A fuel tanker which slammed into a bridge at a busy intersection in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 10 people and injured at least 50 on Wednesday. Exploding into a ball of fire, it destroyed cars and smashed windows in buildings all around.Malkah Fleisher
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Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has not offered his resignation, but has presented instead a plan to the PLO leadership to form a more inclusive factional government, two PLO executive committee members in Ramallah told Ma’an Wednesday.
Ahmad Majdalani told Ma’an that Fayyad suggested forming a government including officials from every faction so as to evenly distribute responsibility before President Mahmoud Abbas returns to the UN in November.
Majdalani said the proposal was not met with applause during the most recent meeting.
Wasel Abu Yousef, another member of the executive committee, said Fayyad did not intend to resign, but “during the last meeting a few days ago there was discussion about forming a government of factions,” which would bring in more of the opposition.
Abu Yousef quoted Fayyad as saying that the Palestinian Authority is under pressure from a financial crisis that required a government of all factions.
Raya press reported Wednesday that Fayyad would discuss his resignation with Abbas soon. The president’s office denied that report.
Fayyad, who was replaced as finance minister in a government reshuffle in May, has indicated he would be willing to step down as premier if the electorate insisted.
Protests in September largely blamed Fayyad, a former economist, for a financial crisis resulting in part from the failure of foreign donor countries to meet pledges on time.Jewish Press News Briefs
Captain Ziv Shilon, who was taken to Soroka Medical Center in critical condition after being wounded by a Hamas bomb in the Kissufim area near Gaza on Tuesday regained consciousness on Wednesday, saluting his commander with the arm doctors are fighting to save.
When Southern Command Head Major General Tal Russo arrived at Shilon’s bedside following his return to consciousness, Shilon, who is still on a respirator, saluted with his right arm, which was mangled by the Hamas attack. Channel 10 news reported Russo was deeply moved, choking up at the gesture.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Shilon’s mother, Margalit, who told Israel’s leader that “I ask that he will prevail and live. I have cancer and cannot get out of bed, I ask you to see to it that he receives good treatment.”Malkah Fleisher
A purported ceasefire went into effect between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday at mighnight, apparently negotiated by Egyptian officials, putting an end to IDF strikes on terror installations in Gaza in exchange for a halting of rocket fire from terrorists.
The Israeli government did not confirm the announcement.
Over 80 missiles were fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza on civilians in southern Israel on Wednesday. Three foreign workers and two Israelis were injured, and eight houses suffered damage.
IDF retaliation resulted in the deaths of three terrorist operatives from Gaza who were in the process of launching further attacks on Israel.
According to reports on Army Radio, the ceasefire was initiated by Hamas, who made its interest in making an agreements known through Egyptian intermediaries. Sources in the capital city of Jerusalem said they believe Hamas initiated contact due to severe Israeli damage inflicted on their terror centers.
The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha begins on Friday.
In August 2005, opponents of the forced withdrawal of Jewish residents from the Gaza communities of Gush Katif warned that Gaza would become a hotbed of terrorism if Israel relinquished sovereignty on the area. Since then, over 8,000 rockets have been launched against civilian targets in Israel.Malkah Fleisher
Three foreign workers were badly injured by Hamas and Popular Resistance Committee rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel on Wednesday morning.
The men, two of whom are in critical condition, were hurt when a chicken coop they were working in was attacked by missiles.
Seven houses also suffered direct hits as a result of the missile attack. Dozens of rockets were fired on the Eshkol, Shaar Hanegev, and Hof Ashkelon regional councils. In those attacks, one women was lightly injured running for cover and several Israelis were treated for shock. School has been cancelled in the areas, with citizens urged to remain close to bomb shelters.
Seven rockets were also intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which were aimed at the metropolis of Ashkelon.
Israeli air and ground troops responded to the attacks, with Hamas leaders urging members to evacuate bases for fear of Israeli reprisals. Fighter planes launched against three targets in northern Gaza, killing three Hamas terrorists – one in Beit Lahia who was preparing to launch another rocket and two more in another area planning to do the same. IDF tanks also fired against rocket-launching targets.
In an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday morning, IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai assured citizens “if things in the south seem dreary, I promise you that it is worse in Gaza”.
Reports indicate that Gaza terrorists now possess launchers which can fire several missiles at once.
Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian terrorists detonated bomb in the Kissufim region on the Israel-Gaza border, seriously injuring an IDF company commander. The soldier was taken to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba in serious condition.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to that attack at the beginning of a meeting with visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, saying “Iran supported Hizbullah’s terror attacks in Bulgaria, Iran is supporting terror attacks now against us in Gaza,” and promising “we will fight and we will hit them very, very hard – very hard.”Malkah Fleisher
In a rare instance of breaking step with the Arab world, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) caused the organization to defer condemning Israel in a series of votes on Wednesday.
Five resolutions proposed by the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and Syria were scuttled by Russia, which presented a plan to delay the resolutions for 6 months in order to send a UN fact-finding team. The plan passed, with France the only European country to vote against.
The resolutions accuse Israel of trying to change the character of Jerusalem by conducting archaeological digs without the approval of former occupying country Jordan, allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, allowing Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, neglecting education in Gaza, and alleged mistreatment of the Druze residents of the Golan.
UNESCO considers the entire Old City of Jerusalem and its surrounding walls as a world heritage site.Malkah Fleisher
Shaul Mofaz, head of the Kadima party, attacked Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday for his plan to try to legally pass the Levy Report (on the Israeli Territories). Mofaz says he plans to go to the State Attorney’s office to try to block it.
According to Mofaz, Netanyahu is trying to adopt it because of his fear of the Feiglinites (Moshe Feiglin supporters in the Likud).
Mofaz continued to say that passing the report is not in the interest of the Zionism, and will lead to the destruction of the Jewish majority in Israel and the isolation of Israel in the world.Jewish Press News Briefs