Israel News for February 28, 2017

Suspected Terrorist Shot
Soldiers at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem shot a 20 year old Palestinian woman they suspected of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. The woman approached them on a road meant for vehicles while holding an unidentified object in her hand. When the soldiers ordered her to stop she continued walking towards them while holding her bag in a way that raised their suspicion. When she was searched after being shot and lightly injured, no weapons were found in her possession.

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Evacuation Protests

Hundreds of protesters, mostly young men and women, have gathered in one of the nine houses in Ofra slated for demolition on Wednesday. The deputy commander of the Judea and Samaria Division of the Israel Police yesterday came to the junction where the nine homes are built and officially pronounced the evacuation order. Police then began physically evacuating people. Clashes between police and protesters began early today. Two protesters has been arrested for attacking police, and five police officers have been injured thus far. The Supreme Court had ordered the evacuation and demolition of the nine homes, ruling that they were built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.

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Trump and Settlements

PM Netanyahu told Likud MKs in a closed meeting on Monday that Israel and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump have not reached an agreement regarding settlement construction. He said, “Things are not as simple as you think.” The PM added, “We will develop a mechanism to try to reach understandings… [but] on this specific issue, there is no agreement.”

Several sources described a heated argument at the Likud Knesset meeting, between MKs who support Israeli annexation of the West Bank and those who seek a withdrawal from most of the occupied territories along with security arrangements.

The PM reportedly said that he agrees that Trump’s presidency is “historic,” but noted that “we should know what the limits of this opportunity are.”

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Azrieli Online

Azrieli Group Ltd., the large Israeli shopping mall operator, has launched an online shopping website at The website is offering free delivery and interest free installment payments to attract customers. This summer the BIG shopping mall operators will be launching their own commerce site. Competition is good for consumers!

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Good Stats

According to statistics recently released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, 89 percent of Israelis who are over the age of 20 claim to be satisfied with their lives. At the same time, 27% claimed to feel depressed occasionally (who doesn’t?) while 7% claimed to be depressed often. On the bright side, 88.4% of Israelis felt satisfaction from their jobs and 81% felt safe walking alone at night in their neighborhood.

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