Chairman Yair Farjoun of the Ashkelon Coast Council said, Tuesday morning, "We are preparing for every scenario, and if we have to evacuate, we will."
Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio in response to reports of new, deadlier short-range Hamas rockets, Farjoun said, "Civilians should not be at the forefront. That's how it was done in 1948, and that's how it was done in the Yom Kippur War. If there is a war and there is a threat to the citizens, there is no need to be right inside the 'boom'."
With the opening of foreign currency trading, the United dollar weakened by .3 percent to 3.6066 shekels and the Euro was trading around NIS 3.9176, down .4 percent.
On Monday, the shekel rose an average of .269 percent against the featured currencies on the Bank of Israel's foreign-exchange list. The dollar declined .768 percent from Friday's rate to NIS 3.68, while the Euro was fixed at 3.9327 shekels, down .099 percent.
Police are investigating the wounding of two people in a Tuesday-morning shooting in the northern Israeli Arab city Umm al-Fahm.
Magen David Adom paramedics treated the two and evacuated them to Haemek Hospital in Afula, one with serious wounds and the other with moderate-to-serious wounds. Earlier in the morning, a person was arrested in the Monday-evening shooting of two others who were lightly wounded.
A senior official in the Egyptian army was quoted by Channel 10 Television as saying on Tuesday that tourist areas in the Sinai Peninsula were "completely safe."
He was responding to an upgraded warning by Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau to refrain from visiting the Sinai and for those already there to leave as soon as possible. The source said that the Egyptian army and police were stopping terrorist organizations in northern Sinai.
Hamas recently developed a powerful new rocket and already has several dozens, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Israel Defense Forces Radio.
The rockets are for short-range use with very heavy explosives. It was also reported that this is a completely different rocket from any known Gaza-based weaon in terms of the weight of the explosive material in the warhead.
Likud Member of Knesset Amir Ohana tells Arutz Sheva the United States embassy move will prompt other countries to relocate their embassies. He also says Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will keep his promise of a new community to uprooted Amona residents.
Minister Naftali Bennett has called on President Donald Trump to transfer the United States embassy to Jerusalem
Speaking Monday at the AIPAC conference in Washington, Bennett that Israel is capable of coping with the implications of the move, no matter what they may be. He noted that embassies are always in capitals and Israel's capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv.
The Israel Defense Forces caught a firebomber in the act Monday evening during a stakeout to catch rock throwers along Highway 60 in the Judea area south of Jerusalem.
During an IDF operation with the Shabak Israel Security Agency, two locally-made weapons, many weapons parts, ammunition clips, ammunition and propaganda were found in the Hevron-area Palestinian Authority village of Bani Naim. The two services teamed up to seize a weapon used to fire gas canisters in a car in the Samarian PA village of Naalin.
The materials and suspects were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.
British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, the terrorist who killed four people in an attack on parliament last week, had any association with the Islamic State (ISIS) or Al-Qaeda, Reuters reports.
At the same time, they noted that Masood was clearly interested in jihad. The comments come despite the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Masood was one of its “soldiers”.
Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, one of the heads of the paramilitary academy Bnei David in Eli, on Monday clarified his comments on the issue of religious soldiers serving in mixed gender units and religious young women's conscription to the IDF.
In a letter to students and graduates of the academy, Rabbi Levinstein stressed that some of his comments were “taken out of context,” but also acknowledged that the tone of the remarks was “inappropriate”.
A coalition of 12 state attorneys general and one governor on Monday filed a brief with a federal appeals court defending President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, The Hill reported.
The filing says that Trump’s executive order regarding immigration and refugees is a legal action within his presidential powers.
The German government on Monday denied reports that U.S. President Donald Trump gave Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for money owed to NATO.
“Reports that President Trump had presented the federal chancellor with a kind of bill with a concrete billion sum are not true,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
On Sunday, the Times of London reported that Trump gave Merkel a bill for NATO defenses during her trip to Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The newspaper quoted an anonymous German minister describing the bill.
Former basketball player and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel Tal Brody will receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University this year, it was announced Monday.
"Bar-Ilan University will award an honorary doctorate to outstanding basketball player Tal Brody for his enthusiastic commitment to strengthening the Israeli spirit and for being an Ambassador of Goodwill who brought the country to the top of the world sports map," the university said.
(JTA) — Graffiti including swastikas and the words “white power” were discovered on the auditorium of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix over the weekend. The vandalism on the outside walls of the auditorium at Pinnacle High is being investigated by the police bias crime unit, according to the Arizona Jewish News.
“No place for hate in Phoenix,” the city’s mayor, Greg Stanton, tweeted after first tweeting that “Chief Williams briefed me on racist & anti-Semitic graffiti at Pinnacle High. Police will need the public’s help to catch the offenders.”