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French exit polls: Macron set for 2nd presidential term with 58% of vote

Far-right’s Le Pen projected to secure 42%; incumbent would become the first French president in 20 years to win another five years in office

French President and centrist La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with supporters as he holds a rally on the last day of campaigning, in Figeac, southern France, on April 22, 2022 (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)
French President and centrist La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with supporters as he holds a rally on the last day of campaigning, in Figeac, southern France, on April 22, 2022 (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Sunday’s events as they unfolded.

Shin Bet says it busted Islamic Jihad cell in West Bank that planned bomb attack

Materials allegedly used in an explosive device that the Shin Bet security agency says was set up by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell in the West Bank. (Shin Bet)
Materials allegedly used in an explosive device that the Shin Bet security agency says was set up by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell in the West Bank. (Shin Bet)

The Shin Bet security service says it has foiled an attempt by the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group to enlist residents of the West Bank to commit attacks against Israeli targets.

The agency says several Palestinians from the Jenin area — including Yasmin Shaaban, a 40-year-old mother of four — were detained for planning a bombing attack against farmers in the area.

It accuses Islamic Jihad operatives in the Gaza Strip of directing the cell to build explosive devices to use in an attack.

Shaaban is accused of passing information between Islamic Jihad members in Gaza and members of the cell in the West Bank. Her interrogation led to the arrest of seven others allegedly part of the cell, the Shin Bet says.

Footage released by the agency shows the members testing out an explosive device, shaped similar to a rocket.

Shaaban and five others have been formally indicted in the case.

Lapid congratulates Macron: ‘An important leader, a true friend of Israel’

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid congratulates Emmanuel Macron on his projected win in the French presidential elections.

“Congratulations to my good friend @EmmanuelMacron on being reelected as President of France,” he tweets.

“President Macron is an important leader of the global center and a true friend of Israel. We’ll continue to work together to strengthen cooperation between our countries. ”

French far-right leader Le Pen concedes defeat

French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris on April 24, 2022 after the announcement of the first projections by polling firms of the French presidential election's second round results. (Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris on April 24, 2022 after the announcement of the first projections by polling firms of the French presidential election's second round results. (Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has conceded defeat in the presidential runoff, handing victory to incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

She says her unprecedented score in a presidential election represents “a shining victory in itself.”

“The ideas we represent are reaching summits,” she says.

French polling agencies are projecting that centrist Macron has won the runoff against Le Pen.

Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain Prize for American humor

Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film, "Rosewater," in New York, Nov. 7, 2014 (Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film, "Rosewater," in New York, Nov. 7, 2014 (Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

A host of celebrities and comedy royalty will gather tonight at the Kennedy Center as comedian, talk show host and political influencer Jon Stewart receives the Mark Twain Prize for lifetime achievement in humor.

Stewart, the 23rd recipient of the prize, will be honored by testimonials and skits from fellow comedians and previous Mark Twain recipients. Stewart himself spoke during Dave Chappelle’s Mark Twain ceremony in 2019.

The 59-year-old Stewart — born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz — rose to prominence as a standup comic and host of multiple failed talk shows before taking over Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 1999. His 16-year run as “Daily Show” host turned him into a cultural and political force as Stewart trained his satirical eye on both politics and an increasingly polarized national media.

Since retiring from “The Daily Show” in 2015, Stewart has become a vocal proponent of a number of social causes and one of the most prominent voices in support of health care for Sept. 11 first responders in New York City. He recently returned to television as host of “The Problem with Jon Stewart” on Apple TV+.

French exit polls: Macron set for 2nd presidential term with 58% of vote

French President and centrist La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with supporters as he holds a rally on the last day of campaigning, in Figeac, southern France, on April 22, 2022 (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)
French President and centrist La Republique en Marche (LREM) party candidate for re-election Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with supporters as he holds a rally on the last day of campaigning, in Figeac, southern France, on April 22, 2022 (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron appears set for a second presidential term.

One election exit poll shows him winning the second round of the presidential race with 58.2 percent of the vote. His rival, the far-right’s Marine Le Pen, is projected to win 41.8%.

A second poll shows Macron with 57.6% to Le Pen’s 42.4%.

The incumbent would become the first French president in 20 years to win another five years in office.

