Tuesday, June 07, 2016
AFTER BENNETT CRITISIZES PM-LIEBERMAN TELLS HIM TO CALM DOWN.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday called on coalition partner Naftali Bennett, who heads the Jewish Home, to “calm down” after the latter accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of talking out of both sides of his mouth by opposing a Palestinian state in Hebrew while supporting it in English.Referring to a joke he had made about his own short temper during his first Knesset speech as defense minister a week ago, Liberman told a faction meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party that Bennett should see “the same doctor for the same operation to lengthen a short fuse.”All members of the newly expanded coalition were duty-bound to help stabilize the government, Liberman said.“I am taking the opportunity to call on all of my friends, and first and foremost my good friend, Minister Naftali Bennett, to calm down,” Ynet reported. “At this time, we need fewer declarations. We need to work together in a coordinated, quiet fashion.”In comments Sunday seen as an attack on Netanyahu, Bennett said: “The time has come to say in a clear voice: the Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. It’s impossible to be in favor of the Land of Israel in Hebrew and of establishing a Palestinian state in English.”Echoing a call last week by Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon on the opposition Zionist Union to join the coalition, Liberman said everyone remembered the national unity governments that had served in situations of national emergency from 1967 on “and I think that the circumstances today merit a wall-to-wall coalition.”On his reputed move from the political right toward the center, Liberman said, “Yisrael Beytenu has always adopted a pragmatic foreign policy. The first man in the State of Israel on the entire political spectrum who spoke about a regional settlement without slogans but as a detailed and developed model was Avigdor Liberman on June 2, 2014 — before students at the Herzliya conference,” he said.At that time, he raised the subject of his controversial plan to redraw Israel’s borders in order to annex Israeli settlements and leave major Arab population centers on the Palestinian side of the border.Netanyahu has invested great efforts over recent weeks to expand what, until Yisrael Beytenu’s entrance into the government, was a razor-thin majority of two seats. After talks between Netanyahu and Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog floundered, Kahlon stepped up to call on the opposition party to enter the government to help restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.Relating to his new job at the Defense Ministry, Liberman said he was focusing on office work and studying the issues in depth. He also expressed optimism about the outcome of negotiations with the US over a huge military aid package for Israel. Last month, Washington sources told Israeli TV that propelling Liberman into the Defense Ministry “creates difficulty” for ongoing discussions on military assistance, a claim later denied by a senior American official.“I hope we will conclude this in the best way possible,” Liberman said.
IDF denies B’Tselem claim second Hebron stabber ‘executed’-Army says assailant was shot while attacking soldiers ‘to eliminate threat’-By Marissa Newman June 6, 2016, 1:39 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
17:12-IDF denies allegations it ‘executed’ second Palestinian stabber-The IDF denies allegations made by B’Tselem that it “executed” a second Palestinian assailant in Hebron in March, saying the shooting was necessary to “eliminate the threat” of the assailant mid-attack.“The claims by the B’Tselem organization are inconsistent with the findings of the operational investigation and conflict with the information the IDF has about this incident,” the army says in a statement.“The shots fired at the terrorist were carried out in order to eliminate the threat while he was attacking the soldiers with a knife,” the IDF says.— Judah Ari Gross--16:58-Egypt bans swimming off Red Sea beach after shark attack-Egypt imposes a 15-day ban on sport fishing and offshore swimming near a popular Red Sea destination where a shark attack took place last weekend.Environment Ministry officials Mohamed Salem and Beily Hatab say Monday the attack was likely caused by the combination of fishing and swimming in the same spot.The shark attack happened off Ain Sokhna, a popular holiday destination 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The two officials, who are directly involved in investigating the attack, said the Egyptian man who was bitten by a shark was swimming after bait was thrown nearby.Hotels in the area were instructed to hire watchmen for their beaches.Shark attacks are rare in Egypt.— AP-16:53-Palestinian dies of wounds from West Bank clashes-The Palestinian Health Ministry says a man wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers at a flashpoint prayer site in the West Bank has died of his wounds.It says Jamal Dweikat, 20, succumbed to his wounds on Monday.The 20-year-old was among a group of Palestinians who threw stones at Jewish worshippers at the Joseph’s Tomb, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. He was shot in the ensuing clashes.Some Jews believe the biblical Joseph is buried in the tomb, while Muslims say a local sheikh is buried there.— AP-16:39-Trump calls scolding by Newt Gingrich ‘inappropriate’-Donald Trump says Monday it was “inappropriate” for Newt Gingrich to demand he drop the subject of an American judge’s ethnicity and start acting like “a potential leader of the United States.” But Trump did not comment on the other Republican leaders’ unanimous call for him to lay off the jurist, a sign that the GOP presidential candidate doesn’t want to blow up the fragile truce he has struck with them.Trump insists that he’s only defending himself against relentless questions about lawsuits against Trump University. US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Trump says, cannot be impartial in the lawsuits against Trump University because his parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall along the border.