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CER participates in international prayer meeting for peace

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Rabbi Haïm Korsia, Chief Rabbi of France, participates in international Prayer for Peace initiative in Rome.

Egypt's army shows exploding Israeli ship in motivational video

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Promotional video for Egyptian Navy depicts destruction of vessel on which Israeli flag is hoisted, prompting query to Prime Minister.

MK Haim Katz: 'We have a government that's deserting settlement'

Thursday, October 22, 2020
MK Chaim Katz criticizes government conduct in Judea and Samaria during tour by Eretz Ysrael lobby in young Gush Etzion communities.

Former director of Education Min: Children can't stay at home for so long

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Michal Cohen, a former director-general at the Education Ministry and a member of the government's advisory committee on coronavirus, has criticized the prolonged closure of schools in the current lockdown.

"You can't just keep children at home like this," she told Kan Bet today. "Coronavirus has been around for almost a year now. It has to be dealt with by consensus, and that's not happening. The Education Ministry is a centralized institution, and it is not succeeding in managing this situation."


MK Zohar: The public is right to be fed up with politicians

Thursday, October 22, 2020

"I can understand why the public is fed up with us," coalition head Miki Zohar said today on Radio 103FM.

"They expect us politicians to be discussing the things that they care about - after all, they voted for us to represent them. Instead, they are disappointed when all we do is concern ourselves with politics."


What the Kramer family want you to know about their daughter

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Helping his daughter is literally a matter of life and death.

MK Lapid: Invalidating a vote when you don't like result isn't democratic

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Speaking on Galei Tzahal today, opposition head MK Yair Lapid condemned yesterday's events in the Knesset - when the Speaker invalidated a vote calling for a commission of inquiry into the Submarine Affair on technical grounds that are not entirely clear and have been disputed.

"Netanyahu has to defend what happened yesterday, in order to be able to continue to boast that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East," he said. "But invalidating a Knesset vote simply because one does not like the result is not exactly democratic."


'I hope Trump works to authorize the outposts'

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Chair of Republicans Overseas Israel says he hopes Israeli outposts receive status of veteran neighborhoods or of communities.

Moroccan blogger persecuted by state media for pro-Israel views

Thursday, October 22, 2020
"When I first visited Israel, they slandered me and threatened to kill me, but I was not afraid. This time I'm scared."

Blue & White demands end to Likud stalling on new legislation

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Blue & White party has demanded that the ministerial committee for legislation be convened next Sunday in order to deal with a number of new laws.

"Blue & White has initiated the process of cutting the salaries of senior government officials, and party members have been contributing their salaries every month for more than six months already," their statement reads.

"Naturally, the party's ministers will vote in favor of cutting the salaries of senior officials when the issue comes up for a vote in the Knesset, just as they will vote in favor of a state budget, approval of government regulations, and the passage of dozens of reforms and laws that have been held up by the Likud for months.

"We call on the Likud to advance a long list of laws that are waiting to be passed on Sunday. Do the right thing for the citizens of Israel," the party concluded its statement.


Holon resident indicted for spraying pepper gas at protesters

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Police have issued an indictment against a 24-year-old resident of Holon, who sprayed pepper gas at left-wing protesters at a demonstration against Prime Minister Netanyahu.


MK Shelah: The sooner the government collapses, the better

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Speaking on Radio 103 FM this morning, MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) said that what occurred yesterday in the Knesset was yet another sign that the country is headed for elections.

"It wasn't the end of democracy, but it did show us that the current coalition is totally dysfunctional," he said. "Anyone familiar with Israeli politics realizes this, and the sooner this government collapses, the better."


Author speaks about the 'Broken Values' of the Democratic Party

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Author Gideon Israel analyzes shift in the Democratic party platform. "The values of the party in 2020 are not the ones from 50 years ago."

Motorcyclist critically injured on Highway 1

Thursday, October 22, 2020

A motorcyclist has skidded on Highway 1 and sustained life-threatening injuries.

MDA paramedics are attempting to resuscitate him.


MK Haim Katz: Government has abandoned the settlements

Thursday, October 22, 2020

MK Haim Katz accused the government of "abandoning the settlements" today, saying that, "the government has given up on building there."


