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Yisrael Beytenu MK: We'll run alone in the elections

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Member of Knesset Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu) said, Thursday morning, "Yisrael Beiteinu will not unite [with any other party and] will run alone in the upcoming elections," according to the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation.

He spoke at a conference of the Israeli business sector presidency.


Improvised weapon seized in Bethlehem-area Arab town

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Police and the Israel Defense Forces stopped a vehicle in the Bethlehem-area Palestinian Authority town of Beit Fajar, Thursday morning, in a planned operation.

An improvised weapon was found in a search of the vehicle. The driver was detained for questioning.


Yifat Erlich resigns from the Jewish Home Party

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Knesset candidate Yifat Erlich, who vehemently opposed an agreement with Otzma Yehudit, is resigning from the Jewish Home Party.

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Otzma Yehudit's Knesset representatives: Ben-Ari and Ben-Gvir

Thursday, February 21, 2019
The two will take places 5 and 8, respectively, on the combined list with Jewish Home-National Union.

Knesset Speaker: We must not repeat mistakes

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has responded to the unification between the Yesh Atid Party and the Israel Resilience Party by saying, "This morning the goal is clearer than ever - only a strong and united right bloc. Any other choice will deteriorate Israel decades backwards in security and economy. We must not repeat mistakes that we have already regretted in the past."


Shaked: Gantz-Lapid union does not change the size of the leftist bloc

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who co-chairs the New Right Party, told Israeli public radio on Thursday, "Everyone understands that what is important is the rightist bloc. In all the polls, the unification between Gantz and Lapid does not raise the leftist bloc by one mandate [Knesset seat -ed.]."


MK Glick to block PM's deal with Jewish Home?

Thursday, February 21, 2019
MK Yehuda Glick petitions Likud court over PM's intention to grant 28th slot on Likud list to Jewish Home representative.

GOP reps in Samaria: We will oppose uprooting Jewish communities

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following a tour of Samaria, Republican Congressmen Andy Barr and Andy Harris have expressed their opposition to the uprooting of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria under the Middle East peace plan of United States President Donald Trump, to be unveiled after the April 9th Knesset election.

Barr, a representative of Kentucky's 6th District, said that the best way to achieve peace and prosperity for all, Jews and Arabs, is to develop industry in Judea and Samaria, which enables integration and connections between the sides, not separation. Harris, who represents Maryland's 1st District, said he thinks that most Israelis believe that uprooting communities is a mistaken idea and does not think the president will make such a proposal, in spite of statements that Israel and the Palestinian Authority will both have to make compromises.


No precedent for the arrangement between the Likud and the Jewish Home

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chairman Hanan Melcer of the Central Elections Committee estimates that the committee he chairs will discuss the arrangement reached between the Likud and the Jewish Home parties.

Interviewed by Israeli public radio, the Supreme Court justice said, "It seems that the secured spot in the Likud list for the Jewish Home will get to a legal examination. There was no precedent in the past."


Reserve soldiers against Hamas and Ismail Haniyeh

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Written, signed and photographed testimonies of dozens of reserve soldiers, describing human rights violations and war crimes by terrorist organizations, will be submitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague this morning for the first time in the framework of a complaint against Hamas and its leader, Ismail Haniyeh as part of the "Human Shields" project.

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Zandberg: Left-center government needed opposite Likud-Kahanists

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Meretz Party Chairwoman Tamar Zandberg welcomed the union between the Israel Resilience and Yesh Atid parties, calling their joint ticket in the upcoming Knesset election "unification of the center that will serve as an alternative to the Likud".

Zandberg, "Opposite a Likud-Kahanist government, a left-center and left-wing government is needed. That's Meretz."


MK Glick: How many chiefs of staff does it take to change a Netanyahu?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Taking a cue from jokes about how many (fill in the blank) does it take to change a light bulb, Member of Knesset Yehuda Glick (Likud) has responded to the involvement of former chiefs of staff Benny Gantz, Moshe Yaalon and Gabi Ashkenazi in the joint Israel Resilience and Yesh Atid ticket by asking, "How many chiefs of staff does it take to replace a Netanyahu?"


