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

Major Headlines 
  • Two dead in Jerusalem terror shooting attack

Two people were killed on Sunday after a terrorist opened fire on Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. Six other people were wounded. The terrorist was neutralised following a brief police chase, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The attack took place next to police headquarters in Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill, not far from the light rail. The area was closed off by police and light rail service stopped in the area.

Initially, a 60-year-old woman was listed in critical condition, while an officer from the Police special forces, was in serious condition. They were taken to Hadassah University Medical Centre on Mount Scopus, but succumbed to their wounds and died on Sunday afternoon.

According to an initial police investigation, a terrorist driving in a car came to a nearby junction, opened fire and hit a civilian. The suspect fled the scene, driving in the direction of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. Police motorcycle forces chased after the suspect's vehicle, stopping him in Sheikh Jarrah. When the terrorist saw the officers, he opened fire in their direction. The officers shot back at the suspect, successfully neutralising him.

Three others were in moderate condition following the attack. An additional three people were lightly wounded.

Hamas praised the "heroic Jerusalem operation" and said it considers the attack a "natural response to the occupation’s crimes and violations at the expense of our people and holy sites."

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said that the operation is "confirmation of the continuation of the intifada." He added that adding that all the "occupation’s" attempts to break and liquidate it will fail.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem post


  • US-born Knesset member to Trump: Enough is Enough

American-born MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) wrote on Twitter on Saturday night that US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should stand down in light of the emergence of a tape from 2005, in which the billionaire was recorded speaking in depraved and demeaning terms about women, the Jerusalem Post reports.

"OK, I was wrong," Glick's post began. "When at every corner you see that the man is a savage, I tried to ignore and believe despite it all. I was wrong! Mr Trump go home. Enough is enough!"

He ended the tweet with a very Israeli expression of disgust: "איכס (eechs)."

Back in the US, the speaker of the House, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Trump’s own vice presidential running mate and his wife have all said they were disgusted by his comments. Many more have rescinded their endorsement of the candidate.

Glick, an ordained rabbi, is not the first Israeli politician to speak out about the incident. Zionist Union faction head Merav Michaeli wrote on Twitter on Saturday that she hoped “‘Pussygate’ would be the Watergate of Trump.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Bennett calls to pardon Hebron shooter if convicted

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Saturday that if Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who was charged with manslaughter for shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant, is convicted, he should be immediately pardoned, Ha’aretz reports

Bennett, the leader of the right wing Habayit Hayehudi party, made his comments on Channel 2's "Meet the Press."

The shooting incident occurred in the West Bank city of Hebron in March after a Palestinian assailant, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, was shot and wounded and on the ground. Azaria has testified that he shot Sharif because he was concerned that the Palestinian might be wearing explosives and could detonate them.

The shooting of Sharif by Azaria, which was documented on video, was slammed by then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and others, but a number of political figures, including Avigdor Lieberman, who was an opposition Knesset member then but later succeeded Ya'alon, attended a pre-trial hearing for Azaria in a show of support. 

Coalition chairman MK David Bitan, who has already called to pardon the soldier, praised Bennett, but said that "we mustn't wait for Azaria to be convicted, he mustn't be convicted at all," claiming there was precedent in Israel for a presidential pardon before a verdict is handed down, citing the Bus 300 affair.

Amir Fuchs, from the Israel Democracy Institute, said Bennett's call for a pardon sends a "very problematic message to Israeli soldiers." According to Fuchs, Bennett's comments seem to suggest that either the "judges are incapable of meting out real justice" or "the trial is just a show that ends in a pardon."

President Reuven Rivlin recently commented on the Azaria case in a recent chat session on Twitter, saying: "This trial could confront us with a yawning chasm and not just a slippery slope." And Rivlin added: "My grandchildren, who are soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces, ask me, 'Grandpa, who should we listen to? To our commanders or to the voice of the masses?'"

The president responded: "We have an excellent army, we have the best commanders, we have a chief of staff who can't be bettered and you should listen to them and accept their decisions, because those are the rules of the game." 

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz

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