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Gantz-Lapid victory will bring Palestinian state to Tel Aviv, Netanyahu warns
 February 21, 2019
Gantz-Lapid victory will bring Palestinian state to Tel Aviv, Netanyahu warns PM Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Kfar Maccabiah, Ramat Gan, Feb. 21, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
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Voters have the choice of a new “weak, left-wing party” that will create a Palestinian state on Israel’s borders or “a strong, right-wing government under my leadership,” the prime minister said Thursday evening.
By Atara Beck, World Israel News
Speaking Thursday evening at Kfar Maccabiah in Ramat Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Israelis against voting in the “new, weak left-wing” alliance, headed by former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, saying the result will be a Palestinian state on Israel’s borders.
The new “Blue and White” alliance will rely on the Arab parties, which seek to destroy the Jewish state, Netanyahu warned.
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Gantz-Lapid victory will bring Palestinian state to Tel Aviv, Netanyahu warns
 February 21, 2019
Gantz-Lapid victory will bring Palestinian state to Tel Aviv, Netanyahu warns PM Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Kfar Maccabiah, Ramat Gan, Feb. 21, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Voters have the choice of a new “weak, left-wing party” that will create a Palestinian state on Israel’s borders or “a strong, right-wing government under my leadership,” the prime minister said Thursday evening.
By Atara Beck, World Israel News
Speaking Thursday evening at Kfar Maccabiah in Ramat Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Israelis against voting in the “new, weak left-wing” alliance, headed by former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, saying the result will be a Palestinian state on Israel’s borders.
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New Israeli centrist alliance, to be called ‘Blue and White,’ aims to topple Netanyahu
 February 21, 2019
New Israeli centrist alliance, to be called ‘Blue and White,’ aims to topple NetanyahuBenny Gantz (L) and Yair Lapid of the Blue and White party give a joint a statement in Tel Aviv on February 21, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who headed the centrist Kadima Party, said that the Lapid-Gantz merger could actually benefit Netanyahu.
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The new united centrist party headed by Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid and Israel Resilience’s Benny Gantz will be called the Blue and White Party, the leaders announced on Thursday.
The new alliance, which seeks to be an alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in the upcoming April 9 elections, has sent shockwaves throughout the Israeli political scene ahead of the deadline on Thursday for political parties to register their lists for the election.
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US Jewish leaders learn at Gaza barrier: ‘It’s not a riot, it’s a war’
 February 21, 2019
US Jewish leaders learn at Gaza barrier: ‘It’s not a riot, it’s a war’Conference of Presidents leaders visiting the Gaza border. (Avi Hayun)
The participants were also the first foreign group to visit Israel’s F-35 squadron.
By World Israel News staff
Participants in an annual visit to Israel by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations have toured Israel’s F-35 fighter squadron and the Gaza border as part of what was described as a first-hand look at security threats that Israel is facing, and the IDF’s readiness to confront them.
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French rally against anti-Semitism; Macron visits vandalized cemetery
 February 19, 2019
French rally against anti-Semitism; Macron visits vandalized cemeteryVandalized tombs with tagged swastikas in the Jewish cemetery of Quatzenheim, eastern France, Tuesday. (AP/ Jean-Francois Badias)
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“Every time a French person, because he or she is Jewish, is insulted, threatened — or worse, injured or killed — the whole Republic” is attacked, Macron said.
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In Paris and dozens of other French cities, ordinary citizens and officials across the political spectrum geared up Tuesday to march and rally against anti-Semitism, following a series of anti-Semitic acts that shocked the nation.
Just hours ahead of Tuesday’s gatherings, French President Emmanuel Macron headed to a Jewish cemetery in a small Alsace town that was vandalized overnight.
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BDS enters the second stage of prejudice on US campuses
 February 21, 2019
BDS enters the second stage of prejudice on US campusesBDS Demonstrators. (Shutterstock)
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BDS and the war against pro-Israel students on American college campuses continues to grow and spread.
By Melissa Landa, Algemeiner
For many years, proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel focused their campus efforts on verbal and written calls to boycott Israeli universities and scholars. They also urged everyone on campus to avoid and isolate Jewish students who support Israel.
When Jewish students complained about the verbal assaults, university administrators typically defended the BDS activity, characterizing it as an expression of free speech and acceptable political activity.
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In 2018 when nearly 1,000 cryptocurrency projects fizzled out, one of the fastest-growing blockchain companies did something unheard of.
On November 9th, they held a conference just a few blocks from their headquarters in downtown San Diego, Californi
Over 700 investors flocked there all the way from Australia and Uganda.
Actor and comedian Ed Helms was even there, too!
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Opinion: Who’s responsible for the strange death of Labor Zionism?
 February 18, 2019
Opinion: Who’s responsible for the strange death of Labor Zionism?Pioneers working on a kibbutz in the early years of Labor Zionism. (Wikipedia)
To understand contemporary Israel, the Diaspora must ponder how the Palestinians reduced the once-dominant party of government to a position of irrelevance.
By Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor-in-Chief, JNS
Elections in Israel are less than two months away, and so far the campaign has been dominated by two main stories. One is speculation about whether Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prior to the voting. The other is the rise of former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and his new centrist party.
But there is another angle to the election that deserves some attention: the virtual collapse of the once-dominant Labor Party and the marginalization of the parties of the left.
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Suspect arrested in Paris for anti-Semitic attack on French Jewish philosopher
 February 20, 2019
Suspect arrested in Paris for anti-Semitic attack on French Jewish philosopherYellow Vest protester hurls anti-Semitic abuse against French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, Feb. 17, 2019. (Youtube/Screenshot)
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A video shows Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut crossing a street as Yellow Vest protesters hurled anti-Semitic abuse at him.
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Paris officials say that an individual has been arrested for a torrent of hate speech directed at Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut during a Saturday march by Yellow Vest protesters.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that the person was taken into custody Tuesday evening after a police inquiry was opened into a suspected public insult based on origin, ethnicity, nation, race or religion.
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Report: Qatar to stop paying for Gaza’s electricity
 February 20, 2019
Report: Qatar to stop paying for Gaza’s electricityA Gaza family waits for power. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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The move is being seen in part as a way to pressure Hamas to do more to help its people with infrastructure projects.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Hamas supporter Qatar has decided that it will stop paying for the diesel fuel that runs Gaza’s electric station after April, Kan News reported Monday.
The news, delivered by Qatari envoy Mohammad al-Amadi in a closed-door meeting with Hamas officials, means that the terrorist organization that runs the Strip with an iron fist will have to come up with $10 million a month on its own in order not to leave Gaza in the dark
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Arab ministers defend Israel’s right to attack Iran, downplay Palestinian issue
 February 16, 2019
Arab ministers defend Israel’s right to attack Iran, downplay Palestinian issueIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yemen's Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
At a major Mideast summit in Warsaw this week, Arab leaders said the Iranian threat is the region’s most pressing challenge, dismissing the Palestinian issue’s relevance in comparison.
By Associated Press and World Israel News Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Thursday released a video of a closed meeting in which senior Gulf Arab officials supported Israel’s right to defend itself, played down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and described Iran as the greatest threat to regional peace.
The video provided a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes ties the Israeli leader has built with the Arab world, but which are rarely seen in public. The video was recorded on a mobile device and it was not clear who took it. It was removed from Netanyahu’s social media accounts not long after it was posted.
The 25-minute video showed a series of comments made by officials from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on a closed panel discussion at a U.S.-sponsored security conference in Warsaw. Some 60 nations participated in the gathering, which was focused heavily on countering Iran’s growing influence in the region.
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Hezbollah terror chief fumes over Israel’s ‘open’ ties with Arab states
 February 16, 2019

 
Hezbollah terror chief fumes over Israel’s ‘open’ ties with Arab statesTerror leader Hassan Nasrallah. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
Arch-terrorist Hassan Nasrallah accused several Gulf states of collaborating with Israel “to conspire against [Iran].”
By World Israel News Staff
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Islamic terror group Hezbollah, reacted on Saturday to this week’s Mideast summit in Warsaw, Poland, at which Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu joined counterparts from several Arab nations, the European Union, and the United States.
The conference focused on the growing threat posed by Hezbollah’s biggest benefactor, Iran, which bankrolls a number of terror groups throughout the region, including Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Both Hezbollah and Hamas are sworn to Israel’s destruction.
At the summit in Warsaw, Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) expressed opinions in alignment with Israel’s position on the Iranian threat to regional stability and peace. The mere fact that these Arab nations participated in a conference with Israel also represented a shift in policy, providing clear evidence of the warming ties between the Jewish state and other nations in the region.
Several representatives of Arab states also expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and acknowledged that the Palestinian issue’s importance has been eclipsed by the need to address Iranian belligerence.
On Saturday, Nasrallah spoke at an annual event honoring the terror group’s “martyrs,” admitting that the Warsaw summit “brought out into the open Israel’s relations with the Gulf states,” Times of Israel reported.
“We knew about normalization between Israel and Oman and the United Arab Emirates, but at the summit we also clearly saw normalization with the Saudis,” he added.
The Hezbollah chief not only attacked Yemen’s foreign minister for sitting next to Netanyahu at the summit, positing that Iran’s proxy war in Yemen “is an Israeli-American war carried out by Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” he also accused the Arab nations at the summit of being “tools in the hands of” Israel and the U.S., reported the Times.
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Pence visits Auschwitz, warns world of Nazi-like Iranian threat
 February 16, 2019
Pence visits Auschwitz, warns world of Nazi-like Iranian threatMike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, right, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made his first Auschwitz visit just a day after he warned other world powers of the genocidal designs harbored by Iran.
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the evil that befell Europe in the last century.
The visit came a day after Pence accused the regime in Tehran of “breathing out murderous threats with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe.”
He also singled out Britain, France, Germany and the European Union as a whole for trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran and called on the EU to join the Trump administration in withdrawing from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. He made those comments during a conference on the Mideast in Warsaw focused largely on Iran and which Tehran denounced as a hostile act.
Several times during his visit Pence compared the evil of the Nazis to that of Iran today.
He added that “to be there to see the end result of that and understand all that happened there, I think will better prepare us and strengthen the resolve of the free world to oppose that kind of vile hatred and to confront authoritarian threats of our time.”
It was the first visit to Auschwitz for Pence, a conservative Christian, to the site where 1.1 million people were murdered, most of them Jews, during the Nazis’ occupation of Eastern Europe during World War II.
Pence and his wife Karen were joined by Polish President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda.
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Qatar transferred over $1 billion to Gaza with Israel’s approval
 February 16, 2019
Qatar transferred over $1 billion to Gaza with Israel’s approvalA Palestinian woman receives her salary in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Nov. 9, 2018. (Flash90/Abed Rahim Khatib)
With Israel’s approval, Qatar has sent over $1 billion to the Gaza Strip between 2012 and 2018.
By World Israel News Staff
Qatar has given the terror group Hamas in the Gaza Strip $1.1 billion between 2012 and 2018, reported Israeli daily Haaretz on Sunday, citing an international report that had examined the numbers.
Forty-four percent of the money went to infrastructure, 40 percent to education and healthcare and the remaining 16 percent to Hamas and other groups, according to Haaretz.
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Analysis: Russia Cozying Up with Hezbollah – Should Israel be Worried?
 February 15, 2019

 
Analysis: Russia Cozying Up with Hezbollah – Should Israel be Worried?A poster of Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, Syrian President Bashar Assad, second left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, right with Arabic that reads "Lions of the time," during a rally to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria, in front of the Russian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP/Bilal Hussein)
Why is Russia cozying up to Hezbollah and what does it mean for Israel?
By Daniel Krygier, World Israel News
Russia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin recently warned of a potential military conflict between Lebanon and Israel.
He commended the Islamist terrorist organization Hezbollah for its role in defending the Syrian Assad regime, while accusing Washington
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Netanyahu pleads with right to unite or risk losing election
 February 12, 2019
Netanyahu pleads with right to unite or risk losing electionPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AP/Marc Israel Sellem)
If the small right-wing parties do not form a single party, the Likud may not have enough natural partners to form the next government, says Netanyahu.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
In a meeting Monday night with the leaders of the religious Zionist movement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that it is critical for the small parties that represent its various facets to unite before the upcoming elections.
They must do so, he insisted, “to save 6-to-7 mandates for the right-wing bloc. We can’t lose these votes.”
The Jewish Home, Otzma LeYisrael, Yachad and National Union parties are currently running separately for the 21st Knesset, to be elected on April 9th. In most polls, none of them are currently passing the 3.25 percent threshold, which would lead to tens of thousands of votes being thrown out.
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Trump blasts Muslim congresswoman for anti-Semitism: ‘She should be ashamed of herself’
 February 12, 2019
Trump blasts Muslim congresswoman for anti-Semitism: ‘She should be ashamed of herself’President Donald Trump condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for remarks largely deemed anti-Semitic and for her apology was in his view "inadequate." (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Trump said that Omar “should be ashamed of herself” for the accusation she had made against AIPAC.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
President Donald Trump said that Freshman Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar “should be ashamed of herself” for the accusation she had made against AIPAC. “And I don’t think her apology was adequate,” he added, speaking to reporters aboard the presidential Air Force One jet, according to The Washington Times.
The Minnesota congresswoman apologized for remarks she made on Sunday that conjured up the anti-Semitic trope of  Jews buying power with money, insinuating that the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) buys off U.S. politicians to support Israel.
Omar said on Monday that “anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”
However, she still insisted that AIPAC held too much power.
However, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) defended comments made by Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another Muslim congresswoman who has sharply criticized Israel and – like Omar – called for boycotting the Jewish State.
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Palestinian rape, murder of Israeli teen condemned by UN, EU
 February 12, 2019
Palestinian rape, murder of Israeli teen condemned by UN, EUTerror victim Ori Ansbacher (Courtesy)
“There is no justification for violence and terror. Such brutal acts must be condemned by all,” Nickolay Mladenov, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, stated.
By Shiri Moshe, The Algemeiner
The recent killing of Israeli teenager Ori Ansbacher in what officials have described as a Palestinian terrorist attack drew increased international condemnation on Monday.
Israeli security officials said 29-year-old Hebron resident Arafat Irfaiya had confessed to the murder, which took place in a forest southwest of Jerusalem on Thursday.
Ansbacher, a national service volunteer and daughter of a rabbi from the community of Tekoa in Judea, was found with multiple stab wounds to her chest.
Investigators are seeking to indict Irfaiya for nationalistically motivated rape and murder. He appeared in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court court on Monday, where his remand was extended for 10 days.
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US congresswoman sorry for anti-Semitic trope but still criticizes AIPAC
 February 12, 2019
US congresswoman sorry for anti-Semitic trope but still criticizes AIPACState Rep. Ilhan Omar (AP/Jim Mone)
Omar says that she stands by her charge that lobby groups such as AIPAC are too powerful.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota “unequivocally” apologized for comments that she made Sunday, which were widely viewed as anti-Semitic in conjuring images of Jews buying power with money. However, she still insisted the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC held too much power.
She charged that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington was buying off U.S. politicians to support Israel.
It followed criticism by Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s threat to take action against Omar for previous anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks that she had made. Omar replied that the minority leader’s warning was “all about the Benjamins baby,” a reference to the $100 bill featuring Benjamin Franklin, and a thinly-veiled accusation that McCarthy was defending Israel in exchange for money.
She later pinpointed AIPAC as the source of the supposed payoffs.
In response to criticism from within her own Democratic Party as well as from Republicans for using “anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar said on Monday that “anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”
The Muslim congresswoman added, “We have to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
However, she did not back off from her charge that AIPAC, as well as other lobby groups, wielded too much power.
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French anti-Semitism flourishes as tree honoring murdered Jew cut down
 February 12, 2019

