Latest News Briefs (Page 2)


President commuted 102 sentences of prisoners

Monday, May 20, 2019

During this special period for the 70th anniversary, the use of the power of pardon was more extensive than normal, and gave a special weight to personal and family considerations as well as to those of treatment and rehabilitation.

551 requests for commutation of sentences, reducing fines and deleting criminal records were submitted by soldiers and those in national service and which matched the criteria

Of them, the president commuted the sentences of 102 prisoners, 13 times the average over the last 5 years

In 108 cases, criminal records of soldiers and those in national service were deleted, three times the number in the previous year

75 pardons in the form of deletion of criminal records were given to soldiers who served or are serving in combat roles


IDF closes probe into death of paraplegic Gaza protester

Monday, May 20, 2019
Israeli military says 'no evidence' that IDF soldiers responsible for death of paraplegic Gaza protester who died during border protests.

The yellow badge marking Jews began in Babylonia

Monday, May 20, 2019
'Math is important, but it's no less important to recognize our history as the Jewish nation,' Bar Ilan University's Dr. Ohayon says.

'Poland playing politics with attack on ambassador in Israel'

Monday, May 20, 2019
Former Polish diplomats make rare public criticism of Polish government officials for turning minor incident into major diplomatic row.

'MDA saves lives both in Israel and around the world'

Monday, May 20, 2019
For the first time, Magen David Adom hosts an International Hatzalah Conference.

Comptroller coalition candidates: Michal Rosenboim, Matanya Engelman

Monday, May 20, 2019

Candidates for the coalition in the elections for the state comptroller's office in two weeks will be attorney Michal Rosenboim and the director general of the Council for Higher Education, Matanya Engelman, according to Channel 12.


'Don't negotiate on our behalf'

Monday, May 20, 2019
Senior Palestinian Authority official blasts plans to launch US Mideast peace plan at Bahrain event, says PA was never consulted.

Will the Fire and Rescue Authority ban all Lag Ba'omer bonfires?

Monday, May 20, 2019
Heat wave may force Fire and Rescue Authority to ban all bonfires, due to the risk of flames spreading out of control.

Likud, Shas, agree on portfolios

Monday, May 20, 2019
Likud offers Shas Planning Administration in exchange for Housing Ministry, report says.

Fire Commissioner to order reduction of fires in danger zones

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Fire and Rescue Commissioner is expected to issue an order in the coming hours to reduce fires in dangerous areas.

This is due to the extreme heat wave expected on Lag BaOmer.


Meron closed to private vehicles ahead of Lag BaOmer

Monday, May 20, 2019

As part of the preparations of the Israel Police for the celebration for Lag BaOmer, the police closed the entrance of private vehicles to Mount Meron.

The public is asked to arrive at the Terminal 2 parking lot where free shuttle buses began to operate for the convenience of visitors to and from the mountain.


Did Israeli professors try to torpedo Germany's anti-BDS bill?

Monday, May 20, 2019
29 Israeli professors signed letter urging German parliament not to pass resolution condemning BDS as anti-Semitic.

Searches for suspect who attacked police

Monday, May 20, 2019

Many police forces, with the help of an air force helicopter, are searching for a suspect, apparently a member of a minority, who attacked police officers when they wanted to check his identity and fled.

The police emphasized that the incident was a criminal incident and not a terror attack.


Watch: Ethiopian Jews making Aliyah welcomed at Ben Gurion

Monday, May 20, 2019
Rev Anthony Abma: 'An amazing act of redemption,' but one which will only be complete with 'complete Jewish sovereignty over all of Israel.'

Next comptroller? PM meets with Attorney Rosenboim

Monday, May 20, 2019

Attorney Michal Rosenboim, one of the prominent candidates for the post of State Comptroller, met yesterday (Sunday) with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israel Hayom newspaper reported.

It appears that the haredi factions may also support the candidacy of Attorney Rosenboim.


Watch: College students get a huge surprise

Monday, May 20, 2019
Billionaire pledges to pay off student debt of an entire graduating class at commencement ceremony.

Life-saving solution for MDA ambulances wins hackathon prize

Monday, May 20, 2019
The 3rd annual Great Minds Hackathon, which ended Friday, also saw challenges presented by Intel, IBM, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Health Ministry removes requirement to boil water in Emek Hefer

Monday, May 20, 2019

Following the results of the Ministry of Health's tests, it removed the obligation to boil water from the communities of Emek Hefer and the surrounding area.


Watch: Daniel Zamir plays at Matisyahu's wedding

Monday, May 20, 2019
Musician Daniel Zamir plays at 'best friend' Matisyahu's wedding.

Electric Corp: Don't light bonfires near electrical installations

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Israel Electric Corporation asks the public to exercise caution when lighting bonfires on Lag BaOmer.

The company warns and emphasizes that there is a danger of burning bonfires near electrical installations located in various locations. It should be noted that placing high piles of trees and burning them under the lines of the electricity grid is particularly dangerous, for fear that fire will reach the electric wires and cause them to burn.


United Right: Education, justice portfolios like in previous gov

Monday, May 20, 2019

The United Right made it clear that they have not removed the party's demand to take the justice portfolio and wonder why the negotiations are not progressing.

"Our demand for the portfolios has been and continues to be the education and justice portfolio, as in the previous government, and we call upon our members in the Likud to convene intensive negotiations in order to form a national government as promised to the voters."

