Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Lawyer: Prisoner X Australian Ben Zygier did not appear suicidal

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Lawyer: Zygier did not appear suicidal

Source: JTA, 2-14-13

Australian-Israeli prisoner Ben Zygier — Prisoner X — did not appear suicidal the day before his death, a prominent Israeli attorney said….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Government admits to secret talks about ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier

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Government admits to secret talks about ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier

Source: Herald Sun, 2-14-13

BEN Zygier, the so-called Prisoner X who died in a Tel Aviv jail in 2010, had been detained by Israeli authorities on serious national security charges….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: More details emerge about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

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More details trickle out about Israel’s Prisoner X, aka Ben Zygier, an Australian Jew

Source: JTA, 2-13-13

More information has begun to emerge about the mysterious man known as Prisoner X who hanged himself in Israel’s Ayalon Prison in 2010….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: Australia investigating mysterious 2010 death in Israeli prison

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Australia investigating mysterious 2010 death in Israeli prison

Source: Los Angeles Times, 2-13-13

Government officials in Australia vowed Wednesday to investigate the secret detention and mysterious death of a Jewish Australian immigrant who was found hanged to death in a high-security Israeli prison cell in 2010….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead ‘Prisoner X’

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Israeli lawmakers press for answers on dead ‘Prisoner X’

Source: JTA, 2-12-13

Knesset members pressed Israel’s justice minister for answers on “Prisoner X,” who was identified in an Australian TV report as an Australian-born Israeli who worked for the Mossad and died in an Israeli prison…..READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner

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Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner – ABC

Source: Reuters UK, 2-12-13

An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia’s ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 6, 2013: Menachem Elon, former Supreme Court justice and Israel Prize winner, dies

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Menachem Elon, former Supreme Court justice and Israel Prize winner, dies

Source: JTA, 2-6-13

Rabbi Menachem Elon, a former Israeli Supreme Court justice and an Israel Prize winner, has died….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 25, 2013: Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Yair Lapid

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Hareidi Parties May Form ‘Blocking Bloc’ to Lapid

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-25-13

Shas and United Torah Judaism may work together to prevent Lapid from drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 13, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Cabinet Meeting on Evacuation of Palestinians from E-1 Corridor

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 1-13-13

יום ראשון ב’ שבט תשע”ג

Photo by GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“I would like to praise the Israel Police, with the support of the IDF, for its rapid and determined operation to evacuate the Palestinian gathering in the area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. As soon as I was updated on the Palestinian gathering, I ordered its immediate evacuation and it was indeed carried out last night in the best possible manner. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, I would like to thank you and Israel Police Commissioner Inspector-General Yohanan Danino on the excellent operation; I am certain that to the degree that it will yet be necessary to watch over the area, you will do so as effectively as possible. We will not allow anyone to harm the contiguity between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.

Over the weekend, somebody criticized my government over the investments we made in security. Indeed, in contrast to governments that invested billions in the disengagement, we invested billions in building up our strength so as to ensure the security of Israel’s citizens. We invested and we will continue to invest in Iron Dome, which stopped the missiles, in the security fence in the south, which stopped the infiltrators, in cybersecurity and in the offensive and defensive capabilities of the IDF, Mossad and ISA.

These capabilities have already found expression in various areas, including during Operation Pillar of Defense, which was conducted responsibly and wisely and which achieved its goals. It is no coincidence that the security situation in the country is the best it has been in years and this is in the face of the great security upheaval around us and in our region. I would like to commend the ministers who dealt with the issue and the government for backing the important operations to ensure the security of Israel’s citizens.”

Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Tel Aviv bus bomb mastermind indicted

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Tel Aviv bus bomb mastermind indicted

Source: JTA, 1-2-13

Israel’s military prosecutor filed an indictment against the head of a Palestinian terrorist cell who organized the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 1, 2013: Likud Party’s Moshe Feiglin detained for praying at Temple Mount

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Likud’s Moshe Feiglin detained for praying at Temple Mount

Source: JTA, 1-1-13

Likud Party activist Moshe Feiglin was detained and later released by Israel Police after praying on the Temple Mount….READ MORE

 

 

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Israel’s Supreme Court upholds Arab-Israeli lawmaker’s right to election run

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Israel’s Supreme Court upholds Arab-Israeli lawmaker’s right to election run

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Arab-Israeli lawmaker Hanin Zoabi may run in the upcoming Israeli elections, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled, overturning a vote by a government panel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

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Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Avigdor Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

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Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

Avigdor Liberman’s resignation as Israel’s foreign minister officially took effect, and Israel’s attorney general postponed filing an indictment for fraud and breach of trust against him….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Israel’s Attorney General rejects disqualifying Arab lawmaker from elections

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Israel’s AG rejects disqualifying Arab lawmaker from elections

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said that there is not enough evidence to disqualify Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi from next month’s elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: It’s official: Avigdor Liberman’s out as foreign minister

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It’s official: Liberman’s out as foreign minister

Source: JTA, 12-16-12

Avigdor Liberman officially stepped down as Israel’s foreign minister following his indictment for fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 13, 2012: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman indicted for fraud and breach of trust

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Liberman indicted for fraud and breach of trust

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was indicted on fraud and breach of trust while other cases against him were closed. Read more »

Israel Political Brief December 12, 2012: Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen brandishing toy gun

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen brandishing toy gun

Source: JTA, 12-12-12

A Palestinian teen who threatened Israeli troops near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron was shot and killed….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 11, 2012: Leading haredi Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, in Israel: Say no to national military service

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Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

Source: JTA, 12-11-12

The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 9, 2012: Israeli Cabinet approves temporary military draft exemption for yeshiva students

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Israeli Cabinet approves temporary draft exemption for yeshiva students

Source: JTA, 12-9-12

Israel’s Cabinet approved a temporary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft….READ MORE

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