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Shekel, dollar, pound up - Euro down

Monday, October 23, 2017

The official value of the shekel rose an average of .304 percent on Monday against most of the featured currencies on the Bank of Israel's foreign-exchange list.

The United States dollar was fixed at NIS 3.491, down .057 percent from Friday, while the Euro declined .505 percent to 4.1002 shekels and the pound sterling was set at 4.5974 shekels, up .227 percent. The Canadian dollar fell 1.039 percent to NIS 2.7631.


PM welcomes signing of Germany-Israel submarine MOU

Monday, October 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Israel and Germany on the acquisition of submarines.

A statement by the Prime Minister's Office said, "The MOU is strategically important to the security of Israel. Its signing reflects the commitment of Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel to the security of Israel and the deep cooperation between the two countries." Netanyahu expressed his deep appreciation to Chancellor Merkel, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.


Knesset bans binary options trade

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Knesset has approved the second and third readings of a bill initiated by the Israel Securities Authority to prohibit trading in binary options in a merchant arena, whether the arena is directed at customers in Israel or abroad.

Chairwoman Rachel Azaria of the Knesset reform committee that prepared the legislation said, "The police and the Israel Securities Authority have unequivocally clarified the importance of the law to the country in general and to the Israeli capital market in particular. They speak a lot about the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions -ed] movement and how Israel is perceived in the world. This law has tremendous importance as to how we are perceived in the financial world."


IDF suspends officer probed for illegal arms possession

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ground-forces Commander Kobi Barak has suspended the commander of the border defense unit and the chief combat officer, Brigadier General Mordechai Kahane for 14 days.

Kahana was interrogated on suspicion that he received and improperly held military equipment and civilian equipment for an extended period of time.

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Meet the Jew who may bomb North Korea

Monday, October 23, 2017
US Air Force Commander David Goldfein is responsible, among other things, for the fleet of bombers that may soon strike the rogue state.

IDF: No pointing guns at others during training

Monday, October 23, 2017

Chief Safety Officer Oded Bar Maoz of the Israel Defense Forces recently issued a new procedure prohibiting soldiers from carrying out training which includes aiming weapons at a person.

The new procedure follows an increase in safety incidents in the IDF in which the number of soldiers killed went from four in 2014 to eight in 2015 and double figures the past two years.


Shabbat-closing law to ministers on Sunday

Monday, October 23, 2017

A bill to close supermarkets on the Sabbath will be submitted to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday, according to walla!.

The bill was signed by members of the United Torah Judaism, Shas and Jewish Home parties.


Aliyah Day at the Knesset tomorrow

Monday, October 23, 2017

In accordance with the law enacted in June instituting a national observance on the seventh of Heshvan, the Knesset will hold a series of events on Tuesday celebrating Jewish immigration to the country, including a special meeting of the Immigration Committee with the participation of Prime Minister  Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

The seventh of Cheshvan was chosen due to its proximity to the Shabbat on which the ”Lech Lecha” Torah portion is read, in which G-d commands Abraham to leave his home and go to the Land of Israel. 


New law to cancel or significantly reduce child support

Monday, October 23, 2017
Kulanu Member of Knesset Merav Ben Ari promotes a bill to eliminate or significantly reduce the child support paid by fathers with shared custody of children.

15 years, fine for stealing weapons from an IDF base

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Be'er Sheva court has sentenced 48-year-old Muhammad Zuabi of Tamra to 15 years in prison and fined 100,000 shekels for conspiring to steal weapons from an Israel Defense Forces base in nearby Sde Teiman, after it was proved that together with his son and another IDF officer who was in charge of securing the weapons, they planned to steal ammunition from a bunker for sale in exchange for large sums of money, according to Channel 2 Television.

According to the indictment, 77 spray grenades, 13 light anti-armor missiles and a Matador missile were stolen. Handing down the ruling, the court wrote, "There is a real potential for harming civilians and the security of the state, a fear that still exists today, when the full number of stolen weapons has not been located."


Jerusalem: Border Police vehicle stoned by haredim

Monday, October 23, 2017

Haredi Jews from the extremist Peleg Yerushalmi faction hurled stones at a Border Police vehicle on the Haim Bar-Lev Road near the Jerusalem hotel intersection.

