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04:11: Red alerts now in Yad Mordechai, Ashkelon Coast area, Nativ Asara and surrounding areas. 03:51: Among the IDF targets in Gaza the past hour is the "Shorouq building" which is the home for several TV and radio channels. The entire building is engulfed in flames. 03:06: Red alerts now sounding in Ashkelon. 03:02: The IAF has just struck Al Aq...

LIVE BLOG DAY 22: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 4:11 AM IL] (5 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 22: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 4:11 AM IL]
04:11: Red alerts now in Yad Mordechai, Ashkelon Coast area, Nativ Asara and surrounding areas. 03:51: Among the IDF targets in Gaza the past hour is the "Shorouq building" which is the home for several TV and radio channels. The entire building is engulfed in flames. 03:06: Red alerts now sounding in Ashkelon. 03:02: The IAF has just struck Al Aqsa Satellite Channel in Gaza City. It is unknown if the channel is still on the air. 03:00: reporters in Gaza report that this night has by far been the most intense by the IDF. There is ...

Mayor de Blasio Vows To Improve NYPD-Community Relations

Mayor de Blasio Vows To Improve NYPD-Community RelationsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is saying that more trust is needed between police and residents in the wake of a death in police custody. De Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January, made improving relations between the NYPD and communities of color a centerpiece of his mayoral campaign. He is facing his first significant test on test on that score. Eric Garner died in ...    Full Story »

Rivlins Moving to the President's Residence

Rivlins Moving to the President's ResidenceAfter taking the oath of office, President Reuven Rivlin and First Lady Nechama announced they do not wish to move into the President’s Residence, preferring to continue living in their modest apartment in the Yafeh Nof neighborhood of the capital while conducting activities at the official residence. After a few short days on the job the president and his wife have come to realize ...    Full Story »

Two Arabs Targeted in Jerusalem Hate Crime

Two Arabs Targeted in Jerusalem Hate CrimeTwo residents of Beit Haninah, both 20, were in nearby N’vei Yaakov on Friday night. They explained to authorities that one of them lost his identity card from work and they retraced their steps to the train station in the hope of finding it. At about 21:30 they began heading home, realizing the card was lost and it would not be found. “When we approached the park and were ...    Full Story »

Agudath Israel 5th Annual Midwest Rabbonim Conference Is Major Success

Agudath Israel 5th Annual Midwest Rabbonim Conference Is Major SuccessThe Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbanim held its 5th annual conference July 21-22 in Glenview, Illinois. There were over 45 Rabbanim in attendance from major Midwest cities and from as far away as Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Scottsdale, AZ; and Denver, CO. The conference was a tremendous success, enabling the organization to stay at the forefront of Torah development in ...    Full Story »

Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Cruz Lead Senate Bipartisan Denouncement of Hamas' Use of Human Shields, Supporting Israel's Right to Self-Defense (1 opinions)

Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Cruz Lead Senate Bipartisan Denouncement of Hamas' Use of Human Shields, Supporting Israel's Right to Self-DefenseU.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, filed a resolution with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group Hamas and support Israel's right to self-defense. A similar resolution is sponsored in the House by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida. “The use of human shields by Hamas is deplorable,” ...    Full Story »

U.S. Sen. Booker Joins Colleagues to Introduce U.S. - Israel Strategic Partnership Act (1 opinions)

U.S. Sen. Booker Joins Colleagues to Introduce U.S. - Israel Strategic Partnership ActU.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) to introduce the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, an updated version of the bipartisan legislation introduced in March 2013 that would help strengthen economic and security cooperation between the two countries. The measure is supported by 79 Senators. The legislation ...    Full Story »

De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A Worry (2 opinions)

De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A WorryNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is “a wake-up call.” De Blasio said Monday police have increased security on all the city’s bridges. Police believe four or five people climbed the bridge’s two towers on July 22 and replaced the giant American flags with white ones. The operation ...    Full Story »

Cruz Ends Hold On Nominees Over FAA Flight Ban To Israel (2 opinions)

Cruz Ends Hold On Nominees Over FAA Flight Ban To IsraelRepublican Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees over the Federal Aviation Administration’s 36-hour ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. Cruz said in a statement Monday that he received a briefing from FAA officials, who responded to his questions about the prohibition. The FAA banned flights after a rocket ...    Full Story »

State Dept: US Teen Held In Israel After Arrest At Protest (5 opinions)

