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Do People Approve of Bennett's Soccer Player Appointment

Do People Approve of Bennett's Soccer Player Appointment
YWN-ISRAEL reported that Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett announced his decision regarding the party’s 11th slot, the slot given to the party leader to decide unilaterally. He tapped retired soccer star Eli Ochana. The dati leumi Kippa website questioned readers if they approve of the surprising appointment. Do you approve of Bennett’s decision to appoint Eli Ochana? 82%: No, with all due respect, the Bayit Yehudi party is ideological and does not function by a man whose entire being is soccer. 17%: Yes, he is a suitable ...

California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health ThreatCalifornia health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on ...    Full Story »

HaRav Boaron Warns Those Who Speak Against HaRav Mazuz

HaRav Boaron Warns Those Who Speak Against HaRav MazuzHaRav Tzion Boaron Shlita, a dayan serving on the Chief Rabbinate Supreme Court, warns those who dare to speak out against HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita. “I warn those who speak against Rabbi Mazuz” stating they will not achieve anything good personally by acting in this fashion. Rav Mazuz is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Kisei Rachamim and the spiritual advisor of Eli Yishai’s ...    Full Story »

22 Israeli Venture Capital & Private Equity Funds Arrive in China to Raise Capital for Hi-Tech

22 Israeli Venture Capital & Private Equity Funds Arrive in China to Raise Capital for Hi-TechA delegation of representatives from 22 Israeli capital funds (venture, private and equity) embarked on a tour to China this week dedicated to raising capital and foreign investments. The delegation aims at raising funds from Chinese businesses for their funds and portfolio companies as well as to scout for strategic partners in China for joint investments in Israel. The delegation aims ...    Full Story »

Recount Did Not Help Dichter

Recount Did Not Help DichterUnwilling to throw in the towel, Avi Dichter took his case to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 7 Shevat, demanding a recount of the votes in the Likud primaries. The court complied, ordering an immediately recount ahead of the deadline for submitting party lists, midnight Thursday. The recount began immediately, on Tuesday, and the results are in Hotevely’s favor, as she now has the ...    Full Story »

Tape: Scientist Offers To Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New York

Tape: Scientist Offers To Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New YorkA former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist told an undercover FBI agent he could build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City. In audio recordings played Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni tells an agent posing as a Venezuelan official that the bombs would prevent the United States from ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Ichud Hatzalah Simulated Missile Attack Training Event

PHOTOS: Ichud Hatzalah Simulated Missile Attack Training Event[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Ichud (United) Hatzalah held a missile attack simulation drill in the Shlomo HaMelech Senior Citizens home in Bnei Brak. The training exercise permitted rescuers to practice a number of possible scenarios including responding to an earthquake, a missile attack and the emergency evacuation of a medical facility. A number of agencies took part in the ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Pinto to Undergo 'Dangerous' Surgery - His Followers Will Observe a Fast Day

Rabbi Pinto to Undergo 'Dangerous' Surgery - His Followers Will Observe a Fast DayThe Shuva Yisrael Beis Din on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, released a psak calling on followers to observe a fast day and a taanis dibur on Thursday for the success of a “dangerous surgery” that Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto will undergo on erev Shabbos. The rabbonim of the beis din call on followers of the rav to take part in the fasting and taanis dibur on behalf of Rabbi Pinto. They add the ...    Full Story »

Latest Poll Shows Labor/The Movement Remain in the Lead (1 opinions)

Latest Poll Shows Labor/The Movement Remain in the LeadThe latest Magar Mochot election poll commissioned by Kol Berama Radio was released on Tuesday evening 7 Shevat. The poll shows that the Labor/The Movement list continues to lead. The poll was taken before the announcement that retired soccer star Eli Ochana joined Bayit Yehudi. Labor/The Movement: 24 Likud: 22 Bayit Yehudi: 16 Arab bloc: 12 Yesh Atid: 11 Kulanu: ...    Full Story »

Sheriffs Expand Concerns About Waze Mobile Traffic App (1 opinions)

Sheriffs Expand Concerns About Waze Mobile Traffic AppA law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday when a sheriffs' organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers' lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets. The National Sheriffs' Association, which ...    Full Story »

Christie's Meeting With Israeli President Canceled

Christie's Meeting With Israeli President CanceledA planned meeting between Gov. Chris Christie and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has been canceled. The pair had been scheduled to meet behind closed doors Thursday afternoon at the Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan. Christie's office announced Wednesday that the plans have been scrapped due to a change in the Israeli president's schedule. Missiles fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah ...    Full Story »

