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09.16.13

Former Director of Shin Bet Warns of Another Yigal Amir in the Making

"It is these facts on the ground, not the guidelines, which threaten to make a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”
--Former EU leaders - including former Spanish foreign minister Miguel Moratinos, who is considered relatively close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - wrote a letter saying settlements harm peace and calling on the EU to stand firm on new guidelines forbidding any EU money to institutions or people linked to activities in the W. Bank, Golan Heights, or E. Jerusalem.

  • Former EU leaders to Ashton: Stand firm on settlement guidelines - Letter signed by 15 former EU leaders counters attempts by Israel and U.S. to scrap or delay the move to stop cooperating with firms in the settlements. (Haaretz+)

  • Ex-Shin Bet chief warns of 'next Yigal Amir' - Carmi Gillon criticizes authorities' handling of 'price tag' perpetrators, says any progress in peace talks will bring forth terrorist acts. (Ynet)

  • To tweet or not to tweet? The IDF answers the question - Internal documents from the IDF Spokesman’s Office, obtained by Haaretz, reveal the thinking behind the army’s social media strategy. (Haaretz+)

  • Watch: Bricks thrown at police near Jerusalem - Officers attacked by mob while trying to restore order after brawl erupts in Palestinian village. (Ynet)

  • 'Homeland' Israel shoot moved to Morocco - The show's American producers, concerned over situation in Syria, contacted their Israeli counterparts Sunday to inform them of decision. Israeli production companies estimate a loss of hundreds of thousands of shekels over the location change. (Israel Hayom)

  • Vacation in Israel: Only for the rich? - Hotels.com survey ranks Israel sixth in world in average price of hotel room, NIS 798 – more expensive than Switzerland, Norway, US, Italy, France, Holland. (Ynet)

  • Did Netanyahu propose resettling Gazans in Sinai? Egyptian newspaper set to release tapes in which Egypt's Hosni Mubarak reportedly says Israeli PM offered him to resettle Gaza residents in Sinai but rejected proposal. (Ynet)

  • Egyptian army destroyed 152 smuggling tunnels to Gaza since July - A spokesman said that the Egyptian army has clamped down on tunnels on the Egypt-Gaza border following Hamas' support for Sinai jihadists. (Agencies, Haaretz)

  • Iran says willing to build trust with US on nuclear issue - FM Zarif tells Lebanese network he hopes WMD disarmament plan has lifted threat of military strike on Syria, urges Washington to present 'genuine desire for peace and stop using language of threats.' (Ynet)

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