There were no casualties but the window of the car was damaged. The police identified several haredim who threw stones and fled. Searches were started to locate the suspects.


'No president has ever attacked the state like this'

Monday, October 23, 2017
Culture Minister Miri Regev says President Reuven Rivlin crossed a line in his attack on the government today.

10 IS terrorists killed in suspected Israeli airstrike

Monday, October 23, 2017
A Syrian human rights group says the Islamic State terrorists were killed near the Golan border.

Ben-Ari: We'll run for Knesset. They won't shut us up.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Former Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari, chairman of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, told Arutz Sheva on Monday that the Sunday-night report of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's intention to lower the threshold for parties to enter the Knesset is no more than a spin. He called it an attempt to shake the foundations of several parties in the coalition to show them that they have something to fear," adding, "He just wants to send a message to the coalition partners, that just as he needs them, they need him."

Ben-Ari declared that Jewish Power" will agree to alliances but will also run alone. "What is happening right now is that the big parties are trying to swallow us. From my point of view, there is no choice but to deal. I'm losing time and money and I know I'm not sure I'm going in but I'm not willing to shut up in the name of this obsession."


Tomorrow: Memorial ceremony for Rechavam Ze'evi

Monday, October 23, 2017

A memorial ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of the murder of government minister Rechavam (Gandhi) Ze'evi will be held tomorrow at 14:00 on Mount Herzl, in the presence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, members of the Ze'evi family and Knesset members.


A-G: Law banning investigation of PM 'absurd'

Monday, October 23, 2017
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit says the "French Law" would keep corrupt prime ministers in power.

Complex heart transplant at Ein Karem ends in death

Monday, October 23, 2017

A 54-year-old man died Monday at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital during a complex operation to replace an artificial heart with a human heart.

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"My knee bleeding, I limped downhill"

Monday, October 23, 2017
Breaking the wall that silences victims of Arab harassment, Ayelet Lash recalls a bloody humiliation. #andmetoo

District Court upholds Gopstein house arrest

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Jerusalem District Court has upheld the Jerusalem Magistrates Court's release of Bentzi Gopstein to five days of house arrest.

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Extremist haredi demonstrations in Jerusalem end

Monday, October 23, 2017

Demonstrations at several Jerusalem locations by the Peleg Yerushalami haredi faction against the military draft have ended.

Roads which were blocked have opened to traffic. Eleven rioters were arrested by the police.


Anti-Semitic vandal: Knew neighbors were Jewish by their speech

Monday, October 23, 2017
The man who painted a swastika and an anti-Jewish slur on a Staten Island, New York home tells police he "knew" his neighbors were Jewish without being told.

Police appeal against Gopstein house arrest under way

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Jerusalem District Court is currently deliberating the appeal filed by the police against the release of Bentzi Gopstein to house arrest.

The chairman of the Lehava anti-assimilation organization was arrested early yesterday morning on suspicion of making threats and the Jerusalem Magistrates Court ordered his release to house arrest after it found the evidence against to be weak.


Yesha-security protest tent near PM residence tomorrow

Monday, October 23, 2017

Local-council heads from Judea and Samaria will set up a protest tent near Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residence tomorrow, demanding that the necessary budget be transferred for security components in the Jewish communities and the paving of bypass roads.

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Bitan: No Kulanu support for French law = no coalition

Monday, October 23, 2017

Coalition Chairman David Bitan is threatening that if the Kulanu party of Minister Moshe Kahlon does not support the "French law", which seeks to ban the investigation of a sitting prime minister, the coalition will fall apart and go to elections.

Earlier, Kahlon gave members of the Kulanu Knesset faction permission to vote their conscience on the measure.


Liberman demands immediate release of Elor Azaria

Monday, October 23, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has demanded the immediate release of Elor Azaria, the former soldier serving a 14-month manslaughter sentence for killing a wounded terrorist.

Speaking to his Yisrael Beytenu party, Liberman also revealed that Hezbollah was responsible for the rocket fire that exploded in Israel last Saturday, saying, "They're trying to drag us into fighting in Syria."