State Dept: US Teen Held In Israel After Arrest At ProtestThe U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that considering his age, the U.S. is calling for a speedy resolution to the case of Mohamed Abu Nie. Psaki says he’s been held since being arrested on July 3 on ...    Full Story »
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Boehner: US Needs To Show Solidarity With Israeli, Behave As A Trusted Ally (5 opinions)

Boehner: US Needs To Show Solidarity With Israeli, Behave As A Trusted AllyThe leader of the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, says the United States must be a strong partner and trusted ally to Israel, not just a peace broker or observer. In a subtle jab at the Obama administration on Monday, Boehner said that means showing solidarity with Israel. Boehner's comments at the National Press Club came as Secretary of State John Kerry has tried ...    Full Story »

Brazil President Calls Israel Op In Gaza A 'Disproportionate Massacre' (10 opinions)

Brazil President Calls Israel Op In Gaza A 'Disproportionate Massacre'Brazil’s president is calling Israel’s conflict with Hamas “a massacre.” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the comment while speaking with local media outlets Monday from the presidential residence in Brasilia. In an article posted on the website of the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, Rousseff says that “I think what’s happening in the Gaza Strip is dangerous. I ...    Full Story »

BDE: Five IDF Soldiers Confirmed Killed Today, Four in Mortar Attack, IDF Death Toll Hits 48 (4 opinions)

BDE: Five IDF Soldiers Confirmed Killed Today, Four in Mortar Attack, IDF Death Toll Hits 48The IDF confirms that the four killed by mortar fire in the Eshkol Region earlier today are soldiers. Their families have been notified, but the names of the victims have not yet been released. Staff Sergeant Moshe Davino, 20, of Jerusalem, was killed in a shootout in Khan Younis, the IDF says.  17 IDF soldiers were injured in that attack. The IDF death toll has climbed to 48 ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 21: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:15 PM IL] (19 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 21: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:15 PM IL]23:15:Hamas: Infiltration in Sha'ar HaNegev was attempt to kidnap soldier. 22:17: The IDF spokesman confirms that a  soldier was seriously wounded during clashes in Khan Yunis in which a fellow soldier was killed earlier ...    Full Story »

After Gillibrand's Push, VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran's Grave (2 opinions)

After Gillibrand's Push, VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran's GraveAfter a Queens rabbi discovered that the grave of his distant relative, a Jewish World War II soldier, was marked with a Christian cross instead of a Star of David, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand immediately urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the soldier’s resting place is properly honored by replacing the incorrect symbol with the Star of David on his ...    Full Story »

Facebook Says Page Calling for Death to Jews Doesn't Violate 'Community Standards' (4 opinions)

Facebook Says Page Calling for Death to Jews Doesn't Violate 'Community Standards'A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network's "community standards," according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints. The page in question, is named, "Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews." The page, which spells "Zionist" incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin ...    Full Story »

Netanyahu, Ya'alon, Gantz Address The Media - What They Said (7 opinions)

Netanyahu, Ya'alon, Gantz Address The Media - What They Said20:37: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz addressed the nation from the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv a short time ago. Following is excerpts from their statements containing their main points. PM Netanyahu: · Permit me to console the families whose loved ones fell in defense of our nation. · There ...    Full Story »

Two U.S. Marshals & 1 NYPD Officer Shot In Manhattan [UPDATED 2:03PM ET] (2 opinions)

Two U.S. Marshals & 1 NYPD Officer Shot In Manhattan [UPDATED 2:03PM ET]2:03PM ET: Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded. The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest. The mayor and police commissioner say the suspect is dead. The ...    Full Story »

B'chasdei Hashem, Another Massacre of Jews Averted Near Gaza; 5 Terrorists Dead After Exiting Terror Tunnel In Israel (19 opinions)

B'chasdei Hashem, Another Massacre of Jews Averted Near Gaza; 5 Terrorists Dead After Exiting Terror Tunnel In Israel19:42: The IDF a short time ago killed five terrorists that exited a tunnel heading to a community in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council. Once again a massacre of Jews in that area has been averted B”H. There are no causalities among the IDF force according to the preliminary reports. The area residents are instructed to remain locked down in their homes at this time as soldiers ...    Full Story »

DEVELOPING: Fatal Mortar Shell Attack in Eshkol Region R"L - At Least 4 People Killed And 10 Injured [UPDATED] (7 opinions)

