Category Archives: Israel News
President-elect Reuven Rivlin will be sworn in as Israel’s 10th president at a special, though modest, Knesset ceremony on Thursday evening.
Rivlin will first inspect the Honor Guard at the Knesset plaza, then lay a wreath at the foot of a monument commemorating Israel`s fallen soldiers.
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00:25: The IDF said that since the start of the ground operation as part of operation Protective Edge, they’ve uncovered 31 tunnels and 60 access points. Read more »
A British MP in hot water over a tweet he sent, suggesting that if he lived in Gaza he would’ve fired rockets, has released a tepid apology on Wednesday.
British Liberal Democrat MP David Ward tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? probably yes.” Read more »
(AP) - The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was “alarmed” to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now “have gone missing,” and he demanded a full review of such incidents.
A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons at a site run by the global organization. The U.N. says that has happened at least twice so far in the current fighting. Read more »
Adding some pressure to the FAA’s decision to ban flights by US carriers to Israel, the spokesman of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel knew where that rocket that caused the ban was heading, and therefore didn’t take it down.
“We knew about that rocket,” Mark Regev told CNN. “We were tracking it for about three minutes, our Air Force. We could have taken it down, but because we saw that it wasn’t going to hit inside the airport, we let it through.” Read more »
Israel’s Maccabi Haifa’s pre-season match against Lille in Austria came to an early end when anti-Israel protestors stormed the field and attacked the Maccabi Haifa players.
With Lille leading 2-0 in the friendly match, the violent protestors invaded the pitch and turned the field from a football field into something more of a fight club. Read more »
Just days after York Regional Police found hateful anti-Muslim messages at an Islamic center north of Toronto, anti-Semitic graffiti has been sprayed in the same area, this time at a bus shelter.
Authorities say that between midnight and 7am on Tuesday, hateful graffiti against the State of Israel and a Nazi symbol were spray-painted in an act of vandalism. Read more »
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-New York), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today wrote to President Obama about the negotiation of a cease-fire agreement in Israel.
“Any cease fire should create a situation in which Israeli citizens no longer face the threat of brazen terrorist attacks,” said the senators. “Israeli citizens have faced over 1800 rocket launches from Hamas since June. While Iron Dome has saved countless lives, over five million Israelis live in fear of incoming rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza. Twenty-eight tunnels have been discovered by the IDF since the ground operation in Gaza began. Israel has an absolute right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel. Read more »
Taglit-Birthright, the organization that has gained widespread recognition for the free 10-day trips to Israel it regularly organizes for young Jewish adults, has not allowed the incessant rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent it from continuing to send tours to Israel.
“We are not canceling any trips at this point,” Noa Bauer, Birthright’s international vice president for communication and marketing, stated to BuzzFeed. “We will find alternative flights if needed.” Birthright’s free trips to Israel have become a virtual tradition for many American Jews seeking to explore their Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Read more »
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday questioned the FAA’s decision to ban flights to Israel on behalf of the Obama Administration while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to Hamas.
“Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Cruz. Read more »
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Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday paid a shiva call to the parents of Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native IDF soldier who was killed Sunday in Gaza, at the Crowne Palza hotel in Jerusalem.
“It’s just a huge statement about a young guy finding a place that he was so passionate about, and giving his all, putting himself on the line,” Kerry told the Steinbergs. “It’s an amazing story.” Read more »
Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed the former mayor of New York City, Mike Bloomberg, who came in an emergency solidarity flight in response to the FAA flight ban on Tuesday.
Bloomberg landed at Ben Gurion International Airport today at approximately 5:00 PM local time on an El Al flight, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Netanyahu as he walked down the steps. Read more »
Israel has requested an additional $225 million in funding for the production of Iron Dome batteries, in light of the wide-scale use of the system during Operation Protective Edge.
In a letter to the leaders of both houses of Congress on Wednesday, U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote that the Department of Defense “has reviewed and supports this urgent request.” Read more »
(AP). The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the more than 600 Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip reviewed by the global body, three-quarters were civilians. At least 147 were children and 74 women, she said. Read more »
Focusing on one of the related unfortunate effects of the ongoing military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the New York Times has reported about those who have been negatively impacted by the unprecedented cancellation of major airline flights from the United States and Europe into the Jewish state due to the prevalent danger of incoming rockets. Read more »
Most U.S. voters oppose more direct U.S. involvement to end the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza but favor cutting some or all U.S. funding to the two sides to force a peace (or rather a cease-fire) settlement, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, published Wednesday.
The poll shows that just 30% of likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should get more directly involved if the violence continues between Israel and Hamas, while 57% say the United States should leave the two sides solve the situation on their own. This includes 38% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats and 30% of Independent voters. Read more »
El Al spiked prices on Wednesday by as much as 33 percent in reaction to the cancellation of all foreign flights in or out of Israel, Israeli financial Globes website reported.
Globes cited a report written by ISSTA Lines which indicated “vast hikes, of hundreds of dollars, between airfares yesterday, before the wave of cancellations, and this morning.” Read more »
U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday. The bill also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants.
“Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement. Read more »
Religious leaders and elected officials gathered on Tuesday at the Islamic Society Center in Bay Ridge to condemn what they called two hate incidents at Muslim worshippers outside Brooklyn mosques over the weekend.
According to organizers, a car with blaring lights and sirens circled the Bay Ridge mosque early Sunday morning waving Israeli flags and yelling anti-Islamic slurs. A similar incident happened Friday on Coney Island Avenue, when several passengers threw eggs from a passing by car at elderly worshipers outside the Thayba Islamic Center. Read more »
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged the country’s Jewish community Wednesday her unwavering support amid recent anti-Semitic attacks during pro-Palestinian demonstrations, a government spokesman said.
“The chancellor and the entire German government condemn the anti-Semitic remarks made at pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli demonstrations in Germany in the strongest terms,” Merkel’s spokesperson George Streiter told reporters. Read more »
As outlined in detail by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, shortly before their synagogue was covered in tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews brandishing baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the religious building’s heavy metal gate.
They had gathered outside the main synagogue in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles on Sunday to defend it against a primarily Arab mob of 200 men who had massed nearby with sticks and stones, setting garbage cans on fire and chanting “Slaughter the Jews.” The Jewish defenders were singing “La Marseillaise” as an expression of of gratitude toward the 100 police officers that prevented the mob from approaching. Read more »
16:20: 73 people were killed and 526 people were injured today in IDF air raids and ground operations in the Gaza Strip today, according to Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra. Read more »
A pro-Palestinian protest at Calgary’s City Hall in Canada turned violent when they came across some pro-Israel protestors who staged their own march.
Hundreds of people attended the pro-Palestinian protest, which started as a peaceful march, calling for a ceasefire and condemning Israel for the current attacks in Gaza. But when both opposing views met, it turned violent. Read more »
Former Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg announced Tuesday evening he’ll fly to Israel in response to the FAA flight ban that was issued to US airlines earlier in the day.
Bloomberg, the first recipient of the Jewish Genesis Prize, will give up on his luxury private jet and fly with El-Al in order to express his solidarity with Israel in a time of crisis. Read more »
A crowd of about 800 people packed the Whippany headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey on Monday to express unequivocal support of Israel, as the Jewish state’s military conflict with Hamas in Gaza entered its third week.
Participants waved Israeli flags and erupted in cheers as dignitaries, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Leonard Lance (D-Dist. 7) and State Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R-Dist. 21), supported Israel’s right to defend itself, highlighted the success of the Iron Dome defense system, and mourned the soldiers who have lost their lives in the latest battles. Read more »