The Times of Israel liveblogged Saturday’s events as they unfolded.
US President Joe Biden visits a 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, concluding his tour of all three sites hit by hijacked jetliner attacks 20 years ago.
Along with First Lady Jill Biden, Biden salutes as a bugler played Taps, the US military funeral tune, at the sprawling five-sided building that is the seat of US military power.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff were also with the president as he laid a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial.
One of the planes hijacked by al-Qaeda members on September 11, 2001 slammed into one side of the Pentagon, killing 125 people.
Earlier on Saturday, Biden attended memorial events in New York, where planes crashed into and eventually brought down the Twin Towers, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a commandeered jetliner crashed into a field after passengers overpowered the hijackers as the plane flew toward Washington.
The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court extends by nine days the police detention of four Palestinian security prisoners who were recaptured last night after escaping from a high-security jail in northern Israel, along with two others still on the run, last Monday.
Notorious terror commander Zakaria Zubeidi, and convicted terrorists Yaqoub Qadiri, Mahmoud al-Arida and Mohammed al-Arida were nabbed by security forces overnight Friday-Saturday after a five-day manhunt.
The two prisoners still on the run are Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat.
Queen Elizabeth II marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by offering her sympathies to the victims, survivors and families affected by the atrocity.
In a message to US President Joe Biden, the British monarch remembers the “terrible attacks” on New York and Washington, D.C.
“My thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty,” she says.
“My visit to the site of the World Trade Center in 2010 is held fast in my memory. It reminds me that as we honor those from many nations, faiths and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild.”
The ties between the two nations were marked with a special Changing of the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle in which “The Star Spangled Banner” was played. Hundreds gathered inside and outside the walls of the castle to watch.
Just as they did at Buckingham Palace twenty years ago to show solidarity with our US allies, the Band of the @WelshGuards this morning played the US National Anthem at changing of the guard. #911Memorial #NeverForget @Corpsarmymusic @RoyalFamily @UKinUSA @BritishArmy pic.twitter.com/YNktnO5HwE
— The Army in London (@ArmyInLondon) September 11, 2021
The US national anthem had also been played at Buckingham Palace 20 years ago on September 12, 2001, a mark of solidarity with the US.
US President Joe Biden, speaking unexpectedly during a visit to the Pennsylvania site of one of the 9/11 plane crashes, again defends the widely criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying that the US could not “invade” every country where al-Qaeda is present.
“Could al-Qaeda come back [in Afghanistan]?” he asks in an exchange with reporters outside a Shanksville fire station. “Yeah. But guess what, it’s already back other places.”
“What’s the strategy? Every place where al-Qaeda is, we’re going to invade and have troops stay in? C’mon.”
Biden says thay it had always been a mistake to think Afghanistan could be meaningfully united.
Biden says that American forces had achieved their central mission when a special forces team killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 in a compound in Pakistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issues a dire warning that the world is moving in the wrong direction and faces “a pivotal moment” where continuing business as usual could lead to a breakdown of global order and a future of perpetual crisis.
In a report presented to the General Assembly, the UN chief says that the world is under “enormous stress” on almost every front, and the COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call demonstrating the failure of nations to come together and take joint decisions to help all people in the face of a global life-threatening emergency.
Guterres says that this “paralysis” extends far beyond COVID-19 to the failures to tackle the climate crisis and “our suicidal war on nature and the collapse of biodiversity,” the “unchecked inequality” undermining the cohesion of societies, and technology’s advances “without guard rails to protect us from its unforeseen consequences.”
In the report — “Our Common Agenda” — outlining his vision “to fix” the world, Guterres says that immediate action is needed to protect the planet’s “most precious” assets from oceans to outer space, to ensure it is livable, and to deliver on the aspirations of people everywhere for peace and good health.
He also calls for an immediate global vaccination plan implemented by an emergency task force, saying “investing $50 billion in vaccinations now could add an estimated $9 trillion to the global economy in the next four years.”
Amid a guardianship battle, Eitan Biran, 6, the sole survivor of a cable car his family was riding in which plunged into an Italian mountainside in May, has reportedly been taken by his Israeli family to Israel in a suspected abduction.
His current legal guardian, Aya Biran-Nirko, the Italy-based sister of Eitan’s father, Amit Biran, has filed a complaint with the Italian police claiming that the child was abducted by his grandfather, Shmuel Peleg, Kan’s Antonia Yamin reports.
Eitan is said to have left his house in Fabia, northern Italy, with Peleg on Saturday morning but did not return by early evening as had been agreed. Biran-Nirko repeatedly tried to reach Peleg until she received a message from him saying that, “Eitan has returned home,” the report says.
Biran-Nirko has reportedly since received a message from the Peleg’s lawyer confirming that Eitan arrived in Israel.
According to the report, Eitan’s travel to Israel was made possible because the Peleg family continued to hold his Israeli passport, contrary to an Italian judge’s order.
