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Jewish human services agencies merge to create umbrella group

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Associations of Jewish human services agencies merge to create a new umbrella organization.


Widow of Orlando shooter charged in relation with attack

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The widow of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was formally charged on Tuesday with a terror-related offense and obstruction of justice in connection with the attack, AFP reports.

The indictment states that Noor Salman, who was arrested on Monday in northern California, aided and abetted her husband's attempt to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group.


At Holocaust Museum, a virtual encounter with a Syrian refugee

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A new exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum allows visitors to video chat with refugees.


White House: Manning commutation unrelated to concerns over WikiLeaks

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A White House official said on Tuesday evening there was no connection between Chelsea Manning's commutation and renewed U.S. government concern about WikiLeaks actions during last year's presidential election.

The comment came after President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, announcing she will be freed in May.


Trump appoints friend of Kushner to serve as assistant

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Donald Trump names Reed Cordish as assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives.


Ambassador Shapiro: 'No relationship is perfect, even one between best friends'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Arutz Sheva spoke on Tuesday with Dan Shapiro, the outgoing United States ambassador to Israel, who will step down on Friday when President-elect Donald Trump takes office but will stay in Israel for a few more months as his children finish their school year.

The conversation came on the sidelines of a farewell event that Shapiro held at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv. In his remarks, Shapiro spoke with great excitement about his time as ambassador.


WikiLeaks welcomes commute of Manning sentence

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WikiLeaks on Tuesday welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked 750,000 pages and documents to the site.

“VICTORY: Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence from 35 years to 7. Release date now May 17,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter.


Impeach Ghattas? Not so fast

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Efforts to impeach MK Basel Ghattas (Joint List), who is suspected of providing cellular phones to Hamas terrorists in Israeli prisons, hit a snag on Tuesday.

On Monday, Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) submitted to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein the 72 signatures from MKs required to apply the MK Removal Law in the case of Ghattas.


Power accuses Russia of threatening international order

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Outgoing U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on Tuesday accused Russia of engaging in aggressive and destabilizing actions that are threatening international order in her last major speech as ambassador.

Citing Russia's intervention in Ukraine, support of the Syrian government in the country's civil war and efforts to influence elections in the United States and other Western democracies, Power charged, "Russia's actions are not standing up a new world order. They are tearing down the one that exists."


Obama commutes most of Manning's sentence

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to the WikiLeaks website.

Manning, a transgender woman and former United States Army soldier, was serving a 35-year sentence but will be released on May 17, according to a statement from the White House quoted by CNN.


Antonio Tajani elected as new president of the European Parliament

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Italian conservative Antonio Tajani was elected on Tuesday as the new president of the European Parliament.

Tajani, 63, will take over from Germany's Martin Schulz.


'Obama was the biggest liar in the world'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Head of Holocaust education institute says today's youth is just as ready to learn about the Shoah as ever, blasts Obama's Israel policies.


Radio: Is Outliving Your Money a Justified Fear?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Structure your investments to create dependable income during retirement.


Questioning of Yair Netanyahu finished

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Police questioning of Yair Netanyahu has finished.

Yair, the son of the PM, was questioned for 4 and a half hours in connection to the investigation against his father over allegations of receiving favors from businessmen.


2 demonstrators arrested over haredi draft

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2 were arrested during demonstrations against the drafting of haredim to the IDF which took place this evening in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh.

At both events, dozens of demonstrators blocked a number of roads to traffic.

Police dispersed the demonstrators and traffic returned to normal.


Pres. Rivlin hosts President & First Lady of Poland

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Reuven & First Lady Nechama Rivlin this evening (Tuesday) hosted at the President’s Residence a State Dinner in honor of the visit of President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser of Poland.

“It is a great honor for me to host you here in Jerusalem, the eternal city, the city of justice, and of hope for peace,” began President Rivlin in his address. “Your visit to Israel is another link in the chain which goes back through the close ties between Poland and the State of Israel. This is a chain which is looking to the future in the ongoing, direct, and multidisciplinary cooperation between Israel and Poland, between Israel and the European Union. And yes, it is a chain in which in the middle sits the great tragedy of the Holocaust - whose open wounds still hurt, and whose presence in the relations between our countries can never be ignored.”


Health Ministry: Rishon Letzion beach OK for bathing

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Health Ministry announced that it is removing its warning against bathing at the beach in Rishon Letzion in central Israel and that it is now safe to bathe there.

7 days ago, the Ministry had warned against bathing there due to an oil leak.


Polish president sends regards to 'Polish Mothers' in Israel

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Polish president Andrzej Duda attended a festive dinner in his honor hosted by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.


