Category Archives: Israel News
Israel’s president questioned the intent of the proposed bill that specifies Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill has the support of Prime Minister Netanyahu, while Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid strongly oppose it.
“The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people. A small, abhorred minority, undermine this fact, both from within our own and from outside, and so, we must ask ourselves seriously, what is the point of the proposed law – Israel: The National State of the Jewish People,” President Reuven Rivlin said on Tuesday. Read more »
(AP) — Jewish activists bent on gaining greater access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site should not visit there, Israel’s police chief said Tuesday.
The sacred shrine known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary has been the focal point of deadly violence between Jews and Arabs in recent weeks. Read more »
The US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Tuesday paid a special solidarity visit at the Jerusalem synagogue targeted by Palestinian terrorists in a deadly terrorist attack last week Tuesday.
Shapiro joined congregants for shachrit prayers at the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in Har Nof, where four congregants and a druze police officer were murdered by meat-cleavers and a gunshot. He was seen praying with Talis and Tefillin. Read more »
The European Union has delayed its plan to conduct a vote on whether to recognize Palestine for three weeks, as EU lawmakers still need to come to agreement on the exact wording of the bill.
Various aspects of a recognition of Palestine will be discuss on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, with the EU’s new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expected to be in attendance.
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As many as 69% of Americans are opposed to a possible deal with Iran that would allow the ayatollahs to maintain nuclear weapons capabilities, in contrast to the Obama administration’s view of prevention, according to a new survey by American political strategist Frank Luntz, The Times of Israel exclusively reported.
The survey conducted by Luntz on behalf of The Israel Project and Stand With Us were completed on Sunday, and shared with Times of Israel a day after US-led talks with Iran were extended until July,1, 2015. Read more »
Britain has decided to perform a second review of its arms export licenses to Israel to ensure that military equipment could not be used in a way that would breach international law, the government announced on Monday.
The British government has already conducted one review of this nature, in August, in a reaction to Israel’s extended conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Following that review, England said it would suspend 12 licenses to export military items to Israel if fighting resumed.
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Malcolm Hoenlein w/ Minister Bennett
Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett rejected on Tuesday any American criticism of the Knesset’s ‘Jewish state bill,’ urging the United States to refrain from intervening in Israel’s internal affairs.
The cabinet has approved the somewhat controversial bill, which is intended to cement into law the Jewish nature of the state. However, the bill faces staunch opposition from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, leading to a crisis which has endangered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday shot back at internal and outside critics of the “Jewish State Law,” during a meeting with his Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka in Jerusalem.
“Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish nation. Israel is a model democratic state – that’s how it (always) was and that’s how it will be,” Netanyahu stated. “A state which enshrines equal personal rights for each and every one of its citizens.” Read more »
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Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) leaders and supporters from the New York area joined the FIDF National Leadership Mission to Israel last week to show their appreciation for the brave men and women of the IDF.
VIP events included meetings with Israel’s newly elected President, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, and the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benjamin (Benny) Gantz, as well as a briefing by Israel’s senior official on Arab Affairs, Avi Melamed. Read more »
A 22-year-old Israeli claims he was the victim of an apparent hate crime attack in Berlin on Sunday, after being hit by four Muslims as he was leaving a Chabad house in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf neighborhood, Ynet reports.
The man was treated at a local hospital and will return to Israel to receive further medical treatment. Read more »
(AP). Israel’s president has cancelled the appearance of a local pop star at a high-profile public event following the star’s release of a new song focusing on a fictional Arab who gets his kicks by stabbing Jews.
The office of President Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday that it was cancelling its invitation for Amir Benayoun to perform at next week’s event marking the expulsion and exile of Jews from Arab countries and Iran. Read more »
Nuclear negotiators failed to reach an agreement on Iran’s Nuclear programs on Monday, and talks have been extended until July 2015, but AIPAC says that in the meantime Congress needs to pass new sanctions on the Iranian regime.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said that it believes “that tough pressure brought Iran to the negotiations and that the threat of additional pressure will strengthen America’s bargaining position.” Read more »
As Palestinians are readying to present a resolution before the United Nations Security Council to to recognize a Palestinian state, and set a timetable for Israel to withdraw up to the pre-1967 lines, Russia announces that it will support the Palestinian bid.
