Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis

A man walks past the remains of the house of Palestinian assailant Nemr Al-Jamal after it was destroyed by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Beit Surik near Jerusalem Nov. 15, 2017. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
Updated 15 November 2017
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Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it has demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian who shot and killed three Israeli security men in September.
The military says Israeli forces knocked down the family home of Nimr Jamal on Wednesday.
Jamal killed the three Israelis and critically wounded a fourth outside the West Bank settlement of Har Adar before he was shot dead. He came from the nearby village of Beit Surik and had worked for years in the settlement, where he was known as a conscientious worker who earned the trust of local residents.
Israel demolishes the homes of Palestinian attackers as a deterrent measure, but Palestinians consider the policy collective punishment. Israel has also canceled the entry permits of several of Jamal’s relatives in response to the attack.


PM Hariri: Still working to form Lebanese government

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PM Hariri: Still working to form Lebanese government

BEIRUT: Efforts to form a new Lebanese government after months of negotiation remain “on their way to a solution,” prime minister designate Saad Hariri said on Monday.
Last week President Michel Aoun said a government would be formed “very soon” and a government source said it would be agreed during the weekend, but press reports on Monday cited senior politicians saying problems persisted.
Parties have been jostling since May’s parliament election over ministerial positions in a new national unity government, but the political uncertainty has contributed to fears that Lebanon faces a looming economic crisis.
“Contacts continue to form a government and the issue is not impossible, as some are trying to suggest,” Hariri said in televised comments to reporters.
Lebanon has one of the world’s most indebted governments, owing about 150 percent of gross domestic product, and the International Monetary Fund warned early this year that Beirut must urgently undertake fiscal reforms.
President Aoun said in a Twitter post on Monday that circumstances required a rapid formation of the government.