Latest News Briefs (Page 2)


Bennett to govt: Have you gone mad? Get to work

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Yamina chairman accuses government of dithering while people die due to economic cost of coronavirus closures.

Pro-BDS Cori Bush defeats incumbent in Missouri primary

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Bush defeated Lacy Gray by 3 percentage points, 48.6% to 45.5% in the Democratic congressional primary.

Report: Israel in talks to provide aid for Lebanon

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Media sources are reporting that Israel is in talks with Lebanon to provide the country humanitarian aid following yesterday's explosion killing more than 900 and injuring thousands.


Head of Samaria Council: Sovereignty depends on us alone

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, responded today (Wednesday) to Prime Minister Netanyahu's statement this week that the application of sovereignty does not depend on Israel but on American leadership.

Dagan said that the Israeli government has always known how to apply sovereignty since it's the sole decision-maker. "I do not want us to reach a point in the national camp where people start saying the prime minister fooled us."


Rashida Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
BDS-supporting congresswoman defeats challenger in her Michigan district's Democratic primary.

Can virtual reality help PTSD patients?

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
New therapies use virtual reality to recreate traumatic events, allowing patients to confront and overcome their traumas.

Coronavirus Projector: 'No reason for additional measures'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Projector of the fight against the coronavirus in Israel, Prof. Roni Gamzu, is discussing additional measures against the virus in a session of the 'Coronavirus Cabinet' at the moment.

"There is no justification for a full closure - the hospitals are still sufficiently stocked, and lockdown will lead to economic and social difficulties," Gamzu said.


Netanyahu: Protests organized at luxury hotels

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
PM criticizes opposition behavior in angry speech to the Knesset, offers support to people of Lebanon following massive explosion.

J'lem mayor: 'Praying for Rabbi Steinsaltz's health'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion spoke today (Wednesday) with the son of Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz. Rabbi Manny Even-Yisrael, who told the mayor of his father's health status.

Lion asked the public to pray for the healing of beloved Jerusalemite and winner of the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies. "Rabbi Steinsaltz is part of a beautiful Jerusalem mosaic that combines Torah with values, innovation with originality, he bears importance to Jerusalem, the Jewish people, and on behalf of the members of the city council and Jerusalem's residents we wish the rabbi complete return to health," he said.


Smotrich: Nissenkorn running the country

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Chairman of the National Union, MK Bezalel Smotrich, participated in the debate on the overrule clause, placing blame with the Likud and haredi parties for shooting down the law.

"Mr. Prime Minister, Avi Nissenkorn, Deputy Prime Minister, Avi Nissenkorn, Mr. Speaker of the Knesset Avi Nissenkorn, Mr. Minister of Finance Nissenkorn, Mr. Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn. Avi Nissenkorn is the face of this government. A prime minister in his own right..." he said.


An opportunity to fulfill all the miztvos of Israel

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
This is the first time people have a chance to fulfill these important mitzvot without owning an actual field in the Land of Israel.

Lapid to Netanyahu: You're not in charge here

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Opposition leader Yair Lapid lashed out at PM Netanyahu during a Knesset speech today.

"Netanyahu, we paid for the chair you are sitting on at this moment. It doesn't belong to you. It belongs to the citizens of Israel. You don't own this country. You're in the service of the People. I am an employee, all of us, this whole building, are employed by the citizens of Israel. You know why [anti-government activists] are taking part in demonstrations? Because they are the ones in charge. It doesn't belong to you - it's theirs and they've come to let you know you've been fired," said Lapid.


Space tourism? Virgin Galactic shows off new space plane's cabin

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Tourists will soon be able to travel into space - if they have $250,000 to spare. An inside look at new tourist space cabin.

Netanyahu: As gov't attends to crisis, Left attacks gov't

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Prime Minister Netanyahu alluded to left-wing demonstrations against the background of the coronavirus crisis in the country.

"With you on the left - everything is political. The coronavirus is political, the economy is political, and so are the political demonstrations. They are organized by left-wing organizations, funded by left-wing foundations and receive disproportionate support from left-wing media - Fake News Live."

"In many countries around the world, the opposition has mobilized to fight the virus alongside the government. In Israel, it is the other way around. As we battle the disease, the left is fighting us," Netanyahu said in his Knesset speech.


Joint Arab List and Yesh Atid voters want new elections

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Israel Democracy Institute releases new report showing 56% of Israelis support PM Netanyahu's security policies, 60% oppose new elections.

Pres. of Conference of European Rabbis expresses condolence for blast

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

In light of the terrible explosions in Lebanon, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President, Conference of European Rabbis, has issued the following statement:

“The Conference of European Rabbis expresses its full solidarity with the many victims of the violent explosions in Beirut, Lebanon. The pictures and footage coming out of the country are truly shocking."

“All life is sacred and it is upsetting to see the devastating impact that this tragedy has had on the Lebanese nation. We hope that the restoration of a central governmental authority that is in charge of security and infrastructure will prevent the recurrence of such human suffering. We send our very best wishes to everyone affected.”


What to teach (and not teach) your children about Israel

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
What is in short supply,is in-depth learning about Zionism that willJo counteract the media and define the justice of Israel’s cause. Op-ed.

Netanyahu: Prepared to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

PM Netanyahu offered the Lebanese government humanitarian aid following the blast yesterday in which at least 90 people were killed and thousands more injured.

"On behalf of the government of Israel, I send my condolences to the people of Lebanon. Yesterday Lebanon suffered a major catastrophe. We are ready to offer humanitarian assistance, as human being to human beings," he tweeted.


Moshe Feiglin: Glad it was Beirut and not Tel Aviv

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Former MK says he hopes Israel was behind massive explosion at Beirut port, says it would create 'balance of terror' with Hezbollah.

