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Egged faces November 7th strike

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chairman Avi Nissenkorn of the Histadrut Labor Federation announced, Tuesday, that if the Treasury and the Finance Ministry do not find a suitable solution to the to the crisis that faces employees of the Egged bus cooperative, there will be a nationwide strike against the company.

The workers claim that management has taken unilateral steps that harm their wages.


Iran: Iranian-American gets 18 years for spying

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Iran sentenced an Iranian-American to 18 years for spying on behalf of the United States.

He was charged during a visit to his family.


Firebomb attack at Hizme

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Terrorists threw Molotov cocktails near the Palestinian Authority village of Hizme, just outside the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev, Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, but the firebombs ignited a brush fire. Security personnel were sent to the scene.


Barkat: Simchat Torah is a response to terror, UNESCO

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem welcomed thousands of people to the Hakafot Sheniyot dancing with Torah scrolls in the capital on Monday night. He told those in attendance, "It's no secret that in the past year, Israel's enemies have tried to hurt us, bring down our spirits and scare us, and make us to doubt our future here in the city of Jerusalem.

The mayor added, "UNESCO also tried to erase the connection of the people of Israel with Jerusalem. To our great joy, together with the security forces, we faced and overcame and there is no greater revenge than to show the whole world and the Israel-haters that nothing will help them. We are here in the united capital of the Jewish people, and we will continue to build, to be built and celebrate in Jerusalem, all of Israel."


22 years since the ratification of Jordan peace treaty

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On October 25, 1994, the government announced the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan.

The Knesset website recalls, "105 Knesset Members voted in favor of the deal, three lawmakers objected and six abstained. Then-Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the plenum that the treaty was ”another important step in consolidating the status of the Jewish people in the land of Israel, its historic homeland.”


Man who fainted writes public letter thanking God

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A man who fainted during last week's Biblical Marathon thanks the public for its prayers.


Satire show wins Knights of Quality Government award

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A public committee headed by retired justice Dalia Dorner has named the television satire show Gav Ha'umah (Back of the Nation) the winner of the Knight of Quality Government award in the category of culture. The media category went to Editor Avi Bar-Eli of the business publication The Marker.

Member of Knesset Karin Elharrar (Yesh Atid) was the winner in the legislative category. In the category of social struggle for the sake of the integrity and quality of government, the winners were the Movement for Freedom of Information, led by Raviv Drucker, and Moran Ginosar for exposing corruption in the Israel Electric Company. 95-year-old Dan Tolkovsky, a businessman and fifth commander of the Israel Air Force, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award.


Sderot firm gets NIS 40-million IDF contract

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Defense Ministry has chosen Sderot's Takmer firm, part of the Mer Group to provide hundreds of internal communications systems for the Israel Defense Forces ground forces at a cost of 40 million shekels.

The systems will be produced at a new, recently-dedicated factory in the Gaza-area city, staffed mostly by Sderot residents. The company is expected to bring additional activity to the factory soon and recruit workers from the area.


Church of the Transfiguration robbed, vandalized

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Basilica of the Transfiguration, on Mount Tabor in the Galilee region, was vandalized on Monday, with chalices stolen, icons damaged and a donation box robbed.

Church officials believe the motive for the incident was robbery and not Jewish extremism, which has been blamed for previous vandalism at
Christian sites in Israel. No graffiti was painted on the church as usually occurs with vandalism by extremists. A report has been made with police.


Vizhnitzer Rebbe: Talk in Yiddish, not Hebrew

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
In a gathering with Hasidim, the head of the Vizhnitzer dynasty calls on his followers to give up cell phones - even kosher ones - and speak in Yiddish.


Moshe Peretz: 4 months public service for tax evasion

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Ramle Magistrates Court sentenced singer Moshe Peretz on Tuesday to four months of public service on charges of evading a million shekels in income tax and NIS 140,000 in value-added tax.

Peretz confessed in March. He was convicted under a plea bargain with the Tax Authority. Prosecutors had sought eight-to-24 months of prison.


Teachers to meet on sanctions - not including a strike

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The management of the Secondary School Teachers Association is scheduled to meet, Tuesday afternoon, to discuss sanctions in response to salary deductions and other issues, according to Channel 10 Television.

Among the options are starting the school day at 9:00 am instead of 8:00 am and not grading tests. At this point, striking is not on the agenda but that could change if the teachers' demands are not met.


Hazan claims small victory in libel case

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Member of Knesset Oren Hazan (Likud) reacted to Tuesday morning's rejection of most of his libel suit by saying, "From a quick reading of the ruling, one can say that a Amit Segal and Channel 2 have committed the sin of false and distorted reporting."

