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Israel Press Review of 18/01/2017
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 18/01/2017

Major Headlines
  • Autopsy report proves Jerusalem terrorist was killed by soldier’s bullet

A completed forensic examination of the terrorist who carried out last week’s deadly attack against soldiers in Jerusalem conclusively proved that cadets shot and killed the suspect, contradicting claims that they were reluctant to fire due to the controversial Azaria verdict, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Allegations over the new conscripts’ reticence to shoot surfaced after a tour guide at the scene, Eitan Rund, said he opened fire on the flatbed truck used in the attack after cadets hesitated, claiming that this was a result of Elor Azaria’s conviction four days earlier for shooting an unarmed Palestinian. 

However, CCTV footage taken of the attack, which killed four and wounded 17, clearly showed soldiers, who were exiting a bus next to Armon Hanatziv’s Haas Promenade, charging the truck and opening fire until the terrorist was dead.

The matter was officially settled on Monday night, after the physician who conducted Fadi al-Qunbar’s autopsy at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute conclusively determined that the kill shot came from a soldier-issued M-16, not the 9mm. handgun used by Rund.

IDF Spokesman Maj.-Gen. Moti Almoz backed the findings, adding that it was inaccurate to state that soldiers hesitated to shoot, or that the Azaria conviction had some bearing on the incident.

“The moment they realised it was an attack, two cadets fired toward the truck,” Almoz said. “The army does not know of any soldier who was afraid to shoot because of Azaria.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel to have ambassador to Brazil after 18 months without one

A diplomatic crisis that has gone on for a year and a half came to an end on Tuesday, as the Brazilian government approved the nomination of Yossi Shelly to the position of Israeli ambassador to Brazil. Shelly is considered to be close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Brazil is the largest country in South America, has the seventh largest economy in the world and is home to a vibrant Jewish community. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement following Shelly's nomination, saying that it marks a new chapter in the two countries' relationship, and that the nomination is sure to strengthen their ties in the fields of trade and commerce.

Israel has not had an ambassador to Brazil since the summer of 2015, when Brazil refused to approve Dani Dayan's nomination to the position due to his being a leader of the settlement movement. Israel's refusal to offer another nominee created an unprecedented situation where there was no Israeli ambassador to Brazil during the Olympic Games in Rio.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Tel Aviv launches car sharing service

The Tel Aviv municipality has presented a plan for a car sharing venture, to be called Autotel, the economics journal Globe reports. The service will be available to Tel Aviv residents and visitors.

The venture will be operated by a franchise holder - Car2Go. 260 cars will be distributed around the city. Subscribers can rent the service and pay by the minute.

The service will be ordered through a special app that will display to the subscribers a list of the available vehicles close to him, and enable him to order a car up to 15 minutes in advance. Monthly subscriber fees will be NIS 40-50. The per-minute rate has not yet been set, but the municipality said that it would be 30-40 per cent cheaper than taxi rates. Any Israeli resident can register for the service, as can tourists, but Tel Aviv residents carrying a digital card will receive a discount on the usage fees.

The municipality will allocate 520 special parking spaces, and the cars will also be allowed to park in space on the city streets with blue and white markings, even in space reserved to people living on the street.

A telephone assistance centre will operate 24 hours a day to handle any technical problems with the service or the cars. The service will be available in Hebrew and English, but not in Arabic at this stage.

"It is already impossible for each person to own a car and drive it to where he is going, and everyone already realizes that alternatives must be put in operation that will provide people with mobility through other means of transportation," Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said.

He added, "The Autotel project solves a national problem. It should have been a nationwide measure in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport, but unfortunately, the responsible ministers are not here with me. I hope that the same thing will happen here that happened in the case of Tel-O-Fun (the Tel Aviv bicycle sharing service inaugurated seven years ago, which has been adopted in Givatayim, Ramat Gan, and Bat Yam), when Tel Aviv showed the way and other cities followed suit."

Click here to read the full article in Globes

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