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Israel Press Review of 19/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 19/10/2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli policeman injured in stabbing attack near Jerusalem

An Israeli Border Police officer was lightly wounded in a suspected stabbing attack near the Palestinian West Bank village of Beit Surik near Jerusalem on Saturday morning, the i24 news website reports.

According to initial reports, the officer was stabbed in the shoulder by a Palestinian assailant and sustained injuries. He was taken to the nearby West Bank settlement of Har Adar, where he received initial treatment from emergency responders.

The officer was reported to be in stable condition and was evacuated to Hadassa Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

According to the Israeli Mako news site, the attack took place as Border Police officers were working to open an access road near the security fence of Har Adar.

At some point, a Palestinian man hiding in the bushes jumped out and attacked one of the

officers, before fleeing the scene of the attack.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Israel refuses to allow leading terrorist to be buried in PA territory

The remains of Abu Jihad, the former deputy to Yasser Arafat and head of the armed wing of Fatah who was assassinated by Israel in 1988, will not be transferred to Palestinian Authority territory for burial, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The head of the Coordination for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai made the decision final on Tuesday.

The Palestinian Authority made the request to transfer the remains after the cemetery in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus - where Abu Jihad is buried - was destroyed by ISIS.

Abu Jihad, who is also known as Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir, was born in 1935 in the city of Ramla, between Jerusalem and Jaffa.  His family relocated to Gaza following the War of Independence. Abu Jihad was studying at Alexandria University in Egypt where he became friendly with a young Yasser Arafat in the 1950s. The two would later found the Fatah movement. He would later become one of the chief architects of attacks against Israel, orchestrating the Savoy Hotel attack in March 1975 and the Coastal Road Massacre in March 1978.

Abu Jihad wandered among the capitals of Arab countries who agreed to host him for most of his life. He lived in Damascus until the murder of his son, and then moved to Beirut, which he left for Amman in 1982 following the IDF invasion of Lebanon. He eventually settled in Tunis with the rest of the PLO's leadership after being deported by Jordan in 1986.

On the night of April 16, 1988, Abu Jihad was assassinated by Israeli commandos at his home in Tunis. The assassination of Abu Jihad badly hurt Fatah's relations with other groups and their ability to organise attacks against Israel.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel to assist Egypt’s fragile economy

Israel is preparing for a series of large-scale projects with Egypt after many years of separation in economic cooperation between the two countries, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The joint discussions on the projects reflect not only a rapprochement between the two countries, but also an urgent need for improved infrastructure in Egypt given the severe economic crisis that threatens the political stability of the country.

After the signing of the 1979 peace agreement, economic cooperation between the two countries saw a significant boost, which was gradually reduced after Egypt expressed little interest in its renewal.

More recently however, Egypt has raised interest in several projects with Israel—among them, desalinisation of sea water to address concerns over water levels in the Nile River, which could lead to a dramatic shortage of water available for drinking and irrigation.  

Israel is also preparing to provide cooperation and assistance to Egypt in the fields of solar energy, electricity production, agriculture, irrigation and gas. Additionally, Egypt is also examining the possibility of extending its cooperation to the tourism sector, as the billions invested in an expansion programme in the Suez Canal have yet to yield the expected revenue. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

 

  • IDF field hospital may be recognised as world’s best

Israel’s military field hospital, regularly dispatched to disaster zones to provide humanitarian relief, may soon be awarded the World Health Organisation’s highest ranking, which would make it the first in the world to be so recognized, the Times of Israel reports.

In 2013, the United Nation’s WHO created a set of criteria to classify foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters, on a scale from one to three. No country has yet to receive the top mark and “only a handful in the world could even think of” doing so, according to the lead author of the classification system, Dr. Ian Norton.

Last month, a WHO delegation visited Israel to assess the IDF Medical Corps’ field hospital, a sprawling 26-tent structure, during a large-scale exercise in northern Israel to determine if Israel would indeed be the first to score a “Type 3” rating.

Israeli disaster relief delegations have been some of the first and largest to arrive at the scenes of natural disasters. Teams from the IDF Medical Corps and Home Front Command provided rescue and medical services after an earthquake in Turkey in 1999, an earthquake in Haiti in 2010, a typhoon in The Philippines in 2013 and, most recently, an earthquake in Nepal in 2015.

A Type 3 classification would cement Israel’s position as a world leader in emergency medicine and prove to both friends and foes that the Jewish state knows how to handle catastrophes.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

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