Wednesday Morning News Updates from Eretz Yisrael

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An Arab who was swinging a metal pipe ran towards IDF soldiers manning the Chawarah Checkpoint in Shomron late Tuesday night. He was shot and seriously wounded.

**Rock attacks against Jewish motorists near Kalkilye on Tuesday night. No injuries.

**IDF soldiers involved in counter-terror operations throughout Yehuda and Shomron on Tuesday night arrested six suspects.

**El Al Airlines reports a loss of $39 million in 2008.

**Kadima leader Tzipi Livni told Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) that she does not believe anyone from the party will be breaking away to independently join the forming coalition.

**Three of the five Golani Brigade battalion commanders are Shomer Shabbat. The third, being appointed today, is Lt.-Colonel Avinoam Stolovitz. See YWN report (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=32214) .

**Police report that five bombs and a handgun discovered in the Nachal I’ron (Wadi Ara) area in the north are related to criminal activities, not terror.

**Route 234 in the area of Tzeilim Bridge was closed due to flooding on Tuesday morning.

**Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Lebanese media that he does not have any information pertaining to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, which took place four years ago.

**For the first time since 2000, Givati Brigade soldiers are patrolling the border to Lebanon. The brigade has not been in the area since Israel unilaterally withdrew from the security zone in southern Lebanon.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)