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Major diplomatic effort and IDF threats said behind return of body of kidnapped teen

Reports say UN and US officials mediated with Islamic Jihad and Palestinian Authority, while Israeli military prepared for a wide-scale operation to bring home body of Tiran Fero

Family and friends mourn during the funeral procession of Tiran Fero, in Daliyat al-Karmel, northern Israel, November 24, 2022. (Shir Torem/Flash90)
Family and friends mourn during the funeral procession of Tiran Fero, in Daliyat al-Karmel, northern Israel, November 24, 2022. (Shir Torem/Flash90)

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

Man mistaken for Palestinian terrorist shot, wounded by settler in West Bank

An unidentified man is seriously wounded after being shot by an Israeli settler after he apparently mistook him for a Palestinian terrorist, medics say.

The incident takes place near a gas station near the settlement of Kochav Yaakov, north of Jerusalem.

The Rescuers Without Border Emergency service says the man was taken by army medics to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital.

Further details of the incident were not immediately available. It was also not immediately clear if the wounded man, said to be in his 30s, is an Israeli citizen.

Police say they have arrested the shooter and are investigating the incident.

Police say he had no identifiable details on him, but medics at the scene say he was a Jewish man, not a Palestinian.

Report: Israel steps up security for senior Mossad officials amid Iran threats

Israel has stepped up its protection of current and former senior security personnel, particularly when they are overseas, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The move comes amid increased tensions with Iran, which has been unable to respond to a series of actions reportedly carried out by the Mossad in recent years.

The report says that a focus of the security is also on former senior Mossad people currently in other countries.

The Prime Minister’s Office declines to comment on the report.

Four reported killed in Russian bombardment of Kherson

Russian bombardment of Kherson, recently retaken by Ukrainian forces, killed at least four people and wounded 10, the region’s governor says.

“The Russian invaders opened fire on a residential area with multiple rocket launchers. A large building caught fire,” Yaroslav Yanushevych, head of the Kherson military administration, says on Telegram.

IDF troops shoot and wound Palestinian stone-thrower in West Bank

Israeli troops shoot and wound a Palestinian man who was allegedly hurling stones at Israeli cars close to the West Bank town of Ni’lin, the military says.

The suspect was then arrested.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the suspect was “endangering motorists” on the Route 446 highway, near the settlement of Modiin Ilit.

The man was shot in the leg and shoulder and treated by army medics at the scene before being taken to a hospital in Israel.

The IDF says he will later be questioned by the Shin Bet security agency.

New York pro-Palestinian activist pleads guilty to hate crimes for 3 attacks on Jews

A pro-Palestinian activist pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes charges for a series of attacks on Jews in New York City in 2021 and 2022.

Saadah Masoud, 29, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of participating in a conspiracy to commit hate crime acts. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

“Masoud deliberately targeted three victims because of their religion and nation of origin,” says US Attorney Damian Williams. “There is no place in this country for this offensive and hateful conduct.”

As part of his guilty plea, Masoud admitted to attacking three people due to their Jewish or Israeli identity. He will be sentenced in March.

Police say Beersheba car-ramming was a terror attack, driver to be charged

Police say a car-ramming in the southern city of Beersheba this morning was a terror attack and the 39-year-old Bedouin man who rammed and wounded a teenager will be facing terror charges.

The suspect, from the city of Rahat, underwent an investigation by the Shin Bet security agency.

He is suspected of “a terrorist act of attempted murder,” and will be brought for a court hearing tomorrow morning, police say

Ronaldo becomes 1st male player to score at 5 World Cups

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first male player to score at five World Cups with a goal for Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.

The 37-year-old striker converted a penalty in the 65th minute to give Portugal a 1-0 lead.

He has now scored in every World Cup since his first in 2006, when he converted a penalty against Iran in the group stage.

Ronaldo scored one goal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, another at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, and four in Russia in 2018.

Ronaldo extended his men’s record tally of international goals to 118.

Brazil forward Marta has scored in five Women’s World Cups.

Report: Large international diplomatic effort behind return of kidnapped teen’s body

The Walla news site reports that there was a large-scale international diplomatic effort to secure the release of the body of Tiran Fero, a Druze teenager whose remains were snatched by terrorists from a hospital in the West Bank.

