The News From Israel
Shin Bet: They've Got Mail
Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.
"It doesn't look good on camera."--Senior IDF officer tells Maariv why Israel has decided to stop supplying itself with white phosphorous bombs.
- Syria says it would not use chemical arms, 'even against Israel' - Comments by Information Minister come a day after Israeli intelligence officer said Assad regime used chemical weapons against rebels; Hagel: We must not rush to conclusion on WMDs. (Agencies, Haaretz)
- Shin Bet can continue to access tourists' emails upon arrival at Ben-Gurion, AG says - Responding to petition filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein chooses not to interfere with security procedure, stating it's 'performed only in exceptional instances, after other relevant incriminating indications are found.' (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
- IDF rabbinate removes controversial 'Laws of Mezuzah' booklet from website - The pamphlet included a section stating that non-Jews are not equal to Jews in Israel. (Haaretz+)
- Olmert announces: I will run for prime minister in next Israeli election - At a fundraising event in London two weeks ago, the former prime minister, who was forced to resign in 2008 for corruption charges, stated his intention to give it another go in four years. (Haaretz+)
- Deputy Finance Minister calls ultra-Orthodox 'parasites' on the air, and immediately apologizes - Micky Levy of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party was discussing the issue of ultra-Orthodox joining the military and serving in the workforce. He quickly said he was sorry for using such a derogatory term. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- Cross spray-painted on Kiryat Malachi synagogue - Worshippers arriving for morning service find words 'Jehovah is a son of a bitch' written near shul's entrance. (Ynet)
- For Palestinian prisoners in Israel, hunger strikes become a winning strategy - Samer Issawi's successful hunger strike has not only gained him an early release but has put the plight of Palestinians in Israeli prisons back in the headlines. (Haaretz)
- Palestinian convicted of murdering Asher Palmer and son receives 98 year prison sentence - Waal al-Arja was found guilty of hurling stones at Palmer’s car, striking Palmer, 25, in the face, and causing him to lose control of his vehicle in September 2011. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
For the full News from Israel.