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Could Clinton's VP pick hurt her chances with Israel supporters?

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Could Senator Kaine's support of Iran nuclear deal, ties to left-wing NGO distance pro-Israel community from Clinton campaign?


Police investigating compromised identity of Buchris accuser

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Israel Police are investigating the source of a leak, after the name of one of the complainants against General Ofek Buchris was released on Facebook.

Buchris has been accused of rape and sodomy of several female soldiers.

The investigation is being conducted with the cooperation of the IDF.


Azariya: "They threw me to the dogs"

Sunday, July 24, 2016

After a short break, Elor Azariya continues his testimony, at a trial wherein he is accused of manslaughter:

"The Defense Minister and the IDF Chief of Staff issued statements of condemnation without even knowing what happened there. They threw me to the dogs."

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10 year-old struck by car near the Western Wall

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A 10 year-old boy was moderately injured when he was hit by a car, at the entrance to the Har Zion parking lot, next to the Western Wall.

MDA emergency personnel are treating him, and transferring him to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. 

The boy is suffering from head trauma.


Katz: Let people with disabilities find work

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Welfare and Social Services Minister Haim Katz (Likud) praised the passing of an employment law for people with disabilities

"It fits the economic mindset and the social and moral message of the Israeli government. The obstacles presented before a disabled person on his way to employment must be stopped. We need to better integrate them, so that they switch from a dependent population to productive citizens whom contribute to society and the state."


HRW: Phillipines dominated by "police killings"

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The human rights situation in the Philippines right now is dominated by [a] very alarming surge in police killings of suspected drug dealers and users,” says Phelim Kine, Deputy Director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch.

A wave of drug-related murders spiked when Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30.

Duterte ran on a platform of cracking down on crime. Duterte has promised to pardon any abuses by law enforcement working to achieve that goal.


Bibi: "I will be neither bought nor deterred"

Sunday, July 24, 2016

At the beginning of today's Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (who also serves as Communications Minister) explained his decision to push off the opening of the new Israeli public broadcasting station.

"Just like when there were only two cellphone companies, two bus companies, two airlines, and today there are more because we opened the markets to competition – thus it will be in the communications market...I would like to clarify something else: I will be neither bought nor deterred, not with criticism, not with mudslinging and not with fawning air time which, as you know, I receive endlessly," Netanyahu commented wryly.

In a more serious tone, he continued: "I understand one thing – the greater the opposition to opening the communications market, the more I understand that I am doing the right thing."


PM to meet with Cyprus president today

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at 7:00 p.m. at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu: "Of course, many things have taken place in the region, and I ascribe great importance to our relations, especially at this time. Naturally, we will discuss various developments in the region as well as the question of the gas outline and the supply of gas, that interest our countries and others."


Herzog: Bennett has "closed his eyes and forgotten" responsibility

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Opposition Leader MK Yitzchak Herzog commented on the Cabinet decision to cancel the Core Curriculum Law, which mandates that all schools teach English, math, and science:

"The attempt to impose [curriculum] structures on haredi society is an attempt doomed to fail. I never believed in such. Not in drafting [to the IDF], not in education, not in the relationship between religion and state. However, there is a huge gap between trying to deal with the issue...and between Bennett and Bibi's embarrassing choice to throw away responsibility, which kicks us backwards."


Photo: In Tirtzu honors Rabbi Michael Mark

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Im Tirtzu Youth Division held a conference honoring the memory of Rabbi Michael Mark, who was killed when a terrorist shot at the Mark family's car.

His daughter, Orit Mark, is an active member of Im Tirtzu.



Arab Joint List faction condemns Saudi delegation to Israel

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Hadash party of Joint List chief Ayman Odeh slams landmark visit as part of Israeli-Saudi plot against Iran.


Arab Joint List faction condemns Saudi delegation to Israel

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Hadash party of Joint List chief Ayman Odeh slams landmark visit as part of Israeli-Saudi plot against Iran.


Arab league: Terrorism is a top priority

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Foreign ministers of the Arab league met on Saturday for a regional summit.

“We must defeat terrorism, it’s a priority,” Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry said as the meeting began.

Mauritanian FM Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izidbih suggested coordinating with African countries to resolve the issue.


Report: 2 molotov cocktails thrown near Ornit Crossing

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Two firefighter crews are working to put out a wildfire near Highway 5, near Ornit Crossing.

The firefighters believe the blaze began when two molotov cocktails were thrown over the wall.


New head of the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The government approved the choice of Aliyah and Absorption Minister Sufa Landover to appoint Alex Kushnir as head of the ministry.


