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Alray International Media Watch from Alray Palestinian Media Agency (February 15, 2018)
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Alray International Media Watch section is a daily press tour through selected international websites and newspapers, particularly the Israeli ones.


This section is prepared by Alray Palestinian Media Agency to update its viewers with the most Palestinian top news in the international press.


Yedioth Ahronoth:

MK Yoav Kish (Likud) will convene the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee of the Knesset on Sunday to discuss claims made by Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh regarding police investigators involved in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cases being tailed. Further details

 

In less than 24 hours, three different people attempted to smuggle pipe bombs into the Military Court in Salem, in the northern West Bank. Further details

 

Seven soldiers were slightly injured when their vehicle drove over a landmine in the Jordan Valley Wednesday. Two of the soldiers were taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment. Further details

 

Yesh Atid Chairman MK Yair Lapid returned fire after being assailed by members of the coalition over his role as a main witness in the Case 1000 investigation against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which the police recommended Tuesday he should be indicted for on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Further details

 

The Petah Tikva Magistrates' Court extended Wednesday the arrest of Anour Abu Zina, 44, of at-Tur in east Jerusalem, who is the truck driver involved in the car crash that claimed the lives of two Golani soldiers on Highway 6 Tuesday. Further details

 

The Ofer military tribunal opened Tuesday the trial of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, on trial for hitting soldiers during clashes in her Nabi Salih home. Further details

 

A new study published Tuesday pointed to an increasing campaign of online incitement and violence against Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, from the moment he entered office in October 2015 and until the present day, on the backdrop of police's bombshell recommendations to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery. Further details

 

The police and Yesh Atid Chairman MK Yair Lapid came under fire Tuesday night following the publication of the police's recommendations to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases,while the embattled premier received support from both members of his own party and other members of the coalition. Further details

 

US President Donald Trump threatened in December to cut funding for countries voting at the UN against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but according to his administration's proposed 2019 budget, not a single country lost funding for that reason. Further details

 

A Palestinian diplomat speaking to students at the United Nations headquarters in New York told them the Palestinians were proud to be throwing stones at Israeli forces and will continue teaching their children to do so. Further details

 

Terrorist Ayman Kurd, who stabbed and critically wounded a female police officer near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder. Further details

 

The Jerusalem Post:

Turkey has rejected Israel’s accusations that it helped Hamas gain in military strength, calling them “incompatible with reality,” after a Turkish citizen was arrested and deported. Further details

 

Signaling a business-as-usual attitude in the face of significant legal woes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to the Munich Security Conference on Thursday, less than 48 hours after the police recommended he be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Further details

 

While Jewish Israelis on Wednesday were heatedly arguing over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign, Arab citizens were also closely following the developments, including in the Napoli café in Baka al-Gharbiya. Further details

 

United Nations human-rights investigators called on Israel to free 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi from jail during her trial for assault and incitement, warning that it had violated her rights under international law. Further details

 

Zionist Union mocked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a billboard on the Ayalon, quoting him as saying a premier cannot serve while under investigation. Further details

 

Israel will do everything necessary to prevent Iran from consolidating itself in Syria, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Wednesday. Further details

 

Despite Ahed Tamimi’s willingness for a transparent and public trial, the Judea Military Court on Tuesday ordered her case to be tried behind closed doors. Further details

 

Following the Israeli Police's recommendation Tuesday night to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in two cases, the premier said he would run in the next election and win. A Channel 2 News poll released Wednesday shows that he might. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke this week with a senior adviser to Hungarian President Viktor Orban about hosting a summit that would include Poland’s prime minister, a sign “Jerusalem” does not intend to dramatically downgrade ties with Warsaw following its controversial law on the Holocaust. Further details

 

The Trump administration’s plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at an advanced stage, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday in Jordan as part of his weeklong regional visit. Further details

 

The Times of Israel:

The United Nations’ Mideast envoy briefed the Security Council behind closed doors Wednesday at the request of Kuwait and Bolivia on what Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour called the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Further details

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US President Donald Trump next month when he visits Washington for the annual AIPAC confab, a White House official said Wednesday. Further details

 

Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub was involved on Wednesday in an altercation with Israeli Border Police troops in the Old City of Hebron, during which he yelled at troops who briefly stopped a member of his group. Further details

 

The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday stepped up its rhetorical attacks on Israel — this time by calling on all parliaments to boycott Knesset members who supported a bill that applies Israeli law to Israeli academic institutions in the West Bank. Further details

 

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan sent a letter on Wednesday to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit calling on him to investigate claims made by Police Chief Roni Alsheich that the officers investigating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged corruption had been tailed. Further details

 

Security forces on Wednesday foiled an attempt to smuggle a number of pipe bombs into the Samaria Military Court — the second such incident in as many days at the West Bank facility. Further details

 

Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi on Wednesday, in a rare visit to the Palestinian Authority, compared the current need for establishing an independent state of Palestine to the urgency felt globally to establish the State of Israel after the two world wars of the 20th century. Further details

 

Settler leaders praised a new law that places Israeli colleges and universities in the West Bank on a par with institutions located inside Israel and under the auspices of the Council for Higher Education. Further details

 

Despite repeated threats to punish countries that don’t agree with US policy in the Middle East, the Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years. Further details

 

More than 50 Palestinians died waiting for Israeli visas to travel for medical treatment last year, with only around half of all applications granted, according to new figures released Tuesday. Further details


Palestinians held without trial are to begin a boycott of the country’s military courts, the head of prisoners’ affairs for the Palestinian Authority said Tuesday. Further details

 

Turkey on Tuesday blasted as “incompatible with reality” accusations by “Israel” it had helped the Palestinian “terror group” Hamas to gain in military strength, following the arrest and deportation of a Turkish citizen. Further details

 

Israel National News:

The military court today sentenced Omar al-Abed to four life sentences for the massacre in Halamish (Neve Tzuf) last summer. Further details

 

 Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub was filmed on Wednesday as he verbally confronted Border Police officers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron. Further details

 

Hamas on Tuesday denounced the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in Ramallah, headed by Rami Hamdallah, for its policy of "deceiving, creating tension and deliberately neglecting the needs of the residents of the Gaza Strip." Further details

 

On Wednesday afternoon, 7 soldiers were lightly and moderately injured when a military vehicle hit an anti-tank mine in the Qasr al-Yahud area, south of Jericho. Further details

 

A poll published Wednesday by Hadashot 2 conducted by the Midgam research institute, following the publication of police recommendations in cases involving corruption allegations against Prime Minister Netanyahu, indicated that if elections were held today, Likud would win 26 seats - one seat more than the party garnered in the previous poll. Further details

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