Thursday News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael


10:00: Three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel after midnight. There were no reports of injuries.

11:12: Minister of Homefront Defense Avi Dichter told Israel Radio Operation Pillar of Defense was a major victory. “If the operation was on the stock exchange, the stock would have gone up tens of percentage points due to the overwhelming success”.

** Eight Arab residents of Akko were arrested in connection with rock-throwing attacks earlier in the week related to their anger over Operation Pillar of Defense.

11:28: An Arab female is in custody after trying to stab a border policeman in the eastern capital. The attack occurred on Sultan Suleiman Street. The soldier, the intended target, was lightly scratched by the knife as he subdued the attacker.

12:10: Lebanese security officials report neutralizing a rocket in southern Lebanon that was pointed at Israel. This marks the second such incident in less than a week.

13:18: Hundreds of Arabs held a stormy protest outside the Jerusalem Old City police station. They hurled rocks at the building and police personnel. Police used riot control adjuncts to restore order. Seven arrests were reported.

** The Ministry of Education is making additional resources available to students from southern Israel to assist them in preparing in time for the upcoming winter bagrut matriculation exams.

** The Kerem Shalom Crossing to Gaza has been opened to permit delivery of goods into Gaza.

** Celebrations taking place throughout Gaza over the “victory” in the warfare against Israel.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)