Terrorist killed in car-bombing
Disaster was averted Thursday night when an explosives-laden car exploded outside the gas station in front of the Kedumim settlement in the West Bank.
The terrorist in the car was killed. No one else was hurt. The car blew up while it stood next to an Israeli vehicle. Security forces and rescue teams were on their way to the scene. â€¢ Yaakov Katz
Double voting allegations probed
Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinish, chairwoman of the Central Elections Committee, asked Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz on Thursday to order a criminal investigation into alleged double voting at six polling stations. The stations were in Peki'in, Taiba, Hura and three in Kfar Kasim.
According to the suspicions, some eligible voters voted in their home polling station and also in special polling stations where they deposited their ballots in double envelops. The investigation is unlikely to alter the final results of the election because it involves only 170 voters, CEC spokesman Giora Pordes said. â€¢ Dan Izenberg
Ben-Ari extradited to Israel
In an extraordinarily fast extradition process, convicted money-launderer Zvi Ben-Ari (Gregory Lerner) was flown to Israel on Thursday from Paraguay, where he had been arrested earlier this week at the request of the Israel Police.
Ben-Ari fled the country two weeks ago after he was found guilty in late February of cheating two businessmen of $1.03 million and then laundering the money.
When they discovered he had disappeared, the police put out an international warrant for his arrest and traced him to Asunci n, the capital of Paraguay, where he was arrested. â€¢ Yigal Grayeff
AIPAC trial postponed to May
WASHINGTON - The trial of two former AIPAC lobbyists accused of communicating information relating to national security has been pushed back a month and is now set to begin on May 23. The decision was made due to the lengthy hearings on pre-trial motions.
The defense has filed motions asking the court to dismiss the case, saying there was no precedent for putting civilians on trial for receiving and disclosing oral classified information, without any document being involved.
The main subject of the prolonged hearings has been to determine what part of the classified information entered as evidence will be available to the defense. The final hearing on this issue is set for late April. â€¢ Nathan Guttman
MPs to probe Gaza woman's death
IDF Judge Advocate-General Brig.-Gen. Avi Mandelblit has ordered the Military Police to investigate the February 13 killing of a Palestinian woman near the Gaza Strip security fence in.
Naifa Muhammad Abu Masoud, 25, was shot dead by troops near the Kissufim crossing. â€¢ Yaakov Katz
70th birthday of Hebrew radio marked
Israel Radio on Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of the first Hebrew broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service, which later became the Voice of Jerusalem and subsequently the Voice of Israel.
The anniversary broadcast was transmitted live from the former Palace Hotel in Jerusalem, which was the original site of the radio station.
Participating in the broadcast were President Moshe Katsav, Foreign Affairs, Immigration Absorption and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, whose duties include responsibility for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and British Consul-General and deputy head of the British Embassy Janet Rogan.
â€¢ Greer Fay Cashman
Man confesses to second murder
A man who was arrested two weeks ago for murdering a prostitute in Tel Aviv has confessed to the killing of another woman, police said on Thursday.
Ze'ev Biso, 50, was picked up on March 16 in connection with the death of Yardena Marsh, 46, a day earlier, and during his interrogation he said he also strangled to death Zehava Sa'ado, 39, last year.â€¢ Yigal Grayeff