An Israeli girl is in serious condition following an attack in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown into her family’s car Thursday evening, hours before a terrorist in Jerusalem stabbed and wounded two Israeli police officers. IDF forces on Friday arrested a dozen Palestinians in connection with the attack, which left 11-year-old Ayala Shapira, whose mother had escaped a similar attack a month earlier, with third-degree burns over more than a third of her body, and hospitalized her father. The Jerusalem attack occurred Friday near the city’s Temple Mount area, when a Palestinian assailant stabbed one policeman in the neck and another in the arm. Israel had in November lifted age restrictions on Muslim worshippers in the Temple Mount complex, which had been put in place after an uptick in violence begun weeks earlier. The Palestinian Authority has for months been accused of inciting violence, and a wave of attacks against Israelis – including several “hit-and-run” incidents, an attack in which an Israeli man was shot point-blank in the chest, and a massacre that saw two armed Palestinians enter a synagogue, killing four rabbis and a Druze responder – has largely been attributed to incitement by leading Palestinian officials, who in recent months have praised Palestinian terrorists who have carried out attacks and encouraged violence against Jews and Israelis. The Thursday and Friday attacks come days after Israeli media reported the arrest of more than half a dozen Palestinians on charges of incitement. The arrests reportedly occurred earlier in December and were described by Ynet as part of the “biggest operation yet aimed at halting incitement to violence on social networks.”
A reciprocal purchasing agreement worth $550 million was recently signed between the Industrial Cooperation Authority at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Intel Corporation, bringing the scope of the chip manufacturer’s investments in Israel to over $6 billion since 2006. The new agreement which runs through 2020, is the fourth of its kind and follows Intel’s decision to upgrade its Fab 28 facility in Kiryat Gat. “This new reciprocal purchasing relationship is expected to have a significant economic impact on hundreds of small and medium-sized suppliers in Israel. A reciprocal purchasing agreement is a platform leveraging public-sector spending for the benefit of the Israeli economy, both to cultivate local suppliers to compete both locally and internationally, and to brand Israel as an attractive destination for foreign investments. This agreement will create thousands of jobs and reinforce Israel’s standing as a world-leader in technology,” said Ziva Eger, newly appointed Director of the Division for Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation at the Israeli Ministry of Economy. Eger added that cooperation with Intel is a model of reciprocal purchasing agreements for the benefit for both parties in a wide variety of fields, ranging from scientific education to professional training to opening international markets for Israeli manufacturers. “The agreement signed today between the Industrial Cooperation Authority and Intel is another expression of Intel’s contribution by way of its purchase of equipment, new technologies and Israeli products developed together with Intel,” said CEO of Intel Israel Maxine Fassberg.(via Israel21c)
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