DEVELOPING: Fatal Mortar Shell Attack in Eshkol Region RThe wounded have arrived in the trauma center of Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva a short time ago. Some are listed in serious condition. At least four people have been killed in the mortar shell attack in the Eshkol Regional Council shortly after 6 PM on Monday, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av. The information cleared for publication is limited. At least ten people have been injured in the ...    Full Story »

Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir: The IDF Must Continue (2 opinions)

Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir: The IDF Must ContinueAgriculture Minister (Yisrael Beitenu) Yair Shamir feels the IDF has been moving too slowly, citing it should have finished Hamas up by now. Shamir, a son of the late Prime Minister, Yair Shamir, feels that if the government had given the IDF the green light, it would have completed the tunnel mission in 10-14 days and the additional time would have been dedicated to bringing Hamas to ...    Full Story »

US Fuming Over Israeli Criticism Of Kerry (22 opinions)

US Fuming Over Israeli Criticism Of KerryObama administration officials are fuming over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. In unusually harsh language, officials say the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. They also say the personal attacks on Kerry cross a line and are particularly disappointing ...    Full Story »

Rock Attack in Nachal I'ron on Route 65

Rock Attack in Nachal I'ron on Route 65A 30-year-old man reported during the night that rocks were hurled at his vehicle while driving on Route 65 northbound near Kfar Kara in the Nachal I’ron area, referred to in the media more commonly as Wadi Ara. His windshield was blown out as a result. B”H no one was injured. Police are investigating. No arrests are reported at this time. In a related matter, a motorist ...    Full Story »
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PM Netanyahu Speaks with UN Leader Ban Ki-Moon (3 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Speaks with UN Leader Ban Ki-MoonPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday afternoon Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av spoke with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "The Security Council Presidential Statement relates to the needs of a murderous terrorist organization that is attacking Israeli civilians and does not address Israel's security needs, including the demilitarization of the Gaza ...    Full Story »

Orthodox Union Applauds 2014 Security Funding

Orthodox Union Applauds 2014 Security FundingThe Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for this year’s allocation of security funds through its Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This year, $13 million has been awarded, with nearly 90 percent of the 186 grants going to Jewish nonprofits. Jewish ...    Full Story »

Obama Names Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein As Ambassador For International Religious Freedom (3 opinions)

Obama Names Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein As Ambassador For International Religious FreedomToday, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State. President Obama said, “I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with him in the ...    Full Story »

France: Man Arrested After Failed Firebomb Attack On Toulouse Synagogue

France: Man Arrested After Failed Firebomb Attack On Toulouse SynagogueA man has been arrested after an unsuccessful Molotov cocktail attack on a Jewish centre in the southern French city of Toulouse on Saturday. The man threw two firebombs at the Toulouse Espace de Judaïsme, which contains a synagogue, a radio station and a library, but they failed to ignite, according to local Jewish groups’ representative Nicole Yardeni. He then threw stones at ...    Full Story »


Video Of Interest: Hamas, Bringing Families Together Since 1987 (4 opinions)

The creators of this video made it to show and promote the strength that Israel has while under fire from rockets coming from Hamas. They figured a little cynical humor could do everyone some good.

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VIDEO: Abu Mazen's Son: I will Return to Tzfas, Palestine (1 opinions)

Speaking to the media, a son of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) explains that he is aware Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wishes to continue negotiations with the PA (Palestinian Authority), to stall until 2020 or 2030 until “the first generation of the Nakba” is no longer alive so the Arabs will forget the matter of refugees. He explains “I will respond one way” turning to family members and asking “Where are we from”, to which they respond “Tzfas, Palestine” and he concludes “I will return to Tzfas Palestine, the third generation of the Nakba”. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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WATCH: PM Netanyahu On Fox News Sunday (2 opinions)

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu joins Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday for his take on the recent Israel-Hamas conflict and false narrative being promoted by the Palestinians over the valiant efforts of the IDF to keep civilian casualties to a minimum.

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VIDEO: Kever Yonah Destroyed By ISIS Terrorists in Iraq (8 opinions)

Two weeks ago, YWN reported about ISIS terrorists in Iraq, took sledgehammers to Iraqi tombstones – smashing them to pieces. One of the devastated tombstones belonged to the Prophet Jonah (Younis in Arabic) and was revered by Muslims and Christians alike, according to Iraqi authorities. The prophet, who is the central figure in the s Book of Yonah, is best known for being swallowed by a fish or a whale, depending on translation. This new video shows the entire Kever being blown up. (Chaim Shapiro - YWN)

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