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100 lone soldiers celebrate Hanukkah together

Friday, December 15, 2017

About 100 lone soldiers participated on Wednesday night in a festive Hanukkah event in Tel Aviv, organized by the Food service of the IDF’s Technology and Logistics Directorate.

The event was meant to provide soldiers with a sense of family and a holiday atmosphere, in light of the fact that they are far away from their families or are not in contact with them at all.


EU leaders: Our position on Jerusalem remains unchanged

Thursday, December 14, 2017

European Union (EU) leaders on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying they stuck by their view that the city's status should be settled by negotiation.

"EU leaders reiterate firm commitment to the two-state solution and, in this context, the EU position on Jerusalem remains unchanged," EU President Donald Tusk tweeted after the leaders of the bloc's 28 countries discussed the matter at a summit in Brussels, according to AFP.


One person killed in stabbing in Dutch city of Maastricht

Thursday, December 14, 2017

One man was killed on Thursday evening in a stabbing incident in the city of Maastricht in the southern Netherlands.

The background to the incident is unclear.


Kahlon: We'll do all possible to reduce Teva firings

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will meet in the coming week with Teva director-general Kare Schultz.

Kahlon wants to hear how the company intends to grow and strengthen from its present crisis and continue to flourish as an Israeli company employing thousands of workers in Israel.

Kahlon said that "I expect the company to work more to reduce the harm to workers in Israel, the mother country of the company. I feel the pain of every male and female worker on this harsh day. The state of Israel will use all the methods it has to help every worker finding himself unemployed."


Haley: US to form coalition against Iran

Thursday, December 14, 2017

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley presented proofs that Iran is selling weapons to rebel forces in Yemen and in doing so violated an international embargo preventing the sale of weapons to Yemeni rebels.

Haley said that the US would form a coalition to stop Iran's weapon sales including via diplomatic means.


Construction in Samaria town: 'Realization of a dream'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Community of Bruchin undertakes project to become 'pearl of Samaria' after 18 years of bureaucratic red-tape.

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Vice President Pence's first stop: The Western Wall

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mike Pence asks to be taken directly to Western Wall from airport after landing in Israel.

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Senior officer:There's more tunnels, we'll destroy them

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The commander of the southern brigade of the Gaza division, Colonel Kobi Heller, met with members of Kibbutz Nirim, near where a terror tunnel was found and demolished in the past week.

Channel 2 reports that Heller told the residents that "there are probably more tunnels" and that "we will find and destroy them."



Netanyahu: I will act to reduce harm to Teva workers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke a short time ago with Histadrut director Avi Nissenkorn regarding the Teva crisis.

Netanyahu said that he would work to reduce the harm to workers and prevent the closure of the Jerusalem branch and added that he would meet with the head of Teva in the coming week in order to deal with the matter.


IDF arranges mikveh for haredi paratroopers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

As of Thursday, members of the haredi paratrooper company who wish to immerse in a mikvah will be able to immerse in Kibbutz Shomriya in the northern Negev, after the battalion commander, Eliav Elbaz, met with community leaders and agreed terms for usage of the Mikveh.

Elbaz said that "we are doing everything to enable haredim who enlist to maintain a religious mode of life in the best possible manner.

"Once a week a bus will go to the Mikveh, allowing every fighter who wishes to immerse to do so."


US planes fire warning shots at Russians in no-fly zone

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The American Air Force fired warning shots at Russian warplanes which entered the no-fly zone.


2-yr-old hit, badly injured in Negev accident

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 2-year-old was brought to the clinic in the Bedouin town of Ar'ara  in serious condition after he was seemingly hit by a car.

MDA teams provided him with medical attention and transferred him to the Soroka hospital in Beersheva.


Edelstein: Zionist parties should unite to pass law

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein responded to the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists bodies for negotiation purposes.

"As Knesset Speaker I feel that its time all the Zionist parties in the opposition and coalition whose children serve in the IDF unite and pass legislation which will enable holding the terrorists bodies for negotiations.

"In my role I will do everything so that such legislation will pass quickly and allow the IDF to act in the difficult conditions it performs in today."


MK Nahman Shai: 'Court's decision is correct'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

MK Nahman Shai(Zionist Camp) responded to the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists bodies for negotiation purposes, stating that "the court's decision is correct. As long as there is no legislation on the matter, the prime minister and executive authority must accept the decision and respect it."



Danon: Iranian threat spreads from Persian Gulf to Gaza

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said Thursday that "the dangers exhibited by the Iranian presence in the Middle East only grow bigger despite Iranian efforts to hide them from the world."

