Latest News Briefs (Page 4)


IS: We're behind Manchester blast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Islamic State terror movement said, Tuesdy morning, that it carried out the explosion at a Manchester concert.


Arrested for plotting Tel Aviv attack while Trump here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It was disclosed Tuesday morning that a suspect who intended to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv during the visit of United States President Donald Trump.


'Trump doesn't understand that this isn't the business world'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Middle East scholar David Bokai is convinced that, sooner or later, United States President Donald Trump will realize that the Palestinian Authority doesn't want peace.

European Jewish Congress condemns Manchester attack

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The European Jewish Congress has condemned what it called "the appalling and barbaric terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena", which has claimed the lives of at least 22 with dozens more injured.

Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said, “This horrific attack demonstrates once again that the enemies of civilization have no boundaries. This was a concert attended by mostly youth and children and is a ghastly reminder that terrorism sees all of us as potential targets, regardless of age, religion, nationality or background.” He added, “Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased, our prayers with those injured for a speedy and full recovery and our solidarity with the British people and government.”


Hotovely expresses deep sorrow over Manchester blast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has expressed "Deep sorrow on the loss of innocent young life in terrible Manchester attack." Writing on the Twitter social network, she added, "Israel with the UK in the fight against terror."

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Legal aid at Petach Tikva, Tiberias Magistrate Courts

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The court system's management has announced that as of next Sunday, legal-aid stands will be opened in the Petah Tikva and Tiberias Magistrates Courts.

The legal aid wil be provided by lawyers on behalf of the Legal Aid Department in the Ministry of Justice - limited to urgent proceedings in the fields of civil law and family matters.


Trump arrives in Bethlehem

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump of the United States has arrived in Bethlehem for his meeting with Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.


Erdan: We must all join forces to defeat terror

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Minister Gil'ad Erdan said, Sunday, "President's Trump visit to the Middle East has created an historic opportunity to form a new international alliance against terror."

In a Newsweek opinion piece, Erdan said such an alliance should fight terror organizations, incitement on social media and state sponsorship of terror, including payments to terrorists and their families. He concluded, "This alliance can serve as a bridge between Israel and the Sunni world, and enhance cooperation in other fields such as medicine and commerce. This enhanced cooperation, and the reduction in terror and incitement, can also help create the conditions for a viable Israeli-Palestinian peace.

I call on all the countries of the region and the world to seize this historic opportunity to form a new alliance against terror. By working together, we can ensure a brighter and safer future for all of our children."


Haaretz supports Netanyahu - over Jewish Home ministers

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Haaretz grudgingly praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday morning for the easing of restrictions on Palestinian Authority residents approved on Sunday by the political-security cabinet. The newspaper's editorial noted that the gestures come after a long period of time when PA residents did not enjoy any easing of restrictions, a few weeks after the decision to restrain the construction in Judea and Samaria.

The editorial labeled Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party as "extreme right wing" and "right wing annexationist." Referring to the visit of United States President Donald Trump, it concludes, (translated from the Hebrew) "Trump's determination, on the one hand, and his fickle character on the other, have prompted Netanyahu to act contrary to his nature, which always strives to do everything possible to do nothing, and the fear of Trump's unexpected reactions helps him mobilize forces to block the ministers of the extreme right who are pushing him to annex as if there are no Palestinians. This is good news, and it is to be hoped that it will continue so."


Manchester death toll rises to 22

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The death toll in Monday night's explosion in the Manchester Arena rose to 22 Tuesday morning.


Livni: Trump has more chances for peace than Obama

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) said on Tuesday that United States President Donald Trump has more of a chance than former president Barack Obama to advance the peace process with the Palestinian Authority.

Interview by Reshet Bet public radio, the former opposition leader said, "The Palestinians have begun to see very low expectations and low demands since Trump's election - they are ready to enter into negotiations."


Steinitz: Doubtful if the peace process can be renewed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday that he doubted whether the peace process with the Palestinian Authority could be renewed at the present time.

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, the Likud lawmaker said, "If they want to advance peace, first they must stop the incitement to destroy Israel and the encouragement and education for terror. When [United States President Donald] Trump visits Bethlehem and meets with Abu Mazen, we must not forget that we're talking about an Abu Mazen who is educating to destroy Israel."


Watch: Elderly Orthodox Jewish man brutally beaten in California

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
An elderly Jewish man is beaten on his way to a synagogue in Los Angeles. The attack is captured on a security camera.

Trump's Twitter header shows him standing at Western Wall

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
He is pictured wearing a black kippa and touching the wall as he prays.

Trump heads to Bethlehem for Abbas meeting

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
President Trump begins second day of Israel visit with an hour-long meeting with the Palestinian Authority leader in Bethlehem.

Jerusalem street closings for Trump's visit

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For the next few hours, the following Jerusalem street will be closed at times due to the visit of United States President Donald Trump: David Remez, Derech Hevron to Rachel's Crossing, Keren Hayesod, Gaza, Herzog, Nayot, Bezeq, Bate, Ben-Zvi, Shazar, Weizmann and Ben Gurion. The public will have alternative routes on Agron, Haim Bar Lev, Jaffa Gate, Hebron Road - Hahasmonait, Keren Hayesod, Emek Refaim, Begin, Herzl, Bethlehem and Ramban.

It is reported that King David Street and the streets adjacent to the King David Hotel will remain closed until the end of the visit.


Rocket shot at Israel from Sinai

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A rocket was shot at Israel from the Sinai Peninsula on Monday morning. No injuries or damage were reported.

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Elkin pessimistic about the transfer of the US embassy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jerusalem-Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin said this morning that he is pessimistic about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.

Interviewed by Kol Berama radio, the Likud lawmaker said, "The voices that emerged from the White House on this issue left no room for optimism."


