The News From Israel
Representing Israel At The Oscars
Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.
"I represent myself. I don't want Israel to appropriate the film."--Guy David, Israeli co-director of Oscar-nominated film, '5 Broken Cameras.'
- Settlers clash with Nablus villages, 2 wounded by gunfire - Dozens of residents of Yitzhar settlement clashed with Palestinians who were playing in the snow in the nearby Urif village, south of Nablus. Meanwhile in nearby Qusra village, settlers from the Esh Kodesh outpost fired on Palestinians, and Samer Masameer 26, was shot in the leg. (Maan)
- Israeli wall traps rain, sewage in Palestinian town - Heavy winter downpours have turned some Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank into a morass of filth and flooding as an Israeli barrier blocks the waters from draining away. (Maan)
- Peres blasts Netanyahu: Terror attacks will resume - In interview with New York Times, president says 'silence that Israel has been enjoying over the last few years will not continue' if diplomatic stalemate persists. Adds: Most of the world will support the Palestinians. (Ynet)
- Number of IDF recruits to hit 20-year low in 2013 - Gradual decline in number of recruits linked to lower birth rate, drop in number of olim; some 26% exempt from military service; IDF plans major haredi draft. (Yedioth, p. 8/Ynet)
- Fatah gunmen form new organization - Palestinians in Balata refugee camp announce establishment of 'army of free fighters' in response to PA's weapons confiscation drive. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades marched in Balata refugee camp near Nablus for the first time since the PA banned the carrying of weapons, and Brigades disbanded. (Ynet and Haaretz+)
- Four Palestinians killed in West Bank flooding - Storm leaves several Israeli communities looking like war zones. (Haaretz+)
- Egypt: Palestinian rivals agree to enact unity deal - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal meet in Cairo, agree to implement unity deal, official says. (Agencies, Ynet)
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