The Times of Israel liveblogged Saturday’s events as they happened.
Paramedics pronounce the death of a man critically wounded in a shooting in the northern Arab town of Kafr Qara.
The man, who the Magen David Adom ambulance service says was 30-years-old, isn’t immediately named.
Another man seriously hurt in the shooting is in unstable condition, according to MDA.
Police, who have launched a manhunt for suspects, say a third person was also hurt in the incident and taken to a local hospital. There is no word on the person’s condition.
A Russian businessman arrested in London is identified by Russian state media as Mikhail Fridman, who also holds Israeli citizenship.
A statement from the UK’s National Crime Agency — which didn’t name Fridman — says he is suspected of money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the Home Office and conspiracy to commit perjury.
Two other people were arrested in connection. All three have since been freed on bail.
Russia’s TASS quotes a source close to Fridman saying he “was detained on suspicion of violating sanctions imposed on him,” without elaborating.
Fridman, who along with other Kremlin-linked Russian oligarchs was hit with Western sanctions after Russia invaded Ukraine, has provided backing for Jewish causes, was a co-founder of the Genesis Philanthropy Group, and helped establish the Genesis Prize, an annual award dubbed the “Jewish Nobel.”
He and two other sanctioned Russian billionaires resigned from the group’s board earlier this year due to the sanctions.
Former state prosecutor Moshe Lador says presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is aware he’s in serious legal jeopardy from his ongoing trial on corruption charges.
“Netanyahu understands his legal situation is very bad. If he’s convicted, it’s a short distance to prison,” Lador tells Channel 12 news.
Netanyahu faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases, as well as bribery in one of them. He has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and claimed without evidence that the indictments against him are an effort by political rivals, the media, police and prosecutors to force him from office.
Lador, who oversaw the prosecution of ex-premier Ehud Olmert, also hits out at Netanyahu over the proposed reforms championed by members of his expected new coalition, which would drastically reduce judicial authority if passed.
“The State of Israel is dramatically changing the face of the rule of law and the judicial system, in a heavy-handed and very difficult way. The first to understand this… was Mr. Netanyahu. That was his opinion for years and now he is likely agreeing to form a coalition together with those who are pushing these initiatives forward,” he says.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid joins a chorus of politicians backing a Border Police officer filmed shooting dead a Palestinian stabber.
“Any attempt to distort reality and tell false stories to the world is simply a disgrace,” Lapid says in a statement. “Our security forces will continue to act determinedly against terror wherever it raises its head.”
He also wishes a speedy recovery to another border guard wounded in the incident.
Over 50 municipalities have joined a protest against presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to transfer control of external programming at schools to far-right MK Avi Maoz, whose Noam party holds homophobic and anti-pluralistic views.
The move has been met with strong pushback and prompted some 200 school principals to send Netanyahu a letter in protest.
“We won’t allow dark views to dictate the agenda,” the principals are quoted as writing by the Ynet news site.
Fresh off inking a coalition deal with presumptive incoming premier Benjamin Netanyahu, far-right Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich pledges not to raise taxes in his role as finance minister in the next government.
In an interview with Channel 12 news, Smotrich indicates he’s not a fan of Netanyahu’s campaign pledges to freeze prices for electricity, water and property tax bills, saying “there are better alternatives.”
“My economic views are known. I’m a free market guy and believe that if the government doesn’t interfere, there will be growth there. If Netanyahu insists [on the price freezes], we’ll examine how it’s possible to do this,” he says.
He also appeals to Israelis working in high-tech and other well-paying fields not to leave the country amid concerns over the likely new coalition to be formed by Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc, asserting a “tsunami of investment” will wash up on the Jewish state’s shores.
“The State of Israel is now going to be a tremendous international investment center, because of the global [economic] crisis,” Smotrich says. “I will smash the bureaucracy. This is the best opportunity you’ll have.”
KYIV, Ukraine — A $60 price cap set on Russian oil agreed by the EU, G7 and Australia is not “serious” because it is “quite comfortable” for Moscow, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says today.
It is “only a matter of time when stronger tools will have to be used anyway,” Zelensky argues, adding: “It is a pity that this time will be lost.”
An unarmed Palestinian is arrested by Israeli troops while attempting to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip earlier this evening, the military says.
The Israel Defense Forces says the suspect, who tried to infiltrate through the barrier in the northern part of Gaza, is taken for further questioning.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz expresses backing for a Border Police officer who shot dead a Palestinian stabber who wounded a fellow policeman in the West Bank, after UN envoy Tor Wennesland said he was “horrified” by the fatal shooting.
“I forcefully condemn the attempts to portray the events in a false and manipulative manner and the UN envoy’s remark against the soldier, who acted with determination and professionally,” Gantz writes on Twitter.
He also says the officer and other Israeli forces have “full backing to continue operating against terror and to maintain the security of Israeli citizens.”
A man in serious condition due to apparent hypothermia is found unconscious by paramedics in the northern city of Haifa.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service lists the the 47-year-old’s condition as unstable as he’s taken to a local hospital.
The Israel Defense Forces confirms one rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel.
The IDF says the Iron Dome air defense system was not activated, as the rocket was expected to land in an open field.
No damage or injuries are reported in the attack.
The army says there are no special instructions for residents following the rocket fire.
A rocket alert is activated in open fields near the Gaza Strip-border towns of Nahal Oz and Kfar Aza.
Residents of the area report hearing a large explosion.
There are no reports of injuries or damage.
The Israel Defense Forces says it’s looking into the matter.
Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid announces the launch of a hotline for parents opposed to “the extreme and dangerous content” of far-right Noam MK Avi Maoz, who is said to be given control of outside programming at schools in the presumed incoming government of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Lapid urges parents to contact local authorities and schools to ensure “liberal content” is taught in place of “the dark, homophobic, nationalistic and violent doctrine” of Noam.
He adds that the hotline being launched by his Yesh Atid party will be for “gathering information regarding the attempts to insert dark content into the education system,” as well as for providing legal advice to parents.
Amid pushback against Maoz’s appointment, MK Galit Distel Atbaryan of Netanyahu’s Likud party claims to Channel 12 news that Maoz won’t be able to do anything without Netanyahu’s permission.
Presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Otzma Yehudit Itamar Ben Gvir swipe at each other amid ongoing talks to form a new government, in which the far-right lawmaker is set to serve as minister in charge of police.
Channel 12 news reports remarks the two made in “closed conversations,” with Netanyahu saying Ben Gvir needs to rein in his fiery comments.
“Ben Gvir needs to calm down. He needs to internalize that he is the public security minister. He can’t express himself like an opposition MK,” Netanyahu is quoted as saying.
The Otzma Yehudit retorts that Netanyahu “must understand he isn’t the opposition, he is the head of a fully right-wing government.”
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