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Palestinian shot after allegedly attempting to enter West Bank settlement

Tekoa incident caps off bloody day during which 19-year-old moderately wounded officer at Damascus Gate stabbing, IDF fatally shoots Palestinian trying to jump security fence

Police officers at the scene of a stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, on May 8, 2022. (Screenshot: Twitter)
Police officers at the scene of a stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, on May 8, 2022. (Screenshot: Twitter)

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

Palestinian suspect who infiltrated settlement armed with knife — local officials

The knife found on a Palestinian who attempted to infiltrate the Tekoa settlement on May 8, 2022. (Rescuers Without Borders)
The knife found on a Palestinian who attempted to infiltrate the Tekoa settlement on May 8, 2022. (Rescuers Without Borders)

The Palestinian suspect who infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Tekoa was armed with a knife, according to local officials.

The man was shot dead by a security officer. Large military forces are scanning the area for other possible suspects.

IDF to lift closure over West Bank Palestinians tonight

The military liaison to the Palestinians, COGAT, announces that the closure of West Bank crossings that has been in place since last Tuesday will end tonight.

However, Palestinians from Rummanah where the Elad terrorists are from will not be allowed to enter Israel, COGAT says. The Gaza Strip’s Erez Crossing will remain closed until further notice.

Palestinian attacker at Damascus Gate said to have entered Israel illegally

The Palestinian attacker in the Damascus Gate stabbing earlier tonight is a 19-year-old resident of Ramallah who entered Israel illegally, police say

He aroused the suspicion of officers outside the Old City and they pulled him aside to probe him further. At that point, he pounced on one of the officers and stabbed him before the other cops at the checkpost shot and subdued him.

Justice minister to consider demolishing homes of Israeli citizens who carry out attacks

Gideon Sa'ar, head of the New Hope political party, speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem, on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Gideon Sa'ar, head of the New Hope political party, speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem, on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar tells Channel 12 that he has ordered his office to look into whether authorities can demolish the homes of terrorists even if they are citizens of Israel.

A number of the recent attacks were carried out by Israeli Arab citizens, and Sa’ar says demolishing their homes may help deter future attackers.

Until now, Israel has only implemented the controversial policy against Palestinians in the West Bank and there may be legal barriers preventing its implementation within the Green Line.

Sa’ar says authorities should also weigh whether the families of attackers who assist their relatives in the crime can be deported to Gaza.

Palestinian shot after allegedly attempting to enter West Bank settlement

A Palestinian suspect has been shot after allegedly attempting to enter the West Bank settlement of Tekoa.

According to the Rescuers Without Borders emergency service, there are no other injuries in the incident.

It is not immediately clear whether the Palestinian man was armed. The condition of the attacker is not clear either.

An infiltration alert was activated in the town, and residents were asked to remain in their homes.

There is no immediate comment from the military on the incident.

A siren was activated in the settlement and residents were told to lock their doors.

Large gaps between Ra’am, coalition remain in talks on possible return

Ra'am chairman Mansour Abbas attends the INSS conference in Tel Aviv on April 11, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)
Ra'am chairman Mansour Abbas attends the INSS conference in Tel Aviv on April 11, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

Channel 12 reports that large gaps remain in the negotiations between Ra’am and other coalition heads aimed at the Islamist party resuming its operations within the ruling bloc.

Ra’am announced a freeze in its coalition membership last month amid tensions in Jerusalem surrounding the Temple Mount.

The party plans to boycott the Wednesday plenum session during which the opposition is expected to submit a vote to disperse the Knesset. It would only be a preliminary reading and would need several more approvals to pass, but it would put in motion the process of bringing down the government.

Shirley Pinto becomes latest Yamina MK to present Bennett with ‘ultimatum’ — report

Shirly Pinto, the first deaf Knesset member, speaks during a plenum session in the Knesset on July 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Shirly Pinto, the first deaf Knesset member, speaks during a plenum session in the Knesset on July 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

Shirley Pinto becomes the latest Yamina MK to present Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with an ultimatum, threatening to bolt the coalition if it does not set aside a budget to assist Israelis with disabilities, Channel 12 reports.

