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Fire in the Rosh Pina industrial area

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Four firefighting teams are working at this time in an attempt to control the burning of mechanical engineering equipment in Rosh Pina.

The fire broke out in the courtyard of the Ackerstein factory in the Tzahar industrial zone.


Dozens of children exposed to measles at mall

Sunday, November 18, 2018

About 80 children who were in the shopping mall in Kiryat Ono on Thursday were called in for preventive treatment against measles after they were exposed to a measles-infected girl who was treated at a clinic in the mall, according to Channel 2 News. Not only did the Health Ministry summon all the children who were in the clinic at the time - but also those who were on her route in the mall until she reached the clinic.

So far, about 1,800 Israelis have contracted measles, which has been spreading in recent weeks in Israel. According to the Ministry of Health, the main cause of the disturbing outbreak is parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.


Report: Trump to decide on Deal of the Century release next week

Sunday, November 18, 2018

President Trump reportedly planning to meet with advisors and Ambassador Friedman to decide on a date for the release of his Mideast peace plan.


President Rivlin: Israeli art has an obligation to be impertinent

Sunday, November 18, 2018

President Reuven spoke, Sunday at the “Made in Israel” event marking 70 years of Israeli creativity at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He said, “70 years of creativity is an opportunity to remember 70 years of commitment to art. A commitment to hold an undistorted mirror in front of us, a commitment to be a mouth for those whose voices are not heard, a commitment to look the world in the face and to challenge it."

Rivlin continued, "We Israelis are known as a people with chutzpah, an impudent people. There is no doubt that Israeli art has an obligation to be impertinent. Israeli creativity and Israeli artists have always been faithful to that obligation. We all hope they remain so for the next 70 years.”


Holocaust researcher files libel lawsuit against Polish group

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Canadian professor sues Polish League Against Defamation for accusing him of falsifying Poland's history with Holocaust research.

MK Kish: Jewish Home resigning will give Hamas backwind

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Member of Knesset Yoav Kish has backed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech, saying, "I believe him, standing alone and insisting on behalf of the well-being of the State of Israel, ignoring all political considerations that could have helped him now and announcing: Security is too important."

"If tomorrow [Jewish Home ministers] Bennett and Shaked resign from the government, they join [former defense minister] Liberman in providing an unthinkable moral spirit to the Hamas terrorist organization. The Israeli public, certainly the right wing, will not forgive them."


Avi Gabbay: Israel must go to elections immediately

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Chairman Avi Gabbay of the Zionist Union has responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's media statement by saying, "Israel's security is really the most important thing. The mixing of politics and security has harmed the security of the residents of the south."

Gabbay continued, "That's exactly why Israel has to go to immediate elections. It's possible to replace this government with a government that will really take care of security, and really believes that it is possible to change."


Report: Bennett, Shaked to resign on Monday

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jewish Home senior ministers reportedly set to resign from government Monday morning after Netanyahu refuses demand for Defense Ministry.


2.9 million children in Israel

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ahead of Tuesday's observance of International Children's Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics released statistics on Sunday about those under the age of 17.

At the end of 2017 there were 2.908 million children in Israel, which is 33.1% of the country's population. 2.086 million were Jewish (71.8%), 728,000 were Arabs (25.0%) and 94,000 (3.2%) were classified as others.


Friend of Israel wins Florida Senate race

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Florida's outgoing governor, Republican Rick Scott, has defeated three-term Democrat Bill Nelson in the United States Senate race in Florida with 10,033 votes after mechanical and hand recounts.

Scott is a close friend of Israel and was present at the dedication of the US Embassy in Jerusalem this year.


MK Tibi: I do not rule out that Netanyahu will invade Gaza for politics

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) wrote on Twitter, Sunday evening, "After his speech: I do not rule out that Netanyahu will invade Gaza to restore his political status."


Stabber shot by Dutch police targeted Jewish, Christian victims

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Syrian assailant who stabbed three in The Hague was seeking Jewish and Christian victims.

Labor secretary general: Netanyahu's charlatan show

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Labor Party Secretary-General Eran Hermoni has responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's media statement, saying, "Bibi's show of charlatanism proves that he is afraid of elections and is ready to make a round of political campaigning at the expense of the security of Israeli citizens."

Hermoni concluded, "Bibi, you failed. This government has no right to exist. We are ready for elections as soon as possible."


'We bring leaders to Israel to deal with 21st century issues'

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Organizer of Jerusalem Leaders Summit says Israel is a "great place" for addressing issues of the modern world.


Israel scores gold and silver at Hague Grand Prix Judo

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Peter Paltchik defeated Mikita Sviryd of Belarus on Sunday to give Israel a gold medal in the 100-kilogram weight class at the Hague Grand Prix Judo championships.

Earlier in the competition, Baruch Shmailov took silver medal in the 66-kilogram division when he lost to Vazha Margvelashvili of Georgia. With a fifth place and two seventh-place finishes, Israel ranked sixth in the team competition.


Report: Recommendations in Bezeq case this month - even with elections

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Police sources estimate that the recommendations in Case 4000 alleging improprieties will be handed over this month and will not be delayed, even if early elections are announced, according to Channel 10 Television.

Other files in which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's name has been mentioned will be sent to the State Prosecutor's Office and the Attorney General's decision will not be made before May.


