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Ancient Jewish town from Hasmonean period unearthed

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
2,100-year-old Jewish community found in Judea, dating back to Hasmonean period, 600 years earlier than previous finds at the site.

Shabak foils Hamas kidnapping attempt in Samaria

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Israel Security Agency (Shabak) and Israel Police foiled an attempted kidnapping in Samaria.

The kidnapping was planned by Hamas, and was scheduled for the Hanukkah holiday.


Abbas Slams Trump: 'Trump gave Jerusalem to Israel - no peace until we get it back'

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
PA chief blasts Trump's Jerusalem declaration, warns that there will be 'no peace, no stability' until city is capital of Palestinian state.

PA's anti-Israel spokesman seeks treatment in Israeli hospital

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Senior PA official Saeb Erekat, who accused Israel of genocide, checks into Israeli hospital in Petah Tikva.

J'lem rabbi blasts interfaith Hanukkah parties

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Rabbi of Old City's Ramban Synagogueslams municipality interfaith candle-lighting event planned for Jews, Christians, Muslims.

Turkey demands: Recognize Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Turkish President Erdogan calls on Muslim leaders recognize eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Polish PM: Jews are our brothers

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
New Polish Prime Minister refers to rescue of ‘Jewish brothers’ in his inaugural address.

Leader of Hamas' Judea and Samaria division captured

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
IDF units conduct raid in Ramallah area overnight, capture commander of Hamas operations in Judea and Samaria.

White House releases 'Happy Hanukkah' video message

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Watch: President Trump marks beginning of eight-day Jewish festival with video message wishing Jews around the world a happy Hanukkah.

84% of Israelis say Israel is a good place to live

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Israel Democracy Institute's annual report shows distrust of government together with optimism about Israel's future.

Ben Gurion Airport shut down after drone penetrates airspace

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Remote control drone forces grounding of departing flights, prevents landings.


In stunning upset, Republican Roy Moore defeated in Alabama

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Democrats win Alabama senate seat for the first time since 1992, cutting Republican majority to 51-49.

British PM: 'Hanukkah calls on us to defend our values'

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May wishes Jews a happy Hanukkah, calls to double the efforts to fight anti-Semitism.

Hamas: We will liberate Palestine from 'filthy occupation'

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a member of Hamas’s political bureau and one of the leaders of the terrorist organization, spoke at a ceremony in memory of two Hamas terrorists killed in an IDF attack a few days ago.

In his speech, Zahar said that Hamas would continue the path of resistance "in order to liberate every inch of Palestine from the filth of the occupation."


Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday won the special Senate election in Alabama, defeating Republican Roy Moore.

Moore had been accused of having sexual relations with underage girls when he was in his 30s, but nevertheless received the support of President Donald Trump. Moore denies the allegations.


Watch: Women jihadists threaten to strike Tel Aviv

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
In recent protest against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, female terrorists from the Islamic Jihad threatened to "redeem Palestine".

NYPD adjusting security plans for New Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New York police will adjust its security plans for the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations attended by hundreds of thousands of revelers in Times Square following the botched suicide bombing in a subway tunnel beneath the famous district, the city’s counterterrorism chief said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

The New York Police Department will conduct both an immediate and an in-depth review of Monday’s incident for lessons on how to deal with this type of attack, said John Miller, deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism.


Protesters burn Israeli flags in Vancouver

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pro-Palestinian protesters who demonstrated in Vancouver against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital burned Israeli flags, the Canadian Jewish News reported on Tuesday.

The protests took place in downtown Vancouver on December 8 and 9, and were held in front of the U.S. consulate and the Vancouver Art Gallery, according to the report.


Tillerson: We're ready to talk with North Korea

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed confidence on Tuesday that Washington is doing all it can to force North Korea to negotiate its nuclear disarmament.

But, even as he vowed to pursue his diplomatic strategy "until the first bomb drops", he also warned that the U.S. military stands ready to act if necessary, according to comments quoted by AFP.


Trudeau: 'Hanukkah candles remind us that light drowns out darkness'

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday wished the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah.

“Hanukkah is a time to honor the profound strength of the Jewish people, and their triumph over immense adversity. Each Hanukkah candle reminds us that love conquers hatred, that light drowns out darkness, and that even our smallest actions have the power to make a difference in the world,” said the Canadian Prime Minister.


IDF attacks Hamas target in Gaza

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The IDF attacked a military compound belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in southern Gaza overnight Tuesday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

The statement added that the airstrike was carried out in response to the earlier rocket fire from Gaza.

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NYC bombing suspect taunted Trump on Facebook

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Akayed Ullah, the suspect in the New York City subway blast on Monday, posted a message to President Donald Trump on his Facebook page just before the attack, NBC News reported Tuesday.

"Trump you failed to protect your nation," said the taunting post, as quoted in the criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Ullah.


Former Teva chairman resigns from company's board

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Yitzhak Peterburg, who previously served as Teva Pharmaceuticals’ chairman and interim chief executive, on Tuesday resigned from the company’s board effective immediately, Reuters reported.

