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US lawmakers embrace Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

Sunday, February 25, 2018
"We need to respect Israel's right to decide its destiny," say congressmen visiting Samaria. "Many Arabs would embrace Israeli sovereignty."

Hotovely: Excited by the embassy transfer

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely hosted United States Congressmen Scott Tipton (R-CO) and David McKinley (R-WV) on Sunday in the Samarian Jewish community of Rechelim. At the start of the meeting, Hotovely thanked US President Donald Trump for his decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem as early as next Independence Day and said, "We are all excited about the big day, on May 14, immediately after Jerusalem Day."

The representatives welcomed the move and Congressman McKinley said that only Israel could decide its future anywhere in the country.


Another suspect questioned in Bezeq case

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another suspect has been questioned since the morning hours regarding improprieties at the Bezeq communications company.

The suspect will be brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court, this evening, for an extension of his detention.


Discussion of bill to nationalize church lands delayed

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Discussion by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation of a bill to nationalize church lands has been postponed.

The delay followed a protest by the heads of the churches who closed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem until further notice.


Jerusalem streets reopen as R. Auerbach's funeral procession passes

Sunday, February 25, 2018

As the funeral procession of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach zt "l made its way to the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, a number of traffic routes have gradually begun to reopen.

Now open are : Agripas, Ben Zvi, Bezalel, Hanassi Hashishi, Herzl, Nordau and Rabin.


Habimah Theater against leftist demonstrators

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The management of the Habimah national theater is asking the Tel Aviv District Police Commander to investigate as soon as possible the illegal screening of slides with various slogans against the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on a theater wall, last night during a leftist demonstration held in Habima Square in the heart of Tel Aviv.

In a letter to police Habimah Director-General Odelia Friedman stressed that "the national theater distances itself from any political issue and never would have allowed the screening or placing of such a sign." She said repeated complaints by management to the municipality and a request to distance demonstrations from the square have not been effective so far.


Life imprisonment for murderer of Michal Halimi

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Tel Aviv District Court has convicted Mohammed Harouf of Shechem for last year's murder of Michal Halimi for being a Jew.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting in a plea bargain that the background to the murder was nationalist.


57% of public mistrusts judicial system

Sunday, February 25, 2018
53% of women do not trust Israeli legal system, compared to 60% of men, according to recent survey.

Former Shin Bet head: 'I didn't know Raviv's name'

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ex-security head rejects allegations over performance before Rabin's murder. 'I didn't know his name as I didn't know thousands of agents.'


350 new units to be built in Netiv Ha'avot

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Government approves plan for Gush Etzion neighborhood, including temporary neighborhood for evictees and plans for larger-scale building.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Church heads announce closure of church following bill to allow State land expropriation and municipality's intention to apply property tax.

Minister Ariel requests Netiv Ha'avot demolition postponement

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel requests to postpone destruction of Netiv Ha'avot, hopes Supreme Court, 'which erred last time,' agrees.

Netanyahu: Examine massive construction in Har Bracha

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Prime Minister instructs during ministerial meeting to examine possible approval of 800 units in Har Bracha, and making Har Bracha a city.

One-time state witness discourages others from doing same

Sunday, February 25, 2018
State witness who incriminated former minister tells story of heavy price he has paid for past 18 years.

Jerusalem Faction left leaderless after rabbi's death

Sunday, February 25, 2018
The extremist Jerusalem Faction searches for a leader after Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach's sudden death.

Deadly road accident along Trans-Samaria Highway

Sunday, February 25, 2018
One killed and two others lightly injured in collision between truck, private vehicle near checkpoint on Route 5.

Report: Police wiretapped suspects in 'Case 4000'

Sunday, February 25, 2018
According to report, breakthrough in 'Case 4000' came from police wiretaps of top Bezeq officials.

Terror widow to Netanyahu: We must not wait

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Widow demands PM immediately approve hundreds of new units in Har Bracha, 'so the terrorist knows this is the answer to terror.'

'A great loss for the Jewish people'

Sunday, February 25, 2018
MKs and government ministers eulogize Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach after he suddenly passed away on Saturday.

IDF special forces get new uniforms

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Elite units adopt new uniforms used by the counterparts all over the world, including the Navy SEALs and the SAS.

Woman in critical condition after J'lem apartment fire

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Woman about 50 years old found unconscious at scene evacuated to hospital.

PLO: American policy endangers the region

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Palestinian National Council (PNC) strongly criticized the American administration's decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, coinciding with Israel’s 70th Independence Day.