The demands of Pinto, who is deaf, are not believed to be as steep as ones presented by fellow Yamina MKs Abir Kara and Nir Orbach in recent weeks and she is seen to be more loyal to Bennett than other lawmakers in the party, but the development proves another headache for the premier.

Elad victim reportedly in WhatsApp group that organized ferrying of illegal workers

Oren Ben Yiftah, who drove a pair of Palestinian terrorists to Elad before they murdered him and proceeded to kill two others, was part of a WhatsApp group that organized the ferrying of illegal Palestinian workers, Channel 12 reports.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are estimated to cross the security barrier illegally to work in Israel. The IDF has sought to crack down on the phenomenon during the recent wave of attacks, after long turning a blind eye due to the belief that there was a joint Israeli and Palestinian interest in allowing in cheap labor.

Yiftah received a message on the day of the attack updating him that two Palestinians had crossed illegally from the West Bank and were waiting for a ride, Channel 12 says.

Israel said to weigh mass operation in Jenin area due to terror wave

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers during the demolishing of the house of Omar Jaradat, one of the Palestinian attackers from the Homesh terror attack, near the West Bank city of Jenin, May 7, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers during the demolishing of the house of Omar Jaradat, one of the Palestinian attackers from the Homesh terror attack, near the West Bank city of Jenin, May 7, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Senior Israeli officials are currently weighing whether to launch a widespread military operation in the Jenin area of the West Bank, in response to the ongoing terror wave, Channel 12 reports.

The IDF already stepped up its operations in the northern West Bank last month during the beginning of the wave of the attacks.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been holding meetings with security officials, debating whether Jerusalem’s response will include strikes in Gaza where the Strip-ruling Hamas has been encouraging attacks against Israelis. While the premier appears to back what would be a new strategy, some in the security establishment oppose the idea, fearing opening up a second front, in addition to the West Bank.

A decision is expected in the coming days, Channel 12 reports.

Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran ‘against’ Ukraine war

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gives a press conference after meeting his Iraqi counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran, on April 13, 2022. (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gives a press conference after meeting his Iraqi counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran, on April 13, 2022. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

Tehran is “against” the war in Ukraine and hopes for a political solution to the conflict, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says, during a visit by his Polish counterpart.

“We are against the war in Ukraine, just as we are against the war in Yemen, in Afghanistan, in Syria, in Iraq, or in any other part of the world,” Amir-Abdollahian tells a joint press conference in Tehran with Poland’s top diplomat Zbigniew Rau.

“We believe that the solution in Ukraine is political and that political negotiations between Russia and Ukraine must lead to an end to the war,” he adds.

Rau began his visit on Saturday evening following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, the first such trip since 2014.

Poland has provided military support to Ukraine, while Iran has refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of its neighbor.

Rau and Amir-Abdollahian will sign “a cooperation agreement on culture, education, science, sport, youth, and the media,” the Iranian minister says.

Police officer stabbed at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate; attacker subdued

Illustrative: Israeli security forces at the scene of stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, on December 4, 2021. (Jamal Awad/ Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli security forces at the scene of stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, on December 4, 2021. (Jamal Awad/ Flash90)

A police officer has been stabbed at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, the Magen David Adom emergency service says.

His condition is not immediately clear.

Police say the attacker was shot, but his condition is not immediately clear either.

IDF shoots dead Palestinian trying to illegally cross West Bank security barrier

Security forces work to repair holes in the West Bank security barrier on April 13, 2022. (Defense Ministry)
Security forces work to repair holes in the West Bank security barrier on April 13, 2022. (Defense Ministry)

Israeli troops open fire and wound a Palestinian attempting to cross the security fence into central Israel, the Israeli army says.

According to the Israeli army, the Palestinian sought to cross the security barrier illegally near Tulkarem.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry subsequently confirms the death of the Palestinian, identifying him as Mahmoud Sami Khalil Aram.

“The troops shot towards him in accordance with the arrest procedure. The suspect was evacuated for medical treatment,” the army says.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are estimated to cross the security barrier illegally to work in Israel. In recent weeks, several terrorists have also exploited gaps in the fence to arrive in Israeli cities and commit attacks.

New US sanctions target Russian media and consultant services, White House says

The United States will sanction three major Russian television stations, and deny all Russian companies access to consulting and accounting services offered by US firms, according to a statement released Sunday by the White House.

