(photo credit: MUSSA QAWASMA / REUTERS)
TIPH OUSTED Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at the end of January that he was ending the 22-year-old mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). The civilian observers from Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey monitored a 1997 deal handing over 80% of Hebron to the Palestinian Authority while keeping 20% under Israeli control. “We will not allow an international force to act against us,” Netanyahu said, blaming TIPH for enabling Palestinian attacks against Israelis. A PA spokesman slammed the move, saying it showed Israeli contempt for international agreements.JERUSALEM MURDER Ori Ansbacher, 19, was brutally murdered in Jerusalem’s Ein Yael forest on February 21, and was buried in her hometown of Tekoa the next day. Ansbacher served as a national service volunteer at the Ye’elim Youth Center in Ein Yael. Security forces arrested a 29-year-old Palestinian man from Hebron in an operation near Ramallah who confessed to carrying out the terrorist attack.
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