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New foreign minister with PM on Poles and against Gantz on Iran

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Newly nominated foreign-minister Yisrael Katz told Channel 13 Television on Sunday evening that "Poles cooperated with the Nazis."

In addition, Katz attacked Israel Resilience Party Chairman Benny Gantz, saying, "As chief of staff, he supported the [2015 Iran] nuclear agreement and said it was good, unlike [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu who opposed it. Ganz opposed an attack on Iran and wanted an agreement in negotiations."


Arab squatters evicted from Jewish-owned home in Old City

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Rioters clash with police as Arab squatters removed from home which belonged to Jewish family forced to flee Jerusalem's Old City in 1948.

MK: And what about transfers to Gaza?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Member of Knesset Ksenia Svetlova (Hatenua') has reacted to the offsetting of terror money from tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority by writing on Twitter, "The government is determined to weaken the Palestinian Authority while it transfers the money to Hamas and strengthens those who burned our south and fired 500 rockets in one day. So what if Israel's security is harmed? The main thing is the campaign."


Report: Gafni to top Degel Hatorah list

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Degel Hatorah's Council of Torah Sages is expected to announce that Knesset Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni will receive the first place on the haredi-religious party's Knesset list, according to the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation.


Survey: Half of demonstrators in France hold anti-Semitic views

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A poll conducted by a French polling institute found that half of the protestors in the Yellow Vest protests had anti-Semitic views, according to Channel 13 Television.


The difference between ESTA and a visa

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Travelling to the US often requires prior permission from the US - such as a visa. But what other permits are offered besides a visa?

Congressman touts US ambassador to Germany as next UN ambassador

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) wrote on Twitter, Sunday, "Would be amazing to see US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the next US ambassador to the United Nations to replace Nikki Haley."

Writing in the wake of State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert's withdrawal from consideration, Zeldin called the former US spokesman at the UN, "smart, principled, experienced & highly capable of being one of the best and most effective ever to hold this position."


Likud: Investigate Gantz and Alsheich

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Likud Party has filed a complaint with the attorney general, demanding that Chairman Benny Gantz of the Israel Resilience Party and former police commissioner Roni Alsheikh be investigated, following the report that Hameimad Hachamishi (the Fifth Dimension), the company Gantz headed before it went bankrupt, received millions from the police without competitive bidding.


Tax revolt considered against Tiberias Sabbath desecration

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Hundreds of Tiberias rabbis and residents took part in a prayer rally held in the city's cemetery to protest the desecration of the Sabbath in public in recent weeks, which included Mayor Ron Kobi's hiring of free-of-charge buses.

During the rally, the rabbis called on people to consider not paying municipal taxes.


Iran unveils new submarine with 'the world's most advanced technology'

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A new, advanced submarine named "The Conqueror" was unveiled in southern Iran on Sunday. According to local media, the 600-ton submarine has the most advanced weapon systems that can fire cruise missiles from under water.

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Yesha Council founder: Unite with Otzma Yehudit

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Yisrael Harel says Jewish Home cannot afford to let votes to Otzma Yehudit faction go to waste


Cabinet OKs half-a-billion-shekel terror deduction from PA tax transfers

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Diplomatic-Security cabinet decided on Sunday to implement the freeze on Palestinian Authority funds, which was passed by the Knesset in July 2018, and offset NIS 502,697,000 from tax revenues transferred by Israel to the PA.

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Bodyguards assigned to Oshrat Kotler

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Managers at Channel 13 Television have decided to assign tight security news presenter Oshrat Kotler due to threats on her life after she called Israeli soldiers "human animals" on Saturday.


Uzi Dayan: Zarif threat shows why Iran should not have nuclear arms

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Likud Knesset candidate Uzi Dayan wrote on Twitter, Sunday, "The threat of war posed by the Iranian foreign minister illustrates how important it is to thwart Iran's efforts to acquire a military nuclear capability."

The retired general added, "Preventing a Shiite nuclear bomb is important for a quiet but profound alliance led by the US and Israel. And you, Mr. Zarif will lose this war!"


"Our Hearts are Broken"

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Close relative of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky dies suddenly, leaving her seven children orphans teetering on the edge of poverty.

Jerusalem: Eliezer Kashani Street blocked because of a gas leak

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Eliezer Kashani Street in Jerusalem has been blocked to traffic due to a gas leak in a residential building in the area.

Police and fire forces are operating there, evacuating residents from their homes.


Report: Tzipi Livni considering withdrawing from political life

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni may resign from political life following her failure to merge left-wing parties, according to Yisrael Hayom.


Final: Dr. Shlomo Kara'i - Likud representative of the Negev District

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Supreme Court of the Likud Party has rejected outright the petition against the winner of the Negev district, Dr. Shlomo Kara'i.

Kara'i responded by saying, "We are moving forward for the sake of the public and for the benefit of the Likud movement. A strong Likud with 40 seats will be a strong backbone for the benefit of the State of Israel. The residents of the periphery, the south and the young couples stand before our eyes."


Labor MK: Hard to find the differences between Gantz and Netanyahu

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Member of Knesset Omer Bar-Lev (Labor) wrote on Twitter, Sunday, "It was hard to find the differences between the speech of Benny Gantz in Munich and the speeches of Binyamin Netanyahu - Iran Iran and Iran. And what about the Palestinians and what about Gaza? They settle Judea and Samaria, and starve the people of Gaza? Is this the policy?"


Report: Assad regime carried out over 300 chemical attacks

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Global Policy Institute reports Syria has carried out hundreds of chemical attacks on civilians since deal to destroy chemical weapons.

