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Netanyahu orders bill to dissolve parliament as coalition hopes fade
 May 27, 2019
Netanyahu orders bill to dissolve parliament as coalition hopes fadePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Plenum Hall of the Knesset 
The bill is aimed, in part, at preventing President Reuven Rivlin from appointing anyone else to form the government.
By World Israel News Staff
The Knesset appeared poised to vote on Monday for a bill to dissolve parliament, less than two months after the last general election.
The prime minister’s move to introduce a Knesset dissolution bill is meant to pressure Avigdor Liberman, head of the Israel Beiteinu party, into accepting a coalition deal with a new Netanyahu government.
The maneuvering is taking place amid difficulties faced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in forming a new governing majority ahead of the Wednesday midnight deadline.
At the center of the dispute is Liberman’s insistence on the passage of a conscription law to increase army enlistment in the haredi religious sector and his refusal to accept any changes to the bill. Haredi parties negotiating to enter the government reportedly have accepted a compromise on the legislation presented by Netanyahu.
If Liberman refuses to join the new government, the coalition would include only 60 members in the 120-seat Knesset.
MK Miki Zohar of Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party told Israel’s Channel 12 that he was introducing a bill to dissolve the Knesset at the prime minister’s behest, which, if passed, would mean a return to the polls.
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Mossad team that swiped Iranian nuclear archive to get defense prize
 May 27, 2019
Mossad team that swiped Iranian nuclear archive to get defense prizePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reveals secret documents on Iran's nuclear weapons program obtained in a Mossad operation, April 30, 2018. (Flash90/Miriam Alster)
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This year’s Israel Security Prize will go to the team that lifted Iran’s nuclear secrets from under the ayatollahs’ noses.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The 2019 Israel Security Prize will be awarded to the Mossad for its success in breaking into a Tehran archive last year and spiriting out thousands of documents that proved Iran had worked on developing nuclear weapons long after the Islamic Republic said it had stopped.
The decision, announced Sunday, was made by a committee that took into consideration many factors, including the significance of the intelligence material found, the level of risk in the operation, and how much its success meant to the security of the country.
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Poll: In new Israeli election, right-wing still comes out on top
 May 27, 2019
Poll: In new Israeli election, right-wing still comes out on topIsrael's political right is expected to win again if new elections are called. (AP/Tsafrir Abayov)
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The Ma’ariv survey shows that the right-wing-religious bloc would rise from 65 to 68 seats.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can’t pull together a coalition, and the country goes to back-to-back elections, it would work in the right’s favor, says a Ma’ariv poll published on Monday.
The survey, taken by Panels Politics, showed that the Likud would stay steady at 35 seats. The haredi, or ultra-Orthodox parties, United Torah Judaism and Shas, would also hold with eight seats each.
The change this time involves the New Right party. It failed to pass the electoral threshold by 1,400 votes. In a second election, the poll finds the party winning five seats. Also, the United Right Wing, a coalition of smaller right-wing religious-Zionist parties, and the Israel Beiteinu party would each haul in an additional seat, giving them six Knesset seats each.
This would give the right wing bloc 68 seats, even without Kulanu. That party, led by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will not pass the voter threshold in a second election, according to the poll.


Following shocking ‘kippa’ statement from German official, high-profile leaders speak out
 May 26, 2019
Following shocking ‘kippa’ statement from German official, high-profile leaders speak outA Kippah (Jewish skullcap) (Shutterstock)
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“Wear your kippa. Wear your friend’s kippa. Borrow a kippa and wear it for our Jewish neighbors. Educate people that we are a diverse society,” the U.S. envoy to Germany tweeted.
By World Israel News Staff
Following last week’s statement from the Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, Felix Klein, who told the Funke newspaper group that Jews should not publicly wear skullcaps due to “ongoing brutalization in German society,” high-profile leaders have strongly condemned the statement.
Richard Grenell, the U.S. government’s ambassador to Germany, tweeted that Jews in Germany should not conceal their skullcaps in public as part of efforts to stem the tide of growing anti-Semitism.
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New Right party promises second run if new elections called
 May 27, 2019
New Right party promises second run if new elections calledNew Right party leader Naftali Bennett (AP/Abir Sultan)
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The New Right is ready to go again if elections are held.
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
New Right party officials say they’re ready for a second go if the country goes to unprecedented back-to-back elections. The party narrowly failed to meet the minimum required threshold by about 1,400 votes in the last elections held in April.
When a party doesn’t pass the electoral threshold all of its votes are discounted. In the New Right’s case it cost Israel’s right-wing bloc over 138,000 votes, which went up in smoke when the party failed to make it into the Knesset.
But now it appears the party may get a second chance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has encountered unexpected difficulties in forming a government coalition. In mid-May, he requested a two-week extension. It expires on Wednesday night.
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Arab Knesset member who aided terrorists released from jail
 May 27, 2019
Arab Knesset member who aided terrorists released from jailMK Basel Ghattas in court in 2017 (Yehuda Peretz/POOL)
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Balad party MK Basel Ghattas smuggled cellphones, notes to terrorist prisoners and was classified as a member of a terror group.
By World Israel News Staff 
Former MK Basel Ghattas has reportedly been released from an Israeli prison after serving about two years in jail for smuggling cellphones and notes to Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails.
Ghattas used his status as a member of Israel’s parliament, which allowed him to pass security checks without being inspected, to gain access to the terrorist prisoners.
He had been videotaped on a prison security camera committing the crime.
He himself was classified as a security prisoner by Israeli authorities who said he was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. He denied such membership.
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Netanyahu fights against time to build government as deadline looms
 May 26, 2019
Netanyahu fights against time to build government as deadline loomsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Flash90)
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Netanyahu is up against the clock to create a governing coalition as time runs out at midnight on Wednesday.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a coalition in a scenario he probably didn’t predict when he led a decisive right-wing victory in Israel’s elections last month.
But there appears to be a real chance he will not succeed in cobbling together a government before the deadline of midnight Wednesday.
The Likud seems to be preparing for this worst-case scenario. Following a Likud meeting on Sunday afternoon, Likud MK Miki Zohar sounded a pessimistic note, saying “it appears that the Knesset will dissolve on Wednesday night,” meaning a government will not be formed.
Today, Zohar will present a motion to dissolve the Knesset, the Ynet news site reports.
Netanyahu however is still making a last-ditch effort to build a coalition. On Saturday, he huddled with his party’s main negotiators at his home in Caesarea to see if there was a path forward. The meeting followed numerous failed attempts last week to bridge the gap on the main issue.
The sticking point is the military conscription bill, which is geared to drafting male seminary students from the haredi sector, sometimes referred to as the ultra-Orthodox, into the Israeli Army. The issue has caused a great deal of friction in Israeli society over the years, as the general population views haredim as not doing their fair share in a country where serving in the military is mandatory.
Two of Netanyahu’s potential coalition partners stand at opposite ends of the debate. Both have dug in their heels, grinding negotiations to a halt.
The first, United Torah Judaism, led by Yaakov Litzman, is a haredi party and wants to see changes made to the bill that would water it down. It is joined by the Shas party, another haredi party. Together, they control 16 seats in the Knesset.
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Arab speaker at opposition rally raises eyebrows
 May 26, 2019
Arab speaker at opposition rally raises eyebrowsHadash-Ta'al party leader Ayman Odeh speaks during a demonstration held by opposition parties outside the Tel Aviv Museum, May 25, 2019. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
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Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Arab party Hadash-Ta’al, spoke at the opposition party rally on Saturday night.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
A number of opposition speakers addressed the opposition protest that took place at the outdoor courtyard by the Tel Aviv museum on Saturday night. But one in particular is raising eyebrows among Likud supporters – Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Arab party Hadash-Ta’al.
According to Ma’ariv, the main opposition party Blue and White didn’t want Odeh to speak at the rally but caved after pressure was put on the party’s leaders by Knesset members, public figures and through social media. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz phoned Odeh only hours before the gathering to invite him.
The Likud responded to Odeh’s participation, saying “Terror supporter Ayman Odeh is speaking with the blessing of Lapid and Gantz. What a joke.”
During the campaign, Gantz dismissed the idea of including a coalition with Arab-majority parties. In his first televised interview as a candidate, he said he  “can’t have any political discourse” with Arab parties. Israeli Arab politicians “speak against the State of Israel,” he said.
He urged Arab citizens of Israel not to “follow those who act against Israel,” saying Arab-Israeli leaders “don’t serve their interests…
“The day when their leaders present a positive agenda will be the day we could consider them as partners,” Gantz said.
The invitation extended to Odeh may signal that Gantz’s views are changing on the matter.
Odeh has been harshly criticized by Israel’s right-wing. After Odeh voiced support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad last year, Israel’s Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan blasted the Hadash leader.
“In a costume and with a voice a bit weepy, he has succeeded in misleading and in casting himself as moderate. We are talking about a man who is not ready to condemn a murderer of children who uses chemical weapons. He is a despicable enemy from within, with a seat in the Knesset of Israel,” Erdan said of Odeh.
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Florida Gov. DeSantis in Israel: Our state most pro-Israel in Union
 May 26, 2019
Florida Gov. DeSantis in Israel: Our state most pro-Israel in UnionFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP/Wilfredo Lee)
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DeSantis is leading a trade delegation of 100 people to Israel starting on Sunday.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is keeping his campaign promise that the first country he would visit as governor would be Israel. He arrived on Sunday with a delegation of close to 100 people
DeSantis’ office said the visit would include “business meetings” with education officials, business leaders, lawmakers and the head of the state’s tourism marketing agency. It’s expected that the governor will devote a good deal of his attention to Israel’s high-tech sector.
DeSantis says the visit will show Florida is the biggest supporter of Israel among the 50 states.
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Palestinian Authority foils female Koran teacher’s planned ISIS attack on Israel
 May 26, 2019
Palestinian Authority foils female Koran teacher’s planned ISIS attack on IsraelAla' Bashir (Courtesy)
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The PA says it has arrested a terrorist planning a suicide attack in Israel.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Palestinian Authority (PA) arrested a young woman two weeks ago due to her alleged plan to commit a suicide attack in Israel on behalf of ISIS, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
When 23-year-old Ala’ Bashir, a Koran teacher from a village near Kalkilya, was taken into custody, it caused an immediate uproar on social media. Calls for her release came from various Palestinian factions and the Arab public.
According to the Israeli daily, this led the normally secretive Palestinian Preventive Security Service (PSS) to make the unusual move of announcing the reason for the arrest – to forestall an act that would “destabilize the region.”
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Iran’s Rouhani floats idea of referendum over nuke deal
 May 26, 2019
Iran’s Rouhani floats idea of referendum over nuke dealAn Iranian technician works at a nuclear facility south of Tehran. (AP/Vahid Salemi)
Rouhani suggested a nationwide vote to decide the fate of the country’s nuclear program.
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Iran’s president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid the unraveling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday.
According to the official IRNA news agency, President Hassan Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by the country’s supreme leader, made the suggestion in a meeting with editors of major Iranian news outlets on Saturday evening.
Rouhani said he had previously suggested a referendum to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2004, when he was a senior nuclear negotiator for Iran.
At the time, Khamenei approved of the idea and though there was no referendum, such a vote “can be a solution at any time,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.
A referendum could provide political cover for the Iranian government if it chooses to increase its enrichment of uranium, prohibited under the 2015 deal with world powers.
In recent weeks, tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated over America deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a threat it perceives from Tehran. The U.S. also plans to send 900 additional troops to the 600 already in the Middle East and extending their stay amid the tensions.
Rouhani’s remarks could also be seen as a defense of his stance following the rare public chastising by the supreme leader.
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PA prime minster: We’ll ‘review’ all agreements with Israel
 May 26, 2019
PA prime minster: We’ll ‘review’ all agreements with IsraelPalestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh (AP/Nasser Nasser)
The PA says it will review all agreements made with Israel over the last 25 years. 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Saturday that two of the top bodies in his government would be reviewing all agreements the PA has signed with Israel over the last 25 years.
The Palestine National Council and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee will take action because “it is impossible to continue to recognize Israel as long as it does not recognize us,” he said
He also claimed that Israel wanted to “falsify our narrative about Al-Aqsa in order to make the Jewish narrative dominant.” This would be a falsification of history, he said.
Al-Aqsa is the Arab name for the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism, and the location of the First and Second Temple.
Shtayyeh made similar threats in April when speaking to a Norwegian diplomat in Ramallah of the American peace plan to be unveiled next month. Then, too, he said that the Palestinian leadership would reexamine all areas of its relationship with the Jewish state, whether political, legal, economic or in the security arena.
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Liberman: A Jewish state, yes, a theocracy no
 May 26, 2019
Liberman: A Jewish state, yes, a theocracy noIsrael Beitenu chairman, Avigdor Liberman on April 30, 2019 (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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Liberman is holding fast to his negotiating position that the conscription, or draft, bill must not be changed.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Avigdor Liberman, head of the Israel Beiteinu party, refuses to budge from his position that he will only enter a Netanyahu-led government if the IDF conscription bill isn’t touched. The proposed law concerns the drafting of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, Jew of military age into the Israel Defense Forces.
His tough negotiating stance has earned him the ire of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud party as well as the Haredi parties, United Torah Judaism and Shas, each of which won eight seats in the April elections. Israel Beiteinu holds five.
Liberman, responding to the Likud’s public campaign to get him back to the negotiating table by claiming he is trying to torpedo a right-wing government, wrote in his defense on Facebook on Saturday, “It’s not clear why, instead of pressuring the haredi parties… the Likud has chosen to slander Israel Beiteinu.”
“The Draft bill was written up in complete coordination with the heads of the haredi parties, and other than one of those, everyone agreed on it,” he wrote, referring to the fact that the law passed an initial reading under the last government.
Liberman suggested in his post that the haredi Knesset members could leave the parliament floor during the vote, as they had done the first time. “All the others in the coalition must promise to support the original version. When that happens, a real right-wing government will be formed, not a haredi government,” he wrote.
“Israel Beiteinu believes in the principle of ‘live and let live.’ We’re for a Jewish state, we’re against a state of halacha [Jewish law]. Therefore, accept our suggestion. In case not, we’ll return to elections. The nation will decide if it wants a right-wing government, or a government of haredim.”
Liberman  also took a shot at Netanyahu, saying “The right isn’t a personality cult. The right comprises values. Army service was always an uppermost value in the worldview of the nationalist camp.”
Young Orthodox men can claim an exemption from military service on the basis that they are studying in seminary, a rule that goes back to the beginning of the state. However, the large numbers who have claimed exemption on that basis have created resentment among the general population. A 2014 law ended religious-study exemptions but that law was subsequently cancelled by Israel’s Supreme Court in 2017.
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Haredi parties reject Liberman, demand changes to IDF conscription bill
 May 26, 2019
Haredi parties reject Liberman, demand changes to IDF conscription billUnited Torah Judaism head Yaakov Litzman (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
United Torah Judaism says Liberman wants to wreck the coalition negotiations. 
By World Israel News Staff 
The United Torah Judaism (UTJ) Knesset faction is rejecting the suggestion of MK Avigdor Liberman that UTJ parliamentarians walk out of the Knesset chamber if voting takes place on a bill to increase enlistment in the IDF by members of the haredi religious sector.
The war of words between UTJ and Liberman’s Israel Beiteinu party has reached a peak as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approaches the midweek deadline to announce that he has formed a new government on the heels of April’s Knesset election.
The contentious legislation aims to increase enlistment of male haredi yeshiva students by penalizing their educational institutions for failing to meet quotas.
Liberman is insisting that an incoming government ensure passage of the conscription, or draft, bill. It already passed a first vote in the previous Knesset term, and now needs two more “readings” to become law.
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OPINION: Genocide of Christians reaches ‘alarming stage’
 May 26, 2019
OPINION: Genocide of Christians reaches ‘alarming stage’An Egyptian Copt crosses his wrists in defiance. (AP/Ben Curtis)
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The BBC report highlights “political correctness” as being especially responsible for the West’s indifference.
By Raymond Ibrahim, The Gatestone Institute
“Christian persecution ‘at near genocide levels,’ was the title of a May 3rd BBC report citing a lengthy interim study ordered by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and led by Rev. Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro.
According to the BBC report, one in three people around the world suffer from religious persecution, with Christians being “the most persecuted religious group.”
“Religion ‘is at risk of disappearing’ in some parts of the world,” it noted, and “In some regions, the level and nature of persecution is arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN.”
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is also quoted on why Western governments have been “asleep” — his word — concerning this growing epidemic:
“I think there is a misplaced worry that it is somehow colonialist to talk about a religion [Christianity] that was associated with colonial powers rather than the countries that we marched into as colonizers. That has perhaps created an awkwardness in talking about this issue—the role of missionaries was always a controversial one and that has, I think, also led some people to shy away from this topic.”
Whatever the merits of such thinking, the fact is that many of the world’s most persecuted Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with colonialism or missionaries. Those most faced with the threat of genocide — including Syria’s and Iraq’s Assyrians or Egypt’s Copts — were Christian several centuries before the ancestors of Europe’s colonizers became Christian and went missionizing.
The BBC report highlights “political correctness” as being especially responsible for the West’s indifference and quotes Hunt again in this regard: “What we have forgotten in that atmosphere of political correctness is actually the Christians that are being persecuted are some of the poorest people on the planet.”
Although the BBC report has an entire heading titled and devoted to the impact of “political correctness,” ironically, it too succumbs to this contemporary Western malady. For while it did a fair job in highlighting the problem, it said nothing about its causes — not one word about who is persecuting Christians, or why.
The overwhelming majority of Christian persecution, however, evidently occurs in Muslim majority nations. According to Open Doors’ World Watch List 2019[WWL], which surveys the 50 nations where Christians are most persecuted, “Islamic oppression continues to impact millions of Christians.” In seven of the absolute worst 10 nations, “Islamic oppression” is the cause of persecution.
“This means, for millions of Christians—particularly those who grew up Muslim or were born into Muslim families—openly following Jesus can have painful consequences,” including death.
Among the worst persecutors are those that rule according to Islamic law, or Sharia — which academics such as Georgetown University’s John Esposito insist is equitable and just.
‘Christianity is not permitted to exist’
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Israel salutes international crews who helped combat blazes
 May 26, 2019
Israel salutes international crews who helped combat blazesAn Italian pilot is honored, May 26, 2019.. (Kobi Richter/TPS)
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“Israeli firefighters and an Egyptian helicopter were working together yesterday in order to put out a huge fire that broke out in southern Israel.  This is what peace is all about,” Netanyahu’s spokesperson said.
By Aryeh Savir/TPS
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Sunday held a special ceremony at Tel-Nof AFB saluting the teams from around the Middle East which arrived in Israel to help it fight the mass blazes that hit the country.
Firefighting aircraft and crews from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, arrived in Israel on Friday to provide assistance in fighting the wildfires which began raging in Israel on Thursday as a result of a heavy heat wave.
“Their response warms our heart. We take them in with much appreciation,” said IAF Brig. Gen. Peleg Niego, Commander of Tel-Nof AFB.
The teams were awarded a certificate and a small token from the Ministry of Public Security.
“We express our gratitude to the countries extending assistance in combating forest fires as well as those who have expressed willingness to help. Thank you Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia and Italy for your friendship. A friend in need is a friend indeed,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon stated Friday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked “my friend Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for sending two helicopters to help in putting out the fires that have broken out across Israel.”
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PA officially boycotts US-led Bahrain conference, condemning ‘evil face of deal of the century’
 May 23, 2019
PA officially boycotts US-led Bahrain conference, condemning ‘evil face of deal of the century’Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AP/Emrah Gurel)
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U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt calls the Palestinian decision “a mistake,” saying that they have more to lose by staying away.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) has officially announced that it will boycott a conference in Bahrain next month that is touted as an economic precursor toward introducing the U.S. Trump administration’s diplomatic plan for Israel and the Palestinians, known as the ‘deal of the century.’
The White House announced Sunday that it would co-host the June 25-26 conference with Bahrain focusing on economic aspects of the long-delayed peace plan, with the declared aim of achieving Palestinian prosperity.
“The Palestinian issue and national rights are not up for sale, and economic initiatives and imaginary promises to the world will not cover the evil face of the ‘deal of the century,’ which is intended to eradicate the Palestinian issue,” said a PA statement released on Thursday.
Bahrain has defended its hosting of the event, saying it is doing so to advance Palestinian interests. A joint U.S.-Bahrain statement said that the objective of the conference is to “discuss strategies and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.”
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have confirmed their participation.
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Pentagon proposing 10,000 more troops, Patriot missiles to counter Iran
 May 23, 2019
Pentagon proposing 10,000 more troops, Patriot missiles to counter Iran(AP/Patrick Semansky)
The Pentagon will present plans to the White House to beef up U.S. forces in the Mideast on Thursday, reports say.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said.
The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces.
Officials said the move is not in response to any new threat from Iran, but is aimed at reinforcing security in the region. They said the troops would be defensive forces, and the discussions include additional Patriot missile batteries, more ships and increased efforts to monitor Iran.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been formally announced.
Thursday morning’s meeting comes as tensions with Iran continue to simmer, and it wasn’t clear if a decision would be made during the session.
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Opinion: Is it Ilhan Omar’s Democratic party now?
 May 23, 2019
Opinion: Is it Ilhan Omar’s Democratic party now?Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
The battle to isolate the unapologetic pro-BDS user of anti-Semitic tropes has been lost. That leaves pro-Israel Democrats with some uncomfortable questions.
By Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor-in-Chief, JNS
Austin is a Texas college town better known these days for its trend-setting music scene than for being the capital of the Lone Star State. But last week, it also provided a test case that may say a great deal about the direction of the Democratic Party and the very uncomfortable dilemma facing pro-Israel Jewish Democrats.
What happened was that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was invited to be the keynote speaker at a citywide Iftar dinner there. That a local Muslim community would want to host her is hardly surprising. Omar is seen as a role model in the sense that she is, along with her friend Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), both elected last November, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. As someone who wears a hijab even on the floor of the House of Representatives, her career is especially inspiring to Muslim Americans.
But unfortunately, Omar is more than just an illustration of how the American dream still works to provide immigrants and minorities with unlimited opportunities to succeed.
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California synagogue honors woman slain in gunman’s attack
 May 23, 2019
California synagogue honors woman slain in gunman’s attackHoward Kaye, center, husband of Lori Kaye, carries the new Torah as Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, right, and other members of the Chabad of Poway synagogue celebrate the completion of the new scroll dedicated to Lori Kaye, who was killed when a gunman attacked the synagogue, May 22, 2019. (AP/The San Diego Union-Tribune/Hayne Palmour IV)
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Chabad of Poway dedicated a new Torah scroll to Lori Gilbert Kaye, who was killed when a gunman burst into the synagogue on April 27.
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A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman on Wednesday.
The handwritten biblical scroll had the final letters inked by a scribe during a ceremony at Chabad of Poway. It was carried outside under a canopy into the street to clapping and singing.
The Torah was dedicated to Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, who was killed on April 27 when a gunman walked into the synagogue on the last day of Passover and opened fire on congregants with a semi-automatic assault rifle.
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Opinion: Iran planning to kidnap and kill more Americans
 May 23, 2019
Opinion: Iran planning to kidnap and kill more AmericansIranian Revolutionary Guard members (AP /Vahid Salemi)
These are simply preemptive measures that any rational state would take in the face of those clear threats. They were being taken to save the lives of American citizens.
By Majid Rafizadeh, Gatestone Institute
While plans were being concocted to harm or murder Americans, it is mind-boggling that people — even entire governments — were criticizing the Trump administration for preparing preemptive measures against multiple credible threats from the Iranian government and its forces.
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Supreme leader criticizes Iran’s president and foreign minister amid US tension
 May 23, 2019
Supreme leader criticizes Iran’s president and foreign minister amid US tensionIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Fars news)
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For the first time, Khamenei specifically named Rouhani and Zarif in his reprimand, also claiming that he did not like the way the nuclear deal was implemented.
By Associated Press
Iran’s supreme leader publicly chastised the country’s president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers.
The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he’s criticized both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington’s withdrawal from the accord.
Khamenei has final say on all matters of state, and his blaming the deal’s unraveling limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — relative moderates within Iran’s Shiite theocracy who had struck the deal.
It also shows the growing power of hard-liners.
The White House earlier this month sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a threat it perceived from Iran.
Since that development, Iran has announced it will back away from the atomic accord. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, alleged that four oil tankers were sabotaged off its coast, and Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen have launched drone attacks into Saudi Arabia.
Both Washington and Tehran have said they want to ease heightened tensions in the region in recent days. But many fear a miscalculation between the two countries, who have a 40-year history of mistrust, could escalate the situation.
U.S. officials say the Pentagon will brief the White House on pl
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Security breach exposes travel plans of Netanyahu, senior security agents
 May 23, 2019
Security breach exposes travel plans of Netanyahu, senior security agentsPM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara board a plane. (Kobi Gideon/GPO
International travel plans of the Israeli prime minister, a high-ranking diplomat and senior security agents were leaked, according to a hacker who claims to have unveiled the breach.
By Omer Kabir, Calcalist
Information about the international travel plans of the Israeli prime minister, other high-ranking Israeli diplomats, and senior agents of the country’s security agencies was leaked following a recent security breach, according to one person who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity.
That person identified himself as the hacker who discovered the breach, which compromised the database of alp.co.il, an online platform used by Israeli travel agents to book flights and hotels and submit visa applications.