Astronaut Eytan Stibbe set to depart from ISS tonight, head back to Earth

Israel’s Eytan Stibbe enters the International Space Station, on April 9, 2022. (Screenshot/SpaceX)
Israel’s Eytan Stibbe enters the International Space Station, on April 9, 2022. (Screenshot/SpaceX)

The crew of the first fully private mission to the International Space Station is set to leave the orbiting laboratory and head back to Earth.

The three businessmen and a former NASA astronaut spent more than two weeks on the station on a history-making mission organized by startup company Axiom Space.

A SpaceX capsule is scheduled to undock from the ISS at 2:55 a.m. Israel time (GMT+2) for the return trip, before landing in the ocean off the coast of Florida on Monday around 8:00 p.m. in Israel.

The four men — three who paid tens of millions of dollars each for the rare chance to take part in the mission, and former astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, who holds dual US-Spanish citizenship — were originally scheduled to spend only eight days on the space station. But bad weather on Earth forced repeated delays in their return.

Private passengers Larry Connor, an American who heads a real estate company, Canadian businessman Mark Pathy and Israeli former fighter pilot and entrepreneur Stibbe blasted off from Florida on April 8, reaching the ISS a day later.

Speaking with Bennett, Biden says he’ll visit Israel in next few months

US President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House, August 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House, August 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden will make his first visit to Israel as US president in the coming months, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office says in a readout on the phone call the two leaders had a short while ago.

It was the second phone call the pair have had in less than a month.

Bennett used the opportunity to update Biden on Israel’s efforts “to stop the violence and incitement in Jerusalem,” his office says.

The two also discussed the Iranian nuclear threat, with the Israeli premier reiterating Jerusalem’s stance against the US heeding the Iranian demand at the Vienna negotiations to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from a terror blacklist.

“I am sure that President Biden, who is a true friend of Israel and cares about its security will not remove the Revolutionary Guards from the [State Department’s] list of [Foreign] Terrorist Organizations,” Bennett told Biden, per the Israeli readout.

Bennett also wished the president a happy Easter.

A White House readout on the call was not immediately available.

Erez Crossing with Gaza Strip to remain closed Monday over rocket attacks

Palestinians prepare to cross from Israel into the Gaza Strip at the Erez Crossing, September 3, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Palestinians prepare to cross from Israel into the Gaza Strip at the Erez Crossing, September 3, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

The Erez Crossing with the Gaza Strip — shuttered over recent rocket attacks on southern Israel — will remain closed tomorrow, security officials say.

On Friday, Israel announced that the sole pedestrian crossing with Gaza would remain closed today, after three rockets were fired at the south.

The sanction means some 12,000 Palestinians with permits, cannot enter Israel for work. Officials are expected to reconvene again tomorrow to discuss potentially reopening it.

Report: Putin ‘loses interest’ in Ukraine deal, wants as much territory as possible

Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits the Vostochny cosmodrome, some 180 kilometers north of Blagoveschensk, Amur region, on April 12, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev/ Sputnik/ AFP)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits the Vostochny cosmodrome, some 180 kilometers north of Blagoveschensk, Amur region, on April 12, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev/ Sputnik/ AFP)

The Financial Times reports that Vladimir Putin has “lost interest” in diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine, and now simply intends to capture as much of Ukraine’s territory as he can.

The report cites three unnamed individuals who were given information on conversations with the Russian leader.

Putin did consider a peace deal after his initial military blunders, but now no longer sees that as an option, they said.

Gantz indicates Hamas may face harsher Israeli action in response to rockets

Defense Minister Benny Gantz indicates Hamas may face harsher Israeli action in response to rocket fire at Israel, following a series of attacks on the south over the past week.

“We will continue to show civil and economic generosity only if security stability is maintained,” Gantz says following a meeting with top military officials at the IDF’s Southern Command, a day after announcing the closure of the Gaza Strip’s sole pedestrian crossing with Israel.

“Terror organizations and perpetrators of incitement must remember: It is those whose economic, civilian, and military situation is unstable who will be severely harmed by any unrest,” Gantz says according to a statement from his office.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is seen during a meeting at the IDF Southern Command base in Beersheba, alongside military chief Aviv Kohavi (left), and Shin Bet head Ronen Bar (right), among other officials, April 24, 2022. (Elad Malka/Defense Ministry)

Recent rocket attacks on southern Israel have been blamed on Hamas rival Palestinian Islamic Jihad. But it is largely believed that Hamas has enough of a stronghold in the coastal enclave that no rival group would fire at Israel without the ruling group’s tacit approval, at the very least.

