News in Brief

Three killed in car accidents in the north

Three people were killed in two car accidents in the north yesterday, and a baby was seriously injured in a third. The first accident occurred at about 10 A.M. on Route 71, when a truck hit a car in the opposite lane head-on while swerving left to avoid hitting the car in front of it. Two residents of Beit She'an were killed, a 75-year-old woman and her 30-year-old grandson. At 4 P.M., a motorcyclist was killed when a truck ran into him at the entrance to the Tiberias industrial zone. The third accident, another head-on collision, occurred at 11 A.M. at the Tzippori Junction on Route 79. A 2-month-old baby was seriously injured; two other people were lightly injured. (Eli Ashkenazi )

Lapid calls Pollard, vows to campaign for his freedom

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid spoke by phone yesterday with Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in the United States for having spied on America on Israel's behalf. Lapid, who made the call during a meeting with Pollard's wife, Esther, in Jerusalem, said he planned to campaign to get Pollard freed. "Pollard is despairing and broken because no one is willing to take up the gauntlet on his behalf," Lapid told members of his Knesset faction afterward. "We'll pick up the gauntlet." Pollard, who has thus far spent 28 years in jail, is in deteriorating health and has been hospitalized twice in the last year. (Jonathan Lis )