Latest News Briefs (Page 5)


Gaza rocket misses mark, damages local home

Friday, December 15, 2017

A rocket was fired on Friday evening from Gaza towards southern Israel, but missed its mark and instead hit a residential building inside Gaza, causing it considerable damage.

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, confirmed the incident in a post on his Arabic-language Facebook page.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Trump's envoy to visit Israel next week

Friday, December 15, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, will return to Israel next week for talks related to the peace efforts, a senior administration official said on Friday, according to Reuters.

The trip is Greenblatt’s first to the region since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Putin and Trump agree to exchange information on North Korea

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Putin and Trump had also spoken about establishing contacts with North Korea, Reuters reported. They also talked about improving dialogue between Russia and the United States, Peskov said.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Jaffa Arabs to hold demonstration against Jerusalem recognition

Friday, December 15, 2017

Arabs in Jaffa are planning a demonstration on Saturday, immediately following afternoon prayers, against the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its declared intention to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The demonstration will begin at the Al-Jabalya Mosque and from there continue through the streets of Jaffa until it ends in Al-Ajami Park.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Gabbay to EU ambassadors: Deeply committed to two-state solution

Friday, December 15, 2017

Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay met on Friday morning with all the EU ambassadors in Israel.

During the meeting, Gabbay noted that there is almost no opposition and coalition in Israel when it comes to security issues and to Jerusalem, "but on the diplomatic issue and progress in the diplomatic process, I am deeply committed to advancing the two-state solution because it is in Israel's interest first and foremost."

During the meeting, Gabbay called on the EU to stand by Israel on the issue of Iran. "We must not allow Iran to have a nuclear capability, at any price. The agreement with Iran must be amended diplomatically and through sanctions. In general, the Iranians know what our capabilities are and they are the ones who should be afraid of us and not us of them," he said.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Shabbat Shalom from Israel!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Arutz Sheva is stopping its round-the-clock news updates of at this time in honor of the Sabbath. Jerusalem candle lighting time is 15:57 Winter Time (Friday). Our North American desk will keep you informed until the 16:11 EST candle lighting time in New York.

The updates will resume Saturday night from Israel, following the conclusion of Shabbat at 17:17 Jerusalem time.

Shabbat Shalom!


Ramallah terrorist may have pretended to be a journalist

Friday, December 15, 2017

The IDF is investigating suspicions that the terrorist who carried out Friday's stabbing attack near Ramallah pretended to be a journalist, ran towards the soldiers and began stabbing a Border Police officer in his upper body.

The soldiers then opened fire at the terrorist and neutralized him. As they approached the terrorist, an explosive belt was found that he was carrying on his body, and they shot him again over fear that the terrorist would detonate the explosive belt.

The terrorist was evacuated from the scene by the Red Crescent.


'Gaza knows very well how powerful the IDF is'

Friday, December 15, 2017
MK Ben Reuven says what the IDF does to prevent a war is just as important as efforts to win the war.'

Watch: Soldiers distance from suspected suicide bomber

Friday, December 15, 2017
IDF soldiers neutralize terrorist, step back when they suspect he might have an explosive belt.

Attempted stabbing attack near Ramallah

Friday, December 15, 2017

Report of attempted stabbing attack near Ramallah.

The terrorist was neutralized.


'Green' community center lets participants run the show

Friday, December 15, 2017

At a non-denominational Jewish center in Ferndale, Michigan, Chabad directors step back to allow residents a free hand in deciding programs.


Former haredi MK: Secular Israel should also miss Rav Shteinman

Friday, December 15, 2017
Former haredi MK Dov Lipman says 'all of Israel' owes Rabbi Shteinman a debt of gratitude for his contribution to the IDF.

'Wait, don't go! I'm a Jew!'

Friday, December 15, 2017
Yeshiva students distributing Hanukkah candles awaken dormant memories in a Jewish woman married to a non-Jew.

'She showered me with unconditional love'

Friday, December 15, 2017
Vera Katz, three-term mayor of Portland who escaped the Nazis, dies at 84.

Rabbi Shteinman credited with enlistment of 15,000 soldiers

Friday, December 15, 2017
Founder of the haredi Netzah Yehuda Battalion says Rabbi Shteinman blessed the initiative, valued unity above all else.

With cameras and rocks: Arabs surround Jewish town

Friday, December 15, 2017
Leftist activists bring Arabs shepherds, herds, to surround Jewish town in Jordan Valley, as IDF and police look on and do nothing.

Parshat Miketz: Jewish survival

Friday, December 15, 2017
During Hanukkah, we read about how Yosef became viceroy of Egypt. The Maccabees learned from him, as well.

'We must accustom world to the application of our sovereignty'

Friday, December 15, 2017
Jerusalem Affairs Minister says Israel must work to get international community used to idea of sovereignty after Trump recognizes Jerusalem

Israel strikes on Sunday

Friday, December 15, 2017
Strike includes Ben Gurion Airport, government offices, and municipalities, but excludes special education schools, public transportation.

PM Netanyahu's 'last interrogation' on gifts case

Friday, December 15, 2017
Police interrogate PM Netanyahu for the seventh time, say it will likely be the last interrogation before the case is closed.