 
French anti-Semitism flourishes as tree honoring murdered Jew cut downTens of thousands of demonstrators, including ministers and politicians march through Paris, to show their opposition to racism and anti-Semitism after the brutal killing of Ilan Halimi, Feb. 26, 2006. (AP/Jacques Brinon)
France is far from finished with anti-Semitism. The latest outrage involves the destruction of a tree honoring a murdered Jew.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Vandals chopped down a tree near Paris planted in honor of Ilan Halimi, a French-born Jew who was kidnapped and tortured to death in 2006 by a Muslim gang, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.
The felled tree was discovered on Monday by French municipal workers who were preparing for an annual memorial ceremony this week. Another tree was found partially sawn through.
Halimi was a 23-year-old cellphone salesman who was lured to the gang by a woman working with them. They targeted him because he was Jewish and they believed his family could afford a large ransom. They demanded 450,000 Euros from Halimi’s family, which they couldn’t pay. Halimi was tortured, including being burned, while held captive for nearly a month.
A photo of Ilan Halimi held by his mother, Feb. 23, 2006. (AP/Benoit Tessier)
Eventually the gang dumped Halimi, naked and handcuffed, in a suburb south of Paris. He had burns over 80 percent of his body and died not long after being discovered.
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US envoy: Mideast peace deal isn’t done, reports to contrary are fake news
 February 12, 2019
US envoy: Mideast peace deal isn’t done, reports to contrary are fake newsU.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Jason Greenblatt denied a Fox News report on Sunday that the administration’s Middle East peace plan is finished.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt denied a Fox News report on Sunday that the administration’s Middle East peace plan is finished. The report said that the document was 175 to 200 pages long and only five people had access to it.
“Sorry @FoxNews & @TreyYingst [a Fox News foreign correspondent] your sources gave you bad info. While the plan is close to complete, we aren’t there yet & we’ll continue to refine it until release. 175 pages is also inaccurate. It’s a very detailed political/economic plan but not that long,” Greenblatt tweeted on Monday.
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Syria: Two Iranian revolutionary guard members killed in Israeli attack
 February 12, 2019
Syria: Two Iranian revolutionary guard members killed in Israeli attackIsraeli tanks near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, May 10, 2018. (Flash90/Basel Awidat)
Reported confrontations follow last month’s Israeli-Iranian exchange of air attacks across the Israeli-Syrian border.
By World Israel News staff
Media sources in Syria say that two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed and an unspecified number of others were hurt when “Israeli warplanes” launched missiles that targeted an Iranian military base in the Quneitra countryside, on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
Syrian regime state-agency SANA said that an “Israeli attack on Quneitra province” caused damage to a hospital when tanks opened fire, and that one of the observation posts in Jebata Al-Khashab, adjacent to the Israeli border, had also been targeted.
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Iranian judo champion fakes injury to avoid facing Israeli in Grand Prix
 February 12, 2019
Iranian judo champion fakes injury to avoid facing Israeli in Grand PrixIranian judoka Saeid Mollaei in Paris, Feb. 10, 2019. (Youtube)
Judo world champion Saeid Mollaei gave up his standing at the Grand Slam tournament rather than appearing with the Israeli silver medalist on the podium.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The current world champion in judo’s -81kg weight class deliberately lost an important match  in Sunday’s Paris Grand Slam judo tournament, apparently so as not to face his next opponent, an Israeli.
Saeid Mollaei reportedly threw his fight with a Kazakh opponent by feigning an injury. Had he won, he would have had to take on Israel’s Sagi Muki in the semi-final round.
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Israeli, Palestinian peace activists visit family of murdered teen
 February 12, 2019
Israeli, Palestinian peace activists visit family of murdered teenLeft-wing and Palestinian visitors in conversation with Hadassah Froman, wife of late rabbi of Tekoa Menachem Froman, outside the Ansbacher home. (Screenshot)
The condolence visit was organized by the Tag Meir group. Meanwhile, official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a song celebrating the terror attack.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
A joint delegation of Palestinian and Israeli coexistence activists paid a condolence visit on Tuesday to the family of Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old Israeli woman who was brutally murdered last week in a forest near Jerusalem in an attack that has been categorized by Israeli security officials as terrorism.
The delegation included some 20 activists from Tag Meir, an organization that aims “to connect different groups in Israeli society in the battle to eradicate racism and violence in Israel” and to “educate for tolerance and empathy.”
Gadi Gvaryahu, Tag Meir’s chairman, headed the delegation, which included Meretz MK Mossi Raz and New Israel Fund CEO Mickey Gitzin.
The Palestinian representation included 10 individuals from Ramallah, Wadi Fuchin, Husan, and Jericho.
One member of the delegation, a Muslim sheikh, said: “I, and many other Palestinians, are devastated by this murder and strongly condemn it. It is unacceptable to us. It is against our law and our religion.”
The group, which visited the family’s home in Tekoa, also brought many letters of condolence said to have been written by Palestinians.
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Netanyahu upset after order to cease publishing pictures with IDF soldiers
 February 12, 2019
Netanyahu upset after order to cease publishing pictures with IDF soldiersPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen with Israeli lone soldiers in Tel Aviv, January 24, 2019. (AP/Marc Israel Sellem)
Netanyahu expressed his irritation at not being allowed to publish photographs of himself with IDF soldiers during the election campaign, despite being defense minister. 
By World Israel News Staff
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been serving as defense minister since Avigdor Liberman vacated the position, expressed his disapproval of the attorney general’s legal opinion that he can’t publish photos of himself with Israeli soldiers during the election campaign.
Netanyahu made his views known in a video he posted on Twitter while heading to visit IDF soldiers at a naval base in Haifa. In the video he says to the viewers:
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Jewish Home party sets sights on former senior Netanyahu adviser
 February 12, 2019
Jewish Home party sets sights on former senior Netanyahu adviserFormer Netanyahu adviser Perach Lerner (C) during a session of the Economic Affairs Committee in the Knesset, July 25, 2011. (Flash90/Kobi Gideon)
A former Netanyahu adviser is the leading contender for a top spot in the Jewish Home party list. 
By World Israel News Staff
Perach Lerner, who served as senior adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, is a leading candidate for the No. 3 spot reserved for women on the list of the Jewish Home party, Maariv reports.
The Jewish Home party was left in tatters after being abandoned by its central leaders, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, who served as education and justice ministers respectively in Netanyahu’s government.
Since then, the party has been working feverishly to reassemble its party’s list ahead of the April 9 Knesset elections. The party recently appointed Rabbi Rafi Peretz as party chairman. MKs Moti Yogev and Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan were given seats No. 2 and No. 4 on the list. Slot No. 3 is reserved for a woman.
Maariv reports that Lerner is the favorite for the position and a final decision is expected soon.
Reserving spots for women on party lists is a common practice in Israel in order to broaden support and show inclusiveness.
Lerner served as a senior adviser to Netanyahu for six years, until she was forced out as part of an arrangement with the State Attorney’s Office, accused of exploiting her position to advance her husband’s public relations business, the newspaper says.
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 Netanyahu loyalists cry foul over being ‘abandoned’
 February 12, 2019
Netanyahu loyalists cry foul over being ‘abandoned’PM Netanyahu in front of the Likud emblem (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
Critics charge that the party leader preferred promoting new names over those who defended him during the outgoing Knesset term.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
A number of  Likud MKs have petitioned the party’s legal body over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the party chairman, should have the right to add three candidates of his own choosing to the Likud list running in the upcoming Knesset election, scheduled for April 9th.
Last Tuesday, the Likud held a party primary, and while Netanyahu said that he was “very, very” satisfied with the list produced by party voters, some of the candidates have expressed dismay over their own showing.
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Poll: Netanyahu wins election even if center-left unites
 February 10, 2019
Poll: Netanyahu wins election even if center-left unitesPM Benjamin Netanyahu seen here at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, February 5, 2019. (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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A new survey shows Netanyahu and the Likud party will be in a better position to form a government even if the center-left parties form a single bloc.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Even if the opposition parties unite, the Likud party will still be better-positioned to form a governing coalition, according to a new poll published by Israel’s Channel 12 on Saturday.
The poll follows similar ones published in the weekend editions of newspapers Makor Rishon and Israel Hayom that suggest the left-wing and center-left parties will be in a tough position to put together enough seats after the April 9 elections to meet the 61-seat minimum majority in Israel’s parliament.
The survey found that if the three major opposition leaders combined – Benny Gantz (Israel Resilience), Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Avi Gabbay (Labor) – they would in fact garner more seats (36) than Likud (32).
However, they wouldn’t be able to find enough coalition partners to get to 61. According to the poll, a center-left bloc would take 46 votes while a right-wing bloc would reach 49. An Arab bloc would receive 12 seats and an ultra-Orthodox Jewish bloc 13.
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Jewish model and Trump supporter called ‘Nazi’ on social media
 February 10, 2019
Jewish model and Trump supporter called ‘Nazi’ on social mediaElizabeth Pipko (Instagram)
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Elizabeth Pipko, a Jewish model, is now being constantly harassed on social media after revealing her support for Trump. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
A 23-year-old model was a secret Donald Trump supporter until recently.
But it didn’t take long for invective to flow her way after she revealed last month that she had worked full-time on the president’s 2016 campaign. “She’s now on the receiving end of constant insults, including being called a ‘Nazi,'” The Daily Wire reports.
Elizabeth Pipko, who is Jewish, started out as a volunteer on Trump’s campaign before being hired full-time.
“I worked in a call center in Trump Tower. Within eight weeks, I was hired as a national volunteer services coordinator for the data team and paid $4,000 a month,” she told The New York Post in January, revealing for the first time that she supported Trump.
Pipko had hid her Trump support from her colleagues for fear of putting her modeling career in jeopardy, but she didn’t want to keep it a secret any longer.
The model told the Post that her fears weren’t unfounded. She describes meeting her manager after a 10-hour-day on the Trump campaign.
“He and a colleague were enraged, screaming about how much they hate Trump. My manager kept saying how evil the people who work for him must be and that he would never work with anyone who supported him.
“I was terrified they would find out that I was one of the so-called evil people.
“So I lied and told people I was coaching ice skating — I was a competitive figure skater for seven years — whenever I was really hard at work in Trump Tower.”
“It was clear from the start that, if I wanted to survive in modeling, I couldn’t tell anyone about my new job,” she said.
“But now that it’s been two years since the election, I don’t want to keep silent any longer. Even if that means saying goodbye to modeling forever,” she told The New York Post.
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Israeli ministers urge death penalty for Palestinian killer of teenage Jewish girl
 February 10, 2019
Israeli ministers urge death penalty for Palestinian killer of teenage Jewish girlFriends and family members attend the funeral of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher in the Jewish town of Tekoa, February 8, 2019. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
Two Israeli ministers called for the death penalty in the killing of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
On Sunday, Likud minister Gilad Erdan argued that Arafat Irfayia, the terrorist who admitted killing of 19-year-old Israeli Ori Ansbacher, should receive the death penalty given the shocking nature of the death.
Ansbacher, 19, from the town of Tekoa in Judea, five miles south of Bethelem. She was walking in the woods in the Ein Yael nature center when Irfayia spotted her and attacked her, according to his own confession said the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, in a statement released Saturday night.
“The possibility of a death penalty is already on the books,” Gilad Erdan, who serves as public security and strategic affairs minister said in an interview with Israeli news outlet Kan Bet. “If a case where the murderer abused his victim and if we understand that there is no way to rehabilitate him – and in cases like the murder of the Fogel family – the death penalty must be applied.”
Erdan referred to the Fogel family murder – in which five members of the same family, including three children – were murdered in 2011 by two Palestinian cousins from the village of Awarta. The youngest victim, Hadas, a three-month-old baby, was decapitated. The two murderers were not sentenced to death but to five life sentences.
Erdan also said that the attack was clearly a terror attack, and not merely a criminal one.
Irfayia had left his home in Hebron with a knife in order to carry out an attack, according to the Shin Bet. He had previously been arrested for carrying a knife and for being in Israel illegally. Kan Bet reports that his family identifies with the terror group Hamas.
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Bus overturns on major Israeli highway, 2 killed, 41 injured
 February 10, 2019
Bus overturns on major Israeli highway, 2 killed, 41 injuredBus accident on Route 433 near Modiin. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
A commuter bus careened to a stop on its side, impaled on a guard rail on the shoulder of a major Israeli highway, killing 2 Israelis and injuring at least 41.
By World Israel News Staff
Israel Police confirmed Sunday morning that a bus overturned near Modiin following a collision with a passenger vehicle.
The bus finally came to a halt on its side, with a section of guard rail piercing its roof.
At least 41 people were injured in the accident, with one person in serious condition and two others confirmed dead, according to first responders from the ZAKA rescue organization.
The bus was traveling on Route 443 at the time of the accident, ferrying passengers to the Tel Aviv suburbs.
The accident occurred when an private vehicle stopped suddenly in front of the bus in order to help an accident in the other lane.
“There was an accident on the opposite lane towards Modiin Illit, and a car was stuck in the concrete wall that separates the two lanes,” one of the witnesses told Channel 12 news. “A car pulled over and the bus was behind it, and the vehicle stopped abruptly, and then the bus stopped quickly, crashed into it, and turned over.”
Several passengers remained trapped inside the bus following the collision, while some of the injured were immediately taken to Jeru
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US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren evades ‘apartheid in Palestine’ question
 February 10, 2019
US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren evades ‘apartheid in Palestine’ questionSen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Jan. 5, 2019 (AP//Matthew Putney)
Asked what he thought of Elizabeth Warren’s answer to his “apartheid” question, the voter said, “She didn’t respond to it.” 
By Ira Stoll, The Algemeiner
The Democratic presidential field campaigning in advance of the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary will be confronted by some uncomfortable questions about Israel, at least if Senator Elizabeth Warren’s appearance here this weekend is any indication.
Warren, on her first visit to New Hampshire as a declared Democratic presidential candidate, answered a question from a voter who volunteered that two of his best friends from college were Jewish before pivoting to ask Warren what she thought of Israel’s West Bank settlements and “basically an apartheid situation in Palestine now.”
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Opinion: Rise of Democratic party Islamists signals trouble for US Jews
 February 10, 2019
Opinion: Rise of Democratic party Islamists signals trouble for US JewsUS Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (L) Rashida Tlaib attend President Trump's State of the Union address, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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If the past is any way to predict how Jews will respond to this threat, sadly, the vast majority will probably remain indifferent to the ominous political changes now taking place around them.
By Judith Bergman, The Gatestone Institute
Are democracies in trouble?
As someone outside the world’s most powerful democracy, the United States, it is concerning to see how many countries in the West are being transformed. In Europe, free speech continues to be seriously eroded, churches are desecrated, and religious Europeans murdered. 
There are signs that the same transformation is beginning in the United States as well.
International observers have begun asking if the U.S. has a problem. Additionally, according to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, released on January 29:
“Global jihadists in dozens of groups and countries threaten local and regional US interests, despite having experienced some significant setbacks in recent years, and some of these groups will remain intent on striking the US homeland. Prominent jihadist ideologues and media platforms continue to call for and justify efforts to attack the US homeland.”
The report adds:
“Homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) are likely to present the most acute Sunni terrorist threat to the United States, and HVE activity almost certainly will have societal effects disproportionate to the casualties and damage it causes.”
Late last year, a synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked. In Ohio, another attack was being planned, “inspired by the mass shooting” in Pittsburgh.
Threats are, of course, directed against Christians as well as Jews.
Abroad, the U.S. is being mocked, and Europe has set up a payment channel to enable trade with Iran that evades U.S. sanctions.
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Russia announces it won’t move embassy to Jerusalem
 February 10, 2019
Russia announces it won’t move embassy to JerusalemRussian President Vladimir Putin (Kirill Kudryavtsev via AP)
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While Moscow recognized “West Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital in 2017, Russia does not intend to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
By World Israel News Staff
Russian ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov told Moscow-based news agency TASS that Russia will not relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Speculation regarding a potential embassy move was connected primarily to a 2017 statement by Russia’s foreign ministry that Moscow “view[s] West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” in addition to the Russian mission in Israel’s decision last year to break from tradition and hold its annual “National Day” festivities in Jerusalem instead of Tel Aviv.
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Former Defense Minister: Netanyahu may quit election race if indicted for corruption
 February 10, 2019
Former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Flash90/Meir Vaknin)
The head of the Yisrael Beytenu party says Netanyahu will be unable to form a coalition if any of the corruption cases in which he is involved advance.
By World Israel News Staff
Former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recently commented on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ongoing legal woes, opining that the Likud party will win the upcoming April elections but that the current leader will be unable to form a government if indicted on corruption charges.
Liberman, who heads the Yisrael Beytenu party, stepped down from his position as head of the defense ministry after butting heads with Netanyahu repeatedly over Israel’s strategy in Gaza, among other issues.
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Netanyahu rival Gantz defends Gaza pullout, supports more withdrawals
 February 6, 2019
Netanyahu rival Gantz defends Gaza pullout, supports more withdrawalsBenny Gantz, head of the 'Israel Resilience' party, speaks at the campaign opening event in Tel Aviv, Jan. 29, 2019. (Flash90/Gili Yaari)
“We need to find a way that we’re not ruling over other people,” said Israel Resilience party leader Benny Gantz, earning the ire of Israel’s right.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
In his first interview since announcing his candidacy for Israeli prime minister, former IDF Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz, who has emerged as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main contender in the run-up to the April 9 elections, appeared to support further withdrawals from Judea and Samaria.
“We need to find a way so that we’re not ruling over other people,” Gantz said.
Gantz prefaced his remarks by noting first that Netanyahu supported a similar position. “We — and Bibi said this in his Bar-Ilan speech — are not looking for control over anyone else,” Gantz said, referring to Netanyahu’s June, 2009 speech at Tel Aviv’s Bar-Ilan University, in which he accepted the idea of a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel once certain security conditions are met.
“The main question is a security question. It must ensure the State of Israel in terms of its security,” Gantz, the leader of the new Israel Resilience party, also said in his response, staking a position virtually identical to that of Netanyahu.
This did not prevent Netanyahu and the Likud party from attacking Gantz over the interview. Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page: “We told you: Gantz will set up a left-wing government with the help of a bloc relying on Tibi and the Joint List.” Netanyahu referred to Ahmed Tibi, an Arab Knesset member and the Joint List, a coalition of Arab parties that holds 13 seats in Israel’s parliament.
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Eurovision’s demands force Sabbath observers to quit contest
 February 6, 2019
Eurovision’s demands force Sabbath observers to quit contestThe Shalva Band on Rising Star (Courtesy/Keshet)
An Israeli band which reached the top of the competition to represent the Jewish State at the Eurovision Song Contest withdraws in honor of the Jewish Sabbath.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Shalva band has taken Israel by storm over recent months. Various members of the group are blind, visually impaired, or suffer from such disorders as Williams syndrome or Down syndrome.
They have wowed the celebrity panel of top Israeli singers on the Channel 12 program, “Rising Star.” As a result, this band from the Shalva Center was on the verge of representing Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in May in Tel Aviv.
The center is known for its advanced programs and facilities for disability rehabilitation, research, and inclusion.
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WATCH: US Congress sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Holocaust survivor
 February 6, 2019
At the invitation of U.S. President Donald Trump, Judah Samet celebrated his 81st birthday at the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Samet survived 10 months in a Nazi concentration camp.
He was also at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last October when 11 Jews were massacred by a white supremacist shooter.
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US not interested in business as usual with Palestinians, proud to be Israel’s ally
 February 6, 2019
US not interested in business as usual with Palestinians, proud to be Israel’s allyPresident Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP/Evan Vucci)
U.S. official dismisses the importance of Washington serving as an ‘honest broker’ between Israel and the Palestinians.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Trump administration does not seem to shy away from being different in how it handles many issues and its policy on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute certainly proves that point.
The most recent example of this is a Times of Israel article, in which a senior U.S. official says that the current White House is not interested in being considered an ‘honest broker’ in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“The U.S. is a strong ally of Israel. The administration, from the president on down, is not embarrassed to defend Israel where Israel needs to be defended, whether it’s on the Gaza border, on the Hezbollah tunnels, the Syrian border, wherever it is,” the senior official said.
He dismissed the concept of an honest broker as “a vestige of talking points from decades ago.”
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Jonathan Pollard feels ‘abandoned’ by Netanyahu
 February 6, 2019
Jonathan Pollard feels ‘abandoned’ by NetanyahuJonathan Pollard (Youtube)
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The former spy is reportedly angered by Netanyahu’s campaign poster with Trump, claims the prime minister is not helping him move to Israel.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Jonathan Pollard has told friends that he feels “abandoned” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.
The former American-Israeli spy said he feels hurt after seeing pictures of Likud campaign posters placed throughout the country showing Netanyahu with President Trump, with both smiling widely, the report says. If their friendship is so strong, he wonders, why is he still stuck in New York, prevented from moving to Israel after languishing 30 years in a maximum-security prison?
“The only difference between me and the two soldiers being held in the Gaza Strip is that they are dead and I am alive,” he told his friends, according to the report. “We have all been abandoned.”
“I understand that the Iran deal was important and that Jerusalem was important, but if the relationship is so good then now is the time,” he added.
Both Pollard and his wife Esther are in poor health. He cannot find work due to his parole restrictions and receives no official Israeli aid; their lifestyle is very modest. He must wear a GPS device be home by early evening, and any computer he uses is watched by the authorities.
Netanyahu reportedly requested Pollard’s release in October 2017, after Israel made several goodwill gestures to the Palestinians. Last April, Israeli officials said that Trump was “seriously considering” letting Pollard go, possibly as part of the larger gesture of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in May. Nothing happened then, and a formal Israeli request to the Justice Department was also rejected later in the year.
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Arabs pave illegal parking lot over Jewish heritage site
 February 6, 2019
Arabs pave illegal parking lot over Jewish heritage sitePeople visit at the tomb of Shmuel the Prophet, northeast of Jerusalem, May 17, 2017. (
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Arabs have seized control of an archaeological site and have begun to illegally pave a parking lot, according to Regavim, an Israeli nonprofit that specializes in land rights issues.
The Tomb of the Prophet Samuel is considered a holy site by all three major faiths. Hundreds of thousands visit the site each year, which offers a panoramic vista of Jerusalem.
Arabs are paving an illegal parking lot over a major archaeological site for financial gain. 



Trump tackles anti-semitism in State of the Union, honors Holocaust survivors
 February 6, 2019
Trump tackles anti-semitism in State of the Union, honors Holocaust survivorsPresident Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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President Donald Trump warned of rising anti-Semitism and honored two Holocaust survivors, one of whom survived the Pittsburgh shooting.
By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News
President Donald Trump tackled anti-Semitism in the midst of his second State of the Union address.
Not only did the American president underscore America’s strong ties with Israel, but he reunited a Holocaust survivor with an American hero who liberated concentration camps.
“One of the most complex set of challenges we face and have for many years is in the Middle East,” Trump said. “Our approach is based on principled realism — not discredited theories that have failed for decades to yield progress. For this reason, my administration recognized the true capital of Israel — and proudly opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem.”
Trump also attacked Iran for calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. He said America “will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people.”
The president spent several moments addressing a rise in anti-Semitism by sharing the story of Timothy Matson, a SWAT team officer who responded to the Pittsburgh Tree of the Life synagogue shooting.
“Just months ago, 11 Jewish-Americans were viciously murdered in an anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” President Trump said. “SWAT officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer. And he was very successful.”
Trump spoke of the danger of rising anti-Semitism in America.
“We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed,” he said. “With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”
He also spoke of Judah Samet, who narrowly missed being caught in the middle of the Pittsburgh attack, arriving minutes late to services and witnessing the shootout from the parking lot. Samet is also a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp.
“Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train, and told they were going to another camp,” Trump said. “Suddenly, the train screeched to a halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the worst. Then, his father cried out with joy, ‘it’s the Americans.'”
Making things more special was that it happened to be Samet’s 81st birthday. When the president made note of that, the entire House chamber broke out into song, singing “Happy Birthday” to the man who narrowly escaped death multiple times.
Another survivor of Dachau, Joshua Kaufman, was also in attendance at the invitation of the president.
Trump said, “He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks.”
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Israelis get inside the huddle, embrace tactics of American football
 February 6, 2019
Israelis get inside the huddle, embrace tactics of American footballTwo teams in Israel lining up. (Erel Taly via JNS)
Thanks in large part to the efforts of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, more than 2,000 men, women and youth in Israel now participate in seven different leagues of flag and tackle football.
By Josh Hasten, JNS
Many Israelis came to work bleary-eyed on Monday morning, having stayed up all night watching the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. While the low-scoring affair certainly wasn’t the most exciting of championship games, that didn’t dampen the jubilation.
As Steve Leibowitz, president and co-founder of the American Football in Israel (AFI) organization, said to JNS, “the Patriots are Israel’s team.”
Leibowitz says that the Patriots became Israel’s favorite NFL franchise thanks to the nearly two-decade old friendship between the AFI and Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his late wife, Myra. The Krafts have been the biggest supporters of football in Israel, assisting in the funding of the construction of a small Jerusalem football stadium in 2000, known as Kraft Family Stadium, near the Machane Yehuda outdoor market, and new Kraft Family Sports Campus on the outskirts of the city, which opened in 2017, boasting the country’s only full-sized regulation football field.
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Jewish population growth in Judea and Samaria surges, group says
 February 6, 2019
Jewish population growth in Judea and Samaria surges, group saysMen work on a new housing project in Modiin Ilit, located in the foothills of the Judean mountains, Jan. 1, 2019. The Jewish population of Judea and Samaria grew at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year. (AP/Ariel Schalit)
The Jewish population of Judea and Samaria grew at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year, a report finds. 
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The number of people living in Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year, said a group that that gathers precise Jewish population statistics for Judea and Samaria, predicting even more rapid growth thanks to the policies of the Trump administration.
Baruch Gordon, director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, said the White House has created a much friendlier environment for the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, clearing the way for a surge in construction in the coming years.
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British-Jewish historian receives knighthood
 February 6, 2019
British-Jewish historian receives knighthoodBritish Jewish historian Simon Schama (Youtube)
Simon Schama, a historian of art, Britain, France and the Jewish people, was honored for “services to history.”
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
British Jewish historian Simon Schama got an early birthday present Tuesday when he was awarded a knighthood by Prince William at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
The honor was given for his “services to history” a week before the historian’s 74th birthday.
Schama has authored 18 books on British, American, French and Dutch history as well as on art, a number of which have garnered prestigious book prizes as well as commercial success. Some have accompanied BBC documentaries that he wrote and presented.
Perhaps the most popular among the series was the 15-part “A History of Britain,” which aired on British TV between 2000 and 2002.
In 2001, he received his first order of chivalry, CBE, (Commander of the Most Excellent of the British Empire), which rewards contributions to the arts as well as to society.
Inspired by story of the Jewish people
Schama also did a five-part documentary, shown in 2013, that covered the 3,000-year history of the Jews. It garnered critical and popular success in England as well as in the United States, where it aired the following year.
In an interview with JTA at the time, he said the project was very important to him on a personal level.
“I knew I had to have a go at this before I died,” he told the news agency, adding that the story of the Jewish people “made me want to be a historian.”
Disturbed by Labour party anti-Semitism
Schama is a Labour Party supporter. In 2017, he penned a letter to Britain’s The Times with prominent Jewish writers Simon Sebag Montefiore and Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, decrying the growing anti-Semitism in the party under Jeremy Corbyn.
Schama was born in England to an Ashkenazic mother whose family came from Lithuania and a Sephardic father whose roots were in Turkey. He has bounced back and forth between the U.K. and America during his career, lecturing in such prestigious universities as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Columbia.
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Netanyahu-Putin summit scheduled for February 21
 February 5, 2019
Netanyahu-Putin summit scheduled for February 21Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Benjamin Netanyahu meeting earlier this year. (Pool via AP/Sergei Ilnitsky)
Netanyahu announces his upcoming trip to Russia, saying that efforts must continue to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he would be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on February 21. The two leaders have had several encounters, in addition to reported phone conversations, predominantly concerning the situation in Syria.
However, the scheduled summit later in February would be the first official meeting in months.
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Netanyahu’s alleged ‘hit list’ sends Likud into ‘tailspin,’ party sources say
 February 4, 2019
Netanyahu’s alleged ‘hit list’ sends Likud into ‘tailspin,’ party sources sayThe revelation of an 'endorsement list' and 'hit list' has sent the Likud into a tailspin, according to sources. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)

