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Ministers Bennett, Shaked to Vote Against Turkey Reconciliation Deal

Habayit Hayehudi ministers say they will oppose the pact for its failure to guarantee the return of two soldiers' remains from Gaza and compensation paid to families of Turkish citizens killed in a 2010 maritime raid.

Two ministers of the far right Habayit Hayehudi said on Tuesday they will vote against a reconciliation agreement with Turkey that was announced on Monday, ending a six-year diplomatic crisis.
In a statement, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said he and party member Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, both members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet, would oppose the deal. Bennett said he had received an update on the agreement on Monday, and saw that there was no "substantial" undertaking on Turkey's part to help Israel win the return of two Israelis believed being held captive in Gaza or the remains of two soldiers killed in a 2014 war.
"The reconciliation with Turkey is an important Israeli interest but paying out compensation to the perpetrators of terrorism poses an unprecedented risk that Israel will later regret. As long as Turkey has control over Hamas it would be best for it to do all it can to ensure the return of [slain soldiers] Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul to Israel," Bennett's statement said.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is also expected to vote against the deal, sources in his Yisrael Beiteinu party have said on Monday.
Despite Bennett, Shaked and Lieberman's opposition, the agreement will likely be approved by the security cabinet in voting expected on Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a clear majority, with the backing of Likud, Kulanu and Shas ministers.

Barak Ravid
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.727510
Schermata 2016 06 28 alle 09.08.04

Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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