Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reacted to the brutal attack this week of Parisian Jews.
“The winds of hate are blowing against Jews around the world, the ugliest anti-Semitism is rearing its head," she said.
"We must act forcefully in order to fight Jew-hatred. The government of France created an important program for the struggle against anti-Semitism which led to a decrease in the violent attacks, but despite this we must act with a strong hand against those seeking to cause harm, and strengthen the Jewish community,” Hotovely said.
Hotovely’s comments come after two Jewish brothers were abducted briefly and beaten severely by several men in suburban Paris this week.
The attackers surrounded the brothers, then kicked and punched them repeatedly while threatening that they would be murdered if they moved. One of the attackers then sawed off the finger of one of the brothers.
Retired Judge Menachem Neeman, formerly Vice President of the Haifa District Court, blessed the balance created in the Supreme Court as a result of the four new appointments, but emphasized that no great “revolution” is underway in the legal system.
“You can’t say that a judge appointed to the Supreme Court all of a sudden stops having all the thoughts and opinions he had before being appointed, but [the new appointments are], indeed, a positive influence because balance has been created. Such that we have here a good choice, not a revolution,” Neeman told Arutz Sheva.
He noted that in the past, judges had been appointed to the Court with certain expectations placed upon them, but had acted differently on the Supreme Court bench than had been expected . “You can’t foresee what every judge will decide based on his past, but that doesn’t mean that his worldview does not find expression in his rulings.”
“For example, the Attorney General Mandelblit, everybody knew that he was the big expert on international law, so nobody expected that, as Attorney General, he would change everything he knew about international law because of the Regulation Law.”
Judge Neeman explained that the struggle for judicial activism spearheaded by former Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak had problematic consequences. “You can’t cancel that principle and turn back the wheel of time, you can’t cancel the idea established in the Law of Human Dignity and Freedom which gives the Supreme Court the ability to cancel laws made by the Knesset but, on the other hand, I believe that it will come to be employed less.”
“We need to understand that we can’t turn back the wheel of time, and that what was established beforehand by the High Court judges is hard to cancel completely. But I assess that the possibility that they will cancel future laws of the Knesset will be less likely and will become a rare event,” he added.
On the conservative identity of the new judges, Neeman said: “the judges come with the view that judicial activism needs to be constricted. I know Yael Vilner well - she was in my [lineup of judges] and she is an excellent choice. Judge Elron was also in my lineup - a very efficient judge. I can’t say for sure that they will be against judicial activism, but they will agree that it must be used sparingly.”
An Israeli actress working in the United States has found that last year’s election of Donald Trump has been a windfall for her career.
Mira Tzur, a 45-year old dancer turned actress, was recently discovered by John Di Domenico, a professional Donald Trump impersonator, who was looking to include the new First Lady in his act.
Tzur’s resemblance to Melania Trump made her a natural choice for the gig, and at just a year shy of the First Lady’s age – 46 – with an Israeli accent standing in for Melania’s Slovenian, Tzur has found steady work in advertisements and public appearances.
According to Forward, Tzur now earns $3,000 per appearance.
Born in Tel Aviv, Tzur was raised in Herzliya and first began her entertainment career in dance, performing with the Bat Sheva Dance Company.
A representative of the UN Human Rights Council heavily criticized the sentencing of soldier Elor Azariya this week.
Azariya, who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting a wounded terrorist, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
According to UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani, the sentence imposed on Azariya was “excessively lenient.”
"We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly posed no imminent threat," she told a news briefing in Geneva.
Of note is the fact that the international community, aside from the PA, barely displayed official reactions to the sentence.
Political officials hinted to Arutz Sheva the possibility that the Palestinians, together with countries supporting them in the UN, applied pressure on the UN representative to make the statement, which was only several lines long.
Stormy weather caused the cancellation of dozens of flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, as well as a near-disaster.
A passenger plane collapsed when its landing gear broke as it touched down at the Schiphol Airport Thursday afternoon. The terrifying scene was caught on camera.
Miraculously, none of the plane's 59 passengers were hurt, and all were evacuated to the airport terminal.
Schiphol Airport tweeted: "The landing gear of a Flybe airplane collapsed during touchdown. No people are injured. Flight operation is up and running again."
Dr. Yoav Mazeh, the head of the Family, Equality & Law Research Institute at Ono Academic College, expressed concern about the appointment of Justice Yael Willner to the Supreme Court.
Dr. Mazeh said in an interview with Arutz Sheva that Justice Wilner, who is one of four new judges who were appointed to the Supreme Court this week, has a radical feminist and anti-male agenda.
