Daybreak: ‘Terror Cell’ Blamed For Jordan Attack
Plus the Israeli with 17 wives, and more in the news
• Jordanian authorities arrested several suspects in connection with yesterday’s bombing of a convoy carrying Israeli diplomats from Amman to Israel (an assault in which no one was injured). Jordanian news outlets fingered a “professional terror cell,” and warned of similar future attacks. [JPost]
• Haaretz’s military correspondent guesses that the attack was launched by either al-Qaeda affiliates or Hezbollah. Though the attack’s failure was due to sloppy execution, he notes, it also evinced excellent intelligence and thorough planning. [Haaretz]
• Israel’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who also is the envoy to Haiti, visited the devastation and briefly saw the Haitian president. “As of yet, there is no one around to provide a solution to this catastrophe,” he related. [Haaretz]
• Goel Ratzon, an Israeli who is the self-appointed leader of a quasi-cult, was arrested for alleged enslavement and sexual abuse. He was living in a compound south of Tel Aviv with his 17 female partners and their “at least 40” children. [NYT]
• An anonymous source claimed that Israel might be open to “proximity talks,” under which a mediator—likely U.S. envoy George Mitchell—would shuttle between it and the Palestinian Authority as a form of peace negotiations. [JPost]
• Leib Frank, a godfather to Israel’s South African community, died at 91. [Haaretz]
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