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Israel Press Review of 16/12/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 16/12/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Right-wing activist arrested over threats to murder Israeli minister

A 22-year-old Israeli far-right-activist was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of threatening to murder Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Affairs Naftali Bennett in protest against the government decision to evacuate the Amona outpost in the West Bank, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled on Thursday that the activist will remain in police custody until Sunday. It appears that the suspect was previously indicted for threatening to kill Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to police, the suspect sent a message to a Whatsapp group dubbed "Merciless revenge." In his message, he attached a photo of the Israeli flag next to an Uzi rifle, with the caption: "Someone ought to take out Naftali Bennett."

Police investigators questioned the suspect overnight regarding charges of threats and incitement.

The alleged threat was made in the context of Bennett's attempt to negotiate a relocation deal with residents of the West Bank outpost built illegally on private Palestinian land.

In recent days, Bennett has received a bolstered security entourage to protect him from threats against right-wing activists in light of the December 25 evacuation of the Amona outpost.

Late on Wednesday, the 40 Amona families rejected Bennett's proposal to relocate the outpost homes to abandoned Palestinian property on the same hilltop, where Amona is currently located. Netanyahu had also approved the offer.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • MK denies sexual harassment accusations

Nissan Slomiansky, a lawmaker from the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party, is suspected of sexual harassment and might suspend himself after a number of women complained about his alleged misconduct, Ha’aretz reports.

"I have never harassed women," Slomiansky said after eight women told a forum of rabbis about alleged sexual harassment on his part. "It is possible that my warm and friendly behaviour towards everyone regardless of who they are was occasionally misconstrued by some, and for that I am sorry."

Though he vowed to continue to serve the public, reports in Israeli media said he would likely quit his position as chairman of the coveted Knesset Finance Committee and publish a letter of apology.                                                                                               Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein called on the lawmaker to suspend himself, urging him to "address these issues from outside the Knesset."

"There are ways to take a time out," Edelstein told Army Radio.

A female lawmaker from Slomiansky's party echoed the sentiment. "There is no escaping it. Nissan will have to suspend himself while this is being examined," MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli said.

Chagit Moriah-Gibor, a member of the Habayit Hayehudi party member, posted to a religious feminist group on Facebook that she, together with others, is attempting to gather evidence against an "incumbent Knesset member" who "has assaulted and is assaulting women for years." She called on women who were harassed or who know of harassment to turn to her, and promised complete confidentiality.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Rain drenches parched Israel

The storm system which hit the Levant region over the past few days brought with it a huge amount of rainfall to Israel, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Over 100mm of rainfall were recorded in the Galilee and the Golan, while a similar amount fell in the Haifa area. Over 80mm fell in the Kinneret region, 62mm in Jerusalem and 40mm in the Tel Aviv area. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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