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Israel Press Review of 26/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 26/10/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Israel strikes Gaza targets in response to rocket fire

The Israeli Air Force on Monday struck Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the coastal enclave towards Israel earlier in the morning, the i24 news website reports.

Alert sirens blared in the communities of Shaar Hanegev regional council, near the Gaza border, just before 07:00 a.m. on Monday. 

A projectile landed on the Gazan side of the border fence, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

This is the fourth incident of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip reported this month. 

Both Hamas and other splinter Islamic organisations have launched rocket attacks into Israeli territory in the past. Israel says that it holds Hamas responsible for all projectile fire coming from its territory.

Click here to read the full article in i24


  • Israeli teen killed by gunfire on Egyptian border

An Israeli teen was killed by gunfire near the border with Egypt on Tuesday, Ha’aretz reports. A preliminary investigation suggests that the 15-year-old boy was killed by an Egyptian policeman who apparently mistook him for a smuggler.

Nimr Bassem Abu Amar, 15, was working with his family members, civilian contractors, who were repairing the border fence near Mount Harif on behalf of the Defence Ministry, when they were fired upon. An Israel Air Force helicopter evacuated the boy from the site to hospital, but he succumbed to his wounds.                                                                                                              

Both the Israeli and the Egyptian armies are investigating the incident. Preliminary findings suggest that Abu Amar was killed by an Egyptian policeman who mistook him for a smuggler, after Israel apparently failed to properly update the Egyptians about the repairs on the border.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Kahlon to allocate funding for pluralist Jewish groups

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon promised during a Succot event in Tel Aviv that the Treasury will provide funding to Jewish renewal and pluralist groups, the Jerusalem Post reports.

His comments represent something of a breakthrough since such organisations generally haven fallen through the gaps of state funding, being eligible for neither money allocated to religious studies and institutions nor those given to cultural activities and the arts.

“You have my word, the Treasury that I head will help and be a partner,” Kahlon said on Thursday at the annual Succot Hakhel Festival at the Tel Aviv Port organised by the Panim group. “Immediately after Succot MK Rachel Azaria [Kulanu] together with Panim director Michal [Berman] will meet with Treasury [officials] to advance and find a legal way to help with financing.”

Panim is an umbrella group of some 60 Israeli-Judaism organisations involved in pluralist Jewish renewal activities and in strengthening Jewish and Israeli identity in Israeli society.

The finance minister, who told the gathering about his traditional religious background said it was a pleasure for him “to speak about the Torah and liturgical poems, and the ethics and values the Torah markets to us in the best and most pleasant way.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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