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00:20: Late Wednesday evening, Finance Minister Yair Lapid told the media that the cabinet may decide to retake Gaza in order to completely root out the terrorist threat and destroy their infrastructure. 00:08: Turkey’s national carrier has extended its suspension of direct flights to Tel Aviv for another day for security reasons due to the ongoing co...

Schumer, Graham, Cardin: Any Ceasefire In Gaza Must Remove Threat To Israel Posed By Hamas Rockets & Tunnels

Schumer, Graham, Cardin: Any Ceasefire In Gaza Must Remove Threat To Israel Posed By Hamas Rockets & Tunnels
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 ...

Video: Antisemitic & Anti-Israel Pro Palestinians Attack Maccabi Haifa Players in Austria

Video: Antisemitic & Anti-Israel Pro Palestinians Attack Maccabi Haifa Players in AustriaSad scenes were witnessed during Lille's pre-season friendly with Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday. The match was interrupted in the 84th minute when a group of male fans stormed the pitch holding Palestinian flags waving in the air. The footage showed a coming together between one Haifa player and one of the pitch invaders, and within seconds the trespassers were involved in a ruckus ...    Full Story »

Republican Asks If Flight Ban Is Boycott Of Israel (1 opinions)

Republican Asks If Flight Ban Is Boycott Of IsraelA potential Republican presidential contender in 2016 is questioning whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned US airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sen. Ted Cruz, a favorite of tea party conservatives, raised a series of ...    Full Story »

Hamas Targets IDF Erez Field Hospital (3 opinions)

Hamas Targets IDF Erez Field HospitalHamas late Wednesday afternoon and early evening fired mortar rockets at the IDF field hospital located on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. The hospital was established to treat Gazan wounded. Walla News quotes a senior IDF source anonymously adding that Hamas terrorists in Gaza are preventing wounded Gazans from making their way to the IDF run hospital for care. (YWN – ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 12:20 AM IL]

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 12:20 AM IL]00:20: Late Wednesday evening, Finance Minister Yair Lapid told the media that the cabinet may decide to retake Gaza in order to completely root out the terrorist threat and destroy their infrastructure. 00:08: Turkey’s national carrier has extended its suspension of direct flights to Tel Aviv for another day for security reasons due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: A Mother's Response to her Pro Palestinian Daughter (1 opinions)

Mailbag: A Mother's Response to her Pro Palestinian Daughter [Below is an email from a mother  to her daughter  after an email where her daughter  described why she is not completely pro-Israel] My Dear Daughter, I am glad that you have taken some real interests in the situation at Gaza. Your father and I are proud of the fact that you are a true humanitarian, showing a genuine care for the lives of those in need. I ask myself as a ...    Full Story »

Nachal Chareidi Rabbonim Call on Avreichim to Learn & Daven for Soldiers

Nachal Chareidi Rabbonim Call on Avreichim to Learn & Daven for SoldiersTens of chareidi soldiers from the Netzach Yehuda Battalion (Nachal Chareidi) are among the soldiers and officers battling Hamas in Gaza. This includes a number of cadets in Officers Training School as well as Makim (NCO training), and Nachal Chareidi reservists. Other Nachal Chareidi soldiers are stationed in the Menashe district, responsible for Tulkarem and Jenin, where the ...    Full Story »

Framing Israel for the War

Framing Israel for the WarThe Following Article is VIA HonestReporting.com It was only a matter of time before the “blame Israel” brigades began to find their way to the mainstream press to assert that, all evidence to the contrary, it was Israel that started the current war in Gaza. The first shot at framing Israel ...    Full Story »

Video: Misameach - Nothing Feels Better than a Smile

Video: Misameach - Nothing Feels Better than a Smile[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Misameach is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Arrives In Israel To Demonstrate That Airport Is Safe (1 opinions)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday 25 Tammuz met with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The prime minister met with Bloomberg on his way to Tel Aviv, where he was to meet with US Secretary of State ...    Full Story »
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PM Netanyahu Slams UN Rights Council (2 opinions)

PM Netanyahu Slams UN Rights CouncilThe UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, 25 Tammuz announced it was establishing a commission to probe alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Following is the response released by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere. Rather than investigate Hamas, which is committing a double ...    Full Story »

