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Argentine soccer star to Abbas: I am a Palestinian

Monday, July 16, 2018

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday met former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona, who expressed his solidarity with Abbas, reported Yediot Aharonot.

In a short conversation, Maradona reportedly said to Abbas that he sympathizes with the plight of the Palestinian people, as the two embraced each other in a brief hug.


PLO official: Israel killing Palestinian children

Monday, July 16, 2018

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi on Sunday accused Israel of “deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children”.

Her comments came after two teens were killed when a half-constructed high rise they were in was hit by an Israeli missile launched after a barrage of rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel.


Reason for concern? The tenth hour of history

Monday, July 16, 2018
Who goes to the World-to-Come and what will it be like once someone gets there?

PA Mufti: Visit Al-Aqsa

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Muslim Council of “Palestine”, is accusing Israel of taking "acts of revenge" against the Arab residents of Jerusalem after it was forced to remove the electronic inspection measures at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque last year.

Israel's "acts of revenge", he claimed, include demolishing homes, removing security guards from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and an increase in the number of "break-ins by extremist Jews" to the mosque.


Tunisia's president: Prime Minister should step down if he can't solve economic crisis

Monday, July 16, 2018

Tunisia's president on Sunday said Prime Minister Youssef Chahed should step down or seek a confidence quote if the country's political and economic crisis continues.

President Beji Caid Essebsi's son, Hafedh Caid Essebsi, who is leader of the ruling Nidaa Tounes party, called last May for Chahed's dismissal because of his government's failure to revive the economy.


Trump 'might' ask Putin to extradite accused hackers

Monday, July 16, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump told CBS News in an interview on Sunday he may ask Russian President Vladimir Putin during their summit on Monday to extradite 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

The interview with Trump aired two days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted the 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


So much confusion: Who is the Ger and what is his identity?

Monday, July 16, 2018
Radio: The Torah never speaks about Bnei Noach or Ger Tzedek. Who is the Ger and what is his identity?

Hazan criticizes the government: Stop accepting terrorism

Monday, July 16, 2018

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) on Sunday criticized what he described as the government's inability to deal with Hamas in Gaza.

"It is regrettable that the State of Israel does not bring this situation to a conclusion. The time has come for the members of the Israeli government to come to see the plight of the citizens of the south," Hazan said in an interview on Kol Barama radio.


Fire in Kiryat Anavim extinguished

Monday, July 16, 2018

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire that broke out in Kiryat Anavim, west of Jerusalem.

There were no injuries but the fire destroyed three houses.


Livni: Pressure Hamas just like we pressure Iran

Monday, July 16, 2018

MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) on Sunday criticized the Israeli government's conduct vis-à-vis the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

"We have to begin to combine military blows when necessary with diplomatic activity against Hamas, not agreements with Hamas, but mobilization of the world against it," Livni said in an interview on Kol Barama radio.


Two protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Iraq

Monday, July 16, 2018

Two protesters were killed on Sunday in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the town of Samawa, amid growing unrest in southern cities over poor public services and widespread corruption.

"Hundreds of people tried to storm a courthouse. Shots were fired towards us. It was not clear who was shooting. We had no choice but to open fire," said a police official, according to Reuters.


Greenblatt to Hamas: Try peace

Monday, July 16, 2018

Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Sunday ripped Hamas in the wake of the recent escalation in the south.

“Hamas has been orchestrating the weekly protests to distract from their complete governance failures. Rockets, riots and further violence will only bring more misery to the Palestinians in Gaza. Try peace - give your children and grandchildren a chance,” he tweeted.


Paris: Rioters clash with security forces during World Cup celebrations

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Hundreds of people rioted in central Paris on Sunday evening and attacked security forces during the celebrations over France's World Cup victory.


Report in Syria: Israel attacked a base in the Aleppo area

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Syrian media reported on Sunday evening about an Israeli attack at the Al-Nirab airport near the city of Aleppo.

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MK Kisch: Cabinet leaks 'a blow to Israel's security'

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Member of Knesset Yoav Kish (Likud) has attacked the leak of the confrontation between Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and Minister Naftali Bennett at the meeting of the Political-Security Cabinet.

Writing on Twitter, Kisch called the leaks "insufferable" and "a blow to Israel's security. Simply bad."


