Netspark Mobile Has Broken All Records – Over 60,000 Installations

July 28th, 2016

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It is becoming obvious that this is not just a short-lived trend. The demand for content controls and time management tools was nearly dormant. However, in the last few years it has turned into an essential service with hundreds of thousands of parents and adults deciding to install apps enabling the removal of harmful content from their own Smartphones and those of their children.

The leading app in the market, Netspark Mobile, has hit another milestone, having passed 60,000 installations in recent weeks according to Google. The app’s high rating speaks to its advantages over other apps in the market.

Netspark Mobile, which is based on the market-leading Israeli-developed technology, appeared in its new improved version at the beginning of 2015 and has since demonstrated its quality with its constantly rising customer satisfaction feedback.

In the last two months, Netspark has partnered in a unique development effort with the two leading mobile phone manufacturers in the world – Samsung and LG, which result in a more enhanced level of customer protection and consequently optimal security against the removal of safety features by unauthorized users.

Last week Netspark released another update to the Time Limits feature that allows parents to set the amount of time a child can browse on a Smartphone or Tablet, allowing the child to see the remaining time left to him for the day or week.

Dozens of educational institutions in Israel have announced that the app will become a standard requirement for every student with a smartphone beginning immediately at the start of the next academic year (2016/7).

The app is available for Android and iOS users at all TAG offices worldwide, and can be downloaded from the developer’s website – www.netsparkmobile.com.

Democratic Donors, Allies Offer Reward For Trump Tax Returns

July 28th, 2016

trump2The wealthy Democratic donors, many of them executives who run complex businesses, know firsthand how revealing tax returns can be. Perhaps that’s why they can’t stop talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump’s refusal to release his.

In their suites at the Ritz Carlton hotel, where many are staying during this week’s Democratic convention, and at its auxiliary swanky parties, the supporters of Hillary Clinton are sounding the alarm about Trump’s break with decades of presidential campaign tradition.

Clinton put out eight years of recent tax filings last summer, and they lament that voters don’t seem to understand why Trump’s refusal to do the same matters.

Democratic talk of the taxes spilled onto the convention stage Wednesday night. Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, mocking Trump, said, “Believe me, there’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns. Believe me!” The crowd laughed.

There’s even a literally a bounty for the Trump documents.

Moishe Mana, a top fundraiser for Clinton, has offered to give $1 million to the charity of Trump’s choice if he makes them public. He joins an unnamed Republican donor working with Clinton ally David Brock who has made a similar offer of $5 million.

“Through his financial documents, we are trying to break into the image that he’s portraying to the American people,” said Mana, a real estate developer in Miami. “He says he’s a successful businessman who wants to do for the country what he did for his company. Well, go ahead, show me the money.”

Trump is unmoved. The billionaire owner of the Trump Organization, an international development company, says the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing his most recent returns and that he’ll release them once that audit is complete.

He reiterated that plan at a news conference Wednesday in Doral, Florida. Asked when he would put out the documents, he said: “I don’t know. Depends on the audit.”

There’s no telling whether that would happen before Election Day, but the IRS says there’s no legal reason Trump can’t make the tax returns public even as they are under review.

The issue has flared up in recent days, in the wake of the hack of emails at the Democratic National Committee that the Obama administration said Wednesday was almost certainly the work of Russia. The group WikiLeaks released the emails on the eve of the convention, a leak its leader Julian Assange has said was timed to inflict political damage on Clinton.

Trump said Wednesday that he has no ties to Russia whatsoever, but that hasn’t stopped Democratic donors in Philadelphia from saying that in the absence of Trump’s tax returns, voters are left to wonder whether there are undisclosed financial ties between Trump and foreign entities.

“Think of what’s gone on just this week and connect the dotted lines,” said top Clinton donor J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire venture capitalist in Chicago. “I’m not sure what’s going on, but it sure doesn’t look good. The question is who his investors are, and whether there are any in China or Russia that are affecting his personal income.”

Mana also wants that answered. If Trump’s elected president, he said, “how much in debt would we be to other countries? This is about the security of the United States. We have the right to make sure he’s not in debt to other countries.”

While information about Trump’s debts has been made public in personal financial disclosures filed with federal election regulators, the Democratic donors say access to his taxes might shed light on previously unknown business arrangements. The returns would also detail for the first time how much he pays in income tax and how much he gives to charity.

