Two Israeli Police Officers Killed in Temple Mount Attack

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14 Jul 2017 (All day)
Two Israeli Police Officers Killed in Temple Mount Attack
Security forces in Jerusalem were on high alert following a shooting attack near the Lions Gate on the Temple Mount in the Old City on Friday morning. Three terrorists opened fire, killing two police officers and wounding another before being shot dead themselves by responding police. “Today’s terrorist attack is a serious and severe event in which red lines were crossed,” Security Minister Gilad Erdan said. The three terrorists were later determined to be Arab citizens of Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack.

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin said “the cynical use of the Temple Mount as a sort of area of immunity for incitement and terrorism must stop. We aren’t happy to have to take action on the Temple Mount, but when we have to, we will. The fact that terrorists are using the Temple Mount starts from incitement. In the past, there were many disruptions of order, which stopped thanks to efforts by security forces and the Public Security Minister.”

Hezbollah Issues Dark Threats Against Israel
Leaders of the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah issued dark warnings to Israel this week to mark the 11th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War. The warnings came amidst reports in various media outlets suggesting Hezbollah has made serious upgrades to its offensive military capabilities in recent years. “We take everything seriously. We are certainly aware of the reports and we will do what needs to be done. This is a significant phenomenon and we cannot ignore it,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a recent briefing to journalists.

Canada Reverses Ban on Israeli Wines
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a directive this week that wines produced in whole or in part in the West Bank and labelled as “Products of Israel” may not be sold but retracted the directive almost immediately following a massive protest by Christian and Jewish supporters of Israel. ICEJ’s Canadian Director Donna Holbrook was heavily involved in the campaign to have the directive reversed and expressed satisfaction Friday that these efforts were effective.

US Officials Continue Meetings with Israel and the PA
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace team continued to hold talks with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials this week, with Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat telling the Voice of Palestine, an official PA radio station, on Wednesday that “We discussed the issue [settlements] for a long time and...they [the Americans] said they told Netanyahu that restricting settlement construction is necessary.” A Trump Administration official familiar with the talks flatly refuted Erekat, saying "That conversation never took place."

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