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Fayyad Calls For Elections In West Bank And Gaza

"I hope that after she got the headline she was after, she will drop this dangerous and irresponsible idea."--Deputy Finance Minister and former Jerusalem police chief Miki Levy slams Likud MK Miri Regev for her possibly explosive plan to tour Jerusalem's Temple Mount in order to look into bringing Jews back to pray at the contentious holy site.

  • Arab police volunteer says humiliated by senior Israeli officers - Volunteer, Yousef Balal, tells Haaretz his story after receiving no answer to letters he wrote to the police commissioner and public security minister, describing the October 2012 incident. (Haaretz+)
  • Education Ministry: We will add more locations to visit on school trips to Hebron - After declaring recently that "We need to change the place that the students visit," Education Minister Shai Piron made clear: Children of Israel will continue to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Maariv, p. 13/NRG Hebrew)
  • Outgoing Palestinian prime minister calls for general elections - In his last address as prime minister, Salam Fayyad called for general elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and pledged to remain involved in Palestinian politics. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli plan to rebuild Herod’s tomb scrapped due to experts' criticism - The reconstruction of the West Bank monument, which would have set a precedent as the world's first archaeological structure to be fully restored, was championed by a local politician but slammed by archaeologists and academics as ostentatious and populist. (Haaretz+)
  • The fence in Ofra was dismantled, security was heightened - A security fence built around Ofra settlement north of Ramallah was dismantled yesterday two months after a High Court order deadline. The fence was built on privately-owned land of Palestinian villagers from Yabrud. Last night the settlement was 'exposed without any protection,' Maariv reported. (Maariv, p. 1/NRG Hebrew)
  • Israeli military court sentences Palestinian-American teen for throwing stones - New Orleans-born Mohammad Khalek was sentenced to two weeks in prison and fined $830, Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer reported. Khalek's lawyer said interrogators told him that if he confessed to rock throwing quickly, he would be released. (Haaretz+)
  • East Jerusalem terror cell charged with planning to abduct Israelis - According to indictment, cell also planned a terror attack against Israeli security personnel at Temple Mount. Cell leader Nur Hamdan, 25, confesses to planning attack, says inspired by YouTube videos depicting previous attacks against Jews in Jerusalem. (Israel Hayom)

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