“You have to respond,” Trump says on Fox News. “All I’m trying to do is figure out why I’m being treated so unfairly by a judge.”A day earlier, Gingrich said Trump’s focus on Curiel’s ethnic background was “inexcusable” and Trump’s “worst mistake.” He was one of several Republicans who publicly demanded that the presumptive GOP candidate move on and unite the party. Across the Sunday talk shows, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he “couldn’t disagree more” with Trump’s statements about Curiel’s impartiality, adding that “we’re all behind him now” — an implicit warning that such unity might not be the case for long.— AP-16:24-Turkish president to attend Muhammad Ali funeral-Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the public memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Friday in Louisville, a spokesman for Ali’s family says Monday.Spokesman Bob Gunnell makes the announcement as he unveils details of the ceremonies to take place in Ali’s hometown in the southern US state of Kentucky, where his coffin will be paraded through the streets before the public funeral.In Turkey, a presidential source tells AFP: “We confirm that the president will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s funeral. He leaves Wednesday evening.”— AFP-16:20-Army to test air raid sirens in Tel Aviv tomorrow-The IDF will activate an air raid siren in Tel Aviv tomorrow as part of an emergency preparedness exercise, the army says.At 10:10 a.m., the siren will be heard in southern Tel Aviv.At 10:20 a.m., it will be heard in northern Tel Aviv.At 10:30 a.m., it will be heard in eastern Tel Aviv.And at 10:40 a.m., it will be heard in central Tel Aviv.In the case of an actual emergency, the siren will be activated twice.The IDF will also send out a notification through its Home Front Command mobile phone application.There will also be announcements made on 102 FM and 103 FM.“The IDF spokesperson stresses that this test was planned ahead of time as part of its 2016 exercise plan and it is meant to test the alert systems,” the army says in a statement.— Judah Ari Gross-15:45-17 civilians killed in airstrikes on Syrian market-Seventeen civilians including eight children were killed on Monday, the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, in airstrikes on a market in eastern Syria, a monitor says.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes on Al-Shaara, a town held by the Islamic State group in Deir Ezzor province, are suspected to have been carried out by either Russian or Syrian government planes.— AFP-15:24-High Court upholds rabbinate monopoly on kosher certificates-The High Court rules that a restaurant cannot present itself as kosher unless it has a certificate from the Chief Rabbinate.The court decision is a blow to alternative kashrut organizations that in recent years have offered kosher certificates in lieu of the rabbinate and effectively upholds the rabbinate’s monopoly on the matter.-15:23-Germany hits back at Erdogan in Armenian genocide row-Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office hits back Monday at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a blistering row over a German parliamentary vote declaring the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians.Erdogan has angrily condemned last week’s vote on the World War I massacres, charging that the 11 German MPs with Turkish roots who backed it supported “terrorism” by the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), and demanding “blood tests” to see “what kind of Turks they are.”Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday says that while Berlin also considers the PKK a terrorist group, “to associate individual members of parliament with terrorism is utterly incomprehensible to us.”“The resolution was a political initiative that emerged from the midst of the Bundestag, which is a democratically elected, independent organ under our constitution,” Seibert tells a regular press conference.“The Bundestag reached a sovereign decision. That must be respected,” Seibert says, adding that this was the message Merkel had given to the Turkish president.— AFP-14:50-B’Tselem says second Palestinian ‘executed’ in Hebron shooting-The left-wing B’Tselem human rights organization claims the second Palestinian assailant who attacked two soldiers in Hebron on March 24 was also “executed” by an IDF soldier, potentially adding yet another controversial aspect to an already divisive case.In March, Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif and Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi attacked two Israeli soldiers with knives in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of the West Bank city, wounding one of them.The IDF has claimed al-Qasrawi died as a result of gunshots fired by a soldier during the attack, while al-Sharif was seriously injured.A short while later, Sgt. Elor Azaria arrived on the scene and nearly 15 minutes after the initial attack, the Kfir Brigade soldier was filmed shooting al-Sharif in the head, killing him.Azaria’s case has dominated headlines since March and divided the country.Local residents, however, now claim al-Qasrawi was only wounded in the attack and after he was already incapacitated, a soldier “shot him in the “head or neck twice from point-blank range.”According to B’Tselem, the delay in releasing this information was the result of the IDF’s 8-month closure on the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, which kept the organization’s investigators from interviewing the witnesses.As the army removed those restrictions, the B’Tselem employee could interview the two witnesses who are claiming al-Qasrawi was “executed.”The Tel Rumeida neighborhood is under surveillance by security cameras, meaning this accusation should be relatively easy to prove or disprove.An IDF spokesperson tells The Times of Israel they are looking into the new allegation.— Judah Ari Gross-14:48-Zionist Union MK says coalition option not over-Zionist Union MK Nahman Shai says the efforts to join the coalition have not concluded, and if the party receives a viable offer, it will consider it.“If we receive an offer to join the government, we will discuss it,” he tells the Knesset Channel. “The role of the party leader is to examine the feasibility of entering the government. It seems Herzog has not yet exhausted this examination.”
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