Calcalist reviewed some of the leaked data and consequently informed the Israeli National Cyber Directorate of the leak. The breach has since been addressed.
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Trump tweets anger at Green Zone attack: War means ‘official end of Iran’
 May 20, 2019
Trump tweets anger at Green Zone attack: War means ‘official end of Iran’President Donald Trump at the White House, May 16, 2019. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Trump sounds more bellicose note following rocket attack on Green Zone in Iraq. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
President Donald Trump sent a not-so-subtle warning to the Islamic Republic on Sunday, tweeting that “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”
The president appeared to be responding to a rocket attack in Iraq’s Green Zone on Sunday. The Green Zone is a heavily fortified area in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad where the U.S. Embassy and Iraq’s government headquarters are located.
No one claimed responsibility for the Katyusha rocket, which didn’t cause any injuries. But it’s possible it was launched by a Iranian-backed militia.
The Trump administration clearly holds Iran responsible. “Never threaten the United States again!” Trump added in his tweet.
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
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Palestinians ice cold on Trump peace deal, say won’t attend Bahrain meeting
 May 20, 2019
Palestinians ice cold on Trump peace deal, say won’t attend Bahrain meetingPalestinian protesters burn a picture of President Donald Trump. Trump promised to pursue “the ultimate deal” - an agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP/Nasser Nasser)
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“Any solution to the conflict must be based on ending the occupation,” PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said.
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The Palestinians are giving a cool reception to an American plan to hold a conference next month to unveil the first phase of its Mideast peace plan.
The White House announced Sunday that it will hold the gathering in Bahrain to discuss large-scale investment in the Palestinian territories. It said the conference will not address the contentious political aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, such as final borders, and the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that “any plan without a political horizon will not lead to peace.”
Any solution to the conflict in Palestine must be political … and based on ending the occupation,” PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Monday at a Palestinian cabinet meeting. “The current financial crisis is a result of a financial war waged against us and we will not succumb to blackmailing and extortion and will not trade our national rights for money.”
Bashar Masri, a major Palestinian industrialist with vast business holdings throughout the West Bank, said he had turned down an invitation to the conference.
“I will not participate in this conference, and none of the representatives of our companies will participate,” he wrote on Facebook. “We reaffirm our clear position: We will not deal with any event outside the Palestinian national consensus.”
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Polish PM: Restitution to Jews is ‘Hitler’s posthumous victory’
 May 20, 2019
Polish PM: Restitution to Jews is ‘Hitler’s posthumous victory’Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki (Niklas Halle'n/pool via AP)
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“The Polish leadership is again trying to distort history,” charged Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his country will never provide restitution to Jewish citizens who were dispossessed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Speaking to audiences in various cities during campaign rallies for his nationalistic Law and Justice Party in the upcoming European Parliament elections, Morawiecki insisted that Poland was the victim and Germany the sole aggressor during World War II.
Speaking in Lodz on Friday, he said, “If this terrible injustice will ever happen – when the executioner and victim roles are reversed – it would be Hitler’s posthumous victory.”
The issue of compensation has been a popular topic of discussion in Poland recently. Last Monday, Morawiecki’s government canceled a meeting with an Israeli delegation when “last minute changes in the composition of the delegation suggest[ed] that the talks would primarily focus on the issues related to property restitution,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statemen
A new law passed by the U.S. Congress, known as the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act, requires the government to report on properties forcibly taken from Europe’s Jews during World War II. Several thousand Poles marched to the American embassy in Warsaw on Saturday to demonstrate against the perceived pressure being applied to their country through the legislation.
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Iran responds to Trump: ‘Genocidal taunts won’t end Iran’
 May 20, 2019
Iran responds to Trump: ‘Genocidal taunts won’t end Iran’Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (AP/Richard Drew)
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Iran’s foreign minister tweeted in defiance at Trump.
By World Israel News Staff
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to President Donald Trump’s warning tweet on Sunday that war would mean an “official end of Iran.”
“Economic terrorism & genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran,’” Zarif tweeted.
Zarif likened Trump’s threats to “other aggressors” who failed to conquer Iran, such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan.
Zarif’s choice of historical examples may be considered unfortunate as both Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan in fact conquered the area now known as Iran.
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 Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won't "end Iran". #NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect—it works!
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Israeli academics tried to torpedo Germany’s ‘BDS is anti-Semitic’ law
 May 20, 2019
Israeli academics tried to torpedo Germany’s ‘BDS is anti-Semitic’ lawBDS demonstrators (Shutterstock)
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“While tremendous resources are invested in Israel and throughout the world to combat the international BDS movement, these radical professors are undermining these efforts,” says Zionist NGO.
By World Israel News Staff
Dozens of Israeli academics tried to prevent Germany from passing its landmark “BDS is anti-Semitic” law last Friday.
In an open letter addressed to the German government prior to the vote, over 60 Jewish and Israeli academics stated that they “reject the deceitful allegation that BDS as such is anti-Semitic.”
“We call on all German parties not to submit and not to support any resolutions that equate BDS with anti-Semitism,” the letter continued.
Among the signatories were 10 professors from Hebrew University, seven from Tel-Aviv University, seven from Ben-Gurion University, and five from Haifa University, which are all heavily subsidized by the Israeli government.
The academics also called on the German government to continue funding NGOs that promote BDS.
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Ukraine’s new Jewish leader: ‘We have to defend our land like Israel’
 May 20, 2019
Ukraine’s new Jewish leader: ‘We have to defend our land like Israel’Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky during his inauguration ceremony in Kiev, May 20, 2019. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)
Zelensky, a Jewish comedian, was sworn in on Monday as Ukraine’s new president.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
Ukrainian comedian and TV star Volodymyr Zelensky took office on Monday as the country’s new leader, dissolving parliament minutes after he was sworn in as president.
Zelensky, who won 73 percent of the vote last month in his landslide victory, slammed parliament as a hot-bed of self-enrichment, and promised to stop the war in the east against Russian-backed separatists.
Ukraine must be “like the Israelis in defending our land,” he said, noting that the first order of business was a ceasefire with Russia.
Zelinsky delivered his address in Ukrainian but switched to Russian to deliver the message: “I am convinced that in order for the dialogue to begin, we must see the return of all the Ukrainian prisoners.”
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Zelensky’s victory reflected Ukrainians’ exhaustion with widespread corruption and the country’s political elite. One of Zelensky’s main campaign planks was fighting corruption. Even before he disbanded parliament, also one of his campaign promises, the 41-year-old Zelensky upended other Ukrainian political traditions on inauguration day
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Egyptian forces storm insurgency hideouts in Sinai, kill 16
 May 21, 2019
Egyptian forces storm insurgency hideouts in Sinai, kill 16Egyptian Army forces. (AP)
Security forces exchanged fire with Islamic terrorists as they stormed insurgent hideouts, said Egypt’s Interior Ministry.
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Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 terrorists in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic terrorists as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish.
No casualties were reported among the police.
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Futurist offers underground housing solution to Israel’s coming population explosion
 May 21, 2019
Futurist offers underground housing solution to Israel’s coming population explosionIsrael's population will number 16 million by 2050 but the country isn't preparing its housing for the expected numbers, an Israeli futurist says. (Flash90/David Cohen)
Futurist offers out-of-the-box solution for Israel’s coming housing crisis. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
Israel’s population will reach 16 million by 2050 and the country needs to think outside the box in terms of housing the expanding population, said David Passig, an Israeli futurist and associate professor at Bar-Ilan University, appearing on Israel’s Channel 20 on Monday.
His solution? Israel needs to start building underground.
“The idea is we need to start looking at the ground from a three-dimensional mindset, and not two-dimensional,” he said on the talk show Riklin & Magal, noting that other countries like Canada have already built underground.
Israel’s population density is now at 600 people per square kilometer. At the end of the century, it is predicted to be 1,200/kilometer, he says, describing that as a “very crowded.” The trouble is nothing is being done to prepare for it, he says. “No one thinking about it in Israel.”
Passig warned that one “frightening” outcome of not preparing for the population growth is that Israel will be forced to go war simply to have enough area to house its population.
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Hamas terror group ‘salutes’ Jeremy Corbyn for ‘support and solidarity’
 May 18, 2019
Hamas terror group ‘salutes’ Jeremy Corbyn for ‘support and solidarity’UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. (AP/Nasser Nasser)
Hamas praised U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for supporting the Palestinian cause.
By JNS.org
The terrorist group Hamas issued a statement on Thursday to “salute” British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for showing “support and solidarity with the Palestinian people.”
Corbyn has previously called Hamas his “friends.”
“Only one leader of a British political party could expect to be ‘saluted’ by Hamas, the genocidal anti-Semitic terrorist organization. Clearly, Hamas feels that when it comes to Jews, Jeremy Corbyn is a brother in arms,” said its director, Gideon Falter.

“Who could say that they are wrong after he gave his fulsome backing to this weekend’s chilling anti-Semitic rally, which was so filled with Jew-hatred that both the National Front and the Muslim Brotherhood came along to support?” continued Falter. “Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite and unfit for public office.”
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Top Israeli officials welcome Germany’s branding of BDS as ‘anti-Semitic’
 May 18, 2019
Top Israeli officials welcome Germany’s branding of BDS as ‘anti-Semitic’German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Israel in 2018. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
The German parliament on Friday condemned the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement as fundamentally “anti-Semitic.”

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Top Israeli officials welcomed the German parliament’s condemnation on Friday of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic.”
The non-binding motion — submitted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their Social Democrat coalition partners, as well as the Greens and Free Democrats — read, “The argumentation patterns and methods used by the BDS movement are anti-Semitic.”
“The campaign’s calls to boycott Israeli artists, as well as stickers on Israeli goods that are meant to deter people from buying them, also recall the most terrible phase in German history,” it continued. “The BDS movement’s ‘Don’t Buy’ stickers on Israeli products inevitably arouse associations with the Nazi slogan, ‘Don’t Buy from Jews!’ and similar graffiti on facades and shop windows.”
Securing Israel’s survival has been a priority for Germany since the defeat of the Nazi dictatorship that committed the Holocaust in which some six million Jews were murdered.
“I congratulate the German Bundestag on the important decision branding the boycott movement (BDS) as an anti-Semitic movement and announcing that it is forbidden to fund it,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday. “I hope that this decision will bring about concrete steps and I call upon other countries to adopt similar legislation.”
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Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes near Damascus
 May 18, 2019
Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes near DamascusA previous airstrike on Damascus. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital on Friday night as the country’s air defenses opened fire on “objects” coming from the direction of the Golan Heights, state media reported.
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State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Syrian air defenses discovered “hostile targets” coming from the direction of the Quenitra region on the edge of the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
The news agency said Syrian air defenses shot down several “objects.”
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, reported three explosions southwest of Damascus. It added that it was not immediately clear if the explosions were caused by Israeli airstrikes or surface-to-surface missiles.
The Observatory’s chief, Rami Abdurrahman, told The Associated Press that the strikes targeted the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces allied with Syria’s government.
Last month, SANA said an Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings.
Israeli military officials declined to comment on the report Friday, but Israel recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets in Syria.
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Omar co-authors CNN anti-Semitism op-ed, no mention of personal run-ins
 May 17, 2019
Omar co-authors CNN anti-Semitism op-ed, no mention of personal run-insRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
 Embattled congresswoman Ilhan Omar wrote an article with a Jewish colleague condemning Jew-hatred and Islamophobia, without mentioning the persistent accusations of anti-Semitism she has faced.
By World Israel News Staff
Freshman Democratic lawmaker Ilhan Omar co-authored an op-ed published by CNN this week condemning hatred of Jews and Muslims.
Omar, who is Muslim, wrote the piece with Democratic congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who is Jewish.
In the article, Omar and Schakowsky explain, “As a Muslim American and a Jewish American elected to the United States Congress, we can no longer sit silently as terror strikes our communities,” referring explicitly to the recent deadly shooting at a California synagogue in April and the mosque massacre in New Zealand in March.
Omar and Schakowsky continue, “We cannot allow those who seek to divide and intimidate us to succeed. Whatever our differences, our two communities, Muslim and Jewish, must come together to confront the twin evils of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic violence.”
While the article notes that Jews “for centuries have faced discrimination, dehumanization, scapegoating and even genocide,” Omar opted not to address the persistent accusations of anti-Semitism she has faced over the past several years.
These accusations followed posts on social media in which Omar claimed that Israel “hypnotiz[es] the world,” practices “apartheid,” commits “evil doings,” and relies on lobbyists in the U.S. to bribe elected officials in order to ensure support.
In the run-up to her election to the House of Representatives, Omar also told a 1,000-strong crowd at a Minneapolis area synagogue that she deems the anti-Israel BDS boycott movement “unhelpful.” One week after winning the election, she admitted to the MuslimGirl.com website that she has always supported BDS.
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Netanyahu warns partners: Time running out to form right-wing gov’t
 May 19, 2019
Netanyahu warns partners: Time running out to form right-wing gov’tPrime Minister Netanyahu in the cabinet room (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
“I regret that the parties are still in the treetops,” Netanyahu told a weekly meeting of his old Cabinet as the formation of a new one remains elusive.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
With a deadline looming to form a new government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging his potential future partners to get off the “treetops” in order to prevent losing an opportunity to form a right-wing government and potentially even forcing yet another Knesset election.
On the heels of the April 9th parliamentary ballot, Netanyahu has until May 28 to build a new majority in the 120-seat Knesset, though he might begrudgingly suffice temporarily with 60 members to get the government running and lure in others later.
Still operating with the ministers of his previous government, the prime minister said at the weekly Cabinet meeting: “I regret that the parties are still in the treetops. I hope that a way will be found soon to bring them down to the ground of reality so that together we can form a strong and stable government for the State of Israel that will continue to lead the country to new heights.”
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‘Jews exploited Holocaust’ in twisted video presented by Al Jazeera youth channel
 May 19, 2019
‘Jews exploited Holocaust’ in twisted video presented by Al Jazeera youth channelAn advertisement promoting Al Jazeera's Holocaust video. (Screenshot)
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After pressure, AJ+, an Al Jazeera channel geared to youth, pulled a video that presented a distorted view of the Holocaust.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Following protests from Israel’s Foreign Ministry and Jewish organizations, Al Jazeera’s AJ+ pulled a video it posted on its social media channels that presented a distorted view of the Holocaust and claimed Israel was its “greatest beneficiary.”
Al Jazeera finally pulled the 7-minute video on Friday night, but only after it had gained more than 1.1 million likes on Facebook and Twitter.
The video had been posted on its social media with the caption, “The gas chambers killed millions of Jews… So the story says. How true is the #Holocaust and how did the Zionists benefit from it?”
The main message of the video is that while the Jews indeed suffered in the Holocaust, they exploited that suffering for their own interests, exaggerating it to the detriment of other victims. The video says that compared to other countries affected by the Holocaust “the reparations that Israel received were disproportionate.”
“The Jews weren’t the only targets of the Nazis, but also Gypsies, the disabled, homosexuals, and Arabs and Christians, too,” the narrator in the video says. “In all, the Nazis killed 20 million people during the Holocaust and the Final Solution, and the Jews were just a part of that. Then why does the world focus so much on Jews?”
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Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 16
 May 19, 2019
Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 16Ancient cemetery at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo (Ministry of Antiquities via AP)
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A roadside bomb hit the bus. It is the second attack to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.
By Associated Press
Egyptian officials say a roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids.
They say Sunday’s blast wounded at least 16 people, including tourists.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief media.
It is the second attack to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months.
Egypt has battled Islamic terrorists for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists.
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Trump tamps down Iran war talk, calls reports of rising tensions ‘fake news’
 May 19, 2019
Trump tamps down Iran war talk, calls reports of rising tensions ‘fake news’President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 16, 2019. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Trump reportedly told his acting defense that he doesn’t want war with Iran.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
President Donald Trump denied news reports that the U.S. was preparing for war with Iran,  sending a number of signals that America is seeking a diplomatic solution to the recent tensions with the Islamic Republic.
On Friday, Trump tweeted his disagreement with news reports about U.S. readiness for a conflict with Iran. “The Fake News Media is hurting our Country with its fraudulent and highly inaccurate coverage of Iran,” he said.
“It is scattershot, poorly sourced (made up), and DANGEROUS. At least Iran doesn’t know what to think, which at this point may very well be a good thing!” he added.
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Balloon bomb lands in IDF base in Israel’s south
 May 19, 2019
Balloon bomb lands in IDF base in Israel’s southPolice sappers (Flash90/Edi Israel
An explosive device landed in an IDF base on Saturday. No injuries were reported.
By World Israel News Staff
A bomb tied to balloons floated into an IDF base in southern Israel on Saturday.
Although rockets are no longer raining down on Israel, terrorists continue to release fire balloons, which burn crops and nature reserves. Three such fires were reported on Thursday.
Israel Police sappers deactivated the explosive device. No one was injured in the incident.
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Trump envoy: PA loves terror more than its citizens
 May 19, 2019
Trump envoy: PA loves terror more than its citizensUS Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt (L) with Vice-President Mike Pence. (Facebook)
Jason Greenblatt condemned the Palestinian Authority for choosing to pay terrorists rather than funding hospitals. 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
JasOn Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, slammed the Palestinian Authority (PA) for ignoring its own people’s health needs in order to continue its policy of paying terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.
“The Palestinian Authority budget allocates far more for its ‘pay for slay program’ than the approximately $8 million a month that they owe the East Jerusalem hospitals,” he said in an interview published Sunday in Israel Hayom.
“If the Palestinian Authority did not prioritize payments to terrorists and their families, they could easily cover these health care costs,” he stated.
“Every Palestinian has the right to know that they are losing access to quality health care because the PA has decided its support to terrorists is more important,” he continued. “The U.S. did not cause the gap in the payments to the hospitals. The gap is caused by the years of using the PA’s money for this despicable program and other misuse of PA money. We will not pay into such a system.”
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Friedman fires back at NY Times: ‘Where am I off in saying God is on the side of Israel?’
 May 16, 2019
Friedman fires back at NY Times: ‘Where am I off in saying God is on the side of Israel?’US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. (Yonatan 
Speaking to evangelical leaders in Jerusalem, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says the paper should “spend a little less time defending terrorists and more time defending the truth.”
By Alex Traiman, JNS
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman fired back at The New York Times on Wednesday over an article castigating him for claiming that Israel was “on the side of God” while speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the upcoming U.S. peace proposal.

Speaking to a group of evangelical faith leaders at the Aish Hatorah World Center in Jerusalem, overlooking the Western Wall plaza and the Temple Mount, Friedman said that, “apparently, there was nothing more offensive I could have said to The New York Times.”

The event, organized by the Latin Coalition for Israel, led by Pastor Mario Bramnick, was also attended by First Lady of Guatemala Patricia Marroquín, Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel Mario Búcaro Flores and former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon.

The Times called Friedman’s comments “the latest sign of an anything but evenhanded approach to the conflict by the Trump administration,” noting that Palestinians were “slack-jawed” at Friedman’s remarks.

The article claimed that the “Palestinians [were] complaining that Mr. Friedman was representing the interests of Israel’s right-wing government more than those of the United States.”

It quoted critics of Friedman’s statements, including former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer and Palestinian negotiators Saeb Erakat and Hanan Ashwari, the latter of whom was recently denied an entry visa to the United States.

