Red Alert Sirens Sound in S. Israel on Wednesday Afternoon [UPDATED]

June 29th, 2016

siren.jpg2:48PM IL: Red Alert sirens sounded in the area of Ein HaShloshah in southern Israel a short time ago. More to follow.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Eshkol Regional Council reports sirens sounded in two communities but it appears it was a false alarm. No rocket fire or impact detected.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Trump Takes On Trade Deals In Pennsylvania Speech

June 29th, 2016

trRepublican Donald Trump took aim at U.S. free trade deals in a speech delivered in Western Pennsylvania Tuesday that painted his likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as a champion of the kind of globalization that has pushed manufacturing jobs overseas.

“This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally our middle class,” said Trump, standing in front of stacks of compressed metal on the floor of Alumisource, a plant that provides aluminum scrap and other raw materials to the aluminum and steel industries. “It doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.”

The speech, delivered in the heart of America’s struggling rust belt, stressed a central premise of his campaign: that global free trade — a Republican Party staple for decades — has hurt American workers because deals have been negotiated poorly. Trump has vowed to bring back manufacturing jobs, in part, by slapping tariffs on goods produced by companies that move manufacturing jobs offshore.

It’s a message that he’s hoping will continue to resonate with the white, working class voters, who powered his primary campaign.

Trump, in his speech, portrayed Clinton as an agent of a status quo “that worships globalism over Americanism” and criticized her past support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he described as “the deathblow for American manufacturing.”

He said the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by Bill Clinton, was a “disaster” and pointed to the Clintons support for normalizing trade relations with China.

He said that, as president, he would dramatically overhaul the way the country approaches trade, threatening to wield new tariffs and taxes to push his way.

“Ladies and gentlemen, It’s time to declare our economic independence once again,” he said.

He vowed to renegotiate North American Free Trade Agreement to get a better deal “by a lot, not just a little,” for American workers — and threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the deal if his proposals aren’t agreed.

“We already have a trade war. And were losing badly,” Trump said.

The setting was a change of scenery for the presumptive GOP nominee. It’s a change of setting for Trump, who typically favors his own ritzy golf clubs and ballrooms for formal speeches.

Monessen, the sleepy manufacturing city of about 7,500 about an hour south of Pittsburgh, has been especially hard-hit by the decline in steel industry.

The speech comes as Trump, facing sliding poll numbers and a far larger Clinton operation, is working to re-tool his message for the general election. In addition to a slew of new hires, Trump has been delivering a series of prepared speeches aimed at calming the nerves of GOP donors and others concerned about his often combative style.

Clinton’s positon on trade has been a frequent attack line for Trump. Clinton announced her opposition to the Pacific trade deal last October, saying it failed to meet her test of providing good jobs, rising wages and protecting national security. She raised specific concerns about a potential for currency manipulation by China and provisions that she said would benefit pharmaceutical companies at the expense of patients.

That marked a striking reversal for the former secretary of state, who promoted the deal in dozens of appearances during Obama’s first term. During a 2012 trip to Australia, she called it the “gold standard in trade agreements.” Video clips of Clinton talking about the trade deal are stored on YouTube, giving her opponents footage that could be used in television ads to highlight her shifting positions.

Trump heads later to St. Clairsville, Ohio for a rally at the eastern campus of Ohio University. It will be Trump’s first visit to the crucial battleground state since he secured enough delegates to become his party’s presumptive nominee.

Trump will also stop in Wheeling, West Virginia for an invitation-only fundraiser with coal magnate Robert Murray. Trump has promised to revive the coal industry, while Clinton has emphasized cleaner fuel sources.

(AP)

After Cleaning, EgyptAir Plane’s Data Files Studied In Egypt

June 29th, 2016

1Egyptian authorities are analyzing flight recorder data files from an EgyptAir flight that crashed with 66 people aboard but say it will take several days to reach any conclusions.

The memory cards of the flight’s black box recorders were retrieved from the Mediterranean seafloor and sent to France’s BEA air accident investigation agency for cleaning and repair.

