LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:50 PM IL]
23:50: 1 Palestinian has been killed, at least 21 wounded in major clashes ongoing right now at the Kalandiya checkpoint in Israel. This is the largest Palestinian protest in many years.
23:40: Channel 2 News poll one week into ground operation:
Should the operation continue or stop?
46% Continue until Hamas is brought down
41% Stop now
Will there be quiet in southern Israel after the operation?
Are you satisfied with the performance of PM Netanyahu?
VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with British Foreign Secretary Hammond
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday morning 26 Tammuz, met with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and said at the start of their meeting:
"It's good to see you in Israel in these trying times. I think you, as a representative of the UK, of Britain, have a special understanding, at least a historical understanding, of what Israel is undergoing. There's only been one other instance where a democracy has been rocketed and pelted with these projectiles of death, and that's ...
Homefront Command's Personal Message System Going Live
The IDF Homefront Command reports that beginning tomorrow, Friday 27 Tammuz, the “Personal Message” SMS text system will be operational. It will inform residents of a rocket attack via the mobile phone in the Negev, Beersheva, Yehuda, Ashdod, Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem, Shvelah, Dan, Sharon, Emek Chefer, and Shomron districts despite one’s place of work or residence.
The system has been under development for a number of years. It began operating in Ashdod last week. At present, it is only ...
Ex-Sen. Lieberman to Teach at Yeshiva University
Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service.
He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East.
Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013.
He was Democrat Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 ...
Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel
Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.
Cruz said he wouldn’t release the holds until the Obama administration answers his questions about the FAA’s prohibition, which went into effect Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from the Tel Aviv airport. The ...
Kerry To IDF Soldier's Family at Funeral: 'How's Your Day?'
Following the emotional funeral of Max Steinberg, the 24-year-old from Woodland Hills who joined the Israeli Defense Forces and gave his life defending Israel, the ever-tactful Secretary of State John Kerry asked the young hero's mother how her day was going.
The Jewish Journal reports that after the funeral the family moved to the Crowne Plaza Hotel to begin their Shiva, when John Kerry walked in to pay his respects.
"How's your day?" Kerry asked as he sat down. "How's your day?" ...
Former IDF Chief Rabbi Weiss on the Warfare and Gaza
Former IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General (reserves) Yisrael Weiss, who was chief rabbi during the 2005 “Disengagement” expresses his pain over the fighting in Gaza and the loss of life among IDF soldiers. The rav made his remarks in an exclusive interview with Arutz-7. Following is excerpts from the Hebrew interview.
The rav praised the atmosphere of achdus and the achievements reported in the warfare by the IDF, referring to the “גלגול אלוקי” following the murders of the ...
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‘Dogs are Allowed in this Establishment, Jews are Not Under any Circumstances’
All over the world, displays of anti-Semitism and hatred against Jews continue to segregate them from the community, from pro-Palestinians in France attempting to attack suburban synagogues, to a swastika being spray painted on a Thornhill, Ontario bus stop.
In Belgium, where just a few months ago in Brussels a gunman went on a shooting spree at a Jewish museum killing four, another illicit demonstration of hatred has taken place, as a café hung up a sign that read "No Jews Allowed."
PM Speaks to the Media Ahead of Cabinet Meeting
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday 26 Tammuz released statements to the media ahead of an afternoon cabinet meeting.
"At this time IDF soldiers are continuing take strong action across the Gaza Strip. As of now, the IDF has struck a deep and significant blow at the infrastructures of terrorism – at the terrorists themselves, at rockets, at command centers, at production facilities and at many other targets.
We are continuing Operation Protective Edge at full strength, in the ...
Turkey Slams Attempts To Boycott Jewish Writer
Calls for a boycott of a prominent Turkish author of Jewish descent over Israel’s assault in Gaza are being denounced by politicians in Turkey as a “hate crime.”
Turkey has taken a lead in denouncing the Israeli campaign in Gaza - launched in a bid to stem rocket strikes launched from Gaza at Israel’s citizens - which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called a genocide. But the government insists that the criticism is against Israel’s policies, and is not in any way ...
UN Chief Condemns Attack On UN School In Gaza - IDF Says Hamas Rocket May Have Hit The UNRWA School
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning a deadly attack on a UN school for Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza that killed many Palestinians who sought refuge there from Israeli shelling as well as UN staff.
The UN chief again demanded that Israel and Hamas abide by international humanitarian law during their conflict and respect "the sanctity of civilian life, the inviolability of UN premises" and protect humanitarian workers.
He said in a statement in Erbil, Iraq, which was ...
Video: Misameach - Nothing Feels Better than a Smile
Misameach is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of children and adults who are hospitalized, bedridden, or facing serious illness. Misameach has gained renown in the Jewish community for bringing smiles, hope, and encouragement to hundreds of children and their families.
Misameach (pronounced miss'-ah-MAY-akh) is a Hebrew terminology that is loosely translated as "promoting happiness", and that is precisely what our dedicated ...
President Shimon Peres Says Farewell
Following is a translation of the address given in Knesset on Thursday evening 26 Tammuz, President Shimon Peres’ farewell address as Reuven Rivlin is sworn in as Israel’s 10th president.
I came to thank you for the privilege you granted me to serve our country and its people for the past seven years. There is no greater privilege. Thank you.
Israel, this small country, became a truly great state.
I know of no other country on the face of the earth or throughout history, which amazed ...
VIDEO & PHOTOS: New Mincha-Maariv/Rest Area to Serve JFK’s Jewish Travelers
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE]
Flying in and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport is about to become much easier for Jewish travelers with the opening of the Rabbi Morton Friedman Mincha-Maariv/Rest Area just minutes away from JFK.
The full service rest area will be located just off the Belt Parkway at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, approximately five minutes away from the busy international airport and will offer travelers minyanim and access to a beis medrash. Kosher ...