A statement by the PNC, which is essentially the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said, "The American administration's insistence on implementing its aggressive decision proves once again that it chose isolation and to distance itself from peace for the sake of the occupation, and that it chose hostility to Arabs and Muslims throughout the world, and chose to ignite further tension and instability in the region."


Zarif: There will be no talks on our missile program

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday reiterated his country's firm opposition to any kind of talks with world powers on its missile program.

"Certainly, it is vital for us to have the best tools so that criminals like Saddam cannot launch missile attacks against our cities while we didn’t have any possibility to defend our citizens (during the Iraqi-imposed war against Iran in 1980s). Certainly, Iran's missile program is crucially important and is not negotiable," Zarif said, according to the Fars news agency.


China angry over sanctions on North Korea

Sunday, February 25, 2018

China reacted angrily on Saturday to new U.S. sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on North Korea, saying the unilateral targeting of Chinese firms and people risked harming cooperation on the problem, Reuters reported.

The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, while President Donald Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work.


Egyptian delegation to discuss Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

Sunday, February 25, 2018

An Egyptian security delegation is expected to arrive in Gaza on Sunday to follow up on the stalled reconciliation efforts between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, a senior Fatah official said on Saturday, according to the PA’s official news agency Wafa.

Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee who is in charge of the reconciliation talks with Hamas, said in a telephone interview with the Voice of Palestine radio that the Egyptians had informed him to the delegation’s visit to Gaza.


Watch: Anti-infiltrator activist arrested

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sheffi Paz arrested during demonstration in support of the deportation of illegal infiltrators from Eritrea and Sudan.

UK Labour party to launch new inquiry against Livingstone

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of Britain’s Labour party is planning to launch a new inquiry into allegations of anti-Semitism against former London mayor Ken Livingstone, The Observer reported Saturday.

News of the new inquiry came after MPs reacted furiously to information from party insiders who said Livingstone was likely to be readmitted to the party within weeks.


Democrats release memo defending FBI investigation

Sunday, February 25, 2018

House Intelligence Committee Democrats on Saturday released their memo countering the Republican document that alleged surveillance abuses in the Justice Department (DOJ) and FBI, The Hill reported.

The 10-page Democratic memo, authored by Rep. Adam Schiff (CA), the top Democrat on the committee, was made public after President Donald Trump declassified a four-page Republican memo last month alleging that officials at the FBI and DOJ had abused their powers to spy on a Trump campaign official.


Haley: Ceasefire could have saved lives days ago

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Nikki Haley says UN Security Council 'is late' in responding to Syria crisis because Russia 'obstructed the vote.'

Hamas official: PA Chairman Abbas' time is coming to an end

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Hamas official says Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas has 'reached the end of his political road.'

Poland freezes the 'Holocaust Law'

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Poland's Constitutional Tribunal to rule on 'Holocaust Law,' report says.

Israeli family accidentally enters Ramallah

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Spanish-speaking Israeli family attempts to reach Jerusalem, is redirected to Ramallah instead.

Poll: Likud leading Yesh Atid by four Knesset seats

Saturday, February 24, 2018
New poll shows Likud party receiving 26 Knesset seats, while second-largest party Yesh Atid receives 22.

CEO of Israeli news site admits: I was told to attack Bennett

Saturday, February 24, 2018
CEO of Walla! admits he was told to attack Education Minister Bennett 'hard.'

Activists demonstrate in support of deporting infiltrators

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hundreds attend counter-demonstration in support of planned deportation.


Portugal grants citizenship to nearly 1,800 Sephardic Jews

Saturday, February 24, 2018
A soaring number of Sephardic Jews acquired Portuguese citizenship in 2017.

Watch: Followers accompany rabbi's bed to his home

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Dozens of followers accompany Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach's body from Shaare Zedek Medical Center to his home in Jerusalem's Sha'are Hesed neighborhood.

MK Oren thanks Trump for announcing opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Saturday, February 24, 2018

MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), who is a former Israeli Ambassador to the US and currently serves as Deputy Minister for Diplomacy, tweeted on Saturday night, "Thank you America and thank you President Trump for announcing the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. What better way to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday and to reaffirm our historic alliance with America!"


Netanyahu: Trump's decision makes Independence Day even happier

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Watch: PM Netanyahu says US Pres. Trump's decision to move US Embassy by May will make Independence Day celebrations 'even happier.'
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