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U.S. and South Korea to hold joint drill

Friday, November 24, 2017

The air forces of the United States and South Korea are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill early next month, Reuters reported Thursday, citing a South Korean defense ministry official.

The two armies will deploy six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, according to the report.


Liberman: Situation in Gaza still tense

Friday, November 24, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Thursday evening with the heads of the local councils in the Gaza Belt, for the first time since the IDF blew up a terror tunnel leading from Gaza into Israeli territory last month. 17 terrorists, most of them from the Islamic Jihad, were killed when the tunnel exploded.

Liberman said that "the situation in Gaza is still tense," according to Channel 10 News. He added that Israel was preparing for a possible retaliation by Gaza terror groups and that is why the IDF remains on alert in the area.


Understanding of true wealth to find true happiness

Friday, November 24, 2017
Can you really learn better money management skills? How your financial values affect your pocketbook.

Litzman leaves meeting on Shabbat railway work

Friday, November 24, 2017

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman on Thursday night left a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister Haim Katz and MK Yariv Levin which dealt with the issue of railway work on Shabbat.

The talks are expected to resume Friday morning.


Islamic Jihad: Abbas thwarted reconciliation

Friday, November 24, 2017

Nasser Abu Sharif, a representative of the Islamic Jihad in Iran, on Thursday accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its chairman, Mahmoud Abbas thwarted the Palestinian reconciliation initiative, especially in light of the PA's caving to “Zionist and American plots” and to pressures exerted on it by regional elements.

In an interview with the Hamas daily Al-Risala, Abu Sharif said that Hamas and the Palestinian resistance organizations had shown a serious approach to the reconciliation talks, but the PA was still under the influence of the regional elements and was working to thwart the reconciliation.


Soccer: Hapoel Be’er Sheva loses to Lugano

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Hapoel Be’er Sheva soccer team on Thursday evening lost to Switzerland's Lugano by a score of 1-0.

The loss ended Be’er Sheva’s season in the UEFA Europa League.


Hollywood looking through a window screen into Israel

Thursday, November 23, 2017
American movie producer supporting Jews living in Israel.

Study: Diaspora Jewry heavily invested in Israel

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A study commissioned by the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs revealed that Diaspora Jewry is extremely involved in Israel's economy, with 63% of all foreign investments made by Jews worldwide, or 4.59 billion NIS annually.

90% of foreigners purchasing property are Jews, investing 6.28 billion NIS or 4% of the direct property investments in Israel.

8.04 billion NIS of philanthropic donations reach Israel annually and 27% of tourist income is from Diaspora Jews, who spend 4.62 billion NIS annually on visits to Israel.

182,000 Israelis' jobs depend on the donations of Diaspora Jews, who also account for 586 million NIS in direct property taxes.


New berets for IDF border protection battalions

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A year ago the IDF decided to establish a special division for protecting the borders which included soldiers involved in obtaining combat information, soldiers guarding the borders, trackers, watchgirls and other battalions protecting the borders.

At a special ceremony in Latrun after the final march of their basic training, the cadets of the division received their new berets, representing a new part of the IDF combining sharp intelligence with operational work on the borders.


Female terrorist arrested at J'lem checkpoint

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mivzaklive reports that it has been released for publication that security forces arrested Thursday a female terrorist at the Zeitim junction east of Jerusalem. The terrorist, Rashi Yassin Paroun, intended to perform an attack against security forces and civilians.

The terrorist was transferred to security forces for interrogation.


Israel responsible for Iranian presence in Syria?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Middle East expert Dr. David Bukay told Arutz Sheva that Israel should have supported Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the Syrian civil war and not the rebel Free Syrian Army. Israel established a field hospital for millions of shekels and gained nothing from it. The Iranian presence in Syria is due to Israel's support of rebel forces, since without that support Assad would not have required Iranian support to crush the rebels.

Bukay says that Israel should have no problem with the Syrian-Iranian-Turkish alliance and can support Assad as his continued rule will bring more stability whereas the Jihadist rebels would have been far more dangerous to Israel.


MK Gafni: No elections expected soon

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mk Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) met with Britain's ambassador to Israel David Quarrey and discussed current issues and the UK Jewry's situation.