The recorders may explain what caused the crash of the Paris to Cairo flight on May 19.

The data recorder’s repaired memory card was sent back to Cairo on Tuesday but the BEA says in a statement citing Egyptian authorities that “it might take several days to ensure the accuracy of reading the data recorded.”

The statement says the voice recorder’s memory card is still being repaired in France.

(AP)

PHOTOS: MDA Brings Smiles To Children In Schneider Children’s Hospital In Petach Tikvah

June 29th, 2016

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Magen David Adom volunteers from the Sharon and Baka el-Garbiya districts visited children with cancer admitted to Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petach Tikvah.

They brought smiles to the faces of the young patients, distributing toys and surprises. The volunteers worked with the Rakan NGO which assists children with cancer.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

GOP Says Cleveland Arena Will Be Ready For Convention Start

June 29th, 2016

1Republican officials say Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena will be ready for next month’s Republican National Convention despite having only four weeks to prepare because of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA title run.

The GOP’s Committee on Arrangements allowed reporters and cameras inside the arena Tuesday for a glimpse of the progress that’s been made three weeks before the start of the convention.

Jeff Larson, head of the arrangements committee, says the GOP has been working cooperatively with the campaign staff of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump on the stage design and other details.

Larson says Trump will accept the nomination July 21 inside the arena and not at a larger venue like Cleveland Browns Stadium. Larson says the shortest preparation period for a convention venue previously was five weeks.

(AP)

4 Scenarios Eyed To Keep Britain In The EU Despite Exit Vote

June 29th, 2016

1As continental powers pressure a nervous Britain to formally apply to exit the European Union, die-hard “remain” supporters are taking on the mission to put the brakes on the so-called Brexit.

The challenge is formidable: Britons turned out en masse for last Thursday’s vote to leave the EU, deciding the matter in a close but credible election long promised by the ruling government. Britain’s Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party have both pledged to respect the popular vote and work quickly toward easing the U.K. out of the EU.

Britain’s jilted partners have also shown little inclination to revisit the matter.

“I don’t think we should see any shadow boxing or any cat-and-mouse games,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday. “It is clear what the British people want and we should act accordingly.”

But between the vagaries of Britain’s unwritten constitution and the determination of the losing side to stay in the EU, some lawyers, lawmakers and “remain” activists see room for hope.

“The beauty about this situation is that nothing seems to be impossible. So I wouldn’t rule anything out at this point, including the United Kingdom staying in the EU. I think it would be a very difficult thing to pull off, and I think a lot of things would have to happen first, but at this moment don’t discount anything,” says Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs.

Here are some of the suggestions from the pro-EU camp on how Britain could end up staying in the bloc, and an evaluation of each one by Gavin Barrett, an expert on European constitutional law at University College Dublin:

IGNORING THE REFERENDUM

Parliament has no explicit legal obligation to implement the referendum’s decision. Conceivably, elected representatives in Westminster could just ignore the electorate’s verdict and opt to stay in the EU.

That’s the argument put forward by Labour lawmaker David Lammy, who implored colleagues on Twitter: “Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament. Our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.”

Lawmakers could slow the invocation of Article 50, the exit clause enshrined in the EU’s governing Treaty of Lisbon, perhaps playing for time.

But Barrett says the idea that lawmakers could shrug off the popular vote altogether is fanciful.

“On a likelihood scale, I’d say zero percent,” he says. “Governments cannot simply ignore the directly expressed will of the people.”

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INVOKING A SCOTTISH VETO

Britain’s Parliament cannot normally legislate on Scottish matters without the assent of Scotland’s staunchly pro-EU parliament in Edinburgh. Given that a withdrawal from the 28-nation bloc would likely mean quashing the application of EU laws in Scotland, some argue that gives Edinburgh a veto over the final decision. By the same token, some say that Northern Ireland’s legislature could also stand between Britain and Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s separatist-minded first minister, appears to have endorsed that view.

“The option of saying we’re not going to vote for something that’s against Scotland’s interests, that’s got to be on the table,” she said in a recent television interview.