Friedman defended his remarks, saying that “billions of people around the world accept the Old Testament as part of their faith.” He explained that the Old Testament chronicles the Jewish people’s initial arrival and subsequent exiles from the land of Israel.
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Texas Jewish mayor urged to pull out of Iftar dinner with Omar
 May 16, 2019
Texas Jewish mayor urged to pull out of Iftar dinner with OmarRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn (AP /Susan Walsh)
“The Iftar is a time for reflection, piety, and growing closer to God. Every year, this event is a special opportunity for people of many faiths to grow together,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
By Jackson Richman, JNS
Despite outrage in the Jewish community, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has made anti-Semitic remarks since being sworn in earlier this year, is scheduled to speak at an Iftar dinner — the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan — on Saturday in the Texas capital of Austin, whose mayor is slated as the guest of honor.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has called on Steve Adler, who is Jewish, to withdraw his participation from the event and for organizers to revoke Omar’s invitation.
“It’s not inclusive to have a keynote speaker at a dinner who has repeatedly attacked the Jewish faith and its adherents,” said Miller in a press release. “Mayor Adler should help Austin stay true to its roots and use this opportunity as a teaching moment for Muslims, Jews, Christians and those of other faiths to come and break bread together in the spirit of unity and love, not hate.”
Adler has confirmed that he will attend and has shown no signs of backtracking.
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‘Give peace a chance’: Saudi paper urges Palestinians to consider Trump plan
 May 15, 2019
‘Give peace a chance’: Saudi paper urges Palestinians to consider Trump planFaisal J. Abbas of Arab News. (screenshot)
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The editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper is urging Palestinians to keep an open mind toward the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan.
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Arab News editor-in-chief Faisal J. Abbas wrote on Wednesday in his publication that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan may reverse course for the Palestinians in a positive way and make peace more possible.
The column ran as Palestinians held their annual “nakba” demonstrations protesting the establishment of the Jewish state 71 years ago.
Writing in Arab News, Abbas attributed some of the Palestinians’ “lost” land to unsuccessful “wars Arabs tried to wage on Israel,” claiming that “many opportunities for peace were missed because of internal Palestinian rifts, Arab rejection or Israeli intransigence.”
According to Abbas, “the Jared Kushner peace plan” has the potential to “reverse the situation and make peace more possible and less remote.”
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Triplets born to Israeli couple who lost two children in fire last year
 May 16, 2019
Triplets born to Israeli couple who lost two children in fire last yearRabbi Reuven Ginsburg and his wife Devorah shortly after they lost two children in a fire. They are now the happy parents of triplets. (YouTube/Screenshot)
The Ginsberg family rejoices half a year after mourning the terrible loss of two young children.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Devorah and Reuven Ginzburg had three times the joy Wednesday when Devorah gave birth to two girls and a boy a mere seven months after two of their children died in a fire in their home in Beitar Illit near Jerusalem.
In announcing the glad tidings at Shaare Zedek Hospital, Rabbi Ginzburg said that the fact that they had received triplets from God showed that there’s no such thing as coincidence.
“Our world was destroyed,” he said, when two-year-old Zvi and five-year-old Efrat died in a blaze caused by a faulty lamp last October.
Now, the smiling father said, “God has made up the deficit and even added another child.”
News of the multiple arrivals gave rise to especially intense delight in the family’s ultra-Orthodox community.
Yossi Yonah, an ambulance driver who had found the two small bodies in the destroyed apartment and became friends with the Ginzburgs, told daily paper Israel Hayom that he was ecstatic over the news.
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Under pressure, Netanyahu considers temporary coalition of 60 MKs
 May 16, 2019
Under pressure, Netanyahu considers temporary coalition of 60 MKsPM Benjamin Netanyahu in front of the Likud party emblem. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
With less than two weeks left to form a coalition government, the prime minister floats a temporary solution.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Sources in the Likud revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seriously considering the possibility of forming a temporary government of only 60 Knesset members, Yediot Aharonot reported Thursday.
The idea is reportedly being considered due to the difficulties negotiating the demands of the Yisrael Beitenu party, headed by Avigdor Liberman, coupled with a looming deadline – May 29 – to create a government authorized by the Knesset.
However, the report noted, it could only work if Liberman’s right-wing, Russian immigrant-based party either abstains or is absent from the vote in the legislature, in which case exactly half the Knesset would vote in favor of the coalition and less than half would vote against it. Such a slim majority would enable Netanyahu to officially begin his fourth term in a row as prime minister.
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Under pressure, Netanyahu considers temporary coalition of 60 MKs
 May 16, 2019
Under pressure, Netanyahu considers temporary coalition of 60 MKsPM Benjamin Netanyahu in front of the Likud party emblem. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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With less than two weeks left to form a coalition government, the prime minister floats a temporary solution.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Sources in the Likud revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seriously considering the possibility of forming a temporary government of only 60 Knesset members, Yediot Aharonot reported Thursday.
The idea is reportedly being considered due to the difficulties negotiating the demands of the Yisrael Beitenu party, headed by Avigdor Liberman, coupled with a looming deadline – May 29 – to create a government authorized by the Knesset.
However, the report noted, it could only work if Liberman’s right-wing, Russian immigrant-based party either abstains or is absent from the vote in the legislature, in which case exactly half the Knesset would vote in favor of the coalition and less than half would vote against it. Such a slim majority would enable Netanyahu to officially begin his fourth term in a row as prime minister.
The assumption is that despite the impasse in negotiations with Liberman, he would not want to be accused of bringing down a right-wing government. He has also publicly declared that he would not support anyone else but Netanyahu as prime minister and panned the idea of a national-unity government of Likud and the Blue and White parties.
Such an amalgamation, he wrote on his Facebook page, would be “a national paralysis coalition.”
Liberman has played hard-to-get before. The most recent coalition stood at 61 members for two years until he brought his party in to make it a safer 67, with his personal prize being the Defense Ministry.
This time, one of his central demands is to pass the Draft Law for the ultra-Orthodox that he proposed unsuccessfully in the last government. The haredi parties are resisting, but this time they have a much stronger voice, with 16 combined seats to Yisrael Beitenu’s five.
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Poland cancels Israeli delegation’s visit to discuss Holocaust reparations
 May 13, 2019
Poland cancels Israeli delegation’s visit to discuss Holocaust reparationsPolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (AP/Alik Keplicz)
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Poland cancelled the visit of an Israeli delegation scheduled to arrive to discuss the return of Jewish property stolen during the Holocaust.
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
Poland’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that it was cancelling the visit of a senior Israeli delegation to Warsaw to discuss Holocaust reparations.
The ministry said that it had made the decision after “Israel made last-minute changes in the composition of the delegation, indicating that the talks will focus mainly on issues related to the return of Jewish property during the Holocaust.”
The issue of returning property to Jews who suffered during the Holocaust has become a bone of contention between Israel and Poland recently. The issue has led to a wave of protests in Poland.
On Saturday, thousands of Polish nationalists marched to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, protesting that the U.S. is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during the Holocaust.
“Why should we have to pay money today when nobody gives us anything?” said 22-year-old protester Kamil Wencwel. “Americans only think about Jewish and not Polish interests.”
Poland views itself as a victim of the Holocaust and not a perpetrator. In 2012, then President Barack Obama caused a diplomatic incident when he referred to a Nazi death camp as a “Polish death camp,” bringing a blistering rebuke from Poland’s prime minister at the time, Donald Tusk.
“When someone says ‘Polish death camps,’ it’s as if there were no Nazis, no German responsibility, as if there was no Hitler,” Mr. Tusk said at the time. “That is why our Polish sensitivity in these situations is so much more than just simply a feeling of national pride.”
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Under fire: Tennessee judge who told Jews to ‘Get the f*** over the Holocaust’
 May 13, 2019
Under fire: Tennessee judge who told Jews to ‘Get the f*** over the Holocaust’Tennessee Judge Jim Lammey came under fire from Christian Leader Laurie Cardoza-Moore. (Screenshot)
Laurie Cardoza-Moore demands the removal of a Tennesse judge who posted a link to an article stating that Jews should “get the f*** over the Holocaust.”
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Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) Founder and President Laurie Cardoza-Moore has filed a formal letter to the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct demanding the removal of James Lammey, a Tennessee criminal court judge who posted on his Facebook page a link to an article that states that Jews should “get the f*** over the Holocaust.”
PJTN is a Christian pro-Israel advocacy organization that also fights anti-Semitism.
“Particularly under scrutiny was a link shared by the Memphis-based judge to an incendiary anti-Semitic article authored by radical Holocaust denier David Cole,” Cardoza-Moore said.
“As the founder of a Tennessee-based Christian organization leading a national campaign against anti-Semitism, I find it egregious that a sitting criminal court judge would commit such a breach of conduct, and this at a time when America is facing the recent horror of 12 Jewish lives being lost to terrorism within the perceived safety of their own synagogues,” Cardoza-Moore declared.
“That we have such anti-Semitic hatred in misguided radical minds intent on the process of killing Jews is something America must not tolerate. To have a judge committed to the process of justice and the punishment of criminal acts at the same time entertaining and sharing radical anti-Semitic content in the public forum of his own sphere of influence in social media demands his immediate removal,” she added.
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Report: US won’t oppose Israeli sovereignty over communities in Judea and Samaria
 May 12, 2019
Report: US won’t oppose Israeli sovereignty over communities in Judea and SamariaUS President Donald Trump meets with PM Benjamin Netanyahu at UN headquarters, Sept. 26, 2018. (Avi Ohayon/GPO)
Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Sunday that the United States signaled it won’t stand in the way of Israeli moves to extend sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
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According to a Channel 12 report on Sunday, President Donald Trump’s long-awaited “deal of the century” Mideast peace plan envisions all Jewish communities remaining under Israeli control, with Arab towns remaining under the Palestinians’ jurisdiction.
With regard to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign vow to extend sovereignty to Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, the Channel 12 report claimed that the U.S. will not actively oppose or object to such a move.
Currently, close to half a million Israeli Jews live in Judea and Samaria, in small towns and larger communities alike. Israel secured the territory when it defeated Jordan in 1967’s Six-Day War.
The Channel 12 report indicated that the U.S. would stop short of endorsing Israeli sovereignty over or annexation of communities in Judea and Samaria, and that Netanyahu is expected to proceed with his plan to extend Israeli civil law in those areas
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Anti-Semitic rally in London draws thousands; backed by Labour party, trade unions
 May 13, 2019
Anti-Semitic rally in London draws thousands; backed by Labour party, trade unionsAnti-Semitic placards at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London. (Campaign Against Antisemitism)
Anti-Semitism, Israel-hatred rife at pro-Palestinian demonstration endorsed by UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Benjamin Kerstein, The Algemeiner
Anti-Semitism and virulent Israel-hatred were rife on Saturday at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London endorsed by U.K. Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The marchers assembled for the “National Demonstration for Palestine: Exist! Resist! Return!” at the offices of the BBC, which is only a short distance from London’s Central Synagogue. They then proceeded down Regent Street to Whitehall. British newspaper The Guardian reported that “thousands” attended the rally.
Participants brandished anti-Semitic badges and placards, such as “Israel provokes anti-Semitism,” images of the Star of David crossed with a swastika, the slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” that calls for Israel’s destruction, and others claiming that, “Israelis execute Palestinian children” and the BBC is controlled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Far-left group Jewish Voice for Labour’s Secretary Glyn Secker claimed pro-Israel Labour officials were a “fifth column” in the party and asked, “What on earth are Jews doing in the gutter with these rats?”
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Trump envoy Greenblatt: ‘We won’t compromise on Israel’s security’
 May 13, 2019
Trump envoy Greenblatt: ‘We won’t compromise on Israel’s security’Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt visits the Gaza border area, August 30, 2017. (U.S. Embassy/David Azagury)
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The U.S. administration won’t put Israel’s security at risk, Trump’s envoy said. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
“One thing we won’t do, the Trump administration won’t compromise on Israel’s security,” Jason Greenblatt, the the U.S. envoy for international negotiations told Fox News on Saturday, when speaking of the “Deal of the Century,” the administration’s proposed peace deal that is expected to be unveiled in June.
Mr. Greenblatt revealed during the interview that the peace deal won’t be unveiled until after the Muslim religious holiday of Ramadan and the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, or Feast of Weeks, which falls on June 9.
He said that he hoped the Palestinian leadership, which said they would reject the deal out of hand, would rethink their decision and “help us cross the finish line.”
“It’s terribly frustrating for ordinary Palestinians. I meet with them frequently, and this is the message they tell me. They understand they may not like aspects of the plan but are upset that their leaders are saying they won’t even take a look at it. I feel terrible for the Palestinian people,” Mr. Greenblatt told Fox News.
“But of course it is their choice to continue on the road of rejection at the expense of everyday Palestinians,” he said. “If they fail to engage constructively and professionally to see if a deal can be reached then shame on them.”
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Anti-Israel imam leads prayer in US Congress, in past had praised Hamas ‘martyrs’
 May 11, 2019
Anti-Israel imam leads prayer in US Congress, in past had praised Hamas ‘martyrs’Anti-Israel imam Omar Suleiman. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Despite his prayers for peace and unity, Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in Texas, has not shown such sentiment when it comes to Israel.
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A controversial imam who has been linked to anti-Israel rhetoric gave the opening invocation at the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in Texas, was invited by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).
“We pray for peace, not war,” said Suleiman. “Love, not hate. Benevolence, not greed. Unity, not division. And we commit ourselves to not betraying our prayers with actions that contradict them. Let us be for truth, no matter who, or for is against it.”
Despite his prayers for peace and unity, Suleiman has not shown such sentiment when it comes to Israel.
As the 2014 war in Gaza broke out, he posted on social media: “How befitting that the 3rd Intifada starts on the 27th night of Ramadan as worshippers are denied prayer in Masjid Al Aqsa. …God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs. ameen.”
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Iran vows ‘no talks with US’ after Trump invite
 May 11, 2019
Iran vows ‘no talks with US’ after Trump inviteIranians burn a U.S. flag on May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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A top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Friday that Tehran will not talk with the U.S., a day after Trump said he’d like Iranian leaders to “call [him].”
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Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Yadollah Javani as saying that “there will be no negotiations with America.”
The Iranian commander also claimed the U.S. would not dare take military action against Iran but did not elaborate.
The verbal exchange comes as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran. The Trump administration sent the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber squadron to the region in response to threats by Iran against American interests.
On Wednesday, Iran threatened to renew nuclear enrichment that had been halted under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers — a year after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled America from the accord, saying it does nothing to stop Iran from developing missiles or destabilizing the Middle East.
But in a softer approach, Trump told reporters on Thursday at the White House: “What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me.”
Shortly after Trump spoke, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a written statement that reinforced Trump’s tone.
After repeating the administration’s complaints about Iran, including what he called “40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities and taking American hostages,” Pompeo appealed to “those in Tehran who see a path to a prosperous future” through modifying their government’s behavior.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday gave European leaders a 60-day deadline to find a way to shield Iran from U.S. sanctions targeting its economy and oil industry. Otherwise, he said Tehran would begin to enrich uranium at levels closer to weapons-grade levels.
The following day, the European Union urged Iran to respect the international agreement curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, and added that the bloc aims to continue trading with the country despite U.S. sanctions.
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Greenblatt slams UN’s ‘obsessive’ anti-Israel bias, failure to condemn Palestinian terror
 May 10, 2019
Greenblatt slams UN’s ‘obsessive’ anti-Israel bias, failure to condemn Palestinian terrorU.S. President Donald Trump's envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt. (Flash90)
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The U.S.’ special envoy to the Mideast rebuked the Palestinians during a session at which U.N. member states condemned Israel after it came under rocket attack from Palestinian terrorists.
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A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace blasted the U.N.’s “anti-Israel bias” Thursday while urging support for the Trump administration’s “vision.”
The speeches by U.S. envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt and top Palestinian diplomat Riad Malki at an informal Security Council meeting ended up focusing on much broader issues than the chosen topic — Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
Greenblatt said it was “surprising and unfair” that Indonesia, Kuwait and South Africa organized the council meeting and condemned Israel’s behavior when the U.S. “was not even invited to speak at this session.”
He added that it was “inspiring” to see Israel celebrate the 71st anniversary of its independence on Thursday, calling it “a small brave country” that grew to a “thriving, diverse economically vibrant democracy,” the only one in the Mideast.
Greenblatt called out the council’s “obsessive” focus on Israel a “farce,” explaining that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria aren’t keeping Israel and the Palestinians from negotiating peace.
He also recommended that the council should instead condemn Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad for firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza, killing four innocent civilians.
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Hezbollah terror group blasts US’ new Iran sanctions
 May 9, 2019
Hezbollah terror group blasts US’ new Iran sanctionsHezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. (AP/Bilal Hussein)
Members of the terror group that sit in Lebanon’s parliament slammed the United States over new sanctions it imposed on Iran, describing them as ‘unjustified.’
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Representatives of the Lebanon-based Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah said in a statement Thursday that the new American sanctions on Iran show the U.S. administration’s “tyrannical and dictatorial trend.
Hezbollah, which operates an international narcotics trafficking syndicate and is backed and armed by Iran, has members in Lebanon’s Cabinet and parliament
Hezbollah, which routinely threatens to invade and destroy Israel, has also been hit by U.S. sanctions for years.
The group says that America’s unilateral sanctions do no respect international laws and Washington “behaves in accordance with the law of the jungle.”
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Israeli cabinet minister: Iran may strike Israel as Trump turns screws on Tehran
 May 12, 2019
Israeli cabinet minister: Iran may strike Israel as Trump turns screws on TehranIranian protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag in Tehran, May 11, 2018. (AP/Vahid Salemi)
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A member of Israel’s Security Cabinet said that Iran may attack Israel as Trump squeezes the country over its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
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Israel’s Minister of Energy Yuval Steinitz said that Iran may attack Israel through its proxies, or even directly, in retaliation for the increased pressure brought on the Islamic Republic by the United States. Mr. Steinitz is a member of Israel’s Security Cabinet.
“If there’s some sort of conflagration between Iran and the United States, between Iran and its neighbors, I’m not ruling out that they will activate Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, or even that they will try to fire missiles from Iran at the State of Israel,” Steinitz told Ynet.
Things are “heating up,” Minister Steinitz said.
Most recently, the U.S. announced it was setting up Patriot missile batteries in the Mideast.
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Trump offers Iran direct line to White House, report says
 May 12, 2019
Trump offers Iran direct line to White House, report saysPresident Donald Trump (AP/Evan Vucci)
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The Trump administration provided a direct line that the Iranians could call when they’re ready to talk, CNN reported.
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The White House has passed a phone number along to the Swiss to share with the Iranians should they want to call President Trump directly, CNN reported on Friday.
The choice of Switzerland may seem unusual, but the Swiss carry out diplomatic duties on behalf of the U.S. in Iran and serve as a channel for diplomacy.
“What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me,” the president said in the White House on Thursday.
A diplomatic source tells CNN that the Swiss probably won’t give the number to the Iranians unless asked, something the Iranians are highly unlikely to do, he says.
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Democrats rally around Tlaib after Holocaust comments
 May 14, 2019
Democrats rally around Tlaib after Holocaust commentsRep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer say that Rep. Tlaib’s comments were taken out of context, and demanded Republicans apologize.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Top Democrats came to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s defense Monday after President Trump and other Republicans slammed her statement that implied that Palestinians willingly helped the Jews after the Holocaust by giving up their land to create Israel.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded via Twitter that the president and House GOP apologize “for their gross misrepresentations” of Palestinian-American congresswoman’s comments on a Yahoo News podcast on Friday.
Senate Minority Leader Steny Hoyer joined Rep. Pelosi’s demand after remarking in his own tweet that “If you read Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context.”
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Anti-Israel imam leads prayer in US Congress, in past had praised Hamas ‘martyrs’
 May 11, 2019
Anti-Israel imam leads prayer in US Congress, in past had praised Hamas ‘martyrs’Anti-Israel imam Omar Suleiman. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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A controversial imam who has been linked to anti-Israel rhetoric gave the opening invocation at the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in Texas, was invited by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).
“We pray for peace, not war,” said Suleiman. “Love, not hate. Benevolence, not greed. Unity, not division. And we commit ourselves to not betraying our prayers with actions that contradict them. Let us be for truth, no matter who, or for is against it.”
Despite his prayers for peace and unity, Suleiman has 
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Israel celebrates its 71st Independence Day with fireworks, airshows and ceremonies
 May 9, 2019
Israel celebrates its 71st Independence Day with fireworks, airshows and ceremoniesPresident Reuven Rivlin with outstanding soldiers during an event as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem, May 9, 2019. (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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Israel celebrates its 71st Independence Day with an aerial salute and a ceremony honoring outstanding soldiers.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Ceremonies marking Israel’s 71st Independence Day kicked off on Wednesday night with the traditional torch lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and fireworks throughout the country.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, attended the main event on Mt. Herzl. Their special guests included were 50 residents from the area near the Gaza Strip, which had come under rocket fire, and former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, among others.
The precisely timed ceremony enjoyed a sparkling moment from the South African-born philanthropist and businessman Morris Kahn, who instead of reading from his scripted lines, decided to give off-the-cuff remarks in which he announced that he would contribute to a second attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon. Mr. Kahn was the main funder of the first attempt which crashed on the lunar surface.
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Trump imposes fresh sanctions on Iran, warning: ‘Don’t restart your nuclear program’
 May 9, 2019
Trump imposes fresh sanctions on Iran, warning: ‘Don’t restart your nuclear program’President Donald Trump (AP/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday against resuming its nuclear weapons program.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
President Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday against resuming its nuclear weapons program as he imposed a fresh set of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The new sanctions target Iran’s iron, steel, aluminum and cooper sectors.
The move came on the one-year anniversary of the president’s  announcement that he was pulling the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program,” Trump told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting when asked about the potential consequences. “I would advise them very strongly. If they do there will be very severe consequence.”
The comments came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that his country will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, or it will resume enriching uranium, a key component of developing nuclear bombs.
The agreement, which was negotiated by the Obama administration and included Germany, France and Britain, had lifted most U.S. and international economic sanctions against Iran. In exchange, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rigorous inspections.
But President Trump, a severe critic of the deal dating back to his 2016 presidential campaign, said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House that it was “defective at its core.”
On Wednesday, he claimed the deal “was going to lead to nuclear proliferation all over the Middle East” and bragged the sanctions would be among the strongest “that we’ve ever put on a country.”
Trump also pointed to Iran’s actions in countries including Syria and Yemen.
“With all of the places they’re involved, it’s bedlam and death and we can’t allow that to happen,” he said, adding: “They’ve gotta understand life. ’Cause I don’t think they do understand life.”
Europe eager for deal
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Iran was unseen hand behind Gaza rocket strikes, former Israeli national security adviser says
 May 9, 2019
Iran was unseen hand behind Gaza rocket strikes, former Israeli national security adviser saysIranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AP)
“Why did the Islamic Jihad do this? The answer is again and again and again – Iran,” former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror said.
Iran directed its terror proxy Islamic Jihad to tie up Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip in order to free up Iran’s forces to do what they want to unhindered in Syria, a former Israeli national security adviser said.
“Why did the Islamic Jihad do this?” Yaakov Amidror asked. “The answer is again and again and again – Iran.”
Islamic Jihad, unlike Hamas, is a completely owned and operated Iranian subsidiary, Mr. Amidror said. “It was established by Iran, financed by Iran, and does what Iran wants it to do.”
In an interview with The Israel Project, Mr. Amidror said he traced the recent round of rocket attacks on Israel to May 3, when an Islamic Jihad sniper fired on IDF soldiers patrolling the Gaza border, wounding two officers. Israel responded and killed two Hamas men, and then the rocket barrage began from Gaza.
What made the May 3 shooting on the IDF patrol interesting, Mr. Amidror said, was that it took place precisely when Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders were in Cairo putting the finishing touches on an agreement drawn up by Egypt that was designed to ease the tension in the region.
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Dershowitz: Omar’s ignorance and bigotry exposed in her reaction to Gaza rocket attacks
 May 8, 2019
Dershowitz: Omar’s ignorance and bigotry exposed in her reaction to Gaza rocket attacksRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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To use the “occupation” — there is no occupation — as a justification for why “rockets must be fired” is to show both ignorance and bigotry.
By Alan M. Dershowitz, The Gatestone Institute
All decent people should be outraged at the terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip that fired 698 rockets at Israeli civilians, killing four, injuring 234 and traumatizing thousands of innocent children. Imagine what other countries, including the United States, would do if lethal rockets targeted their civilians. Yet, Israel has responded with restraint.
To be sure, 30 Palestinians were killed and 154 injured by Israeli efforts to stop the rocket rampage. Many of these were terrorists, but some were civilians who were put in harm’s way by the terrorists.
These deaths and injuries were caused by the tactic employed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad: they deliberately place their rocket launchers in densely populated areas — near schools, hospitals and mosques — in a deliberate effort to maximize Arab civilian casualties.
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Does Iron Dome still work? Defense system comes into question following latest rocket attacks
 May 8, 2019
Does Iron Dome still work? Defense system comes into question following latest rocket attacksAn Iron Dome system intercepts Hamas rocket in Ashdod. (IDF/File)
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The system achieved an 86% kill rate, with only 35 rockets and mortar shells getting through to score hits, the military said.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The efficacy of the Iron Dome air defense system is being questioned after 690 missiles shot by Hamas and Islamic Jihad over the past weekend managed to kill four Israelis and injure more than 200.
Iron Dome, which is activated only once its computer calculates that the trajectory of an incoming projectile will hit a populated center, shot down 240 rockets, according to IDF figures. The system achieved an 86% kill rate, with only 35 rockets and mortar shells getting through to score hits, the military said.
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On Israel’s Independence Day, blind IDF soldier receives Presidential Medal of Excellence
 May 9, 2019
On Israel’s Independence Day, blind IDF soldier receives Presidential Medal of ExcellenceIDF Sergeant Ori Salmon (Courtesy)
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“When people see me acting normal instead of pitying myself, they also treat me as an equal,” Sergeant Ori Salmon explains.
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On Independence Day, a blind IDF soldier received Israel’s Presidential Medal of Excellence.
Sergeant Ori Salmon was part of an IDF project called Special in Uniform, which seeks to integrate special needs and disabled Israelis into the army.
A non-commissioned educational officer, Salmon was born blind and volunteered for the IDF despite her disability.
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Israel vigilant against BDS activists seeking to disrupt Eurovision
 May 9, 2019
Israel vigilant against BDS activists seeking to disrupt EurovisionNetta Barzilai from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2018, (AP/Armando Franca)
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BDS activists will not be allowed into Israel during the upcoming Eurovision song contest. 
By Joseph Wolkin, World Israel News
As per Israel’s policy since 2017, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists will be barred from entry to the Jewish state for this month’s Eurovision competition.
“This is going to be a huge party in which thousands of people will participate but we will remain extremely vigilant in order to make sure that no one comes here in order to disturb and destroy,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said in an interview with The Guardian.
The Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place from May 14 to 18 in Tel Aviv, has been a focal point for BDS activists since Netta Barzilai won the competition last year. Protesters have been calling on international artists to refrain from attending the event in order to create commotion and promote Palestinian causes.
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Jerusalem yeshiva student wins prestigious international Bible quiz
 May 9, 2019
Jerusalem yeshiva student wins prestigious international Bible quizPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett seen here at last year's annual Bible Quiz held at the Jerusalem Theater on Israel's Independence Day, April 19, 2018. (Flash90/Shlomi Cohen)
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Young yeshiva student Yonatan Weissman won the International Bible Quiz this year. 
By World Israel News Staff
Yonatan Weissman, 18, a resident of Jerusalem and student at the Degel Yerushalayim Yeshiva, is the winner of this year’s prestigious International Bible Quiz for Jewish Youth. The contest tests young people’s knowledge of the Bible and took place at the Jerusalem Theater in Israel’s capital.
Runner-up was Benjamin Kalachmiro, 15, a New Jersey resident from the Kushner Yeshiva.
Third place went to Yarin Bar, 17, a high school student from Rishon LeTzion. In fourth place was Adar Geller, 18, of the Noam Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony and gave prizes to the winners. He said: “It is a great task to instill the traditions of the Bible and the love of the Bible in all students of Israel.”
In 2010, the prime minister’s own son, Avner, came in third in the International Bible Quiz, having earned the right to compete after winning Israel’s National Bible Contest that year.
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German intelligence agency first in Europe to publish report on Muslim anti-Semitism
 May 9, 2019
German intelligence agency first in Europe to publish report on Muslim anti-SemitismMuslims at a Mosque worship during Friday midday prayers. (AP/Egill Bjarnason)
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A German intelligence agency published a study on “Anti-Semitism in Islamism.” It’s the first time a European intelligence group has addressed the topic.
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A German internal security agency published a 40-page special study entitled “Anti-Semitism in Islamism.” It is the first time that an European intelligence group has published a detailed report on the subject of anti-Semitism in the Muslim community.
The agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), is tasked with monitoring activities of far-right and far-left extremists, including foreigners, who might seek to undermine Germany’s constitution.
While the paper has been downloaded 1,439 times, an agency spokesperson recently told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Muslim groups haven’t responded publicly to the report.
The report distinguishes between “Islamism” and “Islam.” It notes that due to the German experience with Nazism, anti-Semitism has been historically identified with the far-right. However, it says that over the years it has become clear that extremists on the right are not the only ones holding anti- Semitic views. The report says that anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in today’s Germany has become “commonplace” and widespread among the center and socialist left in the country.
Islamists are still more extreme in their views due to religious, geographic and political reasons, the paper finds, noting that all Islamist groups have turned Jew hatred into a cornerstone of their movements.
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Netanyahu declares ‘special situation’ as IDF upgrades air strikes to targeted killings
 May 5, 2019
Netanyahu declares ‘special situation’ as IDF upgrades air strikes to targeted killingsPM Benjamiin Netanyahu. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has ordered more “massive attacks” on Gaza terrorist targets. IDF moves additional tanks to the Gazan border.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
In response to the massive air attacks from the Gaza Strip, the IDF says that the Israel Air Force (IAF) has struck back by hitting terror targets in Gaza.
Terrorist targets include rocket launchers, terror tunnel shafts, weapons manufacturing factories belonging to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), as well as a PIJ training compound and command center located inside a mosque, and a Hamas weapons depot.
The IDF says that it attacked arms and ammunition warehouses located in the home of Hamas terrorists in Rafah and Khan Yunis and another warehouse in Gaza City in the home of a member involved with Hamas’ rocket infrastructure.
By midnight Saturday, the Israeli military said that it had carried out some 220 air strikes and that the attacks were continuing.
On Sunday, the IDF said that it was starting to attack arms and ammunition depots placed “purposely” by the terrorists in areas populated by civilians and was targeting terrorists themselves.
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Nikki Haley slams Israeli critics’ double-standard: ‘No other country would sit back and take this’
 May 5, 2019
Nikki Haley slams Israeli critics’ double-standard: ‘No other country would sit back and take this’Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley (AP/Andrew Harnik)
As Palestinian terrorists rain hundreds of rockets down on the Jewish state,  former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. questions why Israel should “sit back and take” it.
By World Israel News Staff
On Saturday, Nikki Haley responded to Palestinian terrorists’ ongoing rocket fire on Israel with a pointed post on Twitter questioning the double-standard many nations apply to the Jewish State.
“If this was any other country, the international community would raise havoc. No other country would sit back and take this. Why should Israel? #DoubleStandard,” she tweeted.
Former Amb. Haley also shared a video on Twitter showing the devastation caused by Palestinian rockets, which killed an Israeli father of four in Ashkelon, Moshe Agadi, and wounded a number of others severely.
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 If this was any other country, the international community would raise havoc. No other country would sit back and take this. Why should Israel? #DoubleStandard
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WATCH: Daily Israel News Recap!
 May 5, 2019
Here is a recap of the top Israel news stories on May 5, 2019.
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Man killed in front yard first Israeli victim since Operation Protective Edge
 May 5, 2019
Man killed in front yard first Israeli victim since Operation Protective EdgeIsraelis stand outside their building after it was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza in the coastal city of Ashkelon, May 5, 2019. (AP/Tsafrir Abayov)
An Israeli man was killed on Saturday night by terrorist rocket fire after going outside for a smoke.
By World Israel News Staff
Terrorist rocket fire from the Gaza Strip claimed its first victim on Saturday night, killing an Israeli man who was staying at the home of his mother-in-law in the city of Ashkelon, Israel’s Ynet news site reports.
Moshe Agadi, 58, is the first Israeli citizen to die from direct rocket fire since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Ynet reports.
“Moshe went out to smoke a cigarette following a barrage and did not have time to enter the protected area [when the rocket fire resumed]. They tried to carry out initial CPR but on the way to the hospital they lost him,” his brother Shmulik said.
Mr. Agadi will be buried at 4:00 p.m. Israel time on Sunday. He leaves behind a wife, three sons and a daughter.
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Toy museum in Turkey displays doll decorated with Holocaust victim’s hair
 May 5, 2019
Toy museum in Turkey displays doll decorated with Holocaust victim’s hairA German doll made with the the hair of a Holocaust victim on display in a Turkish toy museum. (screenshot)
Among the items exhibited at Turkey’s Anatolian Toy Museum is a 78-year-old doll made with the hair of an unidentified Jewish girl who perished in Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
By World Israel News Staff
While the Anatolian Toy Museum boasts over 13,000 toys and other items, a small baby doll dating back more than seven decades is earning the small museum in Turkey international attention due to its connection to the Nazis’ horrific war crimes in World War II.
The doll in question recently came to the attention of Turkish news agency DHA, which quoted museum director Emrah Ünlüsoy explaining the artifact’s “touching story.”
According to Mr. Ünlüsoy, “Before being killed [by the Nazis], girls’ hair was cut and used on the dolls produced for German children,” including the doll in his museum’s collection.
Jewish visitors have been moved to tears by the sight of the doll, according to DHA. Officials of a Jewish “civil society organization” reportedly were granted permission in November 2017 to take a sample of hair for DNA testing with which it hoped to locate members of the victim’s family.
At press time, the doll, which was reportedly purchased from a German curator, remained in a glass display case in the Turkish museum.
News of the doll surfaced this year in the run-up to Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, on which the nation mourns the loss of 6 million Jews who perished in Europe during the Nazis’ brutal reign.
At Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, Jewish men, women, and children were stripped of valuables and had their heads shaved before they were sent to their deaths.
At the site of camps such as Auschwitz, artifacts, including human hair, remain on display to this day as a chilling reminder of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s “final solution” to exterminate the Jews.
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Exposed: Fake twitter campaign to boycott Eurovision operated by bots
 May 2, 2019
Exposed: Fake twitter campaign to boycott Eurovision operated by bots(Moshik Gulst)
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“We have now proven that the boycott organizations are not only anti-Semitic and support terror, but lie and fabricate support for their agenda,” Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan stated.
By World Israel News Staff
Minister Gilad Erdan’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Thursday revealed a report showing a synchronized campaign on Twitter of hundreds of fake and bot accounts, under the hashtag #BoycottEurovision2019, against this year’s Eurovision song contest.
Beginning in November 2018, the Ministry launched an in-depth examination of the social media influence campaign to boycott the 2019 Eurovision song contest, held in Israel, leading to its release by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs titled, “The Big Scam- How BDS is Manipulating Social Media against Eurovision 2019.”
The report revealed data indicating the use of a number of fraudulent methods – including bots and fake accounts using “Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior” to create the appearance of an authentic and widespread campaign, while hoping to manipulate public opinion, against artists performing at this year’s Eurovision.
Among the performers targeted were Madonna, Bilal Hassani (France), Alessandro Mahmoud (Italy), Michael Rice (UK) and Sarah McTernan (Ireland), as well as participating countries’ broadcast authorities.
Potential reach of 9.7 million
The campaign was originally launched under the hashtag #BoycottEurovision2019 by PACBI 
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Sens. Cruz, Kaine introduce resolution condemning ‘all forms’ of anti-Semitism
 May 5, 2019
Sens. Cruz, Kaine introduce resolution condemning ‘all forms’ of anti-SemitismCandlelight vigil for victims of the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting. (AP/Denis Poroy)
The bill is co-sponsored by 42 other senators, most of them Republican.
By JNS
Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning “all forms” of anti-Semitism. They took the move to coincide with Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here in America,” said Sen. Cruz in a statement.
“In just the last few weeks, we have seen it manifested as hateful cartoons in major news publications, anti-Semitic smears in the halls of Congress, and murders at houses of worship,” referencing illustrations in the international edition of The New York Times and the Chabad of Poway shooting in Southern California, where one woman was killed and three others injured, Both instances happened within the week.
Sen. Cruz continued: “I urge my Senate colleagues to put aside partisan politics so we can come together as an institution and unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism.”
“This bipartisan effort is about making clear that we will do everything in our power to combat the rise in anti-Semitism. In my home state, we saw white supremacists terrorizing — and even murdering — people in Charlottesville while chanting anti-Semitic slogans lifted from Nazi rallies and a president unwilling to forcefully condemn such an atrocity,” said Sen. Kaine.
 The shooting last weekend at Chabad of Poway was another tragic reminder of this deep-rooted prejudice. We must stand together against hate in all its forms,” he said.
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Netanyahu tells IDF to deliver hard blow to terror as rockets continue to rain
 May 5, 2019
Netanyahu tells IDF to deliver hard blow to terror as rockets continue to rainAn explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City, May 4, 2019. (AP/Khalil Hamra)
An 80-year-old woman was severely wounded, a 50-year-old man was moderately wounded by shrapnel and a teenage boy was mildly hurt as he ran for cover.
By Adina Katz, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his security cabinet Saturday afternoon and instructed the army “to give a hard blow” to terror groups in the Gaza Strip amid a fresh escalation of violence.
At least 220 rockets were fired into Israel throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at around 10 a.m.
The escalation began on Friday when two IDF soldiers were shot and wounded by Gaza gunfire near the Gaza border.
“Hundreds of Gazans rioted on Israel’s border. Our soldiers stood between the rioters and Israeli families living a short distance away. Using civilians as cover, a sniper fired at our soldiers, wounding two,” the IDF stated on Friday.
Air-raid sirens sounded throughout the south on Saturday and as far north as Bet Shemesh, a central Israeli city near Jerusalem.
Israeli medical officials said an 80-year-old woman was severely wounded by the rocket fire, a 50-year-old man was moderately wounded by shrapnel and a teenage boy was mildly hurt as he ran for cover.
United Hatzalah volunteers in the south treated numerous people who were injured over the course of the day.  Some of those injured were in serious condition while others were moderately or lightly injured, the emergency medical services organization said.
In response to the Gaza rocket fire on Saturday, Israel’s military said, IDF began aerial strikes on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets (PIJ) at about 2 p.m., including: four Hamas training and weapons manufacturing compounds. Hamas naval compound and a PIJ-Hamas joint military compound.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted dozens of missiles, the IDF said.
The Israeli military reportedly hit a six-story commercial and residential structure Saturday evening.
The flare-up occurs just ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on Sunday, and Israeli Independence Day.
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Human rights NGO documents Hamas’ abuses in Gaza Strip
 May 1, 2019
Human rights NGO documents Hamas’ abuses in Gaza StripPalestinian beaten by Hamas for protesting against regime. (screenshot)
The Hamas terror group arrested, detained, and assaulted hundreds of people, including protesters, journalists and human-rights activists during the past year.
By JNS
A human rights nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has a special consultative status in the United Nations released a report last week that documented the fact that several hundred people were summoned, arrested and detained over the course of a year by the terrorist group Hamas solely because of their political beliefs.
Between March 1, 2018, and March 1 of this year, the Hamas terror group’s “security service” summoned, arrested and detained 742 people, including five women, for exercising their beliefs, according to a report by the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, which mentioned bans on press coverage, in addition to restrictions on the media and censorship of entertainment deemed to be against Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
Al Mezan also documented reports of police exercising excessive force in dispersing protesters, journalists and human-rights activists.
“The ‘We Want to Live’ protests, which Hamas perceived to be a global conspiracy targeting the movement, have doubled the number of prisoners [being held for expressing their opinion] in an attempt to prevent the protests from escalating,” Samir Zaqout, Al Mezan’s director of monitoring and awareness, told Al-Monitor.
Zaqout mentioned that Hamas blocks access to visit prisoners.
“We are told that the security members in question are being held accountable, but we don’t know how,” he said. “Holding these members accountable doesn’t take place according to the law in force in the Palestinian territories, which requires the general prosecution to take action.”
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Opinion: Let the Palestinian Authority collapse
 May 4, 2019
Opinion: Let the Palestinian Authority collapsePalestinian President Mahmud Abbas (Flash90)
Israel has no obligation, ethical or otherwise, to sustain the socio-economic edifice of its enemy dedicated to its destruction. Indeed, if anything, its moral duty is to bring about its collapse.
By Martin Sherman
The Oslo Accords, which spawned the Palestinian Authority, were born in sin. Today, that is beyond any reasonable dispute.
After all, without the support of Gonen Segev, who was later convicted and imprisoned for drug trafficking and fraud and, several years later, for treason and espionage, they would never have seen the light of day.
As readers might recall, Segev was elected to the Knesset on a hardline hawkish platform that opposed the very far-reaching concessions that the Oslo Accords entailed. However, he was coaxed (read “bribed”) by former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with the lure of a ministerial portfolio, to betray his voters and cross the political lines to endorse the Oslo initiative, contradicting the core values of the platform on which he was elected.
As a product of both political betrayal and bribery, Oslo soon began to deliver its heinous results. Thousands of Israelis paid with their lives and limbs for the ill-considered initiative. What was grotesquely dubbed “the peace process” left cafes, buses and sidewalks strewn with body parts and gore, while the Oslo advocates doggedly refused to admit error, callously dismissing the dead and injured as “victims of peace.”
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Palestinian bus bomber loses US citizenship for lying about terror conviction
 May 2, 2019
Palestinian bus bomber loses US citizenship for lying about terror convictionThe scene of a bus bombing in Jerusalem in 2016. (Nati 
A terrorist who was imprisoned in Israel for bombing a bus has been sentenced in the U.S. for lying to immigration authorities when he became a citizen.
By WIN Staff and AP
Fifty-one-year-old Vallmoe Shqaire who was living in Downey, California was sentenced to nine months in federal prison Friday for unlawfully procuring U.S. citizenship in 2008. He also was stripped of his citizenship and will be deported to Jordan.
Shqaire spent four years in prison for helping in the 1988 attempted roadside bombing of a bus.
The pipe bomb exploded but nobody was hurt. Shqaire carried out the terror attack as an operative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which was classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
Shqaire pleaded guilty in January to concealing the bombing conviction and his PLO ties on his citizenship application.
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NY Times apologizes again for anti-Semitism, but cartoonist remains defiant
 May 1, 2019
NY Times apologizes again for anti-Semitism, but cartoonist remains defiantNew York Times building (AP/Mark Lennihan)
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The Times editorial board calls itself “stalwart supporters” of Israel, while the cartoonist responsible for recent charges of anti-Semitism claimed that Trump encourages ‘the expansionist radicalism of Netanyahu.”