Nurse attacked in Afula hospital

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A nurse was attacked Monday evening at Ha'emek Hospital in Afula.

The suspect in the attack allegedly slapped the nurse during a visit. She was arrested and will be brought today for a hearing on the police's request to extend her detention.


Report: Abbas to discuss hunger strike with Trump

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said last night that he would discuss the hunger strike by security prisoners in Israeli jails with United States President Donald Trump, according to Yediot Ahronot.

Abbas met in Bethlehem with families of the hunger strikers. They handed him a letter intended for President Trump, detailing the situation of their sons.


Mortar attack on Eshkol region

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A mortar shell exploded this morning in an open area of the Eshkol Council region opposite southern Gaza.

No injuries or damage were reported.


Yemen: 7 killed in US raid on Al-Qaeda camp

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Seven gunmen were killed early Tuesday morning in a United States Army raid on an Al-Qaeda camp in Yemen.

US officials said the purpose of the raid was to gather information about the organization, and that the gunmen were killed during an exchange of fire and precision air strikes.


Gaza: Dozens demonstrate against Trump

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dozens of people demonstrated in Gaza last night against United States President Donald Trump during his visit to Israel.

Trump angered Hamas leaders after calling the organization a terrorist group during his visit to Saudi Arabia.


Report: Israel plans air strikes against Hezbollah

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Israel is planning air strikes in Lebanon and Syria against Hezbollah, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Maariv.

Maariv cited Lebanese newspaper Al-Liwaa, which reported that the attack would take place simultaneously in both countries. "Army and infrastructure targets in Lebanon will be bombed, claiming that its president is an ally of the Shiite terrorist organization."


Histadrut voting underway

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The polling stations in the elections for the Histadrut leadership opened this morning at 05:00 and will close at 22:00.

More than half a million Histadrut members will decide between current chairman Avi Nissenkorn, and former Labor party chairwoman Shelly Yechimovich. The final results are expected to be published only about Thursday.


Trump to meet with Abu Mazen and visit Yad Vashem

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

United States President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday.

Trump will then return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Museum. His last stop before leaving Israel will be the Israel Museum, where he is scheduled to speak.


British cabinet to hold an emergency meeting on blast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The British government has scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday morning following the overnight bombing in Manchester in which 19 people were killed and about 50 wounded.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced that following the events she was suspending her parliamentary election campaign.


Report: Manchester suicide bomber identified

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester law authorities have told CNN that the explosion in the auditorium is probably a suicide bombing.

According to the report, a man seen on the scene was apparently identified as the terrorist who carried out the attack.

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Foreign Ministry unaware of Israelis in Manchester

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday morning that it was not aware of any Israelis who were at the site of the explosion in Manchester, Britain, on Monday night.

19 people were killed and at least 50 wounded in the blast, which occurred after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Local police are investigating the explosion as a terror attack.


ADL: Rouhani's re-election shows little has changed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday said the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani does not change the imperative that the world must be vigilant and oppose the regime’s internal and external aggressions.

“This election reminds us how little has changed in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.


Trump: Arab leaders ready to take steps toward Israel

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump told Israeli leaders on Monday that the Arab leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia are willing to take steps toward Israel if the Israeli-Palestinian Arab peace process makes progress, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.

The official, who spoke on condition anonymity, is reportedly familiar with the details of Trump’s talks with both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.


EU condemns latest Hamas death sentences

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The European Union (EU) Heads of Mission and the Head of Mission of Norway in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday condemned the three death sentences that were issued in Gaza against the suspected assassin and two suspected accomplices in the March death of senior Hamas terrorist Mazen Faqha.

“The Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall their opposition under all circumstances to the use of capital punishment,” said the statement, as quoted by the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news agency.


Rouhani: We'll continue our missile tests

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned that his country would continue its missile tests.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran and quoted by AFP, Rouhani, who was just last week elected to a second term in office, ridiculed U.S. strategy in the Middle East, dismissing President Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders as "just a show".


BDS fail: Canadian university rejects Israel boycott

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A union at a university in British Columbia, Canada, has rejected a motion to boycott Israel.

On Sunday, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) at Simon Fraser University announced the results of a referendum calling to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


'The Cabinet should've stood its ground'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Avi Ro’eh, head of the Binyamin Regional Council and the Yesha Council, expressed his disappointment on Monday over the package of gestures to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that was approved by the Cabinet and which includes the approval of construction in Area C, which is under full Israeli security and civil administration.

"We are committed to hospitality. There is a visit by the President of the United States, which is a great ally and to which we are committed. But on the other hand, we cannot trust Trump, just as we could not trust Obama or anyone else. The people of Israel must make their own decisions on their own - and not be motivated by other considerations. I do not think it is necessary to pay in the form of gestures, if those gestures are contrary to Israel's interests,” Ro’eh told Arutz Sheva.


Update: 19 dead in explosion at Manchester concert hall

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
19 killed and 50 wounded in explosion following Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Sara and Melania bring gifts to sick children

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on Monday afternoon visited the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem together with the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.

The two met with the medical staff of the hospital, and later visited the hospital playground, where they met sick children.


Senate intelligence committee disappointed Flynn won't testify

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The top two members of the Senate intelligence committee on Monday expressed their disappointment over the fact that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and would not testify before the committee.

The two, Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia, said they would “vigorously pursue” Flynn’s testimony.


Netanyahu: Trump is a true friend of Israel

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday night hailed U.S. President Donald Trump as a true friend of Israel after hosting him and First Lady Melania Trump for dinner at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.

“A very important meeting with President Donald Trump. I expressed my appreciation that he was the first sitting U.S. president who visited the Western Wall and touched the ancient stones that are the foundation of our existence. A true friend of Israel!” wrote Netanyahu on Facebook.

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