So what are the chances that the Scots will ride to the rescue of England’s pro-EU minority?

“Zero percent as well,” says Barrett. “Under the British constitutional system, Westminster is sovereign at the end of the day.”

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HOLDING ANOTHER ELECTION

British politics have been thrown into turmoil. Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to resign and his rivals are jockeying for position. The opposition Labour Party is in meltdown amid a bitter fight over the party’s leadership.

Could a pro-EU party, or a pro-EU wing of the Tories or Labour, emerge from the chaos and fight an election on a platform of bringing Britain back into the European fold?

A major challenge to that scenario is that elections aren’t scheduled until 2020 and that between now and then the Conservatives’ euroskeptic wing is likely to remain in power.

“Political circumstances have combined to make it quite unlikely that a pro-European government will be elected,” says Barrett. “Very, very unlikely.”

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HOLDING A SECOND REFERENDUM

Calls for a second referendum actually predate the first one, and a well-publicized web petition calling for a new vote has already attracted nearly 4 million names (although how many are linked to genuine British voters is anyone’s guess.)

But what if, instead of a do-over, the referendum were presented as a choice between the EU membership Britain has had until now and whatever new deal governing trade relations it could secure in its exit negotiations with the bloc.

Conservative lawmaker Jeremy Hunt — a contender to replace Cameron — has floated the idea of a second vote on any new deal. In an opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he wrote that “we need to negotiate a deal and put it to the British people, either in a referendum or through the Conservative manifesto at a fresh general election.”

Barrett predicted that any exit deal negotiated by Britain would be “bound to be inferior” to what the U.K. had before — and that EU powers would put aside their pride to welcome a wayward Britain back into the bloc if voters then endorsed a decision to stay. Of all the possibilities, he said, “I’d put my bet on that.”

(AP)

NASA Tests Massive Rocket Booster It Says Will Go To Mars

June 29th, 2016

1NASA on Tuesday tested one of the solid rocket boosters that would power its new rocket, the Space Launch System, which the agency hopes will one day fly to Mars. Shortly after 11 a.m. ET, NASA fired the engine, sending a torrent of fire gushing from the nozzle and a volcano-like plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

After an hour delay because of a glitch with the ground computer system, the booster fired horizontally for just over two minutes at a test site in Utah, burning through 5.5 tons of propellant per second, shooting flames out at three times the speed of sound, with temperatures that were expected to reach 3,700 degrees. The booster test comes ahead of the rocket’s first mission, planned for 2018, when it would launch the unmanned Orion spacecraft on a three-week journey that would take it around the moon.

After the test, officials at NASA and Orbital ATK, the Dulles, Va.-based contractor that built the booster, said it was a success.

“Seeing this test today, and experiencing the sound and feel of approximately 3.6 million pounds of thrust, helps us appreciate the progress we’re making to advance human exploration and open new frontiers for science and technology missions in deep space,” William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA, said in a statement.

“That rumble that you get is awesome,” Charlie Precourt,vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK’s Propulsion Systems Division, said on NASA TV. “We made it through exactly what we were looking for.”

Combined, a two-minute test firing of the rocket’s boosters, the largest and most powerful ever designed, would generate enough energy to power 92,000 homes for a day, NASA said.

The test follows a successful launch in 2014 of the Orion spacecraft, which flew further than any vehicle designed for humans had gone in more than 40 years. Ultimately, NASA plans to use the SLS to launch to Mars, but there have been some in Congress who are pushing the agency to return to the moon instead.

“This morning was a really super day,” said Alex Priskos, manager of NASA’s SLS Boosters Office. “It was a fantastic test.” He said the problems with the ground computers that led to the delay “had nothing to do with the motor.”

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Christian Davenport

OPINION: Hillary Clinton’s Email Story Continues To Get Harder And Harder To Believe

June 29th, 2016

1On Monday night, the Associated Press published a piece noting the release of an additional 165 pages of emails Hillary Clinton sent from her private email address while serving as secretary of state. These were emails that had never been previously released and only were made public because of a court order in response to a request from a conservative group.

