In a surprising and sudden move, Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed an executive order to fire all of his advisors, effective immediately.
Abbas fired all of his advisors, on all levels and in every field of expertise. Among those fired are Mahmoud Al-Habash, advisor on religion, Majdi Al-Haldi advisor on foreign affairs, Ali Mahana, legislative advisor and Mamoun Swidan, advisor on sport and youth.
The order includes even those closest to Abbas – Haj Ismail Jabber, the commander of the PA’s National Security Force and advisor on security, and his personal assistant, Ahmed Abed Rahman.
The executive order also forced former ministers of the PA to return any funds they’d illegally obtained.
Shay Nitzan, Israel’s State Attorney has recommended that Aryeh Deri, Minister of the Interior, be charged with fraud, breach of trust, tax violations and obstruction of justice.
Nitzan’s recommendation has been passed on to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who will decide if to accept his recommendation and indict Dery. Mandelblit will not decide before the elections, due to the complicated nature of the case.
An IDF soldier suffered a heat stroke on Wednesday during training in the Negev.
He was evacuated to a hospital for treatment in moderate condition.
Israel’s Minister of Welfare Haim Katz will be charged with breach of trust.
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit notified Katz on Wednesday that he will be indicted for breach of trust, but not for bribery or other corruption charges for which he was previously investigated, media outlets reported.
Katz may be forced to resign from the government even before the September elections.
IDF forces on Monday captured an armed Arab who illegally infiltrated Israel.
The IDF stated that the suspect was arrested in the vicinity of the fence and that he was armed with a knife and was carrying two bullets. He was transferred for questioning.
These infiltration attempts happen several times a week, usually by Gazan Arabs seeking work in Israel. However, the Israeli forces treat each such incident as a potential terrorist attack.
Tensions on the Gazan border have been high in recent days following several infiltration attempts by terrorists that resulted in the death of six terrorists in three incidents. Two IDF troops were injured in the first incident, but none in the other two.