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Netanyahu: It will not be us making concessions but the Palestinians

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed the issue of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper which was published Thursday morning.

Responding to accusations from the right that he had caved on the issue of the establishment of a Palestinian state, Netanyahu said, "Within this package, there is a historic opportunity for a change of the historical direction, which was one-directional all the time. All the plans previously offered to us included concessions on the land of Israel, a return to the 1967 borders and the division of Jerusalem, allowing the entry of refugees. Here there is a reversal. It is not us who are required to make concessions, but rather the Palestinians are required to make concessions. Regardless of the negotiations."

Netanyahu noted that "the process will continue if they fulfill ten strict conditions that include Israeli sovereignty in the territory west of Jordan, maintaining the unification of Jerusalem, no entry of even one refugee, non-displacement of communities, Israeli sovereignty in extensive areas of Judea and Samaria and others."


Iran's parliament convenes for the first time since election

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Iran’s newly elected parliament convened on Wednesday for the first time since the February 21 election under strict social distancing regulations, as the country struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Iranian state TV said all 268 lawmakers who were in attendance had tested negative for the virus. The lawmakers were sworn in after many of them arrived for the opening ceremony wearing face masks and observing social distancing regulations. Temperatures were taken before they entered the parliament building.


'A total lockdown would've resulted in 3 million unemployed'

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Outgoing Director-General of Ministry of Finance acknowledges error in how the economic crisis at the start of the pandemic was handled.

Jordan to international community: Stop sovereignty

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi warned on Wednesday that an Israeli move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria would institutionalize apartheid.

Safadi, who spoke with the UN’s Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov, called on the international community to unite to halt the move.


Zuckerberg: Censoring social media isn't the 'right reflex'

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday criticized US President Donald Trump’s threats against social media companies.

Speaking to Fox News in an interview which will air in full on Thursday, Zuckerberg said that censoring a platform would not be the "right reflex" for a government worried about censorship.


Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Toronto school

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) on Wednesday condemned anti-Semitic graffiti that was discovered at a Toronto school this week.

Toronto police confirmed with FSWC that a swastika and the words "all heil Hitler" were found drawn in chalk on Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School, which is located in an area with a large Jewish population.


PA official: Annexation would end two-state solution

Thursday, May 28, 2020
PA envoy to the UK skeptical about Biden's pledge to restore aid to PA.

A soldier’s story of a forgotten war

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Why Israel’s war in Lebanon has not received its place in the Israeli canon.


France bans hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 cure

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The French health ministry announced on Wednesday it would be banning the use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus.

"Whether [in doctors’ offices] in the cities or in the hospital, this ... should not be prescribed for patients with COVID-19," the ministry said in a statement quoted by Politico.


Trump to sign executive order regarding social media

Thursday, May 28, 2020

US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order shortly regarding social media companies, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The announcement comes a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of Trump’s tweets, prompting readers to fact-check the president’s claims.


British PM to visit Brussels next month

Thursday, May 28, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resume Brexit talks in Brussels next month, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

The United Kingdom left the EU on January 31 but the main terms of its membership remain in place during a transition period until the end of this year.


Trump: FBI and Justice Department are investigating death of Minnesota man

Thursday, May 28, 2020

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the death of a black man during a police arrest in Minneapolis "very sad and tragic," and said that "justice will be served".

"At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd. I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!" he tweeted.


Can the nations understand the Torah without the Oral Torah?

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Ira and Rod are joined once again by Rabbi Chaim Coffman to discuss the veracity of the the Torah, both written and oral.

US envoy: Iran can either negotiate or collapse economically

Thursday, May 28, 2020

negotiating with the United States or managing the economic collapse caused by the sanctions, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Wednesday.

"Because of our pressure, Iran's leaders are facing a decision: Either negotiate with us or manage economic collapse," Hook told reporters during a conference call, according to Reuters.


US could sanction China over legislation on Hong Kong

Thursday, May 28, 2020

US President Donald Trump has a long list of possible responses to China’s plans to impose a national security law on Hong Kong, including visa and economic sanctions, the top US diplomat for East Asia, David Stilwell, said on Wednesday.

In a briefing for journalists, Stilwell declined to detail the US response, which he said was for Trump to decide, but said it would be targeted and aim to mitigate the impact on the Hong Kong people and US businesses.


PA: Recognition of Palestine will thwart annexation

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammad Shtayyeh on Wednesday called on countries in the European Union to hurry up and recognize a Palestinian state.

