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Zarif: EU not ready to 'pay the price' of defying Washington

Monday, August 20, 2018
Iran's Foreign Minister says Europe has not yet shown willingness to save 2015 nuclear deal.

Former CIA chief blasts Trump's 'treasonous' behavior

Monday, August 20, 2018

Former CIA chief John Brennan doubled down Sunday on his charge that President Donald Trump has engaged in "treasonous" behavior, calling on Congress to block his attempts to strip other intelligence officials of their security clearances, AFP reported.

Last week, Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance and later said the move was directly tied to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.


Egypt tightens control of the internet

Monday, August 20, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has signed a new law tightening the government's control of the internet, CNN reported Sunday.

Sisi signed the legislation on Saturday, according to the report.


Afghan President declares ceasefire with Taliban

Monday, August 20, 2018

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday declared a provisional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast, a move welcomed by Washington but yet to receive a reply from the group itself.

The announcement followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni, reported AFP.


Britain ends funding for some aid to Syrian rebels

Monday, August 20, 2018

The British government announced on Sunday night it was ending funding for some aid programs in rebel-held areas of Syria, Reuters reported.

"As the situation on the ground in some regions has become increasingly difficult, we have reduced support for some of our non-humanitarian programming, but continue to deliver vital support to help those most in need and to improve security and stability in the country," a UK government spokeswoman told the news agency in an emailed statement.


Four Iraqi groups to join forces

Monday, August 20, 2018

Four Iraqi groups announced on Sunday that they would join forces in order to form a new government.

Among the groups is the coalition of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and that of incumbent prime minister Haider al-Abadi.


Nasrallah meets Houthi delegation

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Hezbollah terrorist organization said on Sunday that its leader Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, The Associated Press reported.

The group said that the delegation was headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam and that they discuss with Nasrallah the latest developments in Yemen’s civil war.


Greece completes three-year bailout program

Monday, August 20, 2018

Greece has successfully exited its final, three-year bailout program, the euro zone’s ESM rescue fund said Sunday night.

The program was agreed upon in August 2015 to help Greece cope with the continued fallout from a debt crisis.


Trouble brewing in Iran

Monday, August 20, 2018
Dr. Martin Sherman speaks with ILTV about the protests against the Ayatolah regime in Iran.

PA: Palestinian citizens are helpless

Monday, August 20, 2018

Rami Hamdallah, the head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet, on Sunday called on the international community to take coordinated steps to protect "helpless" Palestinian Arab civilians from "the oppression of the Israeli occupation" and to force Israel to comply with the principles of international humanitarian law and human rights.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Hamdallah praised the UN and its various agencies for providing protection to volunteers and humanitarian activists in “Palestinian refugee camps” in both the diaspora and in “Palestine”.


MK Kisch: TV host's remarks on Arab MKs 'understandable'

Monday, August 20, 2018

MK Yoav Kisch (Likud), chairman of the Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee, on Sunday commented on the remarks of TV host Eyal Berkowitz against the Arab MKs, which resulted in him being sued for libel by Meretz MK Esawi Frej.

"There was a traitor Arab MK - Azmi Bishara. There was an Arab MK who helped terrorists - Basel Ghattas," Kisch said, adding, "Generalizing is wrong. It was certainly wrong to generalize all the Arab Knesset members as supporters of terror, but it is certainly possible to understand Berkowitz’s statement in light of these cases."

"The Arab MKs all oppose the Nationality Law and want a state of all its citizens here. The most extreme of them cross the line and act against the State of Israel and its laws. They will not succeed," stressed MK Kisch.


'Performing in Israel is not a political statement'

Monday, August 20, 2018

American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey is not backing down from plans to perform in Israel, despite backlash over the announcement.

Del Rey is scheduled to perform in Israel as part of the Meteor Festival which will take place at Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, outside of Tiberias in the upper Galilee, from September 6 through 8.


Central banks of Qatar, Turkey sign currency agreement

Monday, August 20, 2018

The central banks of Qatar and Turkey have signed a currency swap agreement to provide liquidity and support for financial stability, Qatar’s central bank said on Sunday, according to Reuters.

The agreement, which was signed by the heads of the two central banks on Friday, will establish a two-way currency exchange line, the Qatar Central Bank said in a statement posted on its website.

