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Israeli Press Review of 29.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 29.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Jews forbidden entry to Temple Mount after riots

Following violent protests in the Temple Mount area over the last two days, the police announced on Tuesday morning its intention to prevent tourists and Jewish Israelis from visiting the holy site until the end of Ramadan in an effort to calm tensions, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The protests were a result of Muslim visitors’ complaints over a supposed violation of the status-quo, which forbids Jews from visiting the Temple Mount during the Muslim holy month. The police initially said that it would make efforts to allow these visits to go on as usual, but eventually changed its mind.

For the past few years, the authorities’ policy was to bar Jews from visiting the site during Ramadan’s final few days, given the heightened tensions as Muslims congregate there. This year however, the policy was changed, but then subsequently changed once again due to the eruption of violence.

A statement released by the police said, “The Temple Mount will be closed to visitors” – meaning to Jewish visitors. It also stated that “Any disturbance of the peace will be dealt with aggressively. The police is in continuous contact with the local leadership and the Waqf, and is demanding that they work to prevent any and all disturbances of the peace at the (Temple Mount).”

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel acquires new long-range rockets

The IDF is equipping itself with Israel Military Industries’ (AKA Taas) Extra-type rockets, which have a range capability of 150 kilometers and which can hit targets within a ten-meter accuracy radius, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The augmentation of Israel's rocket arsenal comes as part of the country's preparations for the possibility of another future armed conflict in Lebanon with Hezbollah. 

The new rocket, developed in the Givon factory, has a diameter of 30 centimeters, and is approximately 4 meters long. It can also carry a variety of warheads, which can weigh up to 120 kilograms. The new rocket will enable Israel to strike thousands of Hezbollah targets spread throughout in Lebanon, thereby aiding the Israel Air Force's (IAF) fighter planes in eliminating them.

The new rockets are also expected to allow the IDF to mitigate some of the heavy costs associated with aerial assault raids, such as the costs of flights and smart bombs. In addition, the new system is less vulnerable to Hezbollah rockets than planes. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Lieberman wants carrot and stick policy in West Bank

Israel should apply a “differential” security policy, by which it would act with a “firm hand” in Palestinian areas from which many terrorist attacks originate, and ease conditions in areas that have not generated many attacks, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday.

He spoke after touring Central Command, where he received a briefing from OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Roni Numa and other senior officers, the Jerusalem Post reports.

In areas that have been quiet, the military should ease conditions on a larger level and for individual Palestinian civilians, Lieberman said. “This way, everyone will know that there are consequences for both directions,” the defence minister said.

Lieberman, who resides in the settlement of Nokdim, thanked the Central Command for its many efforts to secure residents. He issued the statement “as a resident of Judea, who has lived in the area for many years, and drives on the roads of Judea and Samaria.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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