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  • US Ambassador Tom Nides is interviewed by The Times of Israel at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on January 7, 2022. (David Azagury/US Embassy)
    US Ambassador Tom Nides is interviewed by The Times of Israel at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on January 7, 2022. (David Azagury/US Embassy)
  • IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with top officers at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, on March 30, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
    IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with top officers at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, on March 30, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
  • Israeli police officers carry the coffin of police officer Amir Khoury, who was killed in a terrorist shooting attack in Bnei Brak, during his funeral in Nazareth, on March 31, 2022. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
    Israeli police officers carry the coffin of police officer Amir Khoury, who was killed in a terrorist shooting attack in Bnei Brak, during his funeral in Nazareth, on March 31, 2022. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
  • Israeli soldiers, police, and medics are seen at the scene of a stabbing attack near the Neve Daniel junction in the West Bank, March 31, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
    Israeli soldiers, police, and medics are seen at the scene of a stabbing attack near the Neve Daniel junction in the West Bank, March 31, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
  • A man who was stabbed and seriously hurt in a terror attack in the West Bank is brought to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, March 31, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH9)
    A man who was stabbed and seriously hurt in a terror attack in the West Bank is brought to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, March 31, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH9)
  • Right wing activists wave Israeli flags during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, following a recent wave of violence, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. (AP/Oded Balilty)
    Right wing activists wave Israeli flags during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, following a recent wave of violence, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. (AP/Oded Balilty)
  • Israeli police forces in Jerusalem, March 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
    Israeli police forces in Jerusalem, March 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Thursday’s events as they happened.

Russian forces block buses evacuating civilians from leaving Mariupol

A man walks with his dog near an apartment building damaged by shelling from fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, in territory under control of the separatist government of the Donetsk People's Republic, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
A man walks with his dog near an apartment building damaged by shelling from fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, in territory under control of the separatist government of the Donetsk People's Republic, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

The Ukrainian government says Russian forces blocked 45 buses that had been sent to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol, and only 631 people were able to get out of the city in private cars.

Twelve Ukrainian trucks were able to deliver humanitarian supplies to Mariupol, but the supplies were seized by Russian troops, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says.

According to Ukrainian officials, tens of thousands of people have made it out of Mariupol in recent weeks along humanitarian corridors, reducing the prewar population of 430,000 to about 100,000 by last week.

Vereshchuk said about 45,000 Mariupol residents have been forcefully deported to Russia and areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

Ukraine: Russians deserve ‘Darwin Award’ for exposing troops to Chernobyl radiation

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 5, 2017, a radioactivity sign stands in the ground, outside Chernobyl, Ukraine. A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, leading to an explosion and the subsequent fire spewed a radioactive plume over much of northern Europe. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 5, 2017, a radioactivity sign stands in the ground, outside Chernobyl, Ukraine. A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, leading to an explosion and the subsequent fire spewed a radioactive plume over much of northern Europe. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

The last Russian troops leave the Chernobyl nuclear plant early today, according to the Ukrainian government agency responsible for the exclusion zone around the plant.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says the Russian troops who dug trenches in the forest “voluntarily received such doses of radiation that the consequences will be explained to them by doctors in special protective suits.”

“They totally deserve to be nominated for this year’s Darwin Awards,” she says on Facebook. “This is a case when the enemy inspires fear through the sawdust in his head.”

The website of the Darwin Awards says they “salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it in a spectacular manner.”

The Ukrainian nuclear operator company Energoatom said Thursday that Russian troops were headed toward Ukraine’s border with Belarus.

Energoatom says that the Russian military was also preparing to leave Slavutych, a nearby city where power plant workers live.

Zelensky: Withdrawal in Kyiv area just a Russian tactic

Destroyed Russian armored vehicles are seen in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 31, 2022. Russian forces shelled Kyiv suburbs, two days after the Kremlin announced it would significantly scale back operations near both the capital and the northern city of Chernihiv to “increase mutual trust and create conditions for further negotiations.” (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Destroyed Russian armored vehicles are seen in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 31, 2022. Russian forces shelled Kyiv suburbs, two days after the Kremlin announced it would significantly scale back operations near both the capital and the northern city of Chernihiv to “increase mutual trust and create conditions for further negotiations.” (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says after Russian troops withdrew from the north and center of the country, the situation has been heating up in the southeast where Russian forces are building up for new powerful attacks.

In his nighttime video address to the nation, Zelensky says it was heartening for all Ukrainians to see Russian troops retreating from north of Kyiv, from around the northern town of Chernihiv and from Sumy in the northeast.

But he urges Ukrainians not to let up, saying the withdrawal was just a Russian tactic.

“We know their intentions. We know what they are planning and what they are doing,” Zelensky says. “We know that they are moving away from those areas where we hit them in order to focus on other, very important areas. There where it may be difficult for us.

“We all want to win,” Zelensky adds. “But there will be battles ahead. We still have to go through a very difficult path ahead to get everything we are striving for.”

Zelensky says he spoke Thursday with European Council President Charles Michel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while his adviser spoke with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

“We need more support from our partners right now when Russian troops are concentrating additional forces in certain areas,” Zelensky says.

Jewish youths filmed walking through downtown Jerusalem chanting ‘death to Arabs’

A mob of dozens of young Jewish teens is filmed roaming the streets of downtown Jerusalem, chanting 'death to Arabs,' on March 31, 2022. (Screen capture/Twitter)
A mob of dozens of young Jewish teens is filmed roaming the streets of downtown Jerusalem, chanting 'death to Arabs,' on March 31, 2022. (Screen capture/Twitter)

A mob of dozens of young Jewish teens is filmed roaming the streets of downtown Jerusalem, chanting “death to Arabs.”

The scenes join several others that have been captured in recent days following the terror attacks in Beersheba, Hadera, and Bnei Brak.

Amnesty US director apologizes for purporting to speak on behalf of Jews

Amnesty International USA director Paul O'Brien. (Screen capture/YouTube)
Amnesty International USA director Paul O'Brien. (Screen capture/YouTube)

Amnesty International’s US director Paul O’Brien has penned a letter to all 25 Jewish House Democrats, apologizing for purporting to speak on behalf of Jewish Americans when he said they are more interested in having a “Jewish safe space” rather than a Jewish state.