The moves against Joint Stock Company Channel One Russia, Television Station Russia-1, and Joint Stock Company NTV Broadcasting Company prohibit any US company from financing them through advertising or selling them equipment.

“US companies should not be in the business of funding Russian propaganda,” says a senior White House official who requested anonymity.

Frej appeals to UAE FM to block death sentence of Israeli convicted on drug offense

Fidaa Kiwan. (courtesy)
Fidaa Kiwan. (courtesy)

Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej has passed along a letter to UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asking him to intervene to prevent the death sentence of an Israeli citizen convicted of possessing half a kilogram of cocaine.

Fidaa Kiwan, a 43-year-old Haifa resident who owns a photography studio, reportedly came to Dubai for work at the invitation of a Palestinian acquaintance a year ago. She was arrested a short while later, on March 17, 2021, after a search of her apartment turned up the drugs, the Ynet news site reported. She has claimed that the drugs were not hers, and her local lawyer is expected to appeal the conviction handed down last month.

Police arrest suspect in arson attack on Jewish shrine

Damage is seen to a shrine, believed by some to be the burial place of the biblical Benjamin son of Jacob, following a fire near the city of Kfar Saba, on May 6, 2022. (Israel Police)
Damage is seen to a shrine, believed by some to be the burial place of the biblical Benjamin son of Jacob, following a fire near the city of Kfar Saba, on May 6, 2022. (Israel Police)

Police say they have arrested a Jewish resident of Harish suspected of setting fire to a Jewish shrine in central Israel last Friday.

The fire caused extensive damage to a building worshipers revere as the final resting place of the biblical Benjamin, one of the 12 sons of the patriarch Jacob.

The suspect is a 24-year-old resident of Harish. He will be brought before the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court for a remand hearing. The judge will also weigh a request to conduct a psychological exam on the suspect.

Church of England to apologize for anti-Jewish laws 800 years after their passing

The Church of England is set to apologize for a series of anti-Jewish laws during a ceremony later today at the Christ Church cathedral in Oxford marking 800 years since their passing, The Guardian reports.

The Synod of Oxford laws are seen to have paved the way for the expulsion of Jews from England. They included measures barring Jews from owning land and passing inheritances on to their children, forcing them to wear identifying badges, and banning them from certain professions.

Today’s ceremony will be attended by UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis along with representatives of the archbishop of Canterbury and the Roman Catholic Church.

Portland police arrest man suspected of vandalizing 3 synagogues and a mosque

Michael Bivins, who is suspected of vandalizing three synagogues and a mosque in April and May 2022. (Portland Police Department)
Michael Bivins, who is suspected of vandalizing three synagogues and a mosque in April and May 2022. (Portland Police Department)

Police in Portland announce that they have arrested a 34-year-old man suspected of vandalizing three synagogues and a mosque over the past two weeks.

Michael Bivins has been charged with three counts of criminal mischief and one count of arson.

He allegedly broke windows at two synagogues, daubed graffiti on another and firebombed a mosque.

Lebanese abroad cast votes in key parliamentary election

Lebanese expatriates in 48 countries including France and the United Arab Emirates have begun casting their ballots ahead of the May 15 parliamentary elections, state media reports.

The critical election comes amid an unprecedented financial crisis that has spurred a mass population exodus, with opposition figures pinning their hopes for a change on the diaspora vote and experts saying the political status quo is expected to remain.

The vote is the first since the onset of the economic crisis in 2019 and the devastating Beirut port explosion a year later, with many accusing the political elite of rampant corruption and mismanagement.

More than 194,000 people in 48 countries are registered to vote, according to the official National News Agency.

Turnout rates in Australia, where polls have closed, reached 55 percent, according to the foreign ministry.

Canada’s Trudeau in Ukraine to offer support

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a surprise visit to Ukraine amid Russia’s war on the country.

Ukrainian media outlet Suspilne and Irpin Mayor Olexander Markushyn announced Trudeau’s visit to Irpin, which had been damaged by Russia’s attempt to take Kyiv at the start of the war. Markushyn posted images of Trudeau on social media, saying that the Canadian leader was shocked by the damage he saw at civilian homes.