“He is obfuscating in order to avoid being discovered as a liar,” Pritzker said.

The 2012 GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, resisted putting out his 2011 tax return until the September just before the election, after being pressed for months about doing so. The documents showed he paid an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, far lower than the average person, spawning days of bad headlines.

Other presidential candidates, including Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have been dinged for not giving much to charity.

Bill and Hillary Clinton paid an overall federal tax rate of 31.6 percent between 2007 and 2014, her returns showed. In 2014, they donated almost 11 percent of their income to charity.

In addition to blaming the IRS audit, Trump has said in interviews that it might not make political sense for him to put out his returns.

Romney’s returns were “a tiny peanut compared to mine,” Trump said on “Meet the Press” in an interview that aired last Sunday. There was little controversial in the Romney documents, he said.

Yet the media “made him look bad,” Trump said. “In fact, I think he lost his election because of that.”

(AP)

Obama Passes Baton To Clinton, Imploring Nation To Elect Her

July 28th, 2016

obhilHours of testimonials, urgent pleas and persuasion have led to this. Now, it’s time to hear from Hillary Clinton.

The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state on Thursday will step out of the shadows of presidents past for her moment to convince Americans that she is the best choice to helm a nation looking for a new era of leadership.

President Barack Obama anointed her the inheritor of his legacy Wednesday night at the Democratic convention. Delivering a passionate case for his one-time rival, Obama declared Clinton not only can defeat the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump but also realize the “promise of this great nation.”

“She’s been there for us, even if we haven’t always noticed,” he said.

Clinton appeared unannounced on the platform soon after to soak up the roar of cheering Democrats. She pointed at the man who denied her the White House eight years ago, smiled wide and gave him a hug.

Summoning his most famous line from that 2008 campaign, Obama said: “If you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘Yes he will.’ It’s about ‘Yes we can.’”

Wednesday’s display was the picture of diversity that Democrats have sought to frame the whole week: The first African-American president symbolically seeking to hand the weightiest baton in the free world to a woman. It culminated a parade of speeches over the last 72 hours — from men and women, gay and straight, white, black and Hispanic; young and old — hoping to cast the Republicans as out-of-touch social conservatives led by an unhinged and unscrupulous tycoon.

Reeling off his greatest hits as president, from the auto industry bailout and health care overhaul to landmark deals on climate change and Iran’s nuclear program, Obama said the choice was between Trump vision of “a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world” and “the America I know.”

He evoked Ronald Reagan, a move that drew criticism from Clinton when they were rivals, to contrast the Republican icon’s vision of America as “shining city on a hill” with Trump’s description of the U.S. as “a divided crime scene.”

“Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don’t look to be ruled,” Obama said.

Trump did his best to steal the spotlight Wednesday.

Following reports Russia hacked Democratic Party emails, Trump said he’d like to see Moscow find the thousands of emails Clinton deleted from the account she used as secretary of state. The appearance of him encouraging Russia to meddle in the presidential campaign enraged Democrats and Republicans, even as he dismissed suggestions from Obama and other Democrats that Moscow already was intervening on his behalf.

Hours later, his campaign tried to cast the remark as “sarcastic.” But the candidate did not disavow it.

Trump’s comments fed Democrats’ contentions that the billionaire businessman is unqualified to be commander in chief. He has no national security experience and has dismissed decades of U.S. foreign policy constants, like standing by NATO allies that long suffered under Russian domination. Yet in a scattershot news conference Wednesday, Trump tried to turn the table on Clinton, saying he believed it unsafe for her to receive national security briefings in light of her mishandling of classified information via email while in office.

On Thursday, Democrats continued to claim it was Trump who is a “dangerous” choice.

“It’s an existential choice for the country,” the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, said of the election in an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Kaine was one of several heavy hitters who took the stage Wednesday night, who praised Clinton in Spanish.

“Hillary Clinton is ‘lista’,” he said.

In what was likely his last prime-time speech of his political life, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a roaring case for Clinton. It was a Biden special, rich with his regular-guy folksiness, misty-eyed storytelling and hard hits.

Trump’s “cynicism and undoubtedly his lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in that phrase he is most proud of making famous: ‘You’re fired,’” Biden said. “He is trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break. That is a bunch of malarkey.”

After a quarter-century just behind the men in charge, Clinton on Thursday gets her turn alone with the American public for what is likely the most important speech of her career. She will be tasked with winning the trust of a public deeply skeptical of her honesty, polls show.

