Israeli soldier killed in suspected terror attack

(JTA) – An Israeli soldier was stabbed and killed in a suspected terrorist attack in the southern city of Arad.

Ron Yitzhak Kukia, 19, of Tel Aviv, was waiting for a bus Thursday night when he was stabbed. Kukia, a member of an infantry unit, died within minutes.

Police and the Israel Security Service are searching for the perpetrators, whom they suspect are Palestinian, Ynet reported.

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Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Hamas posts in Gaza

(JTA) – Israeli tanks and planes fired on four Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for mortar shells fired on soldiers working in southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

Following the mortar attacks early Thursday afternoon, trains running between the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot were stopped. Buses were sent to pick up stranded passengers. Service resumed about two hours later. [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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Two Israelis wounded, one severely, in West Bank car-ramming attack

(JTA) – Two Israelis were wounded, one seriously, on Friday in a West Bank car-ramming attack allegedly by a Palestinian teenager who later was shot.

Even Ezer Holaring, a 35-year-old father of five, suffered a serious head injury in what police are calling a terrorist attack. David Ramati, 70, was moderately wounded in the attack at the Efrat South junction near Jerusalem. Both live in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside Hebron. [Read more…]

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Israel denies entry to European officials under new anti-boycott law

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel announced it would not allow seven European officials to visit because of what it said were their efforts to promote boycotts of the country.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Monday that he would adopt the recommendation of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to deny entry to the members of a 20-person delegation. The group of European Parliament members and French mayors was to arrive next week. [Read more…]

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‘No free gifts,’ Netanyahu tells Hamas on return of bodies

Palestinians viewing what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, Aug. 5, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

Palestinians viewing what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, Aug. 5, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to return the Israeli citizens being held captive by Hamas in Gaza.

Netanyahu made the remarks on Monday during a construction agreement ceremony in the city of Migdal HaEmek in northern Israel. [Read more…]

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Israel says it holds bodies of five terrorists killed in Gaza tunnel

Palestinians viewing what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, Aug. 5, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

Palestinians viewing what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, Aug. 5, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

(JTA) – Israel is holding the bodies of five Islamic Jihad terrorists killed in the Gaza terror tunnel that the Israel Defense Forces blew up last week.

The army said Sunday that it has the bodies, days after Hamas, which controls Gaza, asked to be allowed to search for the missing men. Israeli officials said the bodies should be used to bargain with Hamas over the citizens and soldiers’ bodies that Hamas is holding. [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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Hamas releases footage of Gilad Schalit on final day of Israeli soldier’s captivity

(JTA) – The terrorist group Hamas released footage of Gilad Schalit taken while the Israeli soldier was in captivity in the Gaza Strip.

The footage released Wednesday shows some of the final moments before Schalit’s release in a prisoner exchange deal in 2011 for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, many of them convicted terrorists responsible for killing Israelis. He had been held by Hamas in Gaza for six years after being captured in a cross-border, guerrilla-style attack. [Read more…]

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