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LGBT TV broadcaster: Bennett is blocking our law

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Television broadcaster Asi Azar attacked Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett, claiming that he is acting intensively against a law which would allow LGBT couples to adopt children.

Bennett dismissed criticism by Tzomet president Rabbi Yisrael Rosen of his employing a lesbian spokeswoman, stating that he would not discriminate against anyone due to his proclivity, gender or skin color, but Azar responded cynically that "they can work for him, but they can't get equal rights."


Traffic disruptions on Eilat road

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Traffic disruptions are being felt on road 90 southbound near Kibbutz Ketura due to a road accident. Police are present at the scene and are directing traffic.



Rail work to cause disruptions on Herzliya line

Thursday, August 17, 2017

From Friday and for the next nine days the Herzliya train station will be closed for upgrading infrastructure. 

Du to the work there will be significant changes in the train routes travelling north and south through Herzliya.



Defense Minister advisor:Don't be taken in by cliches

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Defense Minister's attache for development of communities, Kobi Eliraz, criticized residents of Sde Boaz, an outpost near Neve Daniel and Machpela house residents for their criticism of the minister's motivation.

Eliraz claimed that the Defense Minister was making great efforts to regulate outposts,but that Sde Boaz placed four illegal buildings on land whose status has not yet been legally determined and they were asked to leave until the land's status can be determined.

The Machpela house has been authorized by the Defense Ministry but not by the Justice Ministry which has not yet been registered. However the registration committee was asked by the Defense Ministry to expedite investigation of the house's sale but this would be in return for the residents leaving the house during the investigation.

Eliraz added " I would advise residents of Sde Boaz and Machpela house not to be taken in by all kinds of cliches and officials trying to drag them into places which will harm efforts by the minister to help them."


Two soldiers arrested on drug charges

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two members of the military police serving at Judea and Samaria checkpoints were arrested by military police investigating suspicions of drug offences. According to the charges, one of the soldiers used drugs in the unit he was serving in. Police are investigating whether other soldiers are involved in the affair.



Smotrich: 'Dangerous intervention of Supreme Court'

Thursday, August 17, 2017

MK Betzalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) responded to a restraining order issued by the Supreme Court against the Regulation Law and said that this was a "dangerous intervention of the Supreme Court in Knesset legislation."

"Time after time the judicial authority tramples other authorities with its rulings and this behavior must stop. As one who usually warns about the erosion of the Jewish character of the state, today I am concerned about the future of the democratic character of the state."

Smotrich added that the "foregone conclusion" around the Regulation Law endangers Israel's democracy. "The fact that the Attorney-General scandalously stands against the government he is supposed to represent has an inappropriate influence on the court and his demand for a restraining order is no less than a trampling of the separation of powers. I will promote my own law in the next session to curtail the unruliness of the Attorney-General and to ensure that laws will not be overturned by the courts.



India:10-year-old raped, denied abortion, delivers baby

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A 10-year-old Indian girl who was denied the right to undergo an abortion, gave birth to a baby girl, according to a news report Thursday from India. The baby was born by Caesarian section and both mother and child are well.

The girl claimed that she had been repeatedly raped by her uncle and requested an abortion at a late stage of her pregnancy, but Indian law only allows abortions until the 20th week of pregnancy. Her parents had not told her about the pregnancy and told her instead that she needed an operation because of a stone in her stomach.


Court cancels hearing over Petah Tikva demonstrations

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Supreme Court judge Noam Solberg cancelled the hearing regarding a petition by residents of the Kfar Ganim neighborhood in Petah Tikva against demonstrations which take place in their neighborhood every Saturday night.

The demonstrations take place outside the house of the Attorney-General, demanding that he indict the prime minister.

Solberg said that a decision or ruling would be given in the near future.


Ivanka's conversion rabbi blasts Trump's response

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, a prominent New York rabbi who oversaw the conversion to Judaism of the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va, last weekend.

Lookstein weighed in on the issue Wednesday along with other rabbis at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan.

“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right,” the rabbis wrote in a letter to members of the synagogue and its affiliated Ramaz School. “While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence.

“We pray that our country heeds the voices of tolerance, and stays true to its vision of human rights and civil rights.”

Far-right protestors converged on Charlottesville in defense of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and fought with counterprotestors. Some of the protestors carried Nazi and Confederate flags, gave Nazi salutes and expressed anti-Semitic and racists views.

