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Op-Ed: A Better Iran Deal

Op-Ed:  A Better Iran Deal
By former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and USMC Gen. Charles C. Krulak Advocates of the nuclear deal with Iran have argued that rejecting it will result in war, a nuclear Iran and even a nose-diving dollar. Most important, even while acknowledging the fundamental flaws in the agreement, supporters lament that there is no alternative. In fact, none of the catastrophic predictions is accurate —and there is a better way. There is sufficient time to renegotiate a better deal, strong ...
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Florida Keeps Eye on Tropical Storm Erika, Could Hit Monday

Florida Keeps Eye on Tropical Storm Erika, Could Hit Monday
All of Florida is carefully watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that as of 11 a.m. Friday, the forecast showed the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path has Erika skirting the state's Gulf Coast and then moving up Florida's spine north of Tampa. The next 24 hours will be critical in the storm's development, hurricane center meteorologist James Franklin said. "The ...
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Appeals Court Reverses Ruling That Found NSA Program Illegal

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling That Found NSA Program Illegal
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that said the program likely violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. The ruling means the government can continue collecting the data for the next few months, although the program is ...
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Hamas: IDF Officials Lied Regarding Fatal Incident During Operation Protective Edge

Hamas: IDF Officials Lied Regarding Fatal Incident During Operation Protective Edge
According to a report aired on Al-Jazeera, Hamas accuses Israeli and IDF officials of lying pertaining to the southern Gaza battle in Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014. The report addresses the battle in which Lt. Hadar Goldin HY”D was killed and his body snatched by terrorists who escaped in a tunnel. According to Hamas claims, the terrorists that fired on the Givati soldiers were dressed in IDF units and immediately following the incident, IDF soldiers thought they had ...
(1 opinions  |   August 28 )

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Tells Shaliach of Rav Cohen He Will Preserve the Status Quo in the City

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Tells Shaliach of Rav Cohen He Will Preserve the Status Quo in the City
HaGaon HaRav Zamir Cohen on Wednesday, 11 Elul, met with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat as a shaliach from the head of the Shas Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita. The two discussed Rabbi Cohen’s concerns pertaining to chilul Shabbos in the city. According to a Kikar Shabbos News report, Rav Shalom Cohen is concerned with what is perceived to be the growing secular characteristic of the city. Rav Zamir Cohen explained to the mayor the issues including the increase in the ...
(2 opinions  |   August 28 )

Defense Minister Ya'alon: We Must Stop the Attacks Against Chareidi Soldiers

Defense Minister Ya'alon: We Must Stop the Attacks Against Chareidi Soldiers
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that the verbal and physical attacks against chareidi inductees into the IDF and IDF soldiers are intolerable and they must be stopped. Defense Ministry officials are calling for a tenacious effort by police and other law enforcement agencies. Ya’alon stated “We mustn’t accept this situation and the law-breakers and those who send them must be stopped”. The senior minister feels that those involved represent a small fringe faction of the frum ...
(1 opinions  |   August 28 )

Trump Proposals Risk Deepening GOP Rift On Immigration

Trump Proposals Risk Deepening GOP Rift On Immigration
Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future that the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House. As they headed into the 2016 election, Republicans thought they had a strategy for moving past their immigration woes. Outlined in a so-called "autopsy" of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney's loss to President Barack Obama, it called for passing "comprehensive ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 28 )

Obama To Speak With Jewish Groups On Iran Deal

Obama To Speak With Jewish Groups On Iran Deal
President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will deliver remarks about the agreement and take questions from participants. The webcast is being organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The Israeli government adamantly opposes the deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world ...
(2 opinions  |   August 28 )

Clinton Quietly Trying To Discourage Biden From A 2016 Bid

Clinton Quietly Trying To Discourage Biden From A 2016 Bid
In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy. As Biden ponders a challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination, she has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in the early-voting contests of Iowa and South Carolina and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in the effort to throw cold water on a possible Biden bid. Donors who ...
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Pentagon Funding New High-Tech Venture

Pentagon Funding New High-Tech Venture
Defense Secretary Ash Carter will announce Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be built into military uniforms or used to assist the elderly. Or it could foster thin, bendable sensors that could be tucked into cracks or crevices on weapons, ships or bridges where ...
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GOP's Walker Promises To Aggressively Confront Terrorism

GOP's Walker Promises To Aggressively Confront Terrorism
Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the United States under his leadership would aggressively confront what he describes as "evil" and "radical Islamic terrorism." The Wisconsin governor plans to lay out his foreign policy agenda Friday in a speech at The Citadel, a military college in the early-voting state of South Carolina. According to excerpts released by his campaign, Walker will accuse President Barack Obama of wide-ranging weakness on the world stage, from the ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 28 )

What's In A Billion? Facebook Users Hit Milestone In 1 Day

What's In A Billion? Facebook Users Hit Milestone In 1 Day
One billion people logged in to Facebook on Monday — the first time that has happened in a single day. That's right, one billion people, or one-seventh of the Earth's population. It was a big symbolic milestone for the world's biggest online social network, which boasts nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a Facebook post. Most of the billion people who logged in on Monday were outside the U.S. and Canada. Of Facebook's ...
(2 opinions  |   August 28 )

Bush Returns To New Orleans For 10th Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