Poll shows Yesh Atid leading Likud

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A poll released Tuesday evening stated that Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party would be largest in Knesset if elections took place today.


Coalition will support terrorist extradition bill

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The coalition announced at the last minute that it will support tomorrow the bill concerning the extradition of terrorists' families advanced by MK Yair Lapid.

The bill will be up for a preliminary vote and the coalition will support it, even though the bill is the initiative of the opposition.


Activist quits golf club over Obama membership debate

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

(JTA) - A Democratic activist has resigned his membership from an exclusive, mostly Jewish golf club in Maryland following a contentious debate over whether to admit President Barack Obama for membership because of the U.S. decision to abstain from a U.N. vote against Israeli settlements.

Jeffrey Slavin resigned from the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville in an email to the club’s general manager, the Washington Post reported Monday. Slavin also is the mayor of the Montgomery County town of Somerset.

He wrote in his email, sent Monday, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

“I can no longer belong to a community:
Where Intolerance is accepted,
Where History is forgotten,
Where Freedom of Speech is denied,
And where the nation’s first black president is disrespected.”


UN: Annexation of Yesha puts peace chances at risk

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

UN envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov warned the Security Council Tuesday that Israeli annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria was "divisive."

"Such divisive positions risk destroying the prospects for peace," he said.

Mladenov called on "all stakeholders" to avoid any unilateral action that would "prejudge a negotiated final status solution."


Neo-Nazi blogger resigns over revelations wife is a Jew

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

JTA - The founder of the popular blog The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish.

Mike Enoch, who also co-hosts “The Daily Shoah” weekly podcast, was outed over the weekend as Mike Peinovich, a website developer from New York. On the podcast, which has about 100,000 regular listeners, Peinovich as Enoch talked about killing Jews and spouted neo-Nazi invective.

Peinovich came clean with readers of The Right Stuff, posting a message in a password-protected forum that was reprinted in part by Salon.

“As I am sure you all know, I was doxxed and an ill advised attempt to fool the media about my identity led me to not talk to you people and to try to simply ride it out by being silent,” he said. “This was irresponsible and a disservice to all of you. Yes my wife is who they say she is, I won’t even bother denying it, I won’t bother making excuses. If this makes you want to leave the movement, or to have nothing to do with TRS, then I understand.


PA factions at Russian confab call for unity government

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Representatives of the parties in the PA, including Hamas and other terrorist groups, agree to call for unity government in Moscow talks.


Pres. Rivlin meets FC Barcelona Philanthropic heads

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Reuven Rivlin this afternoon (Tuesday) met at his residence with the leaders of the FC Barcelona Philanthropic Foundation, who were visiting Israel to research opportunities for cooperation and partnerships with projects in the country. Also attending the meeting was Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog, who was hosting the group in Israel.

The President told them of his own love for football, and that through it he saw potential to build bridges between communities. He told them, “Your work in the community should be emulated around the world. It seems that we are just dealing with football, but really we are dealing with humanity, and the ability to connect between people and bridge divides. The President’s Office is working to build bridges between football players from all the different tribes of Israel, to bring them to play together – even here in the garden of the President’s house. We have initiated the annual Shield of Honor award, bestowed upon the team which does the most to bring people together.”

The President added, “When we teach youth on the football pitch that there is no difference between us, we also build the understanding that we live together, and not doomed to do so, but destined to do so. We can live together in mutual respect.” He concluded, “We must find the way to connect between people, and not just to envisage it, but to do it. To forge shared lives.”


Kerry blames Netanyahu for "harming the peace map"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
US Secretary of State John Kerry once again attacked Prime Minister Netanyahu for "harming the peace map."


EMT Police Officer Saves drunk Woman from Suicide

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On Saturday night, in Kiryat Ata, volunteer EMT Mordechai Ben Ezra responded to an emergency call in which a woman claimed that her friend, who was intoxicaed, was threatening to harm herself. Ben Ezra, who also works with the local police force, was in the middle of a shift when he received the alert.  

As an EMT with United Hatzalah, Ben Ezra brings his medical kit with him on every shift. Together with his partner Shlomi Vanunu, Ben Ezra sped over to the house of the woman who called for help.

When the officers arrived at the address, they found the door locked.  The intoxicated woman threatening to harm herself if the door were to be opened and the officers allowed to come inside. After threatening to break down the door, Ben Ezra and Vanunu succeeded in talking the intoxicated woman out of harming herself through the closed door, and were allowed inside the apartment.

Once inside, Ben Ezra began treating the woman for her high alcohol content and the injuries she had already sustained. The experienced EMT and his partner took the woman to the police station where she was picked up by the ambulance.