Some Democrats still aren’t convinced of her candidacy, either, a sentiment underscored by the protests of a small but boisterous set of supporters of her primary challenger Bernie Sanders.

Clinton’s campaign said she will lean heavily on the “stronger together” campaign theme in her remarks. She will invoke her 1996 book “It Takes a Village” and will continue to woo moderate Republicans.

That effort was hammered home Wednesday by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who implored Americans to “elected a sane, competent person with sane, international experience.”

Retired Marine General John R. Allen, who has endorsed Clinton, will be joined on stage Thursday night by a group of veterans to focus on Clinton’s national security credentials. Allen was Deputy Commander of U. S. Central Command and a former commander of the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will briefly introduce her mother.

(AP)

Australia: MH370 Captain’s Simulator Had Indian Ocean Route

July 28th, 2016

malAustralian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.

There has been confusion over exactly what was found on Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s flight simulator since New York Magazine reported last week that an FBI analysis of the device showed Zaharie had conducted a simulated flight to the southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished along a similar route. The magazine cited the discovery as strong evidence that the disappearance was a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide at the hands of the captain.

Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center — which is overseeing the search for the plane off Australia’s west coast — confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that the captain’s simulator showed that “someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean.” In an earlier statement, it said that evidence of the route did not prove that Zaharie had planned to steer the plane off course and showed only “the possibility of planning” for such an event.

Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar declined to comment Thursday, saying investigations will not be conclusive until the black boxes — the cockpit voice recorder and a data recorder — are recovered.

“We cannot confirm anything. Whatever findings now are not conclusive until we recover the black box which will tell us what actually happened … if not, everything else is speculative,” he said.

Asked if the police investigation so far had ruled out the pilot suicide, Khalid said: “I never rule out anything.”

He said Malaysian police had never handed any document or information to any authority abroad including the FBI. However, Malaysia’s own transport minister confirmed two years ago that Malaysia was working with the FBI to analyze data from the simulator’s hard drives.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai on Wednesday insisted there was no evidence to prove that Zaharie had plotted the same course as the doomed airliner into the machine.

Earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declined to offer any details on what evidence had been found on the simulator, saying it was a matter for Malaysia, which is leading the investigation into the missing plane.

“I just note that even if the simulator information does show that it is possible or very likely that the captain planned this shocking event, it does not tell us the location of the aircraft,” Turnbull told reporters.

Officials have been stymied in their efforts to explain why the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people veered so far off course during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Theories have ranged from a deliberate murder-suicide plot by one of the pilots, to a hijacking, to a mechanical catastrophe. Similarly, search crews have been unable to find the main wreckage of the plane despite a sweeping underwater hunt of a remote stretch of ocean off Australia’s west coast.

Last week, officials from Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the underwater search will be suspended once the current search area has been completely scoured. Crews have fewer than 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 square miles) left to scan of the 120,000-square-kilometer (46,300-square-mile) search area, and should finish their sweep of the region by the end of the year.

(AP)

Ultimate Guys Night Out For Our Place In Monsey Tonight

July 28th, 2016

CaptureIt will be an evening filled with competitive volleyball, sizzling barbeque and more in Monsey tonight as over 350 community members are expected to turn out in force to show their support for Our Place. The 3rd Annual Ultimate Guys Night Out and Poolside Volleyball Tournament, presented by EmStar & GZL Consulting, has become a beloved tradition in Monsey, with men showing up by the hundreds at last year’s fundraiser, despite torrential rains (watch last year’s soaking tournament here).

Our Place’s director Rabbi Aryeh Young is looking forward to greeting friends old and new as the event kicks off at the home of Yosef Zupnik. “Our Place has always had a strong relationship with the Rockland County community and with the opening of a branch of The Living Room (Our Place’s young adult recovery program) in Monsey, that relationship has been cemented even further,” said Rabbi Young.

The evening will include a single-elimination volleyball tournament with NCAA referees, with sixteen teams vying for bragging rights. Team captains Baruch Abramoff, Avraham Alexander, Avi Beren, Ari Davis, Ben Friedman, Avi Gelbein, Yitz Greenbaum, Chaim Greenfield, Duvie Greisman, Uri Kirschner, Shloimie Liff, Sony Perlman, Effie Weissmandl, Tzvi Teitelbaum, Neil Zelman and Yosef Zupnik all hope that their respective lineups will bring their A-games to the net and the competition promises to be fierce but friendly.
In addition to the volleyball competition, the event, which begins at 6:30 at 7 Rochelle Lane in Wesley Hills, will include a lavish spread of mouth watering barbeque, charcuterie and sushi as well as fine wines, marzipan carving and of course, a beautiful Olympic swimming pool, open for swimming.