Trudeau is the latest Western leader to come to Ukraine to offer support to the country.

His office later confirmed the visit, saying in a statement “the prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky and reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.”

Ministers advance bill said aimed at targeting left-wing activists

A proposed measure to limit Israeli organizations and individuals’ activities with foreign entities passes its first legislative hurdle today, after being approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

This first step makes the legislation a government bill, meaning it can pass quickly to a first reading.

The bill, an initiative of Likud MK and former Shin Bet director Avi Dichter, is an update to the penal code’s stance on contact with a foreign agent. Specifically, it proposes to expand the definition of agent, by swapping “foreign state” with a “foreign political entity,” as reported in Hebrew daily Israel Hayom.

This broader definition would restrict organizations’ collaboration with partners from the Palestinian Authority, the European Union, and other non-state political bodies. As such, the measure is presumed to be targeted against left-wing activists.

Right-wing activist organization Ad Kan, which had a hand in crafting the bill, tweeted that through the measure, it was “putting an end to anti-Zionism inside of Israel.”

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana brought the bill to the ministerial committee. Israel Hayom reports that Meretz’s Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg voted against the proposal, while the Labor party’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai abstained.

US first lady makes unannounced visit to Ukraine

First Lady Jill Biden, left, greets Olena Zelenska, spouse of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, outside School 6, a public school that has taken in displaced students in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
First Lady Jill Biden, left, greets Olena Zelenska, spouse of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, outside School 6, a public school that has taken in displaced students in Uzhhorod, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

US First Lady Jill Biden has made an unannounced visit to Ukraine, her spokesman says, meeting her Ukrainian counterpart Olena Zelenska at a school sheltering civilians including children displaced by the conflict.

“I wanted to come on Mother’s Day. I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to stop and this war has been brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine,” Biden tells reporters.

A US official on the visit also says it was Zelenska’s first public appearance since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Zelenska thanked Biden “for this very courageous act.”

“Because we understand what it takes for the US first lady to come here during a war when the military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day even today,” she tells Biden.

“We also feel your love and support during such an important day,” the Ukrainian First Lady says.

Following a meeting behind closed doors, the first ladies join local children in a classroom crafting cardboard and tissue paper bears as presents for their mothers.

Wife of victim who unknowingly drove terrorists to Elad: ‘Don’t murder him a second time’

Oren Ben Yiftah, 37, who was killed in the terror attack in Elad on May 5, 2022 (Courtesy)
Oren Ben Yiftah, 37, who was killed in the terror attack in Elad on May 5, 2022 (Courtesy)

The widow of one of the Elad terror attack victims responds to social media criticism against her late husband for having unwittingly driven the two attackers to the scene.

“Oren was the victim of a terror attack. Don’t murder him a second time,” says Nofar Ben Yiftah, adding that her late husband was simply a driver who took passengers from one place to another.

Oren was murdered by the terrorists after driving them from the West Bank security fence that they crossed illegally to Elad. The attackers then proceeded to kill two more victims and seriously injure three others.

IDF mapping West Bank homes of Elad terrorists ahead of potential demolitions

The Israel Defense Forces confirms troops are operating in the West Bank town of Rummanah, the hometown of the two Palestinian terrorists who killed three people in Elad on Thursday.

The military says troops are mapping out the homes of the suspects who are accused of the deadly axe attack, ahead of a potential demolition.

Israel regularly demolishes the homes of Palestinian terrorists who are involved in deadly attacks.

Israel’s regional cooperation minister to attend Palestinian donor conference in Brussels

Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej will travel to Brussels tomorrow to attend a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which brings together countries that donate to the Palestinian Authority, his office says.

100 Jews visit Temple Mount without incident

Israeli police accompany a group of Jews touring the Temple Mount on May 5, 2022, as the Jerusalem holy site was reopened to non-Muslim visitors. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Israeli police accompany a group of Jews touring the Temple Mount on May 5, 2022, as the Jerusalem holy site was reopened to non-Muslim visitors. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Roughly 100 Jews visited the Temple Mount today without incident, according to a religious group that encourages such visits.

Previous visits by religious nationalist Jews to the Temple Mount have sparked clashes at the site.

