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Al-Aqsa leader opposes surveillance cameras

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The director of the Al-Aqsa association, Shekh Safwat Freij, stated that he is opposed to the installation of surveillance cameras at Temple Mount and added that the crisis at the site would only end when the Waqf was restored to sovereignty on Temple Mount.

"This is an act which enflames the masses. The situation must be returned to what it was before the 14th of July [when the Temple Mount attack occurred]," said Freij to Army Radio. "People compare the entry to Temple Mount to a restuarant, but this is a mosque, one needs to enter in a good mood," added Freij


20-year old cyclist fell off bike, moderately injured

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A 20-year-old bicyclist from the Galilee village of Yarka fell off his bicycle and was moderately injured.

MDA paramedics provided him with medical treatment and transferred him to the Nahariya hospital suffering from injuries to his limbs.


Boycott Law to be resubmitted to Knesset for approval

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Boycott Law, which was approved in the 18th Knesset but divested of its meaning by the Supreme Court, will be brought to the Knesset for approval a second time, according to a Yisrael Hayom report.

The law was initiated by MK Yoav Kisch(Likud) who drew it up with Internal Security Minister Gilad Eerdan. The new version states that those who promote boycotts of Israel will be subject to 100,000 NIS lawsuits without the need to prove damage. If the boycott will cause financial damage, the injured partied will be able to sue up to 0.5 million NIS from the promoter of the boycott.


Machpela house declared closed military zone

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The commander of the Hevron brigade, colonel Itzik Cohen, issued a directive stating that the Machpela House in Hevron is a closed military zone.

On Tuesday, 100 Jews entered the building, which is located adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs and claimed that the building was legally purchased and should be occupied.


Report: Israeli security guard to be interrogated

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The police will invite the security guard who killed two Jordanians in the Israel embassy compound in Jordan Sunday to interrogation, according to a report by the Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

The report stated that the results of the investigation would be transferred to Jordan in accordance with the Vienna convention. The Attorney-General, Avichai Mandelblit, stated that according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, embassy employees are exempt from criminal procedures in the land where they are stationed. Despite this, when they return to Israel the authorities must investigate the accusations against them.


10,000 evacuated after wildfires strike Southern France

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

At least 10,000 people were evacuated overnight after a new wildfire was sparked in southern France, which is already battling massive forest fires, authorities said on Wednesday.

Among those who have been evacuated are believed to be thousands of tourists including people who were staying on campsites.

A fire service official in Bormes-les-Mimosas, said that: ‘The evacuations, at least 10,000, followed the progression of the fire. It’s an area that doubles or triples its population in summer.’


'Create equation: New neighborhood for every attack'

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Itzik Shadmi, a resident of Neve Tzuf where a terrorist murdered 3 residents Friday night, called on the prime minister to create a new equation for every murder: The establishment of a new Jewish neighborhood.

"It's very simple, there's no problem for them to enter a Jewish community every Monday and Thursday, the only reason they don't do this is deterrence, they have what to lose and that is the only method which can have a strategic effect. They must know that with every attack they will lose territory because a new Jewish community will be established and this equation should be known beforehand, the prime minister should announce it in the Knesset.

Shadmi claims this was the policy of Arik Sharon before the disengagement.


Jerusalem Law to first reading in Knesset

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The "Jerusalem Law" requiring 80 MKs for any procedure which will include territorial compromise in Jerusalem will be brought to the Knesset for its first reading on Wednesday.

The Knesset law committee yesterday approved the law which was initiated by MK Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli(Jewish Home)


ECJ to decide whether to list Hamas as terror group

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The European Court of Justice(ECJ) is due to decide on Wednesday whether to keep Hamas listed as a terror organization. The listing is important because it keeps various Hamas funds frozen, limits Hamas from openly doing business in the EU and limits the mobility of Hamas-affiliated persons.

Although the US lists Hamas as a terror organization, the idea of the EU listing Hamas as a terror group has already received two major blows in recent years.

In 2014, an intermediate EU court ordered the EU’s executive branch to remove Hamas from its list of terror groups. The EU, which wants to list Hamas as a terror group, appealed that ruling.

In September 2016, the advocate-general of the European Court of Justice, whose advice is usually followed by the judges, recommended that the court uphold the lower court ruling and remove Hamas from being listed as a terror group.

In the 2016 recommendation, Advocate-General Eleanor Sharpston said that EU governments should independently present evidence on attacks perpetrated by the groups, and that information from outside countries such as the US was not sufficient.

“The council cannot rely on facts and evidence found in press articles and information from the Internet,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Sharpston as saying.


IDF arrested 21 wanted suspects in Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

IDF forces arrested 21 wanted suspects in Judea and Samaria Tuesday night. 17 of the suspects are accused of nationalist terror and violent disturbances against civilians and security personnel.

The suspects were transferred to investigation by security forces.