Danon added that "the Iranian missile threat spreads from the Persian Gulf via Yemen and Syria to Lebanon and Gaza. The UN and international community must act to put an end to these dangerous threats.


50-yr-old injured in road accident near Sde Boker

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 50-year-old man was moderately injured in a road accident on road 40 near Sde Boker.

MDA teams treated the man and evacuated him by helicopter to the Soroka hospital.


Barkat works to prevent Teva dismissals

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and held a series of discussions with Economics Minister Eli Cohen and Histadrut director Avi Nissenkorn as well as Teva directors in Jerusalem in an attempt to prevent the decision to fire workers.

Barkat directed official echelons in the municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority to work together to aid the workers as required.

Barkat said that "I support the workers and stand by their side and we'll do all we can so that Teva workers in Israel and especially in Jerusalem will not pay the price for the crisis the company is experiencing."


Shaked to draft law preventing return of bodies

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced that next week she will distribute a draft of a law allowing the holding of terrorist bodies for negotiation purposes.

Shaked said that "the state of Israel will not return the terrorists bodies as long as our soldiers bodies are being held by the enemy."


Ben-Dahan: 'Awful' decision by Supreme Court

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan responded to the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists bodies for negotiation purposes.

"We will legislate fast. This is an awful decision of the Supreme Court which supports the petition of terrorist families at the expense of the citizens of Israel. Unfortunately the court is losing public trust," said Ben-Dahan.


Ashdod: Driver suffers heart attack, serious condition

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 60-year-old driver suffered a heart attack while driving in Ashdod. He is in serious condition.

MDA teams treated him and transferred him to the Assuta hospital in Ashdod.


Netanyahu: 'Problematic' decision by Supreme Court

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists bodies for negotiation purposes.

"This is a problematic decision of the Supreme Court. We can't give Hamas free gifts. I will convene the cabinet and the Attorney-General Sunday for a special discussion to find legitimate solutions which will enable us to continue the pressure on Hamas."


6 arrested in riots near Damascus Gate

Thursday, December 14, 2017

4 Arab men and 2 women were arrested in violent disturbances at Damascus Gate,


Gamliel: Promote legislation to keep terrorists' bodies

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel responded to  the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists bodies for negotiation purposes.

Gamliel said that "I respect the court's decision but let us not forget that we're talking about terrorists who wished to kill Israeli citizens randomly. It is therefore important that the government promote legislation allowing the holding of terrorist bodies for negotiations and better earlier.

"This is an important national and security value, and it is also our moral obligation towards the Shaul, Goldin and Mengistu families."


'No entry to dogs and Americans'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Palestinian store in Jericho boasted a sign stating "no entry to dogs and Americans." in the wake of President Trump's announcement that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea and Samaria, Yoav Mordechai, expressed his shock at the sign "both as human beings and as Jews who remember similar signs in Nazi Germany in the 30's.

Mordechai said that "this is further proof of Palestinian incitement recalling dark days."




Local council heads oppose Samaria 'city'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

20 heads of local councils in Judea and Samaria sent a letter to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri opposing the decision to unite 4 local councils- Elkana, Oranit, Etz Efraim and Shaarei Tikva and create a city in Samaria.

The heads of the councils said that such a unification would present an illusion that there is new building but would not add more new construction on the ground and therefore would not serve the needs of the communities to develop further.


Liberman: Prepare legislation to keep terrorists bodies

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman issued a directive to prepare immediate legislation which will enable keeping the bodies of terrorists for negotiation purposes.


Regev: Court protecting bodies of murderers, terrorists

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev(Likud) responded to the  the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists' bodies for negotiation purposes.

Regev said that "the Supreme Court's protection of the bodies of terrorists and murderers is totally untenable and harms the security forces efforts against those who constantly attempt to obliterate us.

"It is unacceptable that the court takes upon itself once again the authority to interfere with legitimate government decisions."


MK Levy: Hurry and legislate, don't attack court

Thursday, December 14, 2017

MK Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid) responded to the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorists bodies for negotiation purposes.

Levi said that "Instead of complaining and attacking the court I call on government ministers to hurry, to maintain the requirements of the court and to legislate a law preventing the return of terrorist's bodies. This is a legitimate demand and there is no reason not to meet it.

"We can't reach a stage where we can't hold terrorists bodies as they receive huge funerals and inspire other youths who see the honor they got and want to emulate them. This must be prevented at all price."


MK Shelah: Finance minister's behavior 'a disgrace'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yesh Atid faction head MK Ofer Shelah, attacked Finance Minister Kahlon over the Teva crisis.