3 homes in Kiryat Anavim go up in flames

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Three homes in the Judea Hills community of Kiryat Anavim, west of Jerusalem, have been set ablaze by a forest and vegetation fire.

Eight firefighting companies are battling the blaze. There are no known casualties.


Netanyahu, Trump talk prior to president’s summit with Putin

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Trump, Netanyahu discuss security issues, diplomacy ahead of Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Slight relief in heat stress on Thursday

Sunday, July 15, 2018

It will be partly cloudy overnight, giving way to clear to partly cloudy on Monday with a high-wave warning for Mediterranean beaches. An additional increase in heat stress is expected as it continues to be unseasonably hot in the mountains and inland regions, muggy along the coast, with no significant change expected through Wednesday. A slight drop in temperature and heat stress is forecast for Thursday, when temperatures will be slightly above the seasonal average.

Monday highs:
Jerusalem: 32Celsius/89Fahrenheit;
Kinneret/Sea of Galilee, Eilat: 40C/104F; Golan Heights: 34/93;
Haifa: 29/84; Tel Aviv: 30/86; Dead Sea: 41/105


'Near-disaster' as tractor hits gas pipe near J'lem school

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Tractor strikes gas pipe at Jerusalem school for special education. Municipality allows classes to resume while leak continues.

PA mufti calls for Muslims to visit Al-Aqsa

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the "Supreme Muslim Council of Palestine", has urged what he called the Palestinian public in Israel, Judea and Samaria to continue to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in order to ease the pressure on the Muslim residents of Israel's capital and to assist them in efforts to thwart Israel's plans in the city.

In an interview with the Hamas daily Al-Risala, Sabri said that Israel was trying to demonstrate its ability to impose facts on the ground in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to remove the Arab presence from Jerusalem and to give the city an Israeli character. He accused Israel of taking "revenge actions" against the Arab residents of Jerusalem after it was forced to remove the electronic inspection gates at the entrance to the mosque, saying those actions included demolishing homes, removing security guards from the mosque, and an increase in the number of outbreaks by "extremist Jews" in the mosque area.


New PA attempt to stave off demolition at illegal outpost

Sunday, July 15, 2018
PA to open school year early at illegal Khan Al Akhmar outpost in bid to stop demolition. Regavim appeals to the High Court in response.

Tomorrow evening: Judean Brigade exercise

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A brigade exercise in the territory of the Judea Brigade is scheduled to start on Monday evening and end on Tuesday, during which heavy traffic of security forces and vehicles will be felt.

The IDF explained that the exercise was planned in advance as part of the training program for 2018.


Victim of May shooting dies of his wounds

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A 25-year-old Bedouin who was seriously wounded by gunfire in May at the entrance to the Negev village of Hura died of his wounds on Sunday at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

The incident is still under investigation.


'Earthquakes are a wake-up call from G-d'

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar says recent earthquakes show the Jewish people need to "wake up" and return to G-d.


Siren test at 10 am in Migdalim

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A siren test is scheduled for Monday morning at 10:00 in the Samarian Jewish community of Migdalim.

If there is a real alert, the test will be followed by an additional ascending and descending tone.


Yadlin: Government still lacks a political strategic goal in Gaza

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Executive Director Amos Yadlin of the Institute for National Strategic Studies said on Sunday, that the government "still lacks a strategic political goal in its dealings with Gaza - it operates somewhere in between "toppling Hamas" and "preserving it as the responsible address in Gaza."

Writing on Twitter, the retired head of military intelligence also said, "If the ceasefire understandings did not include a Hamas commitment to stop its arson attacks and border fence challenges - another round of fighting is under way. My assessment is that a prolonged period of calm in the south can be achieved only through a combination of tougher action against Hamas's military wing and somewhat alleviating the humanitarian situation and promoting infrastructure projects in Gaza." He concluded, "Today it isnt possible to reach an agreement with Hamas on terms that are acceptable to us,in particular regarding its military buildup.Hamas's weapons wont rust but its arsenal will only grow and improved under any hudna/ceasefire that is not securely airtight."


Australian PM visits yeshiva with grandson, prepares challah

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes grandson to visit Sydney yeshiva, prepare Shabbat challah bread.

Bennett faces off against IDF chief: Why aren't you shooting?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot says, "I don't think shooting children who are launching rockets is right. It is against my operational and ethical position."


