Israel to deduct from Palestinian funds for arson damages

Palestinians have been launching kites rigged with incendiary devices into the Israeli border, causing fires that have torched agricultural fields such as this wheat field near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz. (AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018
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Israel to deduct from Palestinian funds for arson damages

  • Israel has been battling fires caused by kites rigged with incendiary devices launched by Palestinians in Gaza
  • Israeli Army Radio put the cost of damages at 5 million shekels ($1.4 million)

JERUSALEM: Israel says it plans to deduct from tax funds it collects for the Palestinians the amount needed to compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip who have come under a wave of arson attacks.
Israel has been battling fires caused by kites rigged with incendiary devices launched by Palestinians in Gaza that have damaged forests and torched agricultural fields. The fires have disrupted daily life in communities near the Gaza Strip.
The kites have been flown by Gazans who have staged weekly protests since late March during which more than 115 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire.
The statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Sunday didn’t disclose how much would be deducted. Israeli Army Radio put the cost of damages at 5 million shekels ($1.4 million).


Netanyahu says new Israel elections would be ‘irresponsible’

Updated 19 November 2018
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Netanyahu says new Israel elections would be ‘irresponsible’

  • Netanyahu issued the message on Monday moments before education minister is to announce where stay or leave coalition
  • Netanyahu says he will do whatever is needed to protect the country

JERUSALEM: Israel’s prime minister says it would be “irresponsible” to dissolve the government and call early elections.
Benjamin Netanyahu issued the message on Monday, moments before his education minister, Naftali Bennett, was to announce whether he’s pulling his Jewish Home Party out of the coalition.
If Bennett leaves, it would cause the government to collapse and trigger new elections.
Bennett has threatened to withdraw from the coalition to protest a cease-fire reached by Netanyahu last week with Hamas militants. Netanyahu’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, resigned in protest.
Bennett had demanded the defense portfolio as a condition for remaining in the government. But late Sunday, Netanyahu said he would take the job himself.
Netanyahu says he will do whatever is needed to protect the country, regardless of his coalition partners’ decision.