NY Assembly Considers Rewriting Rules After Speaker's Arrest

NY Assembly Considers Rewriting Rules After Speaker's ArrestSheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending - a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity to rewrite Albany's political playbook. Greater transparency. Less centralized power. Technological innovations to help lawmakers share information with constituents. More input by rank-and-file ...    Full Story »

Kol Berama Radio Host Joins Yishai's List (1 opinions)

Kol Berama Radio Host Joins Yishai's ListWith the Thursday night midnight deadline to announce party lists closing in, Yachad leader Eli Yishai announced yet another member of his team, Kol Berama Radio host Dudi Shwamenfeld. When asked why he would leave his job to join a party that might not pass the minimum threshold in the elections, Dudi said “voters are wise and they know which party to vote for”. He added “for me, ...    Full Story »

NY Picks Kiryas Joel To Lead Review Of Annexation Request (1 opinions)

NY Picks Kiryas Joel To Lead Review Of Annexation RequestNew York’s environmental commissioner has chosen Kiryas Joel to lead the review of its request to annex 500 acres in an adjacent Commissioner Joe Martens’ decision dated Wednesday means Kiryas Joel will oversee the state-mandated environmental impact review on its politically controversial request to annex land from Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City. Leaders of the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND TEXT: PM Netanyahu's International Holocaust Remembrance Day Address at Yad Vashem

VIDEO AND TEXT: PM Netanyahu's International Holocaust Remembrance Day Address at Yad Vashem[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Following is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s address on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Tuesday, 7 Shevat, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem: “My responsibility as Prime Minister of Israel is to ensure that the State of Israel will never again be threatened with destruction. My responsibility is to see to it that there will not ...    Full Story »

A Look at Bennett's Private Appointment - Number 11 on Bayit Yehudi List

A Look at Bennett's Private Appointment - Number 11 on Bayit Yehudi ListThe 11th slot on the Bayit Yehudi list remained vacant, the slot that party leader Naftali Bennett selects personally. He announced his selection on Monday 6 Shevat, naming former national soccer star Eli Ochana. The name is a popular one perhaps among young voters in the dati leumi community, but many political analysts are left scratching their heads. In 2006 Ochana voted for the ...    Full Story »

Wednesday Afternoon News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael

Wednesday Afternoon News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael· Two Arabs, a brother and sister, apprehended with a knife near an IDF post at Gush Etzion Junction. · IDF Chief of Staff Gantz is returning from northern Israel to the Defense Ministry where he will make his recommendations to the prime minister and defense minister. · MDA announced a critical shortage of type O blood, calling on anyone who can to donate blood immediately. ...    Full Story »

How Much Snow Fell Vs. How Much Was Forecast (3 opinions)

How Much Snow Fell Vs. How Much Was ForecastA look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast by late Tuesday afternoon after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service's forecast snow totals as Monday night: ___ CONNECTICUT Thompson — Actual: 33.5 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Putnam — Actual: 30 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Lisbon — Actual: 26 inches; Forecast: 18-24 ...    Full Story »

Knesset Channel Election Poll (5 opinions)

Knesset Channel Election PollThe latest Knesset Channel election poll conducted by Panels Politics was released on Tuesday, 7 Shevat. The poll shows the so-called “Zionist camp” composed of the Labor/The Movement parties maintain its lead. Labor/The Movement: 25 Likud: 23 Bayit Yehudi: 15 Arab bloc: 12 Yesh Atid: 11 Kulanu: 8 Shas: 7 Yahadut Hatorah: 7 Yisrael Beitenu: 6 Meretz: ...    Full Story »

OU Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Make His Signature Universal Pre-K Program 'Universal'

OU Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Make His Signature Universal Pre-K Program 'Universal'After nearly a year of advocacy, working to ensure that New York City Jewish day schools would be included in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has launched a campaign in New York City calling on the mayor to “Make Universal Pre-K Universal.” The campaign is targeted to raise awareness among New York City’s Jewish ...    Full Story »

Bennett Under Fire by Religious & Non-Religious Alike (4 opinions)

