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23:49: President Obama said that the captured Israeli soldier must be 'unconditionally released as soon as possible'; reiterates Israel's right to defend itself. 23:40: Gaza media reports that the hospital in Rafah has been evacuated due to heavy bombardment in the area. 23:21: The IDF has struck dozens of terror targets in the past few hours. large...

Obama Calls For Unconditional Release Of IDF Soldier (4 opinions)

Obama Calls For Unconditional Release Of IDF Soldier
President Barack Obama is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas terrorists. Obama says it will be difficult to put back together the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel that collapsed Friday. But he says the U.S. will continue working toward a cease-fire. He says Israel committed to the cease-fire, but the cease-fire was violated. Obama says it’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening in Gaza. He says he wants to see everything possible done to ...

Agudath Israel Announces 'Kinnus Tefila V'hisorirus' To Be Held In Brooklyn (2 opinions)

Agudath Israel Announces 'Kinnus Tefila V'hisorirus' To Be Held In BrooklynThe Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America has issued a Kol Korei calling for a special Kinnus Tefila V'hisorirus for men and women this coming Wednesday, August 6 (the day after Tisha B'Av), to be held at The Palace, 780 McDonald Avenue, with the program starting with Mincha at 6:30 PM, followed by divrei hisorirus, Tehillim and special tefillos. The Kol Korei goes on to point out the ...    Full Story »

NYS AG Schneiderman: I'm Cooperating With Investigation

NYS AG Schneiderman: I'm Cooperating With InvestigationNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is cooperating with a federal probe into the state's recently shuttered anti-corruption commission, but he will not talk about it. Schneiderman was questioned by reporters at a public appearance Friday in Schenectady. The attorney general last year deputized commissioners appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate ...    Full Story »

Obama Says After 9-11, US 'Tortured Some Folks' (4 opinions)

Obama Says After 9-11, US 'Tortured Some Folks'The United States tortured al Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office. "We tortured some folks," Obama said at a televised news conference at the White House. "We did some things that were contrary to our ...    Full Story »

Rare Summer Relief for Gasoline Prices

Rare Summer Relief for Gasoline PricesThe gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer. August began with the lowest average gasoline price for this time of year since 2010. Just a few weeks ago, drivers were paying the highest gasoline July Fourth gasoline price in six years. The average price of a gallon of gasoline is $3.52 after falling 16 cents over the last month. Prices may continue to ...    Full Story »

Justice Dept Seeks Appeal in Health Overhaul Case

Justice Dept Seeks Appeal in Health Overhaul CaseThe Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Friday to take up a case that has endangered subsidies helping millions of low- and middle-income people to afford their health care premiums under Obamacare. Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said financial aid can be provided only in states that have set ...    Full Story »

Law Changed to Allow 'Unlocking' Cellphones

Law Changed to Allow 'Unlocking' CellphonesIt just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless provider, so long as the service contract has expired. Copyright law prohibits circumventing digital locks on technological devices. But for several years, cellphones were granted an ...    Full Story »

After Chokehold Death, NYC Mayor Sends Sympathy (1 opinions)

After Chokehold Death, NYC Mayor Sends SympathyMayor Bill de Blasio is extending his "deepest sympathy" to the family of a New York City man whose death was ruled to be caused by a police chokehold. De Blasio issued a statement Friday shortly after the medical examiner ruled that Eric Garner's death last month was a homicide. The mayor also has reiterated his commitment to improving the relationship between minority ...    Full Story »
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LIVE BLOG DAY 25: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:49 PM IL] (27 opinions)

LIVE BLOG DAY 25: Operation Protective Edge [UPDATED 11:49 PM IL]23:49: President Obama said that the captured Israeli soldier must be 'unconditionally released as soon as possible'; reiterates Israel's right to defend itself. 23:40: Gaza media reports that the hospital in Rafah has been evacuated due to heavy bombardment in the area. 23:21: The IDF has struck dozens of terror targets in the past few hours. large explosions are being reported ...    Full Story »

Congress Backs Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense (2 opinions)

Congress Backs Israel's Iron Dome Missile DefenseThe Senate on Friday rushed through a $225 million bill to replenish Israel's missile defense system, and House approval was expected in the final hours before lawmakers began a summer break. The money will go to restocking Israel's Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists over three and a half weeks of war. The ...    Full Story »

Statement From UN Secretary-General on the Situation in Gaza (11 opinions)

Statement From UN Secretary-General on the Situation in GazaThe Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced this morning. He is shocked and profoundly disappointed by these developments. The Secretary-General notes that the UN has no independent means to verify exactly what happened.  According to the latest reports, two IDF soldiers were ...    Full Story »

