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Lebanon’s new finance minister: We need foreign support

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lebanon’s new finance minister, Ghazi Wazni, said on Tuesday night the new government needs foreign support to help it get out of an unprecedented economic and financial crisis.

“The government must take a clear position on this because the previous government did not. It tossed over this ball of fire,” Wazni told local broadcaster al-Jadeed.


North Korea abandons nuclear freeze pledge, blames US

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

North Korea said on Tuesday it was no longer bound by commitments to halt nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States’ failure to meet a year-end deadline for nuclear talks, Reuters reports.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set an end of December deadline for denuclearization talks with the United States.


Barak blasts Netanyahu over annexation

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday following Netanyahu’s statements on his intention to promote Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

"Netanyahu is being dragged by Smotrich towards security lawlessness. We all agree that the Jordan is Israel's security frontier. But the main enemy is Iran. Annexation of the Jordan Valley will result in the IAF’s ability to act against the Iranian threat being hampered. There is a heavy cloud over the discretion of Netanyahu and his delusional cabinet,” charged Barak.


Additional US troops flown out of Iraq following Iranian attack

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Additional US troops have been flown out of Iraq for closer evaluation of potential concussion injuries from the January 8 Iranian missile attack on bases hosting US troops, US defense officials said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

The exact number of troops flown to Germany was not immediately clear, but officials said it was a small number. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because some details were still being sorted out.


Watch: Flooding on Rokach Boulevard in Tel Aviv

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Despite incendiary balloons: Deputy Qatari envoy enters Gaza

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Deputy Head of Qatar’s Gaza Rehabilitation Committee, Khaled Haradan, entered the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, Palestinian Arab media reported.

The purpose of the visit is to distribute the monthly Qatari grant to needy families in Gaza, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.


Toyota recalls 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to electronic glitch

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Toyota announced on Tuesday it will recall 3.4 million vehicles worldwide because of an electronic glitch that can result in air bags not deploying in crashes.

The recall, which includes 2.9 million US vehicles, covers 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles.


New Cabinet announced in Lebanon

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A new Cabinet was announced in crisis-hit Lebanon late on Tuesday, breaking a months-long impasse amid ongoing mass protests against the country's ruling elite, The Associated Press reported.

Hassan Diab, a 60-year-old professor at the American University of Beirut, now heads a Cabinet of 20 members, mostly specialists backed by political parties.


Balloons with explosives found near Netivot

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Balloons with explosives were found near a moshav located near Netivot on Tuesday evening.

Police sappers arrived on the scene. No injuries or damage have been reported.


Historic anthology of statements from world leaders

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fifty heads of state and world leaders who were invited to the Fifth World Holocaust Forum have written letters stating their fervent and profound pledge to remember the Holocaust and to take measures to combat rising antisemitism. These statements have been collated in a historic book, titled "Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism."

The book was created for the upcoming Fifth World Holocaust Forum and will be presented to the leaders and guests attending the event at Yad Vashem on January 23, 2020.


Three aircraft will be non-operational for two to three months

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Five of eight aircraft damaged by flooding at Hatzor Base will be back in service in the next few days, a senior IAF official says.


Three injured in accident near the Dead Sea

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Three people were injured in an accident on Highway 90, near the Kalia junction, in the Dead Sea region on Tuesday evening.

One of the victims is in moderate condition and the other two injured are in light condition. The moderately injured victim was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem and the other two were evacuated by the Red Crescent. All three victims are Palestinian Arabs.


French President lands in Israel ahead of International Holocaust Forum

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron at the Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday evening. Macron came to take part in the events honoring the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Minister Katz thanked the French President for his arrival, adding, "The arrival of leaders from all over the world signifies their commitment to the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism."

Foreign Minister Katz is also expected to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Vice President Mike Pence.

Katz welcomes Macron. Photo: Spokesperson

Watch: 3 terrorists killed attacking soldiers

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
3 terrorists infiltrate from Gaza and attack soldiers, sparking firefight which ended in the deaths of the terrorists.

Members of "Degel Hatorah" visited the houses of Lithuanian leaders

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Members of the Rabbi Committee of the "Degel Hatorah" Rabbi Natan Zukowski and Rabbi Yosef Efrati visited (Tuesday) together with the party's Knesset members in the homes of Haredi Lithuanian leaders, Rabbi Haim Kanievsky and Rabbi Gershon Edelstein.

The rabbis and Knesset members came to the homes of Rabbi Kanievsky and Rabbi Edelstein for what was defined as "consultation and training for the election campaign."


Friends of Zion President: 'Key to peace, uproot anti-Semitism'

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Friends of Zion President Dr. Mike Evans discusses how he intends to actualize the 'Never Again' imperative.

Qatari's deputy to the region, Khaled Haradan, arrived in Gaza

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Arab media sources report that Qatari deputy envoy Khaled Haradan's arrived in Gaza.


Anti-Semitism: 'We cannot wait for others, we must take action ourselves'

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Action and Protection League Chairman Rabbi Shlomo Koves tells Arutz Sheva about partnering efforts to 'combat anti-Semitism'.

