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'Israeli Melania' makes it big in US

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Israeli actress finds her uncanny resemblance to the new First Lady has its rewards.


The letter Sara Netanyahu received

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Netanyahu and First Lady visit 'Moriah' Jewish school in Sydney with Australian Prime Minister.


Islamic terror attack foiled in Germany

Thursday, February 23, 2017
German authorities arrest Salafist for bomb plot.


Program to absorb Syrian orphans frozen

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A progam under which Israel would absorb a hundred orphans from Syria as a humanitarian gesture has been put on hold, according to Kol Yisrael government radio.

The initiative is being delayed due to the resistance of government officials. It was approved by a special committee of the Population and Immigration Authority, the Foreign Ministry and the Jewish Agency, but since the publication of its existence last month, nothing has been done to move it forward.


Bank of Israel buys $200 million due to strong shekel

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Bank of Israel bought about 200 million dollars on Thursday following the recent appreciation of the shekel against the dollar.

The purpose of the acquisition is to weaken the power of the shekel against the dollar, in order to assist Israeli exporters.


J'lem-bound Highway 443 bridge near Beit Horon blocked

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Jerusalem-Modiin Road (Route 443) was blocked to traffic in the direction of Jerusalem, Thursday afternoon near the bridge of Beit Horon, because a car that had caught fire.

Firefighters are on the scene.


Former doctor accused of malpractice is convicted

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Many victims have come forward accusing their doctor of deliberate mistreatment of patients under his care.


Watch: Review of the Democratic leadership debate

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CNN political analysts discuss potential candidates to head the Democratic National Committee.


Former Likud MK forms new party

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Former Likud Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin, who headed its Manhigut Yehudit faction, announces his new Zehut party.


Watch: IDF tests "Iron dome" systems

Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Iron Dome anti-rocket protective system has been at the helm of defense since wars with Gaza began.


Watch: Protester forced to leave Standing Rock North Dakota

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Since last summer many have flocked to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on the North Dakota-South Dakota border in protest of a new pipeline that is said could bring harm to the environment.


Political analyst comes out for Trump immigration policy

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Conservative political analyst and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter promotes vetting immigrants to better American society.


Watch: How the worlds largest Jaffa cake is made

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A famous British tea biscuit gets supersized to break the Guinness world record for the largest biscuit.


Circulating the web: Arab women recounts Hebron massacre

Thursday, February 23, 2017
A 92-year-old woman calls for the destruction of the Jewish people as in the days of the Hebron massacre.


Circulating the web: Author defends ISIS

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The author who wrote "The People vs. Mohammed" expresses his views on supporting the Islamic State terror movement.


Watch: Former Guantanamo inmate carries out suicide bomb attack

Thursday, February 23, 2017
After being released from Guantanamo Bay Abu-Zakariya al-Britani rejoins terrorist forces, subsequently blowing himself up in Mosul.


Immigrants flee the US for Canada

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Many illegal immigrants flee to the US-Canadian border, seeking asylum.


PM: Headline day for Israel's economy and citizens

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Leviathan partnership  - Noble Energy, Delek Drilling, Avner and Ratio - made an official announcement Thursday morning on the final investment decision for the Leviathan natural-gas field.

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, "This is a headline day for the Israeli economy and Israeli citizens. This is a process that gives the gas supply to Israel, and enhance cooperation with neighboring countries in the energy field."


Complaint: Sur Baher school violated closure order

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Police are checking a complaint for violation of an order closing the elementary school in the Jerusalem-area village of Sur Baher, issued by the Ministry of Education and approved by the court.

On Thursday police interrogated the school principal on suspicion of violating a legal provision and management of an educational institution without a license. At the end of the interrogation, he was released under restrictive conditions.


Unemployment unchanged in January

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Central Bureau of Statistics announced, Thursday, that about 170,000 people aged 15 or over were unemployed in January, out of a labor force of 3.967 million, making for an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, unchanged from December.

Among those between 25 and 64, the rate dropped from 3.8 in December to 3.7 in January. The burea noted that "Starting in the beginning of 2016, an average of approximately 20,700 persons aged 15 and over a month have been interviewed on an ongoing basis."


Founder of Skype supports congregational rabbi training

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Businessman Kevin Bermeister, founder of Skype, supports training community rabbis to lead the consolidation of Jewish and Israeli law.


Report: Hamas-funded school in Jerusalem area to close

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Supreme Court has confirmed the closure order issued by the Ministry of Education on the Nuchba elementary school in the Jerusalem-area village of Sur Baher, funded by Hamas, according to Channel 2 Television.

It was decided to close the institution attended by about 250 students because of its dissemination of severe incitement content against Israel.


Rabbi Metzger gets 4.5 years in prison

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger to four-and-a-half years in prison on a conviction for accepting bribes totaling about five million shekels. Rabbi Metzger is scheduled to start serving the sentence on May 3rd.

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Prison for 3 who defaced Belarus Holocaust memorial

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A local court in Belarus has imposed prison sentences of between one and a half to two years for three teenage skinheads - including a 16-year-old - for disfiguring a monument to the martyrs of the Holocaust in the city of Mogilev about four months ago.