Citing Israeli and Western sources, Walla says that UN Middle East Envoy Tor Wennesland even made an appeal to the Islamic Jihad terror group leaders in Damascus.

United States Security Coordinator Gen. Michael Penzel was also involved in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, the report says, noting that PA security services were ordered to try and facilitate the return of the body.

Fero was critically injured in a car crash in Jenin and taken to a hospital in the Palestinian city on Tuesday, where he died and his body was snatched by unidentified gunmen, according to the IDF and Palestinian media reports.

In the background of the diplomacy was a warning from Israel and the IDF that if the body was not returned, Israel would launch a large-scale operation in the West Bank, the report says.

Kohavi says joint activities with US in Middle East to be ‘significantly expanded’

Israeli military chief Aviv Kohavi says joint activities with the US military in the Middle East will be “significantly expanded,” following a five-day trip to the US.

“In order to improve our capabilities toward the challenges in the region, joint activity with CENTCOM will be significantly expanded in the near future,” Kohavi says in remarks provided by the Israel Defense Forces after he returns from the US.

“At the same time, the IDF will continue to act at an accelerated rate against the entrenchment of the Iranian regime in the region,” he adds.

Kohavi held five days of meetings with senior American officials, focused on the Iranian threat.

Adidas says probing allegations it ignored inappropriate Kanye West behavior

Adidas says it is investigating claims against Kanye West after a report detailed alleged inappropriate behavior, just weeks after the German sportswear giant ended its partnership with the rapper.

US magazine Rolling Stone says former members of the team involved in “Yeezy” — the successful product line designed with the rapper — had released a letter alleging Adidas leaders were aware of the behavior, which went on for years, but turned a blind eye.

“It is currently not clear whether the accusations made in an anonymous letter are true,” Adidas says in a statement.

“However, we take these allegations very seriously and have taken the decision to launch an independent investigation of the matter immediately to address the allegations.”

The report, citing former unnamed Yeezy and Adidas staff, alleged the behavior ranged from playing pornography to staff in meetings, to discussing porn and showing an intimate photo of ex-wife Kim Kardashian in job interviews.

UN rights body condemns bloody Iran crackdown on protests, establishes probe

The UN Human Rights Council votes to condemn the bloody crackdown on peaceful protests in Iran and create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses, particularly those committed against women and children.

A resolution put forward by Germany and Iceland was backed by 25 nations, including the United States and many European, Latin American, Asian and African nations. Six countries opposed the move — China, Pakistan, Cuba, Eritrea, Venezuela and Armenia — while 16 abstained.

The United Nations’ top human rights official had earlier appealed to Iran’s government to halt the crackdown against protesters, but Tehran’s envoy at a special Human Rights Council on the country’s “deteriorating” rights situation was defiant and unbowed, blasting the initiative as “politically motivated.”

2 cops, a dog and a woman injured in attempt to arrest road rage murder suspect

Police describe chaotic scenes in their attempt to arrest a man suspected of stabbing Yuri Volkov to death in a road rage incident in Holon.

Police say that when they arrived at the suspect’s house, he sicced a “dangerous breed dog” at the detectives, which then bit two of them, leaving them with light to moderate injuries.

The detectives then opened fire on the dog, “wounding and neutralizing it.”

“As a result of the gunshots, a woman at the scene suffered a scratch to the leg,” police say.

Police say the two detectives were taken to the hospital for treatment.

There is no word on the condition of the dog or the woman.

IDF acquires 50 new armored vehicles for West Bank raids

The Defense Ministry announces it has procured 50 armored vehicles for the military to use in its near-nightly raids across the West Bank.

Since the spring, the Israel Defense Forces has been conducting arrests in the West Bank following a series of Palestinian terror attacks.

Troops have repeatedly come under fire during the operations.

The ministry says the Plasan Sasa Ltd. Sand Cat vehicles were obtained through an “expedited” order, amid the West Bank operations.

The vehicle is based on the Ford F-550 platform.

Police arrest suspect in killing of Holon road rage victim Yuri Volkov

Police say that they have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the killing of Holon road rage victim Yuri Volkov.