NYC Health Department Conducts Largest No-Notice Emergency Exercise In NYC History (1 opinions)

NYC Health Department Conducts Largest No-Notice Emergency Exercise In NYC HistoryThe following is a statement given to YWN by the NYC Health Department: Today, the Health Department is conducting the largest no-notice emergency response exercise in New York City history that will test our ability to respond to the release of a biological agent. Called RAMPEx, which stands for Rapid Activation for Mass Prophylaxis Exercise, the exercise involves notifying and ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Israeli Analyst - Hamas Has 3,000 Elite Soldiers Ready to Die in Suicide Attacks on Israel (8 opinions)

VIDEO: Israeli Analyst - Hamas Has 3,000 Elite Soldiers Ready to Die in Suicide Attacks on IsraelAn Israeli analyst told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday morning that he received information from reliable sources that 3,000 Hamas elite soldiers told their families goodbye and appear ready to carry out suicide attacks on Israel. Middle East analyst Gershon Baskin said that all the fighters were equipped with suicide vests and that they had expected to die in terrorist ...    Full Story »

Kerry: U.S. Condemns 'Outrageous' Violations of Gaza Ceasefire (7 opinions)

Kerry: U.S. Condemns 'Outrageous' Violations of Gaza Ceasefire The following is a statement from John Kerry on the recent developments in Eretz Yisroel: The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack, which led to the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the apparent abduction of another. It was an outrageous violation of the ceasefire negotiated over the past several days, and of the assurances given to the United ...    Full Story »

IDF Soldier Falls into Hamas Captivity R"L - Givati Brigade 2nd-Lt. Hadar [ben Chedva Leah] Goldin [UPDATED 4:37 PM IL] (21 opinions)

IDF Soldier Falls into Hamas Captivity RIt is now permitted to publish that the heavy fighting in the Rafiach area has been related to a successful kidnapping of an IDF soldier R”L. Givati was operating in the Rafiach area. According to the details being released, at about 09:30 Friday morning, terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers in the Rafiach area of southern Gaza. Preliminary information points to a successful ...    Full Story »

US: Abduction Of Israeli Soldier Would Be 'Outrageous'; Says He Must Be Released (4 opinions)

US: Abduction Of Israeli Soldier Would Be 'Outrageous'; Says He Must Be ReleasedThe White House says the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be an "absolutely outrageous" action by Hamas. Tony Blinken is deputy national security adviser. Blinken says the U.S. strongly condemns the alleged abduction. He says that if the soldier has been kidnapped, he must be released. The Israeli military confirmed on Friday that one of its soldiers was abducted. ...    Full Story »

Saudi King: Gaza War Is 'Crime Against Humanity, & Collective Massacre' (3 opinions)

Saudi King: Gaza War Is 'Crime Against Humanity, & Collective Massacre'Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity." King Abdullah's remarks were read live by a news anchor on Saudi state television Friday. The aging monarch did not make an appearance. The Saudi king warns that the fighting in Gaza will lead to a generation of ...    Full Story »

Five IDF Soldiers Killed In Mortar Attack On Gaza Border Thursday Evening - 61 Killed Since Operation Launched (6 opinions)

Five IDF Soldiers Killed In Mortar Attack On Gaza Border Thursday Evening - 61 Killed Since Operation LaunchedIt has been cleared for publication that five IDF soldiers were R"L killed on Thursday evening HY"D. According to the IDF, the soldiers were killed in a mortar attack near the Gaza border, in the Eshkol Regional Council. The families have been notified. The names and Levaya information have not yet been released. This brings the total number of IDF casualties to 61 since the ...    Full Story »

SHOCKING AUDIO: Bill Clinton On Sept. 10, 2001: 'I Could Have Killed' Bin Laden (11 opinions)

Ten hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, Bill Clinton allegedly told a group of businessmen in Australia that he had a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden, but passed because it would have meant killing ...    Full Story »

Statement By The White House On The Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement In Gaza (4 opinions)

Statement By The White House On The Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement In GazaThe United States strongly supports the humanitarian ceasefire announced in Gaza this evening. We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, August 1, 2014, and to fully abide by their commitments. We believe the only sustainable way to address Israel's security concerns and enable Palestinians in Gaza to lead ...    Full Story »

Secretary of State John Kerry On the Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement in Gaza (5 opinions)

Secretary of State John Kerry On the Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement in GazaNew Delhi, India - Good morning. I’m sorry to get you all up at this hour. I’m not going to take any questions, but I think a few of the staff will be around to answer a few questions for you, and I’ll just make a brief statement. This morning, Israel and the Palestinian factions have agreed that they are now prepared to implement a 72-hour unconditional humanitarian ceasefire. ...    Full Story »

