Israel Briefs: Yom Kippur Terrorism in Jerusalem Prevented, Home of Ari Fuld Killer Raided, and More

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Yom Kippur Terrorism in Jerusalem Prevented

Police in Jerusalem stopped an attempted stabbing attack on Yom Kippur night, JNS.org reported.

A 26-year-old Arab man from the Palestinian village of Qalandiya, who was armed with a screwdriver, charged at a Jewish man near Old City’s Damascus Gate. After knocking the Jewish man down, the Arab man ran toward police officers.

The officers shot and killed the unnamed man, who was later found to be in Jerusalem illegally.

Five Arab suspects were arrested earlier in the day on the Temple Mount because they disrupted and intimidated Jewish worshippers arriving there for Yom Kippur. Police said those arrested are members of the Hamas-related Shabab al-Aqsa terror group.

Netanyahu Spokesperson Accused of Harassment Takes Leave of Absence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spokesman David Keyes, who is accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, said Sept. 13 that he would take a leave of absence to defend himself, JNS.org reported.

“In light of the false and misleading accusations against me, and in order not to distract from the important work of the prime minister, I have asked to take time off to clear my name,” he said in a statement. “I am fully confident that the truth will come out.”

The Times of Israel published an article that cited 12 women who “described a trend of inappropriate behavior by Keyes against themselves and other women in the United States in the years prior to him working for Netanyahu.” The online publication said two other women came forward with complaints about Keyes in Israel after the article was published.

Four Knesset members had asked Netanyahu to suspend Keyes.

Home of Ari Fuld Killer Raided, Destroyed

The home of Palestinian teen Khalil Jabarin was raided by Israeli troops on Sept. 17 after he allegedly stabbed well-known Israel advocate Ari Fuld to death a day earlier, JNS.org reported.

“IDF soldiers, working with forces from the Shin Bet security service and Border Police, mapped out the home of the terrorist who yesterday murdered Ari Fuld — may his memory be blessed — in the village of Yatta,” the army said in a statement.

No arrests were made, but as per Israeli policy to destroy the homes of terrorists who kill Israelis, the family home was prepared for demolition.

Nuclear Sites Being Reinforced

“Repeated and explicit threats” made by Iran and its proxies regarding potential attacks have prompted Israel to upgrade and reinforce its nuclear sites, JTA reported.

“These outrageous threats require Israel to take action and continue to protect and defend its nuclear facilities,” said Zeev Snir, the director-general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission during a Sept. 18 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency. “These facilities are constantly upgraded and reinforced, in line with IAEA safety guidelines, in order to withstand any attack.”

Snir said Israel has “repeatedly expressed its willingness to collaborate with all of its neighbors” on nuclear safety and security, but those neighbors have not reciprocated, with Iran calling for Israel’s destruction.

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