Referring to the part of the ruling in his favor, Hazan said, "Despite an unprecedented smear campaign and the mobilization of all the media "guard" on behalf of one of its members, an Israeli court has ordered the reporter, considered a senior [reporter in] Israel to pay compensation of 40 thousand shekels and states that there was no trafficking in drugs and women. In their place I would be ashamed and not celebrating."


IS behind Pakistan attack

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Islamic State terror group said, Tuesday, that it was behind an attack on a police academy in southwestern Pakistan on Monday.

59 people were murdered in the attack.

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Court rejects suit by MK Hazan against Amit Segal

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court rejected, Tuesday morning, most of a libel suit by Member of Knesset Oren Hazan (Likud) against reporter Amit Segal of Channel 2 Television.

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Russia: No air strikes on Syria over past seven days

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Russian and Syrian planes give Aleppo time to recuperate after truce ends.


MK Haskel elected to Forum of Young Parliamentarians

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel (Likud) has been elected to the Inter-Parliamentary Union's Forum of Young Parliamentarians as the representative of the European region. 

The 32-year-old native of Canada defeated an Italian representative by a margin of 33-22 during the 135th IPU Assembly, which started on Monday in Geneva. Following the vote, she said, ”We must lead young people towards political activity, involvement and transparency.”


Portugal sitting on citizenship applications from Jews

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Despite promises to give citizenship to descendants of persecuted Jews, 92% of applications are still pending.


Science Minister to Moscow for innovation conference

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Science, Technology, and Space Minister Ofir Akunis is heading an Israeli delegation to the Open Innovations conference, which opens in Moscow on Wednesday.

Akunis will address the conference and hold meetings with his Russian counterpart, Moscow's mayor and leaders of the local Jewish community.


Freak accident kills 4 at Australian theme park

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Four killed as children's ride suffers "critical incident" at Australia's largest theme park.


MK to pope: Come out against UNESCO decision

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Member of Knesset Oren Hazan (Likud) has asked Pope Francis to come out against the recent resolution by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization denying non-Muslim ties to Jerusalem holy sites.

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Case of Olmert aide to resume next month

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Jerusalem District Court announced, Tuesday morning, that the trial of Rachael Risby-Raz, former travel coordinator for former prime minister Ehud Olmert, will continue in November.

Risby-Raz is charged in the so-called Rishon Tours affair in which Olmert was acquitted of charges of double-billing organizations for 17 trips abroad by Olmert when he was mayor of Jerusalem and minister of industry and trade.


6 arrested in gangland killings

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The police announced, Tuesday morning, that six people have been arrested and five have been detained for questioning in connection with a number of underworld murders.

The cases involve the deaths of a number of crime figures and a state's witness whose identity is under a gag order.


Explosion in Antalya

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Turkish media report an explosion, Tuesday morning, in the parking lot of a government building in the southern resort city of Antalya.

There was no immediate report on casualties or the cause of the blast, but Antalya's mayor said the blast was an accident and there was no loss of life.


Construction-site death in Haifa

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A worker was killed, Tuesday morning, when a heavy object fell on him from a great height at a building site near the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa.

Medics and paramedics of the Magen David Adom emergency were forced to pronounce him dead at the scene.


Memorial for Achinoam and Nevo Greenfeld

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Kids distribute candies to hospitalized children in memory of Achinoam and Nevo Greenfeld, who were killed in a recent accident abroad.


Winter/Standard Time returns Saturday evening

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Summer or Daylight Savings Time in Israel will come to an end at 2:00 am Sunday, when clocks are moved back to 1:00 am.

Winter or Standard Time will last until the morning of Friday March 24th.


Israel fighting PA threat against UNESCO

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Palestinian Authority and Jordan are threatening to put harsher language into a resolution scheduled for a Wednesday vote by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization on protection of Jerusalem holy sites.

Full story


Trump: Media pushing 'phony' polls to supress Republican turnout

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The GOP nominee claims he has the edge over Hillary Clinton and that the majority of polls have been rigged against him to "suppress" the Republican vote.


MK: Liberman's right but too long term

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Member of Knesset Ofer Shelach (Yesh Atid) said, Tuesday morning, that Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's offer of a port in Gaza for a stop to Hamas rocket fire and the building of terror tunnels is a step in the right direction.

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, Shelach continued, "The problem with these words is that the defense minister and the government in general talk about things that are far away and over the rainbow." He said he thinks Israel must take immediate steps.

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