Turkey’s chief prosecutor is expected to charge retired Israeli defense officials, including former army chief Gabi Ashkenazi, for their involvement in the 2010 Israel Defense Force's raid of the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a Turkish newspaper reported Wednesday. The report indicated Turkey intends to charge the former officials for ordering to intentionally kill, wound and abduct Turkish activists, as well as encourage their torture and loot their belongings.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed a Knesset vote on a bill geared at sanctioning illegal West Bank outposts on Wednesday, in an effort to reach a legal arrangement that would evade the need to demolish illegally built homes. The move came as Netanyahu continues to seek ways to avoid the forced evacuation of homes in the Beit-El neighborhood of Ulpana Hill, after the High Court of Justice ruled that the state had to demolish those structures by July 1.
Representatives of world powers participating in P5+1 talks arrived in Baghdad ahead of a new round of Iran nuclear negotiations. The newest round of negotiations comes following an announcement made by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Tuesday that the United Nations nuclear watchdog had reached an agreement with Iran on probing suspected work on atomic weapons.
More on Iran: the country's ambassador to the UN wrote Google co-founder Larry Paige on Wednesday that the firm's refusal to name the Persian Golf on its map service undermines its credibility in the world. The letter came a week after Iran warned Tehran would sue the internet giant if Google will not restore the gulf its Persian name.
The Israel Land Administration overturned a decision made by a Kibbutz admissions committee denying residence of a social activist. The admissions committee decided to reject the couple’s application claiming that they are not attuned for community life. The couple petitioned the High Court of Justice against the “admissions committee law,” which allows small communities to screen prospective residents.
Dozens of south Tel Aviv residents and right-wing activists staged a demonstration on Tuesday against the presence of illegal foreign migrants in their neighborhoods and against aid organizations for migrants. The march was organized by Knesset member Michael Ben Ari of the National Union party, along with far-right activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel. Organizers said the existence of assistance groups encouraged migrants to cross into Israel.
In Brooklyn, a man was sentenced to 20 years to life for sexually abusing children in his Orthodox Jewish community. Michael Sabo, a 38-year-old father of four, confessed to sexually abusing two children. Many families refused to come forward because of the “intimidation they thought they would endure as part of the Orthodox Jewish community,” prosecutor Kevin O’Donnell told the New York Daily News.
Archaeological excavations at the City of David in Jerusalem uncovered a piece of clay bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem in ancient Hebrew script. The piece dates back to the First Temple period (1006 - 586 BCE), making it the first tangible evidence of existence of the city of Bethlehem in ancient times.
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