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Israel Denies Poisoning Arafat
Quote of the day:
"Good things are coming."
--Graffiti sprayed on walls in a Palestinian village by right-wing activists Thursday, who also set two cars on fire
- In wake of Swiss findings, Israel vehemently denies poisoning Arafat - Palestinian officials demanded probe into the 'killing.' Israel's energy and intelligence ministers tell Israeli radio stations that the Palestinian allegations against Israel were false and unfounded. (Haaretz and Maan)
- Soldiers shoot (dead) Palestinian who fired flare gun at hitch-hikers - Palestinian who shot at direction of Israelis in Tapuach Junction killed by IDF unit. Police sappers searching body for explosives. No Israelis injured in incident. (Maan, NRG Hebrew+VIDEO and Ynet)
- Settlers torch 2 cars in Hebron village, spray graffiti - settlers from Kiryat Arba set fire to the vehicles in Bani Naim, which belonged to two brothers. The settlers also sprayed threatening graffiti in the village reading "Good things are coming." (Maan)
- Israeli Islamic Movement leader convicted of inciting to violence - Court decides 2007 speech Sheikh Ra'ad Salah gave in wake of violent protests over Temple Mount excavation was incitement to violence, acquits on other charges. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
- Even before taking office, Lieberman stirs trouble - in South Africa - Avigdor Lieberman, about to be reappointed foreign minister after skirting fraud charges, says Jews should leave South Africa for Israel. (Haaretz+)
- As Iran eyes deal with world powers, Netanyahu warns of historic mistake - Iran, P5+1 may begin drafting a nuclear agreement on Thursday or Friday, Iranian foreign minister says. (Haaretz)
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