And yet again, the emails poke holes in Clinton’s initial explanation for why she decided to exclusively use a private email server for her electronic correspondence while serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

Let’s start with this from the AP story: “The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence.”

Remember that Clinton and a small group of people working for her reviewed all of the emails she sent from her private server and made the decision about what was solely personal and what was work-related. She handed over the work-related email and permanently deleted those that she and her team decided were purely personal. She wound up deleting more emails than she turned over to State.

The latest batch of emails suggest that Clinton’s filter to decide between the personal and the professional was far from foolproof. That these emails never saw the light of day before Monday – or before a conservative legal advocacy group petitioned for their release – opens up the possibility that there are plenty more like them that Clinton chose to delete but shouldn’t have. And it provides more fodder for the Republican argument that Clinton appointing herself as judge, jury and executioner for her emails was, at best, a very, very bad decision and, at worst, something more nefarious than just bad judgment.

Then there’s this quote from a newly released March 2009 email between Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin about the email setup: “I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State. Who manages both my personal and official files? . . . I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want.”

Hmmm.

Remember that Clinton said that her main/only reason for using a private email server while at State was “convenience.” She didn’t want to carry around multiple devices for email, she explained.

But this email to Abedin – which came at the start of her four-year term in office – suggests a bit more active agency than Clinton has previously let on. “I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want,” doesn’t strike me as Clinton simply wanting convenience and following the instructions of her IT people on how to make that happen. It reads to me as though Clinton is both far more aware of the email setup and far more engaged in how it should look than she generally lets on publicly.

There’s nothing in these emails that changes the basic political dynamic of the email controversy as Clinton seeks to win the White House this fall. Everything still depends on whether the Justice Department decides to indict Clinton or those close to her for purposely keeping information that the public had a right to know away from them. We’ve been waiting on the results of that FBI investigation for months now and, in truth, no one really knows when they will finally come.

But revelations like Monday’s – a chunk of previously undisclosed emails that are clearly professional in nature – lend further doubt to the story Clinton had told about why she set up a private server and how she handled it after leaving office. For a candidate already struggling to convince voters she is honest and trustworthy enough to be president, stories like this one are deeply problematic.

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Chris Cillizza

VIDEO: Israel Naval Commando Elad Tzadikov Tells Of His Journey To A Frum Lifestyle

June 28th, 2016

After his lengthy service as a naval commando, then security systems management for luxury boats, diving with whales on exotic beaches, Elad Tzadikov became one of the most successful fashion resellers in Europe and Israel. In the midst of preparations for an international fashion fair in Tel Aviv, he was called to lead the assault force to Lebanon during the Second Lebanon War.

The sharp transition and dangers he confronted force him to deal with his Jewish identity.

Elad explains he served in the prestigious Shayetet 13 naval commando unit for five years and then jumps to his successful career in the fashion industry. He explains suddenly he finds himself in a life and death situation back in military. He explains that while in Lima Peru he prepared a meat meal while his friend conjured up a dairy sauce. He told his friend “your sauce is dairy and we do not mix” to which the friend responds “We are intelligent [we do not do this]” and this started the thinking process…

The video is in Hebrew.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Google Offers New Way for Users to Manage Ads, Personal Data

June 28th, 2016

googleGoogle is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.

Among other things, a new privacy tool will enable the more than 1 billion people who use Google’s search engine and other services to block certain ads from appearing on every device that they log into, instead of having to make a special request on each individual machine.

Some users of Google’s search engine, Gmail and Chrome browser will start receiving notices about the new option beginning Tuesday, but it will take several more weeks before it’s available to everyone.

Google also is introducing a “My Activity” feature that will enable users to delete records of their online search requests and videos watched on YouTube in a single location instead of having to visit different websites or apps.

Google’s business has been built on its longtime practice of monitoring its users’ online behavior in an effort to learn about their interests so it can show ads most likely to appeal to them.

Those customized ads shown alongside Google’s search results and the content on millions of other websites have turned Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., into one of the world’s most profitable companies.

