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Gaza-area leader: We're prepared for every scenario

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chairman Yair Farjoun of the Ashkelon Coast Council said, Tuesday morning, "We are preparing for every scenario, and if we have to evacuate, we will."

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio in response to reports of new, deadlier short-range Hamas rockets, Farjoun said, "Civilians should not be at the forefront. That's how it was done in 1948, and that's how it was done in the Yom Kippur War. If there is a war and there is a threat to the citizens, there is no need to be right inside the 'boom'."


'You don't know anything about Israel'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Bedouin man who served in IDF tours US to show how little anti-Israel Jews know about the Jewish state.

Euro and dollar down at the opening of trading

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

With the opening of foreign currency trading, the United dollar weakened by .3 percent to 3.6066 shekels and the Euro was trading around NIS 3.9176, down .4 percent.

On Monday, the shekel rose an average of .269 percent against the featured currencies on the Bank of Israel's foreign-exchange list. The dollar declined .768 percent from Friday's rate to NIS 3.68, while the Euro was fixed at 3.9327 shekels, down .099 percent.


Shooting continues in Umm El-Fahm

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Police are investigating the wounding of two people in a Tuesday-morning shooting in the northern Israeli Arab city Umm al-Fahm.

Magen David Adom paramedics treated the two and evacuated them to Haemek Hospital in Afula, one with serious wounds and the other with moderate-to-serious wounds. Earlier in the morning, a person was arrested in the Monday-evening shooting of two others who were lightly wounded.


6 Yitzhar yeshiva students arrested

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Five students of the Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva in Yitzhar were arrested for past distrubances, in a Monday-evening police raid, according to Walla!.

During the raid stones were thrown at police forces and one of the stone throwers was also arrested.


Egyptian official: Sinai tourist areas are safe

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A senior official in the Egyptian army was quoted by Channel 10 Television as saying on Tuesday that tourist areas in the Sinai Peninsula were "completely safe."

He was responding to an upgraded warning by Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau to refrain from visiting the Sinai and for those already there to leave as soon as possible. The source said that the Egyptian army and police were stopping terrorist organizations in northern Sinai.


Report: Hamas has enlarged and more dangerous rockets

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hamas recently developed a powerful new rocket and already has several dozens, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Israel Defense Forces Radio.

The rockets are for short-range use with very heavy explosives. It was also reported that this is a completely different rocket from any known Gaza-based weaon in terms of the weight of the explosive material in the warhead.


'The US is closer than ever to moving embassy to Jerusalem'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Likud Member of Knesset Amir Ohana tells Arutz Sheva the United States embassy move will prompt other countries to relocate their embassies. He also says Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will keep his promise of a new community to uprooted Amona residents.

Suspect arrested in Colorado mosque vandalism

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fort Collins police have arrested 35-year-old Joseph Scott Giaquinto in connection with vandalism at the city's Islamic Center.

He was arrested hours after police asked for the public's help in the case.


Bennett calls on Trump to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Minister Naftali Bennett has called on President Donald Trump to transfer the United States embassy to Jerusalem

Speaking Monday at the AIPAC conference in Washington, Bennett that Israel is capable of coping with the implications of the move, no matter what they may be. He noted that embassies are always in capitals and Israel's capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv.


Firebomber caught in the act, weapons seized

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Israel Defense Forces caught a firebomber in the act Monday evening during a stakeout to catch rock throwers along Highway 60 in the Judea area south of Jerusalem.

During an IDF operation with the Shabak Israel Security Agency, two locally-made weapons, many weapons parts, ammunition clips, ammunition and propaganda were found in the Hevron-area Palestinian Authority village of Bani Naim. The two services teamed up to seize a weapon used to fire gas canisters in a car in the Samarian PA village of Naalin.

The materials and suspects were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.


4 wanted terror suspects arrested

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Israel Defense Forces arrested four people, Monday evening in Judea and Samaria, who were wanted for involvement in terror and violent disorders directed against Israelis.

The suspects were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.


'No evidence' London terrorist was affiliated with ISIS

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, the terrorist who killed four people in an attack on parliament last week, had any association with the Islamic State (ISIS) or Al-Qaeda, Reuters reports.

At the same time, they noted that Masood was clearly interested in jihad. The comments come despite the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Masood was one of its “soldiers”.


Abbas to Israel: Don't waste peace opportunity

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called on Israel not to waste new opportunities for a peace agreement based on the “two-state solution”.

Abbas’s comments came at a press conference in Brussels with European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.


'The embassy move is an American decision'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Israel's Consul General in New York in a special interview with Arutz Sheva about the new administration and its impact on Israel.