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Following expressions of outrage and demands for action over the publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon in the New York Times on April 25, the newspaper’s editorial board published an opinion piece on Tuesday, adding to two previous responses, one of which specifically came from New York Times opinion section, where the caricature appeared.

The board acknowledges that the cartoon had portrayed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog wearing a Star of David on a collar, leading U.S. President Donald Trump, depicted as a blind man wearing a skullcap, adding that “however it came to be published, the appearance of such an obviously bigoted cartoon in a mainstream publication is evidence of a profound danger — not only of anti-Semitism but of numbness to its creep, to the insidious way this ancient, enduring prejudice is once again working itself into public view and common conversation
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WATCH LIVE: Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony
 May 1, 2019
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The central state ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Israel will be broadcast live from Jerusalem at Yad Vashem on Wednesday night, May 1st at 8pm (Israel time – GMT+3). That corresponds to 1pm Eastern US Time (EDT) and 10am Pacific (PDT).
The ceremony will be held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, together with the general public.
Live Broadcast of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019 opening ceremony at Yad Vashem
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Young rabbi narrowly escapes anti-Semitic attack in NY
 May 1, 2019
Young rabbi narrowly escapes anti-Semitic attack in NYRabbi Uriel Vigler. (screenshot)
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Rabbi Uriel Vigler was verbally assaulted on his way to morning prayers but saved from physical harm due to the presence of a synagogue guard.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
A Chabad rabbi on his way to synagogue early Tuesday morning in New York City was verbally attacked by a large man and believes he only escaped physical harm due to the appearance of a security guard.
Rabbi Uriel Vigler said that an African-American man spewed anti-Semitic slurs at him on the street, calling him a “f***ing Jew” and following him when he crossed the street to get away, saying “Are you nervous, are you scared?”
He told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that as he got close to his Upper East Side synagogue the man lunged at him, but then moved away when he saw the Chabad Israel Center’s security guard, calling Vigler “the devil.”
The rabbi posted a short video on Facebook of the last part of the episode, which shows a clear picture of his assailant, and said he was going to the police with it.
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New Israeli lawmaker requests 1 shekel salary
 May 1, 2019
New Israeli lawmaker requests 1 shekel salaryFormer Jerusalem Mayor and current MK Nir Barkat. (Flash90)
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Barkat sent a letter on Tuesday to the Knesset’s accountant Haim Avidor and asked that he receive only NIS 1 (less than a dollar) in his annual salary as MK.
By TPS
Former Jerusalem Mayor and new Member of the Knesset Nir Barkat, who served as mayor of Jerusalem for the last decade at a salary of one shekel a year, asked the Knesset accountant to set the same salary for his new position as a Knesset member.
“For me, it is a great privilege to serve the public without receiving in return,” he stated.
Formerly a businessman, Barkat made his fortune in hi-tech. However, Israel’s Knesset has previously seen wealthy members who did not ask to forgo their paycheck, which is funded by the public.
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British Labour member suspended for call to ‘march’ on synagogue
 May 1, 2019
British Labour member suspended for call to ‘march’ on synagogueThousands gathered outside Parliament in London to protest anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party, Sept. 3, 2018. (Labour Against Anti-Semitism via Twitter)
A top UK Jewish group is urging Labour to “look itself in the mirror.”
By Algemeiner Staff
A top British Jewish group has called out the local Labour branch in the city of Brighton and Hove over a string of recent incidents involving members of the party, which has been wracked by anti-Semitism scandals since far-left MP Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015.
Board of Deputies of British Jews Vice President Amanda Bowman said in a statement on Tuesday, “We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Brighton and Hove in light of the series of disturbing revelations about the Brighton and Hove Labour Party.
“In recent days it has been revealed that council candidate Alex Braithwaite was suspended for a series of horrendous social media posts including Rothschild conspiracy theories and another local member, Amanda Bishop, called, in a chilling echo of the far right, for all local Labour members to march on Hove Synagogue,” Bowman continued.
“Labour needs to look itself in the mirror and ask itself about how this culture has grown up,” Bowman declared. “Bigots like Amanda Bishop need to know that people who seek to threaten, bully, or abuse our community will fail. Where prejudice shows its face, the Jewish community, whether at a national level or through our brave grassroots activists, will never be silenced.”
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Israel’s new Knesset sworn in, president calls to end ‘vindictiveness and spite’
 May 1, 2019
Israel’s new Knesset sworn in, president calls to end ‘vindictiveness and spite’The Knesset swearing in ceremony. (Kobi Richter/TPS)
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Israel’s newly elected 21st Knesset arrived at the parliament on Tuesday and its 120 Members of Knesset swore allegiance to the State of Israel.
By Aryeh Savir, TPS
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was welcomed at Knesset with a special ceremony by the Knesset Guard. An IDF band played the national anthem, the president’s flag was hoisted, and Rivlin laid a wreath at the memorial commemorating the IDF’s fallen soldiers.
Rivlin began a new Israeli tradition when he signed for the first time the “President’s Book,” a special volume in which the president inscribes his message to the new MKs.
Acting Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein read the text of the declaration of allegiance to the Knesset members, “I commit to being faithful to the State of Israel and faithfully fulfill my duties in the Knesset,” and each of them stood in turn and declared “I commit.” Addressing the Knesset, Rivlin quoted a prayer recited by Menachem Begin at his 1963 swearing in ceremony. “May the country profit, and may the people benefit. May hatred and vilification subside and may mutual respect increase
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Israel blasts French ambassador over ‘apartheid’ accusation
 April 30, 2019
Israel blasts French ambassador over ‘apartheid’ accusationFormer French Ambassador to Israel Gérard Araud. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The French ambassador to Israel was summoned to the Foreign Ministry over her colleague’s recent “apartheid” statement.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned French Ambassador Hélène Le Gal on Monday over an accusation made France’s ambassador to the US that Israel an “apartheid state.” Gérard Araud made the accusation in an interview in The Atlantic, a respected American magazine.
Araud, who served as France’s ambassador to Israel from 2003 to 2006, commented to The Atlantic on the chances of success for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations once President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” is unveiled, claiming, “The problem is that the disproportion of power is such between the two sides that the strongest may conclude that they have no interest to make concessions.”
He added, “[T]he fact that the status quo is extremely comfortable for Israel. Because they [can] have the cake and eat it. They have [Judea and Samaria], but at the same time they don’t have to make the painful decision about the Palestinians, really making them really, totally stateless or making them citizens of Israel. They won’t make them citizens of Israel. So they will have to make it official, which is we know the situation, which is an apartheid. There will be officially an apartheid state. They are in fact already.”
Araud, the report said, is famous for making blunt remarks “that other ambassadors might not even think, much less state in public.”
In response, Israel’s Foreign Ministry “adamantly protested” Araud’s remarks, summoning Le Gal, according to a ministry spokesman.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Araud insisted he had made a distinction between “Israel,” which he said “is obviously not an apartheid state,” and the territory it liberated from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War.
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In midst of apology for anti-Semitic cartoon, New York Times publishes yet another
 April 30, 2019
In midst of apology for anti-Semitic cartoon, New York Times publishes yet another(VG via JNS)
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Andrea Levin, president and executive director of CAMERA, told JNS it is “striking” that the Times would publish another cartoon that denigrates Netanyahu just days after the latest firestorm.
By Jackson Richman, JNS
Despite apologizing on Sunday for running an anti-Semitic cartoon that ran in its international edition on Thursday, The New York Times publised another anti-Semitic cartoon in the same edition over the weekend.
The weekend cartoon by Norwegian cartoonist Roar Hagen depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with sinister eyes taking a picture of himself with a selfie-stick, carrying in what appears to be an empty desert a tablet featuring the Israeli flag painted on it.
The cartoon also resembles a different one from the same cartoonist featuring Netanyahu carrying a tablet that resembles the Ten Commandments, which the Israelites received in the desert after fleeing their enslaved lives in Egypt, in what appears to be a desert being followed by a sinister-looking U.S. President Donald Trump, both walking in the opposite parallel of a directional sign marked “Golan,” a reference to the Golan Heights.
Trump officially recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan last month.
TheTimes did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Thursday’s cartoon featured U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke, sporting dark-tinted glasses and being led by a dog with the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a large blue Star of David hanging from its collar.
On Sunday, the publication said that it was “deeply sorry,” and that it “investigated how this happened and learned that, because of a faulty process, a single editor working without adequate oversight downloaded the syndicated cartoon and made the decision to include it on the Opinion page. The matter remains under review, and we are evaluating our internal processes and training. We anticipate significant changes.”
Appropriate for Der Stürmer
Times columnist Bret Stephens responded harshly to Thursday’s cartoon, which was printed above a column about immigration from Thomas L. Friedman.
“Here was an image that, in another age, might have been published in the pages of Der Stürmer,” he wrote in a piece published on Sunday. “The Jew in the form of a dog. The small but wily Jew leading the dumb and trusting American. The hated Trump being Judaized with a skullcap. The nominal servant acting as the true master. The cartoon checked so many anti-Semitic boxes that the only thing missing was a dollar sign.”
“The image also had an obvious political message: Namely, that in the current administration, the United States follows wherever Israel wants to go,” continued Stephens. “This is false—consider Israel’s horrified reaction to Trump’s announcement last year that he intended to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria—but it’s beside the point. There are legitimate ways to criticize Trump’s approach to Israel, in pictures as well as words. But there was nothing legitimate about this cartoon.”
Stephens added, “The problem with the cartoon isn’t that its publication was a willful act of anti-Semitism. It wasn’t. The problem is that its publication was an astonishing act of ignorance of anti-Semitism—and that, at a publication that is otherwise hyper-alert to nearly every conceivable expression of prejudice, from mansplaining to racial microaggressions to transphobia.”
‘Obsession with smearing Israel’
Andrea Levin, president and executive director of CAMERA, told JNS it is “striking” that the Times would publish another cartoon that denigrates Netanyahu just days after the latest firestorm.
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FBI received tips just minutes before California synagogue attack
 April 30, 2019
FBI received tips just minutes before California synagogue attackSan Diego county sheriff deputies stand in front of the Chabad of Poway. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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About five minutes before the attack, the FBI said it received tips about a threatening social media post.
By Associated Press
The tips to an FBI website and hotline before a gunman on Saturday burst into the Chabad of Poway near San Diego included a link to the anonymous post but did not offer specific information about its author or the location of the threat.
The bureau said Monday that employees immediately tried to determine who wrote the post, but the shooting occurred before they could establish his identity.
One of the tipsters told The Associated Press that he called the FBI tip line at 11:15 a.m. Saturday because the post linked to a manifesto that said the author was responsible for a mosque arson in the city of Escondido last month. He says he found online that had the mosque attack had happened and feared the new threat was real.
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Parents of synagogue shooter say attack part of ‘history of evil perpetrated on Jewish people’
 April 30, 2019
Parents of synagogue shooter say attack part of ‘history of evil perpetrated on Jewish people’Candlelight vigil for victims of the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting. (AP/Denis Poroy)
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The parents of the 19-year-old who attacked a Southern California synagogue said Monday they are shocked and saddened that “he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”
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John T. Earnest’s parents said they raised him and his five siblings in a family, faith and community that rejected hate.
“Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold,” the parents said in a statement, which didn’t include their names.
A gunman on Saturday burst into the Chabad of Poway near San Diego on the last day of Passover, a major Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others.
“How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act,” the statement said.
Earnest’s parents, who are cooperating with investigators, said their sadness “pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people.”
Earll Pott, a family attorney who issued the statement, said the parents will not provide a legal defense for their son, who will likely be represented by a public defender. They asked for privacy.
‘I couldn’t see his eyes’
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Anti-Semitism in Canada breaks record for third straight year
 April 30, 2019
Anti-Semitism in Canada breaks record for third straight yearB'nai Brith Canada anti-Semitism report (Facebook)
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Canada experienced a 16.5 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the previous year.
By World Israel News Staff 
For the third consecutive year, records were set in 2018 for anti-Semitism in Canada, according to figures published by B’nai Brith Canada’s advocacy arm, the League for Human Rights.
A 16.5 percent increase is reported over the previous year, says the organization.
Incidents of anti-Semitism included a group of teens shooting lit fireworks at Hasidic Jews in Boisbriand, Quebec; two Saskatchewan elementary school students harassed and beaten by their peers; a group of Orthodox students in Toronto assaulted on the streets; a Winnipeg high school student mocked for her ‘Jewish nose”; a Manitoba woman told “you Jews deserve to die” in an anonymous phone call; and, a 13-year-old Toronto student harassed by a peer who threatened to “shoot up a Jewish school” and told her to “go back into the ovens.”
Harassment was the most dominant form of anti-Semitic expression in 2018, with a 28.4 percent increase compared with 2017 – representing a 61.5 percent increase since 2015, according to the report.
Eighty percent of incidents reportedly took place via online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, email, and others.
“We are experiencing a disturbing new normal when it comes to anti-Semitism in this country, with expressions of anti-Jewish hatred surfacing in regions that are typically less prone to such prejudices,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.
“Of particular concern is the rise of anti-Semitic harassment on social media, including death threats, threats of violence, and malicious anti-Jewish comments and rhetoric,” he added.
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Omar, Tlaib endorsed for re-election by MoveOn progressive advocacy group
 April 29, 2019
Omar, Tlaib endorsed for re-election by MoveOn progressive advocacy groupReps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listen to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech in Washington, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The two freshman congresswomen are praised notwithstanding their controversial positions, including support for BDS and the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations.
By World Israel News Staff 
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), known for her use of anti-Semitic tropes in criticizing Israel, has received the first endorsement for the 2020 election from MoveOn, an American progressive public policy advocacy group and political action committee.
“The results are in: With 77% of votes cast in favor, MoveOn members in Minnesota’s 5th District have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Ilhan Omar for re-election to Congress,” the group writes on its website.
Upon winning the congressional election in November 2018, Omar was faced with backlash over comments she had already made against Israel, including in 2012, when she said that the Jewish State had “hypnotized the world.”
Since beginning her term in the U.S. House of Representatives in January, she has created more controversy by accusing the AIPAC lobby group of paying off politicians to gain support for Israel and challenging the loyalty to America of pro-Israel activists.
“Rep. Omar is a uniquely powerful, compelling member of Congress,” says MoveOn, adding that “despite racist and anti-Muslim attacks to silence the first Black, Muslim congresswoman in the United States—and blatant attempts to incite violence against her and Muslim communities—Rep. Omar has continued to speak out.”
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Homes at outpost in Samaria demolished by IDF, Israeli police
 April 30, 2019
Homes at outpost in Samaria demolished by IDF, Israeli policeRubble at Maoz Esther following a demolition in 2009. (Kobi Gideon/FLASH90)
The outpost has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt since its founding in 2007 in memory of Esther Galia, an Israeli who was shot and killed by Palestinian terrorists.
By World Israel News Staff
Israeli Civil Administration personnel on Tuesday demolished structures in Maoz Esther, an outpost adjacent to the community of Kochav Hashachar, located in the Binyamin region of Samaria.
Hundreds of police, accompanied by forces from the office of the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and heavy equipment arrived at the outpost to prevent outpost residents and demonstrators from disrupting the demolition. The forces encircled the homes and began carrying out the demolition.
Some 30 youths have been arrested. The Honenu legal aid society said that it was providing legal assistance to the detainees.
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Attorney general serves Netanyahu with deadline to set pre-trial hearing
 April 29, 2019
Attorney general serves Netanyahu with deadline to set pre-trial hearingIsraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (L) and AG Avichai Mandelblit. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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If Netanyahu’s lawyers don’t act within 11 days, the attorney general warned they may lose the right to pursue dropping some or all charges against the prime minister.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyers on Sunday that if they don’t set a date  for pre-trial hearings by May 10, he will proceed with the criminal charges without hearing Netanyahu’s side first, as is customary in such proceedings.
Netanyahu’s legal representatives say they have delayed making an appointment to go over the charges because they haven’t been paid.
They have also used this reason for not going to get the boxes of documents that Avichai Mandelblit’s office has collected over the course of the years-long investigations into the prime minister’s affairs.
Mandelblit appears unwilling to consider any further delays. In March, the attorney general announced his intent to indict Netanyahu, agreeing to freeze the hearing process only to accommodate the the nation’s Knesset campaign and elections.
A disagreement over money “does not justify any delay in transferring the core investigative materials to the prime minister or to his representatives, and in any event, this does not affect the date of the hearing,” he warned Netanyahu’s lawyers, reminding them via letter that the proceedings must take place before July 10.
Mandelblit’s office further cautioned that “if the prime minister elects not to hold the hearing, the attorney general will make a final decision on his cases on the basis of the evidence at his disposal.”
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Israel’s Delek group closing in on $2 billion deal for Chevron’s North Sea oilfields
 April 29, 2019
Israel’s Delek group closing in on $2 billion deal for Chevron’s North Sea oilfieldsThe Israeli 'Tamar' gas processing rig off the Israeli southern coast. Noble Energy and Delek are the main partners in the Tamar gas field. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
The acquisition would mark another step for Israeli company Delek towards its expected public listing.
By Israel Hayom via JNS
Israel’s Delek group, controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva, is close to clinching Chevron’s oil and gas fields in the British North Sea, which have a price tag of around $2 billion, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Delek, via its North Sea oil and gas operator Ithaca Energy, could reach an agreement within days, two of five sources said.
U.S. oil major Chevron Corp kicked off the sale of its central North Sea oil and gas fields Alba, Alder, Captain, Elgin/Franklin, Erskine and Jade, as well as the Britannia platform and its satellites last July, with the help of U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley.
One of the sources said that Delek would pay between $1.8 and $2 billion for the assets, which exclude Chevron’s 19.4 percent stake in the BP-operated Clair field.
The Israeli company beat competitors including a consortium formed by Britain’s Premier Oil and U.S. private equity fund Apollo Global Management and also British petrochemical maker Ineos Group, the sources said. It hired JP Morgan and BNP Paribas as advisers to the acquisition.
The acquisition would mark another step for Delek towards its expected public listing, the sources said. The company earlier this month acquired Shell’s 22.45 percent stake in the Caesar-Tonga field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for $965 million.
Chevron and Delek declined to comment.
Ithaca said in an emailed statement that “it is continuously looking at opportunities to grow its business, but will not comment on any specific situations or market speculation.”
The deal would be just the latest of many that have transformed the population of North Sea producers over the past five years.
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Pro-Israel group demands Tlaib’s ouster over links to ‘terrorists and anti-Semites’
 April 25, 2019
Pro-Israel group demands Tlaib’s ouster over links to ‘terrorists and anti-Semites’Rep. Rashida Tlaib. (AP /Alex Brandon)
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“Rashida Tlaib’s anti-Israel record is just the tip of the iceberg,” maintains the Zionist Organization of America, which called for her immediate removal from Congressional committees and ejection from the Democratic Party over the lawmaker’s alleged ties to “terrorists, anti-Semites, and conspiracy theorists.”
By World Israel News Staff
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) released a statement on Thursday urging Congress to immediately remove freshman legislator Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D–MI) from key committees. The statement also called on Democratic leadership to throw her out of the party, which has increasingly come under scrutiny from pro-Israel groups like the ZOA for its statements and positions on the Jewish state and its approach to anti-Semitsim.

According to the ZOA statement, “Tlaib’s anti-Israel record was already well-known before she was elected in last year’s midterm elections. She calls Israel a ‘racist country’ on the basis of the lie that Israel discriminates against those ‘darker skinned,’ supports the destruction of Israel in favor of an Arab-dominated state (‘It has to be one state’), ‘absolutely’ backs withholding U.S. aid from Israel, and openly supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is committed to international ostracism and weakening of Israel with a view to its eventual elimination.”
The statement focused on “newly revealed evidence of [Tlaib’s] pernicious associates, produced by the Israel Advocacy Network (IAN),” referring to a video posted to YouTube presenting social media activity in which Tlaib “personally and publicly singled out for praise” several “close associates” who assisted her in “win[ning] office.”
The statement noted that the IAN video presented evidence that some of the people Tlaib thanked are “close associates of Palestinian terrorists with Jewish blood on their hands,” noting, “In all, 18 individuals she praised . . . are rabid haters of Israel and proud supporters of blood-soaked Palestinian terrorists. Several of them have posted the most blatantly anti-Semitic material.”
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Analysis: Trump dropping old terminologies, including ‘two-state solution’
 April 24, 2019
Analysis: Trump dropping old terminologies, including ‘two-state solution’Jared Kushner speaks during the TIME 100 Summit. (AP/Richard Drew)
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The Trump team says it wants to find the solution first and give it a title later.

