Thursday News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael



Hamas’ Khalid Meshal and Abu Mazen are holding talks towards creating a unity government.


A Jewish youth described by police as a “Hilltop Youth” from Beit El is in custody, suspected of spraying two Arab cabbies in the Talpiot area of Yerushalayim with pepper spray on Wednesday.


Free Pollard activists are calling for Jonathan Pollard’s release ahead of US President Barak Obama’s visit to Israel.


The Kinneret gained an additional 2.5cm in the past 24 hours, not measuring 1.73 meters below the upper line. Today’s level is the highest since the summer of 2005.


PM Netanyahu today meets with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and coalition negotiations continue.


An IDF Homefront Command exercise being held today in Kfar Maccabiah from 10:30-13:00.


Rambam Medical Center officials report they detected three preemies are carrying swine flu, stressing they are not sick with the illness, but are carrying it.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)