Last week, Qatar pledged $15 billion in support for Turkey amid the country’s financial crisis.


Report: Corbyn attended conference with senior Hamas terrorists

Monday, August 20, 2018
Daily Telegraph reveals Labour leader attended conference with Hamas leader Husam Badran who was jailed in Israel over terror.

Cabel: Netanyahu joined the extremists

Sunday, August 19, 2018

MK Eitan Cabel (Zionist Union) responded on Sunday to U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks to Jordan’s King Abdullah, as reported on Channel 10 News. Trump reportedly told the king that that in the absence of a final status agreement, Israel would likely have an Arab prime minister.

"Trump like King Abdullah understands that Netanyahu, in his weakness, brings down the curtain on the Zionist vision and turns Israel into a bi-national state with an Arab majority," Cabel said, adding, “The Prime Minister joined the extreme right and the extreme left, and together they’re establishing the bi-national state.”

"The answer to this is clear and requires courageous and urgent action - the battle is not about peace but about keeping the possibility that one day it will still be possible to establish two states for two peoples," continued MK Cabel.


Suspect arrested in Jisr Az-Zarka stabbing

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Police have arrested a 17-year-old resident of Jisr Az-Zarka on suspicion of involvement in the stabbing of a 39-year-old resident of the northern Israeli Arab town.

The victim was taken to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera with moderate wounds.


Ibtin shooting victim dies

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A 21-year-old man has died of wounds suffered in a shooting in the the Lower Galilee Bedouin village of Ibtin.

Police are investigating the circumstances and searching for a suspect in the case.


Slightly warmer through Thursday

Sunday, August 19, 2018

It will be partly cloudy overnight becoming fair on Monday with the pattern holding up through Thursday. Monday will be slightly warmer with no significant change on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additional slight warming is expected on Thursday.

Monday highs:
Jerusalem, Haifa: 30Celsius/86Fahrenheit;
Kinneret/Sea of Galilee: 39C/102F; Golan Heights: 33/91;
Tel Aviv: 31/87; Be'er Sheva': 35/95; Dead Sea: 38/100;
Eilat: 40/104


Moderately wounded in Jisr Az-Zarka stabbing

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Police are investigating the wounding of a 39-year-old man in the northern Israeli Arab town of Jisr Az-Zarka.

The Magen David Adom emergency service gave him medical treatment and evacuated him to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera with moderate wounds.


Labour group says leaders censored material on anti-Semitism

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Jewish group affiliated with Labour accuses leaders of censoring material regarding link between anti-Israel radicalism and anti-Semitism.

Remand hearing for suspect in dozens of sex offenses

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A man suspected of committing a long series of sexual offenses with dozens of minors who he met on the Internet will be brought tomorrow for a hearing in the Rishon Letzion Magistrates Court regarding extension of his detention.


Seriously wounded in Ibtin shooting

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A man about the age of 20 has been seriously wounded in a shooting incident in the Arab village of Avtin in the Lower Galilee Bedouin village of Ibtin.

He was taken to hospital by the Magen David Adom emergency service.


Hamas against turnover of Havat Gilad ramming driver

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hamas Palestinian Authority parliament member Fathi al-Qarawi has sharply criticizes the PA for handing over to Israel the PA driver who ran over Hava Roizen near the Samarian Jewish community of Havat Gilad last Thursday evening.

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MK: Compensate northern businesses for Leptospirosis

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Member of Knesset Oren Hazan (Likud) has called for compensating business owners in the north of the country who were hurt by the lack of tourists, following the closing of Golan streams due to Leptospirosis, (Achberet in Hebrew because it's spread by small rodents).

Hazan said, "Achberet has dried up the north more than the drought. We have a national responsibility - we must compensate businesses."


Millions head to Saudi Arabia for annual hajj pilgrimage

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Five-day Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca beginning Sunday expected to draw more than two million Muslims from around the world.

PA cabinet head: Palestinian citizens are helpless

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Palestinian Authority cabinet leader Rami Hamdallah is calling on the international community to take deterrent and coordinated steps to protect "helpless" Palestinian civilians from "the oppression of the Israeli occupation" and force Israel to comply with the principles of international humanitarian law and human rights principles.

