PM Netanyahu Speaks with New Italian PM Matteo Renzi
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night 23 Adar I 5774, spoke with new Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and congratulated him on taking up office. The two prime ministers expressed appreciation for the productive cooperation between Israel and Italy as well as the hope that it will be enhanced and expand to other areas including technology.
Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed Italy's important role in the international arena and its support in thwarting boycotts against Israel. He ...
PM Netanyahu on Israel's Cyber Abilities
The following remarks were made at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, 23 Adar I 5774 by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
“Today, the cabinet will be briefed by Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania. We established the INCB in order to assist turning Israel into a major cyber power. When I say a major cyber power I mean cyber defense, and indeed this capability is being built, inter alia, by the work being coordinated by the INCB. We want to facilitate ...
Sunday Morning News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael
· Three Syrian wounded were admitted to the government hospital in Nahariya.
· An IDF patrol near Tulkarem on motzei Shabbos found two pipe bombs and firebombs being concealed by two PA resident. The suspects were arrested.
· Ichud Hatzalah: A worker fell from scaffolding in Matzliach and is reported in moderate condition.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
President Peres will Confer the Presidential Medal of Distinction on German Chancellor Angela Merkel
President Shimon Peres will confer the Presidential Medal of Distinction on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The medal is the highest civilian award in Israel and is being bestowed upon Dr. Merkel for her unwavering commitment to Israel's security and the fight against anti-Semitism and racism in particular through education. The award will be conferred upon Chancellor Merkel during a special ceremony (Tuesday 25th Adar I 5774 at 15:30) at the President's Residence in Jerusalem during her ...
Bill de Blasio Again Defends AIPAC Speech: Yes, It is My Role As Mayor To Defend Israel
NYC mayor Bill de Blasio got Wednesday another opportunity to display on a national platform his strong support for Israel. In an interview on MSNBC this evening, mayor de Blasio was criticized by the host, a Liberal New Yorker, Chris Hayes, for a speech he gave last month to AIPAC. The host questioned the mayor as to why he proclaimed that defending the state of Israel is part of his job description as mayor of New York City.
"I want to ask you how you see your job. You gave a speech to ...
Confrontations Between Jews & Arabs at Adi Ahd
It was another day of confrontations between Jews and Arabs near the Shomron community of Adi Ahd, in the Gush Shilo area. Arabs accused Jews of uprooting 500 trees earlier in the day, leading to the confrontations.
Elsewhere in Shomron, Arabs confronted IDF soldiers south of Shechem, near Burin. No injuries or arrests were reported.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Wednesday AM News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael
· Three Syrian wounded in moderate condition have been admitted to Poriah Hospital in Tiveria.
· Suicide bombing attack this morning in Beirut killing at least four people.
· The tires of 30 vehicles in an Arab community near Gilo in Yerushalayim were punctured during the night in an apparent price tag attack. Anti-Arab graffiti was found in the area too.
· Maariv reports that President Peres’ apartment in the President’s Residence costs taxpayers 660,341 NIS annually.
· MK ...
Chareidim Break Away from Shaked Committee
The day began, Wednesday, 19 Adar I 5774, with announcements that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided, instructing the Shaked Committee how to move ahead regarding sanctions. The question regarding financial or criminal sanctions has been put to rest, as Mr. Netanyahu stated the compromise formula of criminal sanctions will accompany the law. Officials in the PMO’s deny reports, stating there has been no interference in the committee’s operations by Mr. Netanyahu.
That is to ...
Can Building in Bet El Affect Kerry's Initiative?
The Jewish Town of Bet El, located just outside of Ramallah, has launched three separate public building initiatives in the last three weeks:
1) an 18-unit housing project in the Hasmonean Neighborhood,
2) a 30-unit housing project of replacement homes for the 30 units taken down on the Ulpana Hill last year, and
3) a new multi-million dollar Bet Midrash (House of Study) for the Bet El Yeshiva Center.
In a conversation this morning with newly-elected Bet El Mayor Shai Alon, I ...
Labor Party Selects its Candidate for Presidential Race
The Labor party has announced it has selected Binyamin Ben-Eliezer as the party’s candidate in the presidential race. Ben-Eliezer is the elder statesman in Knesset and a party veteran. The 79-year-old lawmaker and former defense minister retired from the IDF at the rank of brigadier-general.
At present, there are two official candidates in the race, Ben-Eliezer and former Knesset Speaker (Likud) Reuven Rivlin. While others have announced they plan to run, they have not yet obtained ...
Syrian Rockets Land in the Central Golan Heights
Two rockets fired from Syria landed in the Central Golan Heights late Tuesday afternoon 18 Adar I 5774. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities, injuries or properly damage.
In other terrorism news, in southern Israel, the IDF on Tuesday neutralized a number of powerful explosives as the IDF Spokesman put it, along the western area of the border fence to Gaza.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Tuesday AM News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael
· IDF soldiers taking part in counter-terrorism operations throughout Yehuda and Shomron arrested 9 suspects during the night.
· The IDF Homefront Command is conducting a preparedness exercise in Ashkelon today and tomorrow.
· Four people are being treated for light smoke inhalation from a fire that broke out in Bat Yam.
· A Syrian national with moderate injuries has been brought to Ziff Hospital in Tzfas.
· A 30-year-old male was arrested after posting on Facebook “I dreamed ...
Akko Blast May Not Have Been Accidental
At this early stage of the investigation police are not ruling anything out, including the possibility that the explosion that killed four people and left others injured may have been caused intentionally. Another possibility is the blast was sparked by cellular telephone antennas on a rooftop.
Police are interviewing survivors and neighbors and it appears there was a difference of opinion raging between the owner and some of the residents over the placement of an unspecified number of cell ...
Ariel: In Adar Livni Can Dress Up
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni reportedly told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that if he wishes to bring the chareidim into the coalition in place of Bayit Yehudi it is fine, with the media adding she stated “I am even willing to wear a shtreimal for peace”.
In response, Housing Minister Uri Ariel stated “in Chodesh Adar the justice minister is permitted to dress up”.
So the question remains if talks have begun to bring the chareidim into the coalition for it is clear that if the ...
B'chasdei Hashem Terror Attack Prevented in Itamar
On erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa 5774 a military lookout post in Shomron detected four suspicious Arabs in proximity to the community of Itamar. The community’s first-response unit was notified and requested to respond to the Gidonim area along with soldiers. The suspected terrorists fled but they managed to apprehend three of them.
They were carrying knives, gloves and tools that would permit them to break into the community. It is believed they were preparing for a terror attack, which ...
Israel Police Discriminates Against Religious Visitors to Har Habayis
Har Habayis activists, those who visit the holy site in line with the ruling of rabbonim permitting so, adhering to Halachic restrictions, are complaining of police discrimination against them.
Yehuda Glick and his followers report that Israel Police have decided to begin conducting selective inspections of visitors, generally those who appear religious or a ‘threat’. Police randomly compel some to disrobe fearing they may be hiding an Israeli flag under their garments.
Those who have ...
President Peres Met with President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz
President Shimon Peres on Wednesday afternoon met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. During the meeting they discussed the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the deepening of relations between Israel and the European Union.
President Peres welcomed Mr. Schulz and said, "Our policy is equality. We want to see our neighbors succeed. Our intention is to live in peace, not just diplomatically but also economically." President Peres also ...