By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News

When U.S. President Donald Trump and his team launched their effort to formulate an Israeli-Palestinian plan for the future, the first objective which they set for themselves was to drop the terms that had been used in the past.

From their perspective, taking any contentious terminology from previous failed U.S. efforts in the Mideast would serve only to entangle them in a web from where there would be no escape.

A response by Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner on Tuesday to a question about the two-state solution fit neatly into that approach. Asked if the anticipated U.S. plan, now expected to be issued publicly at the beginning of June, includes the formula of a state called Palestine next to Israel, Kushner replied: “I think that if people focus on the old traditional talking points, we will never make progress.”

The senior adviser was speaking at the TIME 100 Summit in New York City.

To supporters of this approach, the Trump team is showing great skill at dealing with substance while dancing around terminological traps. To opponents, the presidential advisers are showing that they over their heads in tackling what Kushner himself acknowledged is “about as tough of a problem set as you can get.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approach has evolved in a similar manner. His outright objection to a Palestinian state was changed by a speech in 2009 in which he expressed his willingness to live alongside such a state, and later by comments in which he preferred to speak of Palestinian rule in demilitarized territories and evaded the issue of whether it would be called a state.
Due to the U.S. president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which included the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital, his acceptance of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Mr. Netanyahu – as he works on forming his new government – is more willing to accept, albeit cautiously, that he and Mr. Trump are capable of working together regarding this peace plan.
The Palestinian Authority (PA), on the other hand, has declared that the Trump plan “won’t amount to anything” because the president has already shown his pro-Israel stripes, they argue.
The PA has reason to be concerned.
The U.S. team has accepted the argument that the Palestinians have lost previous opportunities, in particular, at the 2000 Camp David summit, when Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak spoke with U.S. President Bill Clinton and PA leader Yasser Arafat of concessions regarding Jerusalem and a withdrawal from nearly all of Judea and Samaria, in addition to a handover of territory within Israel to a Palestinian state to compensate for areas that Israel would continue to hold in Judea and Samaria.
The mistrust between the PA and the Trump administration is mutual.
Washington is largely circumventing PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and his advisers, and instead dealing with Arab states with which the Trump administration has already built an alliance: Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia as well as other Gulf states. It’s also focusing on the people in the Palestinian areas instead of the leadership.
Apprehensive about a Palestinian state
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French Jews open up on anti-Semitism and their future in Europe
 April 24, 2019
French Jews open up on anti-Semitism and their future in EuropeVisitors line up for Israeli-style falafel Le Marais in Paris. (Mendy Hechtman, 
Jewish media, Israeli politicians and community leaders paint a picture of a France where Jews feel unsafe and are leaving in droves. Do Jewish residents agree?
By Orit Arfa, JNS
My trip to Paris to canvas the mood of French Jews began in the idyll of an Israeli-owned restaurant, Balagan, near the famed Louvre art museum. Emmanuelle Mary, a non-Jewish Parisian fashion and lifestyle marketing professional and frequent visitor to Israel (by virtue of her Israeli boyfriend), took me there.
The bar had that inimitably cool Tel Aviv vibe with friendly bartenders shouting “Shalom,” even though they weren’t Jewish, as they handed out free chasers over sexy music. Food offerings fused Mediterranean-Jewish-French favorites: hummus, chopped liver, roasted eggplant, fattoush salad.
If attitudes towards Israel and Jews could be judged by how full the place got with stylish Parisians, there should be no cause for concern about rising anti-Semitism in France.
Jewish media, Israeli politicians, and community leaders paint a picture of a France where Jews feel unsafe and are leaving in droves. Several incidents in recent years have triggered this perception: the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket attack that occurred in conjunction with the gunning massacre of staff at the Charlie Hebdo publication; the kidnapping, torture and murder of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi in 2016 by North African Muslims; the especially brutal murder of Sarah Halimi in her apartment in 2017; and the gruesome, allegedly anti-Semitic burning of an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, Mireille Knoll, in 2018. More recently, anti-Semites affiliated with the mysterious “yellow-vests movement” verbally attacked French Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and, around the same time, 80 gravestones were desecratedwith swastikas in the Alsace region.
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Rouhani: Iran will negotiate with the US if it lifts sanctions and apologizes
 April 24, 2019
Rouhani: Iran will negotiate with the US if it lifts sanctions and apologizesIranian President Hassan Rouhani (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
“The hostility would not be left unanswered,” said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to oil sanctions.
By World Israel News Staff
Iran is prepared to hold talks with the U.S. only once Washington lifts pressure on Tehran and apologizes, says Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. His comments, made on Wednesday, were reported in state media and cited by the Reuters news agency.
“We have always been a man of negotiation and diplomacy, the same way that we’ve been a man of war and defense. Negotiation is only possible if all the pressures are lifted, they apologize for their illegal actions and there is mutual respect,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.
Oil prices hit their highest level since November on Tuesday after the U.S. announced that starting  next week, waivers that have been granted on imports of Iranian oil would end and sanctions would take effect. Washington announced sanctions on Iran as part of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal announced last May from the nuclear pact reached by the U.S. and five other world powers with Tehran in 2015.
The declared end to the waivers now pressures importers to stop buying from Iran and would reduce the global supply.
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Israel to release 2 Syrian prisoners for return of Baumel’s remains
 April 27, 2019
Israel to release 2 Syrian prisoners for return of Baumel’s remains(Shutterstock)
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An Israeli official said Saturday that Israel will free two prisoners as a “goodwill gesture” following the repatriation of a soldier’s remains from Syria over three decades after he went missing in action.
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An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said Saturday that Israel will release two prisoners as a “goodwill gesture” after the return of IDF soldier Zachary Baumel’s remains from Syria.
Baumel’s body came home to Israel more than 35 years after he went missing in action.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said the release of the prisoners was not a condition for this month’s return of the remains of soldier Zachary Baumel. He said the decision was only made in recent days.
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Vermont college professor takes leave of absence after Nazi poison-gas test question
 April 23, 2019
Vermont college professor takes leave of absence after Nazi poison-gas test question(AP/Wilson Ring, File)
“This inexplicable failure of judgment trivializes one of the most horrific events in world history, violates core institutional values, and simply has no place on our campus,” said Middlebury College President Laurie Patton.
By Jackson Richman, JNS
A 33-year chemistry professor at Middlebury College in Vermont has taken a leave of absence after asking students on a test to compute the destructive dose of the poisonous gas hydrogen cyanide used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust.
The Vermont school announced the development, in addition to an ongoing investigation to determine if Jeff Byers violated its faculty misconduct policy, on April 10.
“This inexplicable failure of judgment trivializes one of the most horrific events in wold history, 
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China tells US to avoid ‘wrong moves’ over Iran oil controls
 April 24, 2019
China tells US to avoid ‘wrong moves’ over Iran oil controlsIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, speaks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing, Feb. 19, 2019. (How Hwee Young/Pool via AP)
Beijing gave no indication how Beijing might respond if Washington imposes penalties.
By Associated Press
China has told Washington to avoid “wrong moves” that hurt Chinese interests following a U.S. threat to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil.
The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, Turkey.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Wednesday that Beijing opposes the Trump administration’s “unilateral sanctions and so-called long-arm jurisdiction” over Iran.
Geng said China, one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil exports, would protect the “legitimate rights” of its companies but gave no indication how Beijing might respond if Washington imposes penalties.
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Israeli family injured in California attack sought refuge in US from Hamas rockets
 April 28, 2019
Israeli family injured in California attack sought refuge in US from Hamas rocketsSynagogue shooting victims Noya Dahan (L) and her uncle Al
Almog Peretz and his eight-year-old niece, who were wounded in a California synagogue shooting on Saturday, left Israel after surviving Hamas rocket attacks on their home in Sderot.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Two of the people injured by a gunman who burst into a Chabad synagogue on Saturday in California had left the Israeli city of Sderot after surviving rocket hits from Gaza on their home.
During the attack, Almog Peretz, 34, heroically saved several children by rushing them out of the sanctuary when 19-year-old John Earnest ran in and began shooting. He credited his experience under persistent rocket attacks in his Israeli hometown for his quick reaction.
“This is sad, but I am originally from Sderot so we know a bit about running from the Kassam rockets,” Peretz told Israel’s Channel 12 as he lay in the Palomar Medical Center Poway, recovering from a bullet wound to his leg.
“There were many small kids next to me,” he recounted. “I took a little girl who was our neighbor and three nieces of mine and ran. I opened the back gate and we ran with all the children to a building in the back. I hid them in that building.”
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19-year-old shooter in deadly California synagogue attack posted anti-Semitic manifesto
 April 28, 2019
19-year-old shooter in deadly California synagogue attack posted anti-Semitic manifestoJohn Earnest. (screenshot)
The shooter in a synagogue attack on Saturday was identified as John Earnest, a man who spread anti-Semitic conspiracies online just hours before the shooting.
By Associated Press
California authorities identified the gunman who opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego as worshipers celebrated the last day of a major Jewish holiday as John Earnest, a 19-year-old nursing school student who posted an anti-Jewish screed online about an hour before the attack.
The poster of the manifesto also praised the suspects accused of carrying out deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27.
One woman, identified as 60-year-old Lori Kaye, was killed in the attack on Saturday.Those injured in the shooting were Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Noya Dahan, 8, and Almog Peretz, 34, said Rabbi Yonah Fradkin, executive director of Chabad of San Diego County.
There were indications an AR-type assault weapon might have malfunctioned after the gunman fired numerous rounds inside the Chabad of Poway, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said.
An off-duty Border Patrol agent working as a security guard fired at the shooter as he ran away, missing him but striking his getaway vehicle, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said.
Shortly after fleeing, Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. When an officer reached him on a roadway, “the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” Nisleit said.
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Dublin City University endorses BDS with 80% in favor
 April 21, 2019
Dublin City University endorses BDS with 80% in favor(Sean Hobson via The Algemeiner)
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Dublin City University students pledge ‘active solidarity with Palestine,’ endorse Israel boycott.
By Shiri Moshe, The Algemeiner
Students at Dublin City University voted to endorse the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel this week, committing their union to lobby against ties with Israeli institutions.
The referendum — which was voted on by 1,764 students, 80 percent of whom were in favor — called on the DCU Students’ Union to “adopt a stance in active solidarity with Palestine” through BDS.
According to DCU Students for Justice in Palestine, the referendum directed the Students’ Union to promote “the issue of Palestine” and lobby the university to cut ties with Israeli companies and institutions that were accused of complicity “in occupation and apartheid.”
The results of an earlier referendum held on BDS this semester were nixed following technical issues.
SJP chairperson Stephanie O’Toole, who said she formed the club eight months before the referendum, said the results came after “two semesters of mobilizing and educating.”
“[W]e knew the odds were against us but israel’s apartheid is hard to defend when it’s laid out in plain facts,” she wrote on social media.
O’Toole, a self-described Marxist-Leninist, has in the past published multiple posts objecting to Israel’s existence.
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Palestinian Authority uncovers Hamas spy operation against its security systems
 April 23, 2019
Palestinian Authority uncovers Hamas spy operation against its security systemsProtest in Hamas-ruled Gaza against Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
The Hamas spy operation is said to have been carried out by senior members of the terror group both in Gaza and abroad.
By World Israel News Staff
The Palestinian Authority (PA) says that the Hamas terror group has infiltrated the PA security establishment in a spy operation, according to a report in Ynet. 
The Hamas operation is described as wide-ranging, having taken place over the past year. Senior PA defense officials reportedly were recruited to spy for the terror group.
Hamas forcibly took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, but has been viewed both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority as a threat to the PA in Judea and Samaria, as well.
Ynet cites Palestinian reports as saying that all of the Hamas agents have been arrested by the PA.
The Hamas spy operation is said to have been carried out by senior members of the terror group both in Gaza and abroad. It was uncovered two months ago, says the Israeli news website.
High-ranking Palestinian officials reportedly told both Ynet and its sister newspaper Yedioth Aharonot that after PA military intelligence uncovered the Hamas infiltration, it alerted the Palestinian Authority leadership and launched a secret investigation to learn of the extent of the plot. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas was said to have been notified. 
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WATCH: Former ISIS child fighter ‘would assist father with decapitations’
 April 23, 2019
Mustafa, a 15-year-old former ISIS child fighter who is currently at a rehabilitation center, tells Al-Arabiya Network about his life as the son of an ISIS leader. Aired on April 15, 2019, the interview was translated by MEMRI TV.
The Children of ISIS - Mustafa
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15-year-old Mustafa, the son of a former high-ranking Emir, says his father was an official in charge of beheadings under the group’s rule. “I was just in the battalion… and then my father came and I started working with the men who cut the heads,” he says, adding that he would help in removing the decapitated heads.
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WATCH: Netanyahu calls for new Golan Heights community named after Trump
 April 23, 2019
Touring the Golan Heights with his family on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after US President Donald Trump.
Jerusalem: Three religions, three families | Faith Matters
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The Old City of Jerusalem covers less than one square kilometer and is home to Jews, Christians and Muslims. The political tensions dividing Israel and the Palestinians are felt acutely here. How do the Old City's residents deal with this stress? We put that question to three families and to three clerics representing the three 'world religions'.
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Bernie Sanders calls Netanyahu’s right-wing government ‘racist’
 April 23, 2019
Bernie Sanders calls Netanyahu’s right-wing government ‘racist’Sen. Bernie Sanders (AP/David Dermer)
The U.S.should “not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government,” said Bernie Sanders.
By AP and World Israel News
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is standing by his criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the American goal in the Middle East must be to try to bring people together and “not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government.”
Senator Sanders said Monday at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire that he believes the United States should “deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis. What I believe, and you know the United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel, what I believe is not radical.”
He told the audience that “as a young man I spent a number of months in Israel, worked on a kibbutz for awhile; I have family in Israel, I am not anti-Israel, but the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly.”
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‘We’re not trying to impose our will,’ Kushner says about peace plan
 April 23, 2019
‘We’re not trying to impose our will,’ Kushner says about peace planJared Kushner interviewed at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit, Apr. 23, 2019. (Youtube/Screenshot)
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“We’re not trying to impose our will,” Trump adviser Jared Kushner said regarding the soon-to-be-released ‘deal of the century.’ 
By Atara Beck, World Israel News
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was interviewed at the TIME 100 Summit Tuesday, answering questions on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, the Mueller report findings, the Middle East, immigration, his role in the Trump administration, and more.
Asked about the U.S. relationship with Saudi Crown Prince, who, according to U.S. Intelligence Services, ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Kushner said he would not dispute the intelligence agency nor would he discuss intelligence-related issues.
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Israel to honor Pittsburgh Jewish leader at Independence Day ceremony
 April 23, 2019
Israel to honor Pittsburgh Jewish leader at Independence Day ceremonyJeff Finkelstein, center, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. (AP/Gene J. Puskar)
The honor has been bestowed in solidarity with Pittsburgh Jews following the deadly terror attack at the Tree of Life Congregation.
By World Israel News
Israel has announced that the torch on behalf of Diaspora Jewry at the Jerusalem ceremony marking Independence Day next month will be lit by Jeff Finkelstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
The honor has been bestowed upon the Pittsburgh community leader in solidarity with the Jews in that city following the terror attack at the Tree of Life Congregation in October, in which 11 members of the community were murdered by a white supremacist.
Israel’s Culture Ministry said Monday that it selected Finkelstein in recognition of his contribution toward leading “the Jewish community’s efforts to cope and rebuild” in the aftermath of the massacre.
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WATCH: Palestinian statehood no longer a priority among Arab nations, analysts say
 April 22, 2019
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Analysts Dr. Mordechai Kedar of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and Dr. Martin Sherman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies explain their view that Palestinian statehood fails to remain a top priority among the Arab nations.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, and Dr. Martin Sherman
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Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University and Dr. Martin Sherman, founder & executive director of the IISS in the ILTV studio speaking about how the question of Palestinian statehood fails to remain Arab nations’ top priority
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Egyptian voters approve referendum extending president’s rule
 April 23, 2019
Egyptian voters approve referendum extending president’s ruleEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. (AP/Thomas Hartwell)
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“Wonderful scene done by Egyptians who took part in the referendum… will be written down in our nation’s historical record,” al-Sissi tweeted.
By Samy Magdy, Associated Press
Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday.
Al-Sissi led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president amid mass protests against his rule in 2013 and has since presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.
Lasheen Ibrahim, the head of Egypt’s National Election Authority, told a news conference the amendments to the 2014 constitution were approved with 88.83% voting in favor, with a turnout of 44.33%. The nationwide referendum took place over three days, from Saturday through Monday to maximize turnout. Egypt has some 61 million eligible voters.
In his first public comments on the amendments, al-Sissi thanked the Egyptian people for voting.
“Wonderful scene done by Egyptians who took part in the referendum… will be written down in our nation’s historical record,” he tweeted minutes after Ibrahim announced the results.
Pro-government media, business people and lawmakers had pushed for a “Yes” vote and a high turnout, with many offering free rides and food handouts to voters, while authorities threatened to fine anyone boycotting the three-day referendum.
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BERNIE GOES BERSERK: Sanders Says Trump ‘Most Dangerous President in Modern History’
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders escalated his war-of-words with the White House Monday night; declaring President Trump “the most dangerous president in modern history” and demanding Congress subpoena those named in Robert Mueller’s report.

“We have the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country. Someone who’s a pathological liar… It goes without saying that the Congress has to take a hard look, do a hard investigation, and subpoena the people named in that report,” Sanders said at a town hall event.
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Report: Saudis already pressuring Abbas to accept Trump’s Mideast plan
 April 22, 2019
Report: Saudis already pressuring Abbas to accept Trump’s Mideast planPA President Mahmoud Abbas, centre, arrives to attend the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP/Evan Vucci)
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According to an Arab media report, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt are putting heavy pressure on the Palestinian Authority leadership not to resist Trump’s “deal of the century.”
By Shahar Klaiman, Israel Hayom via JNS
According to a report on the website Alkhaleej Online, a member of Fatah’s central committee revealed on April 20 that heavy Arab pressure was being applied to the Palestinian Authority leadership with regard to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan—the so-called “deal of the century”—that the White House is expected to unveil in June. The official stated that Saudi Arabia was leading the campaign, the report said.
The source was quoted as saying: “There are Arab countries, chief among them Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, that express great interest in the American deal, and are employing every available means, including political and financial pressure, to assure that the Palestinians accept the plan, despite the risks it involves for the Palestinian cause.”
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WATCH: Tens of Thousands Attend Priestly Blessing at Western Wall
The Priestly Blessing ceremony includes hundreds of priests, descendants of the tribe of Levi.
Tens of thousands of Jews, including Israelis and tourists, gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Monday morning for the traditional mass Priestly Blessing.
The event takes place each year on the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot.
“The fact that tens of thousands of worshipers are 
The Priestly Blessing ceremony includes hundreds of priests, descendants of the tribe of Levi.
Tens of thousands of Jews, including Israelis and tourists, gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Monday morning for the traditional mass Priestly Blessing.
The event takes place each year on the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot.
“The fact that tens of thousands of worshipers are now at the Western Wall Plaza is very moving,” Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon said, Israel National News (INN) reported. “The Jerusalem municipality prepared itself ahead of time, with stands offering water to the public.”
Israel’s Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau greeted the visitors, together with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, according to INN.
The Priestly Blessing ceremony includes hundreds of priests, descendants of the tribe of Levi. The commandment to bless the Jewish people and the words of the blessing are found in the Bible (Numbers 6: 22-27).
Thousands attend Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall
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Swastikas painted, storehouse burned in Passover arson fire at Russian yeshiva
 April 21, 2019
Swastikas painted, storehouse burned in Passover arson fire at Russian yeshivaA rabbi inspects the Passover eve damage at Toras Chaim yeshiva in Moscow, Apr. 19, 2019. (Facebook)
The yeshiva community’s kosher food was gone after an anti-Semitic act of arson at the largest Orthodox Jewish seminary in Russia.
By AP and World Israel News Staff
Jewish officials say an arson fire was set at the largest yeshiva in Russia as religious Jews were gathered there for the Passover seder on Friday evening.
No one was reported injured in the fire at the Toras Chaim school in an eastern Moscow suburb.
Olga Esaulova, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s chief rabbi, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the fire was set in a storage area for kosher meat and that swastikas were drawn at the yeshiva’s entrance.
There were about 60 students, rabbis and guests in the building at the time, the state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.
Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt of the Forward tweeted on Friday: “Reports from Moscow that the Torat Chaim Yeshiva was attacked…by what seems to be neo-Nazis. Swastikas painted on the doors and the storehouse entirely burned, the yeshiva community’s precious kosher meat/food for Passover gone.”
In October, the Moscow Times reported that Russia, and eastern Europe in general, is currently experiencing its lowest level of anti-Semitism in history. The Russian newspaper said that the decline had been announced by Yuri Kanner, president of the Russian Jewish Congress.
In a recent survey conducted by the independent Levada Center, based on interviews with Russian Jews and the general population, 80 percent of respondents said that anti-Semitism levels had receded since the Soviet period, the report said.
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‘Americanization’ of Israeli politics contributed to Netanyahu’s election victory, expert says
 April 21, 2019
‘Americanization’ of Israeli politics contributed to Netanyahu’s election victory, expert saysLikud supporters react to the first voting results in the Israeli general elections at party headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 9, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Mass media expert Dr. Gabriel Weimann believes President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used similar tactics in their 2016 and 2019 campaigns, respectively.
By James Fattal
The “Americanization” of Israel’s political landscape and the rising prominence of social media in election campaigns both contributed to this month’s election victory by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party, said mass media expert Dr. Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communication at University of Haifa.
On Thursday morning in New York City, Weimann held a briefing on behalf of the American Society of the University of Haifa in which he unpacked the implications of the 2019 Israeli election and explored the role mass media played in the outcome. Earlier this week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin confirmed that he will give Netanyahu Likud the first chance to form Israel’s next governing coalition.
“In the Israeli elections of the early 1970s, you saw many TV commercials, press conferences, and gatherings in the streets,” said Weimann, who has studied the evolution of political propaganda in Israel over the last five decades. “Today, TV’s power has gone down and has been supplanted by social media — particularly for Netanyahu, who during this year’s campaign often posted on Twitter, Facebook, and other online platforms a dozen times per day. This represents the Americanization of Israeli politics, a gradual process that actually started with Netanyahu himself in 1996, when he was the first Israeli candidate to have an American political advisor.”
Comparing America’s 2016 election outcome to Israel’s 2019 result, Weimann explained that Netanyahu’s approach was similar to the campaign strategy of U.S. President Donald Trump.
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WATCH: Man with rod chases Jewish worshiper in London
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Outside a synagogue in the London neighborhood of Stamford Hill, which hosts the largest hasidic community in Europe, a visibly ultra-Orthodox man on Monday was pursued by a man holding a rod, apparently in order to commit an anti-Semitic assault.
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US ends sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil
 April 22, 2019
US ends sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oilU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, April 22, 2019, at the Department of State in Washington. (AP/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
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Announcing the step, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said no more sanctions waivers would be granted when the current batch expire on May 2, choking off Iranian income that had been more than $50 billion a year.
By Associated Press
The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, Turkey.
President Donald Trump made the decision as part of the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran that aims to eliminate all of its revenue from oil exports that the U.S. says funds destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and beyond.
“This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,” the White House said in a statement.
Announcing the step, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said no more sanctions waivers would be granted when the current batch expire on May 2, choking off Iranian income that had been more than $50 billion a year.
“The goal remains simply: To deprive the outlaw regime of the funds that it has used to destabilize the Middle East for decades and incentivize Iran to behave like a normal country,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.
The administration had granted eight waivers when it re-imposed sanctions on Iran in November after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. The waivers were issued in part to give those countries more time to find alternate energy sources but also to prevent a shock to global oil markets from the sudden removal of Iranian crude. Three of those waivers, for Greece, Italy and Taiwan, are no longer needed because they have all halted their imports of Iranian oil.
But the other five continue to import Iranian oil and had lobbied for their waivers to be extended. NATO ally Turkey has made perhaps the most public case for an extension, with senior officials telling their U.S. counterparts that Iranian oil is critical to meeting their country’s energy needs. 
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Hezbollah leader warns of war with Israel, fears being killed by IDF
 April 21, 2019
Hezbollah leader warns of war with Israel, fears being killed by IDFHezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (AP /Bilal Hussein, File)
“The possibility of war with Israel is very high this summer and I may no longer be with you,” Nasrallah reportedly told commanders.
By World Israel News Staff
Is Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warning of a war with Israel in the summer, and worried that he might be killed?
According to Elijah J. Magnier of the Kuwaiti Al Rai newspaper, Nasrallah told commanders: “The possibility of a war with Israel is very high this summer and I may no longer be with you.”
However, Hezbollah sources are cited by Lebanon 24 as denying the report, saying that all of it is a “fabric of the writer’s imagination.”
In the Al Rai report, the Hezbollah chief is quoted as warning that Israel could be ready to attack “with the objective of removing the threat on its borders once and for all.”
Nasrallah cautioned that “our people should know and…be prepared for the worse-case scenario.”
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Kushner convinced Trump to drop Palestinian refugee issue from agenda
 April 21, 2019
Kushner convinced Trump to drop Palestinian refugee issue from agendaWhite House adviser Jared Kushner (AP /Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Jared Kushner apparently convinced President Trump to drop the issue of Palestinian refugees altogether from the agenda of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
By World Israel News Staff
A campaign by White House adviser and U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to defund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as a way of ridding Palestinian Arabs of refugee status is outlined in an email from January 2018, disclosed by the Foreign Policy diplomatic news outlet.
In the email, sent to other senior advisers to the president, Kushner writes: “It’s very important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA.”
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California Rabbi fined $6000 for reporting synagogue vandalism to police
 April 21, 2019

 
California Rabbi fined $6000 for reporting synagogue vandalism to policeHebrew Discovery Center was vandalized in 2016, (Facebook)
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“This decision empowers vandals to continue to interfere with sacred religious practices without fear of accountability,” says First Liberty lawyer.
By World Israel News Staff
A California judge fined an Orthodox Jewish rabbi over $6,000 last week for reporting the vandalism of his synagogue to the police, reports First Liberty, a legal organization that says it is devoted to protecting the religious liberty of all Americans.
“This is an outrageous decision that penalizes a rabbi for simply reporting a crime that he witnessed,” said Stephanie Taub, a senior counsel to First Liberty.
“The rabbi made a good faith report to police about a crime he saw taking place on his property,” she added, arguing that “this decision empowers vandals to continue to interfere with sacred religious practices without fear of accountability.”

First Liberty said that its attorneys will appeal last Tuesday’s court decision.

The incident involves the Hebrew Discovery Center, located in Woodland Hills, CA.  The center describes itself as providing “educational Jewish programming for all ages, ranging from early childhood to young professionals…utilizing a hands-on, forward-thinking approach to education.”

