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Finance Minister Katz: No political considerations in budget scheduling

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Finance Minister Yisrael Katz on Tuesday night rejected comments by coalition chairman MK Miki Zohar, who asserted in an interview with Channel 20 that the schedule for approval of the budget is also affected by political-coalition considerations.

"We flatly reject MK Zohar's remarks on political considerations in the schedule for preparing the state budget. His remarks do not reflect the position of the Ministry of Finance, which promotes the 2021 budget in accordance with the published schedule and only for professional reasons," tweeted Minister Katz.


Zaka group finds 121 bodies alone at home in 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Search and rescue team calls on public to check in on elderly neighbors living alone, after discovering 121 bodies of people who died alone.

Watch: NASA spacecraft captures sample from asteroid

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reaches out its robotic arm to collect a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.

Syrian organization: Air strike targeted pro-Iran militias

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Tuesday night's air strike in Quneitra hit a base used by pro-Iran militias.

The organization also claimed that Israel was "likely" responsible for the air strike.


IDF lifts prohibition on vacations

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi decided on Tuesday to lift the curfew prohibiting IDF soldiers from taking vacation, which was imposed as part of the effort to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The decision was made in accordance with the ongoing assessment of the situation in the IDF and at the end of a general assessment of the situation that took place on Tuesday, following which it was determined that fighters and soldiers in training will be permitted to go on vacation once every two weeks.


Syrian report: IDF attacked posts near Quneitra

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Syrian media reported on Tuesday night that the IDF attacked two Syrian army positions and a vehicle near Quneitra.

According to the reports, the targets were used by the Syrian army and by Hezbollah to gather intelligence on the IDF.

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Watch: Footage of IDF air strike in Gaza

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Erekat remains in critical but stable condition

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat remains in critical but stable condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, a spokesperson for the hospital said on Tuesday.

Erekat was rushed to the hospital on Sunday following a deterioration in his condition after he contracted COVID-19.


IDF confirms attack on underground Hamas infrastructure

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

IDF fighter jets and combat helicopters on Tuesday evening attacked an underground infrastructure belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the attack was carried out in response to the rocket attack on Israeli territory earlier in the evening.

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Caroline Glick: 'If Biden's elected, it'll be bad for the Jews'

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Commentator Caroline Glick tells Arutz Sheva of grave fear of Biden election victory: 'People are afraid of terror by intellectual Left.'

De Blasio 'regrets' criticism of hasidic funeral

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
New York mayor says he did not handle response to large Brooklyn funeral in early days of coronavirus pandemic as well as he should have.

American expats in Israel vote in 2020 US presidential election

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
American citizens living in Israel cast their ballots in upcoming US presidential election.

Borat mocks coronavirus anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Popular mockumentary character repeats numerous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Bennett: 'Security isn't achieved by barricading behind walls'

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
'We already see an enemy that cannot reach through land, comes through air (as with incendiary balloons) and if not, then in another way.'

Iron Dome intercepts rocket from Gaza

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The IDF confirmed that the red alert sirens in the south Tuesday night were caused by a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip. The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.


Health Ministry fears morbidity may soon rise

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Senior Health Ministry source says if violations of guidelines continue throughout country within week, downward morbidity trend may reverse

'Red Alert' sirens sounded in Southern Israel

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Details to follow


Netanyahu: We will act against any attempt to attack us

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu related to the IDF's exposing of a terror tunnel from Gaza.: "We will continue to take determined action in all sectors for the security of Israel and against any attempt to attack our sovereignty or our citizens".


Minister Omar Yankelevich condemns Rabbi Kanievky illustration

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Diaspora Minister outraged by illustration in Haaretz against Rav Kanievsky: 'No room for hatred, portraying brothers as disease spreaders.'

Law against 'economic violence' under discussion in Knesset

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A law against so-called economic violence is under discussion in the Knesset. The law would make it possible for wives to file grievances against their husbands where the women felt that they lacked control over allocation of family finances and assets.


Harvard professor: 'Zero mortality, 1.8 mil children in Sweden schools since March'

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Prof. Martin Kulldorff: 'Focus protection on the high-risk group.'

2,278 coronavirus victims to date

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

2,278 Israelis have died from the coronavirus to date. 616 virus patients are presently hospitalized in serious condition with 234 of them on ventilators.


616 patients in serious condition, 234 on ventilators

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1,089 coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized. 394 new cases have been diagnosed since midnight.

