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Israel Press Review of 27/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 27/09/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Israeli consortium signs 15-year gas deal with Jordan

An Israeli gas consortium on Monday signed a $10 billion deal with the Jordan Electric Power Company to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with natural gas for 15 years, the Times of Israel reports.

The agreement will provide Jordan with some 45 billion cubic metres of gas from the Leviathan offshore gas field, turning Israel into its largest gas supplier.

The Leviathan consortium, which includes the US-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group, aims to bring the massive Leviathan oilfield online in 2019. The field is thought to contain over 500 billion cubic feet of gas and is expected to transform Israel into a regional energy powerhouse.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz on Monday praised the deal as “an extremely important national achievement.”

“This is an important milestone in strengthening the ties and strategic partnerships between Israel and Jordan and the entire region,” he said, according to Channel 10.

Israel is reportedly in gas exportation talks with Turkey, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and the European Union.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • IDF launches large-scale arms raid in West Bank

Security forces launched a large-scale arms raid in Jenin on Monday, seizing large quantities of firearms and shutting down two gun production workshops in the West Bank city, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The IDF and Border Police seized automatic rifles, handguns, gun parts and ammunition during the operation.

The IDF also shut down a gun-making workshop in Dahariya, near Hebron, while security forces operating near Gush Etzion raided addresses and seized locally-made Carlos submachine guns which have been used by armed terrorists in recent attacks.

The IDF has been engaged in a series of large arms raids in the West Bank in recent months in an effort to stop the guns from ending up in the hands of lone terrorists or small attack cells that can evade Israeli intelligence.

Meanwhile, the IDF and Border Police also arrested 19 security suspects in overnight raids across the West Bank. The suspects include five Hamas members. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Al-Aqsa preacher receives jail sentence for call to slaughter Jews

Sheikh Omar Abu Sara, a radical Islamic preacher who implored his followers on the Temple Mount to “slaughter Jews,” whom he described as “monkeys and pigs,” was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for incitement at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Abu Sara, 51, has a lengthy record of disparaging Jews in sermons at Judaism’s holiest site. He was recorded outside al-Aqsa Mosque in December of 2014 calling for their collective slaughter.

In the inflammatory video, which was subsequently posted to YouTube, Abu Sara describes Jews as “the most evil creatures ever on the Earth.”

“Jews are a people, and God made them monkeys and pigs,” he said during the diatribe. “We live in days when we are in close proximity with the Jews. I say to the Jews clearly: It’s time to slaughter you. It’s time to fight you. It’s time to kill you.”

“God willing, we are ready,” he continued. “We... will release this land from your filth. We are waiting for the day – for the moment – to slaughter you.”

Shortly after the hate speech was posted online, and viewed tens of thousands of times, Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick, who was released from a hospital three weeks earlier after nearly dying in an assassination attempt, submitted a formal police complaint.

Noting that Glick, 50, was critically wounded in a hail of bullets fired by Islamic Jihad member Moataz Hejazi following a lecture at the capital’s Menachem Begin Heritage Centre on October 29, his attorney said such incitement must be severely punished.

On Sunday, Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Shmuel Herbst noted the distinction between free speech and incitement to murder, before sentencing Abu Sara, who contended that he is not a racist, but was rather reciting quotes from the Koran.

“I look at the defendant and I see a man,” said Herbst after the sentencing. “It is a great shame that he looks at me and sees a monkey or a pig, who should be slaughtered without mercy. What a pity.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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