Rabbi Levinstein clarifies remarks

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, one of the heads of the paramilitary academy Bnei David in Eli, on Monday clarified his comments on the issue of religious soldiers serving in mixed gender units and religious young women's conscription to the IDF.

In a letter to students and graduates of the academy, Rabbi Levinstein stressed that some of his comments were “taken out of context,” but also acknowledged that the tone of the remarks was “inappropriate”.


'Trump was right on anti-Semitic threats'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump had been right not to jump to conclusions about anti-Semitic threats to Jewish community centers around the country.

The comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer came following the arrest last week of a 19-year-old Israeli-American in connection with making over 100 bomb threats against U.S. Jewish sites.


Security increased around Attorney General

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Defense Ministry recently decided to significantly increase the security around Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Channel 10 News reported Monday evening.

According to the report, the decision was made after graffiti was recently spray-painted near Mandelblit's house, and due to the large number of demonstrations taking place outside his home.


Mashaal: We're ready to meet Israel's challenge

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Monday accused Israel of having killed one of the group's top terrorists after he was shot dead in Gaza on Friday.

Mazen Faqha, 38, was shot dead by unknown gunmen with four bullets from a pistol equipped with a silencer.


13 states support Trump travel ban

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A coalition of 12 state attorneys general and one governor on Monday filed a brief with a federal appeals court defending President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, The Hill reported.

The filing says that Trump’s executive order regarding immigration and refugees is a legal action within his presidential powers.


Officials: North Korea conducted another engine test

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test last Friday, two American defense officials told CNN on Monday.

The officials noted that the latest engine test is the third such test in recent weeks using similar technology.


Germany denies receiving bill for money owned to NATO from Trump

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The German government on Monday denied reports that U.S. President Donald Trump gave Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for money owed to NATO.

“Reports that President Trump had presented the federal chancellor with a kind of bill with a concrete billion sum are not true,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

On Sunday, the Times of London reported that Trump gave Merkel a bill for NATO defenses during her trip to Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The newspaper quoted an anonymous German minister describing the bill.


Anti-Semitic graffiti found at Arizona school

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Graffiti including swastikas and the words “white power” have been discovered on the auditorium of a Phoenix high school, JTA reported Monday.

The vandalism on the outside walls of the auditorium at Pinnacle High is being investigated by the police bias crime unit, according to the Arizona Jewish News.


Colorado police investigating vandalism at mosque

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Colorado police are investigating vandalism at a mosque in Fort Collins, after a person was seen on surveillance video throwing rocks and a Bible through the building's glass doors.

Officials with the Islamic Center of Fort Collins said the footage shows a man throwing several large rocks and the Bible into the mosque.


House Speaker: 'Trump's commitment to Israel is sacrosanct'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan at AIPAC: The United States stands with Israel now, tomorrow and always.

Ryan: Iran deal an unmitigated disaster

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Watch live: Ambassador Haley addresses AIPAC

Monday, March 27, 2017
Watch as UN Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the 2017 AIPAC policy conference.

Tal Brody to receive honorary doctorate

Monday, March 27, 2017

Former basketball player and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel Tal Brody will receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University this year, it was announced Monday.

"Bar-Ilan University will award an honorary doctorate to outstanding basketball player Tal Brody for his enthusiastic commitment to strengthening the Israeli spirit and for being an Ambassador of Goodwill who brought the country to the top of the world sports map," the university said.


Watch live: AIPAC evening session

Monday, March 27, 2017
Watch as Ambassador Nikki Haley and House Speaker Paul Ryan address the 2017 AIPAC policy conference

Mice first invaded human settlements 15,000 years ago in Israel

Monday, March 27, 2017
Israeli researchers and foreign colleagues discover that the common house pet began invading human settlements far earlier than thought.

'Delay in allowing MKs to ascend Temple Mount harms sovereignty'

Monday, March 27, 2017
MK Uri Ariel condemned delay in permitting MKs to ascend Temple Mount.

Swastikas, racist graffiti at Phoenix high school

Monday, March 27, 2017

(JTA) — Graffiti including swastikas and the words “white power” were discovered on the auditorium of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix over the weekend. The vandalism on the outside walls of the auditorium at Pinnacle High is being investigated by the police bias crime unit, according to the Arizona Jewish News.

“No place for hate in Phoenix,” the city’s mayor, Greg Stanton, tweeted after first tweeting that “Chief Williams briefed me on racist & anti-Semitic graffiti at Pinnacle High. Police will need the public’s help to catch the offenders.”


'Israel in My State: The F-35 fighter jet'

Monday, March 27, 2017
Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) explains how Texans benefit from US-Israeli cooperation on the state-of-the-art F-35 jet, powered by Israeli technology.
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