Bennett: Not interested in joining inflated, disconnected gov't

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Chairman of Yamina Naftali Bennett said he was not interested in joining the current "inflated, disconnected government."

Bennett said that in mid-June he attempted to set up a meeting with PM Netanyahu and was refused once the PM learned it was about the coronavirus crisis and not political in nature. Bennett said he had attempted to schedule three additional meetings with Netanyahu to assist with the handling of the crisis, but was turned down every time.


Moderna in talks with countries over supply deals for vaccine

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
The company said it had received around $400 million in deposits for potential supply.

21 hospitalized in Emek Medical Cntr. in north of country

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

21 CV-19 patients are currently hospitalized at the Emek Medical Center in the northern city of Afula.

Four are in critical condition with two on ventilator.

Nine of the patients are in moderate and six in light condition.


Unpacking Israel’s “Valentine’s Day;” Tu B’av

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
It’s Tu-b’Av, aka Israel’s Valentines Day… but unlike Valentines, Tu-b’Av actually has biblical roots.

Dollar continues fall

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

At the end of foreign currency trading on the day, the US dollar was down 0.350%, finishing at NIS 3.4120.

The euro was up 0.199%, ending the day at NIS 4.0378.


Moderna to supply a number of countries by year's end

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Moderna Inc announced it had signed agreements with a number of countries towards supply of its experimental coronavirus vaccine which has been tested on about 30,000 individuals thus far, Reuters reported.

The company's chief executive officer was quoted as saying she recognized the need for "fair pricing" as the virus spread.

Reports also stated Moderna may be able to begin shipping vaccines by the end of the calendar year.


Meretz head presents 'public lawsuit' against Netanyahu

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Head of the Meretz party, MK Nitzan Horowitz, presented "a citizens' lawsuit" against PM Netanyahu signed by 40 MKs Wednesday.

"During your long rule, social services and basic needs access for citizens have collapsed. In the last three elections you failed to gain the public's trust, and used trickery to form a government. You've failed in your handling of the coronavirus crisis, exposing your plot to run dry the public services. Your method of every man for himself has weakened Israel's ability to deal with the virus," he said addressing Netanyahu.


Netanyahu defending government's handling of crisis

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The PM is to address the Knesset regarding the government's handling of the caronavirus crisis after the Meretz faction requested a special discussion on the issue.

Netanyahu will make a speech followed by opposition leader Yair Lapid.


Litzman meets Netanyahu, Gantz in bid to broker budget deal

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Construction and Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz Wednesday in a bid to help broker an agreement between the Likud and Blue and White on a spending plan.

The Likud has called for passing a less comprehensive, single-year budget, while Blue and White has demanded the Likud honor the coalition agreement which calls for passing a two-year spending plan.

The current deadline for passing the state budget is August 15th.


Emmanuel Macron expected to visit Lebanon Thursday

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit Lebanon Thursday, following the massive explosion near the port of Beirut Tuesday.

At least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 people injured in the explosion.


Initiative to prepare traumatized orphans for married life

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Fulfillment from your children, and 'outstanding success in the coming school year.'

'Strong EU-Israel relationship critical for Israel's security'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Pro-Israel organization pens letter to European Union, emphasizing importance of Trump peace plan and strong EU-Israel relationship.

Scotland: Lockdown to be reimposed in Aberdeen

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Wednesday that lockdown measures will be reimposed in Aberdeen following a spike in coronavirus cases.


50% of stimulus grants have been paid out, says NII

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Israel's National Insurance Institute said Wednesday that it has paid out 50% of the stimulus grants promised in the coronavirus relief plan.

The NII began transferring money for the stimulus payments on Sunday, starting with payments for children.

Over 200,000 bank accounts have been added to the NII's registry, enabling the NII to directly transfer money to recipients of the stimulus money.

The payments will continue over the next few days, and are expected to be completed next week.


Akko: 63-year-old injured in work accident

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

A 63-year-old man was moderately-to-seriously injured in a work accident in the northern Israeli city of Akko Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency first responders provided first aid to the man before evacuating him to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.


Rafi Peretz: Lebanese flag on Tel Aviv city hall is 'moral confusion'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rafi Peretz (Jewish Home) blasted the decision by the Tel Aviv municipality to light up city hall Wednesday night with the Lebanese flag in honor of the victims of the explosion in Beirut.

"We can and should provide humanitarian aid to civilians harmed in Lebanon, but waving the flag of an enemy state in the middle of Tel Aviv is moral confusion."


6,300 visitors entered Israel in July

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Just 6,300 visitors entered Israel during the month of July, amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Of those, 98% entered the country by air.


'Goal is to offer ability to test for COVID-19 within seconds'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Israeli COVID-19 research delegation to India completed its mission, is returning to Israel in the coming days.

Haredi MK to Yamina: Join coalition, then we'll back Override Clause

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Deputy Minister Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) called on Yamina to join the coalition government, adding that his party is prepared to back Yamina's Override Clause bill.

"Given the lop-sided results, we call on the members of Yamina to join the coalition, then we'll back the bill."

Earlier, the Knesset rejected Yamina's Override Clause bill, which would empower the Knesset to override Supreme Court rulings overturning Knesset laws.


'Override Clause' bill defeated in the Knesset

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The Knesset voted Wednesday to reject the 'Override Clause' bill proposed by the Yamina party.

The bill, which was drafted by Ayelet Shaked, failed in its preliminary vote in the Knesset plenum.

Likud MKs were absent from the vote.

The bill, if passed, would enable the Knesset to reinstate laws overturned by the Supreme Court.


US national parks to get 'long-awaited overhaul'

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Pres. Trump signs act to make largest-ever investment into US national parks, expand telehealth services for Americans in rural areas.
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