Latest News Briefs (Page 4)


Knesset Speaker signs Galon's resignation

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein met this morning with Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On and signed her letter of resignation from the Knesset.

Edelstein told Galon that despite the gap between them on many issues, he always appreciated her determination and the fact that she remained consistent in her perceptions, even if they were not popular.


Charge: Border Guard helped Arabs pass without check

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Department for the Investigation of Police in the State Attorney's Office has filed an indictment in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court against 49-year-old Border Police officer and a female defendant for fraud, breach of trust and other charges.

On several occasions, the female sought to pass through the Tunnels checkpoint at the southern end of Jerusalem with acquaintances from the Palestinian Authority. According to the indictment, the policeman helped her with the passage of the acquaintances through checkpoints without checking and in violation of the requirements, due to his relationship with her.


No bathing at Mitzitzim Beach in Tel Aviv

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Interior Ministry has announced that people may not enter the water at Metzitzim beach in Tel Aviv because of the local authorities' announcement of a shortage of lifeguards.


Afghanistan: 43 soldiers killed in terrorist attack

Thursday, October 19, 2017

At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in the late-Wednesday-evening explosion of two car bombs at an army base in Kandahar province in the south of the country.

The Taliban resistance movement said it was behind the terrorist attack.


Bill: 4 credits for students serving in the reserves

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ahead of next week's start of the college academic year, Member of Knesset Oren Hazan (Likud) has submitted a new bill that will grant four academic credits to students serving in the reserves, if they serve more than 10 reserve days in one year.

The regulations of the Council for Higher Education allow for the granting two academic credits to students working for the public in various frameworks including in the reserves, but in practice, a significant majority of institutions do not allow students to exercise this right.

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Chief Rabbi: No need to change child support laws

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef claims rabbinical courts rule fairly on child support so there's no need to change laws.

Computers stolen from home of Public Safety spokesman

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Police are investigating a pre-dawn break-in at the house of Noam Sela, spokesman for Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, in Moshav Nechalim, next to Petach Tikva.

During the burglary, the minister's laptops were stolen, containing presentations by the ministry and the police. Police are checking whether the computers contained classified materials and documents.


2 more career soldiers arrested in IDF bribery case

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Two additional career soldiers have been arrested in the course of an investigation into suspicions of bribery and fraud in the Israel Defense Forces.

At the beginning of the week, 12 suspects, including army officers, were detained. The two new detainees will be brought today for a remand hearing at the Magistrates Court in Rishon Letzion, together with seven detainees from the first wave of arrests.


Bennett congratulates US on PA reconciliation statement

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Minister Naftali Bennett has congratulated the United States for the statement by envoy Jason Greenblatt on the reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Calling it a "clear announcement: A Palestinian government must dismantle terrorist organizations and recognize Israel," the chairman of the Jewish Home Party said, "I stress the position of our government: The state of Israel will not conduct negotiations with a Palestinian government that relies on a terrorist organization until the disarming Hamas, recognition of Israel and the return of the captive civilians and IDF corpses to Israel."


Haredim block westbound Route 443 near Shilat junction

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Westbound traffic on Highway 443 has been blocked to traffic in the vicinity of the Shilat Junction due to a haredi-religious protest against the arrest of two yeshiva students for not reporting to the Israel Defense Forces.

A police force is directs traffic through nearby Modiin, and it is recommended that drivers use alternate routes.

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70 months for Sakhnin man who joined IS with family

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A court has sentenced Wissam Zubeidat of the northern Israeli-Arab city of Sakhnin to five years and ten months in prison and a fine of 14,000 shekels on a conviction of joining the Islamic State terror movement with his wife and children.

Zubeidat was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization, membership in an unlawful association, prohibited military training, and contact with a foreign agent. His wife Sabrin, who was convicted of similar offenses, was sent to 50 months imprisonment in March.


US envoy: PA government must accept Quartet conditions

Thursday, October 19, 2017

United State Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt has responded to the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas by saying, "All parties agree that it is essential that the Palestinian Authority be able to assume full, genuine, and unhindered civil and security responsibilities in Gaza and that we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there."

Greenblatt said in a statement, "The United States reiterates the importance of adherence to the Quartet principles: any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to disarm terrorists – and commit to peaceful negotiations. If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements."