In addition to Main Event Sponsors EmStar & GZL Consulting, Our Place thanks the following corporate sponsors for their partnership and support in ensuring a successful event: Capital Funding Group, Towne Nursing, Fairmont Insurance, Safrin Associates, Marzipan, Franklin Group, Factor Medical, UNPPG, White Eagle Property Group, Marquis Home Care, Eden Wok of New Rochelle, Herzog Wine Cellars, Fireside, Pita Land & Mayerfeld Architecture. For more information or the visit event website at www.Monsey.OurPlaceNY.org or contact Rabbi Young at 516-512-4494 or aryeh.young@gmail.com.

Israel: A Child Born At Home Prematurely Dies R’L

July 28th, 2016

candle914A Petach Tikvah mom in her forties, a mother of eight, gave birth on Wednesday in her home in her 35th week. She began to hemorrhage suddenly and experienced intense pain. She called for an ambulance and when the EMS personnel arrived, they found a stillborn boy and the team began CPR, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The mother was transported to a hospital in stable condition Baruch Hashem.

Hospital officials report it appears there was a complication in the pregnancy that resulted in the spontaneous birth to a still born in the 35th week, adding the case is rare indeed.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Rav Yisrael Ariel Arranging A Mikdosh March

July 28th, 2016

1Head of the Temple Institute Rabbi Yisrael Ariel Shlita has filed for a police permit to conduct a Mikdosh March on erev Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av. The event is intended for youths, to begin at Kikar Tzion to Ezrat Yisrael Street. It appears this is Rav Ariel’s response to the recent toeiva parade held in the capital.

He explains “after the recent parade held in Yerushalayim, we are initiating the Mikdosh March to strengthen our connection to the Mikdosh with the tefilla that the month of Menachem Av will turn from mourning to simcha”.

In his words, the event will also serve as the founding event of the Mikdosh Youth organization, adding today, “There are hundreds of youths from high schools who are taking the matter with the utmost seriousness. They are studying Meseches Midos, the seder of the avoda and korbanos. They are more knowledgeable than many rabbonim in these areas. The goal is to spread the limud of the Mikdosh to yeshivos gevohos too, that they should also be studying this. These youths will become part of the official Mikdosh Youth and take part in activities surrounding the avoda in the Mikdosh and to do with korbanos, play the relevant instruments and wear bigdei kahuna”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Leket Israel Experiences One-Third Increase In Voluntourism In Last Year

July 28th, 2016

lekLeket Israel, the leading non-profit food rescue organization in Israel, is on track to host 20,000 volunteers from abroad in 2016, a 31-percent increase from 2015. More than 50-percent of these travelers have or will be making their way from the US over to Israel in order to make a difference and impact the Israeli community – the destination they selected for a vacation. Volunteers can contribute to food collection efforts, at Leket’s logistics center itself, or in rural farming fields picking excess produce for distribution to the needy.

“It is amazing that so many foreign travelers are willing to take time out of their vacation to come support the Israeli community,” said Leket Israel Founder and Chairman Joseph Gitler. “Their work directly impacts the amount of fresh nutritious food that Leket Israel provides to the growing number of Israel’s poor.”

More than 52,000 people volunteer with Leket annually, many of whom come from the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. These volunteers sort and pack rescued produce at the main logistics center and work in Leket Israel’s designated farmer’s fields to pick fruits and vegetables.

According to Leket Israel’s 2016 Food Waste and Rescue Report, more than 2.5 million tons of edible food, with a market value of NIS 8 billion is wasted in Israel annually and these voluntourists are helping to reduce this amount of food. Rescuing 25-percent of food waste translates to a savings of NIS3 billion, equivalent to the food purchasing gap between the food insecure and food secure.

Leket Israel-The National Food Bank is the leading food rescue non-profit organization that rescues fresh, perishable food, which would otherwise be considered waste, from farms, hotels, military bases and catering halls in an effort to aid the quarter of the country’s population that lives below the poverty line. The organization works with 195 non-profits throughout the country to distribute nutritious food to more than 175,000+ Israelis weekly. Last year alone, Leket collected more than 30 million pounds of food for the needy.

