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Israel Press Review of 05/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 05/10/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Gaza rocket strikes Sderot causing damage

A rocket struck Israel's southern Sderot region near the Gaza border on Wednesday morning after 'Red Alert' rocket sirens were activated in the area, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Police reported the projectile's site of impact was located in an open area in the southern city of Sderot.

Emergency responders provided assistance to a local resident who suffered shock as a result of the attack

The IDF said the projectile fired from Gaza caused damage in the area. Police bomb disposal experts were at the scene, and the area was closed-off.

Shortly after the attack, Palestinian media reported that the IDF fired at targets in northern Gaza in response to the projectile strike.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Substantial progress reported into bringing Labour into Netanyahu government

After weeks of rumours, substantial progress has reportedly been made in talks to form a unity government in Israel, Ha’aretz reports.

Citing a report on Israel’s Channel 10 TV network,  Ha’aretz said the centre-left Zionist Union party, which is mainly made up of the Labour group, will join Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud-led government in exchange for eight portfolios, including the highly coveted foreign ministry.

The report was confirmed to Ha’aretz by sources in both parties. But chairman of the opposition and head of the Zionist Union, Isaac Herzog, denied it. In a message sent out to party members on Tuesday, Herzog called the report "baseless," stating there have been no contacts with Likud over the Rosh Hashanah holiday as the report claimed. Likud also officially denied the report.

According to a source privy to the talks, Herzog has met with lawmakers and officials from his party in recent days to try to convince them to join the government. Herzog told the lawmakers that there is currently an unprecedented opportunity to lead a diplomatic process in the Middle East, and it cannot be missed. Herzog also said that he is unwavering in his demand that the Zionist Union receive the Culture Ministry from the Likud's Miri Regev.

According to a senior official in the Zionist Union, opposition to the move within the party has weakened, and the new government could form within a month when the Knesset returns from its summer recess.

Sources in the Likud noted that Netanyahu needs the Zionist Union and a diplomatic process to stave off attempts by Palestinians to push through a resolution in the UN after the elections in the U.S. in November, but before U.S. President Obama leaves office in January 2017.

Regarding the proposednew division of portfolios and ministries, the Zionist Union will get the following ministries: Foreign, Culture and Sport, Agriculture, and either the Economy or Housing ministries, in addition to four other yet unknown portfolios.

Regev, currently Israel's culture minister, will lose her spot, but will enjoy a promotion within the Likud's ranks, and will become a security cabinet member in addition to receiving another cabinet portfolio. 

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israel authorises 98 new homes in the West Bank for Amona evacuees

Israel has approved the construction of nearly 100 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh to compensate homeowners of the nearby outpost of Amona ahead of its court-ordered evacuation and demolition, the watchdog Peace Now said on Saturday. Government sources confirmed the plan, the Times of Israel reports.

“At a time when world leaders met to commemorate (former Israeli president) Shimon Peres and the way he advocated for peace, the Israeli government has created a new obstacle to a two-state solution,” a Peace Now spokeswoman said.

According to a Channel 2 report, the 98 new housing units in the settlement, located north of Ramallah, were approved by the Civil Administration’s Planning Authority on Wednesday, but went largely unnoticed due to Peres’s death earlier that day. The report said an additional 200 units were slated to be approved by the authority at a later date.

After a protracted legal battle, the Supreme Court in 2014 ordered the Israeli government to dismantle the unauthorised outpost by December 2016, ruling that it was built illegally on private Palestinian land and must be returned to its original owners.

Some Amona residents have rejected the relocation order, and have vowed not to comply with the court-ordered evacuation.

Amona settlers have recently claimed they had bought some of the land the outpost sits on, but Palestinians have vehemently denied this. The police have said the documents, which supposedly proved the sale, were likely forged.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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