Gafni told the ambassador that according to present forecasts the government will complete its term and elections are not expected in the near future. However he stressed that haredi parties will not allow fundamental issues like Shabbat desecration and the Enlistment Law to go unanswered.

The ambassador said that he sees importance in maintaining ties with the haredi community as it significantly influences Israeli public and political activity.


Recommendations law will not apply to sexual crimes

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Recommendations Law will not apply to crimes of rape and sexual harassment and in such investigations police will be allowed to publish their recommendations at the end of their investigations.

MK Rahel Azaria(Kulanu) congratulated MK David Amsalem for making an exception regarding sexual crimes and explained that "it is unthinkable that public discussion should deal with protecting the suspects and not concern itself with the victims. In complaints about severe sexual attacks it is very difficult to prove guilt on the criminal level. Police recommendations will provide the complainant with confirmation that there is a basis for her claims ,even if at the end of the legal procedure it will not be possible to prove guilt."



Rabbi Lau: US Jewry diminishing, not growing

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chief Rabbi David Lau referred to the storm around the words of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and said that we should look at the official numbers of US Jewry.

In an Arutz Sheva interview Rabbi Lau said that in 1945 US Jewry numbered 6 million and despite the fact that there was no Holocaust or terrible war there US Jewry now numbers five million including 700,000 Israelis.

This means that US Jewry is gradually diminishing instead of maintaining natural growth.

Rabbi Lau said that 50% of US Jewry are secular so one cannot state that 90% of them are Reform as that is not true.



Hotovely: I spoke as a family- not in a hostile way

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Arutz Sheva about her stormy day and said that the most important message she wanted to transmit is that US Jewry is important to her and we all understand that the connection with Israel is one of the main aspects of our relationship.

Hotovely said she intended to convey the impression that we are one family with differences and we have to talk in the house about what hurts." She hinted that her words had been taken out of context.


President of Reform Union: Netanyahu must fire Hotovely

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union of Reform Jewry in North America, called in a Channel 10 interview for the firing of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely due to her statements about US Jewry.

"This is not the time to say wonderful words to us in English about how important we are, Netanyahu must fire her now -that's the minimum required," Jacobs said.



Rubber bullets in Uman- criminal or anti-Semitic?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Ukrainian government is viewing the incident in which rubber bullets were shot at the tomb of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov as a criminal incident. Breslov hasidim however believe that this is just another stage in the ongoing litany of anti-Semitic incidents near the tomb.

Breslov leaders from the "Committee for the Rabbi's tomb in Israel" said that there had been many fires in houses near the tomb, including one three days ago in which a guest house was gutted and another two weeks ago in which a nearby hotel was burnt. On Rosh Hashanah two houses were burnt and a grenade was thrown into a house, and earlier a building just four meters from the tomb was burned.

The committee mentioned other incidents which have occurred in recent years and said that the present incident was just another anti-Semitic incident being whitewashed by authorities.


New evidence on Umm al-Hiran, investigation reopened

Thursday, November 23, 2017

In the wake of new evidence provided by the Shin Bet regarding events at Umm al-Hiran ten months ago, State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan has ordered the investigation reopened.

A sensitive and classified document has caused a dramatic debate among law enforcement authorities regarding the investigation. The Police Commissioner told law authorities that the Internal Investigations department of police had removed from the investigation file the Shin Bet document and for this reason the investigation has been reopened.

The original decision of Internal Investigations was that police acted correctly and shot Yakoub Abu Alkeyan thinking that he was a terrorist.


Netanyahu to meet ministers over rail work on Shabbat

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet Thursday evening with ministers Haim Katz and Yariv Levin in an attempt to solve the dispute with Health Minister Yaakov Litzman who is vehemently opposed to the infrastructure work on railways on Shabbat.


Eilat: Pedestrian moderately injured by bicycle

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A 45-year-old pedestrian was moderately injured when she was hit by a bicycle on Tarshish street in Eilat.

MDA teams treated her and transferred her to the Yoseftal hospital nearby


Rabbi Lerner in A7 interview: Hotovely is right

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rabbi Pesach Lerner, the former vice president of the Young Israel organization in the US and the president of the Coalition for Jewish Values in the US, supported the criticism of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely regarding US Jewry.