Bennett Under Fire by Religious & Non-Religious AlikeBayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett used his authority to appoint retired soccer star Eli Ochana to the 11th slot on the party lineup. The selection has backfired as there is a growingly audible sentiment among religious and non-religious party supporters opposed to the party leader’s selection. As the criticism mounts, Bennett on Tuesday evening 7 Shevat called a faction ...    Full Story »

Cuomo, de Blasio, Defend Strict NYC Storm Regulations (1 opinions)

Cuomo, de Blasio, Defend Strict NYC Storm RegulationsThey appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. Streets across the nation's largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren't there. The subway system was shuttered, the city's pulse rendered still. Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or arrest. And it could be the new normal. Though the snowstorm ...    Full Story »

PHOTO: Names Of Killed IDF Soldiers Released; Dor Chaim Nini and Yochai Kalangel HY"D (3 opinions)

PHOTO: Names Of Killed IDF Soldiers Released; Dor Chaim Nini and Yochai Kalangel HYThe names of the two IDF soldiers killed in the Hezbollah strike this morning have been released: Staff-Sergeant Dor Chaim Nini, 20, from Shtulim, and Major Yochai Kalangel, 25, from Har Gilo. Kalangel was a company commander in the Tzabar Battalion of the Givati Brigade. Dor Nini, 20, will be laid to rest tomorrow in Moshav Shtulim, where he grew up. Today, January 28, 2015, ...    Full Story »

Working Chareidim Continue Efforts to Organize (6 opinions)

Working Chareidim Continue Efforts to OrganizeSeveral dozen person participated in a Tuesday evening 7 Shevat event in the Jerusalem Crown Plaza Hotel for the so-called ‘working chareidim’. The meeting is viewed as the founding function of the working chareidim group and forms were given out to 60 people to complete as the new movement begins building its database of members. It was stressed numerous ties that the event was ...    Full Story »

Jordan Ready to Swap Inmate for Pilot Held by ISIS (2 opinions)

Jordan Ready to Swap Inmate for Pilot Held by ISISJordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Such a swap would run counter to Jordan's hardline approach toward Islamic militants and to the position of its main ally, the United States, of not negotiating with ...    Full Story »

Possible a Last Effort to Combine Yachad with Otzma Yehudit (4 opinions)

Possible a Last Effort to Combine Yachad with Otzma YehuditHaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita is scheduled on Wednesday 8 Shevat to meet with HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Tau Shlita in an effort to prevent a total disconnect between Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and the Yachad party. The meeting follows a declaration by Ben-Ari that he will be running alone, not with Yishai. It appears the talks collapsed over two main issues; visiting Har Habayis and Ben-Ari’s ...    Full Story »
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New York AG Warns Of Scammer Claiming To Be From His Office

New York AG Warns Of Scammer Claiming To Be From His OfficeNew York's attorney general says a scammer has been calling people claiming to be from his office. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the phone scammer threatens people with a lawsuit and possible arrest and tells them to call 347-779-0198 - a number associated with other phone scams. A voicemail claims the number is associated with attorney Sam Wilson from the attorney ...    Full Story »

Perry to Respond to Ruling to Continue His Criminal Case (2 opinions)

Perry to Respond to Ruling to Continue His Criminal CaseFormer Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally respond to a judge's ruling allowing a felony abuse-of-power case against him to proceed. On Wednesday, Perry will read a statement surrounded by his defense attorneys at an Austin hotel. That comes a day after state District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected the former governor's arguments that the ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Says He Got 'Late Notice' Of Subway Shutdown (5 opinions)

NYC Mayor Says He Got 'Late Notice' Of Subway ShutdownNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he got "very late notice" that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shutting the subways down ahead of a feared blizzard. But he says it was "a run-and-gun situation." De Blasio appeared on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday. He defended his administration's decision to prepare for the storm Monday by closing roads. He said meteorologists were forecasting ...    Full Story »

Supreme Court Orders an Immediate Recount in Likud Primaries (1 opinions)

Supreme Court Orders an Immediate Recount in Likud PrimariesThe Supreme Court on Tuesday evening 7 Shevat heard a petition from Avi Dichter, who is demanding a recount of the Likud party primaries. Dichter and Tzipi Hotevely are battling for the 20th seat in the lineup, possibly only separated by a few dozen votes. The High Court ordered Likud to conduct an immediate recount. Following the primaries, the 20th seat went to Dichter and Hotevely ...    Full Story »