“Israel has the ability, and will continue to use the power and various means at its disposal, in the way that it sees fit,” Gantz adds, after some local officials lashed out at the lack of military response to three rockets fired at the south on Friday night and overnight Saturday.

Meretz MK: Independence Day Air Force flyover in Hebron unnecessary and provocative

Meretz MK Mossi Raz attends a lobby meeting in the Knesset, on June 22, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Meretz MK Mossi Raz attends a lobby meeting in the Knesset, on June 22, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Meretz MK Mossi Raz criticizes the military’s decision to include the West Bank city of Hebron in this year’s Independence Day flyover.

“The Air Force flyover this Independence Day is set to go over the heads of millions of residents living under occupation,” he says. “This is an unnecessary and provocative act, a display of power and superiority. It can still be changed.”

Another shooting reported in Rahat after police chief’s visit

Another shooting is reported in the town of Rahat after the police chief’s visit to the city.

Shots were fired at a house, apparently as part of a family feud. Police are at the scene.

Biden marks ‘Armenian genocide,’ aims to stop ‘atrocities’

US President Joe Biden speaks at Seward Park on Earth Day, April 22, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
US President Joe Biden speaks at Seward Park on Earth Day, April 22, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US President Joe Biden commemorates the 107th anniversary of the start of the “Armenian genocide,” issuing a statement in memory of the 1.5 million Armenians “who were deported, massacred or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination” by Ottoman Empire forces. Turkey says Biden’s declaration is ”incompatible with historical facts and international law.”

Biden’s statement does not mention the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Biden has called a genocide. Yet Biden uses the anniversary to lay down a set of principles for foreign policy as the United States and its allies arm Ukrainians and impose sanctions on Russia.

“We renew our pledge to remain vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms,” the president says. “We recommit ourselves to speaking out and stopping atrocities that leave lasting scars on the world.”

French presidency vote turnout 63.2% at 5:00 p.m., down 2 points on first round

Turnout for the French presidential run-off stands at 63.2 percent at 5:00 p.m. (1500 GMT), down by more than two percentage points from the same time in the second round of the 2017 presidential race, the interior ministry says.

Participation is also two percentage points below what it had been at 5:00 p.m. in the first round of voting on April 10.

Police chief visits Rahat: ‘Any who endanger innocents — on their own heads be it’

Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai speaks during a ceremony in Nazareth on November 9, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)
Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai speaks during a ceremony in Nazareth on November 9, 2021. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

After holding a situational assessment in Rahat, Police chief Kobi Shabtai says police view shootings on cafes and cultural institutions as a form of terrorism.

“Anyone who carries illegal weapons and endangers innocent civilians — on their own heads be it,” he says. “”We will invest large forces and resources to bring the criminals to justice.”

Shabtai adds that several suspects have been arrested and weapons confiscated over the latest outburst of violence in the town.

Jordan’s king travels to Cairo to meet leaders of Egypt, UAE

Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein speaks at a news conference after talks at the Chancellery, in Berlin, Germany, on March 15, 2022. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP, File)
Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein speaks at a news conference after talks at the Chancellery, in Berlin, Germany, on March 15, 2022. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP, File)

Jordan’s King Abdullah is en route to Cairo for a meeting with President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi and United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Amman says.

There is no immediate word on the content of the meeting, though it is likely to at least touch on Israeli-Palestinian tensions in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Imam on PA TV calls for ‘destruction of the tyrannical Jews’ — watchdog

In a prayer that aired on Palestinian Autority TV last week, an imam called for “the destruction of the tyrannical Jews,” Palestinian Media Watch reports.

“Grant us victory over the infidels,” the imam chants. “Allah, delight us with the conquest and liberation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Allah, make us among the first to enter, the conquerors, the worshipers, and those calling out ‘Allahu Akbar’ inside [the mosque] to You, Master of the Universe.

“Allah, delight us with the destruction of the tyrannical Jews, O Master of the Universe, and [the destruction] of their hypocritical supporters who have evil in their hearts.”

PMW says it has sent the video to the Israel Police and expresses hope that “it will act against this explicit incitement to murder.”

Spain vows to be transparent in probe of Pegasus spyware use

Spanish authorities are pledging full transparency, as they launch inquiries into allegations that the phones of dozens of supporters of Catalan independence were hacked with powerful and controversial spyware only sold to government agencies.