In a statement on Facebook, Hamdallah noted that about 80 percent of the residents of Gaza rely in one way or another on international aid. He also called for increased international aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in order to continue to provide assistance to nearly six million PA and Gaza residents and other descendants of Arabs who left Israel when the modern Jewish state was born. The PA strongly opposes the intention to abolish UNRWA, and demands that its mandate remain in force until the "right of return" of 1948 refugees and their descendants is realized.


Jordan: Trump worried about Israeli PM Muhammad

Sunday, August 19, 2018

United States President Donald Trump told King Abdullah II of Jordan in June that if Israel and the Palestinian Authority reach a single bi-national state in a few years, the name of the Israeli prime minister will be Muhammad, according to Channel 10 Television.

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Bill de Blasio denies he’s been soft on yeshiva standards

Sunday, August 19, 2018
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio pushes back against claims he's allowed yeshivas to drop secular studies.

5 fans arrested before Tel Aviv soccer derby

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Police have arrested five fans near the stadium in Netanya for the soccer match between Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

A police force spotted a the fans of the two teams getting close to each other, and when the fans noticed the police, they fled, leaving iron chains and pyrotechnic equipment, including illumination flares.


PM meeting with Bolton to focus on Iran

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hosted United States National Security Advisor John Bolton as part of a dinner at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, also attended by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.

Ahead of their working meeting on Monday morning, Netanyahu said, the most important topic will be "how to continue to roll back Iran’s aggression in the region and to make sure that they never have nuclear weapons. Bolton said, "Obviously we’ve got great challenges, for Israel, for the United States and the whole world. The Iran nuclear weapons program, the ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list."

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'The government is Right but apparently not enough'

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel has expressed opposition to an agreement for Gaza being formulated between Israel and Hamas by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Interviewed by News 2, the Knesset member from the National Union Party said, "The government is right-wing but apparently not enough. Hamas must be defeated. I disagree with Lieberman. Israel does not have to go to any arrangement, I agree with and understand the residents of the south."


Rivlin at Ariel dedication: You showed them!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

President Reuven Rivlin told those at the dedication of the Ariel University Medical School, Sunday evening, "Thirty-six years ago, the Academic College of Judea and Samaria was established and I was privileged to be among those laying the cornerstone here."

Responding to the university's critics, Rivlin noted, "When they mocked, you built. When they yelled, you created a magnificent institution. When they boycotted you, you proved that there was an excellent academy here, an academy that has room for every [male] student and [female] student regardless of race, color, religion or gender."


6 girls arrested at protest of Samarian ramming death

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Six minor girls, one of them 11 years old, have been arrested in protest demonstrations in Samaria following the Thursday-evening incident in which Emmanuel resident Hava Roizen was run over by an Arab driver.

The girls were arrested at the intersection of Training Base 3 after they blocked the road to Arab travel. Attornery Nati Rom is providing legal assistance to the girls on behalf of the Honenu legal-aid organization.


We mustn't surrender to Hamas's resistance threats

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said, Sunday evening, "Whoever surrenders to Hamas will bring us war." Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Ariel University Medical School, the chairman of the Jewish Home Party also said, "Hamas must understand that it will pay a terrible price for any harm to Israeli citizens."

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India flooding: 350 dead

Sunday, August 19, 2018

More than 350 people have died as a result of flooding in southern India's Kerala state.

Another 800,000 have been displaced to 4,000 relief camps. 10,000 stranded people are expected to be rescued by Monday.


Israeli Arabs look to establish Israel Apartheid Day

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Israeli Arab activists, politicians, call for establishment of "International Israel Apartheid Day" to condemn passage of Nationality Law.


Medical School of Ariel University inaugurated

Sunday, August 19, 2018

President Reuven Rivlin, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman are taking part this evening in the inauguration ceremony of the Doctor Miriam and Sheldon Adelson School of Medicine at Ariel University in Samaria.


7.2 earthquake hits Indonesia

Sunday, August 19, 2018

An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale has been felt next to the Indonesian island of Lombok.


J'lem driver in critical condition after passing out

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A driver about the age of 60 lost consciousness and crashed into a safety railing on King David Street in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.

He was treated by Magen David Adom medics and evacuated in critical condition to Shaare Zedek Hospital.

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