Israeli president shown in faked photos wearing Arab headdress

(JTA) – Israel Police have launched an investigation into faked photos showing President Reuven Rivlin wearing an Arab headdress, or kaffiyeh.

The images were created after Rivlin rejected a pardon for a former Israeli soldier who shot and killed a downed Palestinian attacker, and hark back to those featuring prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by right-wing opponents of his peace overtures to the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president rejects pardon request for soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin rejected a request to pardon a former Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestinian terrorist as he lay on the ground.

Rivlin rejected the request to pardon jailed soldier Elor Azaria, who is serving a reduced sentence of 14 months in prison for the murder. [Read more…]

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U.S.-Russia cease-fire could reportedly leave Iran-backed forces within three miles of Israel’s border

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Hezbollah soldiers near the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2017. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian-backed forces in Syria could reportedly remain as close as three miles from Israel’s border under a recent cease-fire agreement reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

An Israeli official said militias allied with Iran would be allowed to maintain positions as close at three to four miles to some parts of the border while being pushed up to around 19 miles away in others, Reuters reported Monday. The positions of the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime will affect the arrangements, the anonymous official said. [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister asks president to pardon soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman asked the country’s president to pardon an Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestinian terrorist as he lay on the ground.

In a letter sent Sunday to President Reuven Rivlin on behalf of jailed soldier Elor Azaria, Liberman said: “We must put an end to the affair that shook Israeli society, and at this time show leniency and mercy to the soldier,” Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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Israeli defence officials reportedly oppose changing Iran deal

(JTA) – Israel’s intelligence community opposes the drastic changes sought by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, according to a report.

Several sources, who were not named, told the Haaretz daily that the defence establishment in Israel does not agree with the demand articulated by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that U.S. President Donald Trump scrap or revise the deal, the daily reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister says army not pushing ‘feminist agenda’ with mixed-gender units

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaking to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaking to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected accusations that the Israel Defense Forces is pushing a “feminist agenda” with its mixed-gender units.

Liberman made the comments Wednesday at the inauguration of a new army training base in the Negev for mixed-gender border defence units. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier asks army chief for leniency after losing appeal in shooting of downed Palestinian

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 3017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 2017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

(JTA) – The Israeli soldier convicted of shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist has asked the head of the Israel Defense Forces for leniency.

Elor Azaria made the request of Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot days after a military appeals court upheld both the conviction and the 18-month prison sentence, which the prosecution had called too lenient. Azaria reportedly will not appeal the decisions to Israel’s Supreme Court. [Read more…]

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Settlement residents erect new outpost in memory of slain neighbours

(JTA) – Residents of the Halamish settlement set up a new outpost in memory of the three members of the Salomon family killed in a terror attack in their home, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to demolish the Palestinian attacker’s home.

Hundreds of Halamish residents and their supporters early Sunday morning set up a caravan, as well as tents, tables and chairs and erected the new outpost on a road outside of the settlement, also blocking it off to Palestinian traffic, Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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