Bethlehem-based Ma’an News reported that the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister said on Monday that the PA delayed the bid, but is not backing down. “We haven’t backed down on the resolution or cancelled it despite the international opposition and US threats,” Riyad al-Maliki said. Read more »
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Esther Pollard, wife of American prisoner Jonathan Pollard, who’s serving a life sentence after being convicted of spying for Israel in 1985.
Esther Pollard updated Netanyahu of her husbands situation. “The Prime Minister said that Israel is working constantly to secure Jonathan Pollard’s release and would not slacken in its efforts until he comes home,” a statement describing the visit said. Read more »
(AP). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community’s failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine — and “that momentum will grow.”
The U.N. chief said at the U.N. commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that the international community must assume “a collective failure” for not being able to get a peace deal. Read more »
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that a recognition by France of a Palestinian state would be “irresponsible,”as a vote on the issue loomed on December 2. “Of course I’m worried about this, because what they’re voting on is Palestine without peace,” the Israeli leader stated.
“That’s what the Palestinians want. They want to have a state. Not to end the war with Israel, but to continue the war from improved boundaries. That’s all they’re saying,” he further maintained.
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The American Jewish campus life organization Hillel came under fire in the Israeli Knesset on Monday from an unlikely source: the Israeli right-wing. MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) voiced her deep concern that representatives of what she called “post-Zionist groups” had been invited to make presentations to students at Hillel functions held on campuses around the United States, where they were exerting influence on student opinion.
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A discussion about whether religious observance is being forced on soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces became particularly heated in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee on Manpower and Training on Monday.
The arguing actually started even before the meeting officially got underway, with MK Yoni Chetboun (Bayit Yehudi) protesting the wording of its topic, which employed a Hebrew term that he felt implied a religious takeover, but was explained by Dr. Reuven Gal, a researcher on religion in the IDF, to in fact translate to “religionization” with no negative connotations.
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Potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz offered a harsh critique of current United States policy regarding Israel on Sunday night, declaring to the large crowd at the Zionist Organization of America event in New York City that President Barack Obama is endangering the Jewish state by refusing to unequivocally confront Iran and thwart its nuclear ambitions. Read more »
US Senator Chuck Schumer, who helped allay concerns about Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary in 2013, applauded the outgoing Pentagon chief secretary, after President Obama announced Hagel’s resignation at the White House on Monday morning.
“If there is a word that personifies Chuck Hagel, it is ‘service,’” Schumer said in a statement. “He served his country as a hero in Vietnam, as a Senator, and now as Defense Secretary, where he presided over the department in a smart and level-headed way. I wish Chuck Hagel and his family the best.” Read more »
(JNS). The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is raising funds to assist Howie (Chaim) Rothman, a Canadian citizen injured in the Nov. 18 terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood.
Rothman’s siblings in Canada said that their brother was struck in the head with a meat cleaver in the attack. Rothman, 54, is the most seriously wounded victim among those who survived. He is currently hospitalized in a coma and blind in one eye as a result of the attack. Rothman has 10 children, and he recently had his first grandchild. Read more »
President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the United States’ immigration policy will have far-reaching effects on Israelis wishing to work or move across the ocean, Yediot’s Itamar Eichner writes.
The wide-reaching executive plan would apparently help thousands of undocumented Israeli immigrants, specifically Israeli parents with American children. Moreover, the major benefit of the new policy is the ease of the visa process for innovative entrepreneurs and High-Tech companies. Read more »
The National Jewish Democratic Council on Monday thanked Secretary of State Chuck Hagel for his service and applauded him for his strong support of Israel, following today’s announcement that Hagel will resign his position.
The democratic Jewish organization further expressed confidence that Secretary Hagel’s successor will be equally as committed to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Read more »
Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick was released on Monday from Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center barely a month after being shot multiple times by a Palestinian terrorist attempting to assassinate him.
The 49-year-old Glick – who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount – was shot four times at point-blank range by 32-year-old Islamic Jihad member Moataz Hejazi after delivering a lecture at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center on October 29. The attacker was killed in a police shootout at his East Jerusalem home several hours later.
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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party’s darling, met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while on a visit to the region, her first trip abroad as senator.
Warren also met with Israeli government officials and Knesset Members as she toured the Knesset. She was welcomed in the Knesset plenum by Minister Yuval Shteinitz.
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