The judges convicted them of malicious hooliganism and one of them of involving minors in a crime. One of them was put on trial twice previously for displaying Nazi symbols in public.


Anti-Israel protesters in Australia: Netanyahu is a war criminal

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Several hundred anti-Israel protesters demonstrate in Sydney against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit. There were pro-Israel people on the scene as well.


Remand extended for Jerusalem soccer hooligans

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court has extended until Sunday the remand of three fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club who were arrested Wednesday evening in connection with a January 25th brawl with Arab sanitation workers in the parking lot of the Malha Mall, following a match between Beitar and Bnei Sakhnin at nearby Teddy Stadium.

The arrest of the trio was helped by Monday's arrest of one of them - a resident of northern Israel - during a brawl between fans of Beitar and Hapoel Tel Aviv outside Moshava Stadium in Petach Tikva.


Naor welcomes new Supreme Court justices

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Supreme Court President Miriam Naor sent a letter to members of the Israeli judicial system on Thursday in which she said, "I am proud and happy that the Commitee [for the Selection of Judges] succeeded to promote four trained, professional judges with vast experience in the court system, who will undoubtedly constitute an important contribution to the tasks facing the Supreme Court."

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Watch: Netanyahu meets with Australian PM and his Cabinet

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Netanyahu and Turnbull meet 'to discuss the wide range of opportunities' for cooperation between Israel and Australia.


Kiryat Yovel official quits over anti-haredi remarks

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Executive Director Yehiel Levy of the Yovelim community administration in Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel neighborhood has resigned from his post.

Levy aroused a great deal of anger and criticism this week, when he said that the administration had adopted a policy aimed at "choking the haredim."


Court frees girls held for praying at Temple Mt gates

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court ordered, Thursday morning, the release from detention of four girls who were held following claims they prayed, Wednesday evening on the Temple Mount in violation of regulations.

Judge Dorit Feinstein rejected police allegations at a hearing that the girls entered the holy site, prayed and refused requests by police officers.


Adir Zik: 'Israel's Rush Limbaugh' remembered

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Thursday's Hebrew date of the 27th of Shevat marks the anniversary of the passing of Adir Zik, may his memory be a blessing.


PM calls for increased trade with Australia

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Israel and Australia signed agreements and memoranda of understanding on Thursday in the fields of aviation and industrial research and development. The agreements were signed during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's meeting with Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and members of his cabinet.

Bilateral trade currently stands at $1.1 billion. In 2016, Israel exports to Australia totalled $700 million. Netanyahu said, "It should be at least double or triple that. I'd like to encourage the Australian and Israeli companies to increase in trade. If I did the schlep, they should do it too." He added, "The first thing I’d like to do is ask you to increase our trade, our bilateral trade. Second thing is to see how Australia can be a gateway for Israeli companies and Israeli investments into Asia."

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Congress urges feds to probe JCC bomb threats with ‘urgency’

Thursday, February 23, 2017
More than 150 members of Congress sign a letter urging federal officials to investigate the recent wave of bomb threats on Jewish community centers around the United States.


NASA discovers new planets

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Scientists discover 'exoplanets' that may hold the potential for life.


MK Galon: We have seen surprising right-wing judges

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chairwoman Zahava Galon of the Meretz party responded Thursday morning to the selection of four new judges to the Supreme Court by telling Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked not to "rejoice too quickly."

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, Galon said, "We have already seen right-wing judges who have surprised with liberal decisions."


Former PM advisor Perach Lerner's case to be closed

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Prosecutors have reached an arrangement with Perach Lerner, an advisor of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was suspected of conflict of interest in connection with her husband's work, fraud and breach of trust

Under the agreement, the criminal case against her will be closed but she will be fired and cannot work in the civil service for five years. In addition, she will pay a fine of 20,000 shekels.


Surprise inspections at nursing homes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Welfare Ministry conducted surprise inspections at nearly 130 nursing homes around the country Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The inspections follow reports of nursing-home residents suffering from abuse. Results of the inspections will be published at the start of next week.


Eldad Yaniv will run for Labor chair

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Attorney Eldad Yaniv has informed Chairman Yitzhak Herzog of the Labor Party that he will run for the party chairmanship.

He joins Knesset members Amir Peretz and Erel Margalit as announced candidates for the post.


Steve Jobs final project has an opening date

Thursday, February 23, 2017
After six years of planning and building, Apple's new headquarters is set to open this April.


Bill: Cameras for senior nursing wards

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A bill to require installation of various types of cameras as a condition for obtaining a license to operate nursing wards was submitted to the Knesset on Thursday morning.

The measure follows reports of recent cases of abuse in senior citizen centers. Extending the bill to other types of institutions which house the helpless is also being considered. Under the legislation, the cameras would be monitored by the Health Ministry under normal conditions with the police to be given access under court orders if abuse is accepted. A patient's family would have the right to refuse monitoring of the camera.

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