For more information one may visit the website.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Mr. And Mrs. Ariel Join The Battle To Save Mitzpei Avichai

July 28th, 2016

1The Mitzpei Avichai outpost is slated for destruction by the government. It is adjacent to Kiryat Arba and home to seven families. Mr. Amichai and Mrs. Rina Ariel, parents of terror victim Hallel Yaffa Ariel HY”D, are fighting to keep the outpost where it is. They exclaim that if the outpost was in place when the lone terrorist headed to their home in the Givat Charsina neighborhood of Kiryat Arba, he would have been detected and he would not have succeeded in entering the home and murdering their daughter in her bedroom while she slept.

The Ariels sent a letter to the government asking not to remove the outpost, describing the strategic importance of its presence. Attempts to persuade the residents of the outpost to leave on their own have failed as they remain determined to remain in place. According to the Ariels, the outpost is slated for removal shortly after the shloshim for their daughter.

It is pointed out that due to the location of the outpost, one must enter Arab land to reach it, adding to the volatile situation in the eyes of government officials.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Researchers Seeing More Sharks up and Down the East Coast

July 28th, 2016

sharkIt’s shark season on the East Coast.

Shark sightings have prompted authorities to temporarily close popular beaches in New England, New York and elsewhere this month. And 13 people have been bitten by sharks in Florida this year.

The Associated Press checked in with shark experts to see what’s going on:

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ARE SHARK SIGHTINGS ON THE RISE?

Researchers suggest this summer could be shaping up to a banner one for sightings, but it’s too early to say for certain.

In Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, state marine biologist Gregory Skomal says great whites appear to have shown up earlier and in larger numbers. His team tagged its first shark in mid-June, and eight new ones have been tagged, up from three this time last year. It identified 141 last year and 80 the previous year.

In South Carolina, state marine biologist Bryan Frazier says preliminary annual survey data of sandbar, blacktip and other shark species suggest the populations are continuing their steady rise after years of overfishing.

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WHAT KINDS OF SHARKS ARE BEING SPOTTED?

In the Cape Cod area, researchers are focused on great white sharks, which tend to venture close to shore to eat seals. Other species, like blue and mako sharks, can be found farther out. Huge but harmless ocean sunfish have been mistaken for sharks.

In New York, where stretches of Coney Island’s beaches were temporarily closed last week, authorities have suggested the multiple sharks spotted off the shore where likely basking sharks, which are largely harmless to humans. And in the Carolinas, large feeding frenzies of blacktip sharks, responsible for many attacks in southern Atlantic Ocean waters, have been observed more frequently than in past years.

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WHAT’S DRIVING THE INCREASE IN SHARK SIGHTINGS?

Sharks have always prowled the waters near popular beaches, but we’re more aware of how close they get because more people are sharing videos and photos of them on social media, says Cynthia Wigren, executive director of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a Cape Cod-based nonprofit that recently launched a shark tracking app, Sharktivity.

Fishery management policies meant to help some shark populations recover from recreational and commercial overfishing during the 1980s and ’90s also play a role, says Robert Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida. Shark populations have generally been on the rise along the East Coast, though some species, like hammerheads and dusky sharks, still face significant challenges, he says.

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HAVE THERE BEEN MORE SHARK ATTACKS?

No. This year there have been 22 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S., none fatal, according to the International Shark Attack File, based at the Florida Museum of Natural History. There have been 36 confirmed attacks worldwide, three fatal. The International Shark Attack File’s director, George Burgess, says those numbers put the U.S. and the world on pace to see fewer attacks than last year, when there were 59 in the U.S., one fatal, and 98 worldwide, six fatal.

(AP)

Rabbi Levinstein Issues A Clarification Regarding His Remarks Against The IDF And The Toeiva Community

July 27th, 2016

3 (1)Just a few short days ago, at an assembly of rabbonim in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yigal Levinstein of Yeshivat Bnei David spoke out harshly against the growing issues in the IDF facing religious soldiers. He mentioned the Education Corps is working to bring in more female combatants, more members of the toeiva community and is not a fan of the religious soldiers from the mechina yeshivot. He stated that religious officers are ‘marked’, explaining they are well-aware if they dare speak out, their chances of advancement are over.

The rabbi came under a hail of criticism including a statement from the Defense Ministry, that it was reevaluating funding for Bnei David.

