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Israel Press Review of 30/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 30/09/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Israel grants PA President Mahmoud Abbas permission to attend Peres’s funeral

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and four senior Palestinian officials were to attend former President Shimon Peres’s funeral on Friday, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Abbas asked the Coordinator for Government Affairs in the Territories (COGAT), the branch of the IDF responsible for coordinating civil and security affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, for permission to attend the funeral at Har Herzl.

COGAT passed the request along to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the latter approved it.

Abbas was to be accompanied by PA General Intelligence Chief Majid Faraj, PLO Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erakat, Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, and Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society Muhammed al-Madani. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Foreign dignitaries amass for Peres funeral

Heads of state and dignitaries from all over the world were to attend the funeral of Israel's ninth president Shimon Peres on Friday, Yediot Aharonot reports. They came from places as diverse as Togo and Mexico, Austria and China.

Leading the US delegation was US President Barack Obama, and included Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, amongst others. Former President Bill Clinton arrived earlier Thursday morning, and visited Peres as he lay in state at the Knesset. There were also be 19 Senators and Members of the US House of Representatives attending the funeral.

The UK also sent an especially large delegation to the funeral, which included: the Prince of Wales, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, President of the Board of Jewish Deputies Jonathan Arkush and former prime ministers Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Gordon Brown.

Egypt sent Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the Jordanians, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Jawad Al-Anani. 

The former and current heads of state and government confirmed that they are attending Peres's funeral include:

  • Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove
  • Austrian former president Heinz Fischer
  • Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
  • Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis
  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
  • Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas
  • French President François Hollande and former president Nicolas Sarkozy
  • German President Joachim Gauck
  • Greek former prime minister George Papandreou
  • Ivorian President Alassane Dramanne Ouattara
  • Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis
  • Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite
  • Luxembourgish Grand Duke Henri
  • Macedonian Prime Minister Emil Dimtriev
  • Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
  • Monagesque Prime Minister Serge Telle
  • Polish President Andrzej Duda
  • Romanian President Klaus Iohannis
  • Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić
  • Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico
  • Slovenian President Borut Pahor
  • Spanish King Felipe VI
  • Swiss Federal President Johann Schneider-Ammann
  • Togolese President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe
  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
  •  NATO Secretary General Jens Stolenberg
  • European Council President Donald Tusk

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Gaza man killed in Islamic Jihad tunnel collapse

At least one Palestinian was killed when a tunnel under the border with Israel collapsed in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, an official in the Strip said.

The Gaza Health Ministry said the accident occurred while work was going on in a “military tunnel” used by the Islamic Jihad terror group, the Times of Israel reports.

It said Ahmed Mayyat was killed and three others were injured.

Mayyat was a local contractor hired by the Islamic Jihad to remove a bomb from the tunnel, the group said.

Israel says Gaza is crisscrossed with a wide network of tunnels, most of them dug by Hamas which rules the Strip, and some of which reach into Israeli territory.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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