Prison for 2 convicted of exploiting elderly in 'plumber sting'

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court has sentenced Ran Lahiani to 77 months in prison and Ariel Baruchim to 56 months in prison in a plea bargain on charges of fraud and abuse of the elderly under aggravated circumstances, as well as tax offenses amounting to millions of shekels in what has been called "the plumber sting".

In addition, the two were fined a total of NIS 270,000 in compensation to the victims of the crime.


Jaffa resident indicted for selling drugs to undercover police

Sunday, February 17, 2019

An indictment has been filed against a 40-year-old Jaffa resident who sold heroin to an undercover police detective.

His detention was extended until the end of the legal proceedings against him.


Lapid on spat with Poland: Netanyahu has not learned anything.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Chairman Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid Party has criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, following word that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not be attending the Visegrád Conference in Israel with three other Eastern European leaders.

Referring to Israel's reaction to a Polish law on references to the Holocaust, Lapid wrote on Twitter, "Netanyahu did not learn anything, folded and apologized again to the Poles. And after all that, the Polish prime minister announced that he would not come to Israel. What an embarrassment."


Senior official: We are aware that Poland also has elections

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A senior official said, Sunday afternoon, that the Visegrád Conference, bringing together the leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland will take place as planned despite the fact that the prime minister of Poland won't be coming, according to Channel 13 Television.

The official said, "We are aware that Poland also has an election campaign. We will gladly welcome the Polish foreign minister in place of the prime minister."


Oxford student association would prohibit kosher meat

Sunday, February 17, 2019

(JTA) — The Junior Common Room, a student government association at Oxford’s Somerville College, has called on the college to only serve meat that has been stunned before being killed, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation. That requirement would effectively exclude kosher meat from the school, since it may not be stunned before slaughter, according to Jewish law.

A spokesman for the college said the college is looking into the request, but “we are looking into expanding our provision of halal and kosher meat, and also providing more lactose-free, gluten-free and meat-free options, following a request by the JCR.”


Regional councils seek to advance the harvest

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Chairman Shai Hajaj of the Merchavim Regional Council and the Regional Councils Center has appealed to the ministers of agriculture and finance to promote a plan of support for farmers in order to advance the harvest, according to the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation.

The goal is to avoid losing the harvest to arson in the fields up to seven kilometers from the border with Gaza.


'Religious Zionism is thriving and expanding'

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich visit the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva in the first visit following the merger of their Jewish Home and National Union parties.


Northbound Highway 2 congested between Poleg and Netanaya Interchanges

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The northbound Coastal Highway (Route 2) is congested between the Poleg and Netanaya Interchanges, due to an accident.


Arrested for stealing a golden sacred object from Jerusalem synagogue

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A 63-year-old man has been arrested by the police on suspicion that he stole a golden sacred object from a synagogue in central Jerusalem.

The synagogue's sexton was invited to the police station to take the precious item back.


Gantz not on the main stage at Munich

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Israeli reporters covering the Munich Security Conference say Israel Resilience Chairman Benny Gantz's speech at the Munich Security Conference was not in the main auditorium but a small side room where most of those present were Israeli journalists.

He was not listed on the conference schedule or aired on its live internet stream.


Doctor fights to help suffering Kurdish refugees in Syria

Sunday, February 17, 2019
At mercy of Kurds and Assad forces in northern Syria, group of Kurds stuck in humanitarian aid camp fear for their lives.

Eastbound Harel Tunnel blocked due to an accident

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Harel Tunnel on eastbound Highway 1 is blocked due to an accident.

Police are directing traffic at the scene.


Another testimony to the success of Israeli cinema around the world

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Ministry of Culture and Minister Miri Regev have congratulated filmmaker Nadav Lapid on his prestigious award at the Berlin Film Festival.

A ministry statement said, "This is further evidence of the success of Israeli cinema in the world. At the same time, no one in the ministry has seen the film. We do not have the knowledge whether the film raises issues that are harmful to the State of Israel." The movement is about an expatriate in Paris after his service in the Israel Defense Forces, wrestling with his identity.


Chabad synagogue vandalized in Brooklyn

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Vandals smash plate glass window of Chabad synagogue in New York City during Sabbath.

Report: Oshrat Kotler to be called for a clarification on IDF comments

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Television presenter Oshrat Kotler is expected to be called in for a clarification by the director general of Channel 13, Golan Yochpaz, following her statements against Israel Defense Forces soldiers, according to Yediot Ahronot.


French antisemitic incident investigated

Sunday, February 17, 2019

French authorities say they have launched an investigation following anti-Semitic curses in the center of Paris against French-Jewish philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut.

The case was documented in the French media and sparked a storm in the country. Senior French government officials, including President Emmanuel Macron condemned the demonstrators.


4 arrested in Jerusalem stabbing - background was criminal

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with Sunday morning's stabbing in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem this morning in which a 43-year-old man was seriously wounded.

The suspects are Jerusalem residents in their twenties and thirties. The background to the incident was criminal.


Polish prime minister won't attend conference in Israel

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he will not attend the Visegrád Conference with leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia in Israel, where he was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu again. Poland's foreign minister will come instead.

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Watch: Jewish philosopher harassed by 'yellow vest' protesters

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Paris protesters confront Alain Finkielkraut, calling him "Dirty Zionist sh*t." Macron: "Negation of what makes us a great nation."

Assad: 'We warn all who believe in Americans - they won't protect you'

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in his first speech in months: "We warn everyone who believes in the Americans - they won't protect you."

"We're still struggling in four arenas - the military war, the siege on us, the war being waged against us on social networks, and the war against the corrupt ones," Assad added.

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