After police broke up the the rally, a white supremacist, James Fields, rammed his car into a crowd of the counterprotesters, killing one woman and injuring at least 19. Two police officers also died when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the rally.

President Donald Trump had said at a news conference Tuesday that not all the participants in the rally were white supremacists. Confronted about whether he was putting white supremacists and neo-Nazis on the same “moral plane” as the liberal and leftist counterprotestors, he said, “I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane.” Trump seemed to backtrack from his statement a day earlier condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the violence.


Former US Ambassador praises IAF airstrikes

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Dan Shapiro says that Israeli Air Force airstrikes on Hezbollah likely stopped war and served an American interest.

2017 building-site death toll rises to 21

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Three construction workers met their deaths on Thursday in accidents at sites in Rosh Ha'ayin, the Hof Hasharon Interchange and Nahariya.

The deaths bring to 21 the number of workers killed at building sites since the start of 2017.


Former IAF commander: Israel hit over 100 Hezbollah targets

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Newly-retired former Israel Air Force commander Amir Eshel says Israeli strikes against Hezbollah prevented escalation and acted as a deterrent to war.

OK to bathe at Amnon beach in northern Kinneret

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Ministry of Health has removed its warning against bathing at the Amnon beach in the northern part of Lake Kinneret/the Sea of Galilee.

The warning was removed following acceptable results in testing of water quality.


Dead and injured in Nahariya construction-site collapse

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A 25-year-old worker has died from injuries suffered in the collapse of a scaffold at a construction site on Silber Street in Nahariya.

A 29-year-old worker was seriously injured and a third was slightly injured. They were evacuated to hospital.


Charges due in Shiloach firebombing

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A statement of intent to prosecute will be filed today against a resident of the the contested Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem suspected of recently carrying out a planned ambush and throwing a Molotov cocktail at a security vehicle which was burned down.

Two security guards in the vehicle managed to escape unharmed. One of the three suspects threw a flammable material at the front of the vehicle (hood and windshield) and the firebomb was thrown immediately thereafter, causing the vehicle to go up in flame within seconds.


'The Supreme Court is erasing the boundary between authorities'

Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Regulation Law's creators slam Supreme Court for overstepping boundaries, dealing with things not in its jurisdiction after the court issues an injunction against its implementation.

'Hatzalah' in US under police investigation

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Police claim they were only notified of a tragic drowning a week later. The Jewish community is dismissing the investigation as a smear campaign.

Kushners tried to get Trump to moderate his words

Thursday, August 17, 2017

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law, tried and failed to convince her father to moderate his comments on the weekend's white supremacist rally and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the New York Times.

On Monday, President Trump appeared to heed their advice — “grudgingly,” the Times reported — by reading a statement saying that “racism is evil” and calling out neo-Nazis and white supremacists in specific terms. On Tuesday, however, in extended unscripted remarks during a news conference in New York, Trump defended his prior assertion and said “there is blame on both sides” for the violence. He appeared to equate protesters on the far left and far right. A 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday in Charlottesville when a car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a group of counterprotesters.

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She walked in Tiberias and got hit by a taxi

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Taxi driver rams into pedestrian crossing the street, victim suffers head trauma.

Trump denies moral equivalency on Charlottesville

Thursday, August 17, 2017

United States President Donald Trump lashed out at a number of sources on Thursday regarding his reaction to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Referring to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and the woman killed during the violence, Trump said, "Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists.........and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!

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Lifeguard dies at Hof Hakelavim

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A 39-year-old lifeguard has drowned at Hof Hakelavim (Dogs Beach) in Tel Aviv.

He had suffered a head injury. Emergency medical technicians tried to revive him but were forced to pronounce him dead at the scene.


Sale of Space Communications to Chinese cancelled

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spacecom (Hallel Tikshoret) has informed the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that it has been joined by Chinese corporation Xinwei in signing a cancellation of the merger of the two firms

According to the agreement, Xinwei's acquisition of Spacecom was to have been made for $285 million.


Israel's weather to heat up over weekend

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Pleasant weather will slightly warmer, but not oppressive, over the weekend.

Watch: Family of 18 extracted from Galilee stream

Thursday, August 17, 2017
A family gets lost in the Amud Stream. Rescue workers guide them out and run off to find two lost men.