757,000 ordered to self-isolate due to ISA contact tracing, 1/3 appealed

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Supreme Court has commenced hearings on use of the ISA (Shabak) to conduct contact tracing for coronavirus carriers.

During today's hearing, it emerged that to date, 757,000 people have been ordered to self-isolate due to the ISA's tracing, and around a third of their isolation orders have been appealed.


Former Speaker: What happened yesterday: beginning of the end for democracy

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Interviewed on Kan Bet this morning, former Knesset Speaker Dan Tichon addressed the events in the Knesset yesterday surrounding the invalidation of a Knesset vote on a commission of inquiry into the Submarine Affair.

"Since the Knesset Speaker did not accompany his invalidation of the vote and call for a repeat with the signatures of at least 20 MKs, the original vote remains valid," Tichon said. "Anyone who says there are precedents for what happened yesterday doesn't know what he's talking about.

"In fact, what happened yesterday was unparalleled - don't tell me stories about it, okay? I was there for 20 years, and I'm telling you that this is the beginning of the end for democracy here."


Shaare Zedek hospital: 55 Covid-19 patients, 39 in serious condition

Thursday, October 22, 2020

According to updated figures from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, there are currently 55 people hospitalized in its coronavirus department.

16 are on ventilators in critical condition and another 23 are in serious condition.


Come on, man: New York Post: Hunter business partner confirms e-mail

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Former Hunter partner: 'Willing and eager participant in family scheme to make millions by partnering with shady Chinese Communist firm.'

Kamala’s husband: ‘I'm married to next US President'

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Some say viral video proves Biden is mere decoy in US presidential election.

Nahariya hospital: 47 Covid-19 patients, 28 in serious condition

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya currently has 47 coronavirus patients in its wards.

28 are in serious condition and another 10 are on ventilators in critical condition.


MK Ram Shefa: Yesterday's tumult was about bringing government down

Thursday, October 22, 2020

MK Ram Shefa (Blue & White) told Galei Tzahal today that the opposition parties who tried to push through a vote establishing a commission of inquiry into the Submarine Affair yesterday didn't really have the Submarine Affair in mind.

"All they wanted was to challenge the coalition," he alleged.


Raw sewage flows into sea; warning issued for two beaches

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Due to a malfunction in the main sewage line and the flow of raw sewage into the sea, the Health Ministry has issued a warning against bathing on the following beaches: Achziv ("Banana Beach") in the area of the Mate Asher Regional Council; and the separate beach "Shirat Hayam."

The Health Ministry of Health will continue to monitor water quality.


Meretz head attacks deputy Speaker for yesterday's events

Thursday, October 22, 2020

MK Nitzan Horowitz, the head of the Meretz party, has criticized the deputy Speaker (from the Joint List) for his conduct.

"MK Mansour Abbas did something very serious yesterday, and I don't know if he was mistaken or not, but this wasn't the first time," he said. "I don't know what happened in the Speaker's office, or between him and Netanyahu," he told Kan News.


Foreign diplomats learn about Israel, from inside

Thursday, October 22, 2020
ADL online seminar for high-ranking diplomats serving in Israel aimed to provide knowledge, fight antisemitism & delegitimization

Hannity: Hunter Biden laptop linked to FBI money laundering probe

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fox News: FBI allegedly subpoenaed laptop in 2019. Unclear at this point whether investigation ongoing or directly related to Hunter Biden


Mickey Zohar: 'We prevented opposition coup'

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Coalition Chairman responds to attacks on cancelling vote on commission of inquiry into Submarine Affair, 'We acted correctly.'

MK Barkat: Government is dysfunctional - we need elections

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Speaking on Galei Tzahal this morning, MK Nir Barkat (Likud) called for the government to be dissolved and elections called.

"If the government cannot function, with factions constantly threatening each other, then we should just disband the whole thing," he said.


MK Zamir: Remaining in power for so long is problematic in itself

Thursday, October 22, 2020

MK Assaf Zamir (Blue & White) told Galei Tzahal this morning that in his opinion, the simple fact that Netanyahu has been in power for so long is problematic.

