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14:15: Two rockets landed in open areas in Ashkelon. B”H no fatalities or injuries being reported. 14:13: Sirens sounding in Tamei Yechiel, Avigdor, Orot, Be’er Tuvia, Kfar Achim, Kiryat Malachi and other areas in the Ashdod district. 14:10: Two policemen have been wounded in clashes in eastern Jerusalem with Arabs in the Wadi Joz and at the Rock...

Another Soldier Falls in Gaza Fighting

Another Soldier Falls in Gaza Fighting
It is permitted to report that IDF reserve duty soldier First Sgt. Yair Ashkenazi was killed during the predawn hours of erev Shabbos in northern Gaza. The 36-year-old reservist, from Rehovot was the Base 1 Reserve Battalion. The levaya will take place at 16:00 in the Rehovot military cemetery. Sgt. Ashkenazi is survived by his wife and three children. Initial reports indicate he was killed by mistaken IDF fire. He is the 33rd IDF fatality in Operation Protective Edge and the fifth killed by mistaken fire. (YWN – Israel Desk, ...

Golani Battalion Commander Seriously Wounded in Shajaia

Golani Battalion Commander Seriously Wounded in Shajaia Lt.-Colonel Shai Siman Tov sustained serious injuries in Gaza on Thursday, 26 Tammuz, when a terrorist tunnel collapsed. He is the commander of the Golani Brigade 12th Battalion. Details of the incident are not being released, only that a wall of the tunnel collapsed. The Golani Brigade has sustained the most fatalities and injuries in the warfare, yet morale remains very high, with ...    Full Story »

Eleph L'Mateh Spreadsheet to Daven for Israeli Soldiers

Eleph L'Mateh Spreadsheet to Daven for Israeli SoldiersClick here for the recommended Tehillim to say for IDF soldiers. Please alert friends, especially those who can add names. Click Here for     Full Story »

Mounting Israeli & PA Arab Violence During the Night

Mounting Israeli & PA Arab Violence During the NightAmid increasing calls for a ‘Day of Rage’ Israeli Arabs in Jerusalem’s Old City and at the Kalandia Checkpoint were out in the streets during the night in protest. Kalandia is the northern Jerusalem checkpoint, bordering PA (Palestinian Authority) controlled el-Bireh, with the latter bordering Ramallah. Thousands of PA residents were out in the streets during the night, with ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 18: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 2:15 PM IL] (2 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 18: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 2:15 PM IL]14:15: Two rockets landed in open areas in Ashkelon. B”H no fatalities or injuries being reported. 14:13: Sirens sounding in Tamei Yechiel, Avigdor, Orot, Be’er Tuvia, Kfar Achim, Kiryat Malachi and other areas in the Ashdod district. 14:10: Two policemen have been wounded in clashes in eastern Jerusalem with Arabs in the Wadi Joz and at the Rockefeller Museum areas. 14:03: ...    Full Story »

US Airlines to Resume Flights to Israel

US Airlines to Resume Flights to IsraelThe U.S. airlines serving Israel will resume flights there Thursday, following a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip. The decision came hours after the Federal Aviation Administration lifted a prohibition on U.S. flights in and out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. The FAA's ban, imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, became a hot ...    Full Story »

Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a Cluster

Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a ClusterNearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. Industry analysts and safety experts shake their heads at the seeming ...    Full Story »

House Panel Clears Way for Vote on Obama Lawsuit (1 opinions)

House Panel Clears Way for Vote on Obama LawsuitOver Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. Republicans say the lawsuit is necessary ...    Full Story »

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:50 PM IL] (18 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:50 PM IL]23:50: 1 Palestinian has been killed, at least 21 wounded in major clashes ongoing right now at the Kalandiya checkpoint in Israel. This is the largest Palestinian protest in many years. 23:40: Channel 2 News poll one week into ground operation: Should the operation continue or stop? 46% Continue until Hamas is brought down 41% Stop now Will there be quiet in southern ...    Full Story »
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VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Meets with British Foreign Secretary Hammond

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday morning 26 Tammuz, met with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and said at the start of their meeting: "It's good to see you in Israel in these trying times. I think you, as a representative of the UK, ...    Full Story »