‘Likud in a tailspin’ read the headline of the front page story in Monday’s Israel Hayom daily paper.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
‘Likud in a tailspin’ read the headline of the front page story in Monday’s Israel Hayom, the country’s most widely read daily. The ‘tailspin’ comes as a result of an earlier report by the paper claiming that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “compiled an ‘endorsement list’ and a ‘hit list’ for candidates.”
Polls consistently show Netanyahu’s Likud party taking about 30 seats in the 120-seat Israeli parliament in the upcoming April 9 elections. Where Likud politicians land on the list will be decided in Tuesday’s party primaries as 73 candidates compete for a top spot to ensure their entry into the Knesset.
When Israel Hayom listed Netanyahu’s favored candidates, it created a storm. Senior Likud sources told the paper that the publication of the prime minister’s favorites “sent the party into a tailspin.” Everyone in the party is talking about it, the sources said.
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US Democrat in hot water over call with ‘anti-Semitic’ Jeremy Corbyn
 February 4, 2019
US Democrat in hot water over call with ‘anti-Semitic’ Jeremy CorbynRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., arrives for orientation for new members of Congress, Nov. 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US Democratic Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez took fire for a Sunday night call with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, known to have anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views.
By David Isaac, World Israel News Staff
Democratic Freshman congresswoman  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) found herself criticized on social media Sunday night after it was discovered that she had spoken with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is steeped in controversy and has been accused of rank anti-Semitism by the likes of former U.K. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
On Sunday, Corbyn tweeted: “Great to speak to @AOC on the phone this evening and hear first hand how she’s challenging the status quo.” Corbyn, who shares Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist worldview, also tweeted: “Let’s build a movement across borders to take on the billionaires, polluters and migrant baiters, and support a happier, freer and cleaner planet.”
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Super Bowl MVP goes to Patriots’ wide-receiver who proudly identifies as a Jew
 February 4, 2019
Super Bowl MVP goes to Patriots’ wide-receiver who proudly identifies as a JewNew England Patriots' Julian Edelman holds the trophy afterwinning the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP/John Bazemore)
Julian Edelman, who identifies as Jewish, earned Super Bowl MVP honors while helping lift the Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press
Julian Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator as his disappointed New England Patriots teammates trudged off the field a year ago as Super Bowl losers.
Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Edelman said, shaking his head. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. I preach that, and, I guess you have to live to it.”
Edelman certainly did Sunday night, earning Super Bowl MVP honors with 10 receptions for 141 yards while helping lift the Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
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Sen. Cory Booker, now US presidential candidate, gets mixed marks on Israel
 February 4, 2019
Sen. Cory Booker, now US presidential candidate, gets mixed marks on IsraelSen. Cory Booker D-N.J. opposes the Taylor Force Act. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Since being elected to the Senate in 2012, Cory Booker’s record on Israel has been mixed at best, sometimes going back and forth on major issues. 
By Jackson Richman, JNS
Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announced on Friday that he is entering the 2020 presidential race.
Since being elected to the Senate in 2012 after serving as mayor of Newark, his record on Israel has been mixed at best, and sometimes going back and forth on certain issues.
In 2016, Booker, 49, who represents a state with more than half a million Jews, labeled BDS as an “anti-Jewish movement” and last year co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act that would prohibit American businesses from boycotting the Jewish state.
“We’ve seen the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and across the world in recent years manifest itself in many deeply concerning ways, including in the actions of foreign governments targeting Israel and the Israeli people,” he said.
However, on Tuesday he voted against the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act—legislation that is a combination of four bills, including one that would enable state and local governments in the United States to fight BDS.
He also posed last August with a sign from a pro-BDS group that read “From Palestine to Mexico. All the walls have got to go,” a motto coined by the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
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IDF soldiers eliminate pipe bomb-tossing terrorist in Samaria
 February 4, 2019
IDF soldiers eliminate pipe bomb-tossing terrorist in SamariaIDF takes position during clashes at Joseph's Tomb, May 22, 2017. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
After two Palestinians attacked IDF soldiers at the Jalameh Crossing near Jenin, one was wounded while the other was shot dead.
By Associate Press and World Israel News Staff
One Palestinian attacker was killed and another wounded at a checkpoint in northern Samaria after the two terrorists threw an explosive device at Israeli troops.
Soldiers on the scene opened fire during the incident, neutralizing both attackers.
Palestinian medics said a 21-year-old Palestinian died from gunshot wounds and a second was hospitalized with moderate wounds.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said the terrorist who was eliminated was shot in the head, according to Times of Israel. The Red Crescent identified him as Abed Allah Tawalbeh. The wounded attacker was shot in the posterior and received treatment at a Jenin-area hospital.
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Two million Jews in Judea and Samaria, Likud MKs promise
 February 5, 2019
Two million Jews in Judea and Samaria, Likud MKs promiseIsraeli kids in Gush Etzion. (Flash90/ Gershon Elinson)
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With the Israeli election date only two months away, dozens of Likud lawmakers signed a declaration demanding extensive Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Nachala Settlement Movement registered a significant achievement leading up to Tuesday’s Likud primaries as dozens of party ministers and MKs signed onto its declaration calling for vast settlement of Jews in Judea and Samaria.
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IDF arrests brothers, mother of Givat Assaf terrorist in early morning raid
 February 5, 2019
IDF arrests brothers, mother of Givat Assaf terrorist in early morning raid(Flash90/Nati Shohat)
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IDF forces detained the mother and brothers of terrorist Asam Barghouti, responsible for killing two IDF soldiers in December.
By World Israel News Staff
IDF forces detained the mother and brothers of terrorist Asam Barghouti, who carried out the bloody attack in Givat Assaf, in an early morning raid, the Israeli Defense Forces reports.
The arrests, which were carried out by a combination of IDF soldiers, Shin Bet, (“Israel Security Agency”) Israeli Border Police and regular police, was part of a larger operation that netted a total of 25 wanted suspects involved in terrorist activities and violent disturbances against Israeli civilians and security forces.
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Israeli-made goggles give surgeons X-ray vision
 February 5, 2019
Israeli-made goggles give surgeons X-ray visionAugmedics' xvision (Augmedics via Calcalist)
The headset by Israel-based Augmedics projects X ray-like 3D visualization of the patient in real time, allowing surgeons to “see” through the patient’s skin, muscle tissue, and bone.
By Adi Pick, Calcalist
Ever chose “X-ray vision” as your choice of hypothetical superpower?
Israel-based Augmedics Ltd. has developed a set of goggles giving surgeons X-ray like visualization capabilities.
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Belgium reports terrorism on rise, but refuses to identify Islam as cause
 February 5, 2019
Belgium reports terrorism on rise, but refuses to identify Islam as cause
Muslim women in Belgium protest cartoons of Muhammad. (AP
The Belgian State Security Service issued a report saying terrorism is on the rise, but did not consider Islam a cause, blaming instead things like “poor economic conditions.” 
By Judith Bergman, The Gatestone Institute
Belgium, in its well-intended welcome of newcomers from the Middle East, is now facing a persistent terrorist threat and a “wave of jihadism,” according to a new report published by the Belgian State Security Service (VSSE) on November 30.
The main reason for these recent acquisitions, notes the report, is the ongoing Islamic radicalization of inmates in Belgian prisons and the risk of terrorist convicts engaging in terrorist acts once they have served their sentences and are back out on the street.
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Report: American captured by Lebanese army after crossing border from Israel
 January 17, 2019
Report: American captured by Lebanese army after crossing border from IsraelUN peacekeepers next to Hezbollah and Lebanese flags on the border with Israel. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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No confirmation yet from Israeli officials on the details or whereabouts of the US citizen who apparently crossed the border on Tuesday.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Lebanese military has apprehended an American citizen, identified as Colin Emery, in the city of Tyre, after he had crossed the Israeli-Lebanese border, according to Al–Manar, a Lebanese satellite television station affiliated with Hezbollah. Emery is said to be Jewish.
Lebanese social media said that the man was working in “the Zionist entity,” the name given to Israel by such media which do not recognize the Jewish state. In fact, Al-Manar, in its report, referred to the border as Palestinian-Lebanese, even though the area is not disputed internationally as Israeli territory.
He was reported on social media to have been trying “to buy clothes in Tyre.”
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Trump adviser says report of US peace plan dividing Jerusalem ‘not accurate’
 January 17, 2019
Trump adviser says report of US peace plan dividing Jerusalem ‘not accurate’Trump envoys Jason Greenblatt, David Friedman, and Jared Kushner meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. (Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy)
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Jason Greenblatt says that the report is not helpful in advancing the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Trump administration on Wednesday dismissed an Israeli television report on the U.S. president’s peace plan dividing Jerusalem as not accurate and not helpful.
The report, on Channel 13, said the proposal would provide for Jerusalem to be divided, with Israel maintaining sovereignty in west Jerusalem, parts of east Jerusalem and the “holy basin,” including the Old City and its immediate environs. However, it added that the “holy basin” area would be “jointly run” with the Palestinians, Jordan, and possibly other countries.
The plan reportedly would also offer a Palestinian state in 85-90%  of Judea and Samaria, with major settlement blocs to be annexed by Israel. There would also be land swaps according to which the Palestinian state would receive land from within Israel in exchange for territory that Israel would annex in Judea and Samaria.
Referring to the reporter, President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted: “While I respect Barak Ravid, his report on Israel’s Ch. 13 is not accurate. Speculation about the content of the plan is not helpful. Very few people on the planet know what is in it… for now…”
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Analysis: Pompeo buries Obama’s Middle East vision
 January 17, 2019
Analysis: Pompeo buries Obama’s Middle East visionSecretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the American University in Cairo, Jan. 10, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)
Trump’s secretary of state tells the Muslim world that Obama’s policy produced dire consequences. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
While President Donald Trump has spent much time and energy acting to undo what he considers to have been the damage done by his predecessor Barack Obama in both domestic and diplomatic affairs, he has just taken that campaign one step further.
Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Middle East with the express objective of telling leaders in that part of the world that the Obama legacy was not only wrong, but is also being undone.
Trump acted most bluntly on the international stage against Obama in May with his announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement reached in 2015 between Tehran and six world powers including the Obama administration. Not only did the previous president play a part in reaching this agreement, he considered it a bedrock of his approach to the Muslim world.
During the most recent U.S. presidential election campaign, Trump repeatedly referred to the nuclear agreement as “the worst deal ever,” and he did not soften his approach after entering the White House in January 2017.
In sending Pompeo to the Middle East, Trump was taking the Obama legacy back to square one.
Square one was in Cairo. That’s where a newly-elected President Obama spoke in 2009 to a university audience, but ultimately to the Muslim world, and in particular, the countries with which Washington did not have close ties. It was eight years after the 9-11 terror attacks, and the new president believed that the time was right to relay the message that Americans do not think that all Muslims are terrorists.
President Trump is not saying that all Muslims are terrorists, to the contrary. The president is exploiting the Iranian desire for greater hegemony and the fears that it instills in other Muslim countries to build up an alliance against Iran, a Muslim alliance that includes countries which have been as outspoken, if not even more opposed, to the Iran nuclear deal than Israel was.
Therefore, not coincidentally, Secretary Pompeo delivered a major address in his just-completed Middle East tour in Cairo, the same major Arab capital where Obama had spoken, though not at Cairo University, but at the American University auditorium.
The different venue might have been coincidental, but even if it was, it suited the Pompeo message. The secretary of state told the audience that Obama’s message had been that “radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology” and that “9/11 led [the U.S.] to abandon its ideals.”
In the 2019 rebuttal to 2009, Pompeo argued that Obama was guilty of seeing the United States “as a force for what ails the Middle East,” and that the previous president’s approach produced dire consequences. The current secretary of state was trying to say that the U.S. now is a leader and not a follower.
The top U.S. diplomat was able to make such pronouncements in a Muslim country because of those fears of Iran in countries like Egypt, just as President Trump was able to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem with barely a pin drop of condemnation from the Arab world because he had announced a withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal a week earlier.
President Obama tried to embrace the Islamic world. President Trump has distinguished between the good guys and the bad guys, which he can do because these countries do the same thing among themselves.
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Mossad agents who stole Iran’s nuclear files nearly captured in Tehran
 January 16, 2019
Mossad agents who stole Iran’s nuclear files nearly captured in TehranPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents material on Iranian nuclear weapons development during a press conference in Tel Aviv, April 30 2018. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
https://worldisraelnews.com/mossad-agents-who-stole-nuclear-files-were-nearly-captured-in-tehran/?By World Israel News Staff

Mossad operatives, who made off with 55,000 documents exposing Iran’s secret plans to develop atomic warheads for their ballistic missiles, were nearly caught, Hadashot News reported Tuesday.

Another revelation in the report is that President Donald Trump was notified about the complex and dangerous operation ahead of time. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him about it when they met at Davos, Switzerland.

According to Hadashot, Israel briefed the U.S. about the operation in order to obtain its backing should things go south during its implementation.

The stunning intelligence operation netted a total of 110,000 documents (half in digital form on compact discs). The Mossad lifted the information, weighing half-a-ton, by working between guard shifts and through the night at the “dilapidated warehouse” where they were being held and then spiriting them out of the country in a single night.

“The nuclear deal is based on lies. It’s based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception,” Netanyahu said, revealing key elements from the secret documents in a televised presentation from the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on April 30.

Netanyahu stood in front of a large screen with images projected behind him. Next to the screen was a bookshelf containing file binders and next to that a display case with CDs.

Just over a week later, Trump announced he was exiting the Iran deal. Trump referred to the evidence obtained by Israel in his address declaring his intention to put a stop to a deal he said he intended to leave while still on the campaign trail.



American Jew who survived 9/11 among dead in Kenyan terror attack
 January 16, 2019
American Jew who survived 9/11 among dead in Kenyan terror attackCivilians flee the scene at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya om Tuesday. (AP /Ben Curtis)
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“I am sure he gave them hell,” said Jason Spindler’s brother.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The U.S. State Department has confirmed the identity of the American citizen who was killed in the terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, and his family said that he was a survivor of the attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
Jason Spindler, a member of the American Jewish community and CEO of a consulting company, was killed in the attack Tuesday, while working at an office inside the hotel complex, according to the Washington Post. He was in a meeting when terrorists burst into the office and opened fire.
Jason’s mother, Sarah Sandler, told NBC News that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”
His brother, Jonathan, also confirmed the family’s tragedy via Facebook.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my brother, Jason Spindler passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Jason was a survivor of 9-11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell!” Jonathan’s post read.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed Wednesday morning that the attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi was over, following 12 hours of carnage.
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Hamas frees 3 Italians suspected of being Israeli agents
 January 16, 2019
Hamas frees 3 Italians suspected of being Israeli agentsHamas terrorists wield machine guns in Gaza. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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The terror group released three Italian policemen originally suspected of belonging to the Israeli military.
By World Israel News Staff
Three Italian policemen, suspected of being part of an Israeli undercover unit, were released Tuesday night after being held by Hamas for 24 hours.
The men, part of a diplomatic team that arrived in Gaza for security preparations ahead of a visit to the Gaza Strip by Italian Ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti, reportedly drove through a checkpoint, prompting Hamas forces to give chase.
The men took refuge in the United Nations office in Gaza. Hamas cordoned off the building and questioned the suspects, after which they were satisfied that the three were indeed Italian citizens and not Israelis.
“Investigations enabled us to ascertain the identity of the three Italians as well as the security of the procedures for their entrance into Gaza,” Hamas’s interior minister said, according to the ANSAmed news agency.
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Iran will remain in Syria, Revolutionary Guards commander vows
 January 16, 2019
Iran will remain in Syria, Revolutionary Guards commander vowsIRGC top commander Ali Jafari (AP/Vahid Salemi)
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Iran’s top military commander called Netanyahu’s warnings to get out of Syria quickly a “joke.”
By World Israel News Staff
Iran will maintain its military forces in Syria, Iran’s top military commander declared in defiance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings to “get out of there fast.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will keep its military advisers, revolutionary forces and its weapons in Syria,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps top commander, stated, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
On Sunday, Netanyahu acknowledged Syrian reports of IDF bombings over the weekend. “Just in the last 36 hours, the Israeli Air Force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the international airport in Damascus,” he confirmed.
At the ceremony Tuesday for incoming IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Netanyahu discussed the “main factor facing us: Iran and its terror proxies. We acted responsibly and with discretion to stop those who seek to harm us from growing stronger.”
Referring to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, he said: “I’m telling you, get out of there fast. We won’t stop attacking.”
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Report: American captured by Lebanese army after crossing border from Israel
 January 17, 2019
Report: American captured by Lebanese army after crossing border from IsraelUN peacekeepers next to Hezbollah and Lebanese flags on the border with Israel. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Lebanese military has apprehended an American citizen, identified as Colin Emery, in the city of Tyre, after he had crossed the Israeli-Lebanese border, according to Al–Manar, a Lebanese satellite television station affiliated with Hezbollah. Emery is said to be Jewish.
Lebanese social media said that the man was working in “the Zionist entity,” the name given to Israel by such media which do not recognize the Jewish state. In fact, Al-Manar, in its report, referred to the border as Palestinian-Lebanese, even though the area is not disputed internationally as Israeli territory.
He was reported on social media to have been trying “to buy clothes in Tyre.”
Emery apparently attempted to cross into Lebanon at the village of Ayta ash Shab, the same village from which a Hezbollah unit attacked IDF forces in 2006, launching the Second Lebanon War.
IDF forces searched the northern border on Tuesday using helicopters, and Lebanese army forces and Hezbollah units searched for the man on the Lebanese side of the border.
It remains unclear what motivated him to cross into Lebanon.



Trump adviser says report of US peace plan dividing Jerusalem ‘not accurate’
 January 17, 2019
Trump adviser says report of US peace plan dividing Jerusalem ‘not accurate’Trump envoys Jason Greenblatt, David Friedman, and Jared Kushner meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. (Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy)
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Jason Greenblatt says that the report is not helpful in advancing the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Trump administration on Wednesday dismissed an Israeli television report on the U.S. president’s peace plan dividing Jerusalem as not accurate and not helpful.
The report, on Channel 13, said the proposal would provide for Jerusalem to be divided, with Israel maintaining sovereignty in west Jerusalem, parts of east Jerusalem and the “holy basin,” including the Old City and its immediate environs. However, it added that the “holy basin” area would be “jointly run” with the Palestinians, Jordan, and possibly other countries.
The plan reportedly would also offer a Palestinian state in 85-90%  of Judea and Samaria, with major settlement blocs to be annexed by Israel. There would also be land swaps according to which the Palestinian state would receive land from within Israel in exchange for territory that Israel would annex in Judea and Samaria.
Referring to the reporter, President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, tweeted: “While I respect Barak Ravid, his report on Israel’s Ch. 13 is not accurate. Speculation about the content of the plan is not helpful. Very few people on the planet know what is in it… for now…”
Greenblatt subsequently tweeted additional statements, including, “Over the coming period, unnamed sources will peddle narratives to the media and others based on motivations that are far from pure. Peddling false, distorted, or biased stories to the media is irresponsible and harmful to the process. Israelis & Palestinians deserve better.”
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Messianic leaders sound the alarm regarding Andy Stanley’s dangerous theology
Jan 16, 2019 08:52 am
Messianic leaders sound the alarm regarding Andy Stanley’s dangerous theology
(CBN News) – A trio of Messianic Jewish leaders in the Atlanta area is the latest to publicly sound alarms concerning the “replacement theology” teachings about Christians and the Old Testament by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point, the nation’s second largest church. In his latest controversial comments about Christians moving away from the Ten Commandments, Stanley said, “The new covenant replaced the old one. The covenant established by Jesus retired the covenant God established with the nation of

Israel.” Stanley sparked controversy last year when he preached a sermon series calling on Christians to “unhitch” their faith from the Old Testament. That sounded, to many believers, Jewish and Gentile, like a form of replacement theology—the idea that the Church has replaced biblical Israel and that God’s promises to Israel as a nation and the Jews as a people are essentially over. At the time, Stanley said his words had been taken out of context. 
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US congresswoman defends tweet accusing ‘oppressive’ Israel of ‘hypnotizing world’
 January 17, 2019
US congresswoman defends tweet accusing ‘oppressive’ Israel of ‘hypnotizing world’Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.,seen here on Jan. 10, 2019, defended an anti-Israel tweet. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Rep. Ilhan Omar defended a 2012 tweet in which she said that Israel had “hypnotized the world.”
By David Isaac, World Israel News
In an interview on Wednesday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, recently elected Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar defended a 2012 tweet in which she said that Israel had “hypnotized the world.”
“I remember when that was happening watching TV and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war,” Omar told CNN’s Amanpour, referring to Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel’s November 2012 incursion into Gaza in response to a number of aggressive actions by Hamas, including the launching of over 100 rockets on Israeli civilians.
“Those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment,” Omar said. “What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faith.”
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Netanyahu to visit Chad to officially renew diplomatic relations
 January 17, 2019
Netanyahu to visit Chad to officially renew diplomatic relationsNetanyahu with President of Chad Idriss Deby. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)
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Over the weekend, Netanyahu will visit the African nation to renew diplomatic ties after a nearly five decade interruption.
By World Israel News Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to fly on Saturday night to Chad, a Muslim-majority nation in northern Africa that broke off ties with the Jewish state 47 years ago.
Netanyahu will stay for one day in the nation’s capital, N’Djamena, where he will meet with Chad’s President Idriss Déby to make an official declaration regarding the reestablishment of diplomatic relations.
The trip follows a surprise visit by Déby to Israel in November during which he commented, “The relations between our countries were cut in 1972 for specific historic reasons, but our special relations continued all the time.”
During that visit Déby signaled his desire to renew relations with Israel, with leaders from both countries acknowledging that covert lines of communication remained open despite the cessation of official diplomatic ties.
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Analysis: Pompeo buries Obama’s Middle East vision
 January 17, 2019
Analysis: Pompeo buries Obama’s Middle East visionSecretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the American University in Cairo, Jan. 10, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)
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Trump’s secretary of state tells the Muslim world that Obama’s policy produced dire consequences. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
While President Donald Trump has spent much time and energy acting to undo what he considers to have been the damage done by his predecessor Barack Obama in both domestic and diplomatic affairs, he has just taken that campaign one step further.
Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Middle East with the express objective of telling leaders in that part of the world that the Obama legacy was not only wrong, but is also being undone.
Trump acted most bluntly on the international stage against Obama in May with his announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement reached in 2015 between Tehran and six world powers including the Obama administration. Not only did the previous president play a part in reaching this agreement, he considered it a bedrock of his approach to the Muslim world.
During the most recent U.S. presidential election campaign, Trump repeatedly referred to the nuclear agreement as “the worst deal ever,” and he did not soften his approach after entering the White House in January 2017.
n sending Pompeo to the Middle East, Trump was taking the Obama legacy back to square one.
Square one was in Cairo. That’s where a newly-elected President Obama spoke in 2009 to a university audience, but ultimately to the Muslim world, and in particular, the countries with which Washington did not have close ties.
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Saudi wives now know when they’re divorced – via text message
 January 16, 2019
Saudi wives now know when they’re divorced – via text messageSaudi woman working in a library. (Shutterstock)
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The government initiative is considered a positive reform because at least now, the divorced woman will be informed of her status. 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
n a revolutionary step taken last week, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice announced that female citizens whose husbands have divorced them will now receive “marital status updates” via text message. They will receive the divorce certificate number and be told in which court they could receive the relevant documents.
They will even be able to seek their marital status on a website.
This is no mere gesture on the part of the strictly Islamic government, as Sharia law allows a man to end his marriage contract by just saying the word “tallaq” (divorce) three times before a court, without the woman present or represented and even without her knowledge. At least now they will find out what happened, albeit after the fact.
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Opinion: When faith goes out of fashion
 January 16, 2019
Opinion: When faith goes out of fashionNuns with the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, March 23, 2016, as the court hears arguments to allow birth control in healthcare plans in the Zubik vs. Burwell case. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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If the First Amendment’s protections don’t apply to Catholics and conservative Christians, when push comes to shove, they won’t be there to shelter Jews either.
By Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor-in-Chief, JNS
On New Year’s Day, a law banning Jewish religious slaughter went into effect in the Flanders region of Belgium. But as far as the legislators who passed the legislation and the voters who support them, this abridgement of the religious freedom of the Jews of Antwerp is a small price to pay in exchange for a measure that they think is kinder to animals.
Like efforts to make it harder for Jews to observe their religious traditions elsewhere in Europe—a list that includes not only attacks on kashrut, but also efforts to ban circumcision—there’s little doubt that anti-Semitism can be blamed for the enthusiasm for such initiatives. But the response from supporters of laws that take aim at kosher slaughter or other practices that fashionable European opinion deems beyond the pale is that unenlightened behavior doesn’t deserve protection.
Flemish legislators take the position that if Jews want to practice their religion they can do so, but only in such a manner that doesn’t impinge on the majority’s ideas about how to behave.
That’s a standard for religious liberty that you’d think most American Jews and the groups that represent them would be morally bound to oppose. The notion that the majority has the right to tyrannize the minority and to force religious believers either out of the public square or underground is antithetical to both the Constitution of the United States, as well as the principle of support for minority rights that has always guided Jewish community policy.
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Growing suspicion that Jerusalem double homicide was a terror attack
 January 15, 2019
Growing suspicion that Jerusalem double homicide was a terror attackSuspect brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court in the case of the murder of Yehuda and Tamar Kaduri. (Hadas Parush/Flash90
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Police signal that the elderly couple found dead yesterday in their Jerusalem apartment may have been a terror attack.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Police have reported a breakthrough in the investigation into the killing on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Tamar and Yehuda Kaduri, 68 and 71, respectively.
Details remained sketchy but according to police, speculation is growing that the killing was a terrorist attack. A suspect was brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Tuesday on suspicion of murdering the couple.
A gag order remained in effect concerning much of the investigation.
Earlier, it was announced that the investigation included looking into a possible connection between the death of the couple and a stabbing on the same street last Wednesday. In that incident, a teenage girl said she was stabbed by a man as she waited at a bus stop to go to school.
Family and friends gathered Monday night to eulogize Tamar and Yehuda as they were laid to rest. The couple is survived by three children.
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Trump signs Elie Wiesel Genocide Act into law
 January 15, 2019
Trump signs Elie Wiesel Genocide Act into lawUS President Donald Trump (Youtube/Screenshot)
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Named for famed Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, the new law was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday an act declaring that the prevention of genocide and other atrocities are “a core national security interest” of the United States as well as “a core moral responsibility”.
The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, named for the world-famous Holocaust survivor, author and activist, passed overwhelmingly in both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the end of 2018 after being sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans in each house.
It calls for the State Department to establish a Mass Atrocities Task Force to help it as well as other federal agencies to prevent atrocities from happening and, if they do occur, to assist in responding to the crimes.
On a practical level, the law (S.1158) calls for establishing a Complex Crisis Fund to enable such prevention and response, specifically including the strengthening of local civil society, such as human rights defenders, who are already on the ground working to thwart and/or deal with atrocities as they occur.
It also instructs “appropriate officials of the US government” to consult at least twice a year with representatives of nongovernmental organizations and civil society who are dedicated to this issue in an effort to “enhance the capacity of the US” to identify the conditions that could lead to such crimes.
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Runaway Merkava tank crosses highway while crew takes power nap
 January 15, 2019
Runaway Merkava tank crosses highway while crew takes power napA Merkava 4 tank, the type that crossed a major Israeli highway while its crew slept. (Flash90/Ofer Zidon)
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An Israeli tank crew fell asleep as their vehicle rolled backwards and across a major Israeli highway.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Disaster was narrowly avoided when a tank crew of a Merkava MK IV fell asleep leaving no one in control as the tank rolled down a hill and crossed Israel’s busy Highway 40. The incident, only made public on Tuesday, occurred some time over the last week.
No one was hurt and no damage was reported, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
The incident took place during an officer’s training course. The tank’s commanding officer left the crew and told them to wait for him. The handbrake was on, says the IDF.
When he returned 20 minutes later, he discovered that his 70-ton armored ride was no longer where he left it. After a search, it was discovered 600 meters away, on the other side of Highway 40.
It quickly became clear that the tank crew had fallen asleep and the tank had rolled backwards without the crew becoming aware of it.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office reported, “During training which took place as part of a tank officers’ training course in southern Israel, a tank slid down several hundred meters and crossed a road… This is an unusual security incident, which will be investigated with the goal of preventing similar accidents from occurring in the future.”
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Israeli divers search Danube River to find Holocaust victims’ remains
 January 15, 2019
Israeli divers search Danube River to find Holocaust victims’ remainsA ZAKA member explaining the work ahead to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (in hat) on the banks of the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. (ZAKA)
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An Israeli search and rescue group will begin operations in Europe’s Danube River this week to find remains of Holocaust victims.
By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News
Nearly a year and a half ago, Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, finished a project that identified every Hungarian Jew killed during the Holocaust. Now, Israel is determined to find the remains of those who perished on the banks of the Danube in Budapest, Hungary.
Israel’s ZAKA Search and Rescue organization, a volunteer-based group, will begin diving operations in Europe’s second largest river this week.
ZAKA, known for its global efforts to bring victims of terror attacks and mass casualty incidents to a full Jewish burial, volunteered for the historic task of retrieving and finally burying the bones according to Jewish law.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who is currently in Hungary, said the remains – if found – will be sent over to the Jewish State for a proper burial.
“Over the decades, there have been no attempts to locate and retrieve the bones of the Holocaust victims who fell in their thousands into the river as a result of the mass executions by the Arrow Cross party members,” ZAKA said in a statement.
The Arrow Cross was a far-right party whose ideology was similar to the Nazi Party and which ruled Hungary from October 15, 1944 to March 28, 1945. During its brief rule, it oversaw the murder of 10,000 to 15,000 civilians (many of them Jews and Gypsies).
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US congressman punished for remark defending white supremacy
 January 15, 2019
US congressman punished for remark defending white supremacyRep. Steve King, R-Iowa (AP/ J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Rep. Steve King insists that he was misunderstood and was not defending white supremacy. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
House Republican leaders removed one of their own, Representative Steve King of Iowa, from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday night in the wake of bipartisan condemnation of King’s recent remarks on white supremacy and white nationalism.
In an interview with the New York Times published last week, King said: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
The congressman has been censured before for making racist comments and insulting immigrants, but this time, Republicans have joined Democrats in widely criticizing him.
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Abbas demands UN armed force to protect Palestinians from Israel
 January 15, 2019
Abbas demands UN armed force to protect Palestinians from IsraelPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP/Richard Drew)
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The forceful request comes as “Palestine” takes over the presidency of the Group of 77, the largest bloc of nations in the U.N.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), became 2019’s rotating chairman of the United Nations’ Group of 77 and China on Tuesday.
The Group of 77 was named for the 77 original signatories to a loose alliance of developing countries created in 1964. The main purpose was to defend their economic interests by insisting on equal standing with more advanced countries in the area of international trade as well as to present a united front on other issues of common concern.
Despite its many efforts for full membership, the PA is merely an observer, non-member state of the U.N. To overcome the barrier, the General Assembly called a special vote in October to enable the PA to preside over the Group of 77, which has grown to include over 130 countries.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called the event “an important achievement to assert the Palestinian identity in the international community, which colonial powers have tried to abolish over many centuries,” according to a report in the PA’s Ma’an news agency.
Abbas already took advantage of the upgrade in international status on Monday to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. At the meeting, he urged the implementation of recommendations in a report, authored by the U.N. chief last August, calling for an armed U.N. force to protect Palestinians in Israel.
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Analysis: As US wavers, Israel takes firm stand against Iran in Syria
 January 15, 2019
Analysis: As US wavers, Israel takes firm stand against Iran in SyriaIsraeli Air Force F-15s on a mission. (IAF)
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Revelations about strikes on Iranian targets show that Israel has continued to step into the breach left by America’s refusal to act against threats from Tehran.
By Jonathan S. Tobin, editor in chief,  JNS
For some observers, this past weekend’s revelations about Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria was just politics as usual in the Jewish state. Some pundits treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s public acknowledgement that the Israel Defense Forces has struck specific Iranian military targets in Syria as an attempt to distract the voters from his personal legal woes in advance of the April elections.
Similarly, there might be those who consider outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gadi Eizenkot’s exit interviews with the Israeli and international press in of the same ilk. He, too, spoke about the army’s ongoing duel with Iran’s Quds Force and its Hezbollah auxiliaries in recent years as evidence of his desire to puff up his image before eventually turning (like so many other top officers) to politics.
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Iran’s satellite launch doesn’t quite make orbit
 January 15, 2019
Iran’s satellite launch doesn’t quite make orbitIran's Payam satellite (IRNA/Twitter)
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The “innocent satellite” was actually “the first stage of an intercontinental missile” Iran is developing in violation of international agreements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated.
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Iran on Tuesday conducted one of at least two satellite launches it plans despite criticism from the United States, but the satellite failed to reach orbit, an official said.
The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in the third stage of its launch, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said.
Jahromi said the rocket had successfully passed its first and second stages before developing problems in the third. He did not elaborate on what caused the rocket failure, but promised that Iranian scientists would continue their work.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly slammed Iran over the launch, accusing Tehran of lying and alleging that the “innocent satellite” was actually “the first stage of an intercontinental missile” Iran is developing in violation of international agreements.
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Muslim Congresswoman Courts Pro-Terror Activist Who Compared Israel to Nazis and ISIS
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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) met with Abbas Hamideh, a Palestinian activist who glorified child murderer Samir Kuntar as a “legendary Hezbollah martyr.”