"A situation in which people don't vacate their seats of power for decades brings negative consequences," he said, adding that, "and this applies even if they are good leaders."


Prof. Gamzu: Most new virus carriers are younger people

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Prof. Ronni Gamzu, the government's coronavirus project manager, told Galei Tzahal today that those most affected by the second wave of the coronavirus have been younger people.

"Most of those infected in the current wave of the virus have few symptoms," he said, "which means that they are a silent force fueling the epidemic."


Hadash: Yesterday's events exposed all the ugliness of the Netanyahu regime

Thursday, October 22, 2020

This morning, the Hadash faction of the Joint List issued its response to yesterday's tumult in the Knesset surrounding voting on the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the Submarine Affair.

"The invalidation of a democratic vote in the Knesset plenum by the Speaker was a dangerous step that exposes the Netanyahu regime in all its ugliness - systematic and forceful repression under the guise of procedural democracy," the statement reades. "The bizarre conduct yesterday in the Knesset plenum is the tip of the iceberg of the policy of eliminating democracy in favor of the will of the defendant from Balfour.

"The Hadash faction strongly rejects this gross violation of parliamentary norms and the attempts to justify the serious damage sustained to democracy. The Hadash faction, together with the entire Joint List, will continue in its role as a militant opposition."


Minister Steinitz: 1,000 new cases per day is still a large number

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Speaking on Kan Bet this morning, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that although he is pleased with the results of the current lockdown, he would have liked to see contagion rates drop further before easing the restrictions.

"The results of the lockdown are encouraging," he said, "but 1,000 new cases per day is still a lot. I think we should have waited until the number of new daily cases dropped beneath 1,000 per day before starting to emerge from lockdown."

Steinitz added that, "The fact that all the country's red zones are now either orange or green shows that around 95% of the population are adhering to most of the guidelines."


Ziv hospital: 18 Covid-19 patients, 14 in serious condition

Thursday, October 22, 2020

According to data provided by Ziv hospital in Tzfat, there are currently 18 people in its coronavirus department.

Five are in serious condition, and nine are in critical condition on ventilators.

For some reason, the Health Ministry's covid-19 website has not updated its statistics regarding admissions to hospital coronavirus departments for several months.


A whole new world - lessons from Parashat Noach

Thursday, October 22, 2020
The world changed after the Deluge. Ours can as well.

Suspicion reservists leaked Minister Gila Gamliel's file

Thursday, October 22, 2020
IDF suspects military personnel entered epidemiological test database and leaked details of Minister Gamliel, causing 'unusual incident'.

Doctor in Covid-19 ICU: No drugs are effective against coronavirus

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Dr. Uri Galanta, who works in the coronavirus ICU in Soroka hospital, told Galei Tzahal this morning that there is as yet no effective drug to treat coronavirus.

"Luckily, the proportion of patients in serious condition is low," he said. "But we can't predict who is going to end up in serious condition."


Police arrest 2 for possession of cannabis, driving taxi without license

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Border Police apprehended two suspects in a taxi, and discovered 5 kg of cannabis hidden in the baggage compartment. The driver had no license to work as a taxi driver.

The driver, a man in his twenties from Rahat, and the passenger, a man in his forties from Ashkelon, were both put under arrest and their remand was extended until Sunday.


1,089 new covid cases in last 24 hours, 2.7% positivity rate

Thursday, October 22, 2020

According to updated figures from the Health Ministry, 1,089 people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, out of 42,909 tests conducted - a positivity rate of 2.7%.

There are currently 581 people in serious condition in the country's hospitals, with 231 on ventilators.

The death toll has risen to 2,292 people since the outbreak of the pandemic.


World Bnei Akiva director: Strengthen status of emissaries

Thursday, October 22, 2020
"The shaliach is the root from which the branches of Judaism, the community and the connection to the Land of Israel emerge and grow."

Giuliani claims proof Biden was partner with Chinese Communists

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Rudy Giuliani discusses evidence that 'establishes with texts, documents, contracts' that 'Joe Biden was 10% partner with Chinese communist'
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