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The political-security cabinet will meet today

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The political-security cabinet will meet today in light of the tension in the north.

This will be the first cabinet meeting in which the new Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, will participate.


Report: Gantz investigated party headquarters employees for secrecy

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kan reported that Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, chairman of Hosen LeYisrael Party, had all employees in his party headquarters sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to prevent any leakage of the campaign's plans.

According to the report, Gantz is preparing to launch its next week's campaign.


Tennis: Serena Williams eliminated in the quarterfinal in Australia

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

American tennis player Serena Williams was eliminated in the Australian Cup quarterfinals after losing 4: 6, 4: 6, 7: 5 to Karolina Pleshkova.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam tournaments in her career.


Understanding the Sinai revelation: Pinnacle of human experience

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Gifting the Torah to a G-d-centered world.

Saudi Arabia bars Brazilian chicken exporters

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday barred five Brazilian chicken processing plants from exporting to the Middle Eastern country, Brazil’s meat trade association said.

Officials in Brazil claimed that the Saudi move is linked to the decision of Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, to transfer his country's embassy to Jerusalem. However, Saudi Arabia said that the move was made for "technical reasons" and that it had nothing to do with the decision on Jerusalem.


US: Conference in Poland not meant to demonize Iran

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The United States said Tuesday that an international conference in Poland next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran.

US deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that the conference in Warsaw on February 13-14 would be a brainstorming session to “develop the outline of a stronger security architecture” in the Middle East.


Pompeo: Peace efforts will resume after Israeli elections

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan efforts will begin “immediately” following the Israeli elections this April.

Speaking in a video-conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Pompeo said Israel and the Palestinian Arabs will “ultimately” have to come to an agreement, reported i24news.


Lebanon claims Israeli 'agent' arrested over anti-Hamas attack

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Lebanon's army claimed on Tuesday to have arrested a suspected agent of Israel's Mossad spy agency over a failed bid to assassinate a Hamas official in the south of the country, AFP reported.

In January 14, 2018, Mohammed Hamdan, a security official with the Lebanese branch of the Hamas terrorist organization, was wounded in the leg in a car bomb blast in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon.


Islamic Jihad: We'll continue on the path of resistance

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Islamic Jihad spokesman says the organization will continue to place the issue of prisoners at the top of its list of priorities.

Two explosions heard in Yemeni capital

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Two explosions were heard early Wednesday morning in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

One of the explosions was apparently the result of a missile that hit a weapons storehouse.


Malaysian PM cites Trump in defending ban on Israelis

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Malaysian Prime Minister likens his country’s ban on Israeli athletes to Trump's border wall plan.

Kerry blasts Trump: He should resign

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday issued a scathing attack on President Donald Trump.

Speaking at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kerry said that if he could speak to Trump directly, he would tell him to "resign", according to CNN.


'We cannot evade responsibility for Gaza'

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
MK Motti Yogev praises decision to halt funds to Gaza. "Eliminate Hamas leaders and at the same time provide humanitarian aid to Gazans."

Yeshiva University students experience 'Start-Up Nation'

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
YU undergraduate women and men visit some of Israel’s most exciting and revolutionary companies.

Drones cause disruptions at Newark Airport

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Flights into and out of New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport were disrupted on Tuesday night after two drones were reported flying over nearby Teterboro Airport, CNN reported.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Greg Martin said that the agency stopped flights at the airport after the drones were reported over the smaller regional airport some 15 miles away. Both airports serve the greater metro New York City area.


Syria's UN envoy threatens Ben-Gurion Airport

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, on Tuesday threatened that if the Security Council did not act against Israeli attacks on his country, Syria would have to retaliate and attack the Ben-Gurion Airport, Kan News reports.

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on the Middle East, Jaafari said that the time had come for the Council to take the necessary steps to stop the Israeli attacks.


As a Member of Knesset I will speak the voice of Diaspora Jewry

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Trailblazer ready to run for Knesset.

Venezuelan President orders change in relations with US

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday night that he had ordered a change in diplomatic relations with the United States and will announce the steps toward the move in the coming hours.

Maduro's remarks came in response to US Vice President Mike Pence, who expressed support for Venezuela's opposition and called Maduro "a dictator without legitimacy."


'Alsheikh contaminated the investigations against Netanyahu'

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Likud on Tuesday evening blasted former police commissioner Roni Alsheikh, following his comments on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s investigations that were quoted by Channel 12 News on Tuesday evening.

"If it looks like a fixed game and sounds like a fixed game, then it's a fixed game," said the Likud. "Roni Alsheikh contaminated the investigations against Prime Minister Netanyahu and turned them into a process whose outcome is known in advance."