Former Meretz head: Netanyahu should just quit

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Former Meretz Party chairwoman Zehava Galon said, Sunday evening, "If [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu does not want to involve outside considerations in security decisions, he should resign immediately."

Reacting to Netanyahu's media statement, opposing early elections, she continued, "There is no need to go to elections. He should just go and stop dragging the entire system into his survival mud at the expense of state security."


Minister Regev: I hope that logic will prevail, not ego

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev has praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's media statement, in which he said he was retaining the defense portfolio and opposed early elections.

Regev said, "The prime minister spoke from his heart. That's the way a responsible and caring leader looks, who sees the security of the State of Israel and its citizens before his eyes, not politics. It is indeed irresponsible for members of the coalition to topple such a good right government. I hope that logic will prevail, not ego."


PM: I'm going to work

Sunday, November 18, 2018

After saying he was holding on to the defense portfolio and stating his opposition to early elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu concluded his media statement by saying, "I'm going to work," and left the podium at the Kirya Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv without taking questions.


PM: I have silenced the critics as treasurer and foreign minister

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, Sunday night, that despite critics, he has achieved results.

He said as defense minister, he will get results against Israel's enemies.


Jewish Home ministers to make media statement tomorrow at Knesset

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Minister and Jewish Home Party Chairman Naftali Bennett will be joined by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in making a special media statement, Monday morning at 10:30 at the Knesset.

Speculation from party sources is that they will announce the Jewish Home's leaving the government, according to Channel 2 News.

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Seriously wounded in Tiberias stabbing

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Police have received a report of a man stabbed and taken to hospital in Tiberias in serious condition.

Police are searching for a suspect and the background to the incident is being checked.


Report: Netanyahu did not offer anything new to Kahlon

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Prime Minister and Likud Party Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu did not put new proposals on the table when he met with Finance Minister and Kulanu Party Chairman Moshe Kahlon on Sunday evening, according to Channel 2 News.

Kahlon stuck to his position that it would be better to go to early elections but promised to continue the dialogue.


Report: Ben-Dahan to remain deputy defense minister

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided that Member of Knesset Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) will remain deputy defense minister, according to the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation.


No results from Kahlon-Netanyahu

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The office of Finance Minister and Kulanu Party Chairman Moshe Kahlon said, Sunday evening, that nothing has come out of his meeting with Prime Minister and Likud Party Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu. The two agreed to meet later this week.

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Westbound Route 1 congested at Shoresh Interchange due to accident

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Traffic on the westbound Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway (Route 1) is congested at the Shoresh Interchange due to an accident.

The police recommend using alternate routes.


Bennett not offered or interested in Foreign Ministry

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The office of Jewish Home Party Chairman Naftali Bennett has told the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation, "The foreign minister's job has not been offered, and it will not be accepted because Bennett is not interested in any post, but rather to rehabilitate Israel's damaged deterrence."


Kentucky bars state contractors from joining anti-Israel BDS

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Kentucky's governor rips "anti-Semitic, repugnant" Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, signs ban into law.


Iron Dome remains detected in Shaar Hanegev kibbutz

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A piece of an Iron Dome interceptor missile was found this evening in a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev area, according to Yediot Ahronot.

Apparently, it was launched last week during the hostilities between Gaza terrorists and Israel. It is being dealt with by a sapper.


PM to make announcement after Kahlon meeting

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Prime Minister's Office has announced that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will make a statement to the media following his meeting with Finance Minister and Kulanu Party Chairman Moshe Kahlon, which began a few minutes ago.

According to the announcement, the statement will be delivered at 20:00.


Netanyahu-Kahlon meeting begins

Sunday, November 18, 2018


PM to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Binyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to attend a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee tomorrow.

Netanyahu is expected speak at the beginning of the meeting.


Kahlon arrives at Kirya ahead of his meeting with Netanyahu

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Chairman Moshe Kahlon of the Kulanu Party arrived a few minutes ago at the Defense Ministry headquarters at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv.

He will hold a private meeting there with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, after which it will be decided whether to advance the elections.


MK Smotrich: PM responsible for defense failure for a decade.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) has strongly criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policy.

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, he said, "If the government continues its security policy, we will not be a part of it. Prime Minister Netanyahu is responsible for the defense failure of the past decade, so why will it change now?"


'Peace not possible in the foreseeable future'

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Justice Minister Shaked says push for peace talks a 'waste of time,' Netanyahu will be reelected.

Lawsuit: Pulling yeshiva student's beard part of police brutality

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A personal civil suit for 75,000 shekels was recently filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court against the detectives of the Jerusalem Police Central Unit.

According to the suit, undercover detectives stormed a boy in the Mea She'arim neighborhood of Jerusalem who threw a plastic bag at a detective who was dressed as a haredi soldier. When a yeshiva student asked what was going on with arms folded, he was allegedly abused in many violent ways, including by an officer who pulled at his beard. The incident was caught on a security camera.

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Yaalon: Pre-military students deserve different leadership

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon told students at the Eitan military preparatory program in Mishor Adumim on Sunday, "Take responsibility, lead your circles of influence with values, [and] demonstrate a personal example of commitment to Israeli society. I trust you, you are our future."

Writing on Twitter, he concluded, "They too deserve different leadership."


Linda Sarsour under fire for accusing US Jews of dual loyalty

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Women's March organizer and pro-Sharia left-wing activist Linda Sarsour is criticized for apparently accusing American Jews of dual loyalty.

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