On Tuesday evening 20 Tammuz Rabbi Levinstein sent a letter of clarification to the Defense Ministry, in which he explains there is a place for everyone in the IDF.

In the letter to the director-general of the ministry Levinstein stated “Last week, my words were interpreted by many a certain manner, not the way they were intended – as if I would like to exclude one population or another from the IDF. Everyone has a place in the IDF regardless of one’s background, worldview, or one’s personal inclinations”.

He expresses the need to introduce educational values into the IDF that unite, rather than divide, and how he has been working with the military for 30 years, dedicating his life to the IDF. He adds that there is a sharp difference in the family makeup as viewed in the liberal world as opposed to those who follow a Torah lifestyle, stating “I still maintain the place for this dispute between the different hashkafos is in the civilian arena and not in the army which is dear to all of us”.

Rabbi Levinstein adds his criticism of the military does not come from a place of losing faith in the military but rather from a place of love and pain in his heart, citing at times, harsh criticism is expressed out of genuine concern and this was the case here.

“I have dedicated my life to the IDF out of a trust and dialogue and this is the path I believe in and the spirit in which our talmidim are educated”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Trump Says Russia Should Find Clinton’s Missing Emails

July 27th, 2016

Donald Trump has a message for Russia: find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But his running mate, Mike Pence, is sending mixed signals.

In a Miami press conference Wednesday, the Republican presidential nominee said that the 30,000 missing emails from Clinton’s private email server would reveal “some beauties” and made an extraordinary plea for a foreign power to locate them.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press!”

Clinton’s campaign claims that Russia hacked computers belonging to the Democratic National Committee and released those emails on the eve of the party’s convention to benefit Trump’s candidacy. The emails, published by WikiLeaks last week, revealed that the DNC favored Clinton’s candidacy over rival Bernie Sanders, triggering a leadership shakeup within the DNC.

Trump dismissed the claims, saying it’s not clear who hacked those emails, but the incident is a sign that foreign countries no longer respect the U.S.

“If it’s any foreign country it shows how little respect they have for the United States,” said Trump, who added that he was “not an email person myself because I believe it can be hacked.”

Moments after he took the final question, Pence condemned the possible cyber-espionage, breaking from Trump for the first time since being selected as his vice president.

“If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences,” Pence said in a statement.

Trump, whom Democrats have accused of having cozy ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, repeatedly declined to condemn the actions of Russia or any other foreign power of trying to intervene in the a U.S. election.

“No, it gives me no pause,” the celebrity businessman said. “If Russia or China or any of those country gets those emails, I’ve got to be honest with you, I’d love to see them.”

The Clinton campaign immediately denounced Trump’s call.

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement. “That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

Trump also suggested that Clinton should not receive any security briefings due to the hack that would ensure “that word will get out.”

Trump has said that he has “zero investments” in Russia and insisted that his company had not received any significant investments from the country. He also has downplayed his affection for Putin and said he would treat the Russian leader “firmly,” though he said he wanted to improve relations with Russia. Some Democrats and security experts have said that Trump’s proposal to set conditions on NATO allies could risk Russian expansion in Eastern Europe.

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, said “anything’s possible” when asked during an interview whether the Russians could be working to sway the election toward Trump.

“Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin,” Obama said during the sit-down with NBC News that aired Tuesday. “And I think that Trump’s gotten pretty favorable coverage back in Russia.”

(AP)

PHOTOS: Car Bomb Explodes On Jerusalem Keren HaYesod Street On Wednesday Morning

July 27th, 2016

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A vehicle exploded close to 8:30AM Wednesday morning 21 Tammuz on Keren HaYesod Street in Yerushalayim. Ichud Hatzalah units on the scene reported one person sustained moderate injuries in what was immediately believed to be a terror attack.

It was later reported that a 57-year-old male was the target in what was a criminal act, not an act of terror. The explosion occurred at the intersection of Avraham Mapo and Keren HaYesod Street, not far from Liberty Bell Park.

Magen David Adom reports the man was in moderate condition, conscious and alert when transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

A police spokesman added an explosive device was apparently attached to the car that blew up.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Media Resource Group & Israel Police)

Schumer Prepares to Be Senate Leader, or Trump Antagonist

July 27th, 2016

schumerAs Hillary Clinton claims the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, fellow New Yorker Chuck Schumer is preparing for his own next act, as Clinton’s top Senate partner — or chief antagonist to Donald Trump if he wins in November.

