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Why is Sukkot the most joyous time of the year?

Friday, September 21, 2018
The Ushpizin: Welcoming the seven holy shepherds into the Sukkah.

'Jews will leave Palestine like rats'

Friday, September 21, 2018

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Palestinian Arab journalist Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor of the Rai Al-Yawm online newspaper, revealed in an article that the late Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman and PLO leader Yasser Arafat had told him in confidence that he did not believe in the path of the Oslo Accords, but that he was going along with it because it was an opportunity "to bring the PLO and the resistance back to Palestine" and to drive out the Jews "like rats abandoning a sinking ship."

The article, which was published on September 13, was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).


French far-right leader ordered to undergo psychiatric test

Friday, September 21, 2018

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage on Thursday after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, AFP reported.

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after ISIS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris, sparking widespread condemnation in France.


Injunction issued against construction in Bnei Brak on Shabbat

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday night issued a temporary injunction against construction work of the light rail in Bnei Brak on Shabbat. The injunction was issued following an urgent petition filed by the Municipality of Bnei Brak.

According to the order, work will not be allowed during Shabbat, except in cases where work is necessary to prevent injury to life and property.


8 countries warn Israel against demolishing Bedouin outpost

Friday, September 21, 2018

Eight European countries at the United Nations, including five Security Council members, on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, AFP reported.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned that the demolition of the village "would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution".


US sanctions 33 Russian officials and entities

Friday, September 21, 2018

The US on Thursday sanctioned 33 Russian officials and entities associated with the Russian defense and intelligence industries.

In addition, sanctions were imposed on a Chinese military agency and its director for buying defense equipment from Russia.


Liberman furious after Chief of Staff's comments leaked

Friday, September 21, 2018
Defense Minister demands that leaks from Cabinet meetings be prevented.

Yossi Deitch: I am running for mayor of Jerusalem and I will win

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Deputy Jerusalem Mayor and candidate for mayor of Jerusalem, Yossi Deitch, responded on Thursday evening to the political developments of the past 24 hours.

"As a Jerusalemite in my soul, I have been serving the public in Jerusalem for 12 and a half years. I know better than the other candidates the problems Jerusalem has and I know how to solve those problems," Deitch said. "I was sent to the position by the Council of Torah Sages of Agudath Israel. I enjoy the faith of the haredi public, the faith of the national religious public, and the faith of the secular public.”

"I am running with God's help and with God's help I will gather more and more people to believe in the message that I am leading: We have to change Jerusalem. There is no lack of politicians in Jerusalem, what we lack is someone who will come to run Jerusalem, someone who will wake up in the morning and think about how to clean Jerusalem, how to build classrooms in Jerusalem, how we bring educational institutions to Jerusalem, how to ensure employment in Jerusalem, how to bring more and more young couples to Jerusalem. That's what needs to be done," he added.


Incendiary balloon explodes, IDF attacks in Gaza

Thursday, September 20, 2018

An IDF aircraft on Thursday evening attacked a terrorist squad in northern Gaza that launched incendiary balloons towards Israel.

Earlier, an incendiary balloon exploded in one of the communities in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.


Why these Dutch Christians are celebrating Sukkot

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Dutch churches build sukkot for their congregants in appreciation of holiday's ecological significance.

Minister Liberman reportedly furious about leak of Eizenkot quote

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is furious at the leaking of quotes from Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot from the cabinet meeting.

"Leaks from cabinet discussions are invalid and harmful, leaking quotes by the chief of staff crosses a red line and is a real blow to state security. A cabinet where senior members of the defense establishment are afraid to talk, knowing that their words will be leaked to the media is a meaningless cabinet. I demand that the prime minister use the Shin Bet to stop leaks from the cabinet, "Lieberman said.


French soccer club to ban fan who used Nazi salute

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Leon supporter who made Nazi salute during game against Manchester to be banned from attending further games.

Hungarian court uphold terrorism conviction of Syrian migrant

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Al Jazeera reported that a Hungarian appeals court has ruled that a Syrian refugee who threw stones at police can be classified as a terrorist.


US unemployment claims fall to lowest level in 49 years

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Unemployment fillings fall to lowest level since 1969 as number of job openings hits all-time high.

Maryland shooter killed herself

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The woman responsible for shooting to death three people in Maryland shot herself at the end of the shooting spree.


Report: IDF struc squad of incidary balloon launchers in Gaza Strip

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Arabs in Gaza report that IDF aircraft attacked a group of terrorists launching incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip.


Officers won't stand trial for injuring Arab MK during riots

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Investigation finds police actions in riot where Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh was injured not criminal.

ANALYSIS: Who's really to blame for downed Russian plane?

Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Israeli and Russian versions of the incident differ greatly, but Putin is calming the waters.

Suspect arrested in Maryland shooting

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reuters reported that one suspect, a woman, was arrested for opening a fire at a Maryland distribution center for Rite Aid in Aberdeen Maryland. Three people were killed in the shooting.


Police probe clears Israeli ambassador to UN of suspicion

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Police investigation finds no evidence of criminal offenses by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

Trump to meet Netanyahu in New York

Thursday, September 20, 2018
White House confirms President Trump will meet Prime Minister Netanyahu in New York next week.

