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Radio: National politics in transition

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Listen to the weekly summary of what is happening behind the scenes in American politics.


Bitan: Amona residents want a crisis at all costs

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Coalition Chairman David Bitan says Amona residents originally suggested absentee properties.


PM: Add more countries to multinational emergency force

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Following his meeting on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsiparas and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the three countries had agreed to promote regional multinational rescue and emergency forces which the three countries will form.

Netanyahu continued, "However, we would like to add other countries to the joint command center for emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, floods and others. We want to plan the structure of the force and share this mission among the various countries, which would greatly help security and assuring the lives of the citizens of all countries here in the region as well as in other countries."


Israel's German submarine builder hacked in February

Thursday, December 08, 2016

German company ThyssenKrupp, which is building submarines for Israel, announced, Thursday, that information on projects and trade secrets were stolen in a "large" cyberattack by a Far Eastern country in February.

The attack was discovered about two months later. Company officials said, "Sensitive technologies, such as the marine division responsible for manufacturing submarines were not damaged during the breach."


Foreign residents to benefit from public transport subsidies.

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Tourists with a temporary resident visa will also benefit from public transport subsidies like Israelis.


Prosecutors to oppose parole for Katzav

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Prosecutors will oppose early release for former president Moshe Katzav at a hearing of the parole board on Sunday, according to Channel 10 Television. Katzav is serving seven years for rape and other offenses.

Police are also opposed. Sources in the State Prosecutor's Office said Katzav still feels he is the victim in the case. At the same time Katzav has received treatment for those who deny any wrongdoing and officials involved in the program will testify for parole, explaining that Katzav is interested in continuing the treatment after his release.


Gaza tunnel-death toll rises

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The death toll in Wednesday evening's collapse of a tunnel in the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza has risen to three, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio.

Around noon the body of a Hamas terrorist was removed from the tunnel. Three others were injured.


Assad: Israel alone is our enemy

Thursday, December 08, 2016
As the civil war in Syria rages on, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad makes it clear that "Israel alone" is Syria's enemy.


7 students lightly affected in Galilee fire and blast

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Authorities are invetigating a which fire broke out in the storeroom of an air-conditioning technician in a home in the Galilee community of Giv'at Avni on Thursday. The storeroom contained tanks of air-conditioning gas, causing an explosion.

Seven students in a nearby school were lightly affected, apparently by smoke inhalation, and were treated at the scene.


Kahlon: Record land sales

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The state will market land for nearly 58,000 housing units by the end of 2016, in what appears to be an upward trend, compared to previous years, according to summary data for real estate in Israel this year, presented by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Thursday, at a real-estate conference in Eilat, according to Channel 2 Television.

Last week, it was reported that the Real Estate Appraisers Association stated that housing prices have jumped an average of 9% per year so the increased marketing for land has not lowered prices. Kahlon said his flagship "occupant price" (Mechir lemishtaken) will bring nearly 65,000 units to market with 27,000 apartments having already been sold to contractors in the program. About 6,000 of the 75,000 registered participants in the program have received a significant discount in the price of a dwelling.


Tuba Zangariyye told to boil water

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Health Ministry gave instructions on Thursday for water in the Galilee community of Tuba-Zangariyye to be boiled for at least five minutes before drinking, cooking, washing food and brushing teeth.

The instructions follow testing which indicated an abnormal level of contaminants in the water.


Explosion with criminal background in Tel Aviv

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Police are investigating a Thursday-morning explosion in a parking lot on Habarzel Street in Tel Aviv's Ramat Hahayal neighborhood.

No injuries were reported. A preliminary probe indicates the explosion was related to criminal and not terrorist activity.

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'Land exchanges could provide legal backing for Regulation Law'

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Former judge Oded Moderick tells Arutz Sheva that land exchanges, and not monetary compensation, could confer legitimacy on the Regulation Law.


Record increase in tourism in November

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Israel recorded a record increase in tourism for the month of November with 287,900 people entering the country. That's 38 percent more than last year and 31 percent more than 2014. The total for the year is more than 2.6 million, up two percent from 2015.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said tourism was worth more than 1.5 billion shekels to the economy last month, about NIS 400 million more a year ago. He credited the ministry's marketing efforts in new places like China and India. Industry sources cited the ministry's efforts to increase group tourism, which they called the important component in the recovery of the sector.


Congress demands that Obama veto anti-Israel resolutions

Thursday, December 08, 2016
The United States House of Representatives has passed legislation urging Obama to oppose anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations.


Justin Bieber to appear in Tel Aviv on May 3rd

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Pop music start Justic Bieber has announced he will perform in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park on May 3rd, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

Tickets will go on sale at 8:00 Thursday evening on the L'an website for members of his fan club. Sales to the general public will go on sale on Saturday.