Israeli troops seen operating in West Bank hometown of Elad terrorists

Israeli troops are seen operating in the West Bank town of Rummanah, the hometown of the two Palestinian terrorists who killed three people in Elad on Thursday.

“The whole town is full of jeeps and dozens of soldiers. They’ve encircled the whole area. The atmosphere is tense,” a Rummanah resident says in a phone call.

Some Palestinian media reports say troops are operating at the home of one of the terrorists.

 

Ministers advance bill aimed at cutting global warming emissions by 27% by 2030

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation has approved Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg’s Climate Bill after several delays.

The draft legislation seeks to commit the government to cutting global warming emissions by 27% by 2030 and to reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

It is unanimously approved by the top ministerial committee, with the backing of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The Finance Ministry had tried to oppose setting goals that could tie the government’s hands, while the Energy Ministry says it backs the law so long as Israel’s “energy security” can be maintained.

Minister Michaeli told she’s not welcome to pay condolence call to family of Elad terror victim

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli in Tel Aviv, on February 22, 2022. (Avshalom sassoni/Flash90)
Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli in Tel Aviv, on February 22, 2022. (Avshalom sassoni/Flash90)

The family of one of the Israelis killed in last week’s Elad terror attack told Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli that she was not welcome to pay a condolence call, Channel 12 reports.

Michaeli’s office says in a statement that the minister was told Boaz Gol’s family didn’t want any politicians coming by. However, the past several days have seen visits from right-wing lawmakers, including Yamina MK Abir Kara and Likud MK Yoav Gallant.

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine visits Western Wall ahead of Tel Aviv concerts

Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine visits the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 8, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine visits the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 8, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is spotted visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

His band will be performing in Tel Aviv on Monday and Tuesday.

Ministry offices to stop using almost all disposable plasticware

The government agrees to stop ordering single-use cutlery and crockery for its ministries and institutions and for state events.

The move, proposed by Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, is aimed at setting an example to the public to help reduce plastic waste.

Disposable cups will be allowed only for members of the public in places where more than 100 of them visit every day.

Several individual ministries, such as the Environmental Protection and Foreign ministries, have already banned disposable plastic kitchenware.

In 2019, the latest year for which figures are available, the state spent more than five million shekels on single-use plastic.

Family of Elad terror suspect: ‘Operation a natural response to occupation’s crimes’

Subhi Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir, left, and As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, from a West Bank town near Jenin, the alleged Palestinian perpetrators of the Elad terror attack on May 5, 2022 in which three Israelis were killed and several seriously wounded. (Israel Police)
Subhi Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir, left, and As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, from a West Bank town near Jenin, the alleged Palestinian perpetrators of the Elad terror attack on May 5, 2022 in which three Israelis were killed and several seriously wounded. (Israel Police)

In a brief statement circulated in Palestinian media, the family of Palestinian terror suspect As’ad Rifa’i defends his terror attack in Elad that killed three Israelis.

“The operation was a natural response to the occupation’s crimes,” the Rifa’i family says, according to the statement.

Police arrest 314 Palestinian illegally residing in Israel over weekend

Police check a vehicle to ensure that it is not ferrying illegal Palestinian workers on May 7, 2022. (Israel Police)
Police check a vehicle to ensure that it is not ferrying illegal Palestinian workers on May 7, 2022. (Israel Police)

Police say they arrested 314 Palestinians who were illegally residing in Israel over the weekend in a crackdown following last week’s terror attack in Elad.

The suspects in that attack were a pair of Palestinian workers who crossed into Israel from the West Bank illegally through a hole in the security barrier.

In addition to the 314, roughly 40 others were arrested for illegally employing, transporting and providing lodging to illegal workers, police say.

‘Surrender not an option’: Ukraine forces hold up in Azovstal

Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo)
Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP Photo)

Ukraine forces holed up in the sprawling Azovstal steel works in the Russian controlled city of Mariupol say that they were unable to surrender, fearing reprisals from Russian forces.

“We, all of the military personnel in the garrison of Mariupol, we have witnessed the war crimes performed by Russia, by the Russian army. We are witnesses. Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives,” says Ilya Samoilenko, an Azov regiment intelligence officer.