Speaking through Zoom with a number of members of the European Parliament, Shtayyeh explained that recognition of the “State of Palestine” is important to maintain the two-state solution and to fight the Israeli annexation plan.


US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The US death toll from the coronavirus topped 100,000 on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

The number of confirmed infections is 1,695,776.


The big failure of the Palestinian leadership

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Jay Shapiro claims that the Palestinian leadership was given every opportunity but its goal to destroy Israel caused it to fail.

Brazil's death toll from coronavirus surpasses 25,000

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Brazil's death toll from coronavirus surpassed 25,000 on Wednesday, at 25,598, the Health Ministry said. Deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus over the last 24 hours were 1,086.

The number of cases rose by 20,599, reaching 411,821 confirmed cases of infection by the novel coronavirus, according to the ministry.


Jerusalem high school closed after students contract COVID-19

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Three students from Gimnasia High School in Jerusalem test positive for coronavirus, school will resume distance learning.

INTO THE FRAY: A choreographed coup—with the law as a prop

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
It is imperative to restore the judiciary to its duly assigned place in a properly functioning democracy - adjudicating, not legislating.Op-ed.

US ends sanction waivers for nations in Iran nuclear deal

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that he would be ending the sanctions waiver for projects related to the Iranian nuclear agreement, effective in 60 days.

“Iran’s continued nuclear escalation makes clear this cooperation must end. Further attempts at nuclear extortion will only bring greater pressure on the regime,” he tweeted.

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Health Ministry worried over possible Shavuot outbreak

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ministry officials concerned over 1-day doubling in number of new infections, public behavior over extended holiday weekend.

Hezi Levy nominated for Health Ministry director

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Health Minister taps Barzilai University Medical Center director Prof. Hezi Levy to replace Moshe Bar Siman Tov as Health Ministry director.

Flying in the age of corona

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
With restrictions slowly being lifted, including on travel, what will air travel look like after the coronavirus pandemic?

NASA, SpaceX about to make first space launch since 2011

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A historic joint space launch of NASA and SpaceX astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station is to take place at 12 p.m. EDT.

Coverage of the event from launch to arrival at the space station will be streamed live by NASA.


PM Netanyahu warns against 2nd wave of coronavirus pandemic

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

With coronavirus pandemic winding down, Prime Minister warns of possible second virus wave.


Live: NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts to space

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.

Report: Israel tried to save architect of Sudan-Israel relations

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Flight that took off from Israel to Sudan and caused speculation reportedly aimed to save diplomat, but she ultimately died of coronavirus.

Soldier injured in ramming attack awarded at hospital

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Shadi Ibrahim had been named award recipient before attack over which he lost his leg, but hospitalization prevented attendance at ceremony.

Temple Mt. to be reopened to Jews

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Israeli police informed Temple Mt. activists that access to the site would be reopened to Jews.

The move is likely to come as early as this Sunday.


Cyprus: Got coronavirus? The trip's on us

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
In an attempt to attract tourists, Cyprus says it will cover costs for anyone who catches the virus while vacationing in the country.

US: 770 new virus deaths

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

US health authorities announced 770 new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, 99,031 Americans have succumbed to the sickness.


'Coronavirus Cabinet' convenes for first meeting

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the first meeting of the 'Coronavirus Ministerial Committee' minutes ago.

"...We will first get a situational outlook, trends in Israel and around the world, review major actions we have undertaken and make plans for the future." The Prime Minister followed this up by leading a discussion of the intended NIS 14 billion aid program.


PM writes letter in Torah in memory of Amit Ben Yigal

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Prime Minister visits family of soldier who was murdered in a block-throwing attack two weeks ago.


Remembering Henry Wermuth: A Holocaust and coronavirus survivor

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Henry Wermuth survived the Holocaust and coronavirus, and was released from the hospital on the 75th anniversary of his liberation.

Shaked: 'Real' right-wing gov't wouldn't stay quiet

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked responded to Supreme Court Justice "Meni" Mazuz's statement that allowing Netanyahu to establish a government despite his facing criminal charges was an indictment to Israeli society.

"Little by little without anyone paying heed, Supreme Court justices are letting us know: We are the ones in charge here. A true right-wing government would not stay quiet," she posted to Facebook.


Ruth, the righteous proselyte

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ruth's committment catapults this convert into the center stage of Jewish eternity..

Pompeo: Hong Kong ‘no longer autonomous’

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declares that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China.

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