Wed. Dec 14, 2016 Israel News

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  • Netanyahu uses visit to Kazakhstan to send warning to Iran
  • Stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s old city
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design students protest threat to freedom of speech

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku on and Kazakhstan as well on Wednesday . Netanyahu is in the Central Asian Muslim country in a visit focused on increasing economic ties. He also spoke at a joint press conference .

A stabbing attack occurred Wednesday in Jerusalem at the city’s Lions’ Gate. A Border Police officer was lightly wounded . The terrorist was eliminated by Israeli security forces. Magen David Adom paramedics were rushed to the scene and treated the injured officer. The paramedics found a male teenager at the scene who was also injured but the cause of his minor injuries is currently unknown. According to the initial investigation, the terrorist saw the Border Police officers who were patrolling the area and approached them. When he got close enough to the officers, he took out a screwdriver and stabbed one of them in the head. The other officers reacted quickly and eliminated the terrorist.

A day after a student from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design was interrogated for creating an exhibit in which a picture of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head was shown next to a noose, the Israel Police announced Wednesday that their investigation has come to an end. According to the Israel Police, there was no basis to suspect that the student had intended to carry out an act of incitement.  After an additional poster was hung at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem degrading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Likkud Youth called to close the academic institution until a proper investigation was carried out regarding the incitement against Netanyahu. The poster was removed from the institution’s walls. Meanwhile Bezalel Academy of Art and Design says the protest Wednesday by its students who taped up their mouths stems from a fear that their freedom of speech is under threat in an ongoing row over provocative drawings of Netanyahu.

The winter system that has taken over Israel for the past two days has brought heavy amounts of rain. The heaviest rainfall occurred in the Northern Golan Heights and Israel’s Northern Coastal Plain between 100-120 mm. As a result of the substantial rainfall, the strongest river flows to occur in three years was recorded by the Israel Water Authority within the country’s northern rivers. Wednesday night is predicted to be the coldest night so far this winter season, with unseasonably low temperatures. Snow covered Mt. Hermon, and snowfall is expected in other areas of the Golan Heights for the first time this winter.

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