“This was a tough case as the woman was drunk and was creating havoc in the apartment. We had to calm her down and then take her to the police station before we could fully treat her and send her to the hospital.” Ben Ezra has been a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah for more than five years. He said that the organization means a lot to him. “Being an EMT with this organization has allowed me to save lives, and I greatly appreciate that. It is the best thing to be a part of. What’s more, this organization is like a family. We know that wherever we go we help people and we help people together. Being a part of something like that is the greatest feeling there is.”  


Rav Kanievsky calls to aid Torah scholar

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Urgent letter issued by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky on behalf of anonymous Talmid Chacham.


Obama taps aide Ben Rhodes for Holocaust memorial board

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
President Barack Obama has tapped Ben Rhodes, a proponent of the Iran nuclear deal, to serve on the US Holocaust Memorial Council.


Yair Netanyahu testifies in prime minister's investigation

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Yair Netanyahu,prime minister's son testified in connection with investigation of PM on suspicion of receiving benefits from businessmen.


Nigerian Air Force mistakenly kills 100

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against the Boko Haram terror group mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official told AP.


Watch: Riot as IDF moves wounded terrorist for treatment

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
About 200 Arab rioters continued to hurl stones and Molotov Cocktails at soldiers treating wounded stone thrower.


Trump Cabinet candidate: I look forward to visiting settlements

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Trump associate who invited Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan to Trump inauguration sends warm message to Israel.


US act seeks to curb use of terror-supporting airlines

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) introduced the Terror-Free Skies Act to curb the use of commercial aircraft in support of international terrorism.

As first reported by CNN, the bill would “initiate an investigation by the Trump administration's Director of National Intelligence… If Iran Air or any other airline were to be found to support the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps or foreign terrorist organizations, the airline would be added to the U.S. sanctions list and be prevented from receiving new aircraft or U.S.-made parts.”

Research from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and American Enterprise Institute have detailed the role of commercial passenger aircraft in supplying the Islamic Republic’s worldwide network of terror proxies.


Danon: UN Resolution provided inspiration for terror

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The United Nations Security Council convened today for its first meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since adopting resolution 2334 last month.  Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon addressed the Council. 

"Last month the Security Council voted to adopt resolution 2334 and this chamber erupted into applause with almost every nation represented voicing its approval of a resolution condemning Israel.  Hamas and Islamic Jihad, murderous terrorist organizations who are openly committed to the destruction of the State of Israel, joined the Council in welcoming this resolution," said Ambassador Danon.  

"Last week a Palestinian terrorist used his truck to ram into a group of soldiers who were visiting Jerusalem, killing four Israelis and injuring dozens of others," continued the Ambassador as he held up photographs of those killed in the terror attack and listing their names: "Shir Hajaj, Yael Yakutiel, Erez Orbach, and Shira Tzur were murdered by a Palestinian who was led to believe that he could use terror and violence to remove the Jewish people from Jerusalem.  He will not succeed." 

Ambassador Danon then addressed the Security Council members saying: "The day after the Security Council vote, Fatah, the movement of Mahmoud Abbas, posted a cartoon on their official Facebook page.  It showed a dagger in the shape of a map of Israel colored with Palestinian flag. Not Judea and Samaria, all of Israel.  Under the dagger was a pool of blood and next to it said 'Thank you' and listed each Council member who voted for the shameful resolution.  The Palestinian Foreign Minister's immediate reaction to the resolution and Secretary Kerry's speech was to declare: 'No to Israel as a Jewish state.'  The Palestinians leadership received the message.  They now understand that they should continue to spread lies and incitement," the Ambassador summarized. 


Terrorist who attempted to stab soldiers eliminated

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
An Arab terrorist was eliminated after he tried to perpetrate a stabbing attack Tuesday at checkpoint 104 near Tulkarm.


Ma'ale Adumim sovereignty law submitted to Knesset committee

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A proposal to apply Israeli law to Maale Adumim will be submitted to Ministerial Legislative Committee on Sunday.


Son of PM testifying before Police

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yair Netanyahu, son of the PM, is at this hour giving testimony before Police as part of the investigation against his father.


Israel and Brazil strengthen ties

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Brazilian government affirms Yossi Shelley as Israeli ambassador after refusing to affirm Danny Dayan due to Palestinian pressure.


MOD heightens Israel-Egypt border fence

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Fence Administration headed by Brigadier General Eran Ofir, and the Department of Engineering and Construction at the Ministry of Defense, recently completed a project to heighten the Israel-Egypt border fence. The construction of the barrier, known as the Hourglass Project, was completed in 2014. 
The 242 kilometer fence, equipped with warning systems and information collection centers, was built between Kerem Shalom and Eilat and subsequently brought to a stop the flow of illegal migration from Africa into Israel.

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