Jerusalem, 7 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to prosecute former Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi for forgery and fraud offenses.
He has further decided to drop the investigation against the Balad party, of which she was a member.
Zoabi was questioned together with some 35 other suspects, including senior officials in Balad, on suspicion of committing forgery and fraud offenses in party documents submitted to the State Comptroller, in two general and local elections in 2013.
The investigation was conducted by the National Fraud Unit Lahav 433 and by the Economic Department of the State Attorney’s Office and focused on reports submitted to the State Comptroller by the party regarding donations prior to the elections.
The investigation found that party officials raised cash donations without submitting the required paperwork as required by law. When asked by the State Comptroller’s Office, the forms were filled retroactively.
Zoabi is suspected of using a fake document, falsifying corporate documents, and money laundering.
Balad rejected the accusations when the investigation was announced and described the police’s probe as “a dangerous escalation of the political persecution of the Arab leadership.”
Jerusalem, 6 April, 2021 (TPS) -- IDF soldiers operating on the Benyamin area on Monday night were successful in thwarting an apparent attempt by an Arab terrorist to ram soldiers with his car.
The IDF stated the soldiers operating in the Arab village of Bir Naballah set up a checkpoint on a road to allow additional forces to operate in the area without vehicular traffic.
The troops at the checkpoint identified a vehicle stopping at the checkpoint and then suddenly accelerating towards another group of soldiers, in a way that endangered the lives of the fighters, the IDF said.
The soldiers responded by firing at the car to thwart the threat.
The Palestinian Authority official WAFA agency reported that the driver was killed, and his wife, who was with him in the car, was injured in the back and is in stable condition.
Local sources identified the terrorist as Usama Sidqi Mansour, 42.
There were no Israeli casualties.
Jerusalem, 4 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter to Pope Francis I for Easter on Friday, wishing him and Christians around the world his greetings for Easter.
Noting that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has “proved conclusively that the borders between countries are artificial, as the sickness does not differentiate between nations or between the followers of different religions,” he said that “this has reinforced our awareness of the importance of cooperation, of the values of brotherhood, humanity, mutual trust and help.”
He further noted his pride that the vaccination operation in Israel “reaches all the residents of our country, followers of all faiths and to members of all communities.”
He also pointed to Israel’s cooperation with “our neighbors in the region, the Palestinians and while we are emphasizing that our lives are shared together.”
In conclusion, he expressed hope he will have an opportunity to meet again with Francis to “reiterate my commitment to the connections of Israel and the Holy See to the freedom of religion in the Holy Land” before he leaves office in June.
Jerusalem, 31 March, 2021 (TPS) -- A new Coronavirus (COVID-19) variant has been discovered in Israel, the Health Ministry announced Tuesday.
The ministry’s Central Laboratory for Viruses published a study mapping the COVID-19 strains that exist in Israel since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020 until January.
An Israeli variant was listed among the various mutations. The strain is uncommon and has no clinical or epidemiological significance, is not related to or causes widespread infection, severe morbidity, or has an effect on vaccine efficacy.
The Israeli variant appeared in samples from July but is disappearing and the evidence for it is dwindling.
The British variant is the dominant one in Israel and appeared in over 90% of the sequenced cases in Israel in February 2021.
The improvement in Israel’s situation vis-à-vis the Coronavirus is attributed to its success to rapidly vaccinate its population.
Jerusalem, 29 March, 2021 (TPS) -- An Arab terrorist was apprehended by Israeli forces on Sunday after he attempted to ram them with his car.
The IDF stated that the terrorist accelerated toward a number of IDF soldiers at the Ein Mabuah Spring, hitting several vehicles on the way.
The suspect was captured and transferred for further questioning.
No Israeli injuries were recorded.