Monday Mar 19, 2018
Israel Hayom
Israel demolishes another Hamas terror tunnel in Gaza
After destroying fourth terror tunnel in as many months, IDF says latest tunnel seems to have been attempt to "recycle" part of previously demolished grid • Hamas' tunnel project will be entirely destroyed by year's end, says Defense Minister Lieberman.
Yoav Limor | A potentially combustible timeline
Friday's ramming attack was not unique, but its timing is critical: Israelis and Palestinians will mark several important dates in the next two months, giving a wide range of players ample opportunity to spark a conflagration.
Amnon Lord | Olmert sets the record straight
Besides rehashing old political enmities in his newly published memoir, former PM Ehud Olmert showed once again why he was, and still is, unfit to lead.
Akiva Bigman | Blatantly selective enforcement
There is no shortage of overlapping, sometimes conflicting, interests between government ministries and the industries they oversee, but this conduct is criminalized only if it involves PM Netanyahu.
2 soldiers killed in Samaria ramming attack, terrorist arrested
Palestinian Ala Qabha plows into a military post near Mevo Dotan • Capt. Ziv Daos, 21, and Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 20, are killed, two other soldiers seriously wounded • Qabha first claims he lost control of car, later admits he wanted to kill soldiers.
Terrorists should receive death penalty, says father of slain soldier
Families, friends of Sgt. Netanel Kahalani and Capt. Ziv Daos mourn their murders in Friday's car-ramming attack • Terrorists are "motivated by hatred, but we are motivated by love. In the end, the one who comes from love will win," says uncle of Daos.
Israeli forces nab terrorist who stabbed rabbi to death in Ariel
After extensive manhunt, Abed el-Hakim Adel Asi, 19, an Israeli Arab from Jaffa, is arrested in Nablus over the Feb. 5 murder of Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, 29, from Har Bracha in Samaria • "Proud morning for our security services," says President Rivlin.
IDF hits Hamas target after fourth border blast in a month
Explosives detonate near Gaza-Israel border for fourth time in past month • Hamas denies responsibility for incidents, Israeli defense official says denial is credible • IDF says Popular Resistance Committees most likely behind rise in border incidents.
Defense minister: Abbas is stirring tension between Israel and Hamas
Minister Avigdor Lieberman accuses PA president of planning to "stop transfer of funds to Gaza entirely, including for electricity, water, health and salary payments," and blame Israel for resulting crisis, thereby sparking clash between Hamas and Israel.
IDF trains US Jews to aid Israelis in event of natural disaster
Homefront Command teaches volunteers to use household items to help themselves and others in emergency • "We learned from events around the world that 90% of people who were trapped after earthquakes were saved by their neighbors," says Lt. Inbar Levy.
Settler leader ups security after his home appears in Hamas video
Hamas propaganda video posted on social media labels as "quality targets" home of Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, as well as Shavei Shomron synagogue, clinic and community rabbi's home • Dagan: Threats and intimidation will not break us.
Hamas shutters mobile provider after failed assassination attempt
Wataniya Mobile, a subsidiary of Qatar's Ooredoo, is being closed for "refusing to cooperate" with probe into blast aimed at PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, Hamas says • Second bomb failed to explode, reportedly contained Wataniya SIM card.
Bloomberg praises Israeli finance minister, says economy is strong
Policies led by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon have helped Israeli economy thrive, and his growing power base makes him a viable candidate for position of prime minister in the future, news agency says • Kahlon: I see myself as capable of doing any job.
Thousands more Syrians flee their homes amid brutal offensives
More than 100 people reportedly killed in airstrikes, thousands flee as separate offensives pound eastern Ghouta and northern Afrin area • "Conquest is close," says Turkish President Erdogan, whose troops are helping regime pummel Kurdish rebels in Afrin.
Trump to meet Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders in bid to solve Gulf dispute
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed will each travel to Washington, but talks unlikely to resolve dispute • "They're not ready to solve this crisis," says senior official.
European powers mull new Iran sanctions to meet US ultimatum
Britain, France and Germany are engaged in "intensive talks" with U.S. to "achieve a clear and lasting reaffirmation of U.S. support" for the nuclear deal • "If U.S. pulls out of the deal, it will be a painful mistake," Iranian foreign minister says.
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