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19:55: The Iron Dome has just intercepted a rocket in the Chof Ashkelon region. 19:48: According to multiple reports, there have been more than 80 Gazans killed in IDF strikes on terror targets so far today. 19:43: A barrage of rockets were just fired at Beersheva and surrounding areas. There are no injuries reported. 19:35: Four rockets have just...

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 7:55 PM IL] (13 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 7:55 PM IL]
19:55: The Iron Dome has just intercepted a rocket in the Chof Ashkelon region. 19:48: According to multiple reports, there have been more than 80 Gazans killed in IDF strikes on terror targets so far today. 19:43: A barrage of rockets were just fired at Beersheva and surrounding areas. There are no injuries reported. 19:35: Four rockets have just landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area. There is damage to a local shul. 18:46: Arab MKs are not attending the presidential swearing-in ceremony of Reuven Rivlin. 18:37: A rocket ...

President Shimon Peres Says Farewell (5 opinions)

President Shimon Peres Says FarewellFollowing 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 ...    Full Story »

VIDEO & PHOTOS: New Mincha-Maariv/Rest Area to Serve JFK’s Jewish Travelers

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 ...    Full Story »

Jewish Group Wants Turkish PM to Return Award (2 opinions)

Jewish Group Wants Turkish PM to Return AwardIn an open letter to Erdogan Thursday, Mark Rosen, the chairman of the Jewish American Congress, said Erdogan had become "arguably the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world." Erdogan, who is campaigning to be elected president next month, has spoken out strongly against Israel's operations in Gaza, accusing it of committing genocide and "barbarism surpassing Hitler." Rosen ...    Full Story »

WJC Urges Italy To Refuse Accreditation Of 'Anti-Semitic' Hungarian Envoy

WJC Urges Italy To Refuse Accreditation Of 'Anti-Semitic' Hungarian EnvoyThe head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Thursday said that appointment of Hungarian far-right publicist Péter Szentmihályi Szabó as Hungary’s ambassador to Italy was “clearly an affront to Jews”. WJC President Ronald Lauder urged Italy to refuse the accreditation of Szentmihályi Szabó, who has penned anti-Semitic texts in the past. “A man who suggests that ...    Full Story »

German Prosecutors Criticized In Nazi Probe

German Prosecutors Criticized In Nazi ProbeA lawyer for families of alleged victims of a suspected Nazi death camp guard who died this week before he could be extradited for trial says German investigators should have acted more quickly to bring charges. Thomas Walther, who represents seven members of victims’ families, said Thursday that Johann Breyer’s death in Philadelphia “clearly demonstrates the devastating ...    Full Story »

150 Gazans Surrender to IDF Soldiers (3 opinions)

150 Gazans Surrender to IDF SoldiersDressed only in undergarments, 150 Gazans surrendered to IDF soldiers in the Rafiach area on Wednesday. They were taken for interrogation. It is unclear how many of them are affiliated with Hamas and if any are simple Gaza civilians. Many have been released during the night but tens remain in custody. It is reported that the 150 furnished intelligence officials with valuable ...    Full Story »

Ukrainian Prime Minister Announces Resignation (1 opinions)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Announces ResignationUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," Yatsenyuk said. He said the parliament could no longer do its ...    Full Story »

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.13 Percent

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.13 PercentAverage U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan was 4.13 percent, unchanged from last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, edged up to 3.26 percent from 3.23 percent last ...    Full Story »
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Hamas Working to Import Rockets that Can Bypass the Iron Dome (4 opinions)

Hamas Working to Import Rockets that Can Bypass the Iron DomeSpeaking on Channel 1 TV on Thursday 26 Tammuz, Dr. Mordechai Kedar explains that there are too many “experts” who are not embarrassed to speak, lecture and write about Hamas and the ongoing warfare without understanding Hamas on the most elementary level. “If one wishes to understand the British or the American one must know English and one cannot be an expert on Hamas without ...    Full Story »

Photo Essay: 1000s Attended the Atzeres Tefilla at the Kosel (Photos By JDN) (2 opinions)