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4 arrested in fatal Tel Sheva violence

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Police arrested four suspects in a violent fight last night in Tel Sheva, near Be'er Sheva', during which a 20-year-old boy was shot to death and eight others were wounded.

The suspects are three adults and a minor who will be brought before the court to extend their remand as the investigation continues.


Watch: Firefighting planes battle Petach Tikva blazes

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Two fires in the central Israeli city cause the evacuation of preschools, a community center, factories, and homes.

Haredim block Route 446 near the Shilat Junction

Thursday, October 19, 2017

About 30 haredi-religious demonstrators are blocking traffic on Highway 446 this morning near the Shilat junction in Modi'in as part of the "day of rage" declared by the Peleg Yerushalmi faction following the arrest of two yeshiva students who did not report to the Israel Defense Forces.

The road is closed to traffic between the Shilat junction and Kfar Rut (Ruth's Village). Police are on the scene.

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London municipality disqualifies anti-Israeli campaign

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ahead of the November 2nd centennial of the Balfour Declaration, according to which Britain would favor the establishment of a national home for the Jews in its post World War I mandate in Palestine, the London municipality has banned the hanging of anti-Israeli posters at London underground stations, claiming that the declaration was "the swallow that brought the Palestinian disaster," according to Yediot Ahronot.

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'Governance Law' to ministers on Sunday

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The "Governance Law" proposed by Member of Knesset Moti Yogev (Jewish home), will be submitted on Sunday to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The bill is intended to regulate the relations between the Knesset and the Supreme Court of Justice, and according to the English model, will prevent the court from cancelling Knesset legislation.

The bill states that it "is intended to make it unequivocally clear in the Basic Law: The Judiciary that it is not within the jurisdiction of the court to declare a law void. In the absence of an entire constitution, the legislative authority is vested in the Knesset as the representative of the public, whereas the role of the court is limited to the interpretation and implementation of the laws on concrete disputes brought before it."


Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Jewish leader begs fans to "leave Jews alone" when they taunt rival team.

Security forces nab head of Samaria car theft ring

Thursday, October 19, 2017
The ring operates by staging accidents. When passing drivers stop to help, their vehicles are stolen.

Danon: We will not allow Iran to take over Syria

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, told public radio this morning that Israel would continue to expose the true face of Iran.

Danon said people listen "when the United States comes and criticizes the [nuclear] agreement with Iran," adding, "We will not allow Iran to take control of Syria as it has taken over Lebanon."


Police prepare for haredi 'day of rage'

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The police are bracing for a "day of rage" throughout the country, which was announced by the Peleg Yerushalmi haredi-religious faction following the arrest of 25 haredi demonstrators who protested the arrest of two yeshiva students for not reporting to the Israel Defense Forces.

On Monday, dozens of roadblocks blocked Bnei Brak in protest against the original arrests.


Report: Jordan rejects the reopening of Hamas offices

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad reports that an official source in Jordan has given final rejection to the possibility of reopening an office of the Hamas political bureau in the country, which was closed in 1999.

The source clarified that Jordanian law prohibits the opening of branches of non-Jordanian movements within Jordan.


TJ Leaf becomes 3rd Israeli to play in the NBA

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Israeli-American player TJ Leaf became the third Israeli to play in North America's National Basketball Association, Wednesday evening, when the Indiana Pacers opened the 2017-18 regular season with a 140-131 home win against Brooklyn.

The Tel Aviv native had two rebounds and an assist in nine minutes on the court.


Soldier lightly wounded during seizure of terror money

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police carried out operations Wednesday evening in the Dehaishe refugee camp near Bethlehem and the villages of Qir Qabatiya and Yatta to seize thousands of shekels used for the acquisition of illegal weapons and to keep the families of terrorists in the cycle of terror. Also seized were vehicles worth thousands of shekels.

A soldier was lightly wounded by a stone in Dehaishe.

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8 wanted terror suspects arrested

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Israel Defense Forces arrested eight people, Wednesday evening in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, who were wanted on suspicion of involvement in terror and violent disorders directed against Israeli targets.

The suspects were turned over to security agencies for further investigation.

