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Schalit envoy’s tenure extended
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu extended the
tenure of Hagai Hadas, his special envoy to negotiations on the release of
captive IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit until June 2011.
former senior Mossad official, was appointed Netanyahu’s special envoy to
Egyptian brokered talks with Hamas in May 2009.
The previous envoy, Ofer
Dekel, volunteered for the role when Ehud Olmert was prime minister. Netanyahu,
however, decided that Hadas would work for the state under a contract.
the statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu said the
efforts to free Schalit have been nonstop, even if they are not always reported
in the press.
• Jerusalem Post staff Israel Philharmonic to play for
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in cooperation with the Campaign to
Free Gilad Schalit and local authorities, will be giving a concert titled
“Anguished Cry to the World for Help” conducted by Zubin Mehta near Kibbutz Kfar
Aza opposite the Gaza Strip next Monday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m.
“The aim of this concert will be
to draw the attention of the world to the plight of Gilad Schalit, to the urgent
need to receive information about his condition and to secure visits to him at
his place of captivity somewhere in the Gaza Strip,” the organizers said in a
statement ahead of the fourth anniversary this week of Schalit’s
They said the concert will be secured by the IDF and the police.
Traffic will be directed by the security forces from Sderot to parking areas
near the concert venue.
• Jerusalem Post staff 2 Palestinians hurt on
Two Palestinians who approached the Gaza Strip security fence on
Saturday were shot and wounded by soldiers, the IDF said. An IDF spokesman said
the soldiers fired warning shots in the air when they entered the no-go zone
adjacent to the fence. Gaza medical services said three men sustained moderate
wounds in the incident, near the northern Gaza border town of Beit
• Jerusalem Post staff Palestinian sewage plant to be built
Palestinian Authority prime minister has laid the cornerstone for a $50 million
sewage treatment plant. The German-funded plant is the West Bank’s second and
will treat three million cubic meters of waste water a year.
Some of the
treated water will be used by farmers to help ease a growing water shortage in
the West Bank.
Israel also benefits from the project as the untreated
sewage currently flows toward its land. The project was initially approved by
Israel in 2001, but was held up during years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.
The cornerstone was laid Saturday by Salam Fayyad and visiting German
development minister Dirk Niebel.
•AP Three wounded in Holon street fight
men were stabbed and a third was struck on the head by a chair in a brawl which
broke out in Holon on Friday night. A 25-year-old man, who was hit by the chair,
was in serious condition at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, while two men in
their 40s were hospitalized in light condition with multiple stab wounds,
Police received a report of a street fight between two
groups over a minor disagreement on Friday afternoon.
investigating the incident.
•Yaakov LappinSewage plan for IDF bases approved
The government has approved the plan to connect the last 150 IDF bases
treatment systems, the Environmental Protection Ministry announced
The joint proposal from the environmental protection and
national infrastructures ministries has been tied up for months over
disagreements on funding for the project.
The decision that passed
concluded that the Defense Ministry and the Environmental Protection
would share the NIS 400 million cost over five years, with the Defense
contributing the lion’s share.
The lack of proper sewerage for IDF bases
represents a threat to ground and water, Environmental Protection
• Ehud Zion Waldoks