Netanyahu slams opposition 'sourpusses'

Monday, October 23, 2017
The prime minister says the opposition needs a scandal to bring him down since they can't win elections and praises Israel's relationship with Trump Administration.

10 arrested in haredi protest at String Bridge

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ten people have been arrested as a result of the demonstration by the extremist Peleg Yerushalmi haredi faction in the area of the String Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem against the military draft .


Georgian parliament speaker due Tuesday

Monday, October 23, 2017

Dr. Irakli Kobakhidze, the speaker of Georgia's parliament, will arrive tomorrow for an official visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two countries.

During the visit, he will meet with Knesset Speaker Edelstein and Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog, and is expected to hold a diplomatic meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, after which he will visit Yad Vashem.


Bennett: Supreme Court overstepped its authority

Monday, October 23, 2017
Jewish Home Chair Naftali Bennett marks main goal of faction in winter session: Returning government power to government.

Romania asked to shorten Holocaust survivor bureaucracy

Monday, October 23, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met today with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Viorel Meleșcanu and thanked him for Romania's support for Israel over the years. The Romanian foreign minister expressed his country's desire to deepen the economic relations between the two countries as reflected in Romania's intention to open another consulate in Haifa soon. In addition, a joint economic committee was convened to discuss specific projects.

Hotovely raised the issue of pensions and the return of stolen property to Holocaust survivors from Romania and sought to help shorten the associated bureaucratic processes. Meleșcanu accepted the request and announced that a special attache would soon arrive in Israel to assist in this issue.


'Detention of Lehava activists a situation which will explode'

Monday, October 23, 2017
Court orders release of 2 minors arrested in raids on Lehava activists. "State says leftists doing the same thing is freedom of speech."

Herzog: Society afraid and frustrated because of PM

Monday, October 23, 2017

Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of causing fear and frustration among Israeli society due to what he called Netanyahu's putting his office before the good of the nation.

The former Labor Party chairman cited Netanyahu for fragmenting Israeli society and causing a rift with Diaspora Jews.


PM confirms submarine agreement with Germany

Monday, October 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has confirmed that Israel and Germany have signed a memorandum of agreement on the purchase of three submarines by Israel, saying the signing took place earlier in the afternoon.

Netanyahu made the confirmation during his speech to the ceremonial opening of the Knesset's winter session, in which he was heckled while discussing Israel's accomplishments. He thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Rivlin: Attempt to weaken the gatekeepers of democracy

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Knesset began its winter session Monday. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the governing coalition at the opening plenum for the ongoing efforts to restrict  the Supreme Court's authority.

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Hundreds block traffic near Jerusalem's String Bridge

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hundreds of haredi extremists from the Peleg Yerushalmi faction are blocking traffic near Jerusalem's String Bridge at the entrance to the city from Highway 1.


'Concerned that Jews feel insecure'

Monday, October 23, 2017
The president of the European Parliament hosts the president of the Conference of Rabbis of Europe on the occasion of the publication of a new book he authored.

Knesset Speaker: Return separation of powers as of old

Monday, October 23, 2017

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has called for the separation of powers in Israel to be returned to the way it was, telling the ceremonial opening session of the Knesset's winter session that it has become a myth.

Edelstein said, "The spread of power between the three authorities and the strict observance that each of them will carry out its unique function are necessary and not a nice decoration. These are the defining elements of our governance structure. They are the ones who guarantee the freedom of our citizens. Without them, Israel's prosperity as a Jewish and democratic state is in danger."


Is 'Jihad' an acceptable name? French court to decide

Monday, October 23, 2017
Muslim parents in Toulouse, where a terror attack on a Jewish school occurred, seek to name their child "Jihad".

Jerusalem light rail partially suspended by haredim

Monday, October 23, 2017

Due to the blocking of the light rail tracks in Jerusalem by haredi demonstrators near Shivtei Israel Street, trains are currently operating only between the Mount Herzl station and the Damascus Gate station and between the Kheil Ha'avir station in Pisgat Zeev and Ammunition Hill.

There is no train service between the Damascus Gate and Ammunition Hill stations.

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