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Brazil's President charged with taking bribes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Brazil's top federal prosecutor on Monday charged President Michel Temer with taking multimillion-dollar bribes.

Under Brazilian law, the lower house of Congress must now vote on whether to allow the top tribunal to try Temer.


Did Israel hold talks with Hamas?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Israel in recent weeks held "intensive" discussions with Hamas over a deal that could secure the release of four Israeli citizens who are believed to be held captive by the group in Gaza, i24news reported Monday, citing Israel's public broadcaster Kan.

The renewed push to strike a deal was sparked by the recent election of Yahya Sinwar as Hamas's leader in Gaza, the television station reported, without citing sources.


Watch: 'Muslims contributed nothing except terror'

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Egyptian TV host blasts Muslims following attack in London, says no one should be surprised by it.


White House: Syria preparing another chemical weapons attack

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The White House said on Monday it appears that the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack, saying preparations by Syria are similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in Idlib.

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Trump: North Korean threat must be treated rapidly

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called for the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs to be "rapidly" tackled.

"The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly," Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden after holding his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported AFP.


Senator blocks arms sales to Gulf States

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) announced on Monday he will block arms sales to Persian Gulf states until there’s a “better understanding” of how the Qatar crisis will be resolved.

“All countries in the region need to do more to combat terrorism, but recent disputes among the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries only serve to hurt efforts to fight [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and counter Iran,” Corker wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to The Hill.


Hamas: Building in Jerusalem 'promotes terror'

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Palestine, the official newspaper of the Hamas terrorist group which is published in Gaza, on Monday published a cartoon conveying a message that “Israeli settlements” are an expression of “terrorism” against the Palestinian people.

The cartoon shows Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, armed with a pistol and with a Star of David on the lapel of his suit, and U.S. President Donald Trump standing smiling and holding a model of a private house with the words "new settlements in Jerusalem."


Tillerson, Lavrov discuss Syria

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and urged him to prevent "provocations" against Syrian government forces, the foreign ministry in Moscow said, according to AFP.

In a phone call initiated by Tillerson, Lavrov "called on Washington to take steps to prevent provocations against Syrian government forces carrying out operations against terrorists," it said in a statement.


Israeli aircraft strike Gaza targets

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes on two military infrastructures belonging to Hamas in northern and southern Gaza overnight Monday, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

The airstrikes were carried out in response to a rocket attack on the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

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Jewish organizations disappointed by travel ban ruling

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Two Jewish organizations in the United States on Monday expressed disappointment over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to be enforced.

The court said it would hear the appeals of two cases that had resulted from the travel ban, which aimed to keep the citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.


22 million Americans will lose their health insurance by 2026

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

22 million Americans will lose insurance over the next decade under the healthcare bill drafted by U.S. Senate Republicans, a nonpartisan office said on Monday, according to Reuters.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that in 2026, 49 million people would be uninsured under the Senate bill, compared with 28 million under the current law. It also estimated that the Senate bill would decrease the budget deficit by $321 billion over 2017-2026.


'We need to strengthen the relationship with the Diaspora'

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Senior director for Diaspora Affairs at the Ministry of Diaspora discusses decision on Kotel, relations between the Diaspora and Israel.

Trump meets Indian PM

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump met on Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House.

"Economically, India is in very good shape," Trump told Modi, adding that he is "an excellent prime minister."


Extremists throw eggs at police officers

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Five haredi extremists were arrested on Monday evening in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, following planned police activities against the recent phenomenon of incitement against and assaults on uniformed men.

The arrests occurred after residents of the neighborhood saw policemen disguised as haredi soldiers, gathered around them and shouted at them while trying to prevent the continuation of the police operation.


Man crosses border from Israel to Jordan

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A man was identified as he crossed the border from Israel to Jordan on Monday night. The citizen was arrested by Jordanian security forces and returned to Israel.

The incident will be investigated.


Consumer privacy expert qualifies Google announcement

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

After Google's announcement that it will stop scanning users' private e-mail addresses, Arutz Sheva asked consumer privacy expert Liz McIntyre whether she considers the move to represent an authentic improvement in user privacy.

"Google's recognition of privacy concerns is smart on its part. Companies that continue to follow the 'surveillance capitalism' playbook will become data-sucking dinosaurs as consumers become more educated about how they are disadvantaged by that business model. Companies that siphon personal data will be replaced by privacy-friendly companies like the companies I consult with, and Apple is another visionary company making privacy a priority--even when it isn't convenient.


IDF declares Quneitra, Valley of Tears as closed military zone

Monday, June 26, 2017

The IDF on Monday evening declared the areas of Quneitra and the Valley of Tears as a closed military zone.

The decision was made due to the continuation of internal fighting on the Syrian side of the border, and in order to protect the security of the citizens. Entrance to the area will be allowed to farmers only, except at points near the border.

A military source said that this is a temporary decision in light of the assessment of the situation and that Highway 98 will not be closed to traffic.


ISIS-affiliated terrorists claim Gaza rocket attack

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Salafist terrorist group from Gaza which is linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) organization claimed Monday evening's rocket attack on southern Israel, Israeli media reported.

The reports named the group as Aknaf Bait al-Maqdis. The rocket exploded in an open area near the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.


Pedestrian seriously injured in accident in Tel Aviv

Monday, June 26, 2017

A pedestrian was seriously injured when she was hit by a vehicle in Tel Aviv on Monday evening.

She was evacuated by Magen David Adom paramedics and MDA paramedics treated her and to the Ichilov Hospital in the city.


Bernie Sanders and wife hire lawyers in FBI bank fraud probe

Monday, June 26, 2017
The wife of the former presidential candidate is accused of falsifying records in applying for a loan to expand the college she headed.