“I regret representing the views of the Jewish people. What I should have said is that my understanding from having visited Israel often and listened to many Jewish American and Israeli human rights activists is that I share a commitment to human rights and social justice for all with Jewish Americans and Israelis,” writes O’Brien, who was roundly criticized by Jewish groups and lawmakers for the comments earlier this month.

The same group of lawmakers had signed onto a statement calling O’Brien’s remarks “alarming and deeply offensive.”

In an address first reported by Jewish Insider, Paul O’Brien defended Amnesty’s recent report designating Israel as an “apartheid” state. Someone at the event, at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington DC, asked him about a 2020 Ruderman Family Foundation poll that showed eight in 10 American Jews identify as “pro-Israel.” The poll is commensurate with the findings of multiple polls over the years.

“I believe my gut tells me that what Jewish people in this country want is to know that there’s a sanctuary that is a safe and sustainable place that the Jews, the Jewish people can call home,” he said, a status short of a Jewish state, which O’Brien had said in the same address Amnesty rejected.

“We are opposed to the idea — and this, I think, is an existential part of the debate — that Israel should be preserved as a state for the Jewish people,” O’Brien had said earlier in his comments.

In his letter responding to the Jewish Democrats also uncovered by Jewish Insider, O’Brien says “We have been engaging with the government of Israel for decades to uphold its human rights obligations and will continue to do so. In my remarks to the journalist after the event, I was explaining our concerns about Israel’s 2018 Nation State Law, which explicitly denies the right of self-determination to a part of Israel’s citizenry.”

Umm al-Fahm mayor says he is not quitting after all

Umm al-Fahm Mayor Samir Sobhi Mahamed has changed his mind about resigning as mayor, according to Hebrew media reports, the latest twist in a saga that began when the city posted condolences for two terrorists on Facebook.

Mahamed had resigned during an interview with Kan news, saying he was taking responsibility for the message, which had been posted by an outside firm that runs the city’s social media accounts.

“You know what, this is my redemption. Yes, I announce my resignation. I’m leaving this position with a lot of pain because I came here to contribute,” he had said.

But after meeting with fellow mayors of Arab towns and other supporters, Mahamed decides he’s staying in office.

“There were a lot of people and I couldn’t refuse them,” a teary-eyed Mahamed says in a short video posted by Kan, as he is surrounded by supporters.

IDF chief said to warn terror wave may spread to target Israelis and Jews abroad

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with top officers at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, on March 30, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with top officers at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, on March 30, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi warns members of the high-level security cabinet that the wave of terror in Israel may spread and target Israelis and Jews abroad, Channel 13 news reports.

“There is a fear that the imitation effect will lead to attempts to harm Israeli and Jewish targets around the world,” Kohavi is cited by the network as saying yesterday, referring to the phenomenon of attacks apparently fueling more attacks.

The network says the Mossad spy agency and Shin Bet security agency will need to make special preparations to protect Israelis abroad.

US envoy Nides says Israel’s ‘hands not tied’ if Iran deal signed

US Ambassador Tom Nides is interviewed by The Times of Israel at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on January 7, 2022. (David Azagury/US Embassy)
US Ambassador Tom Nides is interviewed by The Times of Israel at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on January 7, 2022. (David Azagury/US Embassy)

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides says Israel won’t be faced with any US restrictions if it wishes to act against Iran, whether or not a nuclear deal is signed between Tehran and world powers.

“The president… will do whatever he can do to make sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon… It’s clear we’d like to do it through a diplomatic channel,” Nides tells Channel 12 news.

Regarding the progress of the negotiations on a deal, he says: “The Israelis know very clearly exactly what is going on. I’m not suggesting they necessarily like it always, but there are no secrets here.”

He dodges a direct question on whether Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps will be delisted, as he also does in a Channel 13 interview.

Channel 12 asks Nides if the US expects Israel to “sit quietly and not do anything” if a deal is signed.

“Absolutely not. We’ve been very clear about this,” Nides says. “If we have a deal, the Israelis’ hands are not tied. If we don’t have a deal, the Israelis’ hands are certainly not tied.”

“Israel can do and take whatever actions they need to take to protect the state of Israel,” he adds.

Asked about Israel’s efforts to tackle terrorism, Nides says: “We’re not going to tell the government what to do.”

On Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s highlighting of settler violence and settlement expansion during his recent visit, as opposed to Palestinian terrorism, Nides says: “No one likes violence. Period. It doesn’t matter if it’s settler violence, you know, Palestinian violence…”

He says he made clear, in his own confirmation testimony, that the Palestinian Authority’s payments to terrorists and their families must be halted: “Martyr payments… must stop,” he says.

He stresses US support for the two-state solution:, noting: “We can’t lose the vision… (though) we can’t impose anything on anyone.”

Regarding Israel’s policies on Ukraine, Nides says, “We’re very comfortable with what the Israelis are doing vis a vis Ukraine. And as for any mediator role that they can play, we welcome that.”

Reminded that senior State Department official Victoria Nuland warned against Israel being the “last haven” for Vladimir Putin’s dirty money, Nides says: “When we have issues, we express them, as Israel expresses them to us…. I am very comfortable today on the relationship, with what they’re doing with Ukraine.”

TV: Hadera terrorists tried to attack in different city, before Beersheba terror stabbing

The suspects in a terrorist attack in Hadera, on March 27, 2022. (Screenshot/Twitter; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the copyright law)
The suspects in a terrorist attack in Hadera, on March 27, 2022. (Screenshot/Twitter; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the copyright law)

The two Islamic State-inspired terrorists who killed two police officers in Hadera earlier this week initially planned to commit their attack elsewhere, and before the deadly attack in Beersheba by another man affiliated with the jihadist group, Channel 12 news reports.

It was initially thought that the attack in Beersheba last Tuesday fueled the two Umm al-Fahm cousins to commit their attack on Sunday.

Channel 12 says they planned to commit a shooting attack in a different northern Israel city last week.

En route, for unknown reasons, they returned back home, the network says.