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“I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country. #Palestine #TweetYourThobe #RashidaTlaib,” tweeted Abbas Hamideh.

Hamideh, executive director of the U.S.-based Palestine Right to Return Coalition, has equated Zionists to Nazis, said Israel has a “delusional ISIS-like ideology” and labeled the nation’s founding a “crime.”

The meeting on Saturday sparked condemnation from the pro-Israel community.

“Unfortunately, we really aren’t surprised. Tlaib is turning out to be the exact person we were warning she is. What is perhaps the worst part about this is, Democrats won’t do a single thing about it, nor will Democratic Jewish groups,” Republican Jewish Coalition spokesperson Neil Strauss told JNS. “And it’s all because they’re afraid to stand up to their rabidly anti-Israel, far-left base.”

However, the Jewish Democratic Council of America slammed Tlaib and Hamideh.

“JDCA stands unequivocally against Abbas Hamideh’s radical record and his extremist anti-Israel views which should be condemned by all,” the organization told JNS. “Since August of last year, JDCA has repeatedly stated our strong policy disagreements with Rep. Rashida Tlaib and we urge her to make clear where she stands with regard to Abbas Hamideh.”

Max Samarov, StandWithUs executive director of Research and Campus Strategy, told JNS: “It is disturbing that a member of Congress would pose with an extremist who glorified child murderer Samir Kuntar as a ‘legendary Hezbollah martyr.’ Political leaders should not associate with racists or supporters of terrorism.”

Christians United for Israel “has decided that we are not going to dignify Rep. Tlaib’s steady drumbeat of appalling statements and actions with a response,” spokesperson Ari Morgenstern told JNS.

Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein told JNS that his organization “condemns Rashida Tlaib for meeting with a fellow anti-Semite seeking Israel’s destruction, Abbas Hamideh, founder of Al-Awda – The Palestine Right of Return Coalition. This [is] further evidence of her hatred of Jews and the Jewish state of Israel.”

Support for BDS, Lies About Israel
“Tlaib supports BDS and openly calls for the replacement of Israel by an Arab-dominated state, thus seeking to deny Jews the sovereign independence she demands for Palestinian Arabs,” he continued. “She lies about Israel, claiming it discriminates against those ‘darker skinned.’”

“The ZOA urges Democratic Congressional leaders Senator Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.), Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) and other Democrats to condemn Tlaib for her vicious anti-Israel words and deeds,” he added.

Last week, in response to a bill in the Senate that includes combating the anti-Israel BDS movement, Tlaib attacked Republican lawmakers and opponents of BDS by tweeting: “They forgot what country they represent.”

She continued, “This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”
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Likud minister Galant: No to Palestinian state, yes to sovereignty in Judea and Samaria
 January 14, 2019
Likud minister Galant: No to Palestinian state, yes to sovereignty in Judea and SamariaMinister Yoav Galant speaks at the annual Leumiada in Eilat, January 10, 2018. (Flash90)
“I say clearly, ‘No to a Palestinian state.’ This is the place of the Jewish, Zionist and democratic State of Israel,” Yoav Galant declared.
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Minister of Aliyah and Integration Yoav Galant expressed a firm position regarding the territories Israel conquered in the Six Day War during a Sunday tour of the Binyamin region in Judea and Samaria, speaking out in favor of sovereignty and nixing the idea of a Palestinian state.
In a news clip on the nationalist-religious Srugim website in which the whipping wind competed with his voice, Galant, former commander of the IDF southern command, stated categorically, “From the hills of Samaria, I say clearly, ‘No to a Palestinian state.’ It’s impossible to establish more than one state west of the Jordan. This is the place of the Jewish, Zionist and democratic State of Israel.”

He stressed the Jewish People’s historical rights to the land, going all the way back to their forefathers.
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Benny Gantz, new party head accused of left-wing positions, criticizes Nation-State law
 January 14, 2019
Benny Gantz, new party head accused of left-wing positions, criticizes Nation-State lawIsrael Resilience party founder Benny Gantz seen here on April 3, 2017. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
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“I will work to amend the Nation-State Law,” Benny Gantz, head of Israel Resilience, said Monday.

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“I will work to amend the Nation-State Law,” former chief of staff, Lt. Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz, now head of a new political party, ‘Israel Resilience,’ said Monday morning while surrounded by activists, mostly from the minority Druze population, who marched to his home as part of a demonstration against the law.

Gantz said to the Druze activists, who come from a population known for serving in Israel’s military: “We have a blood pact, but more than that we have a pact of life… I will do everything in my power to correct this legislation, so that it expresses this connection, this deep connection that is impossible to break not only in battle, but also in life.”

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Trump: If Erdogan attacks Kurds, we’ll ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economy
 January 14, 2019
Trump: If Erdogan attacks Kurds, we’ll ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economyPresident Donald Trump gestures after arriving in McAllen, Texas, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP/ Evan Vucci)
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Trump warned that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically.”
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President Donald Trump’s warning that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically” has drawn a sharp response from Ankara and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman.

Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies in the war against the Islamic State group vulnerable to an attack from Turkey. Ankara views the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces as terrorists aligned with insurgents inside Turkey.
Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin responded to Trump on Twitter by saying: “Terrorists can’t be your partners & allies.” He also insisted that Turkey “fights against terrorists, not Kurds” as a people.
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 January 14, 2019
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The Emad missile has a range of 2,500 km, which means it can hit targets as far away as Europe, western China, northeast Africa and parts of India, Iran says.
Iran TV: Our Missiles Can Strike Targets in Russia, Europe, China, India, and AfricaOn December 22, 2018, Channel 1 (Iran) aired a short animated video about the Iranian missile capabilities. The report said: "In 2015, Iran tested for the first time its long-range ballistic missile, which can be controlled and guided until it hits the target. The Emad Missile has a range of 2,500 km and can easily hit targets in Russia, Eastern Europe, western China, north-eastern Africa, and large parts of India." The report also showed an animation of the missile flying around the globe and passing the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Kremlin, and other landmarks.See more: https://www.memri.org/tv/iranian-tv-emad-lrbm-guided-strike-russia-europe-china-india-africa-landmarks-animation
Posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Israeli scientist can inject ideas into your dreams
 January 14, 2019
Israeli scientist can inject ideas into your dreams(Shutterstock)
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Israeli neuroscientist Moran Cerf’s astounding dream insights can help us change thinking, improve performance and be entertained during sleep.
By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c
Back in 2010, a chef in New York had a recurring dream about a fantastic new recipe. But he never remembered all the details when he woke up. He contacted Israeli neuroscientist Moran Cerf and asked if it was possible to record his food dream.
At the time, Cerf wasn’t able to help. Today he probably could retrieve that dreamy recipe.
“For the first time, we can actually look inside your dreams and decode the content,” says the associate professor of business and neuroscience at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago
Cerf studies how thoughts get into the brain, how the brain encodes the incoming information, and how dreams and memories can be altered by “speaking to your brain behind your back.”
This is not science fiction.
The commercial applications of Cerf’s dream insights are already in development for anything from changing negative behaviors to enabling ultimate VR experiences
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Iranian air force calls crash that kills 15 ‘martyrdom’
 January 14, 2019
Iranian air force calls crash that kills 15 ‘martyrdom’Workers inside the plane that crashed on Monday, Jan. 14. (PressTV via Twitter)
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A Boeing 707 cargo plane flying from Kyrgyzstan crashed in Iran’s Alborz province after overshooting the runway during landing.
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An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran’s capital, state media reported, with an emergency official saying only one person of the 16 on board was known to have survived.
Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the Fath Airport from a residential neighborhood. Images carried by Iran’s state-run media showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounded by charred homes.
The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Tehran, the Iranian capital.
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Likud opens frontal assault on former general, now top challenger
 January 6, 2019
Likud opens frontal assault on former general, now top challengerBenny Gantz seen here in speaks seen at an Israeli air base while still serving as IDF chief of staff. (Flash90)
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The Likud Party is on the attack against former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, leader of the new Israel Resilience Party.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
The Likud Party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is looking to lower the public’s esteem for former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, the founder of “Israel Resilience,” a new centrist party that has enjoyed remarkable popularity out of the starting gates, consistently finishing second only to the Likud.
Two Dec. 4 newspaper polls show Israel Resilience winning 12 seats in the Knesset elections scheduled for April 9.
Seeing Gantz as a threat, Likud ministers have opened a two-pronged attack on the former chief of staff, attempting to undermine his military service and criticizing him for not revealing his position on any issues.
“It’s no secret that Benny Gantz was never chosen to any position where he was the first choice, he was always the fallback guy,” said the Likud’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev, on Sunday.
On radio station Kan Bet, Likud MK Ofir Akunis, minister of science and technology, refused to comment on Gantz’s military service when pressed by interviewers, but said that Gantz couldn’t remain quiet for much longer if he wanted to be taken seriously as a candidate.
Akunis said that Gantz was staying silent for a reason, in order to avoid the mistake of Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who announced his entry into politics in 1999 as a former IDF chief of staff and initially enjoyed great popularity, until he revealed his left-wing political positions, after which his popularity plummeted.
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Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza after balloon bomb lands in Negev
 January 6, 2019
Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza after balloon bomb lands in NegevSmoke and fire rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza Strip on Nov. 12, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
The IDF took action after Hamas sent an explosive device into Israeli territory.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
The Israel Air Force struck two Hamas positions in the eastern Gaza Strip on Sunday in response to an explosive device that was flown into southern Israel earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
On Sunday morning, a bomb was flown into Israel using a large cluster of balloons and a drone-like glider device, landing in a carrot field in the Sedot Negev region of southern Israel shortly before noon.
In retaliation for the cross-border attack from Gaza, Israeli military helicopters struck two Hamas positions east of the city of Khan Younis, according to the IDF.
Palestinian media reported that Israel also attacked targets near Jabalia, in northern Gaza, and in the Zeitoun area of Gaza City, in the center of the strip. The IDF refused to comment on the Palestinian reports.
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WATCH: Daily Israel News Recap!
 January 6, 2019
Here is a recap of the top Israel news stories on January 6, 2019.
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Two Israelis orphaned by terrorism now engaged
 January 6, 2019
Two Israelis orphaned by terrorism now engagedAyelet Dikstein (l) and Avigdor Gavish, both orphaned by terror in 2002, announced their engagement. (Facebook)
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Two orphans whose parents were killed months apart by terrorists in 2002 announced their engagement recently.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Two orphans who met at a support group for those robbed of their parents by Palestinian terrorism, found stronger support than they ever imagined and have announced their engagement, Yediot Ahronot reported Sunday.
Ayelet Dikstein survived an ambush on her family’s car in July 2002 in the South Hebron Hills. Fatah Tanzim terrorists opened fire from one side of the road. Her father, Yosef, saw someone he thought was a soldier coming from the other side so he stopped the car, which held his wife and six of his 10 children.
Instead, it was another terrorist, and he, his wife Hannah, and nine-year-old daughter Shuva-el were murdered. Another two of their children were injured. Young Ayelet helped her siblings during the attack.
Both Yosef and Hannah were teachers in religious high schools in Jerusalem, and had recently moved from the capital to village of Psagot in the Binyamin region, partly out of solidarity to strengthen the embattled community.
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WATCH: Can Israel trust Trump after pullout from Syria?
 January 4, 2019
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This week, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that Iran “can do what they want” in Syria, leaving serious questions for Israel and Arab nations threatened by the Islamic Republic.

In light of such comments, is Israel’s greatest ally still a reliable partner in the fight to beat back Iranian military entrenchment on the Jewish state’s doorstep.
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DAILY DOSE | While Trump has prided himself on his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria — even go as far as stating that Iran can 'do whatever they want' — Israeli officials are worried that he does not understand what they see as an urgent matter. Member of Israeli Parliament Avraham Neguise and our Michael Shure analyze.

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US President Donald Trump said that the US is giving Israel $4.5 billion a year, and hence Israel 'is going to be good' notwithstanding American troops' withdrawal from Syria.

'I spoke with Bibi. I told Bibi, you know we give Israel 4.5 billion dollars a year. And they are doing very well at defending themselves,' Trump told media on Wednesday during a brief trip to Iraq.

The leader went on to further add that 'I’m the one that moved the embassy to Jerusalem. I was the one who was willing to do that. So that’s the way it is — we are going to take great care of Israel. Israel is going to be good. We give Israel 4.5 billion a year. And we give frankly a lot more than that if you look at the books. They’ve been doing a good job.'

Trump last week issued a surprise order pulling American ground forces from Syria declaring its mission to defeat the Islamic State extremist group there completed. The decision runs counter to long-established US policy for the region and blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon, and international allies alike.

Israel is concerned over whether, without a US presence in the country, its main enemy Iran will have a freer hand to operate in Syria and whether Russia will respond to Israel's calls to limit it.

Israel has long warned that Iran was seeking to use its intervention in Syria to consolidate a permanent military presence on its northern borders and to form a contiguous 'land bridge' across to the Mediterranean controlled by its various proxies.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced weapons deliveries to Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed in the wake of Trump's surprise announcement that his country would 'intensify' its efforts to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria, and that it would do so with 'the full support and backing of the US'.

Early Thursday, an Israeli security official confirmed that Israel was behind overnight airstrikes in Damascus the previous day and said they were successful in hitting a series of Iranian targets, including storage and logistic facilities used to haul weapons over to the Hezbollah militant group.

'We are taking action against it aggressively and powerfully, including in these very days,' Netanyahu said Wednesday, adding that the recent US's withdrawal of 2,000 troops 'does not change our policy'.

Though Netanyahu said that he had discussed the US decision with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli lawmakers pounced on the shock announcement as a political-security failure for the premier, whose defense record is already under intense scrutiny in the run-up to snap elections on April 9.

In recent decades Israel has been the largest recipient of US aid, culminating in a 2016 package provided by Barack Obama's administration that saw the US commit to $38 billion in military aid spread across a 10-year period.
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Netanyahu enlists public against attorney general to delay pre-indictment hearing
 January 6, 2019
Netanyahu enlists public against attorney general to delay pre-indictment hearingPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen here on December 19, 2018. (Flash90/Hadas Parush)
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As Israel’s Attorney General reportedly prepares to summon Netanyahu to a hearing, the prime minister insists that starting one before the elections is a mistake. 
By Gil Ronen, World Israel News
With Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit reportedly preparing to summon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a pre-indictment hearing, Netanyahu insisted Saturday that he must postpone the hearing process until after the upcoming elections.
Meanwhile, Haaretz reported that Mandelblit is expected to make a decision on whether to charge Netanyahu in the three criminal investigations pending against the prime minister before the April 9 Knesset elections and will announce his decision next month.
The prime minister turned to social media in order to place pressure on Mandeblit to wait until after the elections, posting to Facebook a video of himself telling a joke about a man who walked down the street in a Middle Eastern country, with his right arm severed and an artificial arm sewn on to the stump.
“What happened?” the man is asked, Netanyahu says. Pointing to the artificial arm, the man explains that a lower court convicted him of stealing, and (pointing to the stitches) a higher court then acquitted him.
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Shin Bet partially lifts gag order on ‘Jewish terror’ suspects; rabbis demand immediate release
 January 6, 2019
Shin Bet partially lifts gag order on ‘Jewish terror’ suspects; rabbis demand immediate releasePolice arrest a Jewish man during a protest outside the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem on Saturday night. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Hundreds of demonstrators outside the Prime Minister’s Residence protested against the continuing detention of “Jewish terror” suspects. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News 
A gag order was partially lifted Sunday afternoon on a Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigation into alleged Jewish terror, and security services began releasing information.
The agency said that some of the Jewish teens arrested and questioned over the past week are suspects in the murder of a Palestinian woman, Aysha Ravi, who was pelted with stones while driving her car near the Tapuah junction in Samaria and killed on October 12. The 47-year-old Ravi was said to be driving her car with her husband alongside her and was injured when a large stone hit her in the head. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.
The boys are suspected of “terror offenses, including murder,” the Shin Bet said.
The Shin Bet says that on Saturday morning after the Friday night attack, a group of activists from nearby Yitzhar drove to the yeshiva — violating religious laws that prohibit driving on the Sabbath — in order to coach students they suspected were involved in the incident on how to withstand Shin Bet interrogations.
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Shin Bet partially lifts gag order on ‘Jewish terror’ suspects; rabbis demand immediate release
 January 6, 2019
Shin Bet partially lifts gag order on ‘Jewish terror’ suspects; rabbis demand immediate releasePolice arrest a Jewish man during a protest outside the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem on Saturday night. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Hundreds of demonstrators outside the Prime Minister’s Residence protested against the continuing detention of “Jewish terror” suspects. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News 
A gag order was partially lifted Sunday afternoon on a Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigation into alleged Jewish terror, and security services began releasing information.
The agency said that some of the Jewish teens arrested and questioned over the past week are suspects in the murder of a Palestinian woman, Aysha Ravi, who was pelted with stones while driving her car near the Tapuah junction in Samaria and killed on October 12. The 47-year-old Ravi was said to be driving her car with her husband alongside her and was injured when a large stone hit her in the head. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.
The boys are suspected of “terror offenses, including murder,” the Shin Bet said.
The Shin Bet says that on Saturday morning after the Friday night attack, a group of activists from nearby Yitzhar drove to the yeshiva — violating religious laws that prohibit driving on the Sabbath — in order to coach students they suspected were involved in the incident on how to withstand Shin Bet interrogations.