Fourteen people, including Eitan’s father Amit Biran, 30, mother Tal Peleg-Biran, 26, 2-year-old brother Tom, and great-grandparents Barbara and Yitzhak Cohen of Tel Aviv, 71 and 81, respectively, were killed in the May 24 accident, after a cable snapped on the aerial tram bringing weekend visitors to the top of the Piedmont region’s Mottarone Mountain. All five were buried in Israel a few days later.
An Atlanta zoo says that at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That includes 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta says that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses and showed changes in appetite.
A veterinary lab at the University of Georgia returned positive tests for the respiratory illness. Zoo Atlanta says that it’s waiting on confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Lab in Iowa.
The zoo says that it is treating the gorillas at risk of complications with monoclonal antibodies.
Zoo officials say that they believe an asymptomatic employee passed on the virus. The employee had been fully vaccinated and was wearing protective equipment.
A man and his young son are injured after falling while running to a bomb shelter, after a rocket siren sounded in the southern city of Sderot.
Magen David Adom paramedics are providing medical treatment to the pair.
Both are suffered light injuries, the ambulance service says.
Former US president Donald Trump uses the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to slam the “horrible” withdrawal from Afghanistan and the “incompetence” of Joe Biden’s administration during the frenzied end to America’s longest war.
“It’s a horrible thing that took place, a horrible, horrible thing,” Trump says in televised comments during a visit to the New York Police Department’s 17th precinct.
“It looked like we retreated, it looked like we gave up. Like, they use the word ‘surrender,'” he tells officers at the precinct, referring to the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan last month following the Taliban takeover of the country.
“And we didn’t surrender, our people didn’t surrender and our soldiers sure as hell didn’t surrender,” he says.
Trump did not attend the formal 9/11 anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero in New York, as did Biden and former US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Trump is currently returning to Florida to provide ringside commentary at the fight between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Brazilian mixed martial arts star Vitor Belfort.
The Israel Defense Forces says that one rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel, and it was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
No injuries or damage have been reported in the attack.
The rocket was the second fired from Gaza in two days, following yesterday’s capture of Palestinian security prisoners who has escaped from a high-security prison on Monday.
Yesterday’s rocket fire was also intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The IDF responded overnight with strikes on terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi hails the cooperation between Israel’s security forces in the search for six fugitives who escaped Gilboa Prison, four of whom have been captured.
“The cooperation between organizations and professions is the key to finding the terrorists, as was proven in recent days. This is an event with regional implications, which radiates to other areas, and we are prepared for every scenario,” Kohavi says.
“Thousands of soldiers in the field, in headquarters, in intelligence units are trying to analyze and to catch the terrorists. We are doing everything needed with all of our strength, using our deepest technological, intelligence and special capabilities,” he says.
The IDF chief makes his remarks during a visit to the headquarters of the task force leading the search for the escaped prisoners.
“I praise the results to far, and we will continue in this effort until every terrorist who escaped is caught,” he says.
The Health Ministry announces that 9,725 people were diagnosed with coronavirus over the past day, with a positivity rate of 6.57 percent.
According to the figures, there are 696 patients hospitalized across the country, with 254 of them in critical condition, and 186 on respirators.
In total, 7,337 people have died since the beginning of the outbreak.
Eran Segal, a computational biologist from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a top adviser to the government’s coronavirus cabinet, says that Israel is seeing additional signs that it is successfully curbing the latest coronavirus outbreak.
Segal, speaking with Channel 12 news, says “we are seeing falling numbers in several key criteria,” noting that there were some 80 new serious cases in the last week, compared to over 100 the week before.
He says that Israel’s current R-number, the basic reproduction rate of the virus, is now 0.84.
“My careful estimate is that we will continue to see a curbing of the virus,” Segal says.
US President Joe Biden makes the second of his three September 11 stops, visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Biden placed a wreath at Memorial Plaza, home to the Wall of Names, where the names of the passengers and the crew from that flight are inscribed in marble.
The president and first lady Jill Biden then walked with relatives of the crash victims into the grassy field when the jet came to rest.
Biden made no public comments during his time at the memorial.
Biden arrived in Pennsylvania after joining former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and other dignitaries, as well as September 11 victims’ family members, at Saturday’s World Trade Center ceremony of remembrance in New York City.
Border Police troops arrest a Palestinian teen carrying a knife near Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs.
The suspect, 18, is a resident of the West Bank city, the Border Police says.
This is the second time within a week that someone has attempted to enter the holy site with a knife.
It was not immediately clear if the suspect was planning an attack. He was taken for further questioning.
Border Police troops arrest an 18 y/o Palestinian carrying a knife near Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs. pic.twitter.com/RPe2nVRiOy
— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) September 11, 2021
Family members of victims of the September 11 attacks gather for a flag-raising ceremony at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the attacks’ accused mastermind sitting in a prison cell not far away.
“On this naval installation, more than any other place in the world, we remember this every day,” base commander Captain Samuel White says at a chapel service for the attacks’ 20th anniversary after the flag ceremony.