"There are judges who, when their rulings are checked consistently, evidence a very pronounced and serious bias. [These are] judges who ignore the circumstances, the facts, what is relevant to the specific case, and act in accordance with an agenda. Judge Yael Willner is, in my opinion, a judge with a very clear agenda - an agenda that I would say is pro-female and anti-male," he said.
"Her rulings until now indicate that she sees the involvement of fathers in raising children as something negative. She tries to attack every opportunity [the father] has to come to [his child's] doorstep. With regard to alimony, she [forces fathers] to pay a very large and unreasonable amount, and in fact punishes fathers who are involved in raising their children," Dr. Mazeh continued.
According to Dr. Mazeh, Justice Willner stated that the father must pay nearly the full child support even if there is joint custody and even if the mother's salary is higher than his salary. "In her famous judgment in 2006, she established that in cases of joint custody for the father - a father who is involved, who leaves work early to care for the children, he should pay more in child support than a father who is a complete stranger to his children and who focuses on his career."
He added that she had repeated her anti-father ruling several times over the years.
"In my estimation, she is one of those judges who takes a one-sided approach: whose worldview is against the involvement of fathers in the family and against equality between men and women. In their eyes, men are always bad, and so they will be punished harshly, while some mothers who have committed abuse are treated leniently and are given lighter punishments. This is my prediction for the conduct of Justice Willner."
A recent briefing to military reporters revealed that between 2015-16 the number of female combat infantry soldiers increased by 350%.
It was also reported that the "Eilat Company" is currently "gendered" - that is, it has only females - and soon, the entire "Eitam" Combat Intelligence battalion will be "gendered" also (it is unclear, by the way, why girls-only battalions are "gendered", while all-male battalions are chauvinist, but let's leave that).
How did this happen? The IDF now unabashedly admits lowering battalion standards in order to include more girls: A senior officer at Army Headquarters was quoted as saying that "unlike the American conception that has identical screening and vetting procedures for male and female candidates, we decided to make adjustments to enable many more female fighters relative to the numbers in the US army."
It was also revealed in a briefing to reporters at Army Headquarters this week the establishment of a new border protection system to be based almost entirely on women. The grouping incorporates the four light infantry battalions (Carcal, Lions of the Jordan, Bardelas, and the new Battalion 47), Combat Intelligence, Homeland Defense, Division Headquarters, and more. The grouping was established at the conclusion of staff work that took about a year-and-a-half, during which "the IDF tried to make adjustments and improvements in female infantry soldier's service."
"For example, the comparative analysis between female and male infantry trainee companies showed a fourfold increase in the need for medical attention among the mixed-gender companies." What conclusion is drawn from this exciting discovery? The reports do not tell us, but we can guess between the lines - and based on previous IDF statements on the topic - the conclusion is not that girls are unsuited to engage in combat, but that a much more significant investment must be made in medical accompaniment for girl's brigades.
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The briefing report provides the enemy with another significant informational tidbit: It was decided to stop carrying heavy machine guns and MAGs on male and female soldier's backs, and to mount such guns on routine service vehicles only. That is to say, foot patrols have apparently become much less deadly. Good to know.
The new grouping is not expected in coming years to fulfill the main routine service tasks, which will continue to be performed by the usual regiments. However, "the goal is already in 2018 to send the four light infantry battalions into operational activity also in Judea and Samaria, as well as the mixed-gender Homeland Security Brigades," the enlightened officer revealed. "Today, 4 of these battalions have operational plans to fight even in enemy territory and near the border."
What does Yihya Sinuar, or the Salafi unit commander in Sinai understand from all this? That the IDF is progressive? No. He understands that our army is stupid, and is sending girls closer and closer to Hamas and ISIS terrorist strongholds.
Border police arrested a resident of Netanya on suspicion that he used his 9-year-old son to carry out thefts for him.
The suspect, a man in his 40s, came to the living quarters of foreign workers in a community under the jurisdiction of the Emek Hefer Regional Council, accompanied by his young son.
The suspect and his son also broke into the workers' premises and stole thousands of dollars, a laptop, an iPad, and many other items which belonged to the workers living there.
The police were able to locate the suspect and arrest him thanks to a quick analysis of security footage of the break-in. He was still wearing the clothes seen in the film footage. It is believed that the suspect had used his son to commit other robberies, having found the use of his son to be a successful method of stealing.
Details of the affair were given to the child welfare authorities.
The police said that the involvement of the child made it a most serious case. "The solicitation of a minor to commit a felony is a serious criminal offense, and the police will act to ensure that the perpetrator is punished to the full extent of the law."
The task leader added: "It is unfortunate that a 9-year-old boy was raised and educated in the world of crime and delinquency. This could affect him negatively for life."