The News From Israel

Rubio in Israel: U.S. Shouldn't Dictate Settlement Policies

Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.

"They will accuse us of genocide."--Then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, in 1983, discussing the Sabra and Shatilla massacre at a cabinet meeting.

  • Visiting U.S. Senator Marco Rubio: U.S. shouldn’t dictate policy on settlements- The rising Republican star, who sparked speculation that he might be running for president in 2016 by embarking on a tour of the Mideast, meets with Peres and Netanyahu. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Arab lawyer representing Beitar fan who was arrested on suspicion of racist slurs - Adv. Muhammed Khalailah was appointed by public defender's office to represent the fan who shouted racist statements against the acquisition of two Muslim players. The suspicion of racism did not prevent Khalaila from fighting for his client in court and bringing his immediate release from detention. (Yedioth Jerusalem supplement, p. 66)
  • Report: 'Israeli drone' shot down in Lebanon was a Syrian missile - IDF unmanned aircraft shot down along Syria–Lebanon border, media in both countries reported Wednesday. Thursday morning, Lebanese military sources say it was Syrian anti-aircraft missile. No response from Syrian military. (Ynet)
  • UNHRC drone-strike investigator: Israel would be wise to cooperate - British lawyer Ben Emmerson promises his report on the use of drone strikes will be fair and says it is in Israel's strategic interest to cooperate. (Haaretz+)
  • Al-Quds Marathon - Palestinian Authority Chairman (Mahmoud Abbas) decided to sponsor a Palestinian marathon that will take place this year at the same time as the Jerusalem marathon. It will take place beyond the fence in land belonging to the PA. The marathon is a " response to Israeli arrogance, that insists on allowing runners to run in a marathon that crosses the E. Jerusalem neighborhoods," said Ahmed Rawidi, an advisor to Abbas. (Yedioth Jerusalem supplement, p. 40)
  • Israel's attorney general decides against criminal investigation of Haaretz for breach of censorship in Zygier affair - In a letter to Haaretz's editor-in-chief, Weinstein, concerning breach of censorship, Attorney General warns against future violations. (Haaretz+)
  • Beit Safafa: Ticking time bomb in the heart of Jerusalem - What began as an (Arab) neighborhood protest against the paving of a highway right through it, could quickly turn into a violent conflict that will incite the city. "They are taking a (neighborhood) that was a model of co-existence and turning it into a center for Israel haters," said a senior security official in the capital. Meanwhile, representatives from the US consulate arrived in the neighborhood to examine the dispute. (Yedioth Jerusalem supplement, p. 36)

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