Guantanamo is where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others have faced prosecution for the 2001 terror attacks in hearings that have gone on for nine years, and which are still in the pretrial phase.
Family members of Sean Canavan, a carpenter who also died in the towers, had traveled to Guantanamo to attend the hearings in the capital case against the five alleged plotters, and then stayed for the anniversary memorial events.
“The one thing that brings peace to my family is knowing that the men responsible for such pain are locked up here in Guantanamo Bay, and will never cause pain again,” his nephew, Liam Canavan, says at the memorial service.
Public Security Minister Omer Barlev says that security officials believe one of the two remaining escapees in the prison break from Gilboa Prison on Monday has made it to the West Bank.
“The estimation is that one has succeeded to get to the West Bank. The other one could be on either side of the Green Line,” Barlev says in an interview on Channel 12.
The two prisoners still on the run are Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat, who, like the four other fugitives who were captured by Israeli police last night, are from the area around the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
“We will catch them,” Barlev vows.
He says that a government commission of inquiry into the prison break that he has proposed will be okayed by the cabinet in the coming days.
“The failure must be investigated,” he says.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praises Israel’s security forces over the capture of four of the six Palestinian security prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison last week.
“High alertness must be maintained, and cooperation must continue until the operation is complete,” Bennett says according to a statement from his office.
In the predawn hours of Saturday morning, Bennett met with police and military officials for an assessment of the situation in northern Israel, an unusual step for the religiously observant premier to take on the Jewish Sabbath.
The prime minister adds that he wants to express his appreciation to the citizens who reported suspicious activity to the police, which led to the arrest of the four.
The four rearrested Palestinian security prisoners who fled Gilboa prison last week will be transferred to an Israel Prisons Service facility in southern Israel, Channel 12 news reports.
They will be held in solitary confinement for an extended period, while criminal proceedings against them for escaping from Gilboa Prison are advanced, the network says.
The rearrested prisoners are Zakaria Zubeidi, Yaqoub Qadiri, Mahmoud al-Arida and Mohammed al-Arida.
Iham Kamamji and Munadil Nafiyat are still at large.
Hundreds of Palestinians are clashing with Israel Defense Forces troops in several areas in the West Bank, amid tensions over the rearrest of four of the six prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison last week.
The clashes are reported in al-Aroub near Hebron, al-Bira near Ramallah, and Anabta near Tulkarm.
IDF troops are responding with riot control means.
— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) September 11, 2021
A Taliban official says that the group raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace in a brief ceremony today — the same day the US and the world mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The milestone anniversary takes place just weeks after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban, the faction that sheltered the al-Qaeda terror network founded by Osama bin Laden that carried out the attacks.
The Taliban’s new Prime Minister Mohammad Hasan Akhund raised the flag in a ceremony at 11 a.m. local time to mark the official start of work by the Taliban’s 33-member caretaker government, says Ahmadullahh Muttaqi, multimedia chief of the group’s cultural commission.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid sends a message of support to the US on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“The terrible murderous terror attack on the morning of September 11, 2001 changed the world. Twenty years after that terrible day, I would like to send a message to the American people and all who wish them harm,” he tweets.
“An attack on you is an attack on us. You are our closest and most important friends and allies in the world. Those who harm our friends, harm us.”
Three presidents and their wives stood somberly side by side earlier at the National September 11 Memorial, sharing a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the nation’s worst terror attack with a display of unity.
US Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton all gathered at the site where the World Trade Center towers fell two decades ago. They each wore blue ribbons and held their hands over their hearts as a procession marched a flag through the memorial, watched by hundreds of Americans gathered for the remembrance, some carrying photos of loved ones lost in the attacks.
Before the event began, a jet flew overhead in an eerie echo of the attacks, drawing a glance from Biden toward the sky. For much of the ceremony, he stood with his arms crossed and head bowed, listening while the names of the victims were read. At one point, the president wiped a tear from his eye.
Biden was a senator when hijackers commandeered four planes and executed the attack. Now he marks the 9/11 anniversary for the first time as commander in chief.
The president was spending Saturday paying his respects at the trio of sites where the planes crashed.
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s director-general plans to visit Iran on Sunday to try to defuse tension over what the nuclear watchdog says is Tehran’s lack of cooperation.
Rafael Grossi will meet the Iranian vice president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, the IAEA says.
Grossi is expected to hold a press conference on his return to Vienna airport at around 8:30 p.m. (18:30 GMT).
The visit comes after the agency issued a particularly harsh report earlier this week and ahead of a meeting of the IAEA board next week.
Major powers are losing patience, more than two months after the suspension of negotiations that had begun in April in Vienna under the aegis of the European Union to try to resurrect the international agreement of 2015.
The United States is close to abandoning its efforts, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Wednesday.
The Islamic Republic has been gradually freeing itself from its nuclear obligations since 2019, in response to Donald Trump’s reinstatement of US sanctions.
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