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• Footage shows driver accelerate to strike police officer at roadblock
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A driver smashes into a police officer at a roadblock in Nazareth Illit, lightly wounding him; the driver flees, but police located the car and arrest all four of the occupants, Nazareth residents aged 18–20.
• CIA documents reveal immediate lead-up to Yom Kippur War
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The morning of the coordinated attack on Israel, US assessments flipped from presuming war was not on the horizon to frantic attempts to prevent Syria and Egypt from attacking the Jewish state, which was warned off any preemptive strike.
• Relative claims shot terrorist was mentally ill, not dangerous
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The shooter, a naturalized 45-year-old Israeli, was born in Tulkarm; a relative says that he would never hurt anyone and wants to know why the IDF shot him, despite the video of the incident.
• Justice minister to propose bill to limit PM's term and defer indictments
צילום: אוהד צויגנברג
Ayelet Shaked is to submit a bill to limit a PM's term to eight consecutive years and freeze indictments for certain white collar crimes until his term's completion; the bill would only take place after Netanyahu leaves office.
• Attorney general: It's my duty to deal with the prime minister's investigations
צילום: בראל אפרים
Speaking to a legal conference, Avichai Mandelblit insists that, as long as he holds his position, it is incumbent upon him to deal with the investigations into Benjamin Netanyahu, working both swiftly and effectively.
• Netanyahus reportedly insisted on expensive gifts from Milchan
צילום: עמית שאבי
According to Haaretz, the Israeli billionaire gave evidence that claims that the prime minister and his wife insisted on his sending them hundreds of thousands of shekels' worth of cigars and champagne and used code words.
• Palestinians rescue 3 armed IDF soldiers and civilian from Palestinian village
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Three soldiers and one Israeli civilian manage to evade a potential harm after they arrive at the Palestinian village of Qusra in the West Bank and began shooting in the air during an altercation with locals; they were extracted by the head of the local council and a local activist; the reason for their being there is still investigated by the IDF.
• IDF Chief of Staff Eisenkot underwent surgery to remove cancerous growth
צילום: גיל יוחנן
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot was admitted to Belinson Hospital in Petah Tikva's Department of Urology on Thursday, for a scheduled operation to remove a cancerous growth; The operation was deemed a success, and he is currently in recovery.
• Cher, De Niro, Baldwin lead New York rally against Trump
צילום: AFP
Watch: A list of socially conscious Hollywood A-Listers speak at an anti-Trump rally in New York on Friday, as celebrations for the inauguration are under way in Washington, DC; 'We are the majority. Don't give up. I won't give up,' promises filmmaker Michael Moore.
• Hugo Boss model leaves it all behind to enlist in IDF
Photo: Carlos Yelez
31-year-old James Hirshfield doesn't care that the army told him he was too old or that his family told him he was giving up a successful career: He's starting his service as 'the best soldier I can be' in April, and he loves it here.
• Unique book for auction on Israel's 50s' spy ring in Egypt
באדיבות בית המכירות הפומביות ווינרס
63 years after the Lavon Affair, a book is being made public that presents the Egyptian perspective on events; a former NSC head judges the book to probably have been made as Egyptian propaganda to paint Israel as a terrorist state, but considers the confessions it contains by Israelis to be authentic, if probably coerced.
• How Jabel Mukaber became a terror incubator
צילום: עמית שאבי
Fadi Qunbar, who murdered an IDF officer and three cadets in the East Talpiot vehicular attack, lived not far from the two cousins who murdered five worshippers and a policeman at a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014. As the villages annexed to Jerusalem in 1967 produce more and more terrorists, there is a growing demand to separate them from the city. But according to local resident Mahmoud Awisat, the solution begins with providing basic services to the neglected neighborhoods.
• Serving faithfully: US religious girls in the Israeli army
צילום: יאיר שגיא
Every year, hundreds of young Jewish American women choose to leave the Orthodox homes they grew up in and make aliyah in order to defend the State of Israel. ‘It’s a great mitzvah and an honor to serve in the IDF as a religious soldier,’ one explains; ‘I wanted to be part of the huge power defending Israel,’ says another.
• Report ignored by state could grant Darfur refugees legal status in Israel
צילום: רויטרס
A legal opinion issued two years ago stating that any former Darfur resident from a non-Arab tribe is automatically entitled to political asylum in Israel has allegedly been concealed from the courts by the Population and Immigration Authority. Now that the recommendation has been revealed, it can be used by thousands of Darfur refugees to try to gain legal recognition.
• IDF interviews newest female fighter pilot
צילום: דובר צה"ל
Lt. Shahar, who became the fourth female fighter pilot in Israeli Air Force history last week, gives an interview on the IDF's new website; she explains that she was not a stereotypical overachiever and that piloting was her first true niche; 'There are a lot of women who have the potential to join the piloting world, but they don't know it.'
• Turkish assembly passes polemic bill to boost Erdoan's powers
Photo: AP
The bill could pave way for a referendum that would see Erdoan in power until 2029, transforming the largely ceremonial presidential position to one with the ability to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and state officials and dissolve parliament; supporters say foreign and domestic threats require the change, while opponents say it erodes balance in distribution of powers.
• Report: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 caught
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The suspect, who has been identified by the media as Abdulkadir Masharipov, and who is believed to have murdered 39 in a New Year's attack, was captured in Istanbul while with his 4-year-old daughter; local television station says he resisted arrest.
• Gaza power crisis eases as Qatar donates $12 mln to buy fuel
צילום: רויטרס
The financial injection will serve to temporarily mollify widespread anger that has gripped the strip over severe electrical shortages which have ensued as a result of a political feud between Hamas and the PA.
• Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time
צילום: EPA
International investigators say they suspect the president and his brother for using chemical weapons in the conflict ravaging their country; US sanctions Syrian officials; Russia says evidence is insufficient.
• Palestinian President meets with Pope, opens Palestinian Embassy to the Vatican
צילום: רויטרס
In an effort to garner support against the move of the US Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, Mahmoud Abbas met the Pope to elicit his support to block the move; Abbas says move undercuts Christian, Muslim claims to city.

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