Hamas: Protect Al-Aqsa in any way

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has called on Muslims to advance on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday from where he called "anywhere in the land of Palestine". Haniyeh said, "I call upon the masses of our people in Al-Quds [Arabic-based on Hebrew- for Jerusalem -ed.], the (West) Bank and the land that has been occupied since 1948 to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and gather and hold there, protect it and stand as a strong building in order to thwart the occupation," Haniya said.

Commenting on Tuesday rioting on the Temple Mount, Haniyeh claimed that Israel closed the Gate of Mercy and institutions connected to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to impose facts on the ground in preparation for the division of the Temple Mount between Muslims and Jews as part of a gradual takeover of the site. He called on the Palestinian resistance organizations to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque "in all possible ways and means."


Barak welcomes unification between Israel Resilience and Yesh Atid

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Former prime minister Ehud Barak has welcomed the joint ticket of Benny Gantz's Israel Resilience Party and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid Party in the upcoming Knesset election.

Writing on Twitter, the former Labor Party chairman said, "Congratulations to Gantz and Lapid!" in Arabic. Continuing in Hebrew, he cited them for overcoming the obstacles, demonstrating responsibility and creating a union of forces "with a chance for a revolution. He continued, "The choice is between a corrupt government ruled by Kahanists and racists, and a government that can bring us back to a strong Israel, faithful to the Declaration of Independence. The test of implementation and victory is still ahead of them. They deserve the blessing of success."


Man suspected of harassing Jewish philosopher arrested

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Paris police arrest man for shouting anti-Semitic epithets at French philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut during 'Yellow Vest' protest.

Shas: A dangerous unification for Judaism

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Shas Party has reacted to the unification of parties headed by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid by saying, "This union is dangerous to Judaism. Gantz, who supports civil marriage and transportation on Shabbat, is a friend of Lapid whose hatred of Judaism and religion is his profession. Jewish identity in the State of Israel is in danger and we will fight with all our might to prevent them from forming a government."

The Shas statement concluded, "Shas supports Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister and a vote for Shas will ensure the establishment of a right-wing government and the preservation of the Jewish tradition and Jewish identity of the State of Israel."


Likud: Clear choice - left-wing Lapid-Ganz or right-wing Netanyahu

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Likud party responded this morning to the union of Benny Gantz's Israel Resilience Party and the Yesh Atid Party of Yair Lapid by saying, "The choice is clear: It's either Lapid-Ganz's left-wing government, with the support of a blocking bloc of the Arab parties, or a right-wing government headed by Netanyahu."


Poland: Not renewing Jewish museum head's tenure non-political

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Petition signed by several thousand claims decision not to renew director's contract is "clearly political."

5 arrested for terror on Highway 60

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Operations of the Israel Defense Forces, Shabak Israel Security Agency and Border Guards in the western Samarian Palestinian Authority village of Luban Ash-Sharqiya have resulted in the arrest of five suspects involved in terrorist activity directed at Highway 60.

The operation was part of a wide range of activities carried out in order to eliminate the throwing of firebombs and stones to enable security on the roads.


17 wanted terror suspects arrested

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Israel Defense Forces arreste 17 people, Wednesday evening in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, who were wanted on suspicion of involvement in terror and violent disorders directed at Israelis.

The suspects were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.


Traffic disrupted on Road 57 at Tnuvot Junction due to an accident

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Traffic has been disrupted on Route 57 at the Tnuvot Junction, following the collision of a transport and a private car.

Twelve people suffered light to moderate injuries, including three Palestinian Authority residents. It is recommended that drivers take alternate routes.


Eldad Yaniv's Eretz Hadasha Party won't run in the election

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following the consolidation of Benny Gantz's Israel Resilience Party with the Yesh Atid of Yair Lapid, activist attorney Eldad Yaniv has announced that his Eretz Hadasha (New Land) party will not run in the Knesset elections.

Yaniv, who has fought for prosecution of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on corruption allegations, said, "The Eretz Hadasha Party, my friends and I, activists who are committed to the idea: We will not run for the Knesset when a real opportunity is created to end Netanyahu's corrupt and inciting regime, against which we fought for two consecutive years in the streets. Now it's your time has come to defeat him at the ballot box."


Rouhani: US sanctions 'a terrorist act'

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continued on Wednesday to criticize the US for reimposing sanctions on his country, saying the sanctions amounted to "a terrorist act", Reuters reported.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last May and reimposed the sanctions that were frozen as part of the deal, causing Iran to feel the pressure.