After slaying 1st victim, Elad suspects waited until dark to continue killing spree

The scene where three people were murdered in a terrorist attack in Elad, on May 6, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
The scene where three people were murdered in a terrorist attack in Elad, on May 6, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The Walla news site speaks with a senior security official who provides new details on last week’s terror attack in Elad.

According to the official, the two Palestinian suspects entered Israel illegally through a hole in the West Bank security barrier. This was the 17th time the pair had entered the country illegally.

From there, they were picked up by Oren Ben Yiftah who drove them to Elad. Upon arrival at an amusement park parking lot in the central town, the suspects murdered Ben Yiftah. They then waited with the victim’s body in the car several hours until it got dark before they continued their killing spree, the security official tells Walla.

The vehicle was left at the scene.

Syria President Assad visits Iran for meetings in rare trip

TEHRAN, Iran — Syrian President Bashar Assad is in Tehran meeting Iranian leaders, Iranian state-linked media reports, marking his second trip to Tehran since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011.

Nour News, close to Iran’s security apparatus, says in the Sunday report that Assad met Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi earlier in the day. It says Assad later left Tehran for Damascus, Syria.

It says details of the meetings will be published later.

This is the first visit by Assad in more than two years. His earlier visit was in February 2019.

Iran is a key regional supporter of Assad in the the Arab nation civil war that erupted in 2011.

Putin vows: ‘As in 1945, victory will be ours’

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while addresseing a meeting of the Council of Legislators under the Russian Federal Assembly at the Tauride Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 27, 2022. (Alexander Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while addresseing a meeting of the Council of Legislators under the Russian Federal Assembly at the Tauride Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 27, 2022. (Alexander Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin vows that “as in 1945, victory will be ours” as he congratulates former Soviet nations on the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II.

“Today, our soldiers, as their ancestors, are fighting side by side to liberate their native land from the Nazi filth with the confidence that, as in 1945, victory will be ours,” says Putin, who sent Russian troops into Ukraine in February.

“Today, it is our common duty to prevent the rebirth of Nazism which caused so much suffering to the peoples of different countries,” says Putin. He adds that he hopes “new generations may be worthy of the memory of their fathers and grandfathers.”

Putin also makes multiple references not just to soldiers but also civilians on the “home front… who smashed Nazism at the cost of countless sacrifices.”

“Sadly, today, Nazism is rearing its head once more,” charges Putin who has insisted that Ukraine is in the grip of fascism and a threat to Russia and the Russian-speaking minority in Ukraine’s east which Moscow claims to be “liberating.”

“Our sacred duty is to hold back the ideological successors of those who were defeated” in World War II, which Moscow dubs “the great patriotic war,” says Putin, as he urged Russians to “take revenge.”

He also says he wished “all Ukraine’s inhabitants a peaceful and just future.”

On Monday, Moscow will officially commemorate victory over Nazi Germany with a giant military parade.

Under Putin, Russia has justified its offensive in Ukraine, launched on February 24, as a “special operation” to “demilitarize” and “de-Nazify” its neighbor, a former Soviet republic that declared independence in 1991.

Zelensky says ‘evil’ returned to Europe on victory anniversary

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a joint news conference with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 26, 2022. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a joint news conference with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 26, 2022. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that “evil has returned” to Europe, comparing Russia’s invasion to Nazi Germany during an address commemorating World War II.

“Decades after World War II, darkness has returned to Ukraine, and it has become black and white again,” Zelensky says in a video address, in which he was filmed standing in front of destroyed residential buildings.

“Evil has returned, in a different uniform, under different slogans, but for the same purpose,” he adds, in the video showing archive footage of World War II and black and white footage of Russia’s invasion.

The Ukrainian leader accuses Russia of implementing a “bloody reconstruction of Nazism,” in his country using “its ideas actions, words and symbols.”

He says Moscow’s army was replicating Nazi “atrocities” and giving justification that “aims to give this evil a sacred purpose.”

Zelensky appeals to European nations including the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, by likening Nazi bombings of their towns and cities to Russian strikes on urban hubs in Ukraine.

Ex-Soviet Ukraine was invaded by Russia in late February and Moscow claimed its operation was in part to “de-Nazify” the country.

