinian mission to the UN to advocate for an investigation surrounding Israel's policies toward its Arab minority, Israel Hayom reports.

Odeh sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon via the Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour, asking the UN to investigate Israel's treatment of its Bedouin population in the Negev and its alleged efforts to take away their land.

Odeh asked that Ban send a "fact-finding mission to the Negev to examine the dire situation of the land's indigenous Arab population, and work to secure their rights as guaranteed by international law and conventions."

Rather than continuing the correspondence with Mansour, Ban's office decided to send a response to the Israeli mission. In a letter sent to the Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said Ban was not in favour of such an investigation.

Danon lashed out at Odeh this week over his efforts. In a letter to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, he said Odeh's conduct was "appalling" and said he "crossed a red line" by using the Palestinian mission to contact Ban.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


  • Lieberman orders holding of terrorists’ bodies

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has issued an order not to return the bodies of Palestinian terrorists killed during attacks, reversing the policy of Moshe Ya'alon, his predecessor, Ha’aretz reports.

Lieberman made his directive after Israel's diplomatic-security cabinet convened to discuss next steps after four were killed in a shooting attack at Tel Aviv's Sarona Market.

Ya'alon had argued that retaining bodies only inflames the atmosphere and does not constitute a bargaining chip. Army brass tended to agree with Ya'alon. Lieberman asserts that returning bodies sends the wrong message regarding the perpetrators, and preventing their return can deter potential attackers from their families.

A senior official in Jerusalem said that during the three-hour security cabinet meeting, Lieberman asked Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to look into the possibility of shortening the legal process to allow faster demolitions of terrorist homes.

"Mendelblit and others explained to him that Israel was a lawful state and that there were courts and there's a process that must be maintained," a senior official privy to the contents of the meeting said. Lieberman however insisted and said there were other countries in which the law allows the demolition of houses within 24 hours. Several ministers then asked Lieberman to which countries he was referring to, but the defence minister did not respond and the meeting continued.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz

 

  • Attempted stabbing attack against soldier thwarted near Nablus

A Palestinian terrorist was shot and critically wounded following an attempted stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, the Jerusalem Post reports. 

According to the IDF, the assailant approached military forces stationed at a checkpoint near the village of Beit Furik, south of Nablus, where he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab one of the soldiers positioned in the area. 

IDF forces quickly responded by shooting the attacker, abating his ability to commit any further harm.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

 

  • Police remove two Jewish visitors from Temple Mount

Two Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount were removed from the premises of the holy site on Sunday after violating the rules of entry, the Times of Israel reports.

Jews are permitted to visit the Temple Mount, but prohibited from praying on the contested holy site.

Four Muslim visitors to the flashpoint site were taken in for questioning on suspicion of public disturbance. Police said 1,034 visitors came to the Temple Mount on Sunday, the vast majority foreign tourists.

Sunday marked the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and thousands of worshippers visited Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which abuts the flashpoint holy site.

Jews consider the Temple Mount, site of two Jewish temples in antiquity, the holiest site on Earth, while Muslims deem the complex, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, their religion’s third holiest.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

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