Jerusalem, 17 June, 2021 (TPS) -- An Arab terrorist was shot and seriously injured by IDF soldiers on Wednesday evening while apparently marching on the community of Evyatar in Samaria together with dozens of other Arabs.
The IDF stated that a troop securing the community identified dozens of Arabs approaching a force on a security mission in the area of the Givat Evyatar.
One of the Arabs ran towards the soldier and threw a suspect object at him, which exploded near him. In response, the solder initiated an arrest procedure that included firing into the air and firing at the suspect.
The terrorist was shot and injured.
Head of the emergency department at the Red Crescent in Shechem (Nablus) told the WAFA news agency that he was taken to a hospital with serious gunshot wounds to the head.
There were no Israeli casualties.
Jerusalem, 16 June, 2021 (TPS) -- A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was felt Tuesday night in the south of Israel.
No casualties or damage were reported.
The epicenter was 68 km northeast of Eilat at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Israel was shaken by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake originating from the Cyprus area in January. In December, the Eilat area was hit by a 3.8 tremor.
Israel is situated on the East African Rift, which runs through the Jordan Valley, on the border with Jordan, an area prone to earthquakes.
The last major earthquake to hit the region occurred in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 people and injured another 700.
Experts on the issue say that Israel experiences a devastating earthquake every 100 years and have warned that such a disastrous occurrence is just a question of time.
Jerusalem, 14 June, 2021 (TPS) -- Professor Hezi Levy, the Director General of the Ministry of Health, has signed an amendment to the Public Health Order that abolishes the obligation to wear a mask as of Tuesday, 15/06/21, except in the following cases:
1. Guests and employees who are not vaccinated or recovering in welfare institutions and health institutions for prolonged hospitalization and institutions for the elderly due to being in a high risk of becoming sick.
2. Those who need to be quarantined who are on their way to their quarantined area.
3. Those staying on a flight.
Additionally, detailed guidelines for health institutions will be distributed in a circular from the Ministry of Health to specify where and on whom to wear masks in contact with sick patients.
Jerusalem, 7 June, 2021 (TPS) -- Avi Har-Even, who was severely wounded last month when Muslim rioters threw a Molotov cocktail into the hotel he was staying out in Acco, died of his wounds Sunday night. He was 84 years old.
Har-Even, an Israeli Prize laureate and the former head of Israel’s Space Agency, was staying at the Afandi Hotel when it was attacked by Arab rioters who set the hotel on fire. He suffered from burns and smoke inhalation and was on life support since the attack and until his death.
His son is Rafael’s President and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even.
Professor Yitzchak Ben Israel, Chairman of the Israel Space Agency, stated that Har Even was “one of the first directors of the Israel Space Agency and laid the foundations for building Israel’s current space capabilities. His contribution is invaluable. This is a great loss to the State of Israel.”
Har-Even was the second Israeli to be killed by Arab rioters. Yigal Yehoshua was lynched by a Muslim mob in Lod and succumbed to his wounds a week after he was attacked.
Muslims conducted anti-Jewish riots throughout Israel for several days, as the IDF was waging war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in Operation Guardian of the Walls.
The violent anti-Jewish outbreak was apparently a display of solidarity with Hamas.
Jerusalem, 3 June, 2021 (TPS) -- President Joe Biden extended his “warm congratulations” to Isaac Herzog on his election to serve as the 11th President of the State of Israel on Wednesday.
“Throughout his career, President-elect Herzog has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to strengthening Israel’s security, advancing dialogue, and building bridges across the global Jewish community,” Biden’s statement said.
He expressed confidence that “under his presidency, the partnership between Israel and the United States will continue to grow and deepen.”
He also thanked President Reuven Rivlin for “his many years of service to the people of Israel.”
He looks forward to welcoming Rivlin to Washington in the weeks ahead to “honor his dedication to the enduring partnership and the close friendship between our two nations.”