The News From Israel
Tear Down This Wall
Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.
"Today it is clear the separation wall has no utility."--Former Likud minister Moshe Arens tells Maariv Israel needs to take down the 'security wall.'
- Israel's Attorney General backs move to cut funding of West Bank yeshiva due to violence against Palestinians - The request was made to cut educational funds to the Yitzhar settlement by the Education Ministry during Gideon Saar's term, using information from the security agencies who pointed to involvement of students at the school in torching a mosque and attacking IDF troops. Some 22 students from the yeshiva have restraining orders to stay out of the yeshiva or out of the W. Bank altogether. (Haaretz+ and Yedioth, p.10)
- Palestinian Poll: Major drop in support for rocket fire, Hamas - Survey conducted by Palestinian think tank in West Bank, Gaza reveals drop in support for 'violent resistance', support for Hamas. (Ynet)
- UN: Israel's Gaza restrictions hitting food stocks' - Deteriorating security situation' leads Israel to enforce new Gaza sanctions, claims UN body, but says sanction could have 'serious' effects if prolonged. (Agencies, Ynet)
- With no indictments in sight in Ben Zygier case, court extends gag order by 2 weeks - If the prosecution can't decide on charges by next deadline, it will allow some light to be shed on the alleged Mossad agent's case. (Haaretz+)
- The Holy See demands Jerusalem remove the public toilets - The Vatican is suing the Jerusalem municipality to evacuate a building it owns in the Old City and pay 352,000 shekels for rent not paid since 1967. (Maariv, p. 18)
- 5 suspected of racist attack against Ethiopians - Police believe five young men from south Tel Aviv beat two Israelis of Ethiopian descent thinking they were migrants. Officers say they have no doubt assaults were racially-motivated. (Ynet)
- Turkey PM delays Gaza trip after U.S. warns it may harm reconciliation with Israel - Turkey-Israel negotiations over compensation agreements scheduled to begin Thursday have also been delayed by 10 days, due to Erdogan’s trip to Kyrgyzstan this week, an Israeli official has said. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad offers resignation - Fayyad disagrees with President Mahmoud Abbas over policy, Reuters reports. (Agencies, Haaretz)
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