Israeli bus drivers plan strike after terror shooting
 January 6, 2019
Israeli bus drivers plan strike after terror shootingEgged bus drivers seen protesting in an earlier strike. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
The bus drivers at bus company Egged Transport announced that they would be going on strike Monday to protest the gunfire attack on a bus in which a driver was lightly wounded.
By Gil Ronen, World Israel News
The bus drivers at Egged Transport announced that they will go on strike Monday to protest the gunfire attack on a bus in which a driver was lightly wounded Saturday night.
The drivers will already stop all work at a branch near the shooting on Sunday afternoon.
The company management announced that the driver union’s declaration of a strike was illegal, since the matter has not been recognized as a labor dispute.
“We call upon the workers to display responsibility and seriousness and to publicly apologize to the passengers for spreading inaccurate information that could affect their daily routine,” management said.
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WATCH: Egypt works closely with Israel to fight ISIS, Al-Sisi admits
 January 5, 2019
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi acknowledged that Israel plays a key role in his country’s battle against ISIS in the Sinai, noting that security cooperation is stronger than ever.
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PERSPECTIVES | As Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi admitted that Israel is assisting his country in the fight against ISIS in Sinai, adding that the security cooperation is stronger than ever, i24NEWS Military Correspondent Jonathan Regev takes a closer look at this strategic alliance. 
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With US leaving, rival powers seek to move into Syria’s east
 January 6, 2019
With US leaving, rival powers seek to move into Syria’s eastPro-Turkey Syrian fighters (C) and Turkish troops secure the Bursayah hill, which separates the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin from the Turkey-controlled town of Azaz in Syria, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP, File)
The planned U.S. troop withdrawal opens up a void in the north and east of Syria, and the conflicts and rivalries among all the powers in the Middle East are converging to fill it.
By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
The sudden American decision to pull out its 2,000 troops has forced a reassessment of old alliances and partnerships. The Syrian government, the Kurds, Russia, Iran, Israel and Turkey have all had a hand in the country’s nearly eight-year war — each in a way, fighting its own war for its own reasons within Syria. Now all of those conflicts play out in the territory being abandoned by the Americans, creating new tensions, potential chaos and bloodshed.
To reassure jittery allies, Washington sent national security adviser John Bolton to Israel on Sunday, to be followed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is planning an eight-country tour of Arab allies this coming week.
Here is a look at what’s at stake.
The Territory
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Analysis: Who will replace aging Abbas?
 January 6, 2019
Analysis: Who will replace aging Abbas?Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seen upon his release from a hospital in Ramallah, May 28, 2018. (Flash90)
Abbas’s deteriorating health has triggered speculations that the era of Mahmoud Abbas is ending.
By Daniel Krygier, World Israel News
The 83-year-old and ailing Mahmoud Abbas has been heading the Palestine Liberation Organization since Arafat passed away in 2004. Now it’s Abbas’s deteriorating health that has triggered speculations about his replacement.
While Ramallah officially claims business as usual, there is intense rivalry among possible claimants to the PA’s throne, as Abbas suffers from heart problems, prostate cancer and has been hospitalized several times. He’s a heavy smoker to boot. 
Who are the potential successors?
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Muslim congresswoman’s map replaces Israel with ‘Palestine’
 January 4, 2019
Muslim congresswoman’s map replaces Israel with ‘Palestine’Map replacing Israel with Palestine in Rashida Tlaib's office. (Twitter)
“Someone has already made a slight alteration to the map that hangs in Rashida Tlaib’s new congressional office,” tweeted one reporter.
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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) reportedly displayed a map on her first day in the House of Representatives with a note posted over Israel that reads “Palestine.”
Buzzfeed reporter Hannah Allam posted on Twitter, “Someone has already made a slight alteration to the map that hangs in Rashida Tlaib’s new congressional office.”
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Even before she was sworn in on Thursday—the ceremony of which was attended by Women’s March leader and anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, who has been criticized for not condemning her ties with anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan—Tlaib endorsed the BDS movement.
She also announced her own upcoming congressional delegation trip to the West Bank, details of which have not been publicized.
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WATCH: Trump puts brakes on rapid Syria exit, but questions remain
 January 5, 2019
While U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to walk back plans for an immediate pullout of American troops from Syria, the exact extent to which the U.S. will remain involved in conflicts in the region remains unknown.
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Netanyahu, Putin agree to increased Syria cooperation
 January 5, 2019
Netanyahu, Putin agree to increased Syria cooperationPM Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Haim Zach/GPO)
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In a phone call between the two leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed Israel’s interest in preventing Iran from establishing a presence in Syria.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Friday to increase cooperation between their two countries in Syria amid the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from there.
In a phone call on Friday, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s position regarding Iran’s presence in Syria, according to the prime minister’s office.
“To that end, the parties reaffirmed their mutual determination to strengthen coordination through military and diplomatic channels,” the Kremlin said according to the state-run TASS news service.
Additionally, “Netanyahu congratulated President Putin and the Russian people on the occasion of the civil new year and expressed his condolences over the disaster in Magnitogorsk,” according to the prime minister’s office.
Ties between Israel and Russia have seen ups and downs since the country entered into the Syrian civil war in 2015.
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Likud continues to hold giant lead in public opinion polls
 January 5, 2019
Likud continues to hold giant lead in public opinion pollsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
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Even after a dramatic week in the campaign for the April 9 Knesset election, the prime minister’s party remains in the driver’s seat. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can feel confident about his chances in the April parliamentary election, despite dramatic moves involving other parties and reports that a decision will be announced by the attorney general before the election over whether the prime minister will face indictment for alleged political corruption.
A public opinion poll released Wednesday by Kan public television and radio shows his Likud winning 28 seats. It’s a bit less than the 30 seats that the party now holds in the 120-seat parliament. But consider this: the closest party to the Likud in the opinion poll is the just-formed Israel Resilience, headed by former IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz with just half of the Likud’s power, 14 seats.
This is where the race starts getting close. Right behind Gantz is MK Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party with 13 seats, followed by a combined non-Zionist faction called the Joint List with 12. They are followed by the just-announced New Right party headed by cabinet ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked. The two bolted their top positions in the Jewish Home party which, according to this poll, would not win any seats in the upcoming election.
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Bolton arrives in Israel to allay concerns over Syria pullout
 January 5, 2019
Bolton arrives in Israel to allay concerns over Syria pulloutPM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US National Security Advisor John Bolton during a previous visit. (Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem)
The White House sent national security adviser John Bolton on a mission to address Israel’s concerns about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
By Associated Press
The pullout of U.S. troops from Syria announced by President Donald Trump before Christmas was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests from aides, allies and members of Congress for a more orderly drawdown.
Bolton planned to meet with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials on Sunday before traveling to Turkey. Israeli officials have expressed alarm that a swift withdrawal of the roughly 2,000 troops could enable Iran to expand its influence and presence in Syria, wracked by a years-long civil war and the Islamic State’s terror machine.
Trump’s move has raised fears about clearing the way for a Turkish assault on Kurdish fighters in Syria who have fought alongside American troops against ISIS extremists. Turkey considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, a terrorist group linked to an insurgency within its own borders.
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Survey: Overwhelming majority of PA residents view selling land to Jews as treason
 January 1, 2019
Survey: Overwhelming majority of PA residents view selling land to Jews as treasonPalestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Flash90)
Israeli watchdog calls Palestinian land laws an example of apartheid.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
A survey conducted in mid-December by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows that 87.8% of Palestinian Authority (PA) residents who were questioned said that they would call Palestinians who sell land to Jews “traitors” while 9.1% would call them “corrupt/despicable/non-patriotic.”
According to the survey,  77.5% of Palestinians said that the PA is not doing enough to deter people from selling land to Jews, 74.8% were said to believe that there are not sufficient penalties to deter Palestinians from selling land to Jews, and 64.4% supported the death sentence for selling land to Jews.
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Opinion: If Six-Day War never took place, guess where ‘Palestine’ would be
 January 4, 2019
Opinion: If Six-Day War never took place, guess where ‘Palestine’ would beIDF troops seen at Government House in the Old City of Jerusalem after it was captured from Jordan, which occupied it for 19 years. (AP/Israel Army, File)
If the 1967 Six-Day War had never taken place and the “West Bank” had remained under the rule of the Hashemite Kingdom, where would “Palestine” be?
By Martin Sherman
If the “West Bank” was part of the “Hashemite Kingdom” up to 1967, how did it suddenly become the Palestinians’ long-yearned-for homeland, which up until then they were submissively willing to cede to an alien potentate?

“Not since the time of Dr. Goebbels [head of the Nazi Propaganda Machine] has there ever been a case in which continual repetition of a lie has born such great fruits… Of all the Palestinian lies, there is no lie greater or more crushing than that which calls for the establishment of a separate Palestinian state in the West Bank… ( “Palestinian Lies,” Ha’aretz, 30-7-76, by Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, former far-Left Meretz Education Minister)

As the new elections approach, the “Palestinian problem” is once again likely to dominate much of the inter-(and intra-) party debate. In many ways this debate is entirely superfluous. After all, a simple mental experiment will suffice to strip away the veil of mendacity shrouding the Palestinian grievances against Israel.