Umm al-Fahm mayor resigns after Facebook post mourning Hadera terrorists

Umm al-Fahm mayor Samir Subhi Mahameed announces his resignation live on television, on March 31, 2022. (Screenshot/Kan public broadcaster)
Umm al-Fahm mayor Samir Subhi Mahameed announces his resignation live on television, on March 31, 2022. (Screenshot/Kan public broadcaster)

Umm al-Fahm mayor Samir Subhi Mahameed announces live on television he intends to resign over a Facebook post that mourned the deaths of two Islamic State-inspired terrorists who killed two police officers in Hadera on Sunday.

Mahameed tells the Kan public broadcaster he takes responsibility for the now-deleted post on the municipality’s Facebook page, but insists it was published in error.

The original post did not mention what the two terrorists had done, and is similar to other posts regarding the deaths of residents.

Earlier, Mahameed said the post — with his name at the bottom — was published by the managers of the city’s Facebook page and he was not aware of it going up.

“I take full responsibility,” he says. “I am announcing my resignation, I’m leaving the position with a lot of pain.”

He says he will notify the Interior Ministry of his decision.

Lev Tahor cult leader sentenced to 144 months over kidnapping, illicit relationship

Nachman Helbrans pictured sometime prior to 2014. (Screen capture: Youtube/Windsor Star)
Nachman Helbrans pictured sometime prior to 2014. (Screen capture: Youtube/Windsor Star)

Lev Tahor cult leader Nachman Helbrans is sentenced to 144 months in prison by a US District Court in White Plains, New York.

He was convicted late last year of six counts for his role in kidnapping two children and bringing them across the US and into Mexico for an illegal sexual relationship.

The prosecution says Helbrans has not shown “one ounce of remorse for his conduct.”

“If he is released he will commit the same crime again.”

The mother of the kidnapped children, a relative of Helbrans, pleads for leniency.

“Even though my children and I have suffered from his actions we have forgiven him,” she tells the court.

Helbrans says he is being punished “only because I’m a loyal Jew.”

He also gets five years probation and must register as a sex offender after his release.

Another defendant in the case, Mayer Rosner, will be sentenced later today.

Bennett, public security minister okay NIS 181 million emergency funding to police

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, left, with Public Security Minister Omer Barlev at a  police ceremony in Tel Aviv, on November 9, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, left, with Public Security Minister Omer Barlev at a police ceremony in Tel Aviv, on November 9, 2021. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, who oversees the police, have approved NIS 181 million ($57 million) in emergency funding for Israel Police following a string of deadly terror attacks.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says the funds will be invested in providing officers with more equipment, recruiting reservists, and establishing a new brigade based on Border Police reserve officers.

In the statement, Bennett says, “Strong police equals a strong State of Israel. We are working with all tools and in all areas to restore security, and a sense of security to the citizens of Israel.”

The PMO says NIS 111 million ($35 million) will be transferred immediately, and another NIS 70 million ($22 million) by the end of August.

“This is a real tiding for increasing citizens’ personal security. The immediate intensification plan for Israel Police, agreed upon tonight by the prime minister, is an unprecedented milestone, expressing trust and strength in the Israel Police,” Barlev says in the statement.

Israel to end COVID quarantine requirement in 2 months — report

A healthcare worker takes a COVID swab sample at a drive-through testing complex in Modi'in, on March 21, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
A healthcare worker takes a COVID swab sample at a drive-through testing complex in Modi'in, on March 21, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

In two months, Israel will end the requirement of confirmed coronavirus cases having to isolate if infection rates continue to trend downwards, Channel 12 news reports.

The network cites senior officials at the Health Ministry, who say quarantine will be only recommended for those who test positive, and will not be enforced.

The report adds that the country will also lift an indoor mask mandate. Currently, face masks are not required outdoors and are only recommended at large outdoor gatherings, while they remain required to be worn indoors.

No official decision has been made yet, and the moves depend on the rate of infection, which appears to be slowing in recent days.

Ra’am chief Mansour Abbas to get extra security amid terror wave — report

MK Mansour Abbas, leader of the Ra'am party in the Knesset, on November 2, 2021. (Noam Moshkavitz/GPO)
MK Mansour Abbas, leader of the Ra'am party in the Knesset, on November 2, 2021. (Noam Moshkavitz/GPO)

Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas will be receiving extra security following threats against him over his condemnation of a string of deadly terror attacks in Israel, Channel 12 news reports.

The network says he is also being threatened by far-right nationalists, after opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said the government can’t handle terror because it sits with the Islamist party he chairs.

“We must restore peace and security to Israeli citizens,” Netanyahu said yesterday.

“Unfortunately everyone sees a government dependent on the Islamic Movement isn’t doing this and probably isn’t capable of doing this,” he added.

Sources in Ra’am tell Channel 12 that the increased security is only due to threats from Jewish nationalists, and not Arabs who disagree with Abbas condemning the terror attacks.

Abbas condemned the recent attack in Bnei Brak as “a despicable, vile terror crime against innocent civilians.”

Russia bans EU leadership from entering country

The Russian national tricolor flag flutters on top of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in central Moscow, in the evening of March 3, 2022. (AFP)
The Russian national tricolor flag flutters on top of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in central Moscow, in the evening of March 3, 2022. (AFP)

MOSCOW — Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it will be expanding its list of EU figures banned from entering the country in response to sanctions imposed on Moscow over its military actions in Ukraine.

“The restrictions apply to the top leadership of the European Union including a number of European commissioners and heads of EU military structures as well as the vast majority of members of the European Parliament promoting anti-Russian policies,” the ministry says in a statement.

Thousands at funeral of Amir Khoury, cop killed in Bnei Brak terror attack

Israeli police officers carry the coffin of police officer Amir Khoury, who was killed in a terrorist shooting attack in Bnei Brak, ahead of a funeral service in Nazareth, March 31, 2022. (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)
Israeli police officers carry the coffin of police officer Amir Khoury, who was killed in a terrorist shooting attack in Bnei Brak, ahead of a funeral service in Nazareth, March 31, 2022. (Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

Thousands, including several bused in from Bnei Brak, are attending the funeral of Amir Khoury, a police officer killed during a terror shooting attack in the ultra-Orthodox city on Tuesday.