In an effort to minimize complaints about invading people’s privacy, Google has long allowed its users to impose limits on how much data is accumulated about them and how many customized ads they see.

Last year, Google also opened a “My Account” hub to serve as a one-stop shop for setting privacy and security controls.

If they choose, users will now be able to authorize Google to store their web browsing histories in the “My Account” center.

Until now, Google had been keeping personal information in different digital dossiers that sometimes require users to take multiple steps to manage specific pieces of data.

For instance, someone annoyed by a Google-generated ad on their personal computer can prevent it from appearing again by clicking on an “X” in the corner. Taking that step currently won’t block the same ad from appearing on the targeted person’s smartphone a few hours later.

Google says that will no longer happen if users allow it to stockpile web browsing histories in the “My Account” center.

(AP)

Obama Says He Doesn’t Anticipate Huge Change From EU Exit

June 28th, 2016

1President Barack Obama isn’t expecting “major, cataclysmic changes” as a result of Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.

Speaking to NPR, Obama also said there are more differences than similarities when it comes to Britain’s election compared with the current presidential election in the United States where discontent has fueled Republican Donald Trump’s rise.

Obama says Europe hasn’t fared as well as the United States since the financial crisis that struck in 2008, and there was some belief that the European Union was moving too fast and without as much consensus as it should.

“I think that the best way to think about this is, a pause button has been pressed on the project of full European integration,” Obama said in the interview, parts of which aired Tuesday. “I would not overstate it. There’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO’s gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner. That’s not what’s happening.”

Obama acknowledged some similarities between Britain’s election and the presidential election in the U.S. He says people have been able to tap into fear that people may have about losing control and to offer “vague, nostalgic feelings about how, you know, we’ll make Britain great again, or we’ll make America great again.”

But Obama said he didn’t believe Trump was “a legitimate spokesperson for a populist surge from working class people on either side of the Atlantic.”

(AP)

36 Children And 2 Adults Treated In Assaf HaRofeh Hospital Afer Eating Tuna Salad

June 28th, 2016

1Thirty-six children from a Be’er Yaakov kindergarten and two adult employees were transported to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital on Tuesday morning 22 Sivan. The victims presented with a rash and itching.

Hospital Director Professor Eren Kotzer reported the patients exhibited an allergic reaction from the tuna they were served. Health officials were notified and the hospital treated the victims, none reported to be in serious condition.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

NY Top Court Says Police Can Be Grilled About Rights Cases

June 28th, 2016

pdcNew York’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police officers can be cross-examined at criminal trials like any other witnesses and grilled about specific misdeeds alleged in federal lawsuits such as lying, fabricating evidence or making false arrests.

The Court of Appeals, ruling unanimously in three cases, said trial judges erred in prohibiting cross-examination about allegations underlying federal lawsuits against the police witnesses that are relevant to their credibility. The court set some limits on questioning and said trial judges retain broad discretion in weighing the probative value of questioning against possible confusion or prejudice.

The high court upheld convictions from Manhattan drug arrests in 2011 and 2012, concluding the evidence was still overwhelming in those. The seven judges ordered a new trial in a Bronx gun-possession case.

Testifying officers had faced federal civil rights lawsuits over previous arrests.

“These cases stand for the unremarkable proposition that law enforcement witnesses should be treated in the same manner as any other prosecution witness for purposes of cross-examination,” Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam wrote. “Specific allegations of prior bad acts in a federal lawsuit against a particular witness do establish a good-faith basis for cross-examining that witness about the misconduct.”

Lawyers shouldn’t be permitted to ask witnesses if they have been sued, if the case was settled unless they admitted wrongdoing, or if criminal charges against the plaintiffs were dismissed, according to the court.

(AP)

Chief Rabbinate And Kosel Rav Appears To Be At Odds Over Reform Advances At The Kosel

June 28th, 2016

rabThe response by some members of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Council to the urgent letter sent by Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz has been less than favorable. According to A Kikar Shabbos report, quoting some rabbonim on the council anonymously, they are furious over his call to convene the council in urgent session to address Reform Movement gains at the Kosel.

