"Obviously I can't go into details, but suffice to say it left the members of those closed forums flabbergasted on more than one occasion."
--Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin gives his first post-job interview to the press because he is scared what the prime minister and defense minister may do.
- Netanyahu delays E1 construction plans - Despite statements asserting building in contested area will forge on; PM hesitates to approve projects. (Yedioth/Ynet)
- 'Price tag' attack in Arab village caught on video - Security camera footage from gas station in Qabalan shows two people slash car's tires; words 'Solidarity with Esh Kodesh' found on wall. (Ynet)
- 2-year-old hurt as settlers raid village - Dozens of settlers entered Jalud village, south of Nablus, and pelted it with rocks Wednesday night. Two-year-old Farah Nanseem was hit in the head, his father and uncle were also hurt. (Maan)
- Medics: 4 injured in Jerusalem clashes - The clashes took place in Ras al-Amud neighborhood of E. Jerusalem when Israeli forces suppressed a march organized to show solidarity with hunger striking Jerusalemite detainee Samer Issawi. (Maan)
- Gaza tourism booms despite IDF op - While Hamas government says recent round of fighting cost Strip $1.2 billion in damages, local hotels report high occupancy rates. Most visitors said to be members of solidarity delegations. (Ynet)
- State bars Westerners living in West Bank from entering Israel, East Jerusalem - Change discovered after foreigners renewed tourist visas, and saw that 'Judea and Samaria only' had been stamped inside. This also affects people born in the West Bank and whose residency status was rescinded by Israel prior to 1994 due to their prolonged residence abroad. Others are married to Palestinians, while still others work in the West Bank, often as university teachers. (Haaretz+)
- Israeli charged with espionage in Yemen - Security official says man arrested in December had contacts with Israeli security agencies, communications were found on his laptop. (Ynet)
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