Science Minister storms out as Cabinet votes on education law

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) stormed out of the Cabinet meeting over canceling the Core Curriculum Law, which mandates that English, math, and science be taught in all schools in Israel.

Before he left the meeting, skipping the vote: "I want all the children of Israel to learn English, mathematics, and sciences. It is the right thing, and the just thing, which will maintain the childen of Israel, and the entire country, as a trail-blazing and innovating state in the eyes of the whole world. This cancellation is a mistake!"


Afghanistan: US condemns ISIS suicide bombing

Sunday, July 24, 2016

An official statement published by the State Department strongly condemns ISIS's suicide bombing in Kabul, which killed 80 and wounded hundreds more.

"The innocent victims today were, as President Ghani said, exercising nothing more than their constitutional right of peaceful demonstration.

"The killers responsible for this bloodshed do not represent the future for Afghanistan and will not prevail. Attacks like these only strengthen our resolve to continue our mission in Afghanistan and deepen our support for the people and Government there."


Azariya trial: Elor recounts the aftermath of the shooting

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"It was the first time I had ever shot a person. A terrorist, but still a person. I was under pressure," explained IDF soldier Elor Azariya, standing as defense witness at his own trial.

Azariya then recalled his commander's reaction, after he shot dead the wounded terrorist. "He screamed at me 'What, are you an idiot?!' He slapped me twice, and screamed 'Why did you do that?!' He interrupts [sic] me, yells at me, and I don't understand why he is responding like this in front of everyone, and he doesn't try to calm me down. I was in shock, because of the event itself, and also because of my commander. "


US: Kerry pledges full support to Germany

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A State Department spokesperson reports that Secretary of State John Kerry pledged full support to his German counterpart, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as Germany continues to investigate the roots of a mass shooting in Munich yesterday.


Supreme Court allows demolition of Sharona Market terrorists' homes

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Supreme Court has given a green light to the demolition of the houses of the terrorists whom attacked Sharona, Tel Aviv, killing 4.

The terrorists lived in Kfar Yatta, near Hevron.

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Azariya: I acted to protect the children of Hevron

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Soldier accused of manslaughter says he saw terrorist move, was worried possible bomb threatened children's event.


18 year-old electrocuted in Jerusalem

Sunday, July 24, 2016

An 18 year-old worker was found unconscious in the Talpiyot Industrial Zone, Jerusalem, apparenty electrocuted.

MDA personnel have transferred him to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.

The man is in serious condition.


Exposed DNC chair will not speak at convention

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week,

Debbi Wasserman Schultz announced that she will not speak at the convention after Wikileaks released some 20,000 emails which implicate her impartiality.


Report: Russia banned from Rio Olympics

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The International Olympic Committee will on Sunday ban all 387 Russian team members, in reaction to reported doping of the athletes, the Daily Mail reports.

Any Russian athlete who can pass rigorous drug tests will be allowed to compete under the Olympic flag.


Law to prevent animals from seeing slaughter submitted

Sunday, July 24, 2016

MK Miki Zohar (Likud) has submitted a bill proposal which would delegalize slaughtering animals in front of each other, and not allow more than 4 chickens to be slaughtered per minute.

Zohar cites the Shulhan Aruch (Jewish code of laws), which forbids slaughtering an animal in sight of others, as it may cause them pain.


Syria: 2 day-old baby killed as hospitals hit by air raids

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Syria's battered Aleppo city have been hit by air raids in the past 24 hours, a group of doctors said Sunday.

The bombardment killed a two-day-old baby in the children's hospital in a besieged eastern neighbourhood of Aleppo, said the Independent Doctor's Association, a group of Syrian doctors that supports clinics in the city.



Azariya trial: Commanders did not react to the danger

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Elor Azariya, a soldier accused of firing unnecesarily on a wounded terrorist, testifies today in military court:  

"I know the knife was close enough to him for him to reach it," explained Azariya, "The commanders were calm. In my opinion, they were not acting as a commander should."


Petah Tikva attempts to fire city comptroller

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Labour Court of Petah Tikva has overruled the city's decision to fire the comptroller, despite orders from the Interior Ministry.


Soldiers attacked near Bet El

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Two pipe bombs were thrown at an IDF patrol near Bet El, north of Jerusalem. 

No one was wounded.

The soldiers returned fire.  


Iraq: Suicide bombing leaves 10 dead

Sunday, July 24, 2016

At least 10 were killed, and 10 wounded, in a suicide bombing in Al-Kazmiya Square, Baghdad.

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