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Israeli Press Review of 05.07.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 05.07.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel hits Syrian army after errant shells hit territory

The Israel Defence Forces struck two Syrian artillery cannons late on Sunday after errant fire from the war-torn country struck near the border fence, the Times of Israel reports.

The Syrian-Israeli border fence was damaged in the initial incident, but no Israeli civilians or soldiers were injured by the shells that struck overnight Saturday-Sunday, the IDF said.

Generally, the IDF rapidly responds to errant fire, shelling Syrian positions hours after the incident. An army spokesperson would only cite “operational considerations” as the reason behind the nearly full-day delay.

Using artillery fire, Israel shelled the two Syrian army cannons, which were a part of a larger artillery battery, IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said.

Israel has maintained an official policy of non-intervention in the Syrian civil war, which has rocked the country for over five years and left hundreds of thousands dead.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Cabinet approves building Jewish and Arab homes in east Jerusalem

The Israeli government has approved plans for the construction of 800 new homes for Jewish Israelis in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, while at the same time authorising 600 new housing units for Arabs in east Jerusalem, the i24 news website reports.

The move's author is understood to be the recently appointed Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and has been backed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

The announcement came a month after the Jerusalem District Court condemned the state for not issuing tenders for the construction of housing for Arabs in Givat Hamatos while similar plans for Jewish housing had been approved. 

Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin (Likud) criticised the plans for the construction of Arab homes in east Jerusalem.

"Anyone who cares about a Jewish majority in the capital of Israel can't promote construction for the Arab population alone," Elkin said. "I call on the prime minister to also approve construction in the Givat Hamatos neighbourhood for Jews. Jerusalem needs this neighborhood and over 2,000 housing units urgently."

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Turkish shipment for Gaza arrives at crossing point

The first truck from the Turkish transport ships has arrived from Ashdod Port to the Kerem Shalom crossing. The truck contained a shipment of toys (dolls and teddy bears) as well as nappies in cartons bearing the Turkish flag, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Israeli Ministry of Defence Crossing Authority personnel and COGAT officials unloaded the goods and prepared them for transfer into Gaza.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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