Tue. May 10, 2016 Israel News

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  • On the eve of Remembrance Day; Israel remembers its fallen soldiers and victims of terror
  • Two elderly women stabbed in Jerusalem; terrorists still at large
  • Herzog pressures Livni and Yachimovitch to join the Netanyahu Government, so far unsuccessfully

Israel marked the Eve of the Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror on Tuesday night with the flag lowered to half-mast and a minute-long siren. The main candle-lighting ceremony was held at the Western Wall with President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, and representatives of bereaved families in attendance. President Rivlin opened the ceremony reminding the citizens of Israel that the same battle has been fought for 68 years but that Israel is a people of peace.

Since the founding of the State of Israel, 23,447 soldiers have lost their lives including 68 since the last Remembrance Day. Two thousand five hundred seventy six civilians were killed since the establishment of the State of Israel, including 31 in the last year. Memorial ceremonies will take place throughout the country’s military cemeteries on Wednesday morning at 11 when a 2-minute long siren will sound to honor the fallen.

Prime Minister Netanyahu opened a Remembrance Day ceremony at Jerusalem’s Yad L’Banim on Tuesday afternoon where he declared that Israel will not give up on its hopes of peace with its enemies. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein also spoke at the ceremony in addition to Israel’s two chief rabbis.

Labor Party Chairman Isaac Herzog and Zionist Camp partner and Hatnua Party leader Tzipi Livni met on Tuesday to discuss a proposal regarding entering into Netanyahu’s government. While Herzog is applying pressure to both Livni and the Zionist camp’s Shelly Yachimovich to join the Netanyahu Government, sources say that he has no more than 10 Knesset members behind him and that such a move would effectively dismantle the Zionist Camp.

The manhunt continues on Tuesday evening for the terrorists responsible for stabbing two women in their 80s on Tuesday morning on the Golden Promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem. One of the women is an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor. Both were stabbed in the back and treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where they are in moderate condition. Security forces believe the terrorists escaped to a local Arab village and have been going door to door to identify and locate them. As a result of the attack, Jerusalem police are beefing up security ahead of Israel’s Independence Day which begins on Wednesday evening.

A 16-year-old Palestinian youth who smuggled himself into Israel from Gaza and was arrested on Tuesday, has provided security information to Israeli anti-terror teams concerning the location of terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel.

And finally, Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot on Tuesday awarded citations to soldiers who prevented terror attacks on other soldiers and citizens. The soldiers were noted for their professionalism, determination and bravery.

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