Police say that after “intelligence work,” they detained the man, a resident of Holon.

Volkov, a healthcare aide, was stabbed to death in Holon yesterday evening after getting into an argument with the driver of a motorized scooter while crossing the road.

Iran arrests leading soccer player over ‘anti-state propaganda’

Iranian security forces on Thursday arrested national soccer player Voria Ghafouri over accusations that he spread “propaganda” against the Islamic Republic, Fars news agency reported.

He was arrested after a training session with his club Foolad Khuzestan on charges of having “tarnished the reputation of the national team and spread propaganda against the state,” the agency said.

Israeli reporter says he was ejected from taxi, shooed away from restaurant in Qatar

An Israeli reporter with the Kan public broadcaster says his team was kicked out of a taxi and told to leave a restaurant in Qatar where they are covering the World Cup, for being Israeli.

Dror Hoffman says the taxi driver made them get out in the middle of nowhere and would not take their money because “we were killing his brothers.”

Then later they were filming next to a restaurant when the owners brought security guards and asked them to leave and delete the film.

“I felt threatened,” says Hoffman.

 

 

Amid Hezbollah opposition, Lebanon MPs again fail to elect president

Lebanese lawmakers fail for a seventh time to elect a successor to former president Michel Aoun, even though the vacancy is hampering efforts to rescue the stricken economy.

Parliament is split between supporters of the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group and its opponents, neither of whom have a clear majority.

Lawmaker Michel Moawad, who is seen as close to the United States, won the support of 42 of parliament’s 128 MPs, but his tally fell well short of the required majority and was exceeded by the number of spoilt ballots cast by pro-Hezbollah lawmakers.

Moawad’s candidacy is opposed by Hezbollah, whose leader Hassan Nasrallah called this month for a president ready to stand up to the United States.

Algeria sentences 49 to death over forest fire lynching

An Algerian court sentenced 49 people to death over the lynching of a man falsely accused of starting deadly forest fires last year, state news agency APS reported.

The North African country has suspended implementation of death sentences since its last executions in 1993.

Zelensky says he briefed Herzog on Ukraine energy needs, grain program

In a call with President Isaac Herzog, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky says he spoke about Ukraine’s dire energy situation.

Zelensky tweets that they spoke about Ukraine’s energy needs, and invites Israel to join the Grain from Ukraine program, in which countries buy the country’s agriculture and send it to African nations to alleviate hunger.

UN rights chief says offer to visit Iran met with silence

New UN human rights chief Volker Turk reveals he had offered to visit Iran since taking up office last month but has so far not received any reply.

“I offered to go to Iran, I also offered a stronger presence in Iran — we don’t have an office there — but so far I haven’t received a response,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights tells reporters outside a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss whether to set up a high-level investigation into Tehran’s crackdown on mass protests in the country.

Herzog speaks with Ukraine’s Zelensky

President Isaac Herzog speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his office says.

Zelensky offers Israel condolences on the bombing attack in Jerusalem and expresses the solidarity of the Israeli and Ukrainian people.

Zelensky also says he hopes that the new government being established in Israel will continue to cooperate with Ukraine.

Herzog tells Zelensky that the Israeli people want peace in Ukraine and are offering humanitarian support.

Iranians hacked major Israeli security organization to get footage of Jerusalem attack

Footage of the bombing attack in Jerusalem yesterday published by an Iranian hacker group came from surveillance cameras belonging to a major security organization.

The group, Moses’ Staff, initially claimed it had hacked police cameras. Several months ago it also published footage from cameras throughout Jerusalem and some in Tel Aviv.

“For a long time, we’ve had control over all your activities. Step by step, moment after moment. This is only the edge of our control over your activities, through access to security cameras. We said in the past we will hit at a place and time when you least expect,” the group wrote on its Telegram group.

Police, however denied, their cameras were even operating in the area, and the Jerusalem Municipality said the footage was not taken by a camera belonging to the city.

Security officials clear for publication that the camera belongs to a major security organization. Further details are still barred from publication.

Police say they had been in possession of the clip since several hours after the attack that killed a teen and wounded more than 20 others.

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