Lerner said that there is already a schism with US Jewry since liberal Jews don't understand the situation in Israel and think they know what is good for it. They think two-state solutions will work even though [Labor leader] Avi Gabbay has understood that it is not a realistic solution.

Lerner said that the 70% of Reform and Conservative Jews are married to gentiles and don't care about Israel or Jews in general. Their temples are empty on Shabbat unless there is a Bar Mitzva.


Mandelblit: New proposals 'disturb my peace of mind'

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit referred at the Haifa law conference to the bills being promoted by Likud members. Mandelblit claimed that these bills change the balance between the executive and legislative arms and "disturb my peace of mind."

The Attorney-General referred in particular to bills seeking to curtail his ability to represent the government if it does not accept his legal opinion and bills to change the way attorney-generals are appointed as well as the bill to reduce the authority of the State Comptroller.


2 life sentences for instigator of 2009 terror attack

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Two life sentences and a 40 year jail sentence were given to Mohammed Zakharane who enlisted and activated the terrorists who performed the terror attack in which Gregory Rabinowitz HyD(May his blood be avenged) was murdered in 2009 near Gan Yavne.

Gregory Rabinowitz was a taxi driver. Three Palestinians got into his cab in Ashdod and asked to be driven to nearby Gan Yavne. There they directed him to a dirt path where they attacked him, tied him up and placed him in the trunk. When he struggle to free himself, they choked him to death. His body was found two days later, on May 11 2009.


IDF nabs terrorists who threw explosives on Tunnel Road

Thursday, November 23, 2017

IDF forces, Shin Bet operatives and Border Police arrested five terrorists who in the past few weeks threw improvised explosive devices at the tunnel road towards Jerusalem from the village of Beit Jalla. There were no people injured an no damage was reported.

During the arrests the cars of activists who had assisted in the terror activity were confiscated. The terrorists admitted on interrogation performing the attacks and indictments will be issued against them.


Hotovely apologizes: We're all family, I'm truly sorry

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely published an apology Thursday for her remarks on American Jewry.

In a Channel 2 interview Hotovely said that "to all those lonely soldiers who have grandparents who fought in the Second World War and are Americans, I salute you all. This was not my intention. I did National Service as an 18-year-old in Atlanta. For 20 years the subject of American communities in the US has occupied me and I think we are family."

Hotovely stressed that "they are my brothers, if anyone was hurt by my words I am truly sorry."


Youth photographs himself burning cat's tail

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A 14-year-old boy living in one of the lowlying communities photographed himself on his cellphone burning the tail of a cat.

The suspect was interrogated at a police station and admitted performing the act but stated that he did it after smoking drugs.

At the end of his interrogation the youth was transferred to social services for further treatment.


State to demolish part of illegal Arab outpost

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The state announced to the Supreme Court that it would destroy some of the buildings in the illegal Arab outpost of Nawaja near Susya. The Regavim movement had petitioned the court demanding the destruction of the outpost.


Worker seriously injured in factoy accident

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A 45-year-old worker was seriously injured at a factory in Maale Yosef.

MDA teams provided him with medical treatment and transferred him to the Rambam hospital in Haifa.


Security advisor: Israel needs red lines on Iran

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The director of the Institute for National Security Studies, General(Res.) Amos Yadlin, said that the war in Syria has been tipped in Assad's favor due to Russian assistance as opposed to US and Israeli impotence. The Iran-Hezbollah coalition and Assad does not favor Israel and Israel was mistaken in maintaining neutrality in the Syrian was as it should have done more to help topple Assad in 2012 before Russia and ISIS joined the civil war.

Yadlin said that Israel had been cautious but too cautious and would now need to mark red lines for Iran and its proxies regarding its own security requirements.


Police claim evidence against National Security advisor

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Police announced that they have evidence for an indictment against Avriel Bar-Yosef, who is suspected of crimes of fraud, breach of trust and bribery as well as moneylaundering crimes with the assistance of other people while serving as deputy head of the National Security Council.