Both Ukraine and Russia have likened actions by the other side’s army to those of Nazi Germany, whose defeat by the Soviet Union in 1945 is celebrated in ex-Soviet countries on May 9.

Detectives used phone Elad terror suspect left at scene to identify attackers — report

Subhi Emad Sbeihat, left, and As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, from a West Bank town near Jenin, the alleged Palestinian perpetrators of the Elad terror attack on May 5, 2022 in which three Israelis were killed and several seriously wounded. (Courtesy)
Subhi Emad Sbeihat, left, and As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, from a West Bank town near Jenin, the alleged Palestinian perpetrators of the Elad terror attack on May 5, 2022 in which three Israelis were killed and several seriously wounded. (Courtesy)

One of the suspects in the Elad terror attack dropped his phone at the scene, according to Channel 12, which said that detectives hacked the phone and managed to discover the identities of the two terrorists.

Over the course of the manhunt, troops followed bloodstains believed to have been from injuries the pair sustained during the attack. Several of the victims fought with the terrorists, according to medical and security officials.

On Saturday evening, security forces found an item soaked in blood and a tree with evidence it had been hit with an axe, further strengthening their assumption that the pair were still near Elad, Channel 12 reports.

Netanyahu said to tell opposition party heads he won’t be signing plea bargain

Former PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a right-wing rally in Jerusalem on April 6, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90)
Former PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a right-wing rally in Jerusalem on April 6, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90)

Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu tells fellow heads of right-wing opposition parties that there is no longer a possibility of him signing a plea arrangement to bring his corruption trial to a close, Channel 12 reports.

Netanyahu had reportedly been in intense negotiations with the State Prosecutor’s Office to sign a deal that would have allowed him to avoid jail time in exchange for taking a significant break from politics. But the talks broke down last January.

Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad vow not to be deterred by arrests of Elad terror suspects

Security forces detain two Palestinians, allegedly behind a deadly terror attack, near the central city of Elad on May 8, 2022. (Screenshot: Twitter)
Security forces detain two Palestinians, allegedly behind a deadly terror attack, near the central city of Elad on May 8, 2022. (Screenshot: Twitter)

Palestinian terror groups vow that the arrests of the two Palestinian suspects in the Elad axe attack will not prevent further violence against Israel.

No group has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the attack, which left three Israelis dead and three others seriously wounded.

“Our Palestinian people and their heroic youth will not stand idly by in the face of the occupation’s crimes and its violations against our Jerusalem holy sites and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the Hamas terror group says in a statement.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad praises the “heroes” who killed three Israelis in the “settlement of Elad.” Elad lies in internationally recognized Israel, not the West Bank.

“They showed the frailness of this monstrous entity and the weakness of its security apparatus,” says Tariq Izz al-Din, an Islamic Jihad spokesperson.

Truck driver in deadly crash has remand extended until Tuesday

The scene of a deadly crash near Kiryat Malachi on May 3, 2022. (Courtesy)
The scene of a deadly crash near Kiryat Malachi on May 3, 2022. (Courtesy)

An Ashkelon judge has further extended, until Tuesday the remand of a driver whose truck overturned on a highway in southern Israel, killing three.

The driver, a 27-year-old East Jerusalem man, is suspected of negligent homicide and reckless driving.

He was operating a semitrailer on Route 3703 near Kiryat Malachi when the truck overturned, crushing one car and damaging several others last Tuesday.

60 feared dead after school bombed in east Ukraine, governor says

A car covered by various materials is pictured in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 7, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)
A car covered by various materials is pictured in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 7, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Some 60 people sheltering in a village school in east Ukraine are feared dead after it was hit by an airstrike, the Luhansk regional governor says.

“Bilogorivka (village) was hit in an airstrike” on Saturday, says Sergii Gaidai.

“The bombs fell on the school and unfortunately it was completely destroyed. There were a total of 90 people, 27 were saved,” he says on Telegram. “Sixty people who were in the school are very probably dead.”

Rescuers could not work overnight because of a threat of new strikes, but have resumed their work.

Rescuers are also looking for survivors in the neighboring village of Shepilivka after a strike hit a house where 11 people were sheltering in the basement, he says.