Bush Returns To New Orleans For 10th Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina
Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency's lowest points — to tout the region's recovery from the nation's costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He and Laura Bush visited the oldest public school in the city — Warren Easton Charter High School, which was closed for a year because of storm damage and then reopened as a charter school. Bush visited the same school on the storm's first ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 28 )

Exposed: Earliest Fear of Eichmann's Infiltration to Israel was Already in 1947

Exposed: Earliest Fear of Eichmann's Infiltration to Israel was Already in 1947
Secret lists of criminals and suspects ("Alon Zehirut"- Cautious Leaflet) from 1947 on behalf of "Shay" ("Sherut Yediot"), the intelligence arm of the "Haganah, were recently exposed. Among the names on the lists, Adolf Eichmann's (1906-1962) name was found, revealing that the "Shay" feared he will infiltrate to Israel once the Nazi regime was subdued, disguising himself as a Jew. This booklet proves Eichmann had a high profile in Israeli mind already then, 15 years before he was kidnapped to ...
(3 opinions  |   August 28 )

Jewish Families Continue to Reclaim Arab Occupied Areas of Yerushalayim

Jewish Families Continue to Reclaim Arab Occupied Areas of Yerushalayim
In an act of mesirus nefesh, a number of Jewish families on Thursday 12 Elul took up residence in the Shiloach area of the capital, known more commonly in the news as Silwan. The effort is part of a struggle to reclaim Jewish property by purchasing it from Arabs and then moving in to reestablish and strengthen the Jewish presence in those areas of the capital, which have been overridden by Arabs. The new homes are part of the area’s Beit Rachel complex that was owned by a Yemenite hekdesh. ...
(4 opinions  |   August 28 )

Canadian Tourist Arraigned in Tel Aviv Court for Causing a Death by Negligence

Canadian Tourist Arraigned in Tel Aviv Court for Causing a Death by Negligence
A 30-year-old Canadian tourist visiting Israel has been arrested and he faces charges of causing a death by negligence. According to police, the man gave a pain ointment to another tourist, a 49-year-old British man. The ointment, which was purchased on the internet illegally contains fentanyl, which is reportedly approximately 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and roughly 40 to 50 times more potent than pharmaceutical grade heroin. The British man was found dead in his Tel Aviv hotel ...
(1 opinions  |   August 28 )

Owners of Jerusalem 24/7 Groceries Fighting to Open on Shabbos

Owners of Jerusalem 24/7 Groceries Fighting to Open on Shabbos
Owners of eight of Jerusalem’s 24/7 grocery stores are protesting on Thursday, 12 Elul against city plans to close them down on Shabbos. The owners of the store explain the forced Shabbos closure will spell economic disaster for them. Chareidi Jerusalem councilmen have been stepping up pressure on Mayor Nir Barkat, calling upon him to enforce the law. They decry growing chilul Shabbos in areas of the city, including the center of town. The protestors on the other hand insist the mayor is ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

Amazing Story: Muslim Woman Calls a Rabbi in to Visit Her Dying Husband

Amazing Story: Muslim Woman Calls a Rabbi in to Visit Her Dying Husband
The following is COL: Rabbi Avraham Lider has been working with sick patients for over 30 years as Director of the Ahavas Chesed organization based in Crown Heights. He received an urgent call at home 10 days ago from a social worker from a New York hospital. “There is a lady here who needs to speak to you right away,” the person said. “Her husband is in the ICU, she is sitting by his bedside. His condition is extremely critical, and he is not expected to make it. Can you come to ...
(10 opinions  |   August 27 )

Terrorist Who Stabbed Border Policeman This Week Murdered Prof. Stern HYD 26 Years Ago

Terrorist Who Stabbed Border Policeman This Week Murdered Prof. Stern HYD 26 Years Ago
The terrorist who perpetrated the stabbing attack at Shar Shechem on Wednesday, 11 Elul, at the Shar Shechem entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, murdered a Jew 26 years ago. The terrorist attacked two border policemen with an axe and B’chasdei Hashem if flew out of his hands and he only managed to injure one of them lightly with a knife. Twenty-six years ago, on 9 Sivan 5749, 56-year-old PA (Palestinian Authority) Hebron resident Muhmad Ata Meumar murdered Prof. Menachem Stern HY”D in ...
(3 opinions  |   August 27 )

FDA Issues Warning Letters to 'Natural' Tobacco Makers

FDA Issues Warning Letters to 'Natural' Tobacco Makers
The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims. The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman's 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. The issue over the claims is that they may lead consumers to believe the products pose a lower risk. That claim has to be scientifically proven. The warning letters come several days ...
(2 opinions  |   August 27 )

If You Wonder Where the PA Donor Funds are Spent

If You Wonder Where the PA Donor Funds are Spent
While the international community by and large prefers to ignore accountability when it comes to the PA (Palestinian Authority) donor funds, it continues to pressure Israel over the difficult plight that is the life of so many residents of PA autonomous areas as well as Gazans, with the latter under the control of the Hamas regime. The widespread corruption in those areas and the fact that so much of the international community’s donor funds does not reach the people does not seem to interest ...
(4 opinions  |   August 27 )

Monaco Seeks Forgiveness for Deporting Jews During WWII

Monaco Seeks Forgiveness for Deporting Jews During WWII
In an unprecedented gesture of repentance, Monaco's Prince Albert II apologized Thursday for his country's role in deporting