Schumer is in line to become Senate Democratic leader next year with the retirement of Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. And if Democrats succeed in retaking control of the Senate, he will assume the job of majority leader and move into the pinnacle of Senate power, the role of a lifetime.

Schumer has been maneuvering for years, lining up support to leapfrog Reid’s No. 2, Dick Durbin of Illinois, into the top job. This year he has been working intensely to ensure a Senate Democratic majority, most recently by luring former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana into running again for Senate, putting the previously non-competitive Indiana Senate seat into play.

Schumer is also fundraising at a feverish pace, banking some $27 million for his own coffers and to help Senate Democrats.

And if Clinton ends up in the White House, Schumer would have the opportunity to serve as her congressional partner in implementing an ambitious agenda on issues like infrastructure and jobs, promoting a more activist role for government than the stasis he complains has characterized the Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“We cannot have the kind of obstruction that we have seen under Sen. McConnell’s leadership — can’t get a Zika bill, can’t get money for opioids, a lot of talk, no action,” Schumer said in an interview. “The American people don’t want that anymore.”

Republicans dispute Schumer’s criticism, claiming the Senate has been back to work under McConnell and that Democrats are to blame for inaction on a bill addressing the Zika virus.

Allies anticipate that as Democratic leader, the outspoken and camera-friendly Schumer, 65, will prove a more effective spokesman for the Democratic agenda than Reid, a soft-spoken master of the inside game but an awkward public speaker.

“He will be more aggressive in getting a message out. He knows how to talk to the media,” said Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York.

And as majority leader and president, Schumer and Clinton would reprise, in different roles, the partnership they developed when they served together as New York senators from 2001-2009. The relationship was not without conflict as Clinton joined the Senate with a huge spotlight as a former first lady even though Schumer was technically the senior senator, having won in 1998. But fellow New York Democrats said ultimately they worked well together.

Schumer is known as a publicity hound, and “That’s always been true of Chuck and it is deserved, but there’s substance behind it,” said New York Rep. Jerry Nadler. As for Clinton, “When she was in the Senate she was a workhorse and she was not always seeking publicity… That is a difference I suppose.”

Schumer acted as something of a go-between when Sen. Bernie Sanders was nearing an endorsement of Clinton as Sanders’ presidential bid petered out.

On issues the two are largely in sync after Clinton moved during the primaries to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership 12-nation Asian trade deal that’s become a rallying cry for Democrats. Schumer vowed his opposition at a meeting of New York Democrats on Wednesday, getting applause by pledging: “Should I God willing become the majority leader we’re going to have an entirely different approach on trade … We’re going to protect American workers first.”

Schumer is famous for his attention to detail and his encyclopedic knowledge of politics as well as the needs’ of constituents from Buffalo to Manhattan.

“You call up Chuck Schumer and say to him ‘we’re having a pump issue in the Rockland County sewer district’ and it was akin to a papal audience because that’s how interested he was in it,” said Paul Adler, an attorney in White Plains and former county party chairman. “And you need that. That’s the guts of government.”

(AP)

Video Of Interest: Flying At 200 Feet In An Open-Air Plane

July 27th, 2016


Matt Tisdale’s Air Cam doesn’t fly as high, or as fast, as most planes, but he says it’s one of the most relaxing planes to fly, and it has a great view.

Statement From PM Netanyahu’s Bureau On Preparations To Meet The Tunnels Threat Prior To Operation Protective Edge

July 27th, 2016

1Amid continuing reports of Hamas’ ongoing efforts to reconstruct its vast tunnel network to launch attacks in Israel, the Prime Minister’s Bureau released the following statement.

“Claims that Israel was unprepared to meet the tunnel threat are without foundation. It has been claimed that the tunnel threat had not been presented to the Cabinet prior to Operation Protective Edge and that the cabinet did not know about tunnels that penetrated into our territory. This is false.

“From 11 November 2013 until 3 July 2014, the tunnel threat was presented, in its full severity, at nine separate cabinet meetings. The protocols show this beyond all doubt.

“Moreover, for six months prior to the operation, from 16 January 2013 until 9 July 2014, the Prime Minister convened six professional discussions on the issue of the tunnels. The Defense Minister, IDF Chief of Staff, IDF Southern District Commander, head of the IDF Engineering Branch, head of the IDF Technology Branch and field commanders were among the participants in these meetings.