To demonstrate this, imagine for a moment that the 1967 Six Day War, in which several Arab armies marshalled their forces with the undisguised intention to annihilate Israel, never took place. Imagine that Israel had not been compelled to launch a preemptive strike in self-defense to thwart the Arabs’ openly proclaimed aim of total genocide that resulted in it taking over Judea-Samaria (aka the “West Bank”)—which the Palestinians now contend is their long-yearned for homeland.
Then ask yourself: If that war had not occurred, where would “Palestine” be?
After all, but for this war, the “West Bank” would not have fallen under Israeli administration. Surely then, the Palestinians would have no grievances against the Jewish state and there would be no charges of Israel “occupying Palestinian lands” and dispossessing the “Palestinians” from their “homeland.”
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Violent confrontation in Amona as police clash with hilltop youth
 January 3, 2019
Violent confrontation in Amona as police clash with hilltop youthIsrael policemen removing youth from caravans in Amona, a hilltop outpost in Samaria. Jan 3, 2019. (TPS/Hodaya Saadya)
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Twenty-three police and seven youths barricaded inside the structures were reported injured. Activists say that 55 protesters were hurt in excessive police force. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Police arrived at the Amona outpost on the outskirts of Ofra in the southern Samarian hills early Thursday morning and forcibly removed a few hundred Israelis, mostly youth, as well as the mobile homes that had been brought up to the hilltop.
According to the police, 200 youths who barricaded themselves in the structures poured oil on the road and threw objects in an attempt to prevent the evacuation.
By the completion of the three-hour eviction, 23 officers had been injured, primarily from stones thrown by the protesters, and at least four teenagers were hurt in the clashes, according to police.
One officer was stabbed in the hand by a sharp object allegedly carried by one of the teens. One activist was hurt by a stone that apparently was thrown by one of the other protesters. The injured were taken to hospital in Jerusalem.
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Palestinian Authority rebuilding terrorist homes razed by Israeli forces
 January 3, 2019
Palestinian Authority rebuilding terrorist homes razed by Israeli forces(Flash90/Nora Savosnick)
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The Palestinian Authority and associated institutions have been rebuilding homes of terrorists destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces.
By Aryeh Savir/TPS
The Palestinian Authority and associated institutions have been rebuilding homes of terrorists destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center revealed in a detailed report.
The IDF razes homes where terrorists lived as part of a punitive and preventative measure meant to deter future attacks. But the center says that the PA rebuilds the homes in “an act of defiance to challenge the deterrent message Israel sends by destroying” them.
The Meir Amit center reported on two recent cases that illustrate the PA’s policy.
The first involves Fatah activists and the municipality where terrorist Ashraf Naalwa lived. The IDF recently knocked Naalwa’s home down, and then only partially, in December.
Naalwa murdered Ziv Hajbi and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond at the Barkan Industrial Park in October. IDF forces killed him in a shootout after a two-month manhunt.
Local Palestinians formed a special committee entrusted with building his family a new home, erected a mourning tent in his hometown after Naalwa was killed and held an event to raise donations.
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Brazil governor requests shofar at inauguration
 January 3, 2019
Brazil governor requests shofar at inaugurationMan blowing a shofar (Shutterstock)
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Rio Governor Wilson Witzel made the unusual request, as he considers the ram’s horn a “call for freedom.”
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Wilson Witzel, the new governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wanted a shofar (ram’s horn used for Jewish ritual) blown at his Wednesday inauguration, and a rabbi happily agreed to the unusual request, JTA reported Thursday.
The shofar “represent(s) the call for freedom, to bring good vibes and positive energies to the new government,” according to organizers of the swearing-in ceremony.
The trumpet-like sounds helped him during a campaign stop, he said, according to the report.
“One of the most touching moments during my campaign was when I heard the shofar at the Beit Lubavitch synagogue. It gave me the strength I needed to carry on,” Witzel told reporters.
Rio, which has a 30,000-strong Jewish community, mostly in Copacabana, is where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed with his wife Sarah when he first arrived in the country a few days before the parallel inauguration of Witzel’s mentor, President Jair Bolsonaro.
Netanyahu went to Brazil to honor Bolsonaro, who, as an evangelical Christian, is warmly disposed towards Israel and the Jewish people. It was the first-ever visit of an Israeli prime minister to the South American country.
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IDF sea barrier closes defensive gap on Gaza border
 January 3, 2019
IDF sea barrier closes defensive gap on Gaza borderThe sea barrier near Zikim beach will protect against terrorist infiltration. (Israel Defense Ministry)
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A 200-meter-long barrier is almost complete at Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip.
By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News
A formidable sea barrier is almost complete at Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, according to Israel’s Channel 10 news.
The barrier, which extends into the Mediterranean, is a direct response to an incident four years ago when Hamas terrorists penetrated Israel from the sea during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
The terrorists headed for a nearby Kibbutz armed with automatic assault rifles and grenades. Fortunately, Israeli forces spotted them and eliminated the threat.
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Israeli authorities tap Bar Refaeli’s phone in tax evasion case
 January 3, 2019
Israeli authorities tap Bar Refaeli’s phone in tax evasion caseIsraeli fashion model Bar Refaeli poses for photographers in Madrid, Spain. Nov. 19, 2014. (AP/Abraham Caro Marin)
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In an “unprecedented” move, Israel’s tax authorities tapped Bar Refaeli’s phone to prove her main residence was in Israel, contrary to her claim.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The State Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday announced that subject to a hearing, it was considering putting supermodel Bar Refaeli on trial for hiding nearly NIS 30 million from the tax authorities.
Her parents, Tzipi and Rafi Refaeli, were also caught in the net and are suspected of money laundering.
The main allegation is that Refaeli falsely declared in her tax documentation from 2009-2010 that she did not live in Israel, did not earn money in the country and that her main center of life was in the United States. Due to that claim, she was exempt from paying Israeli taxes on money earned abroad.
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Students threaten boycott of Hebrew University over soldier’s harassment
 January 3, 2019
Students threaten boycott of Hebrew University over soldier’s harassmentStudents protest ‘Breaking the Silence’ at the Hebrew University, where the NGO had organized a talk with students, December 22, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Demands persist that the university fire a lecturer who reprimanded a student for wearing an IDF uniform.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Twelfth-grade students from the Nachalim Technology Center sent a letter to the Hebrew University on Wednesday to protest against a lecturer’s harassment of a female student who attended the class wearing her Israel Defense Forces uniform.
Apparently, in defense of an Arab student, the lecturer berated a female IDF soldier on Tuesday for wearing her uniform to class. The Arab student is said to have launched a verbal attack against the soldier.
The lecturer was identified as Dr. Carola Hilfrich, who according to Ynet told the student in uniform after the lecture: “You cannot be naïve and ask to be treated as a civilian when you are in uniform. You are a soldier in the Israeli army, and they will treat you accordingly.”
“Does it bother you that I wear my uniform to class?” the soldier-student reportedly asked the lecturer, telling Hilfrich that she must be tolerant and respectful of others.
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Moshe Ya’alon unveils new party name to unenthusiastic public
 January 3, 2019
Moshe Ya’alon unveils new party name to unenthusiastic publicFormer Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon announced the name of his new party on Wednesday. (Flash90)
Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced his new party name on Wednesday. The latest polling suggests he would fail to clear the 3.25 percent minimum vote threshold.
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Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced his new party name on Wednesday, called “Telem,” an acronym for “National Statesmanlike Movement.”
“This is a holiday for me in which the citizens of Israel are being given good news, and my colleagues and I are being given hope and tremendous responsibility,” he said.
Without describing a specific platform, Ya’alon added that his new party would be an “independent political force” and put the “country back on the right track.”
This move ahead of the April elections mirrors former Defense Minister and Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan, who led Israel to victory in the 1967 Six-Day War and founded a party with the same name in 1981, winning two seats in June of that year. Dayan died four months later.
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Opinion: Europe’s slow, lethal surrender to Iran
 January 3, 2019
Opinion: Europe’s slow, lethal surrender to IranEU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, July 28, 2015. (EPA/Handout from Iran president's office)
In 2018, Europe’s leaders are again gambling with the security of their own citizens as well as that of their Middle East allies, especially Israel.
By Giulio Meotti, The Gatestone Institute
In the choice between greed and values, Europe is approaching an existential crossroads with Iran. Europe is both undermining its credibility and surrendering its principles.
For Western governments to defend the interests of businesses is normal. But to betray the Iranian people, who are repressed by their own regime; to undermine Israel’s concerns about Iran’s all too real threats of annihilation; to beg for an accord that fast-tracks Iran’s nuclear weapons capability and to boycott efforts by the U.S. administration to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its actions — these are not normal. They are lethal.
The Iranian leadership has long called for the destruction of Israel — the country, along with Saudi Arabia, most at risk from a nuclearized and aggressive Islamic Republic. In November, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who has been hailed by the media as a “moderate”, called Israel a “cancerous tumor in the region.” A few months earlier, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted similar remarks:
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Caroline Glick joins New Right party of Shaked, Bennett
 January 2, 2019
Caroline Glick joins New Right party of Shaked, BennettJerusalem Post Senior Contributing Editor Caroline Glick will join the New Right Party. (Flash90/Miriam Alster)
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Caroline Glick, a longtime Jerusalem Post columnist with staunchly conservative views, will be joining the New Right Party  formed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
The Jerusalem Post reports that Caroline Glick, a longtime columnist for the paper, announced Wednesday she will be joining the New Right party recently formed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
Glick, a well-known columnist with a large following, especially in the United States, is known for her staunchly conservative political views. She started writing for The Jerusalem Post in 2002 and also writes for Maariv and American website Breitbart. Her columns have appeared in Israeli weekly Makor Rishon.
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Arabic daily: Liberman revealed details of Trump plan to Palestinians
 January 2, 2019
Arabic daily: Liberman revealed details of Trump plan to PalestiniansFormer Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, seen here on Nov. 22, 2018. (Flash90/Meir Vaknin)
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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman revealed details of the Trump administration’s carefully guarded peace plan to the Palestinians, the London-based Al Hayat newspaper claims.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman revealed details of the Trump administration’s carefully guarded peace plan to the Palestinians just ahead of his resignation in mid-November, Palestinian officials say, according to the London-based Al Hayat newspaper on Wednesday.
The report says the Trump plan calls for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip, and sovereignty for the population in small areas of the West Bank, as well as generous economic incentives.
Liberman met a Palestinian delegation two weeks before he resigned and said the U.S. plan, which President Donald Trump has dubbed the ‘deal of the century,’ would grant sovereignty to the Palestinian population, but not the land, though the report did not go into further detail about how that would work in practice.
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Caroline Glick joins New Right party of Shaked, Bennett
 January 2, 2019
Caroline Glick joins New Right party of Shaked, BennettJerusalem Post Senior Contributing Editor Caroline Glick will join the New Right Party. (Flash90/Miriam Alster)
Caroline Glick, a longtime Jerusalem Post columnist with staunchly conservative views, will be joining the New Right Party  formed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
The Jerusalem Post reports that Caroline Glick, a longtime columnist for the paper, announced Wednesday she will be joining the New Right party recently formed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.
Glick, a well-known columnist with a large following, especially in the United States, is known for her staunchly conservative political views. She started writing for The Jerusalem Post in 2002 and also writes for Maariv and American website Breitbart. Her columns have appeared in Israeli weekly Makor Rishon.
In her 2014 book The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, Glick proposed annexing Judea and Samaria. She also called for a process that gradually grants Palestinians living in those areas Israeli citizenship. She didn’t expect Palestinians to jump at the opportunity and acknowledged that there was a risk to her plan.
“The prospect that, contrary to expectations, the Palestinians will apply en masse for Israeli citizenship, and that as a consequence Israel’s citizenship rolls will expand massively, is an important issue for policy makers to consider,” she wrote.
Glick served as assistant foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997-1998 and was briefly considered by Netanyahu as a Likud candidate in 2015, The Jerusalem Post reports. But several of her columns critical of his policies caused him to reconsider, the paper says.
In 2000, Glick earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Glick was born in Texas and grew up in Chicago before immigrating to Israel in 1991.
Last week, Bennett and Shaked dropped a political bombshell when they announced they were breaking away from the Jewish Home party to form the New Right.
According to analysts, the two politicians hope that by breaking away from the more religious Jewish Home Party they will be able to broaden their appeal and attract a wider range of voters.
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Honduras signals readiness to move embassy to Jerusalem
 January 2, 2019
Honduras signals readiness to move embassy to JerusalemPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meets with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Brasilia, Jan. 1, 2019). (GPO)
Israel and Honduras jointly announce a plan to set up embassies in each other’s capital. The U.S. is also involved. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Israel and Honduras have agreed to proceed with a plan to open embassies in Jerusalem and Tegucigalpa. The commitment is made in a joint statement on behalf of the two countries and the U.S.
Issued by the U.S. State Department, the announcement says that the three countries have “agreed to pursue a plan of action, which includes meetings in their three respective capitals to advance the process of the decision to open embassies in both Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem.”
The three-way agreement was announced as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. All three were in Brasilia for the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday.
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Pompeo: Syria pullout ‘in no way changes’ commitment to Israel’s security
 January 2, 2019
Pompeo: Syria pullout ‘in no way changes’ commitment to Israel’s securityUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)
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“The decision by the president on Syria in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel,” Pompeo told Netanyahu.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that the United States would stand by its commitment to Israel’s security amid a planned withdrawal of American forces from Syria.
“The decision by the president on Syria in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel,” Pompeo told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint press conference prior to their meeting in Brazil, where the two men are attending the inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement late last month that he would be removing some 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, some Israeli officials and experts have expressed concern that the pullout would embolden its regional foes such as Iran, Turkey and Russia, while putting the Jewish state’s own security at risk. The U.S. forces in Syria are part of an effort to defeat the Islamic State terror group in the country.
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Cleveland Clinic’s anti-Semitic doctor attended Orthodox Jewish college
 January 2, 2019
Cleveland Clinic’s anti-Semitic doctor attended Orthodox Jewish collegeLara Kollab (Facebook via Canary Mission)
Doctor behind numerous anti-Semitic posts and fired from Cleveland Clinic attended Orthodox Jewish college.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
There’s a new wrinkle in a story that Tuesday about Cleveland Clinic doctor Lara Kollab, 27, who has a long history of viciously anti-Semitic social media posts. It turns out that she attended an Orthodox Jewish college.
Kollab attended the Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine, according to the Canary Mission website.
Canary Mission is a non-profit that exposes people who post anti-Semitic online rants, mainly college students linked to the radical anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Canary Mission says Kollab supports SJP.
Touro College expressed its shock at Kollab’s online history of anti-Semitism.
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Tzipi Livni blasts Labor leader after shocking on-air dismissal
 January 2, 2019
Tzipi Livni blasts Labor leader after shocking on-air dismissalTzipi Livni gives a statement to the media in the Knesset, January 1, 2019. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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Tzipi Livni expressed her displeasure with Avi Gabbay after he dissolved the Zionist Union on Tuesday without first informing her.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Tzipi Livni, chairwoman of the Hatnuah Party, blasted Labor Party chief Avi Gabbay Wednesday morning. Gabbay had ended an alliance with Livni without first notifying her of his intentions.
Livni appeared in shock as Gabbay made his announcement during a press conference from a podium on live television. She didn’t say anything at the conference other than that she would comment later.
“You saw a weak man who tried to make a turn,” Livni told news site Ynet on Wednesday.
“Everybody who saw what happened yesterday knows he isn’t a candidate for premier,” she said in a separate interview on Israel’s Army Radio.
Livni clearly felt offended by the fact that Gabbay did not tell her ahead of time before his announcement, telling Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, “At least call me up, make a meeting, tell me ‘Listen, this isn’t working out, this won’t lead to success …’ I would have said, ‘Sure,’ shook his hand and organized a press conference with us together saying that this isn’t working out, in a mutually respectful way.”
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Hebrew University lecturer attacks student for wearing IDF uniform
 January 2, 2019
Hebrew University lecturer attacks student for wearing IDF uniformStudents protest during a talk by anti-IDF Breaking the Silence NGO at the Hebrew University, Dec. 22, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu responded to the incident in a statement the following day, calling on the education minister to fire the lecturer.
By Adina Katz, World Israel News
Apparently in defense of an Arab student, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem lecturer berated a female IDF soldier on Tuesday for wearing her uniform to class.
The lecturer followed the soldier, who was verbally attacked by an Arab student, into the hallway and reportedly told her, “You cannot be naive and ask to be treated as a civilian when you are in uniform. You are a soldier in the Israeli army, and you will be treated accordingly.”
The soldier responded that she had no interest in discussing politics and that she was serving in the IDF to protect the State of Israel, i24 News reported.
After complaints from the student union, the management and lecturer – later identified as Dr. Carola Hilfrich, senior lecturer at the Hebrew University and founder of the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies – apologized.
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Shelly Yacimovich once more takes reins as opposition leader
 January 2, 2019
Shelly Yacimovich once more takes reins as opposition leaderNew Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich. (Amir Levy/Flash90)
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The former leader of Labor answers party chairman Avi Gabbay’s call for opposition leadership, replacing the ousted Tzipi Livni.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay appointed former party head Shelly Yacimovich on Tuesday evening as his representative in leading the opposition in the Knesset.
The position was left empty when he ended his partnership with Hatnuah that morning, dissolving the Zionist Union alliance that he and Hatnuah head Tzipi Livni created before the previous elections.
Livni assumed the role of Opposition leader when Gabbay was voted in as Labor chief in July 2017. As he is not a Knesset member, Gabbay cannot fill the position himself.
Gabbay praised Yacimovich, saying, “I am proud of Shelly, an excellent MK who leads determined struggles in the Knesset and beyond. Shelly is an example of a public emissary who is committed to change.”
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Jewish residents: Bedouin squatters carrying out ‘mass takeover’ in Jordan Valley
 January 2, 2019
Jewish residents: Bedouin squatters carrying out ‘mass takeover’ in Jordan ValleyIllegal Bedouin construction (Flash90/Yaniv Nadav)
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An Israeli NGO is warning of a war of attrition as Bedouin lay claim to large swathes of Israeli state land in the Jordan Valley.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Residents of Maskiyot, a Jewish community in the Jordan Valley, are warning that Bedouin are carrying out a “mass-scale takeover” of state land in the Jordan Valley. The Bedouin are from an illegal outpost adjacent to Maskiyot who have been served with demolition orders by Israeli authorities.
The organization Regavim says that the Bedouin from the outpost near Maskiyot are defying the demolition orders “thanks to the support they receive from the Palestinian Authority and a consortium of European organizations.”
Regavim, an Israeli NGO, pursues action in the Israeli court system against illegal construction undertaken by Palestinian Arabs or Bedouin in Israel, including Judea and Samaria.
The squatters at the outpost are accused of cultivating a huge tract of land, using heavy equipment, in an attempt to establish facts on the ground that will be hard to reverse.
“According to the system of law in force in Judea and Samaria, agricultural use enables squatters to establish certain legal rights to the land,” says Yishai Hemo, Regavim’s field coordinator for Judea and Samaria.
“In this case, as in others, despite the fact that the land in question is state-owned and is registered as such in the land registry, if the Civil Administration fails to enforce the law at the earliest stage, the result will most likely be a long, drawn-out, exhausting legal battle which the government often simply does not bother fighting,” he said.
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Will UNESCO ‘learn a lesson’ from US, Israeli withdrawals?
 January 2, 2019
Will UNESCO ‘learn a lesson’ from US, Israeli withdrawals?UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay (AP/Michel Euler)
Maybe UNESCO will “learn a lesson” from U.S. and Israeli withdrawals, former envoy says.
By Benjamin Kerstein, The Algemeiner
“Maybe they will learn a lesson,” a former Israeli ambassador to UNESCO told The Algemeiner on Tuesday as the Jewish state officially left the global cultural institution.
David Kornbluth — who served as Israel’s UNESCO envoy from 2005 to 2009 — said the country was pulling out of the body now largely because the US had scheduled to leave by the end of 2018.
“It’s completely in coordination with the United States,” he noted. “This is part of the reason also why it’s being done. Politically, it didn’t seem that we could stay in it if the United States is going, on our behalf as it were. Part of the reason they’re going is because of Israel.”
Israel and the U.S .stayed in UNESCO for so long, he stated, “because they believed that once you leave these organizations, it’s much more difficult for Israel to get back in than the United States to get back in,” but the worsening situation had finally forced their hand.
“It was bad then,” Kornbluth said of his tenure. “It’s really nasty being attacked all the time, but was more manageable. But things got worse and worse, it just goes on and on and on, and politically it becomes just a bit disgusting.”
Asked whether the withdrawals will force UNESCO to change its attitude toward Israel, Kornbluth responded, “Hard to tell. The Israel-bashing thing has been going on forever, but the United States is staunchly with Israel, and it’s quite true for many, many decades already that Israel relies on the United States in UNESCO for the air it breathes. So I can’t tell if it will have a positive effect. It will have some effect. Since the United States and Israel came out two years ago with the intention to withdraw, UNESCO has moderated itself a bit towards Israel, but not sufficiently.”
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Netanyahu denies Israel behind overnight airstrikes in Syria
 December 26, 2018
Netanyahu denies Israel behind overnight airstrikes in SyriaPrime Minister Netanyahu denied any involvement in Tuesday night airstrikes reported by Syrian media. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel wasn’t behind reported airstrikes in Syria on Tuesday night.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
“I had nothing to do with it,” was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s abrupt answer when he was congratulated for “the liquidation of Hezbollah members” during a meeting on Wednesday.
Newsweek reported on Tuesday that a number of Hezbollah leaders were targeted in an Israeli airstrike as they were boarding a plane to Iran in Syria’s capital of Damascus.
The magazine also reported that several “Iranian ammunition supply points” were bombed, which contained the most sophisticated, precision-guided ammunition available to Iran’s army and Hezbollah.
Newsweek received its information from a source in the U.S. defense department, who it said had “access to the information from Israeli senior military officers with direct knowledge of the attack.”
Israel’s Channel 12 website Mako reported more details of the attack based on Syrian reports. It listed the targets as an air base in Al-Dimas, west of Damascus, used by Hezbollah, a base of the 4th Division of the Syrian Army in Sabura in the north of the country, and the 10th Division 
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Ramming attack in Samaria, terrorist shot and wounded
 December 26, 2018
Ramming attack in Samaria, terrorist shot and wounded(Flash90/Gershon Elinson)
A Palestinian Arab attempted to run down Israelis near Samaria’s Hativa Junction.
By World Israel News Staff
A Palestinian Arab was shot while attempting to run down Israelis near Samaria’s Hativa Junction Wednesday morning.
Three Israelis are being treated for shock.
The terrorist was moderately wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.
The vehicle was parked dozens of meters away from the Huwwara checkpoint, near a transport stop for Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
Israeli forces sealed off all military checkpoints in front of traffic, Ma’an added.
Coincidentally, also on Wednesday morning, several regional council heads boycotted a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming he had refused their requests to deal with the latest wave of terror attacks.
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NY Times runs puff piece on Christmas in Hezbollah land; accused of humanizing terrorists
 December 26, 2018
NY Times runs puff piece on Christmas in Hezbollah land; accused of humanizing terroristsA Lebanese man dressed in candy costume dances during the illumination of a giant Christmas tree at the launch of Christmas festivities, in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP/Bilal Hussein)
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“Today, we’re celebrating the birth of Christ – and also the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,” Mohamed Mehdi Shari’tamdar, the Iranian cultural attaché, announced.
By World Israel News Staff
Titled “Christmas in Lebanon: ‘Jesus isn’t only for the Christians,'” The New York Times ran an article on Monday praising this year’s Christmas celebrations in a shopping mall in Beirut, organized by the Hezbollah terror organization, an Iranian proxy.
At the event, complete with an enormous Christmas tree and Santa Claus, “the Iranian cultural attaché stepped up to the microphone on a stage flanked by banners bearing the faces of Iran’s two foremost religious authorities: Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, and Ayatollah Khamenei, the current supreme leader,” the Times reported.
According to the Times, “Few seasons frame the everyday give-and-take of religious coexistence quite like Christmastime in Lebanon.”
“Even Hezbollah, the Shiite political movement and militia that the United States has branded a terrorist organization, has helped ring in the season,” the report continued.
“Today, we’re celebrating the birth of Christ – and also the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,” Mohamed Mehdi Shari’tamdar, the cultural attaché, announced into the microphone, the article said.
The Blaze, a conservative American news site, blasted the Times report, saying sarcastically, “Oh, well, if they’re pro-Santa, they must be fine.”
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Danon denies leaving post as UN ambassador to run in Likud primaries
 December 26, 2018
Danon denies leaving post as UN ambassador to run in Likud primariesIsrael's UN envoy Danny Danon. (UN/Rick Bajornas)
Earlier reports indicated that the U.N. envoy was leaving his post in order to run in the Likud primary, which he has firmly denied.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has denied multiple media reports that he was resigning from his post, hoping to run in the upcoming national election in April.
“On behalf of Ambassador Danon, the recent reports of his resignation are incorrect. After a decision is reached in the Knesset, he will announce his intentions.” his office said in a statement.
Before becoming Israel’s top envoy at the U.N., Danon had served as a cabinet minister, deputy minister and member of parliament on behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party. He also served as a senior official within the party.
The 47-year-old Danon took on his position at the world body in October 2015. At first, he was confronted by the policies of U.S. President Barack Obama. These included a rare American green light, through abstention instead of a veto, to a Security Council resolution in December 2016 which declared that Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem were illegal and demanded a halt to their construction.
At the time, Danon’s U.S. counterpart at the U.N. was Ambassador Samantha Power, who stated: “One cannot champion settlements and the two-state solution.”
However, after Donald Trump became U.S. president, Danon joined forces with Ambassador Nikki Haley, who declared that there was a “new sheriff in town” and decried the U.N.’s “bias” against Israel
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Tzipi Hotovely, deputy foreign minister, a rising star in Likud
 December 26, 2018
Tzipi Hotovely, deputy foreign minister, a rising star in LikudDeputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely seen here on Feb. 12, 2017. (Flash90/Gershon Elinson)
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After a successful stint as deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely says Netanyahu promised her a ministry in the next government.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely wasn’t disappointed after being passed over for the Immigration and Absorption portfolio, which had been up for grabs after the Avigdor Liberman-led Yisrael Beitenu party left the government in November. Instead, it went to Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin.
“My years in the Foreign Ministry are my best in politics and the future is still before me. Netanyahu called me and promised me that I’d be a minister in the next government,” she said, in an interview on Israel’s Channel 12.
What may also soften the blow is that Levin’s stay will likely be temporary – only until the formation of the next government following elections scheduled for April 9.
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New Knesset law prevents early release of terrorists
 December 26, 2018
New Knesset law prevents early release of terroristsPA President Mahmoud Abbas welcomes released Palestinian prisoners and convicted terrorists to Ramallah, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP/Majdi Mohammed/File)
The new Knesset law “is an important precedent in the fight against terror and the effort to increase deterrence,” MK Oded Forer stated.
By World Israel News Staff
The Knesset passed a law Tuesday evening that will prevent the early release of convicted terrorists serving time in Israeli jails.
Proposed by MKs Anat Berko (Likud) and Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu), the bill passed its final reading by a vote of 27-6.
According to the new legislation, security prisoners cannot be released for good behavior after completing only two-thirds of their sentences – unlike other inmates who show remorse and demonstrate their rehabilitation.
“A reduced sentence is a privilege that terrorists are not worthy of receiving. Terrorists are proud of their actions and therefore must bear the full consequences. We won’t stop working for our citizens’ security,” Berko stated.
“This is an important precedent in the fight against terror and the effort to increase deterrence. Now every terrorist knows that he has no hope of being released early,” Forer declared.
Israel Bans Paying For Prostitution
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The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), a Messianic Jewish organization, have been advocating for a change in the law regarding prostitution for about ten years. Together with many others, they are now celebrating the huge breakthrough that came about on the last day of 2018: a law banning the buying of sex was passed unanimously in the Israeli Knesset.
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Netanyahu meets Brazil’s Evangelicals: ‘No better friends in the world’
 December 31, 2018
Netanyahu meets Brazil’s Evangelicals: ‘No better friends in the world’PM Netanyahu addressing Evangelical Christians in Brazil on Sunday. (Israel Government Press Office)
The prime minister tells the gathering that Israel has no better friends than in the Evangelical community.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a gathering of Brazilian Evangelical Christians on Sunday that they are the Jewish state’s best friends. Netanyahu is midway through a six-day visit to Brazil.
“We have no better friends in the world than the Evangelical community, and the Evangelical community has no better friend in the world than the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said at the event in Rio de Janeiro. The large Brazilian Evangelical population country is credited with leading the way to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power earlier this year.
Israel’s relations with Brazil are expected to improve under the new president. Netanyahu told the Evangelical event: “President Bolsonaro says, ‘We are brothers.’ We are brothers, and we are going to seize the future together.
“You know that President Bolsonaro’s first name in Hebrew is Yair, which is also the name of our son. But Yair means something in Hebrew: He who brings light. And I think that we have now an opportunity together to bring a lot of light to the people of Brazil and the people of Israel. This is an alliance of brothers. So I want to invite all of you next year in Jerusalem.”
Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu told Brazilian Jewish leaders that Bolsonaro had informed him that he wants to move the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said Bolsonaro had pledged that “it is not a question of if, just a question of when.”
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Justice minister Shaked: Next term will be Netanyahu’s last
 December 31, 2018
Justice minister Shaked: Next term will be Netanyahu’s lastJustice Minister Ayelet Shaked at press conference announcing new political party, the "New Right." Dec. 29, 2018. (Flash90/Yossi Zeliger)
Ayelet Shaked expects Netanyahu to win but that it will be his final term in office. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
“I estimate that Netanyahu will be elected in the coming elections and that this will be his last term,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in an interview with the Calcalist news site on Monday.
“He’s not young and we don’t know what will be with the investigations,” Shaked said, referring to the 69-year-old prime minister, who is being investigated in a number of corruption cases.
However, Shaked said that she opposed the idea of Israel’s attorney general filing charges against Benjamin Netanyahu two months before the elections, currently scheduled for April 9.
She refused to address the question of whether she would immediately withdraw from the government if the attorney general indicted Netanyahu. “I hope the cases will be closed,” she said.
“My opinion was and remains that until the final decision of the attorney general after a hearing there’s no need to do anything. If after the hearing it’s decided to indict then we’ll sit and think. We’ll learn what the charges are and we’ll decide what to do. According to the law, the prime minister can remain until the conclusion of the verdict,” Shaked said.
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PA sentences US citizen to life in prison for selling land to Jews
 December 31, 2018
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“We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen has been sentenced by a Palestinian court,” a U.S. government official said.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
“The Ramallah Grand Criminal Court sentenced a Palestinian identified only by his initials I.A. to life in prison with hard labor after it found him guilty of selling Palestinian land to a foreign country,” Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Monday.
The “unidentified” Palestinian is, in fact, Issam Akel, an Arab who holds American citizenship and an Israeli identification card. He had been kidnapped by the Palestinian Authority after being charged with helping to sell an Arab-owned house to Jews.
He was brought before the court on Dec. 23, according to the Wafa report, and sentenced for “selling property in occupied Jerusalem to Jewish settlers.”
“We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen has been sentenced by a Palestinian court,” a U.S. government official said, according to the Arutz 7 news site. “When a U.S. citizen is incarcerated abroad, the U.S. government works to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”
On Nov. 28, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman demanded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) release Akel.
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Bar Refaeli to be hit with money laundering charges
 December 30, 2018
Bar Refaeli to be hit with money laundering chargesIsraeli model Bar Refaeli seen here as a judge during the Miss Ukraine beauty contest, March 31, 2012. (AP/Sergei Chuzavkov)
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Supermodel Bar Refaeli is expected to be indicted soon for money laundering.
By World Israel News Staff
Israeli prosecutors are expected to indict supermodel Bar Refaeli soon on tax evasion charges. The main charge is money laundering, according to the Ynet news site.
Refaeli and her mother, Tzipi, who worked as her agent, will be charged with hiding income amounting to millions of shekels, according to Ynet. The tax authority finished its investigation recently and passed along its findings to the attorney’s office, which checked the case and will submit charges soon, reports Ynet.
Refaeli and her mother have been investigated by the tax authority a number of times in the past on suspicion of tax fraud. The report says that according to Israel’s Channel 10, the investigators focused on the years 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012, when Refaeli was the girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Refaeli also was suspected in a 2015 tax investigation of hiding facts about her place of residence from an Israeli tax assessor. According to Israel’s tax law, an Israeli resident would be liable to pay income tax on all income earned abroad whereas a foreign resident would only pay taxes on income generated within Israel. The Tax Authority alleges Refaeli falsely claimed to be living outside of Israel to avoid the higher taxes.
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Saudi daily: Israel had chance to assassinate Assad
 December 31, 2018
Saudi daily: Israel had chance to assassinate AssadRussian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, May 17, 2018. (AP/Mikhail Klimentyev)
A “senior Israeli official” quoted in the Saudi media said that Israel had a chance to assassinate Syrian President Assad.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
An anonymous “senior Israeli official” quoted in the Saudi media said that Israel had a chance to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but chose to forego the opportunity, Israel Hayom reports on Monday.
The Saudi daily Elaph reported that the ‎Israeli official said the Netanyahu government rejected Israeli military intelligence recommendations to bring down the Assad regime, according to Israel Hayom. One of the ways it suggested doing this was by by ‎assassinating Assad, the report said.
The Israeli official quoted in the Saudi daily said that the reason Israel chose not to take this path was that “it preferred dealing with a known ‎adversary – someone it could use back channels to communicate with if need be,” the Israeli daily reports.
According to the report,  Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who was then Israel’s Director of ‎Military Intelligence, favored taking down the Assad regime. Kochavi is slated to become IDF Chief of Staff in mid-January. Kochavi wanted to remove Assad over his ties to the terror group Hezbollah, the report claims. Hezbollah is a proxy of Iran.
Iran enjoys close ties to Assad and has helped him win the full-scale civil war that has roiled his country since 2012.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump slowing troop pullout from Syria
 December 31, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Trump slowing troop pullout from SyriaSen. Lindsey Graham speaking to members of the media outside the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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“I think we’re in a pause situation,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday, regarding the pullout of U.S. troops from Syria, after meeting with the president.
By Associated Press
President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.
“I think we’re in a pause situation,” the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president.
Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the withdrawal of all the roughly 2,000 troops from war-torn Syria, with aides expecting it to take place swiftly. The president had declared victory over the Islamic State group in Syria, though pockets of fighting remain.
Graham had been an outspoken critic of Trump’s decision, which had drawn bipartisan criticism. The announcement also had shocked lawmakers and American allies, including Kurds who have fought alongside the U.S. against the Islamic State group and face an expected assault by Turkey.
“I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way,” Graham said, adding that Trump was very aware of the plight of the Kurds.
Critics had contended that the U.S. withdrawal would embolden Iran and Russia, which have supported the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
National security adviser John Bolton was expected to travel to Israel and Turkey next weekend to discuss the president’s plans with the American allies.
‘A nightmare for Israel’
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Civilian drone narrowly misses collision with IDF helicopter
 December 31, 2018
Civilian drone narrowly misses collision with IDF helicopterAn IDF black hawk helicopter from the Golan unit rescues a wounded man from a nearby spring, Feb. 2006. (Haim Azulay/Flash90)
“The IDF will work with the Israel Police to prevent security risks carried out illegally and against the aerial information security protocols of the State of Israel.” 
By World Israel News Staff
A civilian drone narrowly missed colliding with an IDF Black Hawk helicopter over a military base in central Israel, the Israeli military announced Monday.
The IDF and Israel Police are investigating the incident, which occurred Sunday night.
The drone, which operated illegally in restricted Israeli airspace, “dangerously approached” the Israeli helicopter, the IDF said.
“The IDF will work with the Israel Police to prevent security risks carried out illegally and against the aerial information security protocols of the State of Israel,” the army stated.
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Israeli military firms make push into Philippines
 December 31, 2018
Israeli military firms make push into PhilippinesTwo Israeli military firms have concluded deals with the Philippines military (Pictured: the Rafael Derby missile. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)
Earlier this year, the Philippines president pledged to buy weapons and military equipment only from Israel. He appears to be keeping his promise as several agreements were recently reached.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Israeli GAIA Automotive Industries Ltd. is officially establishing a presence in the Philippines after it signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Stone of David Corporation last September for cooperation on the marketing and promotion of tactical vehicles, including technology transfer.
According to the MaxDefense Philippines blog, a GAIA official confirmed that the local branch, which would be officially named GAIA Automotive Philippines, has just been finalized. A local armored vehicle manufacturing and fabrication plant is to open in February 2019, it said.
This is after Stone of David announced in mid-December that its joint venture with GAIA won the Multi-Purpose Armored Personnel Carrier (MPAPC) and Accessories Acquisition Project of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF).
In addition, MaxDefense Philippines confirmed, citing sources, that the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has chosen the SPYDER air defense system developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
“SPYDER is a quick reaction, low-level surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by aerial threats,” Rafael says on a SPYDER product web page
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Russia criticizes Israel for airstrike against Syrian weapons depot
 December 26, 2018
Russia criticizes Israel for airstrike against Syrian weapons depotIgor Konashenkov. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
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Moscow says the airstrike endangered civilian flights, but Israel declines comment over whether it carried out the attack.
By Associated Press and World Israel News Staff
The Russian military on Wednesday charged that Israel was responsible for an airstrike near the Syrian capital, and said that the attack had endangered civilian flights.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that six Israeli F-16 jets launched the “provocative” raid at the moment when two civilian airliners were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut, creating a “direct threat” to the aircraft.
Konashenkov said the Syrian military didn’t fully engage its air defense assets to avoid accidentally hitting the passenger jets. He added that Syrian air traffic controllers redirected the Damascus-bound plane to the Russian air base in Hemeimeem in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.
Konashenkov said the Syrian air defense forces shot down 14 of the 16 precision-guided bombs dropped by the fighter jets, while the remaining two hit a Syrian military depot 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles) west of Damascus, injuring three Syrian soldiers.
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Report: Netanyahu tells Hamas to keep quiet ahead of Israeli elections
 December 27, 2018
Report: Netanyahu tells Hamas to keep quiet ahead of Israeli electionsIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (Marc Israel Sellem)
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Netanyahu reportedly sent a message to Hamas via Egypt, urging the terror group not to escalate the situation ahead of the upcoming Israeli elections.
By Yona Schnitzer, TPS
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Egyptian Central Intelligence Service to convey a message to Hamas’ leadership in Gaza, urging them not to escalate the security situation in the months leading to Israel’s general elections in April, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Araby Al Jadeed reported Thursday.
According to the report, Netanyahu warned the factions in Gaza not to escalate the situation in a manner that would “force his hand” to engage in a full-scale military conflict – a situation that could hurt him in the polls as well as jeopardizing any possible long-term truce, which the Egyptians are reportedly mediating.
Netanyahu was also said to have urged the Egyptians to exercise a more lenient policy in allowing residents of Gaza to enter Egypt through the Rafah crossing so as to not give Hamas any “excuses” to escalate the situation.
On Sunday, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza warned Israel that they would “respond harshly” to what they described as the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza during violent riots along the border on Friday, in which four Palestinians died.
“The atrocious crimes committed against our people have crossed the red lines and the resistance will not stand by idly,” read a statement issued by Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s joint command.
Several thousand Palestinians took part in the March of Return protests last Friday, throwing rocks and incendiary devices at Israeli soldiers along the border and burning tires.
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Israeli anti-drone company in spotlight after London airport rescue
 December 25, 2018
Israeli anti-drone company in spotlight after London airport rescueDrone. (Shutterstock)
After London’s Gatwick Airport was brought to its knees by rogue drones last week, Israeli companies like Skylock are emerging as the first line of defense to combat the new airborne threat.
By Associated Press and World Israel News Staff
An Israeli technology company says its anti-drone system is drawing major interest after rogue unmanned aircraft sowed chaos at London’s Gatwick Airport last week.
With more than 750 flights canceled, over 120,000 passengers impacted, and tens of millions of dollars in losses, the incident was deemed a major security breach, notwithstanding the lack of casualties or damage to property that ensued.
The Israeli company Skylock is working to combat threats like the one that caused the Gatwick shutdown. Skylock is among a growing industry specializing in detecting and downing intruder drones by “jamming” them, or disrupting their frequencies.
The company said Tuesday it saw a 40 percent spike in inquiries into its product since the Gatwick episode.
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IDF destroys fifth Hezbollah terror tunnel
 December 27, 2018
IDF destroys fifth Hezbollah terror tunnelCheif of IDF's Northern Command, Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, oversees a tunnel-destroying operation. (IDF)
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The IDF has destroyed a fifth Hezbollah tunnel crossing from Lebanon into Israel.
By World Israel News Staff
The IDF has destroyed a fifth Hezbollah tunnel crossing from Lebanon into Israel as part of Operation Northern Shield, an IDF spokesman said Wednesday.
“We have just destroyed another Hezbollah attack tunnel that was dug from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the spokesman said.
The tunnel came from Ayta ash Shab, a village across the border from an Israeli farming community. It violated Israeli territory.
“The IDF sees the Lebanese government as responsible for the digging of the tunnels and the consequences,” the spokesman added, calling the digging of the tunnels a gross violation of U.N. Resolution 1701 and of Israeli sovereignty.
The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield on Dec. 4 to seek out and destroy Hezbollah tunnels burrowing under the Blue Line, the border between Israel and Lebanon
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Netanyahu’s party slams ‘false’ report he will stay in office if indicted
 December 27, 2018
Netanyahu’s party slams ‘false’ report he will stay in office if indictedPM Benjamin Netanyahu (Flash90)
The Likud party slammed a report claiming that the prime minister will not resign even if indicted, among other allegations.
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
The Likud political party, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stated Thursday that a report by Israel Hayom, claiming that the Israeli leader will not resign even if indicted, is false
“The claim that the prime minister said such things is false because the prime minister has not spoken with anyone about this matter,” the Likud said in a statement, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Israel Hayom also said that the Likud had threatened to publicly target Attorney General Avicahi Mandelblit and focus its election campaign on him if he indicts Netanyahu. The party denied this allegation as well.
“No one in Likud is threatening the attorney general,” the statement continued. “The threats and pressure to release an indictment against Netanyahu, no matter the cost and no matter the circumstances, comes every day from the left and the media.”
The article further claimed that Netanyahu told confidants that Mandelblit would not indict him during an election campaign and that even if he did, the prime minister would not resign.
“The law is clear, even if an indictment is filed against me, I am not resigning,” Netanyahu allegedly said, according to Israel Hayom.
The article itself had two versions. The final edition cited sources within the Likud who reportedly threatened Mandelblit, while an earlier version attributed the threatening statement to Netanyahu himself.
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Israeli government calls for early electionsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pondering his fate as he calls for an early election. (Flash90/Hadas Parush)
Israel’s government coalition decided to go to elections in early April.
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
On Monday, coalition leaders in Israel’s government voted unanimously “out of national and budgetary responsibility” to go to elections in early April.
Sources within the government said even prior to this afternoon’s meeting that it would decide whether of not the coalition would continue, Israel’s Channel 11 website reports.
The decision, if approved by a Knesset vote necessitated by Israeli law, would come just over four years after the last Knesset elections, held on March 17, 2015.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called the coalition meeting in an unsuccessful effort to save his coalition by finding an agreement on a haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, draft bill. The bill concerns the Army enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews.
On Sunday, ultra-Orthodox members of the coalition expressed anger that they weren’t informed about renewed discussions in the Knesset committee preparing the recruitment law, Channel 11 reports.
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Netanyahu: Israel will ride out volatile stock market
 December 24, 2018
Netanyahu: Israel will ride out volatile stock marketA board showing stock fluctuations at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. November 22, 2007. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
The prime minister reassured the public during a welcoming ceremony for the Bank of Israel’s new chief, Prof. Amir Yaron.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the opportunity Monday, during the official appointment of Professor Amir Yaron as governor of the Bank of Israel, to state his confidence in the country’s financial stability following Sunday’s steep drop in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).
“I am certain that we will succeed in riding out the current turmoil in the capital markets,” he said regarding the five-percent drop in the TASE’s value on Sunday, which was the worst plunge in Israel’s stock market in the last seven years.
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Radical Islamists in Gaza wage war on Christmas
 December 24, 2018
Radical Islamists in Gaza wage war on ChristmasNuns pray on Christmas Eve at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza City, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP/Khalil Hamra)
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Palestinian Christians living in Gaza are under threat not to celebrate Christmas, a flyer circulated by an Islamist group reveals.
By Yona Schnitzer/TPS
A flyer circulated by the Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, a coalition of small-scale Islamist groups operating in Gaza, warns the 1,300 Christians living in Gaza, as well as Muslims looking to take part in the holiday festivities, that celebration of the Christian holiday is forbidden by Islam.
The leaflet includes quotes from the Koran alongside a burning Christmas tree.
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Israeli drone tech solves British airport crisis
 December 24, 2018
Israeli drone tech solves British airport crisis(Rafael Defense Systems)
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Israeli drone-detection technology played a crucial role in resolving a major crisis at a British airport.
By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News
Israeli technology played a crucial role in resolving a major crisis at a British airport.
London Gatwick, the second largest airport in Britain and less than 30 miles away from London, shut down for over 36 hours on Wednesday and Thursday due to drone sightings by the runways.
“More than 750 flights were canceled and 124,000 passengers were affected. The incident ended with no casualties or damage to property, but cost tens of millions of dollars to airlines and passengers,” CTech website reports.
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Poll shows Israel’s Netanyahu cruising toward re-election
 December 25, 2018
Poll shows Israel’s Netanyahu cruising toward re-electionPM Benjamin Netanyahu (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Notwithstanding a series of corruption investigations against the prime minister, a poll shows Netanyahu in a comfortable lead ahead of the newly announced April election.
By Aron Heller,  Associated Press
A public opinion poll published Tuesday, the first following the announcement of snap elections in Israel, predicts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will cruise toward an easy re-election in April.
The Panels Politics poll in the Maariv daily showed Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party securing 30 seats in the 120-seat parliament and a majority for his current right-wing, nationalist bloc. Coming in second at 13 seats was the still hypothetical party headed by former military chief Benny Gantz, who has yet to declare whether he is even running. The established left and center parties lagged far behind.
The survey polled 500 Israelis and had a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.
Netanyahu on Monday called early elections for April, setting the stage for a three-month campaign clouded by a series of corruption investigations against the long-serving Israeli leader. With the traditional opposition parties splintered, the only thing seeming to stand in Netanyahu’s path toward a fourth consecutive term is a potential indictment against him on corruption charges.