Abbas reiterates: It's the full tax money or nothing

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Wednesday he would not accept partial payment of tax transfers owed by Israel, following the Cabinet’s decision to implement the policy to offset the PA’s payments to terrorists.

"We shall not accept the (tax) money if it is not paid in full," Abbas told a central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Ramallah, according to the AFP news agency.


Gantz and Lapid reach agreement on joint Knesset run

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Israel Resilience chairman Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid announced on Thursday morning that they had reached an agreement on a joint Knesset run. Former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi has also joined the united party.

The agreement includes a rotation of the premiership.

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Likud reminds former Cabinet secretary of the past

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Likud responded on Wednesday to criticism by Zvi Hauser, a candidate for the Knesset with Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party who in the past served as Cabinet Secretary, over the inclusion of Otzma Yehudit as a technical bloc to the Jewish Home and the National Union.

"We would like to remind Zvika Hauser, who is deeply concerned about the technical bloc achieved with Otzma Yehudit, that he was in the past a member of the coalition negotiating team that negotiated with the National Union, of which Michael Ben-Ari was a member,” the Likud wrote on Twitter.


Yesh Atid MK joins Labor slate

Thursday, February 21, 2019
MK Haim Jelin, who quit Yesh Atid, and MK Yael Cohen Paran, who was with Livni's party, placed in reserved spots on Labor Knesset list.

Danon: Another provocation by Iran

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Security Council calling on it to act against the threat posed by Iran's ballistic missile program.

In the letter, Danon noted that at the beginning of the month Iran tried to launch a satellite into space using a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons.


Tax laws: A way in the fight against terrorism

Thursday, February 21, 2019
How American anti-money laundering legislation adversely affects 8 million US expats.

US Jewish leaders visit underground Gaza barrier

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Participants in Conference of Presidents Leadership Mission to Israel tour Israel’s F-35 fighter squadron and Gaza border.

Iran's FM not ruling out war with Israel

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with its bombing campaigns in Syria, saying he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries.

Speaking in an interview with the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and quoted by Reuters, Zarif said that Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, while Israel was violating Lebanese and Syrian air space, as well as international law.


Report: Mueller to submit report on Russia next week

Thursday, February 21, 2019

US Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the plans.

According to the sources, there are plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report.


Peace? Islam doesn't recognize it

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Dr. Harold Rhode explains that Mahmoud Abbas will never adhere to a US-negotiated ‘peace deal’ with Israel.

Woman injured in accident on Highway 4 succumbs to injuries

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The 40-year-old woman who was critically injured in the accident on Highway 4, near the Geha interchange, succumbed to her injuries at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer on Wednesday night.

A 40-year-old man was injured in the accident as well, and his condition is moderate.

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Highway 4 blocked to traffic from the Morasha junction to the south

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Highway 4 has been blocked to traffic from the Morasha junction to the south following the accident that occurred earlier near the Geha interchange.

In the accident, a 40-year-old woman was critically injured and a 40-year-old man was moderately injured.


Trump says woman who joined ISIS cannot return to the US

Thursday, February 21, 2019

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who left in November 2014 to join the Islamic State (ISIS), to return to the United States.

"I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!" Trump tweeted.


US Coast Guard lieutenant arrested over terror plot

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A US Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The man, Christopher Paul Hasson, called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland” and dreamed of ways to “kill almost every last person on earth,” according to court records filed in US District Court in Maryland.


Woman critically injured in accident on Highway 4

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A 40-year-old woman was critically injured and a 40-year-old man was moderately injured in an accident involving two vehicles on Highway 4, near the Geha interchange to the south, on Wednesday night.

They were evacuated by Magen David Adom paramedics to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.


How Arabs carry out cultural terrorism on the Temple Mount

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Eve Harrow speaks with archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay about this incredibly sensitive and sacred site that Muslims desecrated.

Macron: France will adopt int'l definition of anti-Semitism

Thursday, February 21, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday he would have his country adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that mentions hatred of Israel to combat the rising tide of anti-Semitism in his country, JTA reports.

“For the first time in many years, anti-Semitism is killing people again in France,” Macron said at the annual dinner of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish groups.

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