The funeral is being held in his hometown, Nof Hagalil, adjacent to Nazareth.

The procession began earlier at the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth.

Khoury, 32, was part of a team of two motorcycle officers who caught up with the gunman who had already killed four people, and shot him dead, ending the deadly shooting spree.

Russian troops start leaving Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear agency says

A man walks past a shelter covering the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, April 15, 2021. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)
A man walks past a shelter covering the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, April 15, 2021. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

KYIV — Russian troops who seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on February 24 begin leaving the station and other exclusion zones, Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom says.

“This morning, the invaders announced their intentions to leave the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Energoatom says on Telegram.

Russian troops “marched in two columns towards the Ukrainian border with Belarus” and a “small number” of Russian forces remain in the station, it says.

Death toll from Russian strike on Mykolaiv government building rises to 20

The regional government headquarters of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, following a Russian attack, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
The regional government headquarters of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, following a Russian attack, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian emergency services say the death toll after a Russian missile strike Tuesday on the regional government headquarters in the southern city of Mykolaiv has risen to 20.

The emergency services says rescuers had now found 19 bodies in the ruins since the strike devastated the government building Tuesday morning. One other person died in the hospital.

The regional governor accuses Russia of waiting until people arrived for work before striking the building.

Emergency services say they are still working at the scene.

Top health official says no virus restrictions expected during Passover

Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash attends a press conference on COVID-19 near Tel Aviv, on December 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash attends a press conference on COVID-19 near Tel Aviv, on December 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash says no further coronavirus-related restrictions are expected in the coming weeks, despite a small rise in infections.

“We will not bring back the tests at schools,” Ash tells the Ynet news site, referring to antigen tests schoolkids had to take several times a week in order to come to class.

“As for the masks, we still have the masks indoors. We may consider removing them in the future, but at the moment we are at 10,000 daily infections,” Ash says.

“The numbers are still high, but most important thing is for cases not to be severe,” he says.

Ash says there won’t be any restrictions during the upcoming Passover holiday. When the pandemic started, Israel saw a strict lockdown during the holiday.

Umm al-Fahm mourns Hadera terrorists in now-deleted Facebook post

The two terrorists who carried out a shooting attack in Hadra on March 27, 2022: Ayman Ighbariah (left) and Ibrahim Ighbariah (right), pictured at Haifa District Court on June 29, 2016, when he was on trial for trying to join the Islamic State in Syria. (Screenshot)
The two terrorists who carried out a shooting attack in Hadra on March 27, 2022: Ayman Ighbariah (left) and Ibrahim Ighbariah (right), pictured at Haifa District Court on June 29, 2016, when he was on trial for trying to join the Islamic State in Syria. (Screenshot)

The Umm al-Fahm municipality deletes a Facebook post mourning two Islamic State-inspired terrorists who killed two police officers in Hadera on Sunday.

Ayman and Ibrahim Ighbariah, cousins from the northern Arab city, were killed by other officers during the attack. Ibrahim had been previously jailed for attempting to join the jihadist group.

The municipality deleted the post after an hour, after Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked sent a message to the city’s mayor.

“It is inconceivable for a municipality in the State of Israel to console families of terrorists,” Shaked says in a statement.

The original post did not mention what the two terrorists had done, and is similar to other posts regarding the deaths of residents.

According to Channel 12 news, the mayor apologized and blamed an external company running the city’s Facebook page.

Tunisia’s leader dissolves parliament after rogue session

Tunisia's President Kais Saied, center, leads a security meeting with members of the army and police forces in Tunis, Tunisia, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Slim Abid)
Tunisia's President Kais Saied, center, leads a security meeting with members of the army and police forces in Tunis, Tunisia, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Slim Abid)

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s president dissolved parliament in the latest blow to the North African country’s young democracy.

President Kais Saied announces the decision in a televised address, after lawmakers led by the opposition Islamist party hold a virtual session seeking to annul moves by the leader last year to assume sweeping powers.

Among those moves, Saied suspended the activities of parliament, which has not officially convened since July. Saied argued at the time that the country was facing “imminent peril” because of protests and economic crisis, and he has governed the country by decree ever since.

The moves tarnished Tunisia’s reputation as a model of democracy and pluralism in the Arab world. Tunisian protesters overthrew an autocrat in 2011 and unleashed uprisings across the region.

Parliament speaker Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist party Ennahdha, convened a special virtual parliament session to vote down Saied’s moves, with 116 out of 217 suspended legislators taking part. The party and other critics describe the president’s actions last year as an unconstitutional coup d’etat.

Saied denounces the parliament session as “illegal and illegitimate” and accuses the lawmakers who took part of engaging in a “plot” against Tunisian security aimed at seeding societal division. He warns against political violence, threatened organizers with prosecution and announced he was dissolving parliament altogether.

“In these grave, delicate moments, duty and responsibility require us to protect the country from breaking apart,” he says.

Saied has promised a referendum on planned political reforms for July 25 — the anniversary of the day he assumed vast powers — and new legislative elections on Dec. 17.

Amid terror wave, applications for firearm licenses jump by 2,500% — report

Illustrative. An Israeli man fires a pistol at a shooting range in Jerusalem on March 8, 2007. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative. An Israeli man fires a pistol at a shooting range in Jerusalem on March 8, 2007. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Since a string of deadly terror attacks in Israel, there has been a near-2,500% rise in applications for a firearms license, Channel 12 news reports, citing Public Security Ministry data.

The network says yesterday alone saw over 1,500 applications for a license, compared to some 60 applications ordinarily.

The data also shows some 2,980 calls were made to the ministry by citizens inquiring about a firearms license, compared to some 600 ordinarily.

Officials say the last time such an increase was observed was during last year’s 11-day war with terror groups in the Gaza Strip and related sectarian violence in Israel.

Rock attack causes car crash in West Bank, wounding 2

The scene of a car crash near the West Bank town of Halhul, after stones are thrown at a bus, March 31, 2022. (Rescuers Without Borders)
The scene of a car crash near the West Bank town of Halhul, after stones are thrown at a bus, March 31, 2022. (Rescuers Without Borders)

Two people are wounded after stones are hurled at a bus near the West Bank town of Halhul, causing it to crash into a car, medics say.