Iran Lawmakers Propose Bill To Scrap 2013 Nuclear Deal If New Sanctions Imposed

Iran Lawmakers Propose Bill To Scrap 2013 Nuclear Deal If New Sanctions ImposedIranian lawmakers have proposed a bill that would scrap a landmark 2013 interim nuclear agreement if new sanctions are imposed. The state-run IRNA news service on Wednesday quoted lawmaker Hossein Naqavi Hosseini as saying that some 80 out of 290 parliamentarians support the bill. It would still need to be put to a debate, then a vote, and then be approved by a constitutional ...    Full Story »

The Yahadus Series - Filling the gap (1 opinions)

The Yahadus Series - Filling the gap[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] By Rabbi Avrohom Meir Gluck  WHEN YOU ARE A HAMMER, EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE A NAIL A Rebbe who examines the famed Yahadus Series will notice at first glance that it encompasses an entire five-year curriculum for what is commonly referred to as yedios klaliyos. A Rosh Yeshiva who views it will immediately perceive that it features all ...    Full Story »

BDE: Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Hizbullah Attack (3 opinions)

BDE: Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Hizbullah Attack16:25: It is now permitted to report that two IDF soldiers were killed in the Hizbullah rocket attack that struck an IDF vehicle near the northern border. One of the fallen was a company commander and the second a soldier seated at his side. Their identities to be announced when cleared by the IDF Spokesman. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

TERROR RECAP: Numerous IDF Soldiers Injured On Northern Border Hezbollah Terror Attack [3:03PM IL] (2 opinions)

TERROR RECAP: Numerous IDF Soldiers Injured On Northern Border Hezbollah Terror Attack [3:03PM IL]At approximately 11:30 AM Wednesday morning 8 Shevat, a number of Kornet advanced anti-tank rockets were fired from S. Lebanon at IDF vehicles patrolling in the Har Dov area. Two vehicles were struck and IDF soldiers and civilians were injured, some in serious and critical condition. The IDF late in the afternoon confirmed seven wounded. That number according to all other reports is ...    Full Story »

Northern Escalation Readiness Level United Hatzalah of Israel (1 opinions)

Northern Escalation Readiness Level United Hatzalah of IsraelGiven the escalating security situation in the North of Israel, United Hatzalah HQ has raised emergency readiness levels for rescue units in the Carmel, Asher, Galilee and Golan regions within the 60 second shelter time of short-range missiles from Lebanon and Syria. Volunteers in the rest of the country have been instructed to maintained increased situational awareness and report to ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG: Rocket Attack Along Northern Israeli Border - IDF Soldiers Injured [UPDATED 3:40 PM IL] (1 opinions)

LIVE BLOG: Rocket Attack Along Northern Israeli Border - IDF Soldiers Injured [UPDATED 3:40 PM IL][EARLIER UPDATES IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 15:40: IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz is on his way back from N. Israel to the Defense Ministry where he will make his recommendations to PM Netanyahu and DM Ya’alon. 15:03: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman calls for a harsh and disproportionate Israeli response to Hizbullah attacks, pointing out both the United States and China ...    Full Story »

New Jersey Gov. Christie To Meet With Israeli President (1 opinions)

New Jersey Gov. Christie To Meet With Israeli PresidentGov. Chris Christie plans to meet with president Reuven Rivlin of Israel later this week. The Republican governor's office announced Tuesday night that the pair will meet Thursday in Manhattan. But Christie's press office did not respond to a request for comment about what the men would discuss. Rivlin is in New York for his first official visit as president. He's also ...    Full Story »

Airlines Begin Digging Out From Storm In Northeastern US

Airlines Begin Digging Out From Storm In Northeastern USLingering snow and subfreezing temperatures mean that travel delays in the Northeast will extend through Wednesday, even if the storm wasn't as bad as expected. Airlines have already cancelled more than 500 flights for Wednesday, according to FlightAware.com. But that's a reprieve after more than 7,500 U.S. flights got scrubbed and another 3,100 ran late on Monday and Tuesday, mostly ...    Full Story »

Shas Angered at Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked's Comments (9 opinions)

Shas Angered at Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked's CommentsAyelet Shaked tried to explain to the public how and why party leader Naftali Bennett selected former soccer star Eli Ochana for the 11th position on the lineup. She said “Naftali wanted a Sephardi who grew up in difficult conditions”. These words angered Shas party officials. Shaked made her remarks to Galei Tzahal (Army Radio), adding “I am told he is intelligent. I am the only ...    Full Story »


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