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Israel Press Review of 31/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 31/10/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Attempted vehicle and stabbing attack near West Bank settlement

A terrorist attempted to run over and stab soldiers near a checkpoint in the settlement of Ofra near Ramallah early on Saturday morning. No IDF forces were injured in the attack, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Following the attempted vehicular assault, soldiers opened fire at the terrorist's vehicle, prompting him to exit the vehicle with a knife and attempt to stab the soldiers. IDF forces opened fire severely wounding the terrorist. The terrorist, 30, was evacuated to hospital. 

Click here to read the full article in Ydiot Aharonot


  • Israeli minister attends event of Turkish ambassador for first time in six years

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz is the first Israeli minister to visit the home of the Turkish Ambassador to Israel since the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, which deepened already fragile rifts between the two countries, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Steinitz paid the visit to the ambassador's home as part of celebrations for Turkey's Republic Day.

Around a hundred people were invited to join in the festivities, among them Turks who made Aliyah to Israel, businesspeople, and diplomats.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israel apologises to Italy after deputy minister blames earthquake on UNESCO vote

Israel apologised on Saturday for comments made by Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoob Kara last week in which he claimed that the earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday was the result of that country's vote in favour of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) resolution ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem. On his Facebook page, Kara wrote, "I’m sure that the earthquake happened because of the UNESCO decision."

In an interview with Channel 2 on Thursday, Kara explained that he had tried, unsuccessfully, to tie his visit to the Vatican, which included a meeting with Pope Francis, to the pope's praise for his comments on the connection between Jerusalem and Judaism following the UNESCO decision.

However, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel's foreign minister, found Kara's explanation insufficient.

In an official statement, the Foreign Ministry said, "We repudiate the remarks of Deputy Minister Kara. They are unworthy, and it would have been best had they not been made at all. Since making the statement, Deputy Minister Kara has issued an apology, which is also endorsed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The remarks in no way reflect the depth of the relationship between both the peoples and governments of Israel and Italy. Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold a clarification meeting with the deputy minister in the near future."

Kara was on an official visit to the Vatican when the earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday. He said that after meeting with the pope and other Vatican officials, it was decided that a Vatican delegation, headed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, would arrive in Israel for an official visit at the beginning of November.

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella was in Jerusalem this week for an official visit. He visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum and the grave of Israel's ninth president, Shimon Peres, on Mount Herzl on Sunday. Afterward, he planted a tree in the Nations Forest and visited Hebrew University and the Conegliano Synagogue. 

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


  • Powering a green car revolution Israeli-style

An Israeli firm says a super-efficient engine it has created could drastically reduce fuel consumption and help power an auto industry revolution as manufacturers search for environmentally sound alternatives, the Times of Israel reports.

Industry analysts, however, question the reinvented internal combustion engine’s chances of success at a time when purely electric car technology is advancing and attracting investors.

The invention from Israeli-based Aquarius Engines is currently being discussed by France’s Peugeot, the firm said.

Aquarius says the cost of the engine will be as low as 92 euros.

According to the firm, the engine can allow cars to travel more than 1,600 kilometers on a single tank of fuel, more than double current distances.

Such efficiency is vital as countries seek to reduce carbon dioxide emissions — a main cause of climate change. Car engines are a major source of CO2 emissions.

Aquarius’s technology works by stripping back the traditional engine under the bonnet. It replaces the combustion engine with its multiple pistons thrusting up and down with a single piston that goes side-to-side.

It has fewer than twenty parts and a single action, the company said.

In tests by the German engineering company FEV, the Aquarius engine’s efficiency was more than double that of traditional engines.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


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