In October 2016, First Liberty explained, “a band of activists stormed” the center’s synagogue after the congregation “performed an ancient religious ceremony involving the kosher and humane killing of chickens,” referring to a ceremony performed on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
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Passover wishes from US envoy in Poland met with anger, anti-Semitism
 April 21, 2019

 
Passover wishes from US envoy in Poland met with anger, anti-SemitismUS Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher (AP/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
A lawmaker with Poland’s ruling right-wing party called the American ambassador’s Passover greeting a “provocation.”
By Associated Press
The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction has been a wave of angry comments on Twitter.
Ambassador to Poland Passover tweet
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Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher also wished Poles a happy Easter on Sunday. But by then she was accused of offending the country with her Passover tweet and reminded that she is serving in a mostly Roman Catholic country.
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US envoy: Peace plan will not include land transfer from Egypt’s Sinai
 April 21, 2019
US envoy: Peace plan will not include land transfer from Egypt’s SinaiU.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
“Hearing reports our plan includes the concept that we will give a portion of Sinai (which is Egypt’s) to Gaza. False!”, Greenblatt tweeted.
By Reuters and Algemeiner Staff via The Algemeiner
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan will not involve giving land from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the Palestinians, an American envoy said on Friday.
Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, apparently sought to deny reports on social media that the long-awaited plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would involve extending Gaza into the northern Sinai along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.
“Hearing reports our plan includes the concept that we will give a portion of Sinai (which is Egypt’s) to Gaza. False!”, Greenblatt, one of the architects of the proposal, tweeted on Friday.
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Hundreds killed in explosions on churches, hotels in Sri Lanka
 April 21, 2019
Hundreds killed in explosions on churches, hotels in Sri LankaSri Lankan police clear the road as an ambulance drives through carrying injured in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
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By Sunday afternoon, the death toll rose to 207 in explosions on multiple churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka; several hundred were wounded. No one has claimed responsibility.
By Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krishan Francis, Associated Press
At least 129 people were killed and nearly 500 hospitalized from injuries in near-simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the state-run Daily News reported.
A security official told The Associated Press that the death toll was 138 people, and included worshippers and hotel guests.
wo of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters.

It was the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war a decade ago. The magnitude of the bloodshed recalled the random bombings perpetrated by the separatist Tamil Tigers that targeted a bank, a shopping mall, a Buddhist temple and hotels popular with tourists.
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Analysis: Hamas’s honesty vs. Trump’s ‘deal of the century’
 April 18, 2019
https://worldisraelnews.com/analysis-hamass-honesty-vs-trumps-deal-of-the-century/?Analysis: Hamas’s honesty vs. Trump’s ‘deal of the century’Armed Hamas fighters on parade with a vehicle-mounted rocket launcher in Gaza, August 2016. (PressTV video screenshot)
This week, marking the 18th anniversary of the first Hamas rocket fired at Israel, Yahya Sinwar vowed to continue hitting Israeli “settlements” such as Tel Aviv.

By Khaled Abu Toameh, The Gatestone Institute

April 15 marked the 18th anniversary of the firing of the first Hamas rocket toward Israel. On this day, 18 years ago, Hamas’s military wing, Izaddin al-Qassam, launched its first rocket attack at Israeli population centers near their border with the Gaza Strip.

On the eve of this occasion, Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader of the Gaza Strip, threatened that his movement will continue to fire rockets at Israel. The rockets, he said, will be fired at Israeli “settlements” not only near the border with the Gaza Strip, but also at supposed “settlements” in the Israeli cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and Tel Aviv.

Sinwar said that the recent Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire understandings between Hamas and Israel are not a peace agreement. The understandings, he explained, do not require Hamas to disarm or halt, near the border with Israel, the weekly demonstrations, also known as the “Great March of Return.”

“The understandings do not have any political dimension,” the Hamas leader said. “I promise that if a war is imposed on us, the occupation will have to evacuate its settlements, not only near the Gaza Strip, but also in Ashdod, Ashkelon, the Negev and even Tel Aviv. Remember this promise.”

Sinwar’s threats serve as a reminder that Hamas and other Palestinian terror group consider Israel one big settlement that needs to be annihilated. Hamas and the other terror groups do not see a difference between a Jew living in the West Bank and a Jew living in Tel Aviv or Ashkelon. To terror groups, all these Jews, regardless of whether they live in the West Bank or in Israel proper, are “settlers” and “colonists.”

For them, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Ashdod and all Israeli cities are no different than Jewish communities and neighborhoods in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. That’s why Hamas and the terror groups consider all “settlements” — inside Israel and in the West Bank — as legitimate targets for their rockets.

Contrary to claims by some Western political analysts and media outlets, Hamas has never recognized Israel’s right to exist. Needless to say, Hamas has never renounced the “armed struggle” against Israel.
Above all, Hamas has never accepted the “two-state solution” or changed its charter, which explicitly states:
“When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad [holy war] becomes a duty binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad. This would require the propagation of Islamic consciousness among the masses on all local, Arab and Islamic levels. WE must spread the spirit of Jihad among the [Islamic] Umma, clash with the enemies and join the ranks of the Jihad fighters.”

Sticking to every word of the Hamas charter
Sinwar deserves credit for being honest about his movement’s true goals. He also deserves credit for sticking to every word mentioned in the Hamas charter, which was published more than 30 years ago and remains as relevant as ever to this very day.

Jihad, according to the Hamas leader, should be waged not only against Jews living in West Bank settlements (i.e., Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria), but also against those residing in “settlements” in all of Israel, including Tel Aviv. He says he wants to see all Jews evacuated from their homes. He says he is hoping that the Hamas rockets will one day force Israel to “evacuate” all Jews from their homes.

In the past 18 years, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip have fired thousands of rockets and missiles at Israel.

A report by the IDF on Hamas’s rocket arsenal notes that the terror group has about 6,000 rockets. They include more than 1,000 units of self-produced short-range rockets (15 km range), more than 2,500 units of smuggled short-range rockets (15 km range), approximately 200 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km range), approximately 200 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km range), approximately 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km range), approximately 1,000 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km range), more than 400 units of self-produced medium range rockets (up to 80 km range) and dozens of long-range rockets (100-200 km range).

The other terror groups in the Gaza Strip, the report says, have approximately another 5,500 short-range, medium-range and long-range rockets.
Threats to be taken seriously
That is why Sinwar’s threats to fire more rockets at Israel should be taken with deadly seriousness. He is also right when he says that the ceasefire understandings with Israel are not a political agreement with the “Zionist entity.” Hamas cannot reach any political deal with Israel because it does not agree to Israel’s right to exist. This is the message that Sinwar and leaders of all Palestinian terror groups want the world to hear.

For the terrorist leaders, the only peace they will accept is one that results in the elimination of Israel and the evacuation of all Jews from their homes.

Hamas, of course, is strongly opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump’s upcoming plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “Deal of the Century.” How can Hamas accept any peace plan that recognizes Israel’s right to exist? Hamas is opposed to the Deal of the Century not because the plan doesn’t offer the Palestinians enough land. It is opposed to the plan because it doesn’t offer the Palestinians all the land, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

Consider another phrase from the Hamas charter, one that explains why it cannot recognize Israel’s right to exist:

“The Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] believes that the land of Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf throughout the generations and until the Day of Resurrection; no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it.”

Drafted more than three decades ago, the message the Hamas charter sends to the U.S., the Arab world, Palestinians and the rest of the international community sounds as if it was issued yesterday. It is a straightforward, unambiguous message that says:

“[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas]. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion. There is no solution to the Palestinian problem expect by Jihad.”

Abbas’s predicament
Hamas is not a small group whose threats can be brushed aside as “irrelevant.” It is a terror group that possesses thousands of rockets and controls the entire Gaza Strip, where nearly two million Palestinian live. It is a terror group that won the Palestinian parliamentary election in 2006. It is a terror group whose supporters have won a number of university student council elections not only in the Gaza Strip, but also in the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has undoubtedly read the Hamas charter. He knows that, as a Muslim, if he accepts any peace plan that does not include the expulsion of all Jews from their homes, he will be denounced by his rivals in Hamas as a traitor.

Abbas is also aware of Hamas’s threats to shower Israel with rockets. He knows that at the same time as Hamas attacks Israel, it will seek to flatten him for “betraying” Arabs and Muslims in “allowing” Jews to continue living in “their” state. This is the Palestinian reality that the Deal of the Century is about to be dealt.
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Israeli sovereignty in Judea, Samaria won’t hurt Trump peace plan, says Pompeo
 April 13, 2019
Israeli sovereignty in Judea, Samaria won’t hurt Trump peace plan, says PompeoUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
When asked whether Netanyahu’s pledge to “annex” Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria would harm the prospects for Trump’s “deal of the century,” Pompeo replied, “I don’t.”
By World Israel News Staff
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN interviewer Jake Tapper on Friday that the U.S.’ new Middle East peace plan would not be negatively impacted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign pledge to declare Israeli sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
“Do you have any concerns about the comments Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was just reelected, made right before he was reelected vowing to annex [Judea and Samaria]?” asked Tapper, adding, “Do you think that might hurt the pursuit of peace, the two-state solution proposal that Jared Kushner and others, including you, have been working so hard on?”
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Iranian troops killed in reported Israeli strike on Syrian arms factory
 April 13, 2019
Iranian troops killed in reported Israeli strike on Syrian arms factoryA previous airstrike on Damascus. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded at least six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, according to Syria’s state news agency SANA.
By Associated Press
SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the airstrike near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, hit a military facility. It said Israeli warplanes fired missiles toward Syria from Lebanon’s airspace and claimed that Syrian air defenses shot down some of the missiles.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli airstrikes hit three targets, wounding 17 Syrian soldiers. It said there were also deaths, but it was not immediately clear how many were killed and how many were Iranians or Iran-sponsored fighters.
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Bennett, Shaked out of Knesset but vow to challenge election results
 April 12, 2019

 
Bennett, Shaked out of Knesset but vow to challenge election resultsNew Right party leaders Naftali Bennett (R) and Ayelet Shaked. (Flash90)
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A final ballot count gives Netanyahu’s Likud party an bigger edge than previously predicted, leaving Bennett and Shaked out in the cold in the upcoming Israeli government.

By World Israel  News Staff and AP

The official count of election ballots on Thursday granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party an additional seat in parliament, making it the largest faction in the Knesset and punctuating the Israeli leader’s victory.

The final count showed that the New Right party of Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, falling just short of the necessary 3.25% of the votes needed to get into parliament.


 
The New Right, which fell just a few hundred votes short of entering parliament, said it would challenge the count.
Former MK and publicist Elyakim Haetzni, a New Right supporter, lamented Bennett’s and Shaked’s fate, commenting to Israel Hayom, “I don’t know any other ministers who achieved such real and measurable results as they did.”
“We’ll feel their absence especially if Netanyahu adopts the Trump peace plan, which some say is his own plan, and there isn’t enough power on the right to stop him. That power has to come from the Likud now. There are good people there, but I don’t know if they will have the courage,” added Haetzni.
Haetzni concluded, “The persecution and the fierce hate the left expressed about [Netanyahu] aroused a natural counter-reaction.”
The New Right had one of the most disappointing performances of the election. The pair of popular ministers split from their religious Jewish Home party and sought greater power by appealing to new secular voters. The maneuver backfired.
The results released by Israel’s central election commission showed Likud capturing a total of 36 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, compared to 35 seats for its main rival, the centrist Blue and White party. An earlier count had the two parties deadlocked.
Altogether, Likud and its traditional religious and nationalist allies command a 65-55 majority in parliament, putting Netanyahu in position to head the next coalition government. On Wednesday, Blue and White’s leaders conceded defeat.
Although the ballot count is complete, commission head Hanan Melzer said the results were not official and still subject to review. He said final certified results are to be handed to the country’s president next Wednesday.
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Bennett, Shaked out of Knesset but vow to challenge election results
 April 12, 2019

 
Bennett, Shaked out of Knesset but vow to challenge election resultsNew Right party leaders Naftali Bennett (R) and Ayelet Shaked. (Flash90)
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A final ballot count gives Netanyahu’s Likud party an bigger edge than previously predicted, leaving Bennett and Shaked out in the cold in the upcoming Israeli government.

By World Israel  News Staff and AP

The official count of election ballots on Thursday granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party an additional seat in parliament, making it the largest faction in the Knesset and punctuating the Israeli leader’s victory.

The final count showed that the New Right party of Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, falling just short of the necessary 3.25% of the votes needed to get into parliament.


 
The New Right, which fell just a few hundred votes short of entering parliament, said it would challenge the count.
Former MK and publicist Elyakim Haetzni, a New Right supporter, lamented Bennett’s and Shaked’s fate, commenting to Israel Hayom, “I don’t know any other ministers who achieved such real and measurable results as they did.”
“We’ll feel their absence especially if Netanyahu adopts the Trump peace plan, which some say is his own plan, and there isn’t enough power on the right to stop him. That power has to come from the Likud now. There are good people there, but I don’t know if they will have the courage,” added Haetzni.
Haetzni concluded, “The persecution and the fierce hate the left expressed about [Netanyahu] aroused a natural counter-reaction.”
The New Right had one of the most disappointing performances of the election. The pair of popular ministers split from their religious Jewish Home party and sought greater power by appealing to new secular voters. The maneuver backfired.
The results released by Israel’s central election commission showed Likud capturing a total of 36 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, compared to 35 seats for its main rival, the centrist Blue and White party. An earlier count had the two parties deadlocked.
Altogether, Likud and its traditional religious and nationalist allies command a 65-55 majority in parliament, putting Netanyahu in position to head the next coalition government. On Wednesday, Blue and White’s leaders conceded defeat.
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Abbas’ new Palestinian cabinet sends defiant message to Hamas
 April 13, 2019
Abbas’ new Palestinian cabinet sends defiant message to Hamas
photo Mohammad Ishtayeh, right, shakes hands with Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Phot 
Abbas promoted a close Fatah colleague who slammed the Hamas terror group in the past, dimming the prospects for a detente in the ongoing bloody Fatah-Hamas feud.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new cabinet led by a longtime ally who is critical of Gaza’s brutal Hamas rulers and does not categorically oppose continuing negotiations with Israel.
Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority, accepted the oath of office on Saturday from the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh.
While the Palestinians have not held elections in over 13 years, Abbas’ four-year-term appears poised to continue until his death.
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Israeli energy giant acquires stake in Gulf of Mexico oilfield
 April 12, 2019
Israeli energy giant acquires stake in Gulf of Mexico oilfieldCloser to Israel, Tamar gas field platform in the Eastern Mediterranean(Courtesy/Delek)
The Caesar Tonga oil field is one of the ten largest deepwater resources in the Gulf of Mexico, with a “production horizon” spanning dozens of years.
By World Israel News Staff
The Israeli Delek Group energy giant has announced that it signed an agreement on Wednesday to acquire 22.45% interest in the Caesar Tonga oil field, one of the ten largest deepwater resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Israeli conglomerate said that it will co-own the asset with three other leading oil and gas companies in the international energy market: Anadarko Petroleum, Equinor, and Chevron.
Under the terms of the agreement, Delek will maintain exploration, development, and production rights for oil and gas at the Caesar Tonga field, says Delek. Located 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of Louisiana at a depth of 1,500 meters (over 1,600 yards), the field contains eight wells connected by an undersea pipeline network to a production platform, it said in a statement.
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Netanyahu: International Criminal Court has no business prosecuting US, Israeli soldiers
 April 14, 2019
Netanyahu: International Criminal Court has no business prosecuting US, Israeli soldiersPrime Minister Netanyahu praised the ICC decision not to prosecute U.S. soldiers. (Flash90)
Netanyahu said the ICC made the right move in rejecting a petition to prosecute American soldiers who served in Afghtanistan.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague on Friday to reject a petition to investigate U.S. soldiers who served in Afghanistan. He made his remarks at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday in Jerusalem.
“To come and put on trial U.S. or Israeli soldiers, or the State of Israel or the U.S., is absurd. It is the opposite of the original goal of the international court,” he said.
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Genesis 2: SpaceIL announces second moon shot
 April 14, 2019
Genesis 2: SpaceIL announces second moon shotMembers of the SpaceIL team watch the launch of Genesis on Feb. 22. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
SpaceIL said it would try a second time to land a spacecraft on the moon with a new lander, Genesis 2.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
SpaceIL said it would try a second time to land a spacecraft on the moon with a new spacecraft already named “Beresheet 2” (or, “Genesis 2”). Morris Kahn, the South African-born Israeli billionaire and main funder of the project, made the announcement during an interview on Israel’s “Meet the Press” program on Saturday.
Work on the second spacecraft will begin immediately.
SpaceIl is the nonprofit that led the attempt to put Israel’s first spacecraft, Genesis, on the moon. It crashed into the lunar surface on Thursday night Israel time. If successful, it would have been the world’s first privately funded effort to put a lander on the moon.
Genesis came tantalizingly close. Israelis watched a live feed from SpaceIL’s control center in Yahud, Israel. All systems appeared to be working as the engines fired to slow the craft for a soft landing. Suddenly communication was lost and the engines shut down.
Ground control managed to reestablish communication and the engines restarted, but by then it was too late and the spacecraft crashed into the moon’s surface at 500 km/hr.
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Brazil’s president says ‘Holocaust can be forgiven’ statement was misinterpreted
 April 14, 2019
Brazil’s president says ‘Holocaust can be forgiven’ statement was misinterpretedBrazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (AP/Eraldo Peres)
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Bolsonaro says the uproar about his remark that Holocaust crimes can be forgiven is “only in the interest of those who want to push me away from my Jewish friends.”
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil clarified on Sunday the controversial statement that he made on Thursday in which he said that “crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven.” He said that forgiveness is a personal act and reaffirmed his abhorrence of the Nazis’ attempt to exterminate the Jewish people during the Second World War.
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US Jewish groups to Trump: Stop Netanyahu from annexing parts of Judea, Samaria
 April 14, 2019
US Jewish groups to Trump: Stop Netanyahu from annexing parts of Judea, SamariaPresident Donald Trump welcomes visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House, March 25, 2019. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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On Friday, U.S. Jewish groups called on Trump to stick to the two-state solution despite Netanyahu’s election promises to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Nine American Jewish groups sent U.S. President Donald Trump a letter, which was released on Friday, asking him to reaffirm America’s commitment to a two-state solution, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.
Signatories to the letter include the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, The Rabbinical Assembly,  MERCAZ, the Anti-Defamation League, Ameinu, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Israel Policy Forum.
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Israel reduces forces along Gaza border despite uncertainty
 April 14, 2019
Israel reduces forces along Gaza border despite uncertaintyIDF tanks stationed near the Israeli Gaza border on the move, March 27, 2019. (Flash90/Dudi Modan)
Israel says it will reduce its build-up of forces along the Gaza border.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
On Sunday, Israel announced it would reduce additional forces it had amassed along the Gaza border last month following a missile that struck a home in central Israel and the then-approaching one-year anniversary of weekly Hamas riots.
In the last week of March, the Israel Defense Forces called up two additional brigades, an artillery battalion and a number of reservists in a build-up of forces.
MORE Israel reduces forces along Gaza border despite uncertainty April 14, 2019 Israel reduces forces along Gaza border despite uncertaintyIDF tanks stationed near the Israeli Gaza border on the move, March 27, 2019. (Flash90/Dudi Modan) Print Email 17 Comments Israel says it will reduce its build-up of forces along the Gaza border. By David Isaac, World Israel News On Sunday, Israel announced it would reduce additional forces it had amassed along the Gaza border last month following a missile that struck a home in central Israel and the then-approaching one-year anniversary of weekly Hamas riots. In the last week of March, the Israel Defense Forces called up two additional brigades, an artillery battalion and a number of reservists in a build-up of forces.
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Analysis: Will New Right’s failure spell end to Bennett’s political career?
 April 14, 2019
Analysis: Will New Right’s failure spell end to Bennett’s political career?Education Minister Naftali Bennett attends the Ma'ariv Conference, in Tel Aviv, April 3, 2019. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
The New Right party may become the exclamation point on a short political career for Naftali Bennett, once a rising star.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Is this the end of the road for Naftali Bennett?
The up-and-coming leader had big dreams. Serving as education minister in the last government, he had his eye on the defense ministry, viewing it as another notch in his belt, necessary experience to put on his political resume in order to convince the Israeli electorate to award him the main prize – the premiership.
Those dreams may have ended with what is turning into his biggest misstep. In December, Mr. Bennett unceremoniously dropped the Jewish Home party, which he led, in order to found the New Right party.
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IDF says no to women tank crews, despite successful pilot
 April 14, 2019
IDF says no to women tank crews, despite successful pilotThe four female tank cadets who successfully finished the tank commander's course with an IDF officer (c). (IDF Spokesperson's Office)
The IDF has decided against allowing women into combat positions in the Armored Corps.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
The Israel Defense Forces will not let women into the Armored Corps. it announced on Sunday.
The Army made the decision despite a successful pilot program less than a year ago, in which 10 female IDF soldiers were trained as tank crews, four of whom went on to train as tank commanders.
An IDF Spokesperson said: “During the course of a year and four months, an experiment was conducted to examine whether a team of women could operate a tank that was operationally suited to the challenge of defending the borders. During the course of the training, three tank crews and four tank commanders were successfully trained.”
However, the spokesperson continued, “An assessment of the situation by General Army Command in the Armored Corps showed that the next stage would require a significant increase in manpower and infrastructure for the realization of the process” of creating female tank units.
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Netanyahu confidante calls for New Right’s Ayelet Shaked to join Likud
 April 14, 2019
Netanyahu confidante calls for New Right’s Ayelet Shaked to join LikudJustice Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks during a conference in Tel Aviv, March 12, 2019. (Flash90)
MK David Bitan, considered close to the prime minister, says the former justice minister is a “serious person” and would be very popular in the party.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
MK David Bitan said in radio interviews on Sunday that he would like to see former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked receive a new senior post in a Likud-led government if her New Right party does not cross the electoral threshold.
“Shaked is popular on the right and in the Likud,” he said. “In my opinion, [Prime Minister] Netanyahu has to give her a ministerial position already today, even if they don’t get into the Knesset.”
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Opinion: Democrats’ war on Netanyahu incompatible with pro-Israel stance
 April 14, 2019
Opinion: Democrats’ war on Netanyahu incompatible with pro-Israel stanceDemocratic party's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L), Sen. Bernie Sanders and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite, Steven Senne)
By seeking to override or ignore the will of Israeli democracy, they are accelerating the breakdown of the rapidly eroding bipartisan consensus in favor of the Jewish state.
By Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor-in-Chief, JNS
When leaders of Tammany Hall—the legendary Democratic machine that ran New York City for more than a century—would be confronted with an occasional electoral setback, their usual response was to deride it by claiming that if their handpicked candidates didn’t win, then “it ain’t democratic.”
That’s pretty much the reaction of much of the Democratic Party to the results of Israel’s election. Prominent Democrats have greeted the victory of the man who was the bitter foe of President Barack Obama and, just as bad, the close friend and ally of President Donald Trump with a mixture of dismay and horror.
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Israeli president begins consultations to form government Monday
 April 14, 2019
Israeli president begins consultations to form government MondayPresident Reuven Rivlin speaks with the media after casting his ballot in Jerusalem, April 9, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
In a historic and pioneering decision, the meetings with the parties will be broadcast live on all platforms in order to ensure transparency for Israeli citizens.
Source: Israel Government Press Office
President Reuven Rivlin will begin consultations on Monday with all parties elected to the Knesset, as agreed together with Judge Hanan Melcer, chairman of the Central Elections Committee.
Once Rivlin receives the official results of the elections from Judge Melcer two days later, he will decide whether a further round of consultations is required.
According to custom, the president will meet with the parties, hear their recommendations and, at the end of the consultations with all parties, announce who he has entrusted with forming a government. According to Israel’s “Basic Law: The Government,” that person has 28 days to form a new coalition.
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Kulanu’s Kahlon negotiating to join Likud
 April 14, 2019 
Kulanu’s Kahlon negotiating to join LikudPM Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at plenum session, March 13, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Negotiations for the finance minister to rejoin Likud already began before last week’s election took place, said former coalition chair Yossi Bitan.
By World Israel News Staff
Kulanu party leader Moshe Kahlon is reportedly negotiating with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rejoin Likud.
Netanyahu’s Likud party was victorious in last week’s national election and will lead a right-wing government.
The centrist Kulanu party, which received 10 seats in the 2015 election, is now down to four.
According to several analysts, returning to Likud would be a natural move for Kahlon. A former Likud Knesset member, Kahlon launched Kulanu in November 2014 and, since 2015, has served as minister of finance in the Netanyahu-led coalition.
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Netanyahu celebrates ‘tremendous, tremendous victory’
 April 10, 2019
Netanyahu celebrates ‘tremendous, tremendous victory’PM Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu at Likud headquarters, Apr. 9, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
“The right-wing bloc led by Likud clearly won. I thank Israeli citizens for their trust,” Netanyahu stated at Likud headquarters Tuesday night.
By Terri Nir, World Israel News
It was a tense national election day on Tuesday, with the 10 p.m. exit polls showing the new Blue and White party in the lead or standing neck and neck with Likud.
Just after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, however, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged as the clear winner, with Likud leading 35 to 34 over Blue and White. They were followed by religious and right-wing parties – natural partners for Likud – putting Netanyahu in a strong position to form the next government.
“The right-wing bloc led by Likud clearly won,” Netanyahu told thousands of jubilant supporters at Likud headquarters. “I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural partners already tonight… This is a night of tremendous, tremendous victory.”
“Already tonight, almost all of them declared publicly that they will recommend me to form the next government,” he said. “I intend to finish the job quickly in order to establish a nationalist, stable government.”
“It will be a right-wing government, but I intend to be the prime minister of all the citizens of Israel – right and left, Jews and non-Jews alike. All the citizens of Israel,” he declared.
Acknowledging the major hurdles facing Israel regarding security, economy, society and foreign relations, Netanyahu expressed confidence that “we will be able to meet all these challenges.”
Concerning the “path to peace with Arab nations,” for example, “even as we speak, it’s happening,” he said.
The Israeli leader tearfully thanked his wife and children for their support, noting “how much suffering my family has endured” during a particularly vicious election campaign fraught with mudslinging and defamation.
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Bolton: Trump’s ‘Deal of Century’ to be published ‘in very near future’
 April 10, 2019
Bolton: Trump’s ‘Deal of Century’ to be published ‘in very near future’US National Security Adviser John Bolton (AP/Susan Walsh)
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Israeli officials were anticipating the publication of the Trump peace plan after the Knesset election.
By World Israel News Staff
A day after the Knesset election, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has told ABC that ” I think Trump’s peace plan will be published in the very near future.”
Trump administration officials have said that they expect the plan for Israelis and Palestinians to be made public right after Israel’s parliamentary election, with indications that it could happen even before the new government is formed, a process that could take several weeks.
U.S. officials say they have briefed regional leaders, though the Palestinian Authority says it has been boycotting diplomatic contacts with Washington to protest President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Reports have emerged over details of the plan, which have said that it includes Israeli compromises on Jerusalem, though overall is more favorable from the vantage point of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than previous American proposals from earlier administrations.
Regional countries would receive U.S. aid, in exchange for cooperating with the implementation of the plan, according to reports.
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Analysis: Israelis vote party over personality in throwback to earlier times
 April 10, 2019
Analysis: Israelis vote party over personality in throwback to earlier timesIsrael Electric Corporation employees work next to election campaign billboards showing Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu, left, alongside the Blue and White party leaders, from left to right, Moshe Yaalon, Benny Gantz, in Tel Aviv, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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The Knesset election result points back to a time when two major parties rose above the rest.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
It seems like old times.
Back in the 1980s, Israel had two large parties: Likud and Labor. They were the major parties, with a number of smaller factions far behind.
In more recent years, the gaps between the larger and smaller parties narrowed. It caused greater governmental instability as the supposed ruling party had to constantly look over its shoulder at a partner which wasn’t much smaller. In the 2013 election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led list won 31 seats and the new Yesh Atid Party, led by former journalist and television personality Yair Lapid, earned 19 seats.
Mr. Netanyahu was prime minister but Mr. Lapid was a very powerful government partner.
Next in line were factions which had earned 15, 12, and 11 seats respectively, followed by several more in the single digits. We had only one large party, but also mid-size parties, and then the smallest ones.
The political landscape was a free-for-all. Over the course of time, the Knesset has been working against the phenomenon of tiny parties running on their own by raising the threshold, the minimum percentage of the vote needed to enter the Israeli parliament. It is now 3.25 percent. Gone are the days of one or two-member factions entering the Knesset with the math putting the current minimum at about four seats.
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JNS election night event brings lively discussion to issues facing new Israeli government
 April 10, 2019
JNS election night event brings lively discussion to issues facing new Israeli governmentPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on election night at Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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A live audience heard the latest updates as the Knesset election concluded and exit polling results were announced.
By World Israel News Staff
JNS, the Jewish News Syndicate, held an election night event in Jerusalem before a live audience. The event was streamed on jns.org.
The first-ever JNS Israeli election night event provided updates from the headquarters of Israeli parties, analysis by a panel of observers on the likely makeup of the new government and the central issues it will face. The audience could feel the excitement building as the 10 p.m. closing time for polling stations neared and the exit polls came in.
JNS managing director and Jerusalem bureau chief Alex Traiman was joined by co-moderators Dan Diker, director of the Political Warfare Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and former Knesset Member Dov Lipman, senior manager for community outreach at Honest Reporting.
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Airbnb retreats from ban on Jewish-owned listings in Judea and Samaria
 April 10, 2019
Airbnb retreats from ban on Jewish-owned listings in Judea and SamariaAirbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky at a company event. (AP/Eric Risberg)
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Home-rental giant Airbnb retreats from its position to ban the listing of Jewish-owned rentals homes in Judea and Samaria.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Airbnb announced Tuesday that it was reversing its decision to prohibit listing Jewish-owned homes in Judea and Samara on its website, thereby handing a defeat to the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) Movement in what had previously been thought a major BDS victory.
The rental giant’s move ensured that it would not have to go to court to defend itself against charges that it was discriminating against clients based on their religion. Airbnb had singled out Jewish homes in the disputed territories, while continuing to allow Christian and Muslim-owned homes to be listed.
Lawsuits were filed against Airbnb in Israel, California, New York and Delaware.
Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, which brought the case in Delaware, also argued that Airbnb discriminated by singling out only one disputed territory in the world, while ignoring other conflict zones, such as South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
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Pompeo refuses to back Palestinian state in Senate hearings
 April 10, 2019
Pompeo refuses to back Palestinian state in Senate hearingsSecretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 9, 2019. (AP/Susan Walsh)
Pompeo also refused to condemn Netanyahu for promising a partial Israeli annexation of Judea and Samaria.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dodged repeated questions regarding administration support for a Palestinian state in a Tuesday Senate hearing, saying only that it was up to the two sides to decide what will happen and that the US is working on its “vision” for peace.
In a hearing in the Senate Appropriations subcommittee whose subject was the administration’s planned cuts to the State Department and USAid 2020 budget, Pompeo was questioned on several foreign policy issues.
Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) took the lead on Israel. He referred to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s last-minute election pledge to right-wing supporters that he would soon annex the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
“It sounds like you’ve already abandoned what has been a bipartisan foreign policy of opposing the annexation of any or all of the West Bank by Israel,” Van Hollen said. Secretary Pompeo avoided the question, referring only to the planned unveiling of the Trump peace plan in response.
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German police raid offices of Islamic groups funding Hamas
 April 10, 2019
German police raid offices of Islamic groups funding HamasGerman special police forces during an anti-terror training in Mainz, Germany. (AP/Boris Roessler)
Germany police raided charities which are suspected of financing the terrorist group Hamas.
By World Israel News Staff
Germany’s interior ministry said German police on Wednesday raided the offices of Islamic organizations suspected of financing Hamas, which is on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations.
WorldWide Resistance-Help and Ansaar International were the main targets of the raids.
“Whoever supports Hamas under the guise of humanitarian aid disregards fundamental values of our constitution and discredits the commitment of many aid organizations,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said.
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has conducted low-level warfare against Israel since March, 2018, organizing riots along the border and sending incendiary kites and balloons into the Jewish State, causing damage to wide swathes of Israel’s southern countryside.
Hamas also launches missiles at Israel attempting to inflict as much as damage as possible without distinguishing between military and civilian targets.
Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005. In 2006, Hamas won elections in Gaza. In 2007, a violent conflict broke out between Hamas and its political rival, the Palestinian Authority, which Hamas won.
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Analysis: Farrakhan, the Women’s March and a new fiction – ‘white Jews’
 April 10, 2019
Analysis: Farrakhan, the Women’s March and a new fiction – ‘white Jews’Louis Farrakhan (AP/Paul Sancya)
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Women’s March deputy head of communications, Sophie Ellman-Golan, insisted that “white Jews, like all white people, uphold white supremacy.”
By Denis MacEoin, Gatestone Institute
It is well-known by some and wholly ignored by others that Islam has a long, sad history of anti-Semitism, a bigotry that originated in the seventh century C.E. (the first Islamic century) and has grown more vicious in the 21st.
Combined with an almost universal anti-Zionism and bolstered by many on the political “left,” it is today the most ubiquitous and deadliest form of Jew-hatred. It takes the form, not just of insults, boycotts, and lawfare, but of wars, terrorist attacks, and calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and the genocide of the Jews.
There are many forms of Islam, although its two great branches are Sunnism and Shi’ism, with numerous mystical Sufi orders that are mainly Sunni. Modern forms of Muslim extremism and terrorist outfits adhere closely to sharia, the Qur’an, the Hadith and other norms of Islamic faith and practice.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, al-Qa’eda, al-Shabaab, Hamas and countless others regard themselves as regular Muslims of an orthodox variety, albeit with variations.
There is, however, one curious case of a movement that pledges allegiance to Islam, obeys the five pillars of the religion — faith, prayer, fasting, charity, and the pilgrimage to Mecca — while holding to some un-Islamic beliefs. It also happens to be the most anti-Semitic of all, if that is possible.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Since its founding in 1930, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has grown into one of the wealthiest and best-known organizations in black America, offering numerous programs and events designed to uplift African Americans. Nonetheless, its bizarre theology of innate black superiority over whites — a belief system vehemently and consistently rejected by mainstream Muslims — and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric of its leaders, including top minister Louis Farrakhan, have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.
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First national US Jewish grandparents study shows depth of involvement
 April 10, 2019
First national US Jewish grandparents study shows depth of involvementA first-ever study of Jewish grandparenting in the U.S. was recently conducted. (Shutterstock)
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New data provides an in-depth picture of Jewish grandparents in an age of complexity and change.
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The first-ever national study of Jewish grandparents – commissioned by the Jewish Grandparents Network (JGN), in partnership with 17 national organizations and Jewish Federations – provides detailed information about the demographics, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and needs of this crucial family sector.
Nearly 8,000 individuals (approximately 1,000 of them from a nationally representative sample) participated in the study.
Key findings include the fact that most grandparents are committed to transmitting Jewish values; nearly half of the grandparents in the national representative sample have a child married to a non-Jewish partner; and most frequently, interactions between grandparents and their grandchildren take place in their homes and their grandchildren’s homes, around birthdays and national holidays.
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Hidden cameras stripped from Likud election observers in Arab towns
 April 9, 2019
Hidden cameras stripped from Likud election observers in Arab townsLikud members were found to be carrying hidden cameras at Arab polling stations on Tuesday. (Shutterstock)
Likud election observers were found with hidden cameras at Arab polling stations on Tuesday. One source said they wanted to make sure the Arabs didn’t falsify the vote.

