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Tuesday, Aug. 30 '16, כ"ו באב תשע"ו



HEADLINES:
1. 'WHEN I HEARD OUR SOLDIER SHOOTING, I BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF'
2. 'EXCHANGING LIVE TERRORISTS FOR DEAD BODIES IS FORBIDDEN'
3. APPLE ORDERED TO PAY HUGE TAXES TO IRELAND.
4. 'THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT ISRAEL FACES COMES FROM WITHIN'
5. PEOPLE RESCUED FROM ELEVATORS DURING NATION-WIDE POWER OUTAGE
6. LIBERMAN BLASTS PLAN TO TURN OVER SCHOOL TO ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
7. SUPREME COURT RELAXES PUNISHMENT FOR ARAB ROCK-THROWERS
8. A VISIT TO ISRAEL'S GIANT SALT CAVE


1. 'WHEN I HEARD OUR SOLDIER SHOOTING, I BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF'
by Yoel Domb

The case of Elor Azariya, the soldier who shot a wounded terrorist in Hevron, continues today (Tuesday) at the military court in Yafo.

The defense team called Ashi Horovitz from Hevron, who was present at the scene of the incident, to the stand. He described the series of events:

"I thought the terrorists were dead until I heard the shouts of my comrades in the area's emergency response team shouting, 'careful, he's moving! It's a real possibility that he's wearing explosives, nobody get close to him, he can explode here on all of us!'" Horovitz related.

Horowitz, a resident of the Jewish community of Hevron who directs the tourism department in Hevron, is also a member of the emergency response team in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood.

"We arrive at incidents in Hevron first and hook up with IDF forces. I know about all the incidents occurring in the city. Almost on a daily basis, there are stabbings, shootings, kidnapping warnings, charges, stone-throwings," Horovitz testified.

He explained that "from our point of view, as long as the 'back to normal' directive has not been given, the incident is not over; there were numerous incidents in Hevron which developed in all sorts of ways."

"When I heard our soldier shooting, I breathed a sigh of relief. At least that threat was behind us now. The terrorist was wearing clothes which were totally unsuited to the weather."

Horowitz described what happened at the scene of the attack which culminated in Azariya shooting at the terrorist. "As the incident unfolded, Ofer Ohana's ambulance arrived first in order to evacuate the wounded soldier. After that the second ambulance of Elimelech Karzan arrived."

"There was shouting and confusion there.. there was a real concern that the incident was not over, that the terrorist had not been eliminated and was still moving. There were shouts and warnings which could be heard clearly and can be heard on the camera recordings. Our members of the emergency response team, who have a lot of experience in these situations, were warning the soldiers and civilians not to approach the terrorist. After that, I had my back turned to the incident.

"There were many soldiers in the vicinity of the terrorists. I was observing the evacuation of the wounded soldier." said Horovitz.

At this point Horowitz heard a gunshot. "I was concerned that the incident had become more complicated. I asked one of my friends what was going on, and they told me that one of the soldiers had eliminated the terrorist who was still moving. When I heard that it was our soldier who shot [and not the terrorist], I breathed a sigh of relief that the incident was over."

He maintains that the terrorist did not intend to escape alive from the site of the attack. "I start from an assumption that such a person would want to cause the maximum damage he possibly could. There was a definite will and intention on his part and it seemed to us very suspicious."
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2. 'EXCHANGING LIVE TERRORISTS FOR DEAD BODIES IS FORBIDDEN'
by Arutz Sheva Staff

In light of recent comments from Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman relating to the release of terrorists in exchange for bodies, "Machon Mishpatei Aretz," a legal research group that investigates the application of traditional Jewish law within the context of the modern Israeli legal system, called not to release terrorists in exchange for dead bodies, and cited leading rabbis who forbade such an exchange.

"Leading religious zionist rabbis - Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Chaim Druckman and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner - established years ago criteria for freeing prisoners. Within that framework, it was established that, despite the 'mitzvah' to bury the dead in a proper Jewish burial, it is forbidden to free live terrorists in exchange for dead bodies.

"This ruling not only reflects halachic [legal] sensitivity for grieving families, but for families that could potentially become grieving ones in the aftermath of freeing terrorists in exchange for dead bodies," the group said.

The declaration comes in the wake of private conversations leaked by Channel 10, in which Defense Minister Avigdor indicated that he would not free terrorists in exchange for the bodies of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

"By my estimation, the bodies of the soldiers will not be returned to Israel, I don't see it happening. I was also against the Shalit deal in the past, and I don't intend to cut a deal with Hamas in the future," the Defense Minister said, according to Channel 10.


3. APPLE ORDERED TO PAY HUGE TAXES TO IRELAND.
by Yoel Domb

EU antitrust regulators ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme which Apple had devised to route their profits through Ireland was illegal in that it caused the Irish government to give unfair preference to Apple at the expense of other companies.

The massive sum, which is some 40 times bigger than the previous known demand by the European Commission to any company, could eventually be reduced if other countries sought additional tax payments from Apple, a senior EU executive said.

Apple had tried to use a complicated tax structure in Ireland and Luxembourg in order to reduce the amount of tax they pay in other countries. According to European Commission statements, Apple paid a paltry tax rate on European profits of between 0.005 and 1 percent.