The Magen David Adom emergency service says two people in the car — an Israeli man and a Palestinian man, both in their 50s — are lightly hurt.

The Israeli is taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and the Palestinian to a West Bank hospital by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The driver of the bus did not require medical treatment.

Erdogan says Abramovich part of Russian delegation at Istanbul talks

In this image taken from a video provided by the Turkish Presidency, Russian Roman Abramovich, top center, 3rd from right, listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the Russian and Ukrainian delegations meeting for talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (Turkish Presidency via AP)
In this image taken from a video provided by the Turkish Presidency, Russian Roman Abramovich, top center, 3rd from right, listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the Russian and Ukrainian delegations meeting for talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

Russian-Israeli oligarch Roman Abramovich, sanctioned by Western nations over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was part of Moscow’s delegation at negotiations in Istanbul this week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is citing as saying, according to Reuters.

Abramovich was seen at Tuesday’s talks in Istanbul. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he is not an official member of the delegation. A video showed him sitting among observers rather than at the main table with the negotiating teams.

“Abramovich participated in the negotiations as part of the Russian delegation. Rather than looking at who was at the table, we should look at on whose behalf they were there,” Erdogan says to broadcaster NTV according to Reuters.

“If Russia and [President Vladimir] Putin preferred to put Abramovich in their delegation, that means they believe and trust in him,” he adds.

Blinken said to ask Bennett for his Iran deal alternative

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on March 27, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on March 27, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly asked Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for his alternative to a nuclear deal with Iran, a senior State Department official and an Israeli official tell the Axios news site.

According to the report, Blinken asked Bennett during a Sunday meeting how he would stop Iran from being capable of obtaining a nuclear weapon, when at its current enrichment pace, it would be able to within weeks.

Israeli officials say Bennett told him Iran can be deterred from enriching uranium at weapons-grade levels, if it knows Western nations will ramp up sanctions to the level they’ve been imposed on Russia, the report says.

31 arrested overnight in West Bank as IDF launches operation ‘Breakwater’

The Israel Defense Forces says 31 suspects have been arrested in the West Bank overnight, following a wave of deadly attacks in Israel.

The arrest operation — dubbed “Breakwater” — targeted individuals suspected of planning future attacks, as well as some thought to be tied to Tuesday’s deadly attack in Bnei Brak, perpetrated by a Palestinian from a village near Jenin.

Among the detainees is a Palestinian from Hebron suspected of affiliation with Islamic State, the military says.

The military publishes a video from the overnight raids. During the arrests, the IDF says troops killed three Palestinians who opened fire on them.

‘Amir Khoury, hero of Israel’: Buses leave Bnei Brak to funeral of cop killed in attack

Buses are taking people from Bnei Brak to Nazareth, where Amir Khoury, an Arab Christian officer killed in an attack in the ultra-Orthodox city, is being laid to rest.

One of the buses in Bnei Brak displays a message: “Amir Khoury, hero of Israel.”

Channel 13 news says hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews are heading to the funeral.

Khoury, 32, was part of a team of two motorcycle officers who caught up with the gunman who had already killed four people, and shot him dead, ending the deadly shooting spree.

Arab Israeli delegation meets UN team probing Israel’s human rights violations

Members of the Adalah rights group delegation are seen in Jordan, March 31, 2022. (Courtesy of Adalah)
Members of the Adalah rights group delegation are seen in Jordan, March 31, 2022. (Courtesy of Adalah)

An Arab Israeli delegation meets with the United Nations team tasked with investing human rights violations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in Jordan.

The delegation, led by former Hadash party leader Mohammad Barakeh and lawyers from the Adalah rights group, met UN officials in Amman as Israel refuses to allow them into Israel to carry out the investigation.

“There can be no just and rational dealing with a regime based on racial discrimination along ethnic lines,” says Adalah attorney Hassan Jabarin, who presented the group’s findings to UN investigator Navi Pillay and her staff.

Then-UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay speaks during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, on May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm, File)

The commission of inquiry Pillay is leading was created during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council held last May to discuss the 11-day Hamas-Israel war that month, which killed 260 Palestinians and 13 people on the Israeli side.

It was tasked with looking beyond that surge in violence and to investigate “all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law” in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

While the council has ordered eight previous investigations into rights violations in the region, this was the first open-ended probe, and the first to examine “root causes” in the drawn-out conflict.

It was also the first tasked with looking at systematic abuses committed within Israel proper.

AFP contributed to this report.

Man lightly hurt in rock attack in central Israel

A 45-year-old man is hurt after a rock is thrown at him in the central city of Hod Hasharon, medics say.

The Magen David Adom emergency service says it is taking the man to a hospital with lacerations on his face. He is listed in good condition.

There is no immediate comment from police on the matter, and the identity of the assailant is unknown.

NATO sees no Russian pull-back in Ukraine, expects more offensives

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a press conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on March 23, 2022. (Thomas COEX / AFP)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a press conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on March 23, 2022. (Thomas COEX / AFP)

BRUSSELS — NATO is not seeing a pullback of Russian forces in Ukraine and expects “additional offensive actions,” the alliance’s chief Jens Stoltenberg says.

“According to our intelligence, Russian units are not withdrawing but repositioning. Russia is trying to regroup, resupply and reinforce its offensive in the Donbas region” in eastern Ukraine, Stoltenberg tells a media conference.

“At the same time, Russia maintains pressure on Kyiv and other cities. So, we can expect additional offensive actions, bringing even more suffering.”

Funeral begins for cop Amir Khoury, killed in Bnei Brak terror attack

Amir Khoury, 32, from Nof Hagalil, a police officer who was killed in a firefight with a terrorist in Bnei Brak on March 29, 2022 (Courtesy of the family)
Amir Khoury, 32, from Nof Hagalil, a police officer who was killed in a firefight with a terrorist in Bnei Brak on March 29, 2022 (Courtesy of the family)

The funeral for 32-year-old Amir Khoury, who was killed during the deadly terror attack in Bnei Brak on Tuesday, is beginning at the Church Of Annunciation in Nazareth.

