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Israel Press Review of 22/08/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 22/08/2016

Major Headlines
  • Gaza rocket explodes in Sderot

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in the southern Israeli community of Sderot on Sunday afternoon, the Jerusalem Post reports.

In response, the IDF struck Hamas terror infrastructure targets in the northern Gaza Strip with air power and struck additional sites by tank fire.

The IDF said that it will "continue to act with determination at all times to guard the security of the citizens of the State of Israel."

Police confirmed that the site of the Gaza projectile's remains had been located in the city.

There were no initial reports of injuries or damage. Local residents were prohibited from the area until police bomb disposal experts concluded investigations.

The city of Sderot has a population of 19,000 residents. According to the IDF, 14 rockets from Gaza have been fired into Israel so far in 2016.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu and Herzog reportedly hold secret meeting in Caesarea

Have unity government talks resumed? According to a report published on Friday on Channel 2, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader and chairman of the Zionist Union Isaac Herzog met in secret last week. Both sides deny the meeting, but did admit that they were in Caesarea on Thursday.

Netanyahu had a day off at home, and Herzog says he was in Caesarea, but claims he was meeting with friends. In response, Herzog's office said: "According to a fundamentally absurd report from Channel 2 News, it is now clear that once again there are problems in the coalition; apparently the pressure from the mess that Minister Katz caused has overflowed and again false information is being spread, and again there are those who fall for it."

Amir Peretz, a Zionist Union member, denied involvement with a unity government and accused Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid for being responsible for what he called 'spin,' saying "there is no chance that the Zionist Union will join Netanyahu. It seems that we're dealing with a spin from Lapid who profits the most from it. It is possible and necessary to replace Netanyahu, and that's our main goal and we will achieve it." 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel suspects Hezbollah behind explosives near northern border

Israel's defence establishment estimates that Hezbollah was behind a bag containing explosive devices found last month near the Israeli town of Metula on the border with Lebanon. The charges were likely meant to be used in an attack against Israelis, Ha’aretz reports.

The devices were located in an agricultural area south of Metula three week ago. According to a report on Israel Radio, they were smuggled from Lebanon, but it is still unclear who was tasked with collecting them.

A source in the defence establishment told Israel Radio that the charges were probably smuggled to be used in "terrorist activity" in Israel, but gave no further details. 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


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