The Obama administration has staunchly defended Apple, accusing the European Commission of leading a campaign against American corporate success and suggested that it would be overstepping its authority by issuing a formal tax order. They maintained that reforms in corporate taxation need to be agreed upon internationally before being implemented.

Apple, as well as the Irish government, have announced that they will appeal the decision.


4. 'THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT ISRAEL FACES COMES FROM WITHIN'
by Arutz Sheva Staff

Former Director of the Mossad Tamir Pardo participated today (Tuesday) in an annual race commemorating fallen Druze fighters, and asserted that Israel does not face any external threat.

"Israel is not threatened externally; the existential threat Israel faces comes from the division within it," Pardo said according to Channel 10, and went on to criticize the government: "The problem with us is that our leadership is constantly in elections mode."

According to Pardo, the wider public is also at fault for the internal divide. "Responsibility for the rift rests not only on the leadership, but on the citizens, as well. Elections are disgusting, and things are said during elections that are meant to help the candidates," he explained.

Pardo also addressed policy relating to the Arab Palestinians, asserting that it is important to renew the diplomatic process with them. "Without at solution to the Palestinian issue, we will not be able to achieve true partnership with Arab countries," he said.


5. PEOPLE RESCUED FROM ELEVATORS DURING NATION-WIDE POWER OUTAGE
by Arutz Sheva Staff

Israel saw nation-wide power outages today (Tuesday) following malfunctions in the generators of the Electricity Authority.

The Authority announced that flow of electricity would be renewed shortly, and that already more than 95% of the electricity supply had been reinstated.

Citizens reported power outages in Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, Haifa, Petah Tikvah, Ashkelon, among other areas. The outages were apparently caused by malfunctions in the generators of the Rotenberg and Durad power plants in the area of Ashkelon.

In 8 different cases, firefighters and rescue teams in Petah Tikvah extricated people stuck in elevators as a result of the power outage.

The Electricity Authority stated that it is checking the circumstances surrounding the generator malfunctions.


6. LIBERMAN BLASTS PLAN TO TURN OVER SCHOOL TO ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
by Nitsan Keidar

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke at the recent cabinet meeting against the intended closure of the 'Shevach Mofet" high school in South Tel Aviv in order to use it for the children of illegal migrants.

Liberman addressed Education Minister Naftali Bennett and said; "The school in question is a flagship school in absorbing new immigrants and is now slated to be a school for illegal refugees."

At this point Ministers Akunis and Regev intervened and asked Liberman to correct his statement from "refugees" to migrants. Liberman corrected himself and said to the Education Minister "This represents a wrong set of priorities and I hope that you will intervene on this issue."

Prime Minister Netanyahu also referred to the issue, and said to the ministers "This is an interesting topic and we will discuss it during the next cabinet meeting".

Last week the Tel Aviv municipality announced that they intend to close the school and turn it into an institution for the children of migrants living in the area.

The school is considered to be an excellent educational facility with 100% of its students entitled to receive a matriculation certificate. According to related parties, there was never a proper discussion before a decision was taken on the subject. They said that they intend to maintain the format of the school even if the school is forced to move from its place.

MK Oded Porer, a member of Liberman's faction, wrote a letter to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and demanded to know whether the subject had been coordinated with the Education Ministry, and if other options had been raised.


7. SUPREME COURT RELAXES PUNISHMENT FOR ARAB ROCK-THROWERS
by Ido ben Porat

The Supreme Court eased the punishments today (Monday) of seven Arab youths indicted for three different incidents of rock-throwing at vehicles. In one of the incidents, a Jewish victim was injured by the rocks, and had to undergo medical treatment.

The decision of the judges was upheld, despite the law passed about a year ago, under the initiative of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), which sought to intensify the punishment for rock-throwing, decreeing that a rock-thrower could be punished with up to ten years in prison without the need to prove that the thrower had intended to injure others.

Initially, the punishments for the youths ranged from one to three years; after they appealed, their sentences were lowered to a range of two to nine months, with a mandatory compensation of 8,500 shekels ($2,242)

According to the indictment, the rock-throwing incidents occurred about a year ago. The youths threw rocks at Jewish passersby on Route 20, which connects between Pisgat Zeev and Route 443 in Jerusalem. In another incident, they injured a haredi man who had stopped on the side of the road to fix his car.

The Arabs appealed the sentence against them in the district court. Judge Uri Shoham accepted their appeal, ruling that the punishments were severe for minors, for most of whom this was their first criminal offense.

"We view the actions of the appellants with the utmost severity, especially since we're not talking about events which developed spontaneously, but which involved on-site planning, in the framework of which the appellants formed a plan for hurting Jews - because they were Jews," Judge Shoham wrote.

"Behavior of this kind, motivated by ideological concerns, meant to disrupt daily life in the state - needs a tough and deterring response in the form of tangible punishments. However, one cannot escape the fact that all the appellants were minors, aged 13.5 to 17, at the time the crimes were committed," Shoham noted.

"This court has stood, more than once, by the fact that, even in cases involving crimes committed for nationalistic reasons, a proper balance must be maintained when dealing with the punishment of a minor," the Judge explained with regard to the easing of the punishments.

Judges Neal Hendel and Tzvi Zilbertal also participated in the decision.



8. A VISIT TO ISRAEL'S GIANT SALT CAVE
by ILTV

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