Khoury, an Arab Israeli from the northern town of Nof Hagalil, served on the Bnei Brak police station’s motorcyclist responders team.

Khoury was part of a team of two motorcycle officers who caught up with the gunman and killed him, ending the deadly shooting spree.

He leaves behind his parents and two sisters.

German president expresses condolences over deadly attacks in call with Herzog

File: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the media during a statement at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
File: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses the media during a statement at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls President Isaac Herzog to express his condolences in the wake of the three terror attacks in recent days.

Steinmeier condemns the attacks and expresses his wishes for a speedy recovery for the wounded.

‘Significant failure’: State comptroller visits broken West Bank border fence

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman visits a broken section of the West Bank barrier near the central town of Matan, March 31, 2022. (Courtesy)
State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman visits a broken section of the West Bank barrier near the central town of Matan, March 31, 2022. (Courtesy)

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman visits a broken section of the West Bank barrier near the central town of Matan, after the deadly attack in Bnei Brak was committed by a Palestinian who exploited a compromised part of the fence.

Englman says reports saying the terrorist who killed five in Bnei Brak managed to pass through the fence with a vehicle is a “significant and substantial failure.”

“We see here openings through which thousands of Palestinians pass, with and without permits, without any oversight, including the possibility of vehicles entering,” he says.

“This is how a terrorist can get from Jenin to Bnei Brak in an hour, with great ease,” Englman says.

“We have been examining in recent months the whole issue of the separation fence. This is a significant and substantial failure. More than NIS 8 billion was invested in the project and just over NIS 5 billion in the fence itself. In addition, the State of Israel invests NIS 140 million a year in day-to-day maintenance and operations in the area,” he says.

Hamas threatens ‘escalation’ after IDF troops kill 2 in West Bank gun battle

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Sanad Abu Atiyeh, 17 during his funeral in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, on March 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Sanad Abu Atiyeh, 17 during his funeral in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, on March 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

The Hamas terror group threatens to meet “escalation with escalation” after Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in a firefight in Jenin.

“The continuous crimes of the occupation portend a total explosion, which will be still more powerful and more painful and miserable [than those that preceded] and which our people will join in every part of our occupied land,” the terror group says in a statement.

Hamas says it welcomes “the blessed month of Ramadan, the month of struggle and martyrdom and victories” by “embracing the hands of our revolutionary heroes.”

Clashes erupt as IDF troops search West Bank home of terrorist stabber

Israeli troops have entered the West Bank Palestinian town of Tarqumiyah to search the home of the terrorist who stabbed and seriously hurt an Israeli man on a bus near the settlement of Neve Daniel this morning.

According to Palestinian media reports, clashes erupted in the area after the troops entered the home.

There are no immediate reports of injuries or arrests made by Israeli forces.

43 suspects with alleged Islamic State affiliation arrested since Beersheba attack

Police arrest several suspects who were allegedly involved in the Hadera attack or who have Islamic State links, March 28, 2022. (Israel Police)
Police arrest several suspects who were allegedly involved in the Hadera attack or who have Islamic State links, March 28, 2022. (Israel Police)

In the wake of two deadly attacks committed by men affiliated with Islamic State, 43 suspects who allegedly sympathize with the jihadist group have been arrested, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

The reports say 36 of them are from northern Israel.

Last Tuesday, an Arab Israeli man from the southern town of Hura — previously jailed for attempting to join Islamic State — killed four people at a shopping center in Beersheba.

And on Sunday, two cousins from Umm al-Fahm — one of whom had been previously jailed for attempting to join Islamic State — killed two police officers at a bus stop in Hadera.

The jihadist group has claimed responsibility for both attacks, but it does not appear the terrorists were instructed by it to commit them.

Police officials say the wave of arrests against those affiliated with Islamic State is expected to continue in the coming days.

Driver of bus in terror attack made emergency stop so passengers could escape

Israeli soldiers, police, and medics are seen at the scene of a stabbing attack near the Neve Daniel junction in the West Bank, March 31, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers, police, and medics are seen at the scene of a stabbing attack near the Neve Daniel junction in the West Bank, March 31, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

The driver of the bus where a terror stabbing took place this morning, tells of the moment he realized there was a problem and told the passengers to evacuate.

“I made an emergency stop, opened the doors and asked the passengers to get off,” Muhammad Sa’id tells the Ynet news site. “I never thought I would be at an event like this.”

Sa’id, a resident of East Jerusalem, is currently being treated at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for anxiety in the wake of the incident.

The driver’s father tells Channel 12 news that his son recounted the incident to him.

“What I understood from him is that he was driving and picked up a passenger at Elazar Junction. One stop later, at the traffic lights for the Neve Daniel junction, he suddenly heard shots. He looked back in the mirror, and saw someone with a gun shoot someone else. He opened the two doors straight away so that people could get off the bus quickly,” the father says. “The terrorist got on the bus at Elazar Junction. My son is very scared and they are helping him calm down now.”

On the bus, a 28-year-old Israeli man was seriously wounded when he was assaulted by another passenger, a Palestinian armed with a screwdriver, near the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel, south of Jerusalem.

The victim underwent what the hospital described as life-saving surgery and is now in intensive care where he remains in serious condition.

The attacker, identified by Palestinian health officials as Nidal Juma’a Ja’afra, 30, was shot dead by an armed passenger on the bus.

The stabbing comes amid one of the worst terror waves in recent year, which has seen 11 people killed since last week: four people in a stabbing and ramming attack in Beersheba, two in a shooting in Hadera, and five in a shooting in Bnei Brak.

Security forces have been placed on high alert and ordered to crack down on any potential terror cells and individuals seen as a possible danger, both inside Israel and in the West Bank.

Officials have warned that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — which is set to begin over the weekend — could raise tensions still further.

Israeli cabinet ministers decided on Wednesday night not to initiate a crackdown on Palestinians over Ramadan so as not to feed an escalation of violence.

Turkish FM says he’ll visit Israel, discuss reinstalling ambassadors

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right). (Hussein Malla/AP; Oliver Fitoussi/Flash90)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right). (Hussein Malla/AP; Oliver Fitoussi/Flash90)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says that he will travel to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in mid-May.