Photo Essay: 1000s Attended the Atzeres Tefilla at the Kosel (Photos By JDN)[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Thousands of mispallel came to the Kosel for a later night atzeres tefilla on Wednesday, the eve of 26 Tammuz. Among the rabbonim participating were Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita, Beersheva Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri Shlita, Migdal HaEmek Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman, Rabbi Shalom Cohen Shlita, Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Fights for More Parking at Avenue L Mega Development (2 opinions)

Greenfield Fights for More Parking at Avenue L Mega DevelopmentCouncilman David G. Greenfield spoke out against a request for a reduction in required parking spaces at a new office and retail building soon coming to Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L. The proposed mega development at 1504 Coney Island Avenue will bring over 160,000 square feet of new development to the intersection. The plans include a 49,332 square foot department store, 23,737 ...    Full Story »

Drone Surveillance for Jerusalem Light Rail

Drone Surveillance for Jerusalem Light RailA drone pilotless aircraft is being used to monitor the security situation on the Jerusalem light rail. The small craft will hover over the train, providing real-time footage to a police commander center of possible security threat or terrorist incident. All of the trains will be escorted by the aircraft while driving through the Arab areas of the capital. This is the response to ...    Full Story »

"Thoughts" by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer: – WAR (2 opinions)

When I first began writing this column for YWN, I never dreamed that it would turn out to be a column about war – but our three boys were kidnapped and brutally murdered shortly after my first column appeared and events snowballed as they tend to do in the Middle East. These days my thoughts run in so many directions that I can barely keep up with them ...    Full Story »

Israel's Protection & Hamas' Exploitation of Civilians in Operation Protective Edge (1 opinions)

Israel's Protection & Hamas' Exploitation of Civilians in Operation Protective EdgeFollowing the United Nations' Human Rights Council decision to establish an inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Gaza the following information was released which clarifies Israel's position. Background On 12 June 2014, the day Hamas terrorists abducted and murdered three Israeli teens in the Gush Etzion; Hamas resumed launching rockets from Gaza on Israeli cities. For ...    Full Story »

NYPD Investigate Another Apparent Chokehold

NYPD Investigate Another Apparent ChokeholdThe New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a video surfaced of another officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest. Police say the July 14 incident happened at a subway station in East Harlem. They say 22-year-old Ronald Johns was arrested on a fare-evading charge after walking through an emergency gate without paying. It ...    Full Story »

Rivlin Opts for a Modest Ceremony

Rivlin Opts for a Modest CeremonyPresident-elect Reuven Rivlin has decided to do away with much of the pomp and ceremony that is usually associated with the swearing in of a new president. There will be no horses heading to Knesset and much of the majestic display that accompanies the event will not take place. Mr. Rivlin feels that while warfare is taking place in Gaza one should not have such a lavish ...    Full Story »

France: Air Algerie Flight Vanishes Over N Mali (2 opinions)

France: Air Algerie Flight Vanishes Over N MaliAn Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Nearly half of the passengers were French. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from ...    Full Story »

United 1st US Airline To Resume Flights To Israel

United 1st US Airline To Resume Flights To IsraelUnited Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat in Gaza . The Chicago-based airline says it will resume service to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv with a 4:45 p.m. eastern flight from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. A second United flight will leave Newark at 10:50 p.m. eastern. The decision ...    Full Story »

Europe Lifts Recommendation Not To Fly To Tel Aviv

Europe Lifts Recommendation Not To Fly To Tel AvivThe European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport. The agency said Thursday it is now recommending that national authorities base decisions on flying to Israel’s main airport “on thorough risk assessments, in particular using risk analysis made by operators.” EASA had said late Tuesday that it “strongly ...    Full Story »

Golden Boy of Jewish Marketing

Golden Boy of Jewish Marketing [COMMUNICATED CONTENT]  Meet the Golden Boy of Jewish Marketing What does it take to create a successful marketing campaign to attract Young Jewish students and Professionals in today’s multichannel, mobile, social-media-driven world? A question without a doubt, Jewish organizational directors across the country are asking themselves every day. Perhaps we found have the answer. ...    Full Story »

Some European Carriers Resuming Flights to/ From Israel (4 opinions)