Poll: 77% believe removal of magnetometers was surrender

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
23% of Israelis believe PM Netanyahu handled recent crisis appropriately, compared to 67% who think otherwise, Channel 2 poll says.

Fmr. Chief of Intelligence: Temple Mount and security

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Watch: Former IDF Intelligence Chief & Head of INSS speaks about Temple Mount security measures and the security situation in the region.

Senate drops subpoena of former Trump campaign manager

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Senate judiciary committee will drop its subpoena of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday.

The two sides have agreed to continue talking, and he will no longer be compelled to appear at a hearing the panel is holding Wednesday, the source said.


Hotovely: Security on Temple Mount meant to save lives

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) on Tuesday related to the controversy surrounding the placement of the magnetometers on the Temple Mount, after the Cabinet decided they would be removed.

Speaking on the BBC, Hotovely explained that Israel had to put security measures on the Temple Mount because of the recent terrorist attack in which two Druze police officers were murdered.


U.S. Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A U.S. Navy ship on Tuesday fired warning shots at an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News.

The American coastal patrol ship fired warning shots from its .50-caliber machine gun at an Iranian patrol boat when it came within 150 yards of the U.S. vessel, the officials said.


White House welcomes removal of metal detectors from Temple Mount

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The United States on Tuesday night welcomed Israel's decision to remove the metal detectors from the Temple Mount.

"The United States applauds the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the region," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


Knesset Ethics Committee reprimands Hazan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Knesset Ethics Committee decided on Tuesday to severely reprimand the often controversial MK Oren Hazan (Likud) following a series of complaints that were filed against him.

Among those who complained against Hazan was MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), who said that Hazan told her at the Knesset plenum as he stood on the lectern, "We will erase your smile from your face...We will erase your ugly smile from your face." Touma-Sliman wrote in the complaint that this sentence was included in a press release distributed by Hazan after the Knesset discussion.


Fatah to Hamas: Dismantle the government in Gaza

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee who is responsible for internal Palestinian affairs, revealed on Tuesday that over the past 10 days he had held direct and indirect contacts, through other countries, with the leadership of Hamas.

In a message to the Hamas leadership, Ahmad said, "We want to implement the reconciliation in one package deal. You must dismantle the executive committee you set up to manage the affairs of the Gaza Strip."


'Machpelah House' residents receive political backing

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ministers and Knesset members from the Likud and the Jewish Home parties on Tuesday congratulated the 15 families who entered the Machpelah House in the city of Hevron, calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to allow the families to remain in their homes.


Trump to Iran: Adhere to the nuclear deal or else...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday to adhere to the terms of the nuclear deal with world powers or "there will be big, big problems" for Tehran.

Speaking at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, and quoted by Reuters, Trump said Iran has been emboldened by the nuclear deal, but added "that won't take place much longer."


Israel to compensate Jordanian who was accidentally killed

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The State of Israel will compensate the family of the Jordanian landlord who was accidentally killed by the Israeli security guard who was attacked in Jordan, Army Radio reported Tuesday evening.

The Israeli security guard was attacked by one of the workers who was replacing furniture in his apartment. The worker stabbed the Israeli several times using a screwdriver.


Haley says 'progress' is being made with China on North Korea sanctions

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The United States is making progress in talks with China on imposing new United Nations sanctions on North Korea over its latest missile test, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

"We're constantly in touch with China ... Things are moving but it's still too early to tell how far they'll move," Haley told reporters, adding that Russia's engagement on the issue will be the "true test".


House approves sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Lawmakers voted 419-3 to approve the bill, according to Fox News.


Driver injured in accident on Highway 77

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A car driver was moderately injured on Tuesday evening in an accident involving two vehicles on Highway 77 near the Bedouin Warrior junction.

The driver was rescued from his vehicle,and was evacuated to hospital.


Senate votes to begin debate on ObamaCare repeal

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Senate on Tuesday voted to begin a debate on ObamaCare repeal legislation, a major step toward the goal of ending the healthcare law.

The motion was approved in a razor-thin 50-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie, according to The Hill.


Netanyahu and Erdan agree on individual inspections at Temple Mount

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night instructed that individual inspections be carried out at the entrances to the Temple Mount.

The instruction was handed out following a conversation between Netanyahu and Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.


Photo: Haredim protest outside home of MK Uri Maklev

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hundreds of activists from the "Jerusalem faction" protested on Tuesday evening outside the home of MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism). They were protesting the approval of the draft law on enlistment by the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Protest outside home of MK Maklev. 

Netanyahu: Don't evacuate Machpela House

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman not to evacuate the 15 families who entered the Machpela House in Hevron tonight.

Approximately 100 people from 15 families entered the home earlier.


Trump: Hezbollah a 'threat' to the entire Middle East

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday hosted Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House.