Speaking to Turkish TV channel A Haber, Cavusoglu says he will discuss the return of ambassadors to Turkey and Israel, according to Reuters.

Once robust regional allies, Israel and Turkey saw their ties fray during the tenure of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been an outspoken critic of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

Israel has been upset by Erdogan’s warm relations with Hamas, the terror group that controls the Gaza Strip.

The countries reciprocally withdrew their ambassadors in 2010 after Israeli forces were attacked when they boarded a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying humanitarian aid for the Palestinians that attempted to break an Israeli blockade, killing 10 Turkish citizens in the altercation.

Relations slowly improved but broke down again in 2018, after Turkey, angered by the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem, once again recalled its envoy from Israel, prompting Israel to reciprocate.

Cavusoglu, in his comments today, also says that a gas pipeline between Israel and Turkey will not happen in the near future.

After the Biden administration dropped its support for the EastMed gas pipeline in January, Erdogan indicated that he wanted Turkey to be involved in the import of Israeli gas to Europe, saying there had been “some progress” on the matter in the past, and suggesting a new project that would involve Ankara.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine made clear to European leaders how important it was to develop alternatives to Russian natural gas.

Panel investigating Gilboa Prison breakout issues warning to 4 Prison Service officials

Illustrative: A prison guard is seen in a watchtower at Gilboa prison, in northern Israel, September 6, 2021. (Flash90)
Illustrative: A prison guard is seen in a watchtower at Gilboa prison, in northern Israel, September 6, 2021. (Flash90)

A government investigation committee into last September’s breakout from Gilboa Prison has decided to give official warnings to four individuals in the Israel Prison Service as it continues its probe into the scandal.

The four are IPS chief Katy Perry, her deputy Moni Bitan, Northern District chief Arik Yaakov and Gilboa Prison warden Freddy Ben Shitrit.

The committee, having concluded its initial testimony-hearing phase, is informing the four that they could be hurt by its eventual conclusions.

Ukrainian president says defense is at a ‘turning point’

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to world leaders attending the NATO summit in Brussels from Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 24, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to world leaders attending the NATO summit in Brussels from Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 24, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukraine’s president says his country’s defense against the Russian invasion is at a “turning point” and again presses the United States for more help, hours after the Kremlin’s forces reneged on a pledge to scale back some of their operations.

Russian bombardment of areas around Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv and intensified attacks elsewhere in the country further undermined hopes for progress toward ending the bloody conflict that has devolved into a war of attrition. Civilians trapped in besieged cities have shouldered some of the worst suffering, though both sides say they will attempt another evacuation from the port city of Mariupol.

Talks between Ukraine and Russia are set to resume tomorrow by video, according to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, David Arakhamia.

“If we really are fighting for freedom and in defense of democracy together, then we have a right to demand help in this difficult turning point,” Volodymyr Zelensky says in a video address. “Tanks, aircraft, artillery systems. Freedom should be armed no worse than tyranny.”

He thanks the US for an additional $500 million in aid that was announced yesterday.

Police chief praises officers, says continued vigilance is required

In a missive to police officers, Commissioner Kobi Shabtai says the coming period will “obligate us to continue to confront terrorism, as it cruelly raises its head.” He says this means “a continued boosting of our activity in the streets, and continued broad deployment that will enable us to quickly respond to any incident.”

Shabtai also praises the conduct of police officers for “courageously” responding to recent attacks in a manner that “stopped the killing sprees and saved many lives.”

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

Ukraine sends evacuation buses to besieged city of Mariupol

A screen capture from a video said to show the destruction in Mariupol caused by the Russian siege and bombardment of the southern Ukrainian city, March 2022. (Twitter)
A screen capture from a video said to show the destruction in Mariupol caused by the Russian siege and bombardment of the southern Ukrainian city, March 2022. (Twitter)

Ukraine says it is sending dozens of buses to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol after a Russian ceasefire announcement.

Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in besieged Mariupol with little food, water or medicine, and previous attempts to agree on a humanitarian corridor have failed, despite international pressure.

Today, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says buses are heading to the city, where Russia said it would observe a ceasefire from 10 a.m.

“We were informed by the International Committee of the Red Cross that Russia is ready to open access” to a humanitarian corridor from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia via the Russian-controlled port of Berdiansk, she says.

Lapid says criticism of Shin Bet over string of terror attacks ‘unfair’

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a weekly cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, February 13, 2022. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks at a weekly cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, February 13, 2022. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says criticism of the Shin Bet security service in the wake of a string of deadly terror attacks is “incorrect, unfair and irresponsible.”

Lapid tweets: “In intelligence work there isn’t and cannot be 100 percent success, but there are thousands of people in Israel who will never know they owe their lives to a professional, brave and sophisticated organization doing all-important work.”

Stabber shot dead, identified as 30-year-old Palestinian man

The Gush Etzion stabber was shot dead by an armed civilian who was on the bus when the attack took place, the military confirms.

Palestinian health officials identify the attacker as Nidal Juma’a Ja’afra, 30.

It is not immediately clear where he was from.

Condition of man stabbed near West Bank settlement is serious

The man stabbed near the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel is in serious condition, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center says.

The 28-year-old victim was assaulted while on a bus, with the attacker using a screwdriver.

Islamic Jihad leader calls for terror group to be put on ‘high alert’

Leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group Ziad Nakhaleh in 2020 (video screenshot)
Leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group Ziad Nakhaleh in 2020 (video screenshot)

Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhaleh calls for the terror group’s armed wing to be put on “high alert” following clashes in Jenin that left at least two Palestinians dead, according to health officials.

One person moderately hurt in suspected stabbing near settlement

One person has been moderately hurt in a suspected stabbing attack near the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel, medics say.

According to the Rescuers Without Borders emergency service, a Palestinian stabbed a person on a bus near the settlement, and he has been subdued. Three others are being treated for anxiety.

The IDF says it is aware of the report.

IDF confirms troops on arrest operation fired at gunmen in Jenin, soldier hurt

The Israel Defense Forces confirms that soldiers and Border Police forces operated in the Jenin Refugee Camp to arrest wanted individuals.