Bar-Yosef allegedly received bribes from a German businessman who invested hundreds of thousands of euros in a company owned by Bar-Yosef's relative, as well as other benefits and future promises. In return, Bar-Yosef allegedly promoted the business interests of the German businessman in various echelons, including the Tzemah committee which discussed natural gas arrangements.


Lapid on Shabbat work: 48 hours to change evil decree

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yesh Atid leader MK Yair Lapid called on Likud ministers to allow the railway work to take place on the coming Shabbat.

"The last time that Netanyahu caved in to the haredim over Shabbat work on the railway, hundreds of thousands of people got stuck in a huge traffic jam. That is what will happen this time again," Lapid wrote on his Facebook page. "There are another 48 hours to change the 'evil decree'. I call on Likud ministers to stop this."


Shaked: There are constant leaks, law will reduce them

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked(Jewish Home) expressed her support Thursday for the Recommendations Law which would prevent police from publishing their recommendations at the end of an investigation.

"There are constant leaks and the Recommendations Law will put a spotlight on them and reduce them," Shaked said at a law conference organized by Haifa University and the Haifa branch of the Lawyers Bureau.

Shaked explained that in investigations involving a prosecutor, police will transfer summaries but will not publish a recommendation about whether to indict the suspect. "The outline being discussed at present is a decent outline," she added.


34 Israelis stopped from travelling to Northern Cyprus

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cypriot authorities prevented 34 Israelis who had landed in Larnaka from travelling to northern Cyprus.

Some of them returned home and some will fly in the coming hours. Two of the tourists were detained for riotous behavior


Teachers Union:Strike in Bnei Akiva high schools Friday

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Teachers Union cancelled studies in Bnei Akiva high schools and girls high schools Friday as part of the protests regarding salary issues.


Security drill to take place at Ben-Gurion airport

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A security drill will take place Friday at Ben Gurion airport.

The drill will not affect flight schedules, but there will be increased movement of security and rescue vehicles.


Netanyahu to visit Kenya in coming week

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will depart next week for a diplomatic one-day visit to Kenya. Netanyahu will participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Uhuru Kenyatta for his second term as president.


Bennett: Zero tolerance of violence in education system

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Education Minister Naftali Bennett participated in the annual assembly of the Public Forum of Youth Villages.

Bennett said that in recent times "we are witness to violent incidents against teachers in the education system. This is a worrying phenomenon which we cannot condone. I directed the director-general of the ministry, Shmuel Abohav, to prepare a plan for more intensive efforts to prevent, enforce, advise and punish those who attack teachers.

"Teachers are our main resource and we need to empower teachers status and security. We maintain a policy of zero tolerance for violence in the education system."

It was reported earlier Thursday that an 8-yr-old boy had kicked a pregnant teacher in the stomach. The Teachers Union declared a two-hour strike over the incident.


2 arrested on suspicion of burgling 27 houses

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Two Israeli men from Jerusalem and Tel Mond have been arrested on suspicion of burgling 27 houses around the country.

The suspects used a special burgling kit consisting of a key which does not leave any traces and stole items such as jewelry, money and computer consoles. The two were remanded in custody and an indictment will be issued against them in the coming days.


No work on railroad infrastructure on coming Shabbat

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The heads of the haredi factions have reached an agreement with Minister of Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz that infrastructure work on the railway system will not take place on the coming Shabbat.

The work will take place from Friday morning until the beginning of Shabbat and from the end of Shabbat until Sunday morning.


Nahmias-Verbin: 'Enough talk, let's have action Bibi'

Thursday, November 23, 2017

MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin(Zionist Union) responded to threats by Prime Minister Netanyahu to fire Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely after her statements against US Jewry.

"Prime minister, if you wish to fire, then fire, don't fudge. I heard the prime minister is "investigating the legal possibility' of firing Hotovely over her criticisms of US Jews, so I decided to help and refer him to clause 26(3) in the basic law: government stating that a deputy minister's tenure is terminated when the prime minister, government or minister who appointed them decides to terminate their role."

Nahmias-Verbin reminded the prime minister that he himself had fired deputy minister Danon in 2014, using the same clause and concluded by saying "enough talk, let's have action Bibi."

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