Citizen Lab, an experts group linked to the University of Toronto, says traces of Pegasus and other spyware by two Israeli companies, NSO Group and Candiru, were identified in devices of 65 people, including elected officials, activists, lawyers, European lawmakers and others.

An internal probe by Spain’s intelligence agency, a special parliamentary commission to share its results, and a separate investigation by Spain’s ombudsman will be arranged to show that central authorities in Madrid have “nothing to hide,” the minister for presidency and relations with parliament, Félix Bolaños, announces.

“The government has a clean conscience and we have nothing to hide,” Bolaños adds.

PMO rejects report on home spending, says expenses far lower than predecessor’s

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Judea and Samaria Division military base, near the West Bank settlement of Beit El, April 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Judea and Samaria Division military base, near the West Bank settlement of Beit El, April 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office rejects a Channel 13 report from last night on supposed extravagant spending at his Ra’anana home, saying its expenses are far lower than those of his predecessor.

Bennett’s office says spending at his home (on cleaning, workers, and food) amounts to NIS 87,700 ($26,890) a month, compared to NIS 280,000 ($86,000) spent monthly at Benjamin Netanyahu’s two residences in Jerusalem and Caesarea.

The PMO welcomes the media’s job to review and criticize the government “so long as facts and truth are the basis, and that there is not a cynical use of the media platform.”

Lapid insists Israel committed to Temple Mount status quo, meaning no Jewish prayer

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid gestures as he speaks to media during a press conference in Casablanca, Morocco, on August 12, 2021. (AP Photo/ Abdeljalil Bounhar)
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid gestures as he speaks to media during a press conference in Casablanca, Morocco, on August 12, 2021. (AP Photo/ Abdeljalil Bounhar)

“Israel is committed to the status quo on the Temple Mount,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says in a briefing to journalists at his Jerusalem ministry.

“Muslims pray on the Temple Mount, non-Muslims only visit. There is no change, there will be no change,” Lapid reaffirms.

While Israel remains publicly committed to the policy, Muslims complain that in practice some Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount do pray. On Saturday night, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai gave an interview to Israel’s public broadcaster in which he confirmed a “deterioration” in the status quo.

“There are a lot more Jews who are going up to the Temple Mount. There are some that stop on the way and pray, which was forbidden,” Shai told public channel Kan.

“Shai is misinformed,” Lapid asserts, in response to a question from The Times of Israel about the Diaspora affairs minister’s comments, while also relenting: “Somebody might sneak by now and then.”

Lapid says that, in line with Israel’s official policy, the police that enforce order on the Temple Mount are instructed to prevent Jewish prayer.

However, while upholding the status quo policy, Lapid says he finds fault with a policy that prevents Jewish worship in the Jewish state.

“By the way, I don’t feel comfortable with the idea that Jews do not have freedom of religion in the State of Israel and that Jews are banned from the site,” he says. “I do know what instructions the police have – and they’re enforcing them to the best of their ability – that Muslims can pray on the Temple Mount and that other religions can visit.”

Police minister says Rahat violence ‘intolerable,’ reinforcements to be sent in

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev attends a ceremony at the Israel Police National Headquarters in Jerusalem, September 5, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Public Security Minister Omer Barlev attends a ceremony at the Israel Police National Headquarters in Jerusalem, September 5, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev says rampant violence in the southern town of Rahat is “intolerable,” and has vowed to send in large police forces, after repeated shootings were reported in the city since yesterday, targeting multiple homes and businesses, and moderately wounding a teenage girl.

In a statement, Barlev says police “are obligated to act to stamp out crime in the city. The residents of Rahat have a right to live in security.”

He says police will act using all measures at their disposal to capture criminals.

The shootings are believed to be part of a dispute between the Al-Bahiri and Al-Ubara families in the town.

Iran Guards seize ship smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seize a foreign vessel smuggling fuel in the Gulf and arrest its crew members, state media says, in the third such incident reported this month.

The Guards “seized a foreign vessel carrying 200,000 liters (around 53,000 gallons) of smuggled fuel in the north of the Persian Gulf and directed it to Bushehr (port),” state broadcaster IRIB says, quoting a statement by the Guards’ navy.

“Eight crew members of the vessel, who are foreigners, were arrested and taken to Bushehr port, where they will be handed over to the judicial authorities to complete the investigation and legal processes,” it adds.