Ivanka Trump: I try to stay out of politics

Monday, June 26, 2017
The daughter of the United States President says she has disagreements with her father and focuses on issues she "cares deeply about."

Rocket launched at Shaar Hanegev - no injuries

Monday, June 26, 2017

A rocket exploded Monday evening in an open area of the Shaar Hanegev Council region.

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Reform Movement furious

Monday, June 26, 2017
"The Israeli government chooses the rights and desires of the haredim and ignores the overwhelming majority of Jews in the world."

Heavy heat stress on Tuesday

Monday, June 26, 2017

Variable cloudiness and a chance of mist is forecast overnight between the Mediterranean coast and the northwestern Negev. Tuesday will be clear and hot with Sharav extremes in the inland and mountain areas and high humidity in the coastal plain. Heavy heat stress is expected in most regions. Despite the start of a slight cooling trend, it will be unseasonably hot and dry in the mountains on Wednesday; still muggy on the coast. The heat stress will go down slightly with the temperatures on Thursday and no significant change is expected on Friday.

Monday highs:
Jerusalem: 34Celsius/93Fahrenheit;
Kinneret/Sea of Galilee, Eilat: 42C/107F;
Golan Heights: 39/102; Haifa: 31/87; Tel Aviv: 30/86;
Be'er Sheva': 37/98; Dead Sea: 43/109


A flaw in the pattern

Monday, June 26, 2017
If "Radical Islam" is to blame, what possessed Nasser to attack? Commentary

Liberman to Germany on Tuesday

Monday, June 26, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman will leave Israel on Tuesday for a diplomatic visit to Germany, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio.

Liberman will hold a meeting with United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis that sources close to Liberman say was planned in advance. Liberman is expected to hold other diplomatic discussions during the visit.


Jewish artist's minibus torched

Monday, June 26, 2017
Vandals in Brooklyn burn a colorful bus belonging to a local Jewish artist.

UK: May signs agreement with Pro-Israel DUP

Monday, June 26, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May signed a coalition agreement on Monday between her Conservative Party and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which takes pro-Israeli positions.

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1 wounded in criminally-related Beit Shemesh shooting

Monday, June 26, 2017

A resident of Beit Shemesh was lightly wounded on Monday during a conflict with another resident.

Police are searching for the shooter. The background of the incident was criminal.


Jewish groups slam ban on Jewish flags at Chicago lesbian parade

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center are calling on a lesbian group which banned Jewish marchers to apologize for the anti-Semitic act.


Report: Intense efforts to return Israelis from Gaza

Monday, June 26, 2017

Citing Israel's public broadcasting corporation, Maariv reports many meetings over the past two weeks between Israel and Hamas, mediated by an unknown third party, regarding the return of two living Israelis and the bodies of two soldiers held in Gaza.


Report: 'Jewish terrorist' a treatment away from parole

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ami Popper, serving seven consecutive life sentences plus 20 years for the execution-style killing of seven Gaza residents and the wounding of another in 1990, was told by a parole board on Monday that he could stand before the panel if he completes further treatment, according to Channel 10 Television.

Popper has been in Ma'asiyahu Prison for 27 years, and applied for shortening of his sentence by a third after he underwent rehabilitation and treatment. It was the view of the parole board that despite his good behavior, there is currently no reason for him to be released.


Reform movement launches first Latin American rabbinical school

Monday, June 26, 2017
The goal of the Buenos Aires school is to ordain Reform rabbis for Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Suspects freed, police slammed in Yitzhar demolition

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court has ordered the release of the three detainees who were arrested Sunday during a protest of a building demolition in Yitzhar. Judge Keren Miller also rejected a police request to ban the three from the Samarian Jewish community for a month, and cited the police for improper behavior.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv striker signs with Sparta Prague

Monday, June 26, 2017

28-year-old striker Tal Ben-Haim has signed a four-year contract with Sparta Prague, the Czech Republic's (and before that Czechoslovakia's) most successful soccer team. Sparta paid Maccabi Tel Aviv a 2.9-million-Euro transfer fee.

It will be Ben-Haim's first foreign team, although he came close to playing in Belgium this past season. His salary will be 150,000 Euros. Sparta placed third in the Czech First League last year. If it makes it to the European Champions League, he'll receive a bonus.


Pilot on shaking plane asks passengers to 'pray'

Monday, June 26, 2017
Pilot on Australian flight asks passengers to "pray" as plane shakes "like a washing machine" due to engine trouble.

Knesset approves a passport for every immigrant

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Knesset has approved the final readings of a bill by Member of Knesset Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu), under which, a new immigrant will receive a passport upon immigration to Israel and acceptance of Israeli citizenship.

Until now, during their first year in Israel, new immigrants have received a transit certificate (teudat maavar), not a passport, which places many restrictions on the user. MK Oded Forer said, "We have succeeded in correcting a really unjust archaic law and made the conditions of new immigrants equal to the conditions of those born in Israel." He concluded, "The days are over when a new immigrant is considered a second class citizen who is not entitled to a passport."


Anglo immigrants honored for contributions to Israel

Monday, June 26, 2017

Nefesh B’Nefesh awards immigrants from English-speaking countries for making a "major impact" on the Jewish State.


Son On Mission To Fulfill Father's Dying Wish

Monday, June 26, 2017
Chaim Dov promised his father on his deathbed he would look after his six younger siblings. Now he begs for your help to fulfill that promise

PM meets with Trump aides

Monday, June 26, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Monday evening with United States Homeland Security Advisor Thomas Bossert and White House Cyber Security Coordinator Rob Joyce.

They agreed on the establishment of joint working teams for Israel and the United States on cyber issues, protection of critical infrastructures, development of human capital and other fields.

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