ISRAEL’S MAIN NEWSCAST

Wed. Apr 17, 2013 Israel News

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  • Salafi group claims responsibility for 2 rockets fired on Eilat
  • Netanyahu meets with British PM; among dignitaries at Thatcher funeral
  • Storm over Leumi NIS 150m write-off of Dankner debt

Two Grad rockets fired from the Sinai area hit Israel's southernmost city of Eilat on Wednesday morning, causing no injuries but some damage. An Islamist militant group in the Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack. The IDF deployed an Iron Dome battery outside the southern resort city at the beginning of the month, in anticipation of possible rocket fire from the Sinai peninsula, but it was not intercepted.In Sinai, Egyptian security forces began a search of the border area to investigate the Israeli claims.

Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara joined a host of British and international dignitaries in London on Wednesday, as the British capital stages its biggest political funeral in almost half a century for former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Later in the day Netanyahu met with the British prime minister David Cameron.

A storm erupted over negotiations on a debt settlement between Ganden Investments Ltd., through which Nochi Dankner controls IDB Holding Corp. Ltd. , and Bank Leumi , under which the bank will write-off NIS 150 million of Ganden's debt. However due to the decision of Bank of Israel to investigate the issue Bank Leumi announced the deal has been suspended until further notice.

The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya launched the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute on Wednesday. Pearl a wall street journal reporter was on his way to an interview in Pakistan in 2002 when he was abducted and later beheaded. His last words were, "I am Jewish." Pearl's widow, Mariane, wrote a memoir that was turned into a movie starring Angelina Jolie.The institute aims to advance quality journalism in the Middle East and promote balanced reporting from the region. Pearl's father, Judea, said he hoped the institute would be a "towering contribution to Danny's legacy, his life, his mission and his dreams."

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