NBA star LeBron James: Sorry, I thought ‘Jewish money’ was a ‘compliment’
 December 25, 2018
NBA star LeBron James: Sorry, I thought ‘Jewish money’ was a ‘compliment’NBA celebrity Lebron James (AP/Jae C. Hong)
Basketball celebrity LeBron James issued an apology for his Instagram post that quoted anti-Semitic song lyrics.
By Joseph Wolkin
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James faced criticism for posting anti-Semitic song lyrics to his Instagram account on Saturday.
James, one of the most famous basketball players in history, posted a selfie with the caption: “We been getting that Jewish money. Everything is Kosher.” The words are lyrics from rapper 21 Savage’s song “ASMR.”
Once James found out the lyrics are indeed anti-Semitic, he immediately apologized.
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” James said in an interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That’s what I do.
“I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it. So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”MORE https://worldisraelnews.com/poll-shows-israels-netanyahu-cruising-toward-re-election/?
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White House: Israeli election may affect peace-plan rollout
 December 25, 2018
White House: Israeli election may affect peace-plan rolloutL-R: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, White House adviser Jared Kushner, PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, meeting in Jerusalem on June 22, 2018. (U.S. Embassy in Israel)
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and other officials have warned against releasing the plan during the Israeli election season so that the vote is not a referendum on the American proposal.
By Jackson Richman, JNS
The Trump administration said on Monday that the Israeli election in April 2019 could affect the timing behind the highly anticipated rollout of its peace plan.
“The upcoming election in Israel on April 9 is one of many factors we are considering in evaluating the timing of the release of the peace plan,” a senior White House official told JNS.
The date was announced on Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Regarding the timing, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told JNS earlier this month that:
“The administration continues to place a high priority on achieving a lasting peace, a comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future for both the Palestinians and Israelis. We remain committed to sharing our vision for this, and we intend to release the president’s vision when the administration has concluded that we are ready.”
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and other officials have reportedly warned against releasing the plan during the Israeli election season, so that the vote is not a referendum on the American proposal.
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Trump ‘open’ to Turkish invitation to meet Erdogan
 December 25, 2018
Trump ‘open’ to Turkish invitation to meet ErdoganUS President Donald Trump (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP/Tatyana Zenkovich/FILE)
No date has been set for a top-level meeting between the Turkish and American leaders, who have suddenly warmed their ties.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The White House confirmed Monday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially invited President Donald Trump to meet with him in Ankara early in 2019, although no date has been mentioned as yet. “While nothing definite is being planned, the president is open to a potential meeting in the future,” the statement said.
Even before the U.S. president would make his trip,  an American military delegation is to visit Turkey this week. “They will discuss how to coordinate [the withdrawal] with their counterparts,” Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said at a news conference.
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Trump’s new embrace of Erdogan decried by top US Jewish leaders
 December 25, 2018
Trump’s new embrace of Erdogan decried by top US Jewish leadersUS President Donald Trump (r) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP/Evan Vucci, File)
“This most recent embrace of Turkey as a strategic partner in this ‘new’ U.S. policy should raise serious alarm bells in Israel and in the pro-Israel community,” Abraham Foxman said.
By Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner
Two prominent American Jewish leaders expressed strong concern on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of faith in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of his sudden decision to withdraw the 2,000 troops presently assisting Kurdish and Arab allies in Syria.
“This most recent embrace of Turkey as a strategic partner in this ‘new’ U.S. policy — relating to ISIS, Syria, the Kurds — should raise serious alarm bells in Israel and in the pro-Israel community,” Abraham Foxman, the national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), told The Algemeiner on Monday.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper — associate dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center — meanwhile asked whether anyone could “seriously believe that Erdogan will block the land corridor Iran is creating across Syria into Lebanon,” one of the more serious long-term issues in Israel’s northern security theater.
“It’s difficult to fathom what it was that Erdogan promised Trump, and that is part of the existential challenge facing Israel,” Cooper told The Algemeiner.
Trump’s confidence that Erdogan will “eradicate” what remains of ISIS marks another dramatic turnaround in the U.S. president’s turbulent relations with foreign leaders. Just in August, amidst a dispute over an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey, Trump declared a steep rise in steel and aluminum import tariffs on Turkey, along with sanctions against Turkish officials. In response, Erdogan urged a mass boycott in Turkey of the U.S. electronics products, including Apple’s iPhone.
Turkey mocks Trump’s ‘comic’ stance
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Netanyahu attempts to calm fears over US exit from Syria
 December 23, 2018
Netanyahu attempts to calm fears over US exit from SyriaPM Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting, Dec. 23, 2018. (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s efforts in Syria and that cooperation with the U.S. will continue in many areas.
By World Israel News Staff
Israel’s efforts against Iran in Syria will continue notwithstanding the anticipated American pullout from that country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday morning.
“The decision to take out the 2,000 American soldiers from Syria will not change our consistent policy,” he stated . “We will continue to act to prevent Iran’s effort to militarily entrench itself in Syria, and if needed we will even increase our activities there.”
Furthermore, “I would like to reassure those who are concerned. Our cooperation with the U.S. will continue in full and finds expression in many areas: operations, intelligence and many other security spheres.”
U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly made the snap decision to withdraw last Wednesday during a call with Turkish leader Recep Erdogan against the advice of his top aides and without consulting his national security team or allies. Trump said that the only reason the troops were there was to fight ISIS and that the victory over the terrorist group enabled him to bring the troops home within three months.
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Gaza terrorists threaten Israel: ‘Friday will be test day’
 December 23, 2018
Palestinian terror organizations in the Gaza Strip promised Israel that it would be a “test day” this Friday.
By World Israel News Staff
Palestinian terror organizations in the Gaza Strip promised Israel that it would be a “test day” this Friday after Palestinian media reported four rioters were killed by Israeli forces in clashes last Friday along the Israeli border, Ynet news reported.
“The crimes against our people have crossed the red lines and the resistance will not compromise with the enemy and will not stand aside,” the military wings of the various Palestinian terror factions announced Sunday, according to Ynet.
The threat came in a joint statement from the military factions in the Gaza Strip. It said, “Next Friday will be the decisive day and we will test the behavior and intentions of the enemy against our people in the March of Return.”
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Trump made snap decision to pull out of Syria in call with Erdogan
 December 23, 2018
Trump made snap decision to pull out of Syria in call with ErdoganPresident Donald Trump talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, July 11, 2018. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)



