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Wed. Sep 14, 2016 News from Israel

  • Peres doctors say his condition somewhat improved yet still serious after stroke
  • U.S. military aid deal for Israel signed in Washington
  • Terrorist who murdered IDF soldier in Tel Aviv in 2014 sentenced for life in prison

Former president Shimon Peres was showing signs of improvement Wednesday but remains in serious condition after suffering a major stroke a day earlier, according to doctors treating him at the Sheba Medical Center. Peres was still sedated and on a respirator, but was stable and has responded to stimuli, the head of the hospital told reporters.


Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said that he sends “heartfelt prayers of recovery to my friend Shimon Peres, Israel’s 9th President.” Rivlin also said that he is following the reports from the hospital regarding Peres’ medical situation.

The world continues to closely follow Shimon Peres’ health situation. Former US president Bill Clinton and former UK prime minister Tony Blair called Peres’ office in order to inquire about the situation and wish him a speedy recovery. In addition, both a White House representative and an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin called Israel’s 9th President’s office in order to find out how he is doing.

Arab Israeli lawmaker MK Basel Ghattas  of the Joint list drew harsh condemnation Wednesday after suggesting former president Shimon Peres be remembered as a blood-covered tyrant and war criminal, breaking with others who have praised the Nobel Peace Prize winner in the wake of his massive stroke a day earlier.

The United States and Israel have agreed on a record $38 billion package of U.S. military aid and signed the new pact on Wednesday, preserving defense funding for Washington’s closest Middle East ally for the next decade. The deal represents the biggest pledge of U.S. military assistance made to any country but also involves major concessions granted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to officials on both sides and U.S. congressional aides. Israel’s chief negotiator, Jacob Nagel, acting head of Netanyahu’s national security council, arrived in Washington in preparation for the signing ceremony.

First publication -Two weeks ago the UN’s envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov slammed, “Israeli settlement expansion”, as well as defense minister Avigdor Lieberman's policy. In a rare move on Wednesday Lieberman called on all Israeli officials to boycott Mladenov.

A Palestinian man was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday for stabbing to death an IDF soldier at a Tel Aviv train station in 2014. The Tel Aviv District Court ruled that 20-year-old Nur al-Din Abu Hashiyeh must serve the maximum possible sentence for the murder of Sgt. Almog Shiloni, citing the “extreme severity” of his actions and rejecting pleas for a lesser punishment.

And finally the security establishment is still reviewing what damages were caused to Ofek-11, the scouting satellite that was launched yesterday. A security official said that there was still hope that the satellite would not be a total loss.

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