The News From Israel

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Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.

"At worst, he won't be quick to answer every telephone request coming from Israel."--Yedioth political commentator's guess as to how US President Barack Obama will respond to Israel after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu supported his rival.

  • State appeals Olmert acquittal - Prosecution appeals former PM's acquittal in Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs. Olmert's aide says appeal is another stage in 'mean-spirited personal persecution of Mr. Olmert.' (Ynet and Haaretz+)
  • Settlers 'uproot 100 trees, spray racist graffiti' in Nablus - Settlers from Rechalim sprayed "Death to Arabs" and "Price Tag" on the walls of al-Sawiya village. (Maan)
  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel Shapiro: Direct talks with PA are only solution - U.S. ambassador to Israel says Obama's reelection could restart peace process, adds president committed to stopping Iran from obtaining nukes. (Ynet)
  • 'Netanyahu turned Toulouse memorial into election rally' - French President Hollande tells Paris magazine Israeli PM tried to gain political capital at ceremony honoring terror victims; adds: 'He's obsessed with Iran.' (Ynet and Haaretz+)
  • Settler rabbi: Time has come to apologize for Rabin assassination - In memorial evening in West Bank, Tekoa's Menachem Froman says: We vow not to repeat the dance of hatred. (Haaretz+)
  • After jail sentence, Bassem Tamimi declared Amnesty prisoner of conscience - Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi, who has been sentenced to four months in prison in a plea bargain with an Israeli court, is a prisoner of conscience and should be released, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. (Maan)
  • Hamas apologizes after police beat female activists - A protest, organized by women's organizations including the general union of Palestinian women, was held outside the parliament building on Tuesday to demand national reconciliation. Journalist Samya al-Zubeidi said female police officers hit her and ordered her to stop filming. (Maan)

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