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Watch live: 2016 Democratic National Convention

Monday, July 25, 2016
Live coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


Sharansky: Passage of Mikveh Law 'unfortunate'

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chairman Natan Sharansky of the Jewish Agency has criticized the Knesset for its passage of the "Mikveh Law" on Monday evening.

Sharansky issued a statement which said, “This bill, which offers no solution to the non-Orthodox denominations, circumvents the rulings of the High Court of Justice. It is unfortunate that the bill passed before such a solution was ensured.”


Mikveh Bill Passes

Monday, July 25, 2016

By a margin of 41-35, the Knesset approved, Monday evening, the so-called Mikveh bill.

The bill states that public Mikvaot, baths used for the purpose of ritual immersion, will only follow the guidelines of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. The bill is an effort to cancel the Supreme Court's decision that public Mikvaot must be open for use in all conversions, including conversions through the Reform and Conservative movements that do not completely adhere to Jewish law.


Watch: Netanyahu urges Arabs to 'take part in our society'

Monday, July 25, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologizes for controversial election statements about Arab voters - then goes "one step further".


UN panel blames Israel for local Arab woes

Monday, July 25, 2016

The United Nations Economic and Social Council passed a resolution, Monday, blaming Israel for the economic plight of Arabs in Gaza, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria.

Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the UN, called the resolution "fundamentally distorted." He cited the council for singling out Israel while thousands are being slaughtered in the Syrian civil war.


Sanders blasts 'demogogue' Trump, urges vote for Clinton

Monday, July 25, 2016
Bernie Sanders uses Democratic National Convention speech to call for party unity - but not everyone is buying it.


Debbie Wasserman Schultz at last minute drops out of convention

Monday, July 25, 2016
In a surprise move, after insisting she would address the Democratic National Convention no matter what, the DNC chairwoman gives in to pressure.


Herzl, Protective Edge memorials on Tuesday

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tuesday marks the 112th anniversary of the passing of Zionist visionary Theodor (Binyamin Ze'ev) Herzl. It also marks the second anniversary of the beginning of ground operations by Israel as part of the Protective Edge counterterror operation in Gaza.

The state will honor Herzl and those who fell during Protective Edge in memorial services at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.


5 things to expect from Bernie Sanders’ speech at the DNC

Monday, July 25, 2016
When Sanders began his campaign, no one expected him to make it so far. At the Democratic Convention, he'll seek to make his message heard.


PA to Arab League: Help us sue UK over Balfour

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Palestinian Authority asked the Arab League, Monday, to help it sue Britain over the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the British Mandate for Palestine near the end of World War I.

PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told and Arab League summit in Mauritania that London is responsible for all “Israeli crimes” committed since the end of the mandate in 1948. He said the declaration “gave people who don’t belong there something that wasn’t theirs.”

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Netanyahu 'stands by' conversation with Elor Azariya's father

Monday, July 25, 2016
Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses terror tunnels, Hamas, Iran, America, and Elor Azariya in conversation with military correspondents.


Knesset bars publishing name of soldier being probed

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Knesset has passed the final readings of a bill to ban publication of the name of a soldier, police officer or other member of Israeli security forces under investigation until final judgement is handed down.

The sponsor of the bill, Member of Knesset Eyal Ben-Reuven (Zionist Union), told the plenum, "It's our duty to protect our fighters on every possible front, including undue exposure, which harms soldiers and their relatives. The law is not intended to prevent investigation, questioning and punishment. On the contrary - it is intended to allow it, but in the proper framework."


'Brexit aftermath overshadows ongoing Labour anti-Semitism'

Monday, July 25, 2016
Anti-Semitism expert warns interest in Labour anti-Semitism has largely vanished, but the hatred itself is still flourishing.


Israel strikes source of Syrian mortar fire

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Israel Air Force has carried out an attack along the Syrian border against the source of the mortar shell which landed in an open area near the border.

There were no injuries or damage from the mortar fire, which is believed to have ocurred as a result of fighting in Syria's civil war.

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PM: The cabinet discussed Gaza tunnels before 2014 op.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, Monday, that the cabinet discussed Gaza terror tunnels eight times before the Protective Edge counterterror operation in 2014. Speaking with military reporters, he based his claim on a review of cabinet discussions in the 18 months leading up to the fighting.

Netanyahu said instructions for dealing with the threat were discussed by the cabinet and when he toured the south. He said that while it appears impossible to keep Hamas from re-arming, if there is another conflict, "the other side will pay a heavy price."