Hamas: Israel bears responsibility for the escalation

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on Tuesday night blamed Israel for the tension in the south.

"Israel bears full responsibility for the consequences of the escalation and the consequences of the ongoing attacks against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance. The resistance will not allow the use of Palestinian blood for the elections in Israel, and will take measures to protect their interests," he said.


Term of World Bnei Akiva Movement general director extended

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
World Bnei Akiva extends term of Roi Abecassis for another four-year stint.

Funeral of Israeli murdered in Australia to be held Wednesday morning

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The funeral of Aya Maasarwe, the young Israeli woman who was murdered in Australia, will take place on Wednesday morning in her hometown of Baqa al-Gharbiyye.

An airplane carrying Maasarwe’s body, accompanied by her father, will land in Israel at 6:30 a.m.


Egypt TV debate: Polygamy as solution to Egypt’s spinster crisis

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Pro-polygamy activist says Egypt has 'ticking time bomb' of 11 million women past age of marriage.

Photo: Rivlin received by honor guard in Paris

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

President Rivlin lands in Paris. Photo: Haim Zach/GPO


'This is the time to apply Israeli sovereignty'

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Likud MK Sharren Haskel talks about her perspective on sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria.


IDF confirms attacks in Gaza

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

On Tuesday evening, IDF fighter jets targeted a number of terror sites within a Hamas military camp in the northern Gaza Strip, said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

“The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for all acts of aggression originating from the Gaza Strip and emanating from it,” it added.


Rivlin arrives in France

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

President Reuven Rivlin arrived in France on Tuesday evening for an official visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Syrian opposition activist: 'Arabs should ally with Israel, Iran is more dangerous'

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Syrian opposition activist and writer Issam Zeitoun said: 'Notion Israel is tyrannical, arrogant, expansionist, racist state is a lie.'

4 men arrested for planning attack on Muslim settlement in New York

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

RT reported that 4 men, 3 of which were teenagers were arrested after police discovered that they were planning to carry out a terror attack on the Muslim town of Islamberg in upstate New York.

during the arrest, police found guns and explosives in the houses of the suspects.


The State of Judea and Samaria?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Official IDF site for recruits asks mother's country of birth; among possibilities are: State of Judea and Samaria and State of Israel.

Breaking: Israel strikes targets in Gaza

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Arab media sources reported that the Israeli Air Force carried out strikes on targets in the northern Gaza Strip.

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Iranians 'far from realizing their plans in Syria'

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror tells A7: 'Iranians have missiles in Syria, if there's war they'll use large part against State of Israel.'

Soldier shot near Gaza returns home

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Hospital releases officer whose helmet saved his life from a terrorist's bullet earlier today.

China seeks clarifications after warnings by Israeli officials

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Chinese officials ask Israeli counterparts about warnings by Israeli officials including the Shin Bet head about relations with China.

Likud: Alsheikh led the charge to investigate PM

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Likud harshly attacked former police commissioner Roni Alsheikh following his comments on the prime minister's investigation on Tuesday evening.

"Roni Alsheikh led the charge to open the investigations against Prime Minister Netanyahu and turned them into a process whose outcome is known in advance."

"Only the citizens of Israel will choose who will be the prime minister and who will lead the country; Israelis will vote against the hunt," the party said.


Former Police Chief in closed conversation: 'AG won't break'

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
'I've no doubt indictment against Prime Minister will include bribery offense,' former police commissioner says.

Soldier who was wounded on Gaza border released from the hospital

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Soroka Hospital reported that the wounded officer who was evacuated Tuesday evening from the incident in the Gaza Strip was treated and has now been released to his home to recover there.


Liberman: Temporary halt of money transfer not enough

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Former Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman welcomed the decision to halt the transfer of funds to Hamas.

"I congratulate Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on his decision to stop the transfer of Qatari money to Hamas. However, a temporary stop is not enough. We must permanently stop financing terror against ourselves, "Liberman said.

"There is no need to wait for more casualties on our side, we must carry out a preemptive strike and return to a policy of targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders," he added.


Eli Yishai met with Rabbi Druckman

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Chairman of the Yachad party Eli Yishai met Monday with Rabbi Chaim Druckman in an attempt to create a national-religious list with the Jewish Home and the National Union.

Yishai is also reportedly in contact with Betzalel Smotrich (National Union).


China wants to know where Israel stands

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Channel 10 news reported that China has asked for clarification from Israel in regards to statements made by senior officials in the defense and foreign establishment warning about the deal to allow a Chinese operated state company to build and run Haifa's seaport.

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