Extensive traffic light failure in the Tel Aviv area

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Israeli police said that at this time there was a large traffic light malfunction in the Tel Aviv area. Traffic light control personnel are working to restore traffic lights.

the following intersections have malfunctions: Allenby / Hayarkon, Allenby / Begin, Arlozorov / Bloch, Rothschild / Hashmonaim, Frishman / Zamenhof, Dizengoff / Nordau, Arlozorov / Weizman and more.


Miri Regev: 'New anti-Semitism of BDS movement needs to be recognized'

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Regev speaks at recognition event for Georgia President Salome Zoravishvili, held by Friends of Israel Museum and Georgia Embassy in Israel.

IAF: Three of the flooded aircraft will be suspended for 2-3 month

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A senior Air Force official this evening (Tuesday) referred to damage to planes flooded at Hatzor base, saying that five aircraft would be returned in the coming days to service.

However, he said, three more F-16 fighter jets would only be returned to service in two months because they were at a higher water level, their electronic components were damaged and taking time to repair.


Gaza terrorists throw explosive at IDF soldiers

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
3 terrorists infiltrate from Gaza and attack soldiers, sparking firefight.

Amb. Danon at UN: 'Israel stands alongside the Iranian people'

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Amb Danon addresses Iranian citizens, displays photo of 14-year-old protester killed, saying in Persian that Israel stands by people of Iran

Three Arabs crossed the Gaza border, engaged by IDF forces

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Three Arabs recently crossed the Gaza perimeter fence toward Israeli territory in Kibbutz Kissufim.

An IDF force that identified the three engaged them and identified hits.


Netanyahu: We will apply sovereignty soon to Jordan Valley

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, said that he will apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley "soon".


Pope Francis condemns ‘barbaric resurgence’ of anti-Semitsm

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Pope meets delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Netanyahu: We will apply sovereignty to all settlements

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
PM at launch of Likud election campaign: This time Likud voters will turn out in droves.

MOD : Do not approach the "lost river" in the Dead Sea area

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Following the flood events and articles on the "lost river" in the Dead Sea area, the department of Mine clearance of the Ministry of Defense warned that people should not approach the Arava River, in the Dead Sea area and the river in question, due to suspicion of of mines that may be located there.


First case of Chinese virus discovered in the US

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A first case of the Chinese virus was discovered in Seattle, Washington. Reportedly, the person infected with the virus is a tourist from China.

So far, more than 200 people have been infected with the virus, most of them in China, but some in South Korea, Thailand and Japan.


Report: AG to be present during immunity debates

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit is expected to personally address debates in the Knesset committee on the request for immunity presented by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Kan reported.


Live: Georgian President honored for joint culture office

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Israel and Georgia to establish joint culture office as country's President visits.

Ashdod: Police searching for armed robbery suspect

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

An armed robbery happened recently at a jewelry store in Ashdod. Police arrived at the scene and began investigating the circumstances of the case while a search for suspects was conducted.

Initial specifications indicate that a number of suspects entered the store and apparently at gunpoint robbed the store. There were no casualties in the incident.


Gantz: I don't support unilateral annexation

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Blue and White leader rejects calls to support bill applying sovereignty in the Jordan Valley before elections.

"It is imperative to examine tourists arriving from China"

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The mysterious virus in China has already infected 300 people. Sarit Shai, a tour guide in China, describes the mounting hysteria there and calls for tourists coming from China to be examined in Israel upon arrival.


Danon at UN: Israel stands by the Iranian people

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon dedicated his speech to the Iranian people and showed a photo of a 14-year-old protestor who had been killed. He stated in Farsi that Israel supports the Iranian people.


Update: Man injured in Ashkelon was stabbed

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident in Ashkelon in which a man was stabbed Tuesday evening in Ashkelon, who is in serious condition at Barzilai Hospital in the city.

The scans conducted by the police located the scene of the incident and at the same time the identity of a suspect. At this time, the background to the incident is unknown, a police investigation is ongoing.


Gamliel meets for a second time with Russian deputy minister

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Minister for Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, met with Russian Deputy Minister Bogdanov but refused to divulge any details about the meeting "due to national responsibility and in accordance with the Prime Minister's request."


Bennett: Don't miss opportunity for sovereignty

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Defense Minister praises Bezalel Smotrich's proposal to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley. 'Zionist parties cannot miss 1-time chance.

Netanyahu welcomes world leaders converging in Jerusalem

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has welcomed the foreign leaders and delegation heads who are currently landing in Israel. "It is important for them to remember we came from, and also how far we have come."


MK Keti Shitrit: The Nissenkorn Circus continues

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Knesset Member Keti Shitrit (Likud) attacked the announcement of the dates for hearings on the immunity of Prime Minister Netanyahu and MK Haim Katz, "There are eight hearings that will be held regarding immunity, and not one regarding special education or the accessibility at the Cave of the Patriarchs."

"Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Gabi Ashkenazi was willing to allow it, but Nissenkorn refuses. This is a disgrace. Nissenkorn's circus continues, "Shitrit added.

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