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Democratic National Convention starts under cloud of controversy

Monday, July 25, 2016
Donald Trump surges ahead of Hillary Clinton in the latest polls, as the backlash continues over the leaked Democrat email scandal.


One year since Iran deal, 'the threat is still there'

Monday, July 25, 2016
A year after Iran nuclear deal, the former head of IDF intelligence says the situation is better short-term, but the long-term threat looms.


Sunk by anti-Bernie emails after 'anti-Semitic' Trump

Monday, July 25, 2016

Just last week, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was playing the anti-Semitism card against Donald Trump - now the tables have turned, and how. An analysis


'No one in the country would want Netanyahu replaced'

Monday, July 25, 2016
The father of Oz Mendelovitch, who was killed in operation Protective Edge, opposes calls from bereaved parents for a renewed investigation.


Religious Newspaper 3rd in Weekend Circulation

Monday, July 25, 2016

Arutz Sheva's sister publication "Besheva" placed third in a survey of weekend newspapers by the TGI organization, released on Monday.

Identified as "the most widely-distributed weekly for the religious-Zionist public in Israel", "Besheva" was topped only by "Yediot Ahronot" and "Yisrael Hayom". Its 7.7 percent share beat "Maariv" (5.5 percent), "Haaretz" (4.3 percent) and Makor Rishon (3.5 percent)


Relief from the heat will be brief

Monday, July 25, 2016

It will be partly cloudy Monday evening. Fair skies will prevail during the day, Tuesday through Friday. The slight warming trend will continue on Tuesday, making it warmer than usual in the mountains and inland regions. There will be an increase in heat stress. Wednesday will still be warmer than usual in spite of a slight cooling trend that will continue on Thursday. Friday will be a repeat of Tuesday.

Tuesday highs:
Jerusalem: 32Celsius/89Fahrenheit; Sea of Galilee: 40C/104F;
Golan Heights: 36/96; Haifa, Tel Aviv: 31/87;
Be'er Sheva': 37/98; Dead Sea: 41/105; Eilat: 43/109


Syrian mortar shell next to Golan border

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Israel Defense Forces announced, Monday evening, that a Syrian mortar shell exploded in an open area near the center of the Golan Heights security fence.

No injuries or damage were reported. The firing of the shell appears to be a spillover from the civil war on the Syrian side of the border.


Not enough staff to ease restrictions on firearms

Monday, July 25, 2016

Herzl Kabalo, who heads the firearm licensing branch of the Public Safety Ministry, said, Monday, that the ministry is discussing ways to ease restrictions on guns in light of the wave of terror that started last fall. Addressing a meeting of the Knesset Lobby for Shaping Gun-Carrying Policy in Israel, he said one of the problems is the lack of staff to handle applications.

Lobby Chairman Amir Ohana said a decision had to be reached in principle. Then lawmakers would help with administrative problems. He said self defense was a natural law in every human society. The point was illustrated by the recent use of bare hands, knives, axes and a truck. In spite of isolated incidents in Israel, he said, "One doesn't stop an attack with a selfie stick or a guitar."


Why do Palestinians prefer to work for Israeli employers?

Monday, July 25, 2016
Watch: Speakers on official PA TV explain that working conditions for Palestinians are far more favorable under Israeli employers.


Tel Aviv stocks slip again

Monday, July 25, 2016

For the second straight day this week, the composite index of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange finished trading, Monday, down .05 percent. The TA 100 was down .03 percent, including a drop of .32 percent by the TA 25 most widely-invested stocks.

Technical issues, dividend stocks and bonds showed modest gains.


Hundreds protest refinery expansion in Haifa

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hundreds of residents from Haifa and the surrounding area held a protest march, Monday evening, against last week's decision by the national planning and building council to approve expansion of Haifa's oil refinery and infrastructure for oil and energy.

The demonstrators are protesting what they call the danger of increased pollution. Some of them carried signs warning of cancer.


Housing Cabinet OKs new Negev Bedouin community

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Housing Cabinet unanimously approved, Monday, the creation of a new Bedouin community, south of Be'er Sheva'.

The goal is to provide a place for 9,000 members of the Al-Azazma tribe, which has illegally dwelt on state lands in the nearby Ramat Hovev area.


'We are tired of empty words and hollow promises'

Monday, July 25, 2016
Family of Hadar Goldin, whose body is held by Hamas, attacks government for inaction in getting back bodies of Hadar and Oron Shaul.

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