Three IDF Soldiers from the Paratroop Brigade Killed in Action HY"D

Three IDF Soldiers from the Paratroop Brigade Killed in Action HYThree IDF soldiers from the Paratroop Brigade fell in Gaza fighting on Wednesday 25 Tammuz, the 16th day of Operation Protective Edge. The soldiers are identified as Lieutenant Paz Eliyahu HY”D, 22, from Kibbutz Evron, Sgt. First Class Li Mat HY”D, 19, from Eilat, and Sgt. First Class Shachar Dauber HY"D, 19, from Kibbutz Ginegar. Their deaths bring the death toll among IDF ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: A Letter from a Soldier In Gaza (4 opinions)

Mailbag: A Letter from a Soldier In GazaToday our hearts are pounding in fear. Who of us will die? And who will return safely? We are your messengers in fighting . We are fighting so you can live peacefully with your children. So you can stay alive. We are your protection. Will you be ours? We are going to this dangerous mission knowing some of us will not come back, but will rise to their next position in a storm to ...    Full Story »

FAA Extends Israel Flight Ban For 24 Hours (1 opinions)

FAA Extends Israel Flight Ban For 24 HoursUS flights to Israel will continue to be banned for another 24 hours amid security concerns, the FAA announced Wednesday. The move extends the flight suspension set Tuesday after a rocket fell near the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The NOTAM, or notice to airmen, prompted several international carriers to follow suit yesterday, sending thousands of fliers scrambling to ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 16: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:36 PM IL] (19 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 16: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:36 PM IL]23:26: Hamas denies top commander killed 22:42: Pro-Palestinians storm Maccabi Haifa training match in Austria, attack players 21:44: Hamas rejects Gaza truce before blockade lifted. 21:26: Gaza reports the death toll at a minimum of 660 dead and thousands wounded. 21:16: Hamas leader Khalid Meshal in Qatar announces “We are the victims. We are responding to attacks ...    Full Story »

Flight Bans Show Skittishness Over Trouble Spots

Flight Bans Show Skittishness Over Trouble SpotsWhen U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine. Delta Air Lines turned around one of its jets midflight and indefinitely canceled all future flights between the U.S. and Israel after a rocket ...    Full Story »

MAILBAG: I Found a Job Through The YWN Free Classifieds

MAILBAG: I Found a Job Through The YWN Free ClassifiedsDear YWN Editor, I would just like to thank you for helping me find a job. I have been looking for awhile to find the right company that fits into my life as a Frum yid. I tried many different forums but I never found a company that  felt comfortable with my religious obligations ie. Minyamim, Chagim, ...    Full Story »

Criminal Probe Of Cuomo Administration Urged (1 opinions)

Criminal Probe Of Cuomo Administration UrgedPolitical foes of Gov. Andrew Cuomo are calling for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a press report Wednesday that his office thwarted attempts by the special corruption commission he appointed to investigate groups with ties to him. The New York Times reports that Secretary Larry Schwartz pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to Buying Time, a ...    Full Story »

We are Not Immune! Everyone Needs to Be in the LionCage (1 opinions)

We are Not Immune! Everyone Needs to Be in the LionCage[COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  By now, just about everyone has heard the terms “identity theft” and “data security”.  Unfortunately, many people still think that these are issues that are only of concern to big corporations, law firms, banks, hospitals and other medical facilities, and the like. While large businesses certainly must be (and are) very concerned about this issue, ...    Full Story »

Kerry Expresses Profound Gratitude For 30,000 People Attending Funeral Of IDF 'Lone' Soldier Max Steinberg HY"D (3 opinions)

Kerry Expresses Profound Gratitude For 30,000 People Attending Funeral Of IDF 'Lone' Soldier Max Steinberg HYU.S. Secretary Of State Kerry's Remarks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon before their meeting: SECRETARY KERRY: Secretary-General, do you want to – we’re working hard, and I’m not going to get into the characterizing, but we have certainly made some steps forward and there’s still work to be done. But I’m very appreciative that the secretary-general is making great ...    Full Story »

Lufthansa Cancels Another Day Of Tel Aviv Flights (2 opinions)

