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Israel Press Review of 20/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 20/09/2016

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  • Terrorists wounds two in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Two Border Police officers were stabbed from behind and seriously wounded on Monday morning by a terrorist from east Jerusalem, who was shot outside Jerusalem’s Old City, the Jerusalem Post reports.

According to police, Monday’s attack took place shortly after 7 a.m., and was captured on surveillance video.

“The terrorist was sitting on a bench, and spotted the two officers when they were walking up the street from the Damascus Gate area towards Herod’s Gate,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

“As soon as he had the opportunity, he stabbed the male police officer in the back of the neck, and then stabbed the female 38-year-old officer in the back of the neck, as well. In the few seconds he had, while the terrorist continued to stab the female officer, the male officer took out his gun and shot him.”

The female officer was seriously injured and taken to hospital in Jerusalem for multiple stab wounds to her neck and upper back. The male officer, who is in his 40s, was injured moderately-to-seriously, and also taken to hospital. The terrorist, who is reportedly in his early 20s and from east Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud neighbourhood, was transferred to a hospital in critical condition, Rosenfeld said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel issues travel warnings for Turkey and Sinai

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks over the High Holy Days, according to the Counter Terrorism Bureau of the Prime Minister's Office, while ISIS is expected to continue to carry out attacks worldwide, especially in light of its heavy losses of territory in Iraq, Syria, and Libya

The Bureau also re-issued a severe travel warning to Turkey despite the reconciliation agreement between Turkey and Israel, Yediot Aharonot reports. The Bureau recommends that Israelis mitigate travel to the country due to the continuing attacks occurring there. However, a high ranking official in the Bureau said that there is no specific warning against connecting flights in Istanbul, as long as the passengers stay inside the sterile airport area.

There is also a serious travel warning against going to the Sinai Peninsula. "Due to the security situation in the area and the ongoing acts of terror there, especially in the areas of Sinai controlled by ISIS, it is recommended to mitigate all travel to the region." The Bureau official said "the situation in Sinai is really bad. The area is a terror front."

Other warning still in place include southern Thailand, Kashmir in India, and Mindinao Island in the Philippines due to political unrest.

Overall, there are travel warnings against 34 countries including six countries which are illegal for Israelis to enter (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran). 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Netanyahu renews ban on MK visits to Temple Mount

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has authorised Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to extend an almost year-long ban on Israeli lawmakers from visiting the flashpoint Temple Mount site in Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reports.

The prime minister gave the directive two days after a knife-wielding Jordanian national charged Border Police officers at the Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City before he was shot dead, in one of a surge of terror-related attacks at the weekend.

The Temple Mount ban for lawmakers and ministers was imposed in October 2015, with the upsurge of violence, and was extended in June.

Likud MK Yehudah Glick, a former Temple Mount activist, lamented the decision on Sunday, and suggested he would violate the ban if it was extended further.

“So long as this is the directive, of course I will respect it,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate that as a result of a few incidents of incitement against the state by Arab MKs, the rest of the lawmakers have to pay the price and I am hopeful that logic will ultimately prevail.”

But he added: “At the same time, if this directive continues for a long time, it’s not impossible that I will weigh violating the ruling.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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