As Likud party primaries got under way on Sunday morning, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar said they must be postponed due to widespread reports of malfunctions at polling stations across the country. Sa'ar called the ongoing voting process “a farce.”
Israeli security forces arrested an East Jerusalem resident over suspicions he handed over intelligence concerning major sites in Israel's capital to Hezbollah agents, police revealed after a gag order was lifted on the case on Sunday.
Israeli spy satellites have spotted an Iranian ship being loaded with missiles that analysts say may be headed for Gaza, The Sunday Times reported. According to the report, the cargo may include Fajr-5 rockets and Shahab-3 ballistic missiles.
IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz said that the state of affairs along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip seems to be proceeding in a "positive" manner. Speaking following a visit to the border area on Sunday, he added that the army would still have to wait and see how the situation stands in the next few days.
A leading Islamic cleric in the Gaza Strip has ruled it a sin to violate the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls the Palestinian territory. The fatwa, or religious edict, issued by Suleiman al-Daya late Saturday accords a religious legitimacy to the truce and could justify any act by Gaza's government to enforce it.
Eight cars were vandalized in a the Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Sunday, in a suspected so-called "price tag" attack following Israel's recent military confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.
Likud MK Ze'ev Elkin reportedly told Israeli settlers on Saturday that there was no reason for Israel to launch a ground offensive in Gaza since the country should focus its efforts on the Iranian threat.
Although the cease-fire in Gaza went into effect on Wednesday evening, tourism industry observers say it could take a month or two, or even longer, for the tourist sector in Israel's south to recover from the hostilities. Efforts are now under way to return the flow of tourists in the south to its level before this month's Operation Pillar of Defense in the Gaza Strip.
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