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Spain summons Venezuelan ambassador

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spain has summoned the Venezuelan ambassador to Madrid following President Nicolas Maduro's statement condemning the Spanish authorities' "brutal repression" of demonstrators in Catalonia.

In recent weeks there has been tension between the Spanish government and the Catalonia region following a referendum for Catalonian independence.


Bahrain accuses Iran of harboring terrorists

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bahrain's interior minister on Wednesday accused Iran of harboring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship.

All 160 "fugitives" had been stripped of citizenship in "terrorism cases" targeting Bahraini police and security forces, Sheikh Rashed Al-Khalifa was quoted by AFP as having told the Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat.


IDF arrests two suspects who crossed Gaza border

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IDF soldiers on Thursday morning apprehended two suspects who crossed the security fence in southern Gaza. The two were unarmed.

The suspects were transferred to security forces for questioning.


Khamenei: We'll 'shred' nuclear deal if U.S. leaves

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday declared that Tehran would stick to the 2015 nuclear deal as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the agreement if Washington pulled out.

Khamenei's comments, quoted by Reuters, came five days after U.S. President Donald Trump adopted a harsh new approach to Iran by refusing to certify its compliance with the deal


PLO official blasts Netanyahu's 'racist' coalition

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, on Wednesday blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his coalition following Israel's approval of new construction in Judea and Samaria.

"In blatant disregard of the requirements for the two-state solution and the chances for peace and stability, Netanyahu and his extremist, racist coalition continue to persist with their egregious policies of colonial-settler expansionism,” she said in a statement quoted by the Palestinian Arab WAFA news agency.


Haley urges UN to be tougher on Iran

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on Wednesday urged the Security Council to follow in Washington's footsteps and confront Iran over what she described as its "aggressive, destabilizing and unlawful behavior" in the Middle East.

The Council met for its monthly debate on the region just days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would not recertify the Iran nuclear deal, leaving its fate to Congress.


After all, we're here

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Problems with UNESCO? Palestinian terror? Jay Shapiro thinks we can handle it in our free country.

Arabs demand apology for 'crime' of Balfour Declaration

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The national and Islamic forces in the Ramallah district, an umbrella group that is comprised of all the Palestinian Arab organizations, on Wednesday issued a statement calling on Britain to apologize for the "crime of the Balfour Declaration," in which Britain pledged to establish a national home for the Jewish people.

The November 2, 1917, Balfour Declaration was sent by then-British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and proclaimed Britain’s support for the establishment of a Jewish national home in then-Palestine.


Catalonia could declare independence on Thursday

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Catalonia's regional president, Carles Puigdemont, told a meeting of his party he would formally declare independence if Spain starts the process of suspending the region's autonomy on Thursday, a Catalan government source said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Madrid has given Thursday as a deadline for the regional government to back down from a symbolic independence declaration made last week.


EU demands Israel pay for demolishing illegal buildings

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The European Union is demanding that Israel compensate it for demolishing Arab buildings that were illegally built in Area C, which is under full Israeli control, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

Eight EU countries have written an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing the structures and infrastructure, according to the newspaper.


How does your personal network affect your financial decisions?

Thursday, October 19, 2017
How the people you interact with can affect your finances.

Brazil: Congressional committee rejects charges against Temer

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A congressional committee in Brazil voted on Wednesday to reject the charges against President Michel Temer stemming from a corruption case.

The full lower house of Brazil’s Congress still must vote on the charges but is expected to shelve them next week.


Second judge freezes Trump travel ban

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A second judge ordered a freeze on U.S. President Donald Trump's newest travel ban order on Wednesday, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the Constitution, AFP reports.

Maryland federal judge Theodore Chuang said the ban affecting travelers from six majority-Muslim countries and North Korea, as well as many officials from Venezuela, essentially had not changed from the first two versions.


Venezuela's opposition boycotts swearing-in ceremony for governors

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday boycotted a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected governors.

The opposition says the regional elections held earlier this week were unconstitutional.


MK Michaeli: 'The religious right' edited my statements

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union) responded on Wednesday evening to the storm that erupted over her statements against the nuclear family on an Australian TV program.

Michaeli said that her words were “systematically edited” and “taken out of context.”

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