Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal's visit in Jordan last week reflects the shifting alliances taking place in the Middle East. Meshal received a royal welcome in the palace in Amman, where he dined with King Abdullah. Meshal presumably wants to move his headquarters from their temporary home in Qatar to Jordan. Neither Israel nor the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority are happy about the signs of a Hamas-Jordan rapprochement, each for its own reasons.
Hamas suspended voter registration in the Gaza Strip, in a setback to Palestinian plans for parliamentary and presidential elections and to forging unity with President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement. The Central Election Committee had urged Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to take part in voter registration, due to begin on Tuesday. Abbas was then expected to issue a decree setting a date for the long-delayed elections.
A leading rabbi in the Breslav Hassidic community has publicly called on the Israeli government to intervene in Syria, or at least demand that other countries intervene, to prevent the slaughter of children, “even if some of them will grow up to be terrorists.” In a gathering held at the Ramat Gan Stadium that attracted between 6,000-7,000 people, Berland discussed his radical religious vision, in which there are no boundaries or inhibitions.
The casket of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday at the age of 96, was placed at the Knesset on Monday, giving Israelis the opportunity to pay their final respects. The public will be able to pay their respect to the late prime minister at the Knesset Plaza, before he will be laid to rest at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem at 6 P.M. on Monday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed Israel would bridge a load of $100 million dollars that would be transferred to the Palestinian Authority to help prevent its financial collapse. However, the International Monetary Fund turned down the request, stating that granting a load to a non-state entity is aginst regulations. The initiative took shape during the IMF's annual conference, where Palestinian Prime Minister (and its former treasury minister) Salam Fayyad met the Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer.
Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv announced Monday that entry to the hospital will be denied to African migrants, unless if they are in need of hospitalization. The instructions were issued a week after a baby carrying tuberculosis was found in the hospital. The mother of the baby, a migrant from Eritrea who has active tuberculosis, is hospitalized at the Shmuel Harofeh Hospital in Be'er Yaakov.
One person was killed and five injured on Monday when a pipeline carrying hydrochloric acid exploded near Kibbutz Ein Yahav in southern Israel. The injured were evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. Four were in serious condition, while a soldier who was helping evacuate the injured was also lightly wounded.
According to a new Be'er Sheva bylaw, the first of its kind in Israel, makes it illegal to drink alcohol in public at night time. The law also bars a juvenile from drinking alcohol in public at any time of day if he is not with his family or with another consenting adult responsible for him.
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