Senator supports US presence in Syria

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) expressed support on Sunday for a United States presence in Syria.

Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, the member of the Foreign Relations Committee said, "If we don't have a presence on the ground, we don't have a seat at the table as the resolution of the Assad regime's brutal war against its own people is negotiated."


IDF General: Israel to target terrorists launching terror kites

Sunday, July 15, 2018
After months of standing by as flaming kites scorched Israel's south, Southern Command head says the rules have changed.

MK to FIFA: Cancel Qatar's hosting of 2022 World Cup

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Member of Knesset Nava Boker (Likud) has called on soccer's governing body, FIFA, to cancel the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, according to Maariv.

Boker asked, "a country that has so much evil and terror? Is Qatar the model for human rights and the pursuit of peace that FIFA would like to impart to the children of the world? - Give an opportunity to other countries whose hands are not sunk in terror and human suffering to host the event."


ESPN bans football pool participant for anti-Semitic screen name

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A participant registered under "Burn-the-Jews" screen name is banned from the sports station's weekly Australian football pool competition.


A legal blow to illegal Eritrean immigrants

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Swiss court rules that the danger of being drafted into the Eritrean military is insufficient to prevent deportation of Eritrean migrants.


Hamas won latest bout with Israel, most Israelis believe

Sunday, July 15, 2018

According to a poll, 61% of Israelis think the ceasefire after this weekend's escalation in the Gaza area was a mistake.


30-year-old in moderate condition after Bat Yam drowning

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A man about the age of 30 has ingested water at the Shanti beach in Bat Yam.

The Magen David Adom medical service evacuated him to hospital in moderate condition.


Regavim petitions against PA school in illegal Bedouin village

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Regavim movement for preservation of state lands filed an urgent petition to the Supreme Court on Sunday evening, demanding an injunction against the Palestinian Authority's announced opening of the school year at the Khan Al-Ahmar school, which is slated for demolition, to prevent the uprooting of the illegal Bedouin village in the Maale Adumim area.

After the court gave the state a green light in June to carry out the uprooting of the outpost and relocation of the residents to the nearby town of Jahalin near Abu Dis, appeals have stalled the process. The state is scheduled to respond to one of the petitions by tomorrow. Last week Judge Anat Baron ruled that the hearing on another petition would take place only on August 15th.


6.5 hours at 3600 degrees: How Israel swiped Iran's nuke secrets

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Months after Israel revealed treasure trove of captured Iran nuclear documents, a peek inside the secret operation in Tehran.

UN envoy: Everyone in Gaza needs to step back from the brink

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations' Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has called for restraint by all sides to avoid confrontation in the Gaza area. In a media statement, the Bulgarian diplomat said, "I appeal to all Palestinians, to all parents of all children in Gaza today to step back and keep the protests peaceful. I appeal to the Palestinian factions to not provoke incidents at the fence, to stop the firing of rockets and mortars, to stop the incendiary kites and to give peace a chance. I appeal to Israel, to be very restrained in its responses to the situation in Gaza. I appeal to snipers not to shoot children. I appeal to everybody to step back from the brink! But last if not least, I appeal to my colleagues in the international community not to forget the people of Gaza, not to forget the Palestinians who have lived for generations without a state. And to work with us the United Nations with everyone else who is trying to resolve the situation right now."

Mladenov also appealed for continuation of the reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah, saying, "The only alternative to the efforts to unity among the Palestinian people and factions is fauda (chaos)."


MK Peretz to PM: Change Gaza strategy

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Member of Knesset Amir Peretz said on Sunday, "The time has come for the prime minister to present a long-term strategy and move from managing reality to changing reality."

In a Maariv opinion piece, the former defense minister noted that after the Second Lebanon War in 2006, "Once we reached the agreements approved by the [United Nations] Security Council, the quiet on the Lebanese border has been preserved to this day." He added, "Escalation these days can turn into an opportunity. Due to the difficult situation of Hamas and its boycott by most of the countries of the world, including the Arab states, the openness of moderate Arab states and the sharing of interests with Israel, American support and the mobilization of the international community, a political process is possible based on the formula of demilitarization. This will change the Gaza reality, improve the humanitarian situation of its residents, and will ensure the quiet of the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip."

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