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Trump indicates he may visit Israel before election

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Republican presidential nominee doesn't rule out trip to Israel before November election.


Netanyahu and Lapid spar over Gaza tunnels

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Yesh Atid chairman claims the Cabinet didn't discuss Hamas tunnels before Protective Edge. Netanyahu: Lapid should've done his homework.


How do you file your U.S. taxes when you are living in Israel?

Thursday, July 28, 2016
This is what you need to know when filing taxes from Israel.


Contamination feared in Israeli cornflakes

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Tens of thousands of boxes of breakfast cereals destroyed after routine check reveals contamination of Telma cornflakes.


Is Russia a better friend than the U.S. to Israel?

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Israeli jets attacked Russian-protected Syria this week. Would U.S. have allowed the same?


Oren, Lipman join forces to improve absorption of Anglos

Thursday, July 28, 2016
New immigrants' caucus will work towards legislation to address needs of English speakers.


Report: 6 arrested in rape of Israeli tourist in India

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Indian police have arrested six people in connection with the weekend rape of an Israeli tourist next to the Himalayan town of Manali, according to local media. Three minors were among those arrested.

While the suspects have confessed, the investigation continues.


Mother of 8 gives birth to stillborn baby in her home

Thursday, July 28, 2016
In a rare case, a mother of eight in her 40s gives birth to a stillborn baby in an unplanned home birth.


'Obama increased aid to Arab countries, but not to Israel'

Thursday, July 28, 2016
GOP Senator Lindsey Graham reveals White House shot down an aid package requested by Israel.


Merkel: Germany stands against terrorist hatred culture

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that terrorists wanted to reduce Germany's readiness to take in refugees but her government was against that, according to Reuters.

Merkel interrupted a vacation to hold a news conference in Berlin after a spate of recent attacks in the south of the country. She told reporters, "The terrorists want to make us lose sight of what is important to us, break down our cohesion and sense of community as well as inhibiting our way of life, our openness and our willingness take in people who are in need." She added, "They see hatred and fear between cultures and they see hatred and fear between religions. We stand decisively against that."


Dani Dayan to start as consul in New York

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Former chairman Dani Dayan of the Yesha Council of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria will start his new task as Israel's consul in New York, beginning Sunday.

The start of Dayan's tenure in the Big Apple comes about a year after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nominated him to be Israel's ambassador to Brazil. On a request by Israeli leftists, Brazil would not received Dayan's credentials.


Egypt: Gülen has not asked for asylum

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said, Thursday, that his country has not received a request for asylum from exiled Turkish cleric Fetullah Gülen. He said if such a request is received, the ministry will judge it on its merits.

Gülen is currently in the United States. Earlier, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said his country had received intelligence that Gülen might flee to another country ahead of efforts to extradite him to Turkey in connection with the recent failed coup there. Bozdağ mentioned Egypt as a country to which Gülen might go.


Yeshiva students to receive transportation benefits

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Decision ends what some have called religion-based discrimination against haredi sector.


IS slogans by passenger lead to emergency landing

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A flight from Dubai to the Indian city of Kochi was diverted to Mumbai, Thursday, after a passenger yelled slogans of the Islamic State terror movement.

The incident is under investigation.


Finance Committee compromises on 2-year budget

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The coalition and the opposition have reached a compromise regarding the bill for a two-year budget.

Under the compromise, all changes to the budget will be brought to the committee for a vote.


Palestine Media Watch to IOC: Ban Jibril Rajoub

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Palestine Media Watch (PMW) has called on the International Olympic Committee to ban Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, from all activities and events related to the Olympics, and to demand his removal from his position within the Olympic organization. In a 24-page report, PMW documents that Jibril Rajoub has consistently supported terror and even incited to murder. An example of that is to name a sports event after a terrorist who killed two and wounded two others before he was killed by police. 

PMW says, "Rajoub represents the antithesis of Olympic values. At a time when terror is being fought throughout the world, permitting Rajoub to participate in Olympic Committee activities and events disgraces the International Olympic Committee and the entire Olympics community."


Remand extended for Waqf members

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended by one day, Thursday, the remand of three members of the Waqf Islamic Authority on Jerusalem's Temple Mount who were involved in an attack on a tour group at the holy site on Wednesday.


