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Israel Press Review of 14/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 14/09/2016

Major Headlines
  • Former president Shimon Peres in serious, though stable, condition after suffering stroke

Former president Shimon Peres was in serious but stable condition at Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Hashomer early on Wednesday morning following a sever stroke suffered just hours earlier, according to a statement released by his office.

The veteran 93-year-old politician had just last week undergone placement of a cardiac pacemaker at the hospital and was discharged in good condition. He returned to the hospital for a check-up, but suddenly suffered a stroke, the Jerusalem Post reports. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel says Hamas rejected deal for soldiers’ bodies, captive Israelis

The Hamas terror group recently rejected an Israeli offer to free 18 Palestinians and hand over 19 bodies seized during the 2014 war in Gaza in exchange for the bodies of two IDF soldiers who fell in the 50-day conflict, Israel’s chief negotiator Lior Lotan said on Tuesday.

Lotan told the Institute for Anti-Terror Policy that Hamas also refused to hand over two mentally unstable Israelis who crossed into Gaza of their own accord, and are believed held by the organisation, in exchange for dozens of Gazans who have been arrested after crossing into Israel illegally, the Times of Israel reports.

Instead, Lotan said, Hamas demanded that Israel release Palestinian prisoners who are not from Gaza and who are not connected to the 2014 war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.

Lotan said that by making these demands, Hamas was going against “norms throughout the world at the end of a confrontation.”

“You exchange captives and soldiers,” he said. “Hamas doesn’t think in the way that we would expect an organisation with a political infrastructure to think, an organisation that rules a population.”

He added: “In an unprecedented fashion, Hamas responded negatively to the proposal and laid down preconditions… We cannot accept these preconditions, it wouldn’t be right. We have enough tools and avenues to explore despite this.”

The families of the two fallen soldiers — 22-year-old Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul and 23-year-old Lt. Hadar Goldin — have been pressing the government to secure the return of their bodies since the end of the 2014 conflict. Israel has vowed to get their remains back for burial.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Three Syrian projectiles fall in Golan Heights as tensions escalate

Israel's air force targeted Syrian army artillery positions in the central Golan Heights on Tuesday night after three projectiles landed in Israel earlier in the day, the i24 news website reports.

The first projectile of the day fell around 1400 GMT. About an hour later the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that two more fell inside Israeli territory.

Tuesday's projectiles marked the sixth such incident of cross-border fire to take place in the just over a week.

The latest projectile fell hours after the IDF said earlier in the day that the Syrian army fired two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli military aircraft in response to overnight strikes in the Golan Heights, but denied claims its aircraft had been shot down.

The IDF has said that it holds the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responsible for any aggression coming from its territory.

Click here to read the full article in i24

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