Watch: Ivanka and Jared take the kids to Yom Kippur services

Thursday, September 20, 2018
President Trump's daughter and son-in-law spotted making their way to Washington DC synagogue for Yom Kippur holiday.

Incendiary balloon in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council

Thursday, September 20, 2018

An incendiary balloon exploded in a town in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.

Police forces arrived at the scene, including a police EOD expert.


Number Americans filing for employment reaches record low

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reuters reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has hit a record 49-year low, indicating a strong US job market.


MK Peretz attacks Netanyahu

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In response to a statement by Chief of Staff Maj General Gadi Eizenkot that there is a high chance of increased violence with Arabs, MK Anir Peretz (Zionist Union) wrote on Twitter that:

"Eizenkot like all the heads of the defense establishment warn against Israel's failures and there will be a price to pay.

Those who refuse to speak to Abbas will find themselves without a peace partner.

Eizenkot isn't speaking about protocol. Tomorrow Benyamin Netanyahu and the cabinet should meet to make decisions to change the situation not just manage it."


Anti-Semitism in France: 'Jewish trash lives here'

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Jewish resident's front door vandalized in Paris with anti-Semitic writing, far-right symbol. Incident marks 3rd time home vandalized.

Bomb explodes near house in Sdot Negev Regional Council

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Walla reported that a bomb exploded near a house in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, no casualties were reported.


Zahava Galon: closing of cases against police is a bad sign

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In a post on Twitter, former MK and Chairwomen of the far-left Meretz party wrote:

"MK is Ayman Odeh is right. The scandalous decision to close the case against the police officers raises a grave concern that the lives of Arab citizens are less valuable in the eyes of the people."


IDF. Russian commanders meet in Moscow

Thursday, September 20, 2018
High-ranking officials in Israeli, Russian air forces hold several meetings after accidental downing of Russian plane by Syrian army.

Jabotinsky road at Route 4 to be closed tomorrow because of protests

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Jabotinsky road at Route 4 to be closed tomorrow because of massive Haredi protests against roadwork on Shabbat.


Holocaust films dominate foreign Oscar race

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Best Foreign Language film Academy Award full of films about Holocaust, anti-Semitism,

Detention of three suspects in Rishon Letzion shooting extended

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Magistrate's Court in Rishon Lezion extended the detention of the three suspects on Wednesday night for a shooting on Margolin Street in Rishon Letzion. The incident left a 28-year-old man injured.


'End attacks on IDF soldiers'

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Politicians call for increased sentences after 3 soldiers attacked by haredi extremists in Meah Shearim.

IDF delegation to Russia- Positive experience

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In a statement released by the IDF, a spokesperson was quoted as saying:

"The IDF delegation to Moscow, led by the Commander of the IAF, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, has held several meetings with the Commander of the Russian Air Force, senior commanders of the Russian army and other officials of the Russian Air Force. The meetings were conducted following the agreement between the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu and the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin.
The Israeli officers presented the situation report regarding the downing of the Russian plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on Monday night, as well as the pre-mission information and the findings of the IDF's inquiry of the event. In addition, the IDF presented the ongoing Iranian attempts to establish its military presence in Syria and to transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization. The meetings were held in good spirits and the representatives shared a professional, open and transparent discussion on various issues. Both sides emphasized the importance of the states' interests and the continued implementation of the deconfliction system. The Israeli delegation continues its meetings and will return to Israel tomorrow morning, as planned."

Credit: IDF


Israel allocated $500mil for missiles defense programs by US Senate

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In a funding bill passed by the US Senate this week, The US Senate allocated more than $500 million to Israeli missile defense programs.


Initiative to prevent terrorist early release

Thursday, September 20, 2018
MK initiates bill preventing need for committee to discuss sentence reduction requests by those tried in Judea and Samaria Military Courts.

Investigation of policemen who attacked MK Odeh in Umm Al Hiran closed

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The director of the Department for the Investigation of Police has decided Thursday to shelve the investigation into clashes between police officers and civilians near the shooting incident that took place during the evacuation of Umm al-Hiran in January 2017.

In the context of the investigation of the case, allegations were made of unnecessary spraying of pepper spray against MK Ayman Odeh and others who were in the area, as well as a complaint of injury by MK Odeh and another person as a result of the shooting of a rubber bullet at them by the police.

After examining the investigation material, it was decided to close the file regarding the spraying of pepper spray, on the grounds of lack of guilt, and regarding the injury of MK Odeh and the other person, in the absence of sufficient evidence to convict.


Lapid: Lebanon will pay heavy price for Hezbollah aggression

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In a post on Twitter, leader of the Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid responded to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah's speech in which he threatened Israel, MK Lapid wrote:

"If he enters a military confrontation with Israel, Hassan Nasrallah will discover the weak country of Israel he was talking about is made of steel and fire. Not only will Hezbollah be beaten, but the entire Lebanon will also pay a heavy price for Hezbollah aggression."


Jerusalem: Coming soon: Jewish construction in Nahalat Shimon

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Committee to discuss 2 plans for construction of 15 housing units in the Nahalat Shimon neighborhood on two plots owned by Jews from abroad.

NJ township to repeal ordinance barring construction of eruv

Thursday, September 20, 2018
New Jersey town agrees to repeal ban on eruv, after state officials ruled ban was discriminatory against Orthodox Jews.
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