Ecuador president to arrive Wednesday for official state visit

Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso speaks as he delivers a proposed bill with economic, tax and labor reforms, in Quito, Ecuador, in this Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)
Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso speaks as he delivers a proposed bill with economic, tax and labor reforms, in Quito, Ecuador, in this Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso will arrive on Wednesday for an official state visit, President Isaac Herzog’s office announces.

Lasso will be received in an official ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. The two leaders will hold a working meeting followed by a state dinner later in the day, Herzog’s office says.

Airport COVID-19 test requirement to be scrapped May 20

Medical technicians test passengers for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion Airport, on March 8, 2021. (Flash90)
Medical technicians test passengers for COVID-19 at Ben Gurion Airport, on March 8, 2021. (Flash90)

Starting on May 20, travelers entering Israel will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test at Ben-Gurion airport, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announces.

“We will maintain the testing system at Ben Gurion Airport and throughout the country, and we will be able to quickly reactivate it as necessary,” Horowitz says, citing the consistent drop in cases as the reason behind the move.

Senior PA official pans Bennett’s ignoring of Temple Mount status quo

Israeli police accompany a group of Jews touring the Temple Mount on May 5, 2022, as the Jerusalem holy site was reopened to non-Muslim visitors. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Israeli police accompany a group of Jews touring the Temple Mount on May 5, 2022, as the Jerusalem holy site was reopened to non-Muslim visitors. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Senior Palestinian Authority official Hussein al-Sheikh slams Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s comments that Israel will make its own decisions concerning Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

“This does not recognize the historical status quo, and violates the Jordanian Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites in East Jerusalem,” says al-Sheikh, one of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s closest advisers.

During this morning’s Israeli cabinet meeting, Bennett said his government will make its own decisions regarding Jerusalem and the Temple Mount without any “foreign considerations.”

“We certainly reject any foreign interference in the decisions of the Israeli government,” Bennett said.

“Of course, the State of Israel will continue to maintain a respectful attitude toward members of all religions in Jerusalem,” Bennett said. “A united Jerusalem is the capital of only one state – the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu wraps up meeting with fellow opposition party heads, vowing to topple ‘illegitimate’ gov’t

Opposition chairman Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on May 8, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)
Opposition chairman Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on May 8, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

Opposition chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has left his Likud party’s Tel Aviv headquarters after finishing a meeting with fellow opposition party heads.

Held as the Knesset was preparing to start its summer session today, the meeting closed with an agreement among party heads to continue the “determined and unified fight” to topple the teetering government.

“The government lost its majority in the Knesset. It has no public legitimacy and it’s not legitimate,” a Likud spokesman says.

Upon leaving the party headquarters, the former prime minister declines to answer a question from The Times of Israel regarding what he would do if snap elections were to lead to another political stalemate, as several recent polls indicated.

Netanyahu is accompanied out of the meeting by his wife, Sara.

Three of the wounded in Elad attack still in serious condition

Police and paramedics are seen at the scene of a deadly terror attack in the central city of Elad on May 5, 2022. (Jack Guez/AFP)
Police and paramedics are seen at the scene of a deadly terror attack in the central city of Elad on May 5, 2022. (Jack Guez/AFP)

One of the victims hurt in Thursday’s terror attack in Elad remains in serious but stable condition, Sheba medical center in Ramat Gan says.

“He is sedated and on a ventilator in Sheba’s neurosurgical intensive care ward,” the hospital says.

Two others remain in serious but stable condition in Beilinson medical center, and and one other person was injured lightly and was released from the hospital the night of the attack.

Palestinian suspects believed to have hidden in nearby school after Elad attack

A school in Elad where a pair of Palestinian suspects apparently hid after carrying out a terror attack in the city on May 5, 2022. (Screen capture/Twitter)
A school in Elad where a pair of Palestinian suspects apparently hid after carrying out a terror attack in the city on May 5, 2022. (Screen capture/Twitter)

Two Palestinians who were arrested over the deadly terror attack in Elad may have spent time during the weekend inside a school in the central city, footage shows.

A video taken from a classroom in a school on the edge of the city showed a security camera covered up with a bag, and several dismembered pigeons.

Police have not yet commented on the footage, but some Hebrew-language media reports say they suspect the two spent time there during the 60-hour manhunt, and ate pigeons they captured.

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