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Sat. Sep 17, 2016 News from Israel

  • For the first time ever, Iron Dome intercepts two rockets in the Golan Heights
  • Two days of terror: 5 attempted attacks over the weekend
  • 23 Knesset Members and Ministers from the Likud sign on a protest letter calling for Netanyahu to save the disputed outpost of Amona

The Iron Dome defense system intercepted two rockets that were fired toward Israel from Syria on Saturday. The interception occurred above the demilitarized zone between the two countries. It is believed that the rockets were not meant for Israel but were rather a spillover from the infighting in Syria. Sources say, however, that Israel sent message that it is able to defend its citizen in the north

Five attempted terror attacks in Israel over the weekend and the Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan said on Saturday that there is a real concern that the level of violence is rising as the Jewish holidays approach. On Saturday morning, a 25-year old terrorist stabbed an IDF soldier who asked for his identification at a checkpoint in Hebron. Another 4 attacks on Friday included another stabbing in Hebron, an attempted stabbing near the Old City of Jerusalem and a vehicular attack in Kiryat Arba where a male and female terrorist attempted to run over 3 Israelis. In addition, a bus driver was lightly injured when a Molytov cocktail was thrown at his windshield near Maaleh Adumim. As a result of the attacks, the IDF is beefing up security in Judaea and Samaria.

Despite reports that Damascus continues to produce unconventional weapons, Israel maintains that its citizens are well protected. The Homefront Commander will conduct a series of drills during the coming week.

Prime Minister Netanyahu might be facing his next political crisis as over 20 Knesset Members and Government Ministers of the Likud signed a protest letter demanding that the Prime Minister legalize the ownership of lands in the disputed outpost of Amona as well as 2000 homes in other areas of dispute to prevent them from being demolished. In the past, legislation to save disputed outposts has failed.

The condition of former Israeli President Shimon Peres continues to be serious but stable with no change. Doctors are expecting to perform a CT on the elder Statesman on Sunday and will subsequently decide on future treatment. Israel's president Reuven Rivlin was expected to visit Peres on Saturday evening.

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