“At these discussions, Prime Minister Netanyahu directed that operational and technological solutions be advanced to meet the tunnels threat.

“On 3 July 2014, before the start of operations and two weeks before the ground incursion, the Prime Minister ordered the IDF to prepare for a ground incursion to neutralize the tunnels.

“It is regrettable that there are those who have misled the public on substantive security issues when the facts are unequivocal and well known to those who are distorting them.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Trump Calls Baltimore Prosecutor A ‘Disgrace’

July 27th, 2016

TrumpDonald Trump is calling a Baltimore prosecutor “a disgrace” after her office decided to drop the remaining charges against three police officers still awaiting trial in the Freddie Gray case.

Responding to a question at a news conference at his Florida golf course, Trump said on Wednesday that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby “should prosecute herself. She should be held accountable.”

Trump said, “I think it was disgraceful what she did. And the way she did it and the news conferences she had where, they were guilty before anybody even knew the facts.”

In an earlier news conference, Mosby blamed police for a biased investigation that failed to produce a single conviction.

(AP)

Pence Heads to Wisconsin to Woo Wary Republicans

July 27th, 2016

trpeWisconsin didn’t exactly embrace Donald Trump through the presidential primaries — one influential conservative radio host publicly belittled him as a “buffoon” and “clown.”

Now, Trump hopes that his running mate, Mike Pence, will prove to be a secret weapon when he is dispatched to this important swing state Wednesday.

Pence was set to campaign in the heart of conservative Wisconsin, a three-county region considered the epicenter of the state’s never-Trump movement, which Trump lost to rival Ted Cruz by a whopping 40 points.

The rally in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, is Pence’s first solo campaign stop since he joined the ticket nearly two weeks ago. Joining him is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a former rival and recent Trump convert, who campaigned for Cruz ahead of the April primary.

As governor of nearby Indiana, the hope is that Pence will appeal to Wisconsin in a way Trump hasn’t, and fill the void left by Cruz’s exit. Pence initially backed Cruz’s candidacy and he’s got the strong backing from Walker, potentially earning him the support of those Republicans wary of Trump.

About 40 percent of the state’s Republican primary voters live in the three counties surrounding Democrat-heavy Milwaukee. Running up the votes in those suburbs is imperative for Trump if he wants to become the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Trump lost the so-called WOW counties — Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington — by three times the margin of his statewide loss.

By contrast, in Wisconsin’s 2012 presidential primary Mitt Romney won the three counties by 30 points over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

“It’s very telling that the first place they’re sending Pence is a region they should already have locked up 100-ish days out,” said Wisconsin-based Democratic strategist Joe Zepecki. “Trump’s temperament and divisive rhetoric is turning off, in particular, suburban women, making even historically Republican regions problematic for them.”

As poorly as Trump did in April, recent opinion polls show he’s headed in the right direction in southeastern Wisconsin.

Marquette University Law School polls conducted in June and July show that Trump’s approval rating among Republicans in the WOW counties is 59 percent — on par with Republicans statewide. The same polls show that just 73 percent of Wisconsin Republicans say they intend to vote for Trump — far less than the levels typical in most election years, said pollster Charles Franklin.

“Winning their votes is the critical element of the campaign, and makes Pence’s visit to Waukesha so important,” Franklin said.

There are other signs that southeast Wisconsin isn’t quite the bastion of anti-Trump fervor that it was before the primary. Belling, among the state’s most influential talk show hosts, had derided Trump candidacy in the days leading up to the primary. But he did an about face two weeks ago saying Trump is a better choice than Clinton, whom he branded as a liar without conscience.

Walker’s recent full-throated endorsement of Trump, and his appearance at Wednesday’s rally with Pence, could also help to sway reticent Republicans.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan, who lives about 60 miles from Waukesha in Janesville, is skipping the rally to raise money for other House Republicans out of state. Ryan is backing Trump but with some trepidation. He’s publicly condemned some of Trump’s comments, while defending his endorsement saying he believes the Republican agenda has a better shot with him as president than Clinton.

(AP)

Chasdei Hashem: Arab Male With A Knife Apprehended In Bnei Brak

July 27th, 2016

5An Arab male armed with a knife was taken into custody before he could harm anyone early Wednesday afternoon, 21 Tammuz, at the intersection of Jabotinsky and Abuchatzera Streets in Bnei Brak.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo: Media Resource Group)