Yamina MK Chikli pulls High Court petition on ouster effort

MK Amichai Chikli attends a Knesset committee meeting, on December 13, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
MK Amichai Chikli attends a Knesset committee meeting, on December 13, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yamina MK Amichi Chikli has pulled his High Court petition that sought to obligate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked to participate in a Knesset deliberation tomorrow on the party’s request to oust him.

Chikli did so at the advice of court justices, who, according to media reports, did not see the appeal as justified at this point.

Report: No strong evidence against cop suspected of giving info to criminals

Ynet reports that suspicions against a policeman in police’s Lahav 433 serious crime unit have diminished considerably, after he was arrested last week on suspicion of passing along internal information to criminals.

A court has now released the policeman to house arrest, with the website saying internal investigations have not been able to find substantial evidence against him.

Israeli-American physicist: Meteor that hit Earth in 2014 could be alien tech

Israeli Harvard scientist Avi Loeb. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Israeli Harvard scientist Avi Loeb. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Israeli-American Harvard physicist Avi Loeb says he wants to find the remains of a meteor from outside the solar system that hit the Pacific Ocean in 2014.

He even suggests it could feasibly have been made by an alien civilization.

Earlier this month, US Space Command confirmed that a study of data showed the meteor was likely interstellar.

Loeb writes on The Debrief: “The debris from [the meteor] landed on the ocean floor near Papua New Guinea and it is possible to scoop them with a magnet. Once collected, we could place our hands around sizeable chunks of interstellar matter and examine its composition and nature.

“An expedition to explore this region for meteor fragments is feasible, and we are currently engaged in designing it.”

And then he adds, more controversially: “The fundamental question is whether any interstellar meteor might indicate a composition that is unambiguously artificial in origin? Better still, perhaps some technological components would survive the impact. My dream is to press some buttons on a functional piece of equipment that was manufactured outside of Earth.”

French presidency vote turnout 26.4% at midday, slightly up from 1st round

Voters line up to cast their vote during the second round of France's presidential election in Creon, some 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) from Bordeaux, southwestern France, on April 24, 2022. (Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)
Voters line up to cast their vote during the second round of France's presidential election in Creon, some 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) from Bordeaux, southwestern France, on April 24, 2022. (Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

Turnout for the French presidential run-off stands at 26.4 percent at midday on Sunday, down nearly two percentage points from the same time in the second round of the presidency race of 2017, the interior ministry said.

But participation was above the 25.5% seen at midday in the first round of April 10, when President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen advanced to the run-off, which several polls have suggested could see around one in four voters refuse to cast a ballot.

UN calls for ‘stop’ in fighting to allow Mariupol evacuation

The United Nations Ukraine crisis coordinator, Amin Awad, calls for an “immediate stop” to fighting in Mariupol to allow the evacuation of trapped civilians in the battered city “todayץ”

“The lives of tens of thousands, including women, children, and older people, are at stake in Mariupol,” Awad says in a statement. “We need a pause in fighting right now to save lives.

“The longer we wait, the more lives will be at risk. They must be allowed to safely evacuate now, today. Tomorrow could be too late.”

His call comes after an attempted evacuation from Mariupol by Ukraine failed Saturday, with Kyiv saying it was “thwarted” by Russian forces.

Russian military vehicles move in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, April 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Palestinian who murdered Rabbi Shai Ohayon in 2020 gets life in prison

Rabbi Shai Ohayon, who was stabbed to death in a terror attack at Segula Junction, on August 26, 2020. (Courtesy)
Rabbi Shai Ohayon, who was stabbed to death in a terror attack at Segula Junction, on August 26, 2020. (Courtesy)

The Lod District Court sentences a Palestinian man to life in prison for the murder of Rabbi Shai Ohayon in the central city of Petah Tikva in 2020.

Khalil Abd al-Khaliq Dweikat, from the village of Rujeeb in the northern West Bank, was convicted of stabbing Ohayon to death in a city street.

The indictment against Dweikat said he worked at a construction site in the city and had a valid permit to be in Israel.

“The defendant considered and arrived at a decision to kill a Jewish Israeli citizen or soldier with a knife… for Palestine, the Palestinian people, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Allah,” prosecutors wrote.

Khalil Abd al-Khaliq Dweikat, the Palestinian terrorist convicted in the August murder of Rabbi Shai Ohayon in Petah Tikva, seen on a screen via a video link during a court hearing in Lod, on September 7, 2020. (Flash90)
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