Oren, Lipman form lobby for Anglo immigrants

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Member of Knesset Michael Oren (Kulanu) and former MK Dov Lipman announced, Thursday, a new Knesset based initiative to address some of the challenges that face English-speaking immigrants to Israel. These issues include the immigrant benefit package, tax problems, professional and driving licenses, struggles of lone soldier and national service volunteers, and the need for English speaking clerks and representatives in government agencies and ministries.

This new initiative will kickoff with a hearing in the Immigration and Absoprtion Committee on Monday August 1 to address specific challenges regarding national service for young people from overseas which create obstacles for their immigration and absoprtion process. Representatives of various absoprtion organizations will present these challenges to the committee and to invited government representatives with a goal to work towards legislation which addresses these issues.

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Mother of wounded soldier: My son deserves to go home

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Knesset committee convenes to hear claims Defense Ministry failed in handling case of a severely wounded Gaza operation veteran.


Lapid: Give me a polygraph test on hate for haredim

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Member of Knesset Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) said, Thursday morning, that he was willing to take a lie-detector test to prove he does not hate haredi-religious Jews. Interviewed on haredi-religious radio station Kol Chai, he protested the fact that accusations of hatred enter every political discussion.

Lapid was speaking in the context of legislation to withhold state funding from schools that don't teach core curriculum. Noting that he sent a lot of money to the haredi community while he was finance minister, Lapid said he was committed to give the maximum to all sectors of society, religious, non religious and non Jewish. He lamented that survey after survey showed that haredi youth have a difficult time fitting into the labor market.


Assad offers amnesty to Aleppo rebels

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said, Thursday, that he will grant amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender.

He issued an order to that effect which expires in three months.


'Disabled in workplace' bill expected to pass

Thursday, July 28, 2016
A bill which would require large government bodies to meet a quota of 5% disabled employees has been approved for final Knesset vote.


2 senior Turkish generals resign in protest

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Two of Turkey's generals resigned in protest, Thursday, a day after the dismissal of 1,700 officers and admirals accused of taking part in the recent failed coup attempt.

The Cable News Network's Turkish affiliate reported 88 employees of the Foreign Ministry have been similarly fired.


Forest fire near Arab village in the Menashe Region

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ten firefighting companies, assisted by personnel from the Jewish National Fund, were sent to put out a forest fire, Thursday morning, near the Arab village of Mesar, northeast of Netanya.

There were a number of hot spots, Firefighters have put out one of them.


Weapons charges against 20 from Arab Triangle

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Central District prosecutors have filed indictments against 20 people, charging them with weapons-related charges. The suspects range in age from 17 to 47 and come from Baqa Al-Gharbiye, Jatt, Tayibe and Zamr, in the triangle of Israeli Arab communities northeast of Tel Aviv.

A total of 28 counts were placed, charging the suspects with trafficking in weapons, attempting and conspiring to do so, other weapons dealings, illegal carrying of weapons and discharging a firearm in a built-up area.


Is Russia a better friend to Israel than the U.S.?

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Israeli jets attacked Russian-protected Syria this week. Would U.S. have allowed the same?


IDF suspends lecturer for defending exclusion of women

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Israel Defense Forces have suspended an outside lecturer as they investigate if he really defended exclusion of women during a mandatory talk given to an elite intelligence unit, according to a Thursday morning report by IDF Radio. Complaints were filed about the talks, saying, "Requiring soldier, particularly the women, to listen to these things in the IDF is fundamentally flawed.

The lecturer allegedly said the sending of women to the back of certain buses does not constitute exclusion because women look at men and have good thoughts while men look at women and have improper thoughts. He also cited hareidi religious practice against men listening to women singing.


Abbas to meet Kerry, Valls this weekend

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is scheduled to meet Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, this weekend in Paris.

The meetings were postponed due to the death of Abu-Mazen's brother Omar, last week. They are scheduled to center around France's initiative for an international summitt abou the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is expected to take place in December.


Data reveals haredi educational gap

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Statistics regarding dropout rates among haredim in academia emerges to challenge haredi narrative that core curriculum is unnecessary.


Galilee teen fractures skull playing Pokemon Go

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A 15-year-old from Karmiel suffered a fractured skull and cerebral bleeding, Wednesday evening, when she fell from her bicycle while playing the virtual reality game Pokemon Go on the western Galiee city's streets.

She was taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, where her injuries were described as moderate.

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