By David Isaac, World Israel News

Israeli police confiscated as many as 1,300 cameras from Likud party election observers at Arab polling stations on Tuesday, Israel’s Channel 13 reports. The Likud admitted to distributing the cameras.

The Likud observers were caught in a number of Arab towns, including Sakhnin, Majd al-Krum, Nazareth, Tamra and Jisr al-Zarqa, the news site reports. After they handed over or placed their cameras outside the polling stations, the volunteers were allowed to return to work.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the presence of cameras, saying on Tuesday, “There should be cameras everywhere, not hidden ones.” When a reporter asked why he thought they were needed he said, to “ensure a fair vote.”
Placing cameras at a polling station isn’t a criminal offense, police say, unless they’re installed behind the privacy divider where people choose their ballots.
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Labor leader Avi Gabbay optimistic: Center-left coalition will lead
 April 9, 2019
Labor leader Avi Gabbay optimistic: Center-left coalition will leadLabor Party Leader Avi Gabbay, seen with his mother as she casts her ballot at a voting station in Jerusalem, April 9, 2019. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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Once a major party in Israeli politics, Labor has struggled to earn double-digit Knesset seats in surveys leading up to the current election.
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Amid all the talk of the challenge posed in Tuesday’s Knesset election by the Blue and White list to incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, Labor leader Avi Gabbay says that his party will have gained enough seats in the nationwide vote to ensure that a center-left coalition will lead the next Israeli government.
Gabbay does not expect to become prime minister but he argues that his party will fare better in the election than in the polling which has been conducted over the past few months since electioneering began. According to public opinion surveys, Labor runs the risk of falling short of a double-digit number of seats in the 120-member Israeli parliament.
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Election funny business reported at numerous Israeli polling stations
 April 9, 2019
Election funny business reported at numerous Israeli polling stationsVoting slips for certain parties had disappeared from some polling stations on Tuesday. (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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Election shenanigans have been reported at a number of polling places on Tuesday.
By World Israel News Staff
Election shenanigans have been reported at a number of polling sites during Tuesday’s national election in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reports.
The main criticism, outside of the dramatic news that the Likud had distributed 1,200 hidden cameras to their supporters to keep an eye on the Arab sector, is that voting slips have been missing from various stations.
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Visionary Israeli company gives sight to blind at ballot box
 April 9, 2019
Visionary Israeli company gives sight to blind at ballot boxOrCam's election pilot program. (Courtesy/OrCam Technologies)
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The devices, by visual aid company OrCam, are available at accessible polling stations throughout Israel as the country votes in the general election on Tuesday.
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Artificial vision device company OrCam Technologies Ltd. has partnered with Israel’s Central Elections Committee (CEC) to enable visually impaired voters to cast their ballots independently as the country votes in the general election Tuesday.
More than 6.3 million Israelis are eligible to vote, according to the CEC, of whom approximately 22,000 are legally blind, according to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. Another 100,000 voters have visual impairments. Blind and visually impaired people usually vote with the assistance of an escort.
OrCam’s device, MyEye2, is designed to help visually impaired people “see their ballot.” The finger-size device is fitted with a camera and microphone and clips onto glasses, discreetly reading printed and digital text aloud to the person donning the device. On election day, the device will be available for use in 12 polling stations throughout Israel, from Eilat in the south to Akko in the north, as part of a pilot plan.
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Iran fires back at Trump declaring US ‘state sponsor of terror’ amid chants of ‘death to America’
 April 9, 2019
Iran fires back at Trump declaring US ‘state sponsor of terror’ amid chants of ‘death to America’Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at Iran's parliament. (AP/Vahid Salemi)
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Tehran’s countermoves against President Trump’s declaration also included designating U.S. troops in the region as terrorists.
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Iran is countering U.S. President Donald Trump’s designation of its Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization with its own declaration that the U.S. is a “state sponsor of terrorism” and that American forces in the region are “terrorist groups,” says Al-Jazeera, citing Iranian state media.
Iran also argues that the U.S. decision is illegal.
Soon after Mr. Trump’s announcement on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sent a protest note to the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which looks after U.S. interests in Iran, and urged President Hassan Rouhani to put American forces deployed in the region on Tehran’s list of terror groups, according to Iranian’s Foreign Ministry.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council immediately responded by designating the U.S. regional command and all its forces as terrorists, and labeling the U.S. a “supporter of terrorism.”
Referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection bid in Tuesday’s Knesset election, Zarif said that Mr. Trump’s declaration was another “misguided election-eve gift to Netanyahu.”
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Dream trip to German soccer stadium for Israeli kids ends in anti-Semitic ‘humiliation’ on bus going home
 April 9, 2019
Dream trip to German soccer stadium for Israeli kids ends in anti-Semitic ‘humiliation’ on bus going homeBorussia Dortmund fans on the way to a game, APRIL 6, 2019. (Shutterstock)
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The youngsters — all of whom hail from economically disadvantaged families in Haifa — had traveled to Germany to see  UEFA Champions League regulars Borussia Dortmund play.
By Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner
A dream trip earlier this month to see one of Germany’s top soccer teams in action at their home stadium ended in an antisemitic nightmare for four Israeli children, a leading German news outlet revealed on Monday.
The youngsters — all of whom hail from economically disadvantaged families in Haifa — had traveled to Germany to see  UEFA Champions League regulars Borussia Dortmund play at their famous BVB Stadion, thanks to a financial gift from the Israeli branch of the German soccer team’s fan club.
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Maryland man suspected of plotting ISIS-like ramming attack near DC
 April 9, 2019
Maryland man suspected of plotting ISIS-like ramming attack near DCPeople look at flowers and messages placed along the beach of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, July 20, 2016, in honor of 80 killed by an Islamist who drove a truck through a crowd. Rondell Henry was inspired by such attacks. (AP/Claude Paris)
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The suspect Rondell Henry, who led services at the Islamic Society of Germantown, was described as “very peaceful” by one congregant. The U.S. government, however, says he harbored hate for “disbelievers.”
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A Maryland man inspired by the Islamic State group plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as possible at a popular convention and tourist destination just outside the nation’s capital, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The allegation was made in a court filing as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, 28-year-old Rondell Henry, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines. The police arrested him on March 28 after officers who discovered the stolen truck saw him leap over a security fence.
Henry then made incriminating statements that show steps he took to maximize damage, prosecutors say.
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Palestinian Authority warns of ‘chaos, violence’ if Netanyahu annexes parts of Judea, Samaria
 April 8, 2019
Palestinian Authority warns of ‘chaos, violence’ if Netanyahu annexes parts of Judea, SamariaPalestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki warned Israel against annexation. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)
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On Sunday, Palestinian Authority (PA) senior figures warned of a parade of horribles if Israel annexes parts of Judea and Samaria.
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
Palestinian Authority (PA) senior figures warned of a parade of horribles if Israel annexes parts of Judea and Samaria.
On Sunday, Palestinian Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat said the move would bring a “cycle of violence and chaos” while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.
“We heard Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking openly about his intentions to separate the West Bank and Gaza Strip and about annexing the West Bank,” Erekat said according to Israel’s Channel 13. “The international community cannot treat Israel as a state that is above the law,” he said.
Earlier comments by Erekat on April 6 were tweeted by the PLO’s official Twitter account. He said, “Such a statement by Netanyahu is not surprising. Israel will continue to brazenly violate international law for as long as the international community will continue to reward Israel with impunity.”
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Trump describes ‘quickie’ lesson before historic Golan move; Friedman reacted like a ‘beautiful baby’
 April 7, 2019
Trump describes ‘quickie’ lesson before historic Golan move; Friedman reacted like a ‘beautiful baby’President Donald Trump speaks at an annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Trump told an annual meeting Jewish GOP supporters he decided to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights after a crash course on the territory’s history from his closest Mideast advisors.
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Speaking at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas on Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump explained that he decided to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights after a “quickie” lesson on the area’s historical and strategic importance to the Jewish state.
“I said, fellows, do me a favor. Give me a little history, quick. I want to go fast. I got a lot of things I’m working on, China, North Korea. Give me a quickie,” Trump noted, referring to a discussion with head Mideast negotiator Jason Greenblatt, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Following the discussion, Trump signed a proclamation in March recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory the Jewish state captured via war with Arab nations, including Syria.
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Trump confirms Iran Revolutionary Guard to be labeled terrorist group
 April 8, 2019
Trump confirms Iran Revolutionary Guard to be labeled terrorist groupIran's Revolutionary Guard (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)
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President Donald Trump says the U.S. has designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” as part of an effort to increase international pressure on the country.

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President Donald Trump says the U.S. has designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” as part of an effort to increase international pressure on the country.
It’s an unprecedented move because the U.S. has never before used the designation for an entire foreign government entity.
Trump said in a statement Monday that the move “recognizes the reality” that Iran is a state-sponsored supporter of terrorism and that the Guard is an active participant.
Administration officials have said the step will further isolate Iran and make clear that the U.S. won’t tolerate Iran’s continued support for rebel groups and others that destabilize the Middle East.
But the designation may also have widespread implications for American personnel and policy in the region and elsewhere as Iran has threatened to retaliate.
Two U.S. officials and a congressional aide earlier Monday confirmed the planned move. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, seemed to anticipate the designation, saying in a tweet Sunday aimed at President Donald Trump that he “should know better than to be conned into another U.S. disaster.”
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Israeli victim’s family outraged terrorist won’t get death penalty
 April 8, 2019
Israeli victim’s family outraged terrorist won’t get death penaltyFamily and friends attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Ronen Lubarsky at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, May 27, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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Although the terrorist who killed First Sergeant Lubarsky was convicted of murder, Lubarsky’s family is angry he won’t receive the death penalty. 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Hamas supporter who killed First Sergeant Ronen Lubarsky with a marble slab during an IDF mission in an Arab village near Ramallah last May was found guilty by an Israeli military court on Sunday.
“The military court in Judea (the West Bank) convicted the terrorist Islam Yousef Abu Hamid on charges of murdering soldier Ronen Lubarsky,” the Army said in a statement.
Abu Hamid had dropped a 40-pound marble slab onto First Sergeant Lubarsky’s head in an attempt to interfere with an arrest mission the IDF was carrying out in the village of al-Amari.
First Sergeant Lubarsky died in the hospital two days later from his wounds. Abu Hamid was caught a few weeks later and confessed.
Arik Lubarsky, Ronen’s brother, reacted to the conviction by demanding the death penalty.
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Anti-semitic doctor who would give Jews ‘wrong meds’ rejected from next job
 April 8, 2019
Anti-semitic doctor who would give Jews ‘wrong meds’ rejected from next jobLara Kollab (Facebook via Canary Mission)
Kern Medical in California notified Lara Kollab, whose Twitter posts were riddled with anti-Semitic statements, that her position “has been withdrawn effective immediately.”
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A former Cleveland Clinic medical resident fired for making anti-Semitic remarks online, such as tweeting in 2012 that she would “purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds,” had a residency offer recently revoked due to her anti-Semitic past.
On Monday, Kern Medical in California released a statement that as of March 15, they had notified Dr. Lara Kollab “that her position as a Post-Graduate-Year 1 resident in the Internal Medicine Residency Program has been withdrawn effective immediately.”
“Kern Medical has determined that Dr. Lara Kollab breached her Match Participant Agreement when she submitted information that was false, misleading, and incomplete to Kern Medical during the interview and match process,” said a statement.
Kollab studied at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York and was accepted at the Cleveland Clinic as a resident. Her Twitter feed included posts calling Jews “dogs” and disparaging comments about the Holocaust.
She posted five months later on Twitter a message that was translated as “May Allah [end the lives] of the Jews so we stop being forced to go to those unclean ones.”
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Trump warns US Jews Democratic victory could leave Israel isolated
April 7, 2019
Trump warns US Jews Democratic victory could leave Israel isolatedPresident Donald Trump holds up his fist as he finishes his speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting, April 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Trump surveyed his pro-Israel actions as president and warned of the dangers to the Jewish State of a Democratic victory in 2020.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that a Democratic victory in 2020 could “leave Israel out there,” as he highlighted his pro-Israel actions in an effort to make the case for Jewish voters to back his re-election.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump touted his actions to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and recognition last month of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau that Israel won from Syria in 1967.
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Netanyahu to Trump: I won’t evict ‘a single person’ from Judea and Samaria
April 7, 2019

Netanyahu to Trump: I won’t evict ‘a single person’ from Judea and SamariaPrime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu visits Hatikva Market in Tel Aviv. April 2, 2019, (Flash90)
The prime minister said he told Trump he wouldn’t evict “a single person” from Judea and Samaria. Election challengers dismiss Netanyahu’s comments as campaign propaganda.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he told U.S. President Donald Trump that he will not evict even “a single person” from Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. The prime minister was responding to a question about the Trump peace plan during a Channel 13 interview.
The American plan on Israeli-Palestinian peace is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s parliamentary election in Israel. In the lead-up to the vote for the Knesset, Mr. Netanyahu has been granting a series of interviews.
He said that he also insists that Israel maintain “control of all the territory to the west of the Jordan” River.
In a Channel 12 interview, the prime minister was asked, on the heels of the U.S recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, whether the Israeli government would annex Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
“You are asking whether we are moving on to the next stage – the answer is yes, we will move to the next stage,” he said. “I am going to extend [Israeli] sovereignty,” Mr. Netanyahu added, saying that he did not distinguish between Israeli communities located in blocs and those which are isolated elsewhere in Judea and Samaria.
Like the Golan Heights, Israel captured Judea and Samaria in the 1967 war, when Arab armies had amassed military forces on their borders with Israel. The Golan was under Syrian control; Judea and Samaria was occupied by Jordan.
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Senator Graham calls for US-Israel mutual defense alliance
April 7, 2019
Senator Graham calls for US-Israel mutual defense allianceSen. Lindsey Graham (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Senator Graham says he wants to show the world that the relationship between the two countries is rock solid.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham reaffirmed his support for Israel on Saturday by suggesting that the United States and Israel should formalize a defense alliance, so that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack against the United States.”
Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), the 63-year-old senior senator from South Carolina said that it was especially important at present that the whole world know that the relationship between the two countries is unbreakable.
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Israeli soccer goalie, turning 74 years, breaks Guinness World Record
April 7, 2019
Israeli soccer goalie, turning 74 years, breaks Guinness World RecordGuinness has declared Isaak Hayik the oldest professional goalkeeper. (Facebook/Hayik)
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Honors for oldest professional goalkeeper in history goes to an Israeli.
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An Israeli goalkeeper has broken the Guinness World Record for oldest soccer player to take part in a professional soccer match.
Isaak Hayik, who will turn 74 this week, managed to make some good saves on Friday for the Ironi Or Yehuda soccer club against Maccabi Ramat Gan, though his team was defeated 5-1.
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Oklahoma City reels from anti-Semitic, white-nationalist graffiti attacks
April 7, 2019


