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06:50: In a sign of solidarity, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat instructed the municipality to display thousands of national flags around the capital.   06:39: Gaza reports 16 people were killed by IDF forces during the night. 06:38: The levaya for IDF soldier Sgt. Li Mat is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 26 Tammuz at 18:00 in the Har Herzl ...

Tourism Ministry Assisting Tourists in Israel

Tourism Ministry Assisting Tourists in Israel
Under 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 be left without accommodation. Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau "The skies over Israel remain open thanks to the foreign airlines who continue their scheduled ...

Hamas Says Ben Gurion Airport Closure Is 'Great Victory'

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)

Photo Essay: Levayos Of Fallen IDF Soldiers Killed By Hamas Terrorists (Leonid Dolgopyat - Kuvien Images - www.kuvienimages.com)

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

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

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

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 »

Maran Rav Shteinman: We Are Witnessing 'Nissim V'Niflaos' (5 opinions)

Maran Rav Shteinman: We Are Witnessing 'Nissim V'Niflaos'Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita commented on events regarding Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza. The gadol hador is quoted in Yated Neeman saying “Our entire lives are run by miracles and in recent days, we see Nissim V’Niflaos surpassing nature”. "כל החיים שלנו הם בדרך נס, בימים האחרונים ...    Full Story »

Schumer, Graham, Cardin: Any Ceasefire In Gaza Must Remove Threat To Israel Posed By Hamas Rockets & Tunnels (2 opinions)

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

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 »
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Republican Asks If Flight Ban Is Boycott Of Israel (13 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 (9 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 6:50 AM IL] (1 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 17: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 6:50 AM IL]06:50: In a sign of solidarity, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat instructed the municipality to display thousands of national flags around the capital.   06:39: Gaza reports 16 people were killed by IDF forces during the night. 06:38: The levaya for IDF soldier Sgt. Li Mat is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 26 Tammuz at 18:00 in the Har Herzl Military Cemetery in ...    Full Story »

Mailbag: A Mother's Response to her Pro Palestinian Daughter (4 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 (1 opinions)

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 (2 opinions)

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 (6 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 »

PM Netanyahu Slams UN Rights Council (8 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 (5 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 (3 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 »
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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 (5 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 »


WATCH: Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Arrives In Israel To Demonstrate That Airport Is Safe (6 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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