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Syria: Assad's army massacres 71 near Damascus

Monday, February 19, 2018
A Syrian human rights organization reports 325 injured in aerial and artillery bombardments. Two weeks ago, 230 were killed in an attack by the army of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

General to Hamas, Gazans: IDF reaction to border clashes to get more severe

Monday, February 19, 2018

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major-General Yoav Mordechai, has posted a video on his Arabic Facebook page, calling on Gaza residents to stop the violent disturbances at the Gaza security fence, saying they should protest against Hamas and that the Israel Defense Forces will take more severe measures against them.

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Highway 6 accident victim promoted posthumously

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces has announced that the soldier who was seriously injured in an accident on Highway 6 last week and died of his wounds on Monday was 23-year-old Sergeant Shilo Siman Tov, a combat soldier in the Golani Brigade.

After his death, Siman Tov was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant.


UK Labour Party expells Jewish anti-Zionist activist

Monday, February 19, 2018

(JTA) — Anti-Zionist activist Tony Greenstein’s membership in Britain’s Labour Party was revoked on Sunday after he was found to have breached three of the party’s rules: “offensive comments online; offensive posts and comments on his blog; and an email in which he mocked the phrase ‘final solution.’”

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Special Live English Broadcast: Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

Monday, February 19, 2018
Famed rabbi and kabbalist discusses the Moon in a special live broadcast.

Israel Prize for mathematical research to Prof. Alex Lubotzky

Monday, February 19, 2018

Education Minister Naftali Bennett has informed Professor Alexander Lubotzky of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that he has been named the winner of the Israel Prize for mathematical research and computer science.

Bennett said, "Lubotzky is one of the most important researchers in the world in group theory, combining the brilliance of a researcher, deep love for the State of Israel and a great human heart."


Local press raps Polish PM over Holocaust remark

Monday, February 19, 2018
Polish Prime Minister Mateuz Morawiecki made a mistake when he compared "Jewish perpetrators" of the Holocaust to Poles and Germans, local newspapers say.

Golani soldier injured in Route 6 accident dies

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Golani Brigade soldier died Monday afternoon from injuries suffered last week in an accident on Highway 6.

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Shaul Elovitch on Bezeq case: I have not committed any offense

Monday, February 19, 2018

Shaul Elovitch, who owns controlling interest in the Bezeq communications company, responded this evening, for the first time, to File 4000, the police investigation of alleged improprieties at Bezeq.

A statement on Elovitch's behalf said, "He categorically denies the suspicions against him, suggesting patience and not rushing to draw conclusions. We are confident that when things become clear, it will be possible to see that no offense has been committed."


Analysis: The Iranian Axis strikes in Gaza

Monday, February 19, 2018
A roadside bomb was not the only novelty at the Gaza border Saturday. A coordinated attack on Israel seems to be in the works.

NIS 15 million for students in youth villages

Monday, February 19, 2018

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has approved a budget increase of 15 million shekels for students in youth villages.

About 20,000 students in Israel, the vast majority of them at risk, live and are educated in youth villages. For more than 20 years, no budgetary adjustments have been made to meet the needs of the youth villages. Member of Knesset Meirav Ben-Ari of Kahlon's Kulanu party, together with the Public Forum for Youth Villages and Boarding Schools, paved the way for the budget increase.


1st woman chosen to head the Police Investigation Department

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Civil Service Commission's tender committee announced on Monday that it has decided to choose Keren Bar-Menahem as head of the Department for Investigating Police Officers.

Bar-Menahem, who has served until now as an attorney in the Central District Attorney's Office, will be the first woman to head the body.


Interior Committee OKs construction of a 4th Ayalon railway track

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Knesset Interior Committee approved, Monday, amendment of the Mikve Israel Law to allow the use of the Mikve Israel area for the construction of railroad tracks.

Today there are three railway lines operating in the Ayalon corridor, allowing a maximum of 14 trains per hour. With the rezoning of the lands and the construction of a fourth track, the railway capacity in the corridor will increase by about 50%.


Eastbound Route 1 traffic disrupted at Harel Interchange

Monday, February 19, 2018

Traffic disruptions have been reported in eastbound traffic of Highway 1 at the Harel interchange following an accident.

Police recommend that drivers choose alternative routes.


Ministers normalize status of Ethiopian Jewish clergy

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Ministerial Committee for the Integration of Israeli-Ethiopian Citizens, headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has approved a plan which includes historical recognition of the kessim as spiritual leaders for Ethiopian Jews and thus normalizes their status as part of the religious services system.

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Gaza residents attack Qatar ambassador's convoy

Monday, February 19, 2018

A car carrying the Qatari ambassador was attacked this afternoon by Gaza residents.

The locals claimed that the Qataris were causing a split between members of the Gaza population.


Israel announces 'historic' gas contract with Egypt

Monday, February 19, 2018
PM Netanyahu announces contract for sales of billions of dollars' worth of Israeli natural gas to Egypt.

Shekel, US dollar up - Euro, pound down

Monday, February 19, 2018

The official value of the shekel rose an average of .745 percent on Monday against the other featured currencies on the Bank of Israel's foreign-exchange list.