A-G summons deputy over criticism of Shaked

Friday, December 15, 2017
Attorney General clarifies that Deputy A-G should not make statements that imply criticism of elected officials.

National Service for Amnesty International to continue

Friday, December 15, 2017
The National Service's legal advisor announced that he has no intention of canceling Amnesty's status to receive National Service volunteers

National Jewish museum opens in Italy

Friday, December 15, 2017
Italy turns former prison complex into museum on local Jewish history, showcases inaugural exhibit.

Rivlin to pardon convicted soldier on Independence Day

Friday, December 15, 2017
President Rivlin considers whether to pardon convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya on Israel's 70th birthday.

Chief Justice joined meetings of committee she wasn't part of

Friday, December 15, 2017
Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut attended meetings to choose justices - even though she wasn't on the committee.

Chief rabbis celebrate Hanukkah with disabled children

Friday, December 15, 2017
Israel's chief rabbis and the most severely wounded soldier from 2014's Protective Edge celebrate Hanukkah together at center for disabled.

A brief history of Bitcoin

Friday, December 15, 2017
Why Bitcoin and cybercurrencies could change the way societies manage currencies.

Charlottesville driver charged with first-degree murder

Friday, December 15, 2017

James Alex Fields Jr., the driver accused of barreling a car into a crowd during a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia was charged on Thursday with first-degree murder, a charge that had been upgraded from second-degree murder.

A conviction for second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years; first-degree murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison.


Hamas calls for another 'Day of Rage'

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Hamas organization in Judea and Samaria is calling on the Palestinian Arab public to escalate confrontations with the "occupation" and take part in “Day of Rage” activities that will take place on Friday at all points of friction.

A statement issued by Hamas on Thursday said that the Al-Quds Intifada would escalate with all its might and that "the soldiers of the occupation and the villages of its settlers" would pay the price of the attack on Al-Quds, the Palestinians and their holy places.


Houthis: U.S. diverting attention from Jerusalem recognition

Friday, December 15, 2017

Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Thursday dismissed U.S. accusations that Iran had supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia last month, claiming it was an attempt to divert attention from the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“After three years of war, America suddenly finds evidence that Iran supports the Houthis,” a spokesman for the Houthis, Abdel-Malek al-Ejri, said in a message on his Twitter account, according to Reuters.


Sderot Mayor: We must stop this 'trickling' of rockets

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi on Thursday reiterated his call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the ministers in his Cabinet to respond to the recent rocket fire from Gaza toward southern Israel.

“As a resident of Sderot and as mayor of the city, I know that this is a slippery slope. A reality in which 16 rockets are fired in one week, and it does not matter whether they explode or are intercepted, is a warning,” Davidi told Arutz Sheva.


Saudi Arabia: Trump serious about Israel-PA peace

Friday, December 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says he believes the U.S. administration is serious about getting a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, but its proposed plan is still being put together.

The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, made the comments in an interview with France 24 television and was quoted by Reuters.


Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS and Al-Qaeda

Friday, December 15, 2017

Iraq on Thursday hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offenses, provincial authorities said, according to the AFP news agency.

The executions took place the southern city of Nasiriyah. It was the largest number of executions in Iraq on a single day since September 25, when 42 people were put to death in the same prison.


Syrian opposition: Peace talks in 'great danger'

Friday, December 15, 2017

The head of the Syrian opposition delegation to peace talks in Geneva warned on Thursday that the talks were in “great danger”.

The international community must do more to persuade the Syrian government to negotiate in the UN-led talks, said negotiator Nasr Hariri, after an eighth round ended in failure.


Egypt to open Rafah crossing for four days

Friday, December 15, 2017

Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza in both directions for four days starting Saturday for humanitarian purposes and to allow the passage of students, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday.

This would mark the first time that Egypt has opened the crossing since a reconciliation deal between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and their longtime rivals Fatah was reached in October.


May 'disappointed by Brexit bill

Friday, December 15, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said she was "disappointed" after the parliament approved a bill that would give them a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels.

At the same time, May said the UK is "on course to deliver on Brexit".


Haley presents proof Iran supplied missile to Houthis

Friday, December 15, 2017

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday presented what she called "undeniable" evidence that a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen at Saudi Arabia last month was Iranian-made.

The United States’ UN mission had announced on Wednesday that Haley would present "irrefutable evidence" that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations.


Putin and Trump discuss the Korean Peninsula

Friday, December 15, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the phone on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and situation in the Korean Peninsula, according to the statement.


'Why doesn't Hamas invest in hospitals and schools?'

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, was interviewed by the BBC’s Arabic language service on Thursday, and delivered a clear message to Gaza terrorists.

Noting that 13 rockets fired from Gaza had exploded in Israel over the last ten days, Mordechai said, "We found two tunnels inside the sovereign territory of Israel. Israeli genius and the Jewish brain have found a solution [to the tunnels] and are continuing to find a solution. Just like there is an aerial Iron Dome, there is an underground Iron Dome and an offensive Iron Dome."


FCC cancels 'net neutrality' rules

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday repealed the "net neutrality" rules, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

The rules were passed during the Obama administration.

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