Tax Authority computer system still on strike

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The computer system of the Tax Authority is still on strike, according to Kol Yisrael government radio.

Workers are not issuing value-added tax returns to individuals and companies, giving computer services or answering telephones. Employees of the computer unit are protesting what they call the failure of the Treasury to honor its understandings with the workers.


Liberman: Judicial war of attrition against Israel

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Thursday morning, "A judicial war of attrition against Israel is currently being waged by international bodies, funded by international bodies, including the European countries."

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Health Ministry: Kiryat Haim beaches safe for bathing

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Health Ministry announced, Thursday morning, that it was withdrawing its warning about entering the water at beaches in the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Haim.

The ministry said the discharge of effluents into the water had stopped and testing of the water showed normal conditions.


Liberman: No interest in intervening in Syria

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, Thursday morning, "The state of Israel has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria."

Speaking before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committe in response to reports about Israeli airstrikes on Syria, he explained, "We will not allow any harm to Israeli citizens. We will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon for Hezbollah."

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Route 5 congested near Kfar Hayarok

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Congestion was reported on Highway 5 near the Kfar Hayarok Interchange on Thursday morning, following an accident involving five vehicles. 

Police advised motorists to take alternate routes.


Blasting in the Be'er Sheva' area

Thursday, December 08, 2016

If you heard an explosion in the Be'er Sheva' area, Thursday morning, it is likely to have come from a controlled blast by military industried in the Ramat Beka' area.

If you haven't, expect it to happen by noon.


Rabbi: 'The leadership needs to repent'

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Rabbi of Amona calls on political leaders to return the "Amona Clause" to the Regulation Law. "What they planned for Amona is ridiculous."


Tapuach Junction terrorist eliminated

Thursday, December 08, 2016

An 18-year-old terrorist from the Samarian Palestinian Authority town of Kalkilye, armed with a knife, was eliminated Thursday morning, when he tried to stab a Border Police officer at the Tapuach Junction.

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Jerusalem official charged with breach of trust

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Jerusalem District Attorney has filed an indictment with the city's Magistrate's Court, charging Deputy Director Baruch Helfgot of the Hareidi Education branch in the Jerusalem Municipality with breach of trust.

According to the indictment, the accused acted in favor of the "Vezot Habracha" association regarding allocation of a structure for a Talmud Torah institution, a conflict of interest, knowing that in that period, from time to time, association manager Yaakov Berger loaned him various sums of association funds, made investments in foreign real-estate for him. Helfgot is accused of hiding his financial ties with Berger and the organization from the public and his superiors.


Stabbing attempt at Tapuach

Thursday, December 08, 2016

A terrorist tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Tapuach Junction of Highway 60 in Samaria, Thursday morning.

He was shot and neutralized. There was no immediate report of other casualties.


Amona demonstration outside the Supreme Court

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Dozens of residents of Amona are expected to appear, Thursday morning outside the Supreme Court in protest against the impending uprooting of the Samarian Jewish community, according to Channel 2 Television.

With less than three weeks left before the eviction date set by the court and out of fear that the evicion will turn violent fear, Chairman Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home party turned to the residents of Amona from the Knesset podium and called on them not to resort to violence.


Partly cloudy and cooler

Thursday, December 08, 2016

It will be partly cloudy on Thursday with temperatures dropping below the seasonal average, mainly in the mountains. There's a chance of light rain, mainly in the north and along the Mediterranean coast. Clear to partly cloudy and cold overnight. Friday will be fair with no significant change in temperature. Saturday will be partly cloudy with slight additional cooling, mainly in the mountains. There's a chance of verly light rain, mainly in the north and along the coast, continuing in the north on Sunday.

Thursday highs:
Jerusalem: 15Celsius/59Fahrenheit;
Kinneret/Sea of Galilee: 20C/68F; Golan Heights, Haifa: 17/62;
Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva': 19/66; Dead Sea, Eilat: 22/71


Livni: Urgent hearing on Iran's submarine involvement

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) has filed an urgent motion for discussion by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee regarding Iran's stake in ThyssenKrupp, the German company that makes submarines for Israel.

Livni wrote in her application, "Israel has been working for years with the nations of the world to prevent transactions with Iran and prevent it from economic benefits. Even Iranian company IFIC's ownership of submarine maker ThyssenKrupp is partial, there is not doubt that it's significant in transactions of this magnitude,"


'I'm not surprised' about lack of missile preparedness

Thursday, December 08, 2016

A representative of Kibbutz Nahal Oz near Gaza reacts to the comptroller's report.

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