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Sat. Nov 12, 2016 News from Israel

  • Trump vows to broker Palestinian-Israeli deal
  • Israeli murdered in Thailand
  • Weapons to farmers

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, US President-Elect Donald Trump stated that he will make great efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump called the conflict "the war that never ends" and said that he hopes to craft a solution, "That’s the ultimate deal. As a deal maker, I’d like to do the deal that can’t be made, and do it for humanity’s sake.” Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid tried to put a damper on Israeli excitement, especially the settlers, "There will be no effect until the 20th of January. It is premature for Israeli politicians to celebrate his victory and what he will do for us."    In another interview on “60 minutes”, Trump praised his formal rival Hillary Clinton, and talked about their phone conversation. Meanwhile, Anti- Trump protestors took to the streets with demonstrations.    

Two Israeli citizens who live in Bangkok were arrested on suspicion of murdering another Israeli whose body was found buried under their house. The victim was identified as 62-year-old Eli Cohen, a retired Israeli policeman, who was declared missing earlier this week. The two suspects, a father and son, were arrested by the authorities. According to various reports, the father, Shimon Biton, is a known criminal in the drug smuggling industry and was arrested in the past for attempting to hide the body of another murdered Israeli in Thailand. The Thai press announced that the suspect confessed that he had murdered Cohen because he had been cheating with his girlfriend.

Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, has announced that farmers will be able to get rushed licenses for carrying weapons in light of attacks on those working in agriculture during the last year. "Unfortunately, there is a threat to the safety of farmers during the last year because of individual attacks.  Therefore, we must allow them to defend themselves."  

On Sunday, the country will mark the 21st anniversary of the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the murder a heinous political act negating a member of his Likud party, David Bitan. Netanyahu also posted clips on his Facebook page to address allegations that he contributed to the incitement against Rabin.  "These calls to harm the Prime Minister are inappropriate. It doesn't matter what party he comes from. You do not threaten the Prime Minister of the State of Israel," he said in an interview before the murder.

One year after the deadly terror attack in the Parisian nightclub “Bataclan”, the singer Sting appeared in the first concert since the attack. Terrorists murdered 90 people during a concert of the heavy metal band, “Eagles of Death Metal”.

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