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Israeli Press Review of 06.07.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 06.07.2016

Major Headlines
  • Plane lands safely in Tel Aviv after bomb scare

Two Swiss Air Force jets were scrambled to escort an El Al Israeli passenger plane en route from New York to Tel Aviv due to a bomb alert on Tuesday, Ha’aretz reports.

The Boeing 747 later landed safely, on schedule, in Tel Aviv.

The Swiss jets established visual contact with the pilot, as it flew over Switzerland, a spokesman for Skyguide, a firm that monitors Swiss airspace, said. 

The Foreign Ministry said U.S. aviation authorities had received an "anonymous tip about a bomb inside an airplane kitchenette."

"The Americans updated Swiss authorities while the plane was in Swiss airspace, and the Swiss scrambled fighter jets to escort the plane," the ministry said.

"An examination showed the plane was 'clean' and it continued its journey as usual."

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews oppose West Bank withdrawal

Just over half of Israel's Jewish population (52%) would vote against an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank excluding major settlement blocs, a recent survey has found, according to the i24 online news site.

The June 2016 Peace Index asked Israelis how they would vote if a referendum were to be held on the future of the West Bank and some 36 percent of Israeli Jews said they would support a withdrawal “in principle.” 

When it comes to Israel's Arab population, some 69% said they would support a withdrawal with only 24% opposing it.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Would-be stabber shot by soldier at bus stop

A terrorist attempted to stab a soldier at a bus stop on Route 5 near Ariel in the northern west Bank on Tuesday night, Yediot Aharonot reports. The IDF soldier that the terrorist was attempting to stab shot her.

A large amount of police and IDF forces came to the scene after the event, and paramedics provided first aid to the attacker before evacuating her to hospital in Petach Tikva in critical condition. 

 read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Knesset Speaker urges Israel to recognize Armenian genocide

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Tuesday urged Israel to recognise the Armenian genocide, despite the friction this might cause in ties with Turkey, with which has recently normalised relations, the Times of Israel reports.

“We must not ignore, belittle or deny this terrible genocide,” Edelstein declared as the Knesset marked the 1915 mass killing. “We must disconnect the current interests, bound to this time and place, and the difficult past, of which this dark chapter is a part.”

Israel’s refusal thus far to formally recognise the Armenian genocide is based on geopolitical and strategic considerations, prime among them relations with Turkey, which vehemently denies that Ottoman Turks committed genocide. Israel and Turkey signed a rapprochement deal last week, upgrading the diplomatic relationship after years of frosty ties over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

“Let us not remain indifferent, even belatedly, to the suffering of the Armenians,” Edelstein continued. “Preserving the memory of the Armenian genocide is important for everyone as human beings, as those who have moral responsibility and who strive constantly to improve and fix the world and society.”

Dozens of members of the Jerusalem Armenian community rallied outside of the Knesset on Tuesday demanding the government recognise the atrocities 101 years ago.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Wednesday, July 06, 2016
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