They added, "The existing gaps in the area of ​​settlement need and can reach a solution today. It is a Likud interest as much as our interest, and the insistence on not making progress is something that we do not understand."


Did IDF use Kabbalist rabbis to locate terror tunnels?

Monday, May 20, 2019
Report claims rabbis warned IDF of the existence, location, of terror tunnels - but the IDF is too afraid of 'mysticism' to act.

Man killed during crane collapse: Yonatan Sabag, 33

Monday, May 20, 2019

Yonatan Sabag, 33, of Or Yehuda, is one of four people killed in the disaster at the construction site in Yavneh.


Senior PA official accused in shooting attacks north of J'lem

Monday, May 20, 2019
Zakaria Zubeidi, a senior PA official who claimed to have renounced terrorism, arrested over string of shooting attacks north of Jerusalem.

Polish embassy: Claims of "bad treatment" at embassy are 'false'

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Polish embassy in Israel denied that embassy staff had maltreated a Herzliya man last week, despite the man's claims to the contrary, and called the man an "attacker."

In a tweet Monday, the embassy said, "Footage from surveillance cameras proves unequivocally that the assailant’s claims about „bad treatment” at the embassy are false. Moreover the attacker knowingly followed the ambassador’s car. We are ready to hand the whole material over to the proper authorities."


Brooklyn: New harassment victim steps forward

Monday, May 20, 2019
After hasidic teens harassed in Brooklyn, new victim comes forward as well.

Coalition talks: Meetings with UTJ, Shas reps in coming hours

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Likud negotiating team for coalition talks is scheduled to meet Monday at 12:00 with the United Torah Judaism negotiating team and at 15:00 with the Shas negotiating team.


Adva Biton gives birth on murdered daughter Adelle's birthday

Monday, May 20, 2019
Baby sister born to family of infant terror victim Adelle Biton.

Hebrew University program bashes Israel, promotes BDS, says NGO

Monday, May 20, 2019
Campus watchdog group reveals recordings from graduate program showing anti-Israel bias, hostility towards students who challenged claims.

Tajikistan: 32 killed in prisoner uprising where ISIS held

Monday, May 20, 2019

Thirty-two people were killed during a prison uprising in eastern Tajikistan where prisoners belonging to ISIS were held, the Justice Ministry there said Monday.

It should be noted that among the dead there are apparently both prison guards and prisoners.


Report: Israel won't join US-Iran war unless attacked

Monday, May 20, 2019
New report says Israeli, US, officials held meeting to discuss tensions with Iran.

Traffic congestion on Route 5 west following stuck vehicle

Monday, May 20, 2019

There is now traffic congestion on Highway 5 west from Kesem interchange to the Morasha interchange following a stuck vehicle.

Police recommend that drivers turn to alternative routes.


Poll: Most Israelis oppose immunity for Prime Minister

Monday, May 20, 2019
56% of Israelis oppose plan to grant PM immunity while he remains in office, 51% say Netanyahu must resign if indicted.

Adva Biton gives birth on same birthday as murdered daughter Adele's

Monday, May 20, 2019

Adva Biton, the mother of Hilda Adele, who was murdered in a stone-throwing attack in Samaria, gave birth Sunday to a seventh child.

As a result of the birth, Biton wrote, "By the grace of God, thanks to Rabbi Meir Baal Haness, I gave birth to our seventh daughter on the same date of her sister, Adele, of blessed memory! A mixture of emotions! Only happy occasions!"


Netanyahu: Permits cmte leaks info, prevents legal defense

Monday, May 20, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday issued an unusual statement against the conduct of the permits committee, which refuses to hold a second hearing on his request to use his colleagues to finance his legal expenses if he does not deliver a financial statement to the committee by Friday.

"The prime minister has the right to defend himself against an indictment aimed at bringing down a prime minister and replacing a government by a non-democratic process," Netanyahu said in a statement.

"The permits committee is preventing the prime minister from receiving assistance in financing his legal defense, as opposed to other public figures who received assistance to finance their defense," the statement said. Any information given to the committee was immediately leaked in a tendentious and offensive manner, while seriously damaging the right to privacy that also stands for the prime minister. "

"Without this aid, the prime minister has no ability to defend himself against the huge resources of hundreds of millions of shekels that the state invests in submitting a baseless and unprecedented indictment against him."


Bahrain FM: We support the 'Palestinian people'

Monday, May 20, 2019

Bahrain's foreign minister, Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, expressed support for the Palestinians.

"Bahrain supports the Palestinian people and their aspirations and will assist any effort to develop and invest in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip that will enable it to thrive and achieve a better future," the minister said, according to Channel 13.


Dan Shapiro on Trump plan: We've already seen this story before

Monday, May 20, 2019

Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel, is not moved by the first part of the Trump program.

"We have already seen this film. They organize a donors' conference and make promises, but in the end few are carried out," Shapiro said in an interview with Galei Tzahal, adding that "No one believes in Trump's threat, he will not destroy Iran."


Abbas adviser: Hamas steals Gaza monetary aid

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mahmoud al-Habash, adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on religious issues, accused Hamas of stealing the aid money reaching the Gaza Strip.

"They steal the aid and then sell most of it. They lie that they are distributing the money to poor families in order to deceive and get more donations - so they can steal them too," he wrote on his Facebook page.


IDF arrests 8 terror suspects in Judea and Samaria

Monday, May 20, 2019

During the night, IDF forces arrested eight wanted persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terror and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces.

The suspects were taken for questioning.

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