In fact, the anonymous responses blame Rabbi Rabinowitz for the current situation, stating “his actions along the way have led to the current situation”.

“One would expect at present he would permit ‘other adults’ to address the matter wisely and repair the damage created. No one need his advice that has brought us to this point” a senior Chief Rabbinate source is quoted saying.

Kikar turned to Rabbi Rabinowitz for a response, but he stated he does not plan to respond to comments from “anonymous sources who constantly fling sludge at the rabbi who struggled alone for the sanctity of the Kosel, using anonymous messages and absolute inaction”.

Officials in Rabbi Rabinowitz’s office are quoted adding that unfortunately, using anonymous messages acting as they do simply leads to a further decline in the situation and demands a higher price regarding the sanctity of the Kosel.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers After 6 Kids Killed

June 28th, 2016

ikIkea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

The Swedish retailer announced the recall Tuesday, saying the furniture can pose “a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children” if it is not properly anchored to a wall.

“Consumers need to act immediately because it’s a very present hazard, especially if you have kids in your home,” Elliot Kaye, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in an interview.

The CPSC underscored the risk at a news conference Tuesday that included live demonstrations of chests tipping over.

Kaye said consumers “need to either get their anchor kit from Ikea for free and install it on their furniture, take it back to the store for a full refund or have Ikea come and pick it up from their homes for free.”

The recall, which only applies to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for several types of Ikea chests and dressers, including the Malm line. Ikea said the units under the recall are children’s chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.

The recalled units were sold at Ikea stores “at various times through June 2016,” the company said.

All of the children killed were 3 years old or younger, the CPSC said. One of the children was killed about 27 years ago. The other deaths were more recent, between 2002 and 2016. The CPSC said it received 36 reports of children who were injured.

Ikea said that anyone who owns one of those chests and dressers and has not attached them to a wall should remove it out of reach from children. Ikea is offering free kits to attach the chests and dressers to a wall.

Customers who don’t want to keep the recalled furniture can ask for a refund. Ikea said it will give a full refund to owners of recalled chests and dressers made between 2002 and 2016. For recalled units made before 2002, customers can receive a store credit for half the original price.

Ikea USA president Lars Petersson said in a statement that the chests and dressers were sold with instructions saying that they had to be mounted to walls. Last year, the company offered free wall-mounting kits to owners of its Malm chests and dressers after reports of children’s deaths.

Kaye said IKEA is now working with CPSC to bring safer designs to the markets so that furniture is more stable.

“I expect the rest of the furniture industry to do the same,” said Kaye.

(AP)

PA Residents Blame Israel For Summer Water Shortage

June 28th, 2016

1A number of Jewish communities in the Shomron are in the midst of a sevre water crisis, as was reported by YWN-ISRAEL.

The same situation exists in some PA (Palestinian Authority) areas in the Shomron as well, which residents insist is more serious since it coincides with sweltering heat and the holy month of Ramadan.

The PA however blames Israel for the shortage, insisting its communities are harder hit and it is the fault of the nearby yishuvim.

Yossi Dagan, who heads the Shomron Regional Council reported the reason for the shortage is the government’s inaction over the years and today, the existing infrastructure is not sufficient to feed the demands of the area’s residents, now numbering far more than there were when the infrastructure was set into place.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

VIDEO: Former UK Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Receives The Bradley Prize In Washington

June 28th, 2016

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On 19 Sivan at a ceremony in Washington DC, Rabbi Sacks was awarded one of The Bradley Prizes by The Bradley Foundation.

The Bradley Prizes are awarded each year to four individuals in recognition of their work.

Together with Rabbi Sacks the other 2016 recipients were: social scientist and author Charles Murray; historian and author Andrew Roberts; and humanitarian and actor Gary Sinise.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it.

The ceremony was hosted by George Will, one of America’s leading political commentators, and the prize itself was presented by Michael W. Grebe, President & CEO of The Bradley Foundation.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)