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  • Netanyahu, Abbas Shake Hands at Paris Climate Summit
  • MK Yinon Magal announces his resignation from Knesset following scandal
  • Abu Khdeir murder ringleader's conviction held up

The main issue in the news media surrounding the UN Climate Change Conference, which began on Monday in Paris, was the recent diplomatic tensions between Russia and Turkey. However, on the unofficial sideline of the conference, a surprising meeting took place when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas shook hands. The meeting between PM Netanyahu and PA leader Abbas took place after the two leaders posed for a picture with fellow world leaders who are also participating in the conference.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand stood between PM Netanyahu and PA leader Abbas. After the picture was taken, the two leaders, who haven't met since 2010, shook hands. So far during the conference, PM Netanyahu has already met with U.S. President Barack Obama, President of France Francois Hollande, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron.

MK Yinon Magal of Habait Hayehudi announced that he was resigning from the Knesset Monday, in light of sexual harassment allegations against him. Magal told Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett that he is certain there is no criminal aspect to his behavior, but he understands that people were hurt by his past behavior. Bennett, who is currently in the US, said Magal's resignation was the right thing to do. Magal announced his resignation the morning after a fourth woman came forward, alleging that he sexually assaulted her by forcibly kissing her, according to Channel 2 News.

The Jerusalem district court found that all three defendants  perpetrated the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, but delayed formally convicting the ringleader, Yosef Haim Ben David after an unprecedented eleventh –hour insanity plea. The court did convict the two defendant-minors, one from Jerusalem and one from Beit Shemesh but whose names are under gag order, of murder, kidnapping and a range of other offenses, despite their protests that only Ben David committed the murder, and they only intended to rough up Abu Khdeir. Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Arab from Shuafat in east Jerusalem was abducted, burned and brutally murdered on July 2, 2014 while waiting to enter a mosque.Ben David, the ringleader, and the two additional Jewish minors, burned Abu Khdeir to death as a nationalist revenge murder following the infamous murder of three Jewish teenagers in June 2014.

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