Ir says gunmen opened fire at the troops, who returned fire and hit several armed men.

A soldier was lightly hurt and was taken to hospital.

Media reports: Three Palestinians killed, IDF soldier hurt in Jenin gun battles

There are unconfirmed reports that 3 Palestinian have been killed during gun battles with Israeli forces in Jenin.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry says two people were killed, aged 17 and 23, and several others wounded by Israeli troops’ gunfire. This includes three seriously hurt.

Hebrew-language media reports claim, without citing a source, that three Palestinians have been killed and an Israeli soldier lightly hurt.

Many haredim expected at funeral of Arab cop killed responding to Bnei Brak attack

A Haredi delegation from the city of Bnei Brak is expected to attend the funeral of Amir Khoury, the policeman who was killed while responding to Tuesday’s deadly terrorist shooting in the city.

An organizer told Channel 12 that hundreds of people had expressed interest in coming to pay respects to the cop, whose actions are thought to have potentially saved many lives.

Khoury, an Arab Israeli policeman from Nof Hagalil, was among the first cops to reach the scene of the deadly attack that claimed the lives of four other people. He was shot and killed in a gun battle with the terrorist, who was also killed.

His funeral will take place at Nof Hagalil at 5 p.m. today.

Report: Heavy gunfire near West Bank’s Jenin amid apparent IDF operation

Heavy gunfire is heard near the West Bank city of Jenin as Israeli troops reportedly conduct a rare daylight operation.

According to footage posted on Palestinian media, soldiers can be seen in the Jenin refugee camp. In other videos, gunfire can be heard.

There are no immediate reports of injuries amid the apparent gun battles, and no comment from the Israel Defense Forces.

Far-right MK visits Temple Mount amid fears of Ramadan unrest

Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the Western Wall before entering the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City on March 31, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Far-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir at the Western Wall before entering the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City on March 31, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Far-right MK Itamar Be Gvir tours Jerusalem’s Temple Mount after receiving police approval.

The planned visit, which comes amid a spate of terror attacks and ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparked fears of further unrest around the volatile compound.

Bennett discussed Iran with Biden during phone call — PMO

The Prime Minister’s Office confirms a phone call between Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden Wednesday night, during which Biden offered condolences and support for Israel following a string of deadly terror attacks.

Bennett’s office says he thanked the US president for “standing alongside Israel” and for the expression of grief over the loss of life.

It also says the two spoke about other subjects, including “Iran’s regional aggression.”

The US readout, released hours earlier, did not mention talks on Iran.

At long last, Senate confirms Lipstadt as antisemitism monitor

The Senate has voted to confirm Deborah E. Lipstadt as the United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, after months of delay.

Lipstadt is confirmed in a voice vote requested by Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff, a Jewish Democrat, a day after the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted to send her nomination to the full Senate.

“It is time for the Senate, at long last, to confirm this nominee to fight anti-Semitism around the world, on behalf of the United States,” Ossoff said in a floor speech, noting members of his family who perished in the Holocaust.

“Right now as we speak, the scourge of anti-Semitism is rising again in this country and around the world. If we mean the words ‘never again,’ than at long last, Madam President, let’s confirm Deborah Lipstadt to fight anti-Semitism on behalf of the United States,” he added.

Despite months of hold ups and Republican opposition over her past statements regarding right-wing extremists, no lawmaker objects to Ossoff to quash the voice vote and Lipstadt is confirmed.

Zelensky sacking envoys unable to convince host countries to oppose Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has recalled Ukraine’s ambassadors to Georgia and Morocco, suggesting they hadn’t done enough to persuade those countries to support Ukraine and punish Russia for the invasion.

“With all due respect, if there won’t be weapons, won’t be sanctions, won’t be restrictions for Russian business, then please look for other work,” Zelensky says in his nighttime video address to the nation Wednesday. “I am waiting for concrete results in the coming days from the work of our representatives in Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.”

Zelensky also says he was expecting results from Ukraine’s military attaches in embassies abroad.

He says “the diplomatic front is one of the key fronts” in Ukraine’s battle to win the war against Russia.

NBA’s Avdija takes court with “Am Yisrael Chai” on shoes

In Washington, DC, Israeli basketballer Deni Avdija took the court against the Orlando Magic with a Hebrew message on his sneaker reading “Am Yisrael Chai” or the people of Israel lives, a slogan meant to denote Jewish resilience, along with Stars of David.

The message is ostensibly in response to a series of terror attacks over the past two weeks in Israel.

Pictures of the shoes are posted by a Hebrew-language Washington Wizards account on Instagram.

As of this writing, the Wizards are leading 120-106 with less than 2 minutes left. Avdija has 6 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.

 

Ukraine and Russia to restart ceasefire talks Friday — Kyiv

Talks between Ukraine and Russia for a possible peace agreement will resume on Friday by video, according to David Arakhamia, the head of the Ukrainian delegation

The delegations met in-person on Tuesday in Istanbul, after two weeks of meeting by video, and the faint outlines of a possible peace agreement seemed to emerge.

The Ukrainian delegation offered a framework under with the country would declare itself neutral – dropping its bid to join NATO, as Moscow has long demanded – in return for security guarantees from a group of other nations.

Russian diplomats responded positively to Ukraine’s proposal.

Two billion people living in conflict zones, UN chief says

The United Nations chief says one-quarter of humanity — two billion people — are living in conflict areas today and the world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945 when World War II ended.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited conflicts from Yemen, Syria, Myanmar and Sudan to Haiti, Africa’s Sahel, “and now the war in Ukraine — a catastrophe shaking the foundations of the international order, spilling across borders and causing skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices that spell disaster for developing countries.”

He tells the UN Peacebuilding Commission that last year 84 million people were forced to leave their homes because of conflict, violence and human rights violations. And that doesn’t include the Ukraine war which has already seen 4 million people flee the country and displaced another 6.5 million within the country, according to UN agencies.

Guterres says the UN estimates that this year “at least 274 million will need humanitarian assistance.” This represents a 17% increase from 2021 and will cost $41 billion for the 183 million people targeted for aid, according to the UN humanitarian office.

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