Netanyahu to Zionist Congress: 'We will sign more peace agreements'

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

In online video session with the Zionist Congress, Prime MInister Netanyahu declared that Israel is in the process of establishing diplomatic relations with with additional nations and that "we will soon sign more peace agreements."


Military service slashed to 30 months at expense of reservists

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Knesset member Uzi Dayan (Likud) has criticized the reduction of compulsory military service from 32 to 30 months that was instituted this year.

Dayan's critique is based on his claim that reducing regular service increases the burden on the annual service of reservists. In Israel, most soldiers are required to serve in the army for a period of a few weeks, once a year, following their release from regular army service. Reserve duty may continue for several to many years.

"With every soldier released from the army after only 30 months of service, twelve fathers in the reserves are called up to replace him," Dayan said.


Antisemitism? Here's how to fight back

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
It's time Jews learned to give as good as they get.Opinion.

Trump on Hunter Biden's computer: 'Laptop from hell'

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Donald Trump has labeled Hunter Biden's computer a "laptop from hell" in an interiew with Fox television. Trump sited emails on the laptop that promised Joe Biden a percentage of payments his son Hunter would receive from deals he had made with foreign governments.


Mayor de Blasio apologizes for singling out Jewish community

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

At a meeting at his Gracie Mansion residence, Mayor Bill de Blasio apologized to Jewish community leaders over statements directed at the community regarding behaviors during the pandemic.

The mayor said he should have focused on greater dialogue rather than just hurling accusations at the Jewish community, especially in Brooklyn.


Jewish teens attacked in Uman

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
3 men attack pair of Jewish teenagers in Uman, Ukraine, wounding one with a knife.

Israel Our Home party wants law opening businesses on Shabbat

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party Avigdor Lieberman will present legislation in the Knesset tomorrow that would allow businesses to be open on Shabbat.

"Every crisis is also an opportunity," Lieberman said, referring to the economic consequences of the pandemic and his belief that opening businesses on Shabbat would speed up economic recovery.


IDF uncovers Gaza terror tunnel

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
IDF announces discovery of attack tunnel leading from southern Gaza Strip into Israel

Haredi journalists praise Naftali Bennett

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Chairman of theYamina party Naftali Bennett has reaped compliments from haredi journalists over standing by the side of this religious sector that is frequently maligned in the Israeli press.

The journalists' positive response to Bennett came after he stated: "It's impossible to tell the haredim not to learn Torah."


Emirati Economy Minister discusses Israel-UAE Abraham Accords

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
UAE delegation signs 4 bilateral accords with Israel, including a visa agreement.

Launch of Knesset caucus for strengthening Temple Mount

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Knesset caucus that sees the Temple Mount as the geographical and spiritual center of the Jewish nation has been launched to strengthen recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the holy site.

"Preserving our sovereignty over the Temple Mount and emphasizing the importance of our prayers there are essential for the people and the state. I have no doubt that the caucus we have launched will act in this spirit in order to secure the basic rights of the Jewish nation," a spokesman for the caucus said.


Prof. Ronni Gamzu: COVID tests without doctor referral

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Coronavirus coordinator at weekly briefing: 'All sectors declining in number of verified positive tests.'

Rains return: First showers descend on Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
For first time this fall, rain begins to fall in Jerusalem. Tomorrow, temperatures expected to drop and on Thursday rise.

Storm erupts over Ha'aretz cartoon mocking Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Ha'aretz newspaper has published a cartoon that mocks Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading figure of the ultra-orthodox sector. In the cartoon, the rabbi is offering an ice cream cone to a child with ice cream scoops that are labeled "corona."

Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevich (Blue and White) blasted the creator of the cartoon for his prejudice.

"You would not draw such a cartoon regarding the demonstrators on Balfour Street who violated the coronavirus guidelines," Yankelovich said. The demonstrators to which she referred protest nightly against Prime MInister Netanyahu without adhering to social distancing restrictions.


'You can't tell the haredim not to learn Torah'

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett says he has lost faith in current government's ability to lead Israel through coronavirus crisis.

Red city designation lifted; one Jerusalem neighborhood off limits

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The "restricted area" designation of red cities has been lifted from Bnei Brak, Elad, Beitar Illit, Modi'in IIlit, as well as the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Mattersdorf, Ma'alot Dafna, and Ramat Eshkol.

Only the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem remains a restricted area.

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