Report: Lifeguard walkout prompts talks

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Talks have begun to resolve the lifeguard crisis in Tel Aviv after 14 lifeguards left the city's beaches on Wednesday without prior warning, according to Channel 10 Television. The walkout led the Tel Aviv municipality to announce the closure of four beaches on Thursday. Some have already been reopened for bathing.
According to the law, three lifeguards are required on every beach. In Tel Aviv there are four per beach but the striking lifeguards claim that this number is insufficient. The talks may reach a conclusion in the next few days, possibly as early as tomorrow.


What happened to Guy Hever?

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thursday marks 20 years since the IDF soldier vanished from his Golan Heights base and was never heard from again.

Action to be taken against illegal Samarian landfill

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Director-General Yisrael Danziger of the Ministry of the Environment has announced he will enlist the Defense Ministry to work with the ministry "to stop the phenomenon of illegal burial and incineration of electronic and agricultural waste, which cause severe air pollution damage."

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Ammonia tankers approved for Ashdod and Haifa

Thursday, August 17, 2017

At the end of a stormy meeting between representatives of the Haifa municipality and representatives of government ministries in the office of Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen, it was decided that isotanks would be stored at the port of Ashdod as part of a solution to keep Israel Chemicals alive following the closing of a giant ammonia tank in Haifa, scheduled for September 18th, according to Channel 10 Television.

The Ashdod isotanks would service the company's fertilizer plant in the Negev. Ammonia will be transported to the company's plant in the north by tankers to be placed on a ship on the Haifa shore. The significance of the decision is that the Haifa municipality will not be able to intervene in the licenses.


$50,000 raised in less than 24 hours

Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Jewish community raises money for a victim of a New York stabbing attack. Donors cover half the goal in a single day.

Tel Aviv, Herzliya train stations to close for work

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Starting tomorrow, the Savidor-Center and University train stations in Tel Aviv and the Herzliya station will be closed until August 26, due to infrastructure work by Israel Railways.

During the closure, shuttle services will be operated by the railroad and the Ministry of Transportation from Beit Yehoshua to the Haganah station in Tel Aviv.


Prof. Hillel Weiss acquitted of incitement and threats

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Professor Hillel Weiss, who was charged with incitement and threats, following harsh statements he made about a decade ago about former Hebron Brigade commander, Yehuda Fuchs, has been acquitted in court due to doubt about these offenses.


New Israel Fund loses millions as donations plummet

Thursday, August 17, 2017
'It's good to see that US donors are beginning to comprehend that the sole purpose of this organization is to harm the State of Israel.'

Mistakes people make when receiving an inheritance

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Receiving an inheritance isn't as easy as it sounds, especially if you don't want to pay more in taxes than you're legally required to.

Fine and suspended jail sentence for former chief rabbi

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Jerusalem District Court has fined Chief Sephardic Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron 250,000 shekels in connection with the "Rabbinc Degrees" case, in which police officers were given salary supplements for fictitious certificates of study.

The former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel also received a suspended 12-month prison sentence.


This haredi family was saved from a bridge's collapse

Thursday, August 17, 2017
A haredi family crosses a doomed bridge at exactly the right second, A son tells the miraculous story.

Listen: New Ohad Moscowitz single 'Nismach Im Hachatan'

Thursday, August 17, 2017
The veteran performer breaks out his pop side.

New neo-Nazi march scheduled for Germany

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Neo-Nazis plan on marching this Saturday near Berlin to mark the anniversary of the death of former Nazi leader Rudolf Hess.

Congestion at Sharon Beach Interchange

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Heavy traffic congestion has been reported at the Sharon Beach Interchange of the Coastal Highway following an accident that took place earlier during a police chase after car thieves.

A young man was seriously wounded and nine others were lightly injured. They were taken to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba and Laniado Hospital in Netanya.


Haifa resident charged with murder in July fire

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Prosecutors have filed an indictment in the Tel Aviv District Court, charging Vyacheslav Reichlin, 38, of Haifa, with the murder of a man who was found dead in his burnt-out apartment on Bograshov Street in the city last month.

Reichlin has also been charged with arson, extortion by threats and extortion by force, aggravated forgery and other offenses.


Tel Aviv: Rehovot Sheinkin, Allenby blocked due to fire

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A fire has broken out in a building on Sheinkin Street in Tel Aviv. Police forces and firefighters are at the scene. At this stage, no one is known to be injured or trapped.

Due to the fire, Allenby and Sheinkin Streets have been closed to traffic.

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