The debt-laden Israeli drugmaker has witnessed a series of changes in recent months after CEO Kare Schultz, who joined Teva on November 1, ousted top division heads and rolled out a plan to streamline operations.


'I said to the Chief of Staff: I'm leaving with a limp'

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Former IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz participates in lobby meeting to return Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, '4500 trucks enter Gaza each day.'

UN official: Stop the attacks on Muslims in Myanmar

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A top UN official on Tuesday urged the Security Council to visit Myanmar and demand an end to attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

More than 626,000 refugees have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State in August.


Watch: Hanukkah candle lighting at scene of terror attack

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Residents of Arad, family and friends of soldier Ron Yitzhak Kukia light candles at the site where he was murdered.

6.2-magnitude earthquake felt in Iran

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck southeast Iran on Tuesday night.

So far there are no reports of damage or injuries.


Watch: Hanukkah recipe - Caribbean banana fritters

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Delicious alternative to traditional potato latke treats.

Trump on Hanukkah: 'The Jewish people are a light to all nations'

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump wished the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah as the Festival of Lights gets underway at sundown on Tuesday.

“Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to come together around the lighting of the menorah and celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future. Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a statement.


IDF: One rocket was fired from Gaza at southern Israel

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said a short time ago that it appears that one rocket had been fired from Gaza towards southern Israel.

Earlier, rocket sirens were heard in the Gaza Belt region. It is unclear whether the rocket exploded in Israeli territory.

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Cooler and possibly wetter Wednesday through Friday

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It will be clear to partly cloudy overnight with early-morning mist possible along the central and southern Mediterranean coastal area, extending into the northern Negev. Variable cloudiness is forecast for Wednesday with a significant drop in temperature and a chance of very light rain through Friday. Slight cooling on Thursday will bring temperatures to their seasonal average with no significant change on Friday. Partly cloudy and warmer on Saturday.

Wednesday highs:
Jerusalem: 17Celsius/62Fahrenheit;
Kinneret/Sea of Galilee, Eilat: 23C/73F;
Golan Heights, Haifa: 19/66; Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva': 21/69;
Dead Sea: 24/75


Color Red in Gaza perimeter and Ashkelon Coast region

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Color Red missile alert sounded a few minutes ago in the Ashkelon Coast Council Region and the Gaza perimeter.


Trump to release national security strategy next week

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

United States national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will unveil his first national security strategy next Monday. Speaking with British counterpart Mark Sedwill at an event hosted by the British think tank Policy Exchange, McMaster said the strategy will incorporate four core national interests: the protection of American people; advancing American prosperity; "preserving peace through strength"; and advancing American influence.

He said the document will reflect Trump's desire to bolster engagement with other countries under the framework of "cooperation with reciprocity" and that the strategy will identify global threats to the United States and its interests. That includes subversion and economic aggression by "revisionist powers" like Russia and China, the activities of "rogue regimes" like Iran and North Korea, and non-state terrorist groups.


Female soldier rescued from lynch: 'I saw death'

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A year after she accidentally entered Tulkarm and was pelted with rocks, soldier Shelly Rodrigues recounts moments of fear.

Newly-found Susiya artifacts indicate Hasmonean period

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Coins, pottery and ritual baths that were recently exposed attest to a Hasmonean settlement at the site of Susiya in the Mount Hebron. Until now, the Susya heritage site has been known to visitors as a 1,500-year-old Jewish Talmudic town, which was occupied from the Roman to the Moslem periods, but the new findings precede the establishment of the settlement in 600 years.

The new findings were uncovered during an excavation conducted by the Civil Administration - Archaeological Staff Officer in Judea and Samaria. They are scheduled to be presented for the first time by senior lecturers at the professional conference "The Book and the Desert" which will take place this Thursday at the Susiya Tour and Study Center.


Analysis: The aftermath of Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A review of the rationale, results and reactions to United States President Donald Trump's historic declaration that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

Jewish Agency Chair Sharansky excoriates Reform Trump criticism

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
"Reform response to recognition of Jerusalem was terrible...When leader of superpower recognizes Jerusalem, first you should welcome it."

Arab MKs join protest against 'snake Trump'

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Arab Knesset members join dozens of protesters outside the United States embassy in Tel Aviv, blasting the US president for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Coordination between Iran and Gaza terrorist organizations

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Commander Qasem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Al-Quds Force has spoken on the phone with Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror chiefs, according to a report by Al-Mayadeen Television.

The phone call dealt with the readiness of Hamas and Islamic Jihad to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount and full Iranian support for what it called Palestinian Authority resistance forces. Senior officials from the two terror groups who recently visited Tehran praised Iran's support for their struggle and its support for their military wings.


Border Guards to get high-risk pay like soldiers

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan announced tonight that his ministry will finance the equalization of salary conditions of high-risk Border Police officers to the conditions of high-risk soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces, retroactive to the date that the soldiers were given the high-risk supplement.

Speaking at a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony in the Maccabiah Village, Erdan said, "You must already understand the responsibility and the risk that Border Police officers [of both genders] take upon themselves. I personally felt tremendous pride when the data was published that the Border Police, which is actually the police, has become the most sought after corps of all the combat corps in the IDF - what wonderful youth we have."

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