Some European Carriers Resuming Flights to/ From Israel Speaking from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz welcomed the FAA decision to permit a resumption of flights to and from Israel. Katz held a situation assessment with airport officials, adding that a number of European carriers have already agreed to lift the ban and resume flights. He did not specify airlines. Katz is hopeful the European Union ...    Full Story »

10,000 Israelis Stuck in Turkey (3 opinions)

10,000 Israelis Stuck in TurkeyAs a result of the cessation of flights to and from Tel Aviv, some 10,000 Israelis are stuck in Turkey, Maariv reports. Most used Turkey as a stopover to save considerable sums on their tickets but they now find themselves stranded. While some succeeded in getting a hotel room, many were stranded in the airport, reporting there is no security and they fear for their safety. (YWN ...    Full Story »

FAA Says It Is Lifting Ban On Flights To Israel (2 opinions)

FAA Says It Is Lifting Ban On Flights To IsraelThe Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday lifted a ban on U.S. airlines flying to Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. The cancellation went into effect at 11:45 p.m. ET. Wednesday night. The decision to lift the ban came after a security assessment, the FAA said in a statement. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to ...    Full Story »

Tourism Ministry Assisting Tourists in Israel

Tourism Ministry Assisting Tourists in IsraelUnder the instructions of the Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, the Tourism Ministry is operating a situation room headed by Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. The minister holds consultations with the Foreign Minister and the Transport Minister, in order to offer solutions to the hundreds of tourists whose flights have been canceled, in order to ensure that no tourist will ...    Full Story »

Hamas Says Ben Gurion Airport Closure Is 'Great Victory' (10 opinions)

Hamas Says Ben Gurion Airport Closure Is 'Great Victory'Hamas hails the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by many world airlines as a “great victory.” “The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says as traffic to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport slows to a trickle after a rocket hit close to the airport on Tuesday. (AP)
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Photo Essay: Levayos Of Fallen IDF Soldiers Killed By Hamas Terrorists (Leonid Dolgopyat - Kuvien Images - www.kuvienimages.com) (2 opinions)

Photo Essay: Levayos Of Fallen IDF Soldiers Killed By Hamas Terrorists (Leonid Dolgopyat - Kuvien Images - www.kuvienimages.com)[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Mourners visit the fresh graves of Sergeant Max Steinberg, 24, from the Golani Brigade, and Captain Dmitri Levitas, 26, of Jerusalem, a company commander in the Armored Corps of the IDF, following their funerals at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel. Both were killed in the line of duty by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. ...    Full Story »

OU Leaders Urge U.S. Policymakers to Support Israel; Raise Concern About European Anti-Semitism (2 opinions)

OU Leaders Urge U.S. Policymakers to Support Israel; Raise Concern About European Anti-SemitismToday, top leaders of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America—the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization—met in Washington, DC with leading U.S. Senators and White House officials to urge their ongoing support for Israel and discuss the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe. The delegation consisted of Orthodox Union President Martin ...    Full Story »

President Peres Met with US Secretary of State John Kerry

President Peres Met with US Secretary of State John KerryPresident Shimon Peres on Wednesday afternoon 25 Tammuz met with US Secretary of State John Kerry for a private meeting during which they discussed the current security situation and ways to lower the flames. At the start of the meeting President Peres thanked Secretary Kerry for his visit to Israel and said, "I am glad that you've come back. In spite of all the difficulties we ...    Full Story »

Ban Says He Is 'Alarmed' That Rockets Are Missing (13 opinions)

Ban Says He Is 'Alarmed' That Rockets Are MissingThe UN secretary-general on Wednesday said he is “alarmed” to hear that rockets found placed in a UN-run school in Gaza “have gone missing,” and he demanded a full review of such incidents. A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the UN chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons at a site run by the global organization. “Those ...    Full Story »

Study: 10M Have Gained Coverage Through Health Law (2 opinions)

Study: 10M Have Gained Coverage Through Health LawA new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country. The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the share of Americans ages 18 to 64 without insurance dropped by a little more than 5 percentage points. States that ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Arrives In Israel To Demonstrate That Airport Is Safe (8 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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