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The Israel Prisons Service said Abu Hamdiyeh had been diagnosed in February
A spokesman for Netanyahu said the decision was to take effect “immediately”.
“I am determined to drive the Israeli army… and the security forces to new heights in facing the challenges of the future,” Yaalon wrote on his Facebook page after his nomination.
Some reports suggested the man now identified as Ben Zygier may have been a loose-lipped braggart with psychological problems
Observers say Israeli settlement there would effectively prevent the future establishment of a contiguous Palestinian state, dooming the two-state solution
Reports of an Egypt-mediated ceasefire emerge as the death toll rises
Iran denies Israeli and Western suspicions that its nuclear programme is a front for a drive for a weapons capability