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Several injured in possible Jerusalem terror attack

800px-The_Jerusalem_Light_rail_on_Yaffo_st._-_October_26,_2011Several people were injured Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed into a light rail station in Jerusalem in a possible terrorist attack.

A suspect attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police, a police spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Israeli rescue service Magen David Adom said a 60-year-old woman and a 3-month-old baby were both very seriously injured, along with the suspect.

Another six people were also lightly and moderately wounded in the attack, he said. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Obama reportedly wants to cut Congress out of Iran deal

iran sanctionsThe Obama administration reportedly wants to cut Congress out of any nuclear deal with Iran – at least for the short-term — fearing they would lose if any measure to lift sanctions came to a vote.

Though the White House is pushing back on the claims, The New York Times reports that the Treasury Department already has examined the issue and determined President Obama has the authority to “suspend” most sanctions currently imposed on Iran without a vote by Congress.

It would take an act of Congress to permanently lift those sanctions. But the Times reports that Obama advisers have concluded they’d probably lose such a vote, even if Democrats hold the Senate in next month’s elections. Read more at FoxNew.com

Gaza shore ‘one big smuggling tunnel’

1280px-Gaza_CityAs the Gaza Strip’s authorized fishing zone grows, so shall the danger posed to Israeli gas processing platforms off the coast of Ashkelon as well as merchant ships docking in Ashdod, an Israeli Naval official tasked with safeguarding Israel’s maritime boundary with Gaza told Israel Radio on Saturday.

The expansion of the Gaza fishing zone from its current six-mile limit was one of Hamas’s key demands during the recent Gaza conflict. Israel said it would consider such a move as part of the ceasefire agreement with the terror group, though no actual change has been made so far.

While the officer, identified only as Lt. Col. ‘L,’ noted that most Gaza fishermen were not involved in terrorist activity, he stressed that terror operatives were continually using those fishermen’s freedoms to smuggle weapons and plan attacks. Read more at The Times of Israel.
 

Israel’s Proactive response to Ebola

ben gurionIsraeli officials conducted an Ebola identification training exercise Friday at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.

Officials and employees from the Population Immigration and Border Authority, airlines, the Magen David Adom emergency medical services, the Health Ministry and the police participated in the drill, aimed at identifying travelers who could potentially have contracted the virulent disease.

As part of the exercise, officials were challenged to identify potential patients when they positively answer routine questions about their health and travel. All three of the “patients” were indeed picked out. Read more at The Times of Israel.