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Thu. Nov 3, 2016 News from Israel

  • Supreme Court President Naor refuses to work with Justice Minister Shaked on appointment of new judges
  • Defense Minister confirms new IDF commanders' appointments
  • Terrorist eliminated in attempted stabbing attack on IDF soldiers

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot’s recommendation to appoint Major General Aviv Kochavi, who currently serves as head of the IDF Northern Command, as Deputy Chief of Staff. Aside from the Deputy Chief of Staff, Lieberman accepted the rest of Eisenkot’s recommendations. Among the approved recommendations is the head of the IDF Homefront Command, Major General Yoel Strick, who will replace Kochavi as head of the IDF Northern Command. Major General Amikam Norkin will serve as the IAF Commander replacing Major General Amir Eshel, who has served in the position for the past four years.

A Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab IDF soldiers at the West Bank’s Ofra Junction on Route 60 on Thursday. The terrorist was eliminated at the scene by security forces before he was able to harm the soldiers. No Israelis were injured in the attempted terror attack.

The president of the Supreme Court on Thursday announced she would end private consultations with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on the selection of High Court justices, charging that the minister was advancing a Knesset bill that seeks to unfairly reshape the nomination process. In a letter to Shaked, Miriam Naor slammed the bill, lodged by three Yisrael Beytenu MKs and apparently supported by the justice minister, which would see judges appointed with a regular majority of votes from the nine-person Judicial Selection Committee, over which the minister presides. The proposal to rid the justices of their de facto veto on the committee met with strong objections from the opposition as well.

Thousands of Iranians burned the American flag and chanted anti-U.S. slogans as they marked the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by militant students 37 years ago. Iranians at the rally outside the former embassy building on Thursday chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" and burned the U.S. and Israeli flags as well as a star of david.

The Committee that Prime minister Bnejamin Netanyahu and Finance minister Moshe Kahlon agreed  on to recommend within three weeks what to do with the Israeli public broadcasting, convened on Thursday for its first discussion. During the meeting it was proposed, among other things, to shut down the new corporation as well as the Israel Broadcasting Authority - a proposal that was not immediately rejected . Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn threatened in response to shut down the country if that would happen.

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