Lufthansa Cancels Another Day Of Tel Aviv FlightsGermany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns. Lufthansa said Wednesday that the decision applies also to its subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Brussels Airlines. In all, 20 flights from Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels are being ...    Full Story »

NYS Gov. Cuomo Adding Cameras For Drivers Running Red Lights

NYS Gov. Cuomo Adding Cameras For Drivers Running Red LightsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights. Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019. Sponsors say New York City’s cameras, first authorized in 1994, have reduced crash injuries and ...    Full Story »

More on the Ill Fated Golani Armored Personnel Carrier & Missing IDF Soldier Oron Shaul

More on the Ill Fated Golani Armored Personnel Carrier & Missing IDF Soldier Oron ShaulSeven IDF soldiers were killed in the Golani Brigade armored personnel carrier (APC) in Gaza earlier in the week. Using all scientific and medical technology available, experts have identified the remains of six of the seven soldiers. There has not been a trace of Sgt. Oron Shaul, the soldier which Hamas claims to have abducted. It is now permitted to report that the APC was working ...    Full Story »
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Rav Kanievsky Shlita: Daven for the Soldiers! (6 opinions)

Rav Kanievsky Shlita: Daven for the Soldiers!HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita calls on the tzibur to be mispallel for IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge as well as increasing limud Torah as the IDF counter-terrorism operation in Gaza continues. Rav Kanievsky quotes Rav Wasserman HY"D in the name of the Gra ZT”L, that a Heavenly decree (kitrug) is extinguished with Torah. In addition, when seeing so many miracles ...    Full Story »

Senior Level Assessment of Gaza Warfare (1 opinions)

Senior Level Assessment of Gaza WarfareA situation assessment took place on Tuesday 22 Tammuz, as part of Operation Protective Edge with President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and the members of General Staff. As part of the assessment President Peres was briefed by Chief of Intelligence Major-General Aviv Kochavi, Southern District Commander Major-General Sammy ...    Full Story »

Trouble For New Satmar Development: Vote Set To Place Village Of Bloomingburg Under Jurisdiction Of Town Of Mamakating

Trouble For New Satmar Development: Vote Set To Place Village Of Bloomingburg Under Jurisdiction Of Town Of MamakatingThe town of Bloomingburg in Sullivan County village may soon dissolve itself. Spurred by opponents of Shalom Lamm's 396-home Hasidic development, the Bloomingburg Village Board on Thursday will set a date for a referendum that would ultimately place this village of 400 under the jurisdiction of the Town of Mamakating, whose leaders also oppose the Hasidic development. The vote is ...    Full Story »

2 Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot Down

2 Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot DownTwo Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each. (AP)

Oil Stays Above $102 Amid Gaza Peace Efforts

Oil Stays Above $102 Amid Gaza Peace EffortsThe price of oil inched further above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit. By early afternoon in Europe, the benchmark U.S. oil contract for September delivery was up 20 cents to $102.59 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Arrives In Israel To Demonstrate That Airport Is Safe (1 opinions)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday 25 Tammuz met with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The prime minister met with Bloomberg on his way to Tel Aviv, where he was to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Prime Minister Netanyahu: "Michael, you are a welcomed guest on any day, but especially on this day, to come here as a true leader, a true friend and as a man of standing and truth. And the truth is, that you wanted to demonstrate by coming here, is that this airport is open. You can fly in and out of Israel. We protect this airport. There's no reason whatsoever for the mistaken FAA decision to instruct American planes not to come here. I think you're proving it by coming here. Where I stand, the Prime Minister of Israel, where you stand, anybody can stand. I think this decision only rewards the Hamas terrorists for nothing. You can fly in and out of Israel and I hope that the FAA rescinds this decision as soon as possible." Michael Bloomberg: "Thank you. Let me just say that every time I come here, I'm reminded of history, of where my family comes from, of freedom and democracy. This is the only democratic country in this part of the world, a true democracy where everybody has a chance to express themselves and practice the religions that they want to practice in the ways they want to. In terms of coming here, if – I would argue that Ben-Gurion Airport is probably the safest airport in the whole world to fly in and out of. This is a country that's been threatened since its existence back in 1948, when the United Nations created this country as a homeland for the Jews. And Israelis know what it is to keep people safe and in terms of that also." (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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