After hitting a three-year-low last week, the United States dollar was fixed at NIS 3.521, down .396 percent from Friday but in good shape compared to the Euro, which slumped 1.274 percent to 4.371 shekels and the pound sterling, which was set at 4.9373, down .941 percent. Also dropping more than a percent were the Australian and Canadian dollars and the currencies of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.


Deputy Minister Yitzhak Cohen will resign from the Knesset

Monday, February 19, 2018

Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen announced at a Shas party Knesset faction meeting, "I decided to implement the "Norwegian law" and resign from the Knesset in favor of Danny Saida."

The Norwegian law allows ministers to resign their seats, but retake them if they lose their portfolio. Saida was an MK for a day last September, when Shas MK Yigal Gueta resigned after publicly revealing that he had attended a same-sex wedding. Saida left after Meshulam Nahari resigned as a deputy minister, allowing him to re-enter the Knesset.


PM: Begin fought for Israel's independence and strength

Monday, February 19, 2018

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu marked the 26th anniversary of the passing of former prime minister Menachem Begin, recognizing Begin as one "who fought for Israel's independence and the fortification of the strength of our country.

Netanyahu continued, "He knew that only if we were strong could we ensure our existence. We will remember him and we will continue on his path."


Polish opposition will try to change 'Holocaust law'

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Polish opposition leader slams the new Holocaust law and the "diplomatic disaster" it brought, and says he will work to change the law's wording.


Cleared for final reading: Anyone can refuse to work on Shabbat

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Knesset Finance Committee has cleared for final readings a bill proposed by Members of Knesset Aliza Lavie and Miki Zohar, under which every person, even a secular one, can refuse to work on the weekly day of rest without the need for a religious affidavit and without risking dismissal.

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Israel to export natural gas to Egypt

Monday, February 19, 2018

Delek Drilling has signed a huge agreement to export gas from the Leviathan and Tamar reservoirs to Egypt for a decade, in a deal totaling $15 billion.

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'Holocaust Day studies should focus on Holocaust denial'

Monday, February 19, 2018

Zionist Union MK Broshi calls on Education Minister Bennett to focus this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day studies on Holocaust denial.


Liberman: IDF destroyed Hamas terror tunnel last night

Monday, February 19, 2018

Defense Minister tells Yisrael Beytenu faction members that IDF demolished terror tunnel found near Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza.


Israel's National Library brings 'largest-ever' display to NY

Monday, February 19, 2018

National Library of Israel brings rare, ancient manuscripts to New York University.


Netanyahu did some good for Israel, but it's time for him to go

Monday, February 19, 2018
Zionist Union chief says time has come to stop 'glorifying the settlements', vows to reboot negotiations with PA.

'Cancel meeting on IDF efforts to integrate LGBT community'

Monday, February 19, 2018
Liba Yehudit Center slams Knesset discussion on LGBT integration, says IDF should be ensuring operational success.

Report: Jerusalem-Tel Aviv train may not be safe

Monday, February 19, 2018
Safety experts, engineers, warn that Jerusalem-Tel Aviv express line is not yet safe to use.

'Gov't working on alternative Western Wall plan'

Monday, February 19, 2018
Likud minister says government preparing alternative to Reform-backed Western Wall plan cancelled in January.

Deputy FM: Israelis are living under 'infiltrator terror'

Monday, February 19, 2018
Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely says every sovereign country has the right to remove illegal job-seeking infiltrators.

Canadian court to rule whether Orthodox man is dead or alive

Monday, February 19, 2018

Can hospital cut 25-year-old's life support, despite his family's pleas it be maintained? Ontario court to rule on young man's fate.


'Why is having men and women in the same tank a problem?'

Monday, February 19, 2018

Yesh Atid MK expresses support for mixed-gender tank units, explains the difference between himself and a Jewish Home MK.


Israeli start-ups to compete in China

Monday, February 19, 2018
Lior Wayn, Director of Sino-Isratech speaks at ILTV Studio about China's own 'Silicon Valley' and how Israeli tech leaders are taking over.

'Iran poised to replace ISIS across Middle East'

Monday, February 19, 2018
'Time to show Abbas time isn't on PA's side', says Public Security Minister, says US must prevent Iran from taking over after ISIS defeat.

Saudi Arabia to pursue nuclear program

Monday, February 19, 2018
Saudi Arabia plans to build 16 nuclear power plants over the course of 25 years.

Gov't strips anti-Israel Arab theater of funding

Monday, February 19, 2018

Haifa theater which glorified Arab terrorism, featured play based on writings of terrorist murder, loses state funding.


Poland demands explanation following embassy vandalism

Monday, February 19, 2018
Polish Foreign Ministry demands explanation for vandalism of its embassy in Tel Aviv.

Mother's apparent murder-suicide attempt foiled in Ashdod

Monday, February 19, 2018
Tragedy prevented after Ashdod woman attempts to set her apartment on fire - with her own children inside.

Canadian delegation to meet with Palestinian Authority officials

Monday, February 19, 2018
Canadian MPs, journalists, and Senate members to meet Palestinian Authority officials and businessmen, as well as Arab MKs, report says.
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