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Israel Press Review of 11.07.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 11.07.2016

Major Headlines
  • Egyptian foreign minister pushes for peace talks in rare Israel visit

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made a rare visit to Jerusalem on Sunday and asserted, standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, that Cairo remained a “steadfast and unwavering” supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Times of Israel reports.

Shoukry’s was the first such visit by an Egyptian foreign minister since 2007. Recently, Israel has emerged as a discreet ally of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has positioned himself as a central player in jump-starting the stalemated peace process.

The visit came amid talk of renewing an Arab peace initiative and with Israel’s military having recently saluted “unprecedented” intelligence cooperation with Egypt to combat the Islamic State group.

Netanyahu, for his part, welcomed Shoukry to Israel, saying the 1979 peace deal between Jerusalem and Cairo was “the cornerstone of regional stability.” He also hailed Sissi’s “recent offer of Egyptian leadership and efforts to advance peace with the Palestinians and a broader peace in our region,” and urged the Palestinians “to follow the courageous example of Egypt and Jordan and join us for direct negotiations.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israeli man injured in drive-by shooting attack in West Bank

A 30-year-old Israeli man was moderately wounded on Saturday night when shots were fired at his vehicle as he drove on a road near Tekoa, in the Gush Etzion region in the Southern West Bank, Israel Hayom reports..

After being hit, the man drove himself to an IDF position at the southern entrance to Efrat, where he was treated by medical personnel. The man was later transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem for further treatment.

It is believed the attack was carried out by a Palestinian gunman in a passing vehicle. Following the attack, IDF troops conducted searches in the area, including in the nearby Palestinian village of Sair.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


  • Police investigating Netanyahu on money laundering allegations

Israeli authorities are investigating Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on suspected money laundering allegations stemming from 2009, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The report posited that Netanyahu or one of his family members were the recipients of an alleged transfer of "large sums" of money that is not linked to any political or campaign funding.

In response, Netanyahu denied involvement in any of the allegations.

This new revelation comes just days after Channel 2 claimed that the prime minister is being investigated by police for illegally receiving funds from foreign business people during his current tenure as premier, which began in 2009.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Jordanian man shot after attempted carjacking

A Jordanian man who jumped the border into Israel was shot by a security guard after throwing rocks at a car in the Jordan Valley, Ha’aretz reports.

The incident took place on Route 90, in northern Israel. A woman whose car was the target of the rocks crashed into a road barrier and was lightly hurt.

The man, who the Israeli army described as "mentally unstable", then tried to force her out of the car, evidently in an effort to steal it, but was chased away by another driver who noticed the incident.

The assailant was then shot by a security guard from a nearby kibbutz. He was taken to a Tiberias hospital in moderate condition.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz

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