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Israeli Press Review of 04.07.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 04.07.2016

Major Headlines
  • Shooting attack on family in West Bank kills father, wounds mother and children

A father was killed, a mother critically wounded, and two children—a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl—were injured in a shooting attack which took place on Friday afternoon in the southern West Bank between Beit Hagai and Otniel, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The murdered man was Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark, his wounded wife is Chava, and the boy and girl present in the car are Pedayah and Tehila, respectively. The couple have ten children.

The family was driving in their car when the tailing terrorist began to overtake them and opened fire. At least 19 shots were fired, and the attacked family's car flipped as the driver was shot.

The terrorists then fled the scene in their vehicle, prompting security forces to launch a wide scale search.

Har Hevron Regional Council head Yochay Damri released a message to the council's citizens: "Our blood boils; again, we have experienced a shocking murder, and again on the Sabbath eve against a Har Hevron family.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Rocket fired from Gaza hits vacant Israeli pre-school

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday night exploded outside a pre-school in the border town of Sderot, causing damage to the property, the Times of Israel reports.

There were no direct casualties in the attack.

An earlier rocket exploded in an open area in the Sha’ar HaNegev region, causing no damage.

The launches set off warning sirens throughout Sderot as well as other communities in the area.

Residents then reported hearing two loud explosions.

Several people in the vicinity of the Sderot impact site suffered from shock.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israel mourns Elie Wiesel as one of its own

Elie Wiesel never lived in Israel, but on Sunday the country mourned the death of the esteemed author and Nobel peace laureate as though it had lost a national icon, the Times of Israel reports.

A frequent visitor who was fluent in Hebrew, Wiesel was a confidant of prime ministers and a towering cultural figure so revered that two premiers considered nominating him to be the country’s ceremonial president.

His unwavering support for Israel proved divisive at times, with critics arguing that he ignored the suffering of the Palestinians and backed Israeli settlements. He also waded into last year’s debate over the nuclear deal with Iran, attending an address by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the US Congress that angered the White House.

As perhaps the world’s most famous Holocaust survivor, Wiesel was championed by Israeli leaders as a symbol of the Jewish people’s journey from the depths of despair to the redemption of having a land of their own. His enduring legacy of “Never Again” mirrored the psyche of a nation built on the ashes of the Nazi genocide of six million Jews and facing constant strife in the Middle East.

“Your voice will continue to be heard. It is ingrained in our nation,” eulogised Shimon Peres, the former president and a fellow Nobel peace laureate. “Our people have known darkness and terrible danger, but also amazing rebirth. This is what allows us to continue on.”

Wiesel’s connection to Israel began immediately after it gained independence in 1948, when he arrived to the newborn state as a foreign correspondent for a French newspaper. He later worked as a roving reporter for an Israeli daily.

He moved to New York in 1956, and gained fame with the publication of his landmark Holocaust book “Night.” He became an American citizen, published dozens of books and later hobnobbed with presidents who welcomed him to the White House and tasked him with planning an American Holocaust memorial museum. He received the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

But in many ways his heart remained in Israel, a place he visited three times a year. In 1961, he covered the trial of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. In 1969, he married his wife there.

In his words of commemoration, Netanyahu said Jerusalem “represented to him our ability to rise from the pit and reach new heights.”

“The memory of this man, who taught us what memory is, will be enshrined in our hearts and in the heart of humanity forever,” he said.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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