Sunday Afternoon News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael

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10:50am: Red Alert sirens sounded in Sderot, W. Negev and Ashdod. Baruch Hashem, false alarm.

**A Ramat HaSharon building inspector was attacked during an inspection. The attacked was arrested in Petach Tikvah, allegedly for smashing the inspector over his head with a glass.

**Al-manar Hizbullah TV reports Israeli forces abducted a 17-y/o shepherd from S. Lebanon who is now being questioned in IDF installation.

**Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai on Sunday toured the Gush Dan area, including the city of Torah, Bnei Brak. The minister was escorted by the mayor, wishing to ascertain the level of preparedness in the event of war in Bnei Brak and the surrounding area.

**Beginning today, authorized ambulance transports with MDA will be paid via one’s kupat cholim HMO provider and not directly to the EMS service.

**Water Authority employees return to work after an approximately two-month strike.

**The government approved the recommendation of Education Minister Saar, appointing Rabbi Avraham Lifshitz to head the state’s dati education system. The cabinet and education board all approved the selection unanimously. The rav headed the ORT Emunah Ulpana for 30 years.

**Tzipi Livni, who heads the opposition, announced she supports the cabinet decision not to launch a state board of inquiry on the Goldstone Report.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)