Homefront Command's Personal Message System Going Live

Homefront Command's Personal Message System Going LiveThe IDF Homefront Command reports that beginning tomorrow, Friday 27 Tammuz, the “Personal Message” SMS text system will be operational. It will inform residents of a rocket attack via the mobile phone in the Negev, Beersheva, Yehuda, Ashdod, Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem, Shvelah, Dan, Sharon, Emek Chefer, and Shomron districts despite one’s place of work or residence. The system ...    Full Story »

Ex-Sen. Lieberman to Teach at Yeshiva University

Ex-Sen. Lieberman to Teach at Yeshiva UniversityFormer U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year. The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service. He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East. Lieberman represented ...    Full Story »

Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To Israel (1 opinions)

Cruz Demands Answers On FAA Flight Ban To IsraelSen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker. Cruz said he wouldn’t release the holds until the Obama administration answers his questions about the FAA’s ...    Full Story »

Kerry To IDF Soldier's Family at Funeral: 'How's Your Day?' (15 opinions)

Kerry To IDF Soldier's Family at Funeral: 'How's Your Day?'Following the emotional funeral of Max Steinberg, the 24-year-old from Woodland Hills who joined the Israeli Defense Forces and gave his life defending Israel, the ever-tactful Secretary of State John Kerry asked the young hero's mother how her day was going. The Jewish Journal reports that after the funeral the family moved to the Crowne Plaza Hotel to begin their Shiva, when ...    Full Story »

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Weiss on the Warfare and Gaza

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Weiss on the Warfare and GazaFormer IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier-General (reserves) Yisrael Weiss, who was chief rabbi during the 2005 “Disengagement” expresses his pain over the fighting in Gaza and the loss of life among IDF soldiers. The rav made his remarks in an exclusive interview with Arutz-7. Following is excerpts from the Hebrew interview. The rav praised the atmosphere of achdus and the achievements ...    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 »

‘Dogs are Allowed in this Establishment, Jews are Not Under any Circumstances’ (7 opinions)

‘Dogs are Allowed in this Establishment, Jews are Not Under any Circumstances’All over the world, displays of anti-Semitism and hatred against Jews continue to segregate them from the community, from pro-Palestinians in France attempting to attack suburban synagogues, to a swastika being spray painted on a Thornhill, Ontario bus stop. In Belgium, where just a few months ago in Brussels a gunman went on a shooting spree at a Jewish museum killing four, another ...    Full Story »

PM Speaks to the Media Ahead of Cabinet Meeting (2 opinions)

PM Speaks to the Media Ahead of Cabinet MeetingPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday 26 Tammuz released statements to the media ahead of an afternoon cabinet meeting. "At this time IDF soldiers are continuing take strong action across the Gaza Strip. As of now, the IDF has struck a deep and significant blow at the infrastructures of terrorism – at the terrorists themselves, at rockets, at command centers, at production ...    Full Story »

Turkey Slams Attempts To Boycott Jewish Writer

Turkey Slams Attempts To Boycott Jewish WriterCalls for a boycott of a prominent Turkish author of Jewish descent over Israel’s assault in Gaza are being denounced by politicians in Turkey as a “hate crime.” Turkey has taken a lead in denouncing the Israeli campaign in Gaza - launched in a bid to stem rocket strikes launched from Gaza at Israel’s citizens - which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called a ...    Full Story »

UN Chief Condemns Attack On UN School In Gaza - IDF Says Hamas Rocket May Have Hit The UNRWA School (12 opinions)

UN Chief Condemns Attack On UN School In Gaza - IDF Says Hamas Rocket May Have Hit The UNRWA SchoolSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning a deadly attack on a UN school for Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza that killed many Palestinians who sought refuge there from Israeli shelling as well as UN staff. The UN chief again demanded that Israel and Hamas abide by international humanitarian law during their conflict and respect "the sanctity of civilian life, the ...    Full Story »

Video: Misameach - Nothing Feels Better than a Smile (1 opinions)

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

President Shimon Peres Says Farewell (14 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 (1 opinions)

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 »

"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 »
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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 (1 opinions)

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 (3 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 »


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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