In a press conference with Hariri, Trump called Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East and accused the group and Iran of fueling a humanitarian disaster in Syria.

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Driver moderately injured in Lower Galilee accident

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A driver was moderately injured in a road accident involving two cars on Road 77 in the Lower Galilee.

The driver was extricated from his car, treated by Ichud Hatzala representatives and transferred to hospital.


Hotovely: Israel is fighting terror to preserve life

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely referred in a BBC interview to the issue of placing magnometers on Temple Mount.

"The Palestinians are the ones who wish to violate the status quo. Israel wants to preserve it. The Palestinians created a problem and expect Israel to sit quietly," said Hotovely.

She added that "Israel is fighting terror to preserve life. Both in the Vatican and in Mecca there are security precautions and Temple Mount is no different."



ISIS prisoners describe horrors to disguised journalist

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Israeli journalist Tzvi Yehezkeli went disguised as a Muslim journalist to the Syrian-Turkish border in order to meet and interview ISIS terrorists. He heard testimony from ISIS representatives who themselves were held in ISIS jails as well as members of other organizations.

Yehezkeli met prisoners who described horrifying conditions, torture and extorted confessions. "I was left hanging but kept quiet because I was afraid to die," said one former prisoner.

Yehezkeli was interviewed by Israel's Channel 10 about his experiences.


Police break up riots near Lion's Gate in Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Police broke up disturbances which occurred near Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Tuesday evening after worshipers leaving the area threw stones and objects at police.

Police used riot dispersal methods to restore order.


Watch:John McCain arrives in Senate to rousing applause

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

John McCain, who recently announced that he was diagnosed with brain cancer and had undergone surgery Friday night to remove a tumor, came back to the Senate for a crucial vote on health reforms. He was greeted by applause from across the house.


Netanyahu offers condolences to policemen's families

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara came to Hurfish in the Upper Galilee Tuesday evening in order to offer their condolences to the family of policeman Kamil Shanan, murdered in the Temple Mount attack

Kamil's father, former Labor MK Shakib Shanan, thanked Netanyahu for coming and said that "the Jewish nation which you lead has shown us its noble character in the past few days. A people which loves and honors its partners. The state of Israel is the best place in the world for the Druze."

Netanyahu said he was moved by these words and added "we came to express our love for you. Sara and I want to hug you lovingly."

Netanyahu also visited the house of fallen Druze policeman Hail Sitawi.


PM: Erdogan 'last one who can preach to Israel'

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Prime Minister's office responded to criticism by Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, stating that "it would be interesting to see what Erdogan would say to the residents of northern Cyprus or to the Kurds. Erdogan is the last one who can preach to Israel."


MK Mualem-Rafaeli: Court should back security officials

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MK Shul Mualem-Rafaeli(Jewish Home) attacked the decision by the Supreme Court judges to order police to return the bodies of the terrorists who murdered the two policemen on Temple Mount.

"Once again the Supreme Court has intervened in security officials' considerations," said Mualem-Rafael. "The three terrorists did not just murder Israeli policemen, they also created a diplomatic crisis in Israel."

She added that "returning the bodies to the families will allow the terror organizations to turn their funeral into a carnival of incitement and their graves will be revered sites. I expect the Supreme Court to rely on the considerations of security officials and to support their decision."



Bennett: A heroic family

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jewish Home leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett came to offer condolences at the house of the Salomon family in Neve Tzuf after three family members were murdered last Friday night in their home.

Bennett described the family as a "heroic family, Michal who saved the kids, Elad who fought with the terrorist in order to buy time so that Michal would be able to protect the children, Chaya the teacher who went out and called on neighbours with her last breaths and in that way they saved the five children," said Bennett, adding that "I am proud to be part of a people who act in this way."

Bennett stressed that the attack was not due to magnometers placed on Temple Mount. "Our enemy wants to kill us with or without magnometers, with or without a state, in 1929 [when Arabs rioted and killed 66 Jews in Hevron] there was no state and no magnometers."


Police complete removal of Temple Mount magnetometers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Israeli police announced Tuesday evening that it had completed the removal of the metal detectors from the gates of Temple Mount.

The announcement stated that the act was "in accordance with the decision of the political echelon as received this morning."


Fatah to Hamas: Dismantle Gaza steering committee

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee responsible for internal Palestinian connections, revealed that during the past ten days he had conducted contacts with the Hamas leadership in Gaza.

Al-Ahmad said that Fatah was demanding the dissolution of the Hamas committee which is governing the Gaza strip.

The PA has used various punitive steps against Hamas after it established the steering committee in March, acting as a local government.

Ahmad also warned Hamas of Israel's "disgusting' plans to establish sovereignty in Jerusalem and harm the sanctity of the El-Aqsa mosque and added "why isn't the El-Aqsa mosque worthy of all the nationalists uniting to guard it and the future of the Palestinian issue?"


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