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President Trump agreed to a Syria withdrawal in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, rejecting the advice of his top aides.
By Associated Press
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State group, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.
Trump stunned his Cabinet, lawmakers and much of the world with the move by rejecting the advice of his top aides and agreeing to a withdrawal in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, two U.S. officials and a Turkish official briefed on the matter told The Associated Press.
The Dec. 14 call, described by officials who were not authorized to discuss the decision-making process publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, provides insight into a consequential Trump decision that prompted the resignation of widely respected Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It also set off a frantic, four-day scramble to convince the president either to reverse or delay the decision.
The White House rejected the description of the call from the officials but was not specific.
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US envoy resigns in protest over Trump’s Syria decision
 December 23, 2018
US envoy resigns in protest over Trump’s Syria decisionBrett McGurk, U.S. envoy for the global coalition against ISIS, speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Aug. 4, 2017, (AP/Susan Walsh)
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, resigned over Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
By Associated Press
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. McGurk described Trump’s decision as a “shock.”
Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be “reckless” to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home. McGurk decided to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February.
“The recent decision by the president came as a shock and was a complete reversal of policy,” he said in an email to his staff viewed by The Associated Press. “It left our coalition partners confused and our fighting partners bewildered with no plan in place or even considered thought as to consequences.”
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IDF chief of staff: ‘Don’t exaggerate US troop pullout’
 December 23, 2018
IDF chief of staff: ‘Don’t exaggerate US troop pullout’IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot (Flash90/Miriam Alster)
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria shouldn’t be exaggerated.
By World Israel News Staff
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria was “a significant event, but it should not be exaggerated,” Ynet news reports.
“For decades we have been dealing with this front alone, and the IDF has acted independently in this area,” Eizenkot said. “We are working in the interests of the State of Israel, and the decision [by the U.S. to pull its troops] was made when the relationship between the IDF and the U.S. army are at their height.”
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“The IDF’s main effort over the last four years has been to combat Iran’s aspirations to export its capabilities from Iran to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,” Eizenkot said, Israel Hayom reports.
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Erdogan: ‘Jews in Israel beat women and children’
 December 23, 2018
Erdogan: ‘Jews in Israel beat women and children’Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of a youth organization, in Istanbul Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. (Presidential Press Service via AP)
On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israeli Jews beat defenseless Palestinians, including women and children.
By World Israel News Staff
“The Jews in Israel kick people when they’re lying on the ground. In fact, Jews kick not only men, but women and children as well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting of the Turkey Youth Foundation, on Saturday, the Ynet news site reports.
“As Muslims, we will confront these people if they have courage to deal with us. We’ll teach them a lesson” Erdogan said.
According to Ynet, Israel concludes that Erdogan is turning to anti-Israel rhetoric to drum up popular support ahead of elections which will take place in about three months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Erdogan’s comments on Saturday, Ynet reports.
“Erdogan — the occupier of northern Cyprus, whose army massacres women and children in Kurdish villages, inside and outside Turkey – shouldn’t preach to Israel,” he said.
Erdogan has frequently made comments attacking Israel. In 2014, he compared Israel’s operation in Gaza to Hitler’s invasions in World War II. And since he has come to power, there have been increasing signs of anti-Semitism in the country, causing Istanbul’s shrinking Jewish community to apply for citizenship elsewhere.
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Israeli officials slam Trump’s ‘horrifying’ Syria move, join forces with Saudis and Jordan
 December 22, 2018
Israeli officials slam Trump’s ‘horrifying’ Syria move, join forces with Saudis and JordanPresident Donald Trump. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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In response to Trump’s announcement regarding the rapid exit of US troops from Syria, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia are reportedly joining forces to address the Iranian threat on their doorsteps.
By Daniel Siryoti, Yoni Hersch, Ariel Kahana, Eldad Beck, Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff via JNS.org
Behind closed doors, Israeli officials were reportedly critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria. One senior minister called it a “horrifying moral and a bad diplomatic step.”
“The move does not serve Israel’s interests, harms the Kurds, strengthens [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and will give Iran additional routes through which to send weapons to Syria,” said the minister.
Cabinet ministers and diplomatic officials have also confirmed to Israel Hayom that while Netanyahu said earlier this week that Trump had advised him on Monday that he was pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, and that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed the matter with him on Tuesday, the information was never shared with Israel’s National Security Council or the cabinet.
One minister told Israel Hayom that he thought Netanyahu might have been worried that cabinet officials would vocally criticize the American move. Netanyahu’s office declined to comment.
The Russian forces currently in Syria will take action to restrain Hezbollah and Iranian activity there, according to understandings reached by Israel, the United States, Jordan and Saudi Arabia with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Jordanian official confirmed to Israel Hayom.
The understandings are the product of behind-the-scenes diplomatic talks that were underway prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to withdraw American forces from Syria.
According to the terms of the understanding, Russia will continue to give Israel the freedom to strike Hezbollah and Iranian targets and weaponry that threaten the “balance of power” in Syria. According to the Jordanian official, it was these understandings between Trump and Putin that paved the way for the U.S. decision to pull its forces from Syria.
Other high-ranking Jordanian officials have confirmed that Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia are working together to contain the threat posed by Iran and Hezbollah’s presence in Syria. Several of them emphasized that U.S. officials had made it clear that U.S. intelligence agencies would increase cooperation with Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, particularly on sharing intelligence, in a joint attempt to counter Iran’s attempt to create a contiguous Shi’ite corridor from Tehran to Beirut.
Senior Egyptian intelligence officials say that unlike Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Egypt was not advised ahead of time that America was pulling out of Syria.
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Abbas to dissolve Palestinian parliament, Hamas fumes
 December 22, 2018
Abbas to dissolve Palestinian parliament, Hamas fumesPalestinians burn a poster of Mahmoud Abbas. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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The Hamas terror group claims Abbas’ move to eliminate the Palestinian parliament “opens the door to chaos.”
By Associated Press and World Israel News Staff
After Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced Saturday he would dissolve the Palestinians’ non-functioning parliamentary body, the Hamas terror organization threatened that the move would would bring “chaos.”
Abbas’ decision to dismantle the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) “destroys the political system and opens the door to chaos in the Palestinian arena,” said Yehiha Moussa, a Hamas lawmaker.
Moussa says the PLC, where Hamas holds a majority after a 2006 landslide victory against Abbas’ Fatah party, expires only when a new parliament is formed after elections.
But the PLC has been idle and divided since Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007 after a bloody coup and parliamentary elections. Its laws are limited to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, while Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria are ruled by the PA, which Abbas chairs.
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Paris airport shop locates Ben Gurion Airport in ‘Occupied Palestine’
 December 22, 2018
Paris airport shop locates Ben Gurion Airport in ‘Occupied Palestine’El Al's Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives for a welcome ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90).
A store in Paris’ Orly Airport issued receipts claiming that Israel’s primary international airport is in “Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
By World Israel News Staff
An Israeli couple shopping in a duty free store in Paris’ Orly Airport was shocked to discover that the receipt they were handed located Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in “Occupied Palestinian Territories,” reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).
The Israeli airport is in fact in Lod, just south of Tel Aviv, which is not classified as disputed territory.
The incident occurred in October at the Royal Quartz store, which is operated by Galeries Lafayette, France’s premiere department store.
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Mattis resigns as Pentagon chief after clashes with Trump over Syria
 December 22, 2018
Mattis resigns as Pentagon chief after clashes with Trump over SyriaUS Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Afghanistan. (AP/Rahmat Gul)
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Mattis stepped down after butting heads with Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria following two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world.
By Associated Press
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis , perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in President Donald Trump’s administration, will leave by the end of February after two tumultuous years struggling to soften and moderate the president’s hardline and sometimes sharply changing policies. He told Trump in a letter that he was leaving because “you have a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”
Mattis went to the White House with his resignation letter in hand to meet with the president and spoke to Trump for about 45 minutes, according to a senior U.S. official familiar with the incident but speaking on conditions of anonymity to discuss a private meeting.
There was no confrontation between the two men, the official said, and there was no one issue that caused the resignation. However, the official said, Syria likely was the last straw for Mattis.
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Iran blames Israel and US for diplomats’ expulsion from Albania
 December 20, 2018
Iran blames Israel and US for diplomats’ expulsion from AlbaniaIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Fars news)
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After Albania expelled two Iranian diplomats accused of criminal activities threatening the nation’s security, Tehran quickly pointed the finger at its historical foes.
By Associated Press
Iran is blaming the United States and Israel for Albania’s expulsion of two Iranian diplomats accused of engaging in criminal activities that threatened the small European country’s security.
The official IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying “Albania has become an unintentional victim of the United States, Israel and some terrorists groups.”
He says the U.S. and Israel are working to destroy relations between Iran and European countries, and that Albania should not allow others to dictate its relations with Tehran.
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Malaysian PM: No country has right to recognize Jerusalem
 December 20, 2018
Malaysian PM: No country has right to recognize JerusalemMalaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Issei Kato/Pool via AP)
“Jerusalem has always been under Palestine,” Mahathir Mohamad  said.
By Jack Gold, World News Staff
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized Australia’s recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying no country had the right to do so.
Speaking to Reuters at an event in Bangkok, Mahathir said that “Jerusalem should remain as it is now and not the capital of Israel.”
“Jerusalem has always been under Palestine, so why are they taking the initiative to divide Jerusalem not belonging to them, but to divide the Arabs and the Jews? They have no rights,” the 93-year-old premier said.
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Israel’s ‘unofficial’ reaction to US pullout from Syria: Disappointment
 December 20, 2018
Israel’s ‘unofficial’ reaction to US pullout from Syria: DisappointmentA U.S. armored vehicle in Manbij, north Syria, April 4, 2018. (AP/Hussein Malla)
Unofficially, Israel reacted with disappointment to the Trump administration’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
While Israel officially accepted the U.S. announcement that it was pulling its troops out of Syria with equanimity, unofficially the reaction was grave disappointment, Israel Hayom reports.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given a head’s up by the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the decision was announced, which was otherwise closely guarded and appears to have been made without consultations with senior GOP leaders.
The prime minister said yesterday, “This is, of course, an American decision. We will study its timetable, how it will be implemented and – of course – its implications for us. In any case we will take care to maintain the security of Israel and to defend ourselves in this area.”
On Wednesday, Trump posted a video on Twitter in which he said, “We’ve won against ISIS. We’ve beaten them. We’ve beaten them badly. We’ve taken back the land. And now it’s time for our troops to come back home.”
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Netanyahu: Hezbollah shut down precision-missile plants
 December 19, 2018
Netanyahu: Hezbollah shut down precision-missile plantsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points out the locations of Hezbollah's precision-missile factories in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 27, 2018. (GPO/Avi Ohayon)
Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Hezbollah has closed down its precision-guided missile plants near the Beirut airport. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the terror group Hezbollah has closed down its factories to develop precision-guided missiles, Reuters reports. Netanyahu made his revelation to a Globes economic conference on Wednesday.
“Those sites near the Beirut airport, the underground sites for precision conversion of missiles, which (Israeli) military intelligence gave me, to expose, those sites were closed,” Reuters quotes Netanyahu as saying at the conference.
Hezbollah did not immediately respond, according to the news site.
On Sept. 27, in a U.N. speech, Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of developing precision missiles in secret factories, three of them along Beirut’s international airport, using the civilian population of the city as human shields. The second site, he said, was underneath a soccer stadium.
Netanyahu held up a placard showing their locations, a picture he described as “worth 1,000 missiles.”
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Knesset advances bill enabling deportation of terrorists’ families
 December 19, 2018
Knesset advances bill enabling deportation of terrorists’ familiesIsraeli security forces in action. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
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The expulsion of terrorists’ families, the bill states, “is a proven ‎deterrent that has the power to decrease ‎terrorist attacks and save lives.”
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
A bill that would allow Israel to expel family members of a terrorist from their home passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday.
A majority of 69 MKs voted in favor of the bill, while 38 voted against it.
The bill states that the IDF will be able to remove a terrorist’s family from their town or city, or demarcate an area in which they are not allowed to enter, as a means to deter potential terrorists from carrying out an attack, a policy similar to Israel’s demolition of terrorists’ homes.
The legislation, submitted by a group of lawmakers led by MK Mordhay Yogev (Jewish Home), would give the GOC ‎Central Command the authority to relocate a terrorist’s ‎family to another area within a week of the ‎attack.
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EU to Trump: Peace deal must include Palestinian state
 December 19, 2018
EU to Trump: Peace deal must include Palestinian stateEuropean leaders and commissioners at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP/Francisco Seco)
Responding to Nikki Haley’s push for Trump’s “deal of the century,” eight European countries and Russia insisted that only a two-state solution could succeed.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The European members of the United Nations Security Council and Russia warned the American administration Tuesday that any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement must include a Palestinian state. Otherwise, they said, it will be doomed to failure.
The statement came in reaction to outgoing U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s last remarks at the U.N. Tuesday, in which she did not mention the words “Palestinian state” when discussing the as-yet-unrevealed plan in general terms.
The absence of these words seemingly did not sit well with France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Belgium and Poland. They issued a joint statement stressing the importance of “the internationally agreed parameters for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on international law, relevant UN resolutions and previous agreements.”
“The EU is truly convinced that a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital of both states” is the only viable and realistic way to end the conflict and achieve a just and lasting peace, satisfying “Israeli and Palestinian security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty” as well as ending the “occupation” and resolving all final status issues,” the statement said.
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Australian Labor party passes resolution to recognize ‘Palestine’
 December 19, 2018
Australian Labor party passes resolution to recognize ‘Palestine’Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten, accompanied by Sen. Penny Wong (L), Sept. 27, 2017, in Tokyo. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Australia’s opposition Labor party has called for the recognition of “Palestine,” saying the issue is “an important priority.” 
By World Israel News Staff
Australia’s Labor party, headed by Bill Shorten, has passed a resolution urging the government to “recognize Palestine as a state,” the website news.com.au reported Tuesday.
This follows Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recognition of “west Jerusalem” as the capital of Israel, which he announced on Saturday.
Australia stopped short of moving its embassy to the capital of Jerusalem, although earlier this year, the prime minister said he was open to the idea.
Canberra “will recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution,” Morrison stated on Saturday.
The response from Jerusalem to Morrison’s statement was lukewarm. Israel’s foreign ministry described Canberra’s recognition as “a step in the right direction.” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, however, said it was “surprising,” adding that “a united Jerusalem, not just a part of it, is our eternal capital.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s opposition party has taken it a step further, calling for recognition of the state of “Palestine” notwithstanding the lack of a peace settlement.
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WATCH: Britain’s May takes impassioned stand against rising anti-Semitism
 December 20, 2018
At the British House of Commons on Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May passionately agreed with Labour MK John Mann, lamenting that Jews are seriously considering leaving the U.K. due to a rise in anti-Semitism, particularly in the Labour Party,
May stated that 2019 must be the year that Britain stands up against racial hatred and anti-Semitism.
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Netanyahu: Israel building missiles to reach entire region
 December 18, 2018
Netanyahu: Israel building missiles to reach entire regionPM Netanyahu at IAI. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
The IAI is developing “offensive missiles” that “can reach anywhere in the area and any target,” Netanyahu said.
By: Jack Gold, World Israel News
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday visited the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and was updated on the company’s latest innovations and developments.
“IAI knows how to reach anywhere for the benefit of the people of Israel. Decide and we will go anywhere we like. The sky is the limit,” IAI Chairman Harel Locker said during the prime minister’s tour.
Netanyahu also said that the IAI is developing “offensive missiles” that “can reach anywhere in the area and any target.”
Locker, IAI CEO Nimrod Sheffer and other senior officials presented Netanyahu with ways to “strengthen IAI and benefit the national security of the State of Israel,” a statement by Netanyahu’s office said.
Netanyahu lauded the IAI as “an accumulation of very talented minds and people here who are developing the cutting edge of the defense of the State of Israel, from micro-satellites that we will launch into space to missiles … Space is a huge sphere that the State of Israel is entering.”
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Knesset confirms Netanyahu as defense minister
 December 18, 2018
Knesset confirms Netanyahu as defense ministerIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, December 16, 2018. (Marc Israel Sellem)
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In a narrow vote, the Knesset approved Netanyahu’s permanent appointment as defense minister.  
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
The Knesset on Monday evening approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s permanent appointment as Minister of Defense.
Following a lengthy debate, 59 Knesset members voted in favor; 56 were against.
Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party, who abstained in a vote in the cabinet on the issue, voted in favor of his appointment at the Knesset’s plenum.
Throughout the debate that preceded the vote, numerous members of the Opposition criticized the appointment.
“Today the prime minister will also become the defense minister, and he is also the minister of health, the minister of absorption and the foreign minister – so that’s four portfolios.” declared MK Ayman Odeh of the Joint Arab list.
“To these we need to add Case 1000, Case 2000, Case 3000 and Case 4000, so that’s eight portfolios,” he said, referring to several corruption cases against Netanyahu. “That’s more than Louis XIV: ‘I am the state and the state is I.’ I hope this situation will not persist much longer.”
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Beirut daily: Israel wants US to halt aid until Lebanon deals with tunnels
 December 18, 2018
Beirut daily: Israel wants US to halt aid until Lebanon deals with tunnelsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting, December 16, 2018. (Marc Israel Sellem)
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Israel’s prime minister wants America to turn the screws on Beirut to help deal with the Hezbollah tunnel issue.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Citing unnamed Western diplomatic sources, the Beirut-based Al-Akhbar daily reported Tuesday that Jerusalem requested from the Trump administration to pressure Lebanon into dealing with Hezbollah’s tunnel threat by threatening to withhold tens of millions in U.S. aid.
According to the report, Israel wants the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to partner with the U.N. force on the border to locate and demolish the sections of tunnel that stretch within Lebanese territory.
The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, said Monday that the tunnels violate U.N. Resolution 1701 but that dealing with the tunnels is “beyond its mandate,” passing responsibility on to the Lebanese government.
Lebanese state media outlet National News Agency said Prime Minister Saad Hariri wouldn’t commit to destroying the tunnels, only saying that Lebanon would “conduct patrols to deal with any flaw in the implementation of Resolution 1701 from the Lebanese side.”
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Hezbollah sealed terror tunnel exposed by IDF
 December 18, 2018
Hezbollah sealed terror tunnel exposed by IDFIDF troops operate along Israel’s border during Operation Northern Shield. (IDF)
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Is Hezbollah trying to cover its tracks?
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
It appears Hezbollah is working to seal the cross-border terror tunnels the IDF has exposed in recent weeks as part of Operation Northern Shield.
Footage taken from inside the tunnels by the Israel Defense Forces shows a fairly new wall that was apparently erected by Hezbollah in an attempt to close the tunnel’s exit point into Lebanon.
‎‏The IDF has been analyzing the tunnels, using a variety of means, including photography and research capabilities to explore and fully understand the tunnels.
The IDF has so far exposed four Hezbollah tunnels, and the operation to discover and neutralize more of them is expected to last several more months.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has confirmed that the tunnels dug by the Lebanese terror group into Israel violate Security Council resolution 1701.
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Knesset caucus demands ouster of Hebron observer force in wake of new revelation
 December 18, 2018
Knesset caucus demands ouster of Hebron observer force in wake of new revelationMembers of TIPH, or Temporary International Presence, speak with Israeli soldiers outside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, August 8, 2018. (Flash90/Gershon Elinson)
A Knesset caucus demanded that a civilian observer group in Hebron be removed from the city for associating with radical group Breaking the Silence. 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
For the second time in five weeks, the chairmen of the Knesset’s Land of Israel caucus called on Tuesday for the government not to renew the mandate for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), a civilian observer mission long accused of bias in favor of the Palestinians, after a revelation that the group has been working with a radical NGO.
Israel Hayom reported Monday that the observer mission has been running joint tours of Hebron with Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence for groups of diplomats and left-wing activists.
Breaking the Silence opposes Israeli control of Judea and Samaria. Most of its funding comes from foreign governments. In 2009, Amos Harel wrote in Haaretz, “Breaking the Silence…has a clear political agenda, and can no longer be classed as a ‘human rights organization.’”
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Germany offers compensation to Kindertransport survivors
 December 18, 2018
Germany offers compensation to Kindertransport survivorsA memorial statue to the memory of the 'Kindertransport' (children transport) near Friedrichstrasse train station in central Berlin, Germany. (AP/Markus Schreiber)
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Survivors of the Kindertransport will receive a one-time payment from Germany’s government.
By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News
Survivors of the Kindertransport will receive a one-time payment from Germany’s government, the nation announced on Monday.
Those who are still alive from the transport that occurred 80 years ago will receive 2,500 Euros, equating to over $2,800. About 1,000 survivors from the Kindertransport are still alive.
“In almost all the cases the parents who remained were killed in concentration camps in the Holocaust and they have tremendous psychological issues,” Jewish Claim Conference negotiator Greg Schneider said in a statement to the Associated Press.
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IDF shoots and captures Ofra terrorist hours after newborn victim dies
December 12, 2018
IDF shoots and captures Ofra terrorist hours after newborn victim diesIDF forces operating in the Arab village of Shweika in Samaria, October 7, 2018. (illustrative) (Israel Defense Forces)
One of the terrorists responsible for a shooting attack near Ofra this week was reportedly captured on Wednesday evening.
By World Israel News Staff
The IDF shot and captured one of two Palestinian terrorists who committed a shooting attack at the Ofra Junction on Sunday, according to unconfirmed Palestinian reports cited by TPS.
The Palestinian assailants opened fire on a group of Israelis waiting at a bus stop, wounding seven.
One of the victims, 21-year-old Shira Ish-Ran, was in her 30th week of pregnancy. The unborn child was also injured and was removed immediately from Ish-Ran’s womb, but passed away Wednesday afternoon.
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Netanyahu: Israel will deliver ‘unimaginable blows’ if Hezbollah attacks
December 11, 2018
Netanyahu: Israel will deliver ‘unimaginable blows’ if Hezbollah attacksPM Netanyahu at IDF Northern Command HQ. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
The Israeli prime minister warned Hezbollah that Israel is “prepared from all sides” to confront the Iranian-backed terror group.
By Associated Press and World Israel News Staff
Commenting on the IDF operation to expose and destroy a series of cross-border attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to the Lebanese terror group.
“If Hezbollah makes a big mistake and decides in any way to harm us or to resist the operation we are conducting, it will be dealt unimaginable blows,” said Netanyahu.
The prime minister added, “Hezbollah thought that it could dig unhindered. We knew, we planned, and it did not leak. We maintained secrecy; we planned carefully. We are carrying out exactly what we planned but we are ready for the unexpected. There is great firepower here. We are ready for it and are prepared for it from all sides.”
Netanyahu also vowed that the operation “will continue as long as necessary, until we completely deny Hezbollah the tunnels.”
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State Department official: Hezbollah as dangerous as ISIS
December 12, 2018
State Department official: Hezbollah as dangerous as ISISHezbollah fighters swear the oath of allegiance to their group during a ceremony marking the death of a Hezbollah commander (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Hezbollah threat to Western hemisphere as ‘dangerous’ as ISIS, top US official warns.
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A top US State Department official on Tuesday warned officials from 12 key nations in the Western Hemisphere that Hezbollah — Iran’s Lebanon-based Shi’a proxy terror group — is “just as dangerous and just as close” as ISIS, the Sunni Islamist organization responsible for mass atrocities in Iraq and Syria.
“Despite its name, [Lebanese Hezbollah] operates within many of our own borders and far from the Middle East,” Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan told delegates to the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial in Washington, D.C.
Among the countries represented at Monday’s meeting was Argentina – on two occasions the target of savage Hezbollah terrorist attacks during the 1990s. “In 1994, Hezbollah killed 85 people and injured hundreds more in Buenos Aires when it attacked the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) just two years after it had attacked the Israeli embassy there,” Sullivan reminded the delegates.
While Hezbollah has not carried out attacks in Latin America on that scale since the AMIA atrocity, Sullivan asserted that “several of your governments are still confronted with Hezbollah plots on a regular basis.”
Said Sullivan: “Just this September, Brazil arrested a Hezbollah financier in the tri-border area near Paraguay and Argentina. In 2016, Paraguay arrested another Hezbollah operative smuggling out 39 kilos of cocaine, whom we in the United States are prosecuting in Miami.”
The U.S. was similarly vulnerable to Hezbollah-linked criminal activities and terrorism, Sullivan added.
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PA input unwanted in ‘Deal of the Century’
December 12, 2018
PA input unwanted in ‘Deal of the Century’US President Donald Trump and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. (AP/Evan Vucci, File)
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Ramallah, unlike Jerusalem, will not see the U.S. plan for a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement until it is unveiled.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Palestinian Authority (PA) will not see the American peace plan before it’s presented to the world, Ma’ariv reported on Wednesday.
Ramallah, which broke off relations with the Trump administration after the U.S. Embassy was moved to Jerusalem in May, has reportedly offered to help in crafting the parameters of the agreement but was turned down. The report did not state when the offer was made.
This means that if and when the two sides return to the negotiating table, the Palestinian Authority will have the distinct disadvantage of not having been given any specific prior knowledge of its contents – versus the Israelis, whose input was requested.
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WATCH: Israel’s popular biblical archaeology program draws Arab students
https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-israeli-university-program-draws-students-from-arab-countries
December 12, 2018
An online course at Bar-Ilan University, titled Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah, has drawn more than 1,000 students from around the world, including from Arab countries that have no ties to Israel.
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Bar Ilan class draws students from Arab countries

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Netanyahu: No Jew will be uprooted as long as I’m in charge
 December 11, 2018
Netanyahu: No Jew will be uprooted as long as I’m in chargePM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the inauguration of Adam Interchange, Dec. 11, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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“As long as I am the Prime Minister of Israel, not a single Jew will be uprooted from his home,” Netanyahu vowed at the dedication of a new interchange in Judea and Samaria. 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The only proper response to Palestinian terror is to build up Judea and Samaria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at the inauguration of the “Adam Interchange.
The new junction, located in the Binyamin region and built at a cost of over NIS 60 million ($16 million), will cut the congestion between Jerusalem and the Israeli communities in Judea.
Netanyahu noted “the depth of our enemies’ hatred of us, Jews and Israelis,” referring to the terrorist incident Monday in Samaria that injured seven people, including a pregnant woman who was seriously wounded and underwent an emergency C-section. The infant boy remains in critical condition.
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Pregnant mother wounded in Arab drive-by shooting recovering
 December 11, 2018
Pregnant mother wounded in Arab drive-by shooting recoveringShira Ish-Ran, the young woman wounded in an Arab attack near Ofra Monday, with her husband in this wedding photo. (Courtesy Family)
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The condition of the pregnant woman critically wounded in Monday’s terror attack is improving.
By World Israel News Staff
Shira Ish-Ran, the 21-year-old pregnant woman seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting on Sunday evening, is recovering, doctors at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem said Tuesday morning.
Ish-Ran, together with six others, including her husband, were wounded while waiting at a hitchhiking stop near the town of Ofra in Samaria.
The drive-by was caught on camera as gunfire opened up from a passing white sedan, sending those waiting running for cover. Some hid behind a stone memorial for a man killed by terrorists at the same spot a year ago.
Ish-Ran and the other wounded were rushed to Shaare Zedek. She was one of the worst injured and initially listed in critical condition.
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Security forces thwart 3 terror attacks in Judea and Samaria
 December 11, 2018
Security forces thwart 3 terror attacks in Judea and SamariaThe IDF conducts a search for Palestinian terrorists near Ramallah, Dec. 10, 2018. (Flash90)
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A Palestinian terrorist is dead and another was arrested in two separate terror incidents Tuesday morning that occurred almost simultaneously. Another attempted attack was foiled Monday evening.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
In two separate incidents within the same hour on Tuesday morning, Palestinian terrorists attempted ramming their vehicles into IDF soldiers in the Judea and Samaria region. One assailant was killed by Israeli security forces; the other was arrested. A third attack took place Monday evening.
In the first incident, Border Police officers fired at a Palestinian vehicle moving towards border guards in the village of Idhna, near Hebron. The guards were securing the safety of Civil Administration (CA) inspectors on a law enforcement mission. There were no casualties on the Israeli side, however, Palestinian media reported that the terrorist was killed.
According to the initial investigation, one of the assailants hit a CA car and then drove into a soldier, injuring him lightly. A border guard fired a warning shot into the air before aiming at the car, which kept moving. The driver, identified in Arab media as 27-year-old Omar Awwad, died of his wounds a short time later.
Meanwhile, another attempted ramming attack in the northern Jordan Valley occurred almost simultaneously while security forces were demolishing an illegal structure in the Palestinian village of Al-Jiftlik. A vehicle began accelerating towards the forces, who responded with fire. The driver was arrested.
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Women’s March leaders buried anti-Semitic ‘family secret’
 December 11, 2018
Women’s March leaders buried anti-Semitic ‘family secret’Carmen Perez, left, Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory and Linda Sarsour attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017, in New York. (AP/Invision)
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Tablet Magazine reveals that two leaders of the Women’s March swapped anti-Semitic conspiracy theories when they first met.
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A Dec. 10, Tablet Magazine story by Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegel reveals that two leaders of the Women’s March swapped anti-Semitic conspiracy theories when they first met in November 2016.
“In the first hours of the first meeting for what would become the Women’s March … something happened that was so shameful to many of those who witnessed it, they chose to bury it like a family secret,” McSweeney and Siegel write.
Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, while getting to know one another, talked about the Jews’ “special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people,” and that “Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade,” the Tablet authors write, citing a “close secondhand source.”
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Australia reportedly readying to recognize Jerusalem
 December 11, 2018
Australia reportedly readying to recognize JerusalemAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks in a Sydney suburb, Nov. 22, 2018. (AP/Mark Metcalfe)
Australia’s Morrison government is expect­ed to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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Australia’s Morrison government is expect­ed to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital following a cabinet meeting Tuesday, according to The Australian news site.
Australia’s Conservatives website heralded the decision as “another great result for the Conservative Party which has been running a petition for recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” reported it was “unclear” if the government would only recognize the western part of Jerusalem or settle on a broader definition. .
A decision on moving Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv may be delayed, however, the site reported.
“Sources confirmed that it was likely a consular office would be established in Jerusalem as a sign of support for Israel until the full embassy was relocated,” the Conservatives site said.
On October 15, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the possibility of moving the embassy in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I’m very thankful to him for this. We will continue to strengthen ties between Israel and Australia,” Netanyahu tweeted.
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Haifa mayor, feeling pressure, confronts deputy over Hamas support
 December 11, 2018
Haifa mayor, feeling pressure, confronts deputy over Hamas supportHaifa's new mayor, Einat Kalisch-Rotem, found herself in a firestorm after controversial comments made by her deputy mayor, Raja Zatraa, emerged. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem demanded that her future deputy mayor publicly clarify statements he made in support of Hamas and Hezbollah.
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Einat Kalisch-Rotem, the newly elected Haifa mayor, returned to work Tuesday after a Swiss holiday only to face tremendous pressure to dismiss her choice for deputy mayor, Raja Zatraa, the Mako news site reports.
Zatraa, although he will only take over as deputy mayor two-and a half years from now, has already created a national uproar over his comparison of Zionism to the Islamist group ISIS. He also supports BDS and reportedly has discouraged minorities in Israel from serving in the Israeli Army.
A member of the Arab communist party, Zaatra has also declared his support for terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
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Student stabs lecturer to death in Paris for ‘insulting the Prophet Mohammed’
 December 10, 2018
Student stabs lecturer to death in Paris for ‘insulting the Prophet Mohammed’Stabbing victim Prof. John Dowling (Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci University )
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A Pakistani man claimed he stabbed his former professor for insulting his religion. French police say they found no connection to Islamic terror. 
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
A Pakistani man stabbed his former university lecturer to death in Paris after the victim allegedly “insulted the Prophet Mohammed,” the Daily Mail reported Friday.
John Dowling of Ireland, 66, was stabbed 13 times last Wednesday outside the Leonardo de Vinci University in Paris, where he taught.
The assailant, identified only as Ali R., 37, confessed to the killing and told police he “held a personal grudge” against the teacher after failing his exams last year. Ali was indicted for murder.
CCTV footage shows Dowling chatting with Ali before the assailant pulled out a steak knife, purchased at a nearby market, and plunged it first into Dowling’s throat and then into his chest.
An eyewitness recounted how students overwhelmed Ali, while one of them tore off his shirt to try to staunch the bleeding, the Irish Times reported.
Catherine Denis, the prosecutor involved in the case, said Ali harbored an “obsessive resentment” against the university for expeling him in September 2017, the Mail reported.
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