"The behavior of the finance minister in the Teva affair is a disgrace but no surprise. Kahlon is a minister of "I have." When there is change in the cash register, he hurries to call a press conference, smile and hand out benefits, announcing it on public billboards. but when there is something unsavory, an unpopular gas arrangement or thousands of workers being sacked, he disappears. Let someone else take care of it, not even the smile is left from the billboards."


MK Stern: Gov't blaming court for its incompetence

Thursday, December 14, 2017

General(Res.) MK Elazar Stern responded to the Supreme Court ruling that Israel has no authority to hold the bodies of terrorists for negotiations.

Stern said that he had initiated a number of laws stating that exchanges of captives would be bodies for bodies and soldiers for one terrorist, which would allow for holding terrorists bodies. The laws were rejected by the government time after time.

Stern said "once again the government is blaming the court for its own incompetence. I call on the government to promote the law as quickly as possible."


MK Mualem: Court empowering left-wing organizations

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The director of the Caucus for Returning Soldiers, Jewish Home faction leader Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli responded to the Supreme Court decision that Israel has no authority to hold terrorist bodies for negotiation purposes.

Mualem-Rafaeli said that "The Supreme Court was mistaken in its decision and is empowering left-wing organizations who make cynical use of the legal system to fight the state of Israel. Instead of the court justifying the security need to hold negotiating cards it dismisses any possibility of releasing civilians and soldiers being held by Hamas.

"There is no choice but to promote speedy legislation which will allow Israel to keep the bodies of terrorists."


Akunis: Supreme Court decision 'breaks new records'

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Science Minister Ofir Akunis(Likud) responded to the Supreme Court ruling stating that Israel has no authority to hold terrorist bodies for negotiating purposes.

Akunis said that "The Israeli public has almost become accustomed to the strange decisions of the Supreme Court, but there's no doubt the judges have broken new records. In this way the court loses public trust.


Arabs riot near Damascus Gate, 3 arrested

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tens of Arabs rioted near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, attacked police and threw stones and bottles at them.

A police force at the scene dispersed the rioters and arrested three of them who violated public order and attacked police.


Ayoob Kara: Supreme Court harming national resilience

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The political establishment reacted sharply to the Supreme Court ruling stating that Israel has no authority to keep terrorist bodies from Gaza for negotiation purposes.

Communications Minister Ayoob Kara tweeted that "Unfortunately the Supreme Court gets involved in matters of state security and harms national resilience. Claiming that the state cannot hold terrorist bodies gives a prize to terror.

"A topsy-turvy world: Only here in our country the courts accept petitions by terrorist families and ignore the families and ignore families of those murdered and security requirements."



Suspects in attack on doctor,nurse sent to house arrest

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The four Betar Illit residents accused of attacking a doctor and nurse at a local health clinic were sent to house arrest until Tuesday.

Jerusalem Magistrates Court Mika Banki said that "the interrogation materials reveal evidence of the acts ascribed to the defendants.

The judge also acceded to the police request and delayed allowing an appeal to be submitted to the District Court.


Bennett, Shaked: We can't fight terror with hands tied

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked(Jewish Home) responded to the ruling by the Supreme Court that Israel has no authority to hold the bodies of terrorists killed in the demolishing of the Gaza teror tunnel.

"The court erred in its ruling which prevents the state of Israel from keeping the bodies of terrorists. We are at war with murderous terror groups and we can't fight them with our hands tied," the ministers said.

The ministers added that "we will immediately initiate a law which will allow keeping the bodies and will ensure that the bodies of terrorists will not be transferred to their families without the release of our own Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul and the civilians being held by Hamas."



Yariv Levin: Supreme Court judges gave prize to terror

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin responded to the Supreme Court ruling stating that Israel cannot hold terrorist bodies from the tunnel demolished near Gaza last month.

Levin said that "terror received a prize once again from the Supreme Court judges who dealt a death blow to the attempts to return the bodies of our boys being held by Hamas. The Supreme Court decision represents once again a distorted value system in which shameful murderers and their families receive privileges at the expense of IDF soldiers and bereaved families.

"I call on Knesset members from all sides of the political spectrum to wake up and support legislative initiatives which will change the face of the legal system and the Supreme Court."


Jerusalem: 6-yr-old boy falls, badly injured

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A 6-year-old boy fell from height in the Jerusalem neighborhood. He is in serious condition.

MDA teams treated the boy and transferred him to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital.


Supreme Court: Legislate or return terrorists bodies

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Supreme Court acceded to a petition submitted by the families of terrorists eliminated in the demolition of a terror tunnel and ordered Israel to return the bodies or to legislate a law within six months authorizing the security establishment to hold the bodies.



Tens of Teva workers protest at Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tens of Teva workers are demonstrating outside the Science Campus in Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem.

Protesters closed roads. Police are present at the scene.


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