A Message from the Kalever Rebbe: What is the Solution to the Security Situation in Eretz Yisrael? (11 opinions)

A Message from the Kalever Rebbe: What is the Solution to the Security Situation in Eretz Yisrael?Government and military leaders, both from the interior ministries and those involved in foreign affairs, security officers and intelligence officials, all are working endlessly to find solutions to the difficult security situation in Eretz Yisrael. This one has this advice, and that one has that advice, each in accordance with his own personal world view culled from one’s personal ...    Full Story »

Eric Cantor Steps Down As House Majority Leader (3 opinions)

Eric Cantor Steps Down As House Majority LeaderRep. Eric Cantor has used his farewell as House majority leader to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he says is rife with instability and terror. The Virginia Republican spoke on the House floor Friday. It was his final day as No. 2 House GOP leader. Cantor was unexpectedly defeated by an underfunded, tea party backed opponent in his Republican primary in ...    Full Story »

Investigators Reach Ukraine Jet Wreckage Site

Investigators Reach Ukraine Jet Wreckage SiteAs mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky. For the families of the 298 victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still out in ...    Full Story »

Abbas Seeks Broad Support for War Crimes Charges (2 opinions)

Abbas Seeks Broad Support for War Crimes ChargesNearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. He has hesitated in the past because such a move would instantly put the Palestinians on a risky collision course with Israel. But with about 1,400 Palestinians killed in ...    Full Story »
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Rep. Nadler, Roskam Introduce Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism Abroad (1 opinions)

Rep. Nadler, Roskam Introduce Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism AbroadToday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) introduced a Congressional resolution condemning growing anti-Semitism abroad. “We must unequivocally condemn all forms of anti-Semitism and reject attempts to justify anti-Semitic hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere ...    Full Story »

CIA Director Apologizes for Hacking Into Senate Computers

CIA Director Apologizes for Hacking Into Senate ComputersCIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report. The document, released Thursday by the CIA, is a summary of an internal CIA investigation that prompted CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the ...    Full Story »

US Prosecutor Warns NY State Gov. Cuomo Over Corruption Probe

US Prosecutor Warns NY State Gov. Cuomo Over Corruption ProbeNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced more questions about his handling of a special anti-corruption commission Thursday after Manhattan's federal prosecutor threatened to investigate his office for possible witness tampering and obstruction for allegedly encouraging members of the panel to speak out on Cuomo's behalf. The New York Times reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who took ...    Full Story »

WATCH: Sen. Booker Delivers Floor Speech in Support of Supplemental Funding for the Iron Dome (1 opinions)

Since coming to Washington, Sen. Booker (D-NJ) has been committed to building the strongest possible security and diplomatic partnership with Israel. On Tuesday, Sen. Booker delivered a floor speech in support of supplemental funding for the Iron Dome. ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Joint Kerry-Moon Statement On The 72-Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire Starting Fri Morning In Gaza (16 opinions)

BREAKING: Joint Kerry-Moon Statement On The 72-Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire Starting Fri Morning In GazaSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 am local time on Friday, August 1, 2014. It will last for a ...    Full Story »


WATCH: Sen. Booker Delivers Floor Speech in Support of Supplemental Funding for the Iron Dome (1 opinions)

Since coming to Washington, Sen. Booker (D-NJ) has been committed to building the strongest possible security and diplomatic partnership with Israel. On Tuesday, Sen. Booker delivered a floor speech in support of supplemental funding for the Iron Dome. “I come before you in support of the $225 million in additional funding requested by the Department of Defense to ensure that the Iron Dome in Israel remains equipped to protect civilians from Hamas-fired rockets,” Booker said. “Now, as a terrorist organization has evil ends to destroy the State of Israel, we must stand with our ally.” Also this week, Sen. Booker joined his colleaguesto criticize the UN Human Rights Council’s one-sided, inflammatory statement accusing Israel of “disregard for international humanitarian law” while failing to acknowledge violations of the same laws by Hamas. Last week he also joined Sen. Boxer and 78 other members of the Senate in co-sponsoring the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act. Finally, Sen. Booker together with Sens. Graham, Menendez, Ayotte, and Schumer co-sponsored a resolution condemning the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel; calling on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel; and calling on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity government with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel. Sen. Booker is committed to Israel’s security, its right to defend itself, and the strong, historic U.S.-Israel relationship. He will continue to look for ways to engage in bi-partisan efforts to ensure that the U.S.’s longstanding partnership with Israel will endure. (YWN World Headquarters - NYC)

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