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Israel Press Review of 23/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 23/09/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Israeli spy satellite working after rocky launch

A new Israeli spy satellite is operational and taking high-quality pictures after suffering technical difficulties during its launch earlier this month, defence officials said on Thursday.

Amnon Harari, director of the Defence Ministry's space administration, said satellite operators downloaded the first images from the Ofek 11 satellite at about 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, Yediot Aharonot reports.

"The images are splendid, very good," he told reporters.

After the satellite was launched on September 13, officials said it was not acting as expected. Harari said that since then technical teams have been busy stabilising the satellite and its systems.

Officials have described the Ofek 11 as the country's most sophisticated spy satellite. It is expected to be used to keep tabs on Iran and other regional adversaries.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Jerusalem Shavuot stabber sentenced to eight years in jail

The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced 21-year-old John Kakish, a resident of Jerusalem's Old City, to nine years in prison for stabbing two Jewish Jewish minors in May, 2015, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Justice Raphael Carmel previously found Kakish guilty on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and today pronounced the stabber’s sentence for what both the court and district attorney concluded to be a hate crime. Additionally, the court ordered Kakish to compensate each of his victims with NIS 10,000.

“The accused was a known juvenile delinquent from a difficult family background, he suffers from mental disability and has serious impulse control issues. All this is aggravated by the fact that he tends to abuse alcohol,” Carmel wrote. “Hence, I believe he still poses a moderate threat to society, and I am sentencing him accordingly.”

Kakish is an Israeli citizen and a Christian Arab. On the night of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot in 2015, he bought a 30cm kitchen knife in the Damascus Gate market in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. After making his way to the street leading to the Western Wall, he waited there until a group of ultra-Orthodox teens passed by. Kakish attacked the group and managed to stab two teenagers before feeling the scene. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Hareidim take control of rabbinical appointments committee

The balance of power on the appointments committee for rabbinical judges swung in favour of the haredi religious establishment, after two haredi Supreme Rabbinical Court judges were elected to the committee on Thursday, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The judges elected to the appointments committee were Rabbi Yaakov Zamir – a close associate and study partner of Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef – and Rabbi Avraham Shindler. The appointments were approved in a vote of the ten supreme rabbinical court judges and Chief Rabbis Yosef and David Lau, who also serve as judges on the court.

There are now 11 members on the committee, five of whom are haredi, including the two chief rabbis, the two Supreme Rabbinical Court judges, and United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler.

National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz of the Likud is largely seen as beholden to the haredi parties, since they have frequently threatened severe political consequences against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should rabbinical judges who are not favoured by them be appointed.

Last September, The Jerusalem Post reported that Shas chairman Arye Deri threatened to topple the government if three liberal candidates for the regional rabbinical courts were appointed, and they were duly rejected.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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