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October 5, 2012 10:22 pm

Jewish Agency to Review Application Process Following Deadly Eilat Shooting

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Natan Sharansky, left, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel is welcomed by Masa Israel Journey alums. Photo: David Karp.

JPost – Following a deadly shooting incident in Eilat on Friday morning, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky appointed a panel to examine the processes by which the American gunman was accepted to the “Israel Way” program, formerly known as Oranim, in Eilat.

The 23-year-old shooter from Poughkeepsie, New York, identified as William Hershkovitz, was in Israel as a part of the Israel Way program supported by the Jewish Agency, that brings Jews from around the world for volunteer work, study and internship.

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  • Lawrence kulak

    I have a question: How hard did the Israeli anti-terrorist forces attempt to talk this disturbed individual into surrendering before they opened fire on him? Was there perhaps a Hebrew-English language barrier that prevented them from doing so? Was it politically correct to kill him the same way as they kill Muslim terrorists who are not crazy? Did he in fact open fire on the Israeli troops, or is that just something that was reported to quiet any investigation. The true facts should come out as witnesses by anyone because this man was not a terrorist and we don’t need to give the Arabs any of our own korbanot to keep them pacified.