Oklahoma City reels from anti-Semitic, white-nationalist graffiti attacksThe Firehouse Art Center installation in Norman, Okla., defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti. (Facebook)
After attacks on five buildings in two municipalities, including two Democratic Party buildings, police release photos of a female suspect wanted for questioning.
By Elizabeth Kratz, JNS
Over the last week, swastikas, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT, racist white-nationalist symbols and epithets defaced five public places in Oklahoma City and Norman, starting at the state’s Oklahoma City-based Democratic Party headquarters.
Similar incidences of graffiti were found at the headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation (a federally recognized Native American nation), the Cleveland County Democratic Party headquarters in Norman, a public elementary school and a nonprofit art center.
“Gas the Jews” and “White planet only” were written in black in front of the state’s Democratic headquarters. Swastikas were painted in blue on the glass doors to the building and on the sidewalk in front. The white-nationalist/neo-Nazi symbol “1488,” as well as anti-black and gay slurs, was found in bright-blue spray paint at many of the locations, including at McKinley Elementary School.
At the Firehouse Art Center, a bust sculpture was defaced with the word “Jewess.” Two swastikas were painted over the bust’s eyes, and the forehead was marked with red paint running down, as if it had been shot in the head. A message in the art center’s parking lot also expressed hate for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Chickasaw Nation’s building was victim to messages like “Indians will be gassed” and “lampshaded.”
A note referred to as a “manifesto” was found at the door of the state Democratic Party headquarters by a city councilwoman; it was turned over to the police as evidence and not made public. The police have been investigating the incidents as hate crimes and released a photo and video of a female suspect holding a can of spray paint who appeared to be walking away from one of the attacks. An image of her getting into a gray sedan in another location was also captured. The police asked the public for help in identifying the suspect.
Roberta Clark, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, told JNS that the federation had made public statements about the graffiti on its Facebook page, noting that the organization was “deeply saddened, again, to learn of anti-Semitic and racist vandalism in Norman,” after making earlier statements condemning the graffiti in Oklahoma City.
“Hateful rhetoric has no place in our community or country. When individuals or groups are targeted because of their immutable characteristics, the impact of those words and actions are felt by entire communities,” wrote Clark.
Imam Imad Enchassi, senior imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, brought his power washer last week to the Democratic headquarters to clean up the anti-Semitic messages. “I know what hate feels like and this is hate,” Enchassi told Fox25 News.
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Netanyahu: Elon Musk in talks ‘to tunnel the State of Israel’
April 7, 2019
Netanyahu: Elon Musk in talks ‘to tunnel the State of Israel’Elon Musk seen here on May 7, 2018. (AP/Charles Sykes)
“Right now, we’re in conversation with him to see if we can tunnel the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.
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Founder of SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink Elon Musk is in negotiations with Israel’s government to build tunnels in the Jewish state, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week.
“I met a man that they call Elon Musk—have you heard of him? A real genius,” said Netanyahu at a campaign event on Tuesday when asked about Israel’s transportation infrastructure. “Right now, we’re in conversation with him to see if we can tunnel the State of Israel.”
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Israeli spacecraft Genesis sends remarkable photos of far side of the moon
April 7, 2019
Israeli spacecraft Genesis sends remarkable photos of far side of the moonA picture of the far side of the moon with Earth in the background at 470 km from the moon. (SpaceIL/ Eliran Avital)
Beresheet, (or “Genesis”) is scheduled to land on the moon on April 11.
By World Israel News Staff
Genesis, Israel’s historic spacecraft, which entered lunar orbit on Thursday on its journey to the moon is on an “excellent” track, according to data from the SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
During its lunar orbit, Genesis will be at its nearest point to the moon (perilune) at 470 kilometers (292 miles) from the lunar surface, and the farthest from the moon (apolune) at 10,400 km (6,462 miles).
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Analysis: Arabs waging anti-peace campaign to torpedo ‘deal of the century’
April 7, 2019
Analysis: Arabs waging anti-peace campaign to torpedo ‘deal of the century’A Bahraini man symbolically walks on a sheet painted with a Star of David, before protesters burned it during a demonstration after midday prayers. (AP/Hasan Jamali)
The latest campaign is designed to terrorize Arabs and Muslims who may wish to accept the U.S. administration’s peace plan.
By Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute
Peace with Israel is purportedly a form of surrender and submission that will harm the dignity of Arabs and Muslims.
This is the theme of a massive campaign being waged by Palestinians and other Arabs in preparation for the announcement of the U.S. administration’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century.” The plan, according to U.S. officials, is expected to be announced sometime after the general elections in Israel, slated for April 9.
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Survey: Only half of Israeli-Arab Voters expected to vote in this Tuesday’s election
April 7, 2019
Survey: Only half of Israeli-Arab Voters expected to vote in this Tuesday’s electionAn elderly Israeli Arab man casts his ballot, in a polling station in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth in a previous election.(AP/Muhammed Muheisen)
Even competition generated by the breakup of the Joint Arab List is not generating interest among Israeli Arabs to go to the polls on Election Day.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
According to a poll conducted last week in the Israeli Arab sector, nearly half of eligible Arab voters will not go to the polls on April 9, Israel Hayom reported Sunday. If the numbers hold true, this would be a significant drop from the last elections in 2015, when 63 percent of Arab Israelis voted.
The reason the respondents gave for not voting was “lack of interest in politics.” This has given rise to anxiety especially in the United Arab List-Balad party, which has been teetering on the election threshold according to recent polls. The conservative Islamist United Arab List (known by the Hebrew acronym Ra’am) and pan-Arab nationalist Balad are what remains of the Joint List, a combination of four Arab parties that ran as one in 2015.
Although it went on to win 13 seats in those elections, making it the third largest faction in the Knesset, the Joint List broke apart ahead of this election when one of its leaders, Ahmed Tibi, head of the Ta’al party, saw polls showing he was more popular than the Joint List’s present chief, Ayman Odeh.
Although there are more than half a dozen Arab parties running for Knesset, the two lists – the Hadash-Ta’al and the Ra’am-Balad list – are the only ones that have a realistic chance of entering the Knesset.
However, the survey shows that the competition has not made Arab-Israeli voters more interested in heading to the polls.
“If the Arab public won’t vote, we’ll have a double tragedy – the racists will get stronger and the supporters of equality could be erased from the Knesset. The results of the survey prove that despair and apathy could win,” said Amnon Beeri-Soliciano and Dr. Thabet Abu Rass, joint directors of the nonprofit Abraham Fund Initiatives, which describes itself as seeking to advance Arab-Jewish cooperation in Israel.
A week earlier, a poll conducted by Dr. Aes Atrash of the Yapa Institute had been only slightly more optimistic, with half the Arab respondents saying they’d go vote. Dr. Atrash told the daily Ha’aretz that “The two lists can’t create momentum and a campaign with clear messages to the public. No doubt the disbanding of the Joint List contributed to the disappointment and sense of alienation.”
Contributing to the predicted lack of turn-out are those who won’t vote for ideological reasons.
Pro-boycott activists don’t want to help “the body that actively tries to erase our Palestinian identity,” as one Arab student in Haifa explained to Israel Hayom on Thursday.
Others are calling to stay away from the polls in protest of the Nation-State Law passed on May 1, 2018, which defined Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. Arabs and other minorities considered this law an attack on their rights.
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Netanyahu vows to annex communities in Judea and Samaria if re-elected
 April 6, 2019
Netanyahu vows to annex communities in Judea and Samaria if re-electedNetanyahu plants an olive tree in Samaria. (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
Three days before Israeli elections, the sitting prime minister pledged to annex Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, where close to half a million Jews live.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will begin annexing Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria if he is re-elected to a fourth straight term. Such a move would be a departure from Israeli government policy.
Netanyahu made the remarks during an interview with Channel 12 in reference to the recent U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. When he was asked about annexing Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, he said “we’re on the way,” adding that “the next term [in office] will be fateful.”
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‘Israel will be forced to evacuate Tel Aviv in next war,’ Hamas threatens
 April 6, 2019
‘Israel will be forced to evacuate Tel Aviv in next war,’ Hamas threatensHamas leader Yahya Sinwar. (AP/Adel Hana)
Notwithstanding ongoing Egyptian-brokered ceasefire talks with Israel, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar claimed his terror group was capable of forcing Israelis to flee Tel Aviv.
By World Israel News Staff
The Hamas terror group’s Gaza-based leader Yahya Sinwar claimed Saturday his forces would  inflict serious losses on Israel if Egypt’s current efforts to broker a ceasefire with the Jewish state fail and war breaks out.
“If the Gaza Strip is dragged into war, Israel will suffer. It will not only have to evacuate the communities around the Strip, but also Ashdod and Ashkelon and even Tel Aviv,” Sinwar commented to Gaza officials, reported Times of Israel.
Sinwar’s comments arrive as Egypt continues to try to coax the terror group into a truce with Israel.
While Sinwar just a day earlier claimed talks were progressing, he commented to Al-Aqsa TV on Saturday, “Our fingers are on the trigger and they will remain pressed against it in order to protect our people. We will be the sword and shield.”
For the past year, Hamas has orchestrated massive violent riots on Israel’s border with Gaza on a weekly basis, during which Gazans shoot at IDF troops, hurl Molotov cocktails, plant IEDs, attempt infiltration, and launch airborne incendiary devices into Israeli territory.
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Arab nation Oman tells Palestinians to stop threatening Israel
 April 6, 2019
Oman’s foreign minister told an audience in Jordan on Saturday that Palestinians should communicate to Israel that it’s not under threat.
By World Israel News Staff
At the World Economic Forum in Jordan on Saturday, Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi declared that Palestinians should “help Israel” to no longer feel threatened, reported the Associated Press.
While Oman doesn’t maintain formal relations with Israel, ties between the nations are warming quickly. In October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a visit to Oman, where he was welcomed with open arms.
“The West has offered Israel political, economic and military support and it now holds all the means of power… but despite that it fears for its future as a non-Arab country surrounded by 400 million Arabs,” added Alawi, Arutz Sheva reported.
While Alawi stopped short of advocating official recognition of Israel, he explained, “I believe that we Arabs must . . . try to ease those fears that Israel has through initiatives and real deals between us and Israel.”
“[W]e want [Israel] themselves to feel that there are no threats to their future,” he added.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi quickly dismissed the remarks, invoking the “occupation” trope as the source of Israel’s problems with the Arab world.
In February, Netanyahu met with Alawi at a conference in Warsaw that attracted officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, which was unofficially designed to address the regional threat posed by Iran.
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US to designate Iranian Revolutionary Guards as terror group, report says
 April 6, 2019
US to designate Iranian Revolutionary Guards as terror group, report saysSpecial forces of Iran's Revolutionary Guard take part in maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. Israel recently dropped further below Iran in Global Firepower's military ranking. (AP)
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are said to be leading supporters of the move.
By World Israel News Staff
The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing U.S. officials.
President Trump is seen as strongly supportive of the new initiative. The move would come nearly a year after the president withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, reached between Tehran and six world powers, including the U.S. Obama administration.
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Report: Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ Rolls Out on Israel’s Birthday, ‘Slap in Face’ to Arabs?
 April 4, 2019
he planned date, which coincides with Israel’s 71st Independence Day would be a “slap in the face,” says a Hamas official.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
On Thursday, Al-Khaleej Online reports that President Donald Trump will roll out his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on May 15, which also happens to be Israel’s Independence Day.
According to the daily, based in the United Arab Emirates, the ‘Deal of the Century’ is ready, and even includes the willingness of certain Arab countries to fund the economic side of the proposed agreement.
These countries are believed to be Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Arab Gulf States, such as the UAE.
According to the report, a Hamas official reacted sharply upon learning the date of the roll-out.
“Setting the date of the declaration on the anniversary of the Nakba is a slap in the face to all those who still see America as a fair mediator in resolving the conflict,” he said.
The Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” is the Arabs’ term for the establishment of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948.
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Netanyahu: Capturing Gaza is last option, but it’s ‘on the table’
 April 4, 2019

 
Netanyahu: Capturing Gaza is last option, but it’s ‘on the table’Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AP/Debbie Hill)
“The forces are in place,” but taking over Gaza “is the last option, not the first,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu in a public radio interview.
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“All options, including entering and conquering Gaza, are on the table, in accordance with what is good for the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
“It could be that we will be forced to embark on a broad military campaign in Gaza,” the prime minister said in an interview with Kan public radio. “The forces are in place, but that is the last option, not the first,” he added.
Pressure has been mounting on Mr. Netanyahu from within his cabinet to take stronger action against the ongoing, and at times massive, air attacks from the Gaza Strip on southern Israel. Rockets have also been fired recently into the center of the country.
In November, Avigdor Liberman resigned as defense minister, complaining of what he considered a soft response to the attacks from Gazan terror groups. Mr. Netanyahu has been serving as defense minister since Mr. Liberman’s resignation.
Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett wanted the defense portfolio when Mr. Liberman quit and says that he sees himself as the best candidate for the job after next week’s Knesset election.
“We have done much in Gaza, but we haven’t done one thing: We haven’t conquered it,” the prime minister told Kan, explaining that such a move would mean putting “two million Palestinians under our control,” unless some Arab country would take control instead.
“I have spoken with many Arab leaders about this possibility,” but none of them were interested in such a plan, he said.
Israel captured the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war but withdrew in 2005.
In 2007, the Hamas terror group overthrew the Palestinian Authority in the Strip.
“I am not engaging in needless wars. I want to use the force that is necessary and I am willing to pay the price, but only when it is necessary,” Mr. Netanyahu said in the interview.
Egypt has been mediating between Israel and Hamas on a temporary cessation of violence as Israel has been encouraging an effort on the part of the United Nations and Qatar to improve the standard of living of Gazans with the hope that better socio-economic conditions would discourage terror.
“I want every mother and father to know that I am not sending their children to war without exhausting all other options,” said the prime minister.
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Exposed: Anti-Israel hackers can kill Israeli patients with medical cyber-attacks
“Deliberately tampering with the scans could aid insurance fraud, ransomware, cyberterrorism or even murder,” say Ben Gurion University researchers
By World Israel News Staff
Hackers can access a patient’s 3-D medical scans to add or remove images of malignant tumors, putting patients at risk of misdiagnoses, according to cybersecurity researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).
The hackers said that they have conducted a survey which shows that altered scans successfully deceived both radiologists and the artificial intelligence algorithms which are used to assist in reaching a diagnosis.
A 3-D CT (computerized tomography) scan combines a series of X-Ray images taken from different angles around the body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues, the university explains in a statement on the research.
CT scan images provide more detailed information than standard X-Rays and are used to diagnose cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, and more. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is similar but uses powerful magnetic fields to diagnose bone, joint, ligament, and cartilage conditions, it adds.
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Rashida Tlaib praises her anti-Semitic backers
 April 4, 2019
Rashida Tlaib praises her anti-Semitic backersRep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
On Tuesday, Tlaib expressed a need to “protect” anti-Israel figures like CAIR leader Zahra Billoo.
By Steven Emerson, The Algemeiner
Last month, an entourage featuring anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad protected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), from an outspoken Muslim critic.
Sarsour has espoused anti-Semitic smears worse than Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a friend of Tlaib, who remains engulfed in controversy following a string of anti-Semitic comments.
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Netanyahu thanks Putin for helping return of Israeli soldier’s remains
 April 4, 2019
Netanyahu thanks Putin for helping return of Israeli soldier’s remainsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanies the remains of IDF Soldier Zachary Baumel in Moscow, April 4, 2019. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia brokered the recovery of Baumel.
By Deborah Fineblum, World Israel News
The family of Zachary Baumel had to wait 37 years to bury their son. Israel announced the recovery of IDF soldier Baumel’s body on Wednesday.
On Thursday, in a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that Russia brokered the recovery of the missing soldier, who had been listed as missing since battle of Sultan Yaqub in Lebanon in 1982.
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Genesis spacecraft performs decisive maneuver for lunar capture
SpaceIL’s Genesis will perform a critical slowing maneuver to bring it into the moon’s orbit. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Israel’s first ever spacecraft, Beresheet (or, “Genesis”) will perform a decisive maneuver today at 5:15 p.m. Israel time as it makes its way toward the lunar surface.
The spacecraft’s motors will be operated for a lengthy six minutes in order to slow its speed to enable it to be captured by the moon. This will be its most decisive maneuver since it launched into space aboard a Falcom SpaceX rocket on Feb. 22.
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Netanyahu fears election loss as numbers show right-wing indifference
 April 4, 2019
Netanyahu fears election loss as numbers show right-wing indifferencePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, April 3, 2019. (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
The entire left-wing is fired up to vote, Netanyahu says, while the right is indifferent – exactly the opposite of 2015.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sounded a loud warning to his base to get out and vote next week in an exclusive interview he granted Israel Hayom on Thursday.
“We are very close to losing the battle,” he said. “We discovered a factor we did not notice until last night…that there is a reversal here of 2015.”
In the last elections, he explained, the left stayed home while the right came out in droves.
“Today the opposite is happening. The right is complacent and the left is mobilized to vote. When asked in the polls how many intend to vote, the left gets 100 percent. Not 99.2 – one hundred percent. Everyone is going. And on the right we see a considerable percentage below that (about 80%).”
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French supermarket apologizes over sale of swastika money belts
 April 4, 2019
French supermarket apologizes over sale of swastika money belts (AP/Jens Meyer)
A French supermarket chain was selling money belts with the Nazi insignia in Poland.
By Deborah Fineblum, World Israel News
It’s an image that continues to chill the blood even after 75 years: the swastika.
But that didn’t stop French supermarket chain Auchan from selling money belts with the Nazi insignia in Poland.
A supermarket spokesperson says it was an “oversight” and apologized. The chain promised to pull all the belts from the shelves.
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Red Cross: Hundreds of kids alone at camp where ISIS fled
 April 3, 2019
Red Cross: Hundreds of kids alone at camp where ISIS fledChildren ride in the back of a truck out of the last territory held by ISIS, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP/Felipe Dana)
The Red Cross president, who visited the camp, says the first priority is the return of unaccompanied children.
By Associated Press
A humanitarian emergency is unfolding in the camp in northeast Syria overwhelmed with people who fled the last battlefields of Islamic State extremists — and a top priority is helping hundreds of unaccompanied children return home, the head of the international Red Cross said Tuesday.
Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who visited the al-Hol camp in Hassakeh province on March 21, told a small group of reporters that it was established in the 1990s to accommodate about 5,000 Iraqi refugees and is now overcrowded with between 80,000 and 100,000 people.
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Omar lashes out against Netanyahu on Twitter
 March 27, 2019
Omar lashes out against Netanyahu on TwitterRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., attacked AIPAC and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter. (AP/Susan Walsh)
Omar criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of tweets on Tuesday. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News
On Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) unleashed a torrent of criticism against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with over 10 tweets on Twitter.  In his televised speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference yesterday, Netanyahu had alluded to anti-Semitic comments she had made in February.
“Netanyahu and the GOP may want to make this about one Muslim-American refugee’s views, but I am not alone. From @jstreetdotorg to @ifnotnow, @PeaceNowUS @moveon and more—there are so many who have spoken out on this issue,” Omar said in one of her tweets.
She hashtagged several groups, three of which are on the fringes of the American Jewish community and which support the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.
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BDS Boomerang: Anti-Israel activist triggers Dutch run on Israeli wine
 March 27, 2019 
BDS Boomerang: Anti-Israel activist triggers Dutch run on Israeli wineDutch supermarket chain Hema saw its stock of Israeli Efrat wine sell out after a BDS campaigner's boycott effort backfired. (Flash90/Matanya Tausig)
Anti-Israeli activist’s tweet calling out a supermarket for stocking Israeli wine leads to massive sales.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Israel supporters claimed a resounding victory over the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement Wednesday as a Dutch anti-Israel activist’s plan to pressure a supermarket to take an Israeli wine off its shelves led to the bottles flying off – straight to consumers’ homes.
BDS activist Mieke Zagt took to Twitter Monday to ask Hema, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, why it was selling Efrat wine from “the Judean Hills.”
“Is this possible? Efrat and Judean Hills are in occupied Palestinian land. Efrat is an illegal Israeli colony. Can you verify the origin? #hema #notAgainAye!??,” Zagt wrote, attaching a picture of the bottles.
Zagt was factually inaccurate on a number of counts. Despite the wine’s name, it’s produced well within the original 1949 boundaries of the State of Israel, which the vast majority of countries, including the E.U., does not consider disputed territory.
Several pro-Israel activists took up the BDS supporter’s challenge and tweeted out a call to buy the wine, along with the hashtag #TipFromMieke and #BDSFail.
Hidde J. van Koningsveld, of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel, a Holland-based group that defends the Jewish State and tracks anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands, posted the web address of the supermarket chain so consumers could check which stores still had the wine in stock.
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Dershowitz: Jews must never be afraid to use their well-earned power
 March 27, 2019

 
Dershowitz: Jews must never be afraid to use their well-earned powerAttorney Alan Dershowitz (Youtube)
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“When Jewish power and influence are used in the cause of peace and justice — as it is today — there is nothing to be ashamed of. It should be a source of pride,” Dershowitz said.

By Alan M. Dershowitz, The Gatestone Institute

Recent comments by members of Congress and their defenders once again raise the question: Are Jews too powerful? This question, which has never been raised about other groups, manifests a double standard against the Jewish people. It must not be ignored. Here is my answer.

When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential. When I hear that Jews contribute too much money to support pro-Israel causes, I say we must contribute more. When I hear that Jews control the media, I ask “Why is so much of the media so anti-Israel?” When I hear that Jews have too much influence on the outcome of elections, I say we need to increase our influence. We aren’t doing enough. We must do more.


 
Jews have contributed enormously — disproportionately — to America’s success. Along with other immigrants, Jews have helped change our country for the better: academically, scientifically, economically, politically, militarily, medically, legally, technologically and in so many other ways. We have earned the right to act as first-class citizens. No other group is ever accused of having too much power and influence. That false claim — dating back to times and places where Jews had little or no influence — is an anti-Semitic trope that tells us more about the anti-Semites who invoke it that it does about the Jews.

History has proven that Jews need more power and influence than other groups to secure their safety. During the 1930s and early 1940s Jews had morality on their side, but they lacked the power and influence to save six million of their brothers and sisters from systematic murder. If Israel had existed then, with the powerful army it now has, the history of European Jewry might well have been different. If Jews had more political power in the United States during that time, the doors of our nation would not have been shut to our brothers and sisters seeking asylum from Nazism.

In the Middle East, Israel must have more military power than all of its enemies and potential enemies combined. As Benjamin Netanyahu wisely put it: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.” Israel therefore must maintain, with or without the help of the United States, its qualitative military superiority in the region. And the region of its enemies has now expanded to Iran and Turkey, two Muslim, non-Arab, extreme anti-Israel nations with powerful armies. So Israel must get stronger, not weaker, despite its current military superiority.

Elie Wiesel once said that the lesson of the Holocaust is that, “We must believe the threats of our enemies, more than the promises of our friends.” For me, an additional lesson is that Israel and the Jewish people must be more powerful than their enemies.
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New Zealand mosque chairman accuses Israeli Mossad of orchestrating Christchurch shootings
 March 27, 2019
New Zealand mosque chairman accuses Israeli Mossad of orchestrating Christchurch shootingsA man departs Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb Mosque in Sydney, Australia, Friday, March 22, 2019, after Friday prayers. The sermon was dedicated to addressing the attacks where 50 people were killed at Christchurch, New Zealand mosques a week earlier. (AP/Rick Rycroft)
Ahmed Bhamji told the rally: “I feel Mossad is behind this.” A bystander responded: “It’s the truth. Israel is behind this.” 
By Benjamin Kerstein, Algemeiner
The chairman of a New Zealand mosque was caught on video telling a rally in the city of Auckland that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and “Zionist business” were behind the recent shooting attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in the attacks on March 15. Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant, a white supremacist, was arrested and charged with the crime.
According to New Zealand news outlet Newshub, the Saturday rally was intended to memorialize the victims of the attacks, but at one point Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt. Roskill Masjid E Umar mosque, stated, “I really want to say one thing today. Do you think this guy was alone? … I want to ask you, where did he get the funding from?
“I stand here and I say I have a very very strong suspicion that there’s some group behind him and I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind this,” he added.
A bystander then responds, “It’s the truth. Israel is behind this. That’s right!”
After the video of the speech was posted on Twitter, the New Zealand Jewish community quickly responded.
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‘Tremendous risk’ for right to choose small parties over Likud, Hotovely says
 March 26, 2019
‘Tremendous risk’ for right to choose small parties over Likud, Hotovely saysDeputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Courtesy)
Likud’s Tzipi Hotovely, ideologically a religious Zionist, urges voters to choose Likud in order to prevent the left from winning the upcoming election.
By Atara Beck, World Israel News
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely addressed a pre-election event in Beit Shemesh, urging them, as religious Zionists, to vote for Likud rather than the smaller religious parties.
Hotovely, describing herself as “Modern Orthodox,” said she was offered the opportunity on a number of occasions to join the Jewish Home party but declined, instead staying with Likud.

“I don’t believe in the system of serving in a minority group on the national arena,” she explained, adding that it may have been relevant in the early years of the State of Israel, “but not today.”
The Modern Orthodox population is active in the wider Israeli society, she said. They serve in the IDF and are successful professionally and “should also have an effect politically on the national level.”
“The big question is: Who’s going to be the next prime minister,” she continued, noting that Likud could lose to the left if the votes go to the smaller parties instead. It’s not a given that Likud will remain in power if that that happens, she stressed.
“It’s a tremendous risk now to vote for a small party,” she warned.
Blue and White: an ‘IKEA party’
“The left is trying time after time to build a new opposition, an alternative to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” she said. “Bringing in three army generals to the new Blue and White party is something new.”
She referred to Blue and White, headed by former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and former journalist Yair Lapid and which includes former IDF top generals Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi, as an “IKEA party,” saying it was being built by choosing different pieces and putting them together.
Hotovely noted the “incredible pressure from the Europeans to give up Judea and Samaria. Lapid and Gantz are saying the disengagement will happen again,” she said, referring to Gantz’s defense of the pullout from Gaza in 2005 and apparent support for withdrawals from Judea and Samaria in a statement in February.
“Terror bases are built wherever we withdraw,” she declared. “Netanyahu has the guts to stand in front of the world and say we’re not doing this anymore.”
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EU rejects Israeli sovereignty over the Golan
 March 27, 2019
EU rejects Israeli sovereignty over the GolanEuropean Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (AP /Rahmat Gul)
Following the U.S. proclamation accepting Israeli sovereignty, Federica Mogherini says the E.U. position “has not changed.”
By World Israel News Staff
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday that the E.U. does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Her statement comes on the heels of Monday’s proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the territory, captured by Israel in the 1967 war.
“The position of the European Union as regards the status of the Golan Heights has not changed,” said Mogherini’s statement.
“In line with the international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions 242 and 497, the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights,” she said.
Her statement followed Tuesday’s announcement by the U.N. ambassadors from the five E.U. members of the U.N. Security Council – France, Germany, Britain, Poland, and Belgium –  that they do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan.
They said: “Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law,” and any unilateral border changes go against “the rules-based international order and the U.N. Charter.”
The statement concluded: “We raise our strong concerns about broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences.” Israel has countered that on the eve of the 1967 war, Arab armies were mobilizing their forces on Israel’s borders and that Israel’s capture of the territory was not an offensive action.
The E.U. delegation in Israel had reacted against the U.S. move already on Friday after Trump initially tweeted that time had come to recognize Israel’s sovereignty on the Heights, but prior to his signing of the proclamation at the White House.
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Netanyahu coalition expands lead, pulls ahead in election polling
 March 27, 2019
Netanyahu coalition expands lead, pulls ahead in election pollingPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
A partnership of right-wing and religious parties gives the incumbent prime minister 65 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, according to a poll announced on public broadcasting.  
By World Israel News Staff
A public opinion poll just released by Israeli public broadcaster Kan is showing an increasing lead, ahead of the April 9 Knesset election, of parties which are considered likely to join a government coalition headed by the incumbent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The prime minister’s own party, the Likud, would not finish first, according to the survey, conducted for Kan by the Direct Polls company.
Blue and White, headed by former military chief Benny Gantz, would win 30 seats in the 120-member Israeli parliament, and the Likud would earn 28 seats.
However, the total number of seats of parties considered natural Netanyahu partners reaches 65 in this new poll.
Previous polls which had shown that the outgoing government partners would not garner a parliamentary majority prompted Netanyahu to urge smaller right-wing parties to run together in the April vote.
The Union of Right-Wing Parties, an electoral list which merged at the behest of Netanyahu, would earn five seats, according to the latest Direct Polls survey.
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Netanyahu reluctant to consult Security Cabinet demanding tougher action against Hamas
 March 27, 2019
Netanyahu reluctant to consult Security Cabinet demanding tougher action against HamasPM Netanyahu (2-r) leads the weekly cabinet meeting Wednesday. (Flash90/Alex Kolomoisky)
The prime minister is said to prefer consultations only with the security establishment over politicians in his Security Cabinet. 
By World Israel News Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his trip to the U.S. and returned to Israel on Tuesday and was reported holed up at defense headquarters in Tel Aviv for hours as he consulted with heads of the security establishment on potential moves against ongoing air attacks from the Gaza Strip.
However, according to members of his Security Cabinet, Netanyahu has not been consulting with them.
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Netanyahu rival is good-looking, on that Israeli pundits agree
 March 27, 2019

 
Netanyahu rival is good-looking, on that Israeli pundits agreeBenny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White joint list, attends a meeting with members of the Druze community, northern Israel, 
March 7, 2019. 
Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned politician, is tall, blue-eyed and good looking. On that everyone can agree. 
By Adi Pick, CTech
Standing tall at 191 centimeters, the former Israeli general turned politician Benny Gantz can become one of the world’s tallest leaders if elected, as he is taller than both U.S. President Trump and Canada’s Trudeau.
While a coalition led by four term incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu still seems like a likely result of the election to take place April 9, Gantz, as some pundits have it, has a major electoral asset: his stature and good looks.
Israeli journalist Ayala Hasson described Gantz as a “towering, blue-eyed” figure.
Speaking on a Channel 10 broadcast, Israeli journalist and political commentator Raviv Drucker said Gantz is the “most handsome” candidate Israel has seen. “He looks so handsome, he looks like a Harrison Ford, and that’s an asset for his campaign,” Druker went on to say.
In an October broadcast, Channel 10 reporter Miki Michaeli called Gantz “a very, very handsome man,” who “may get women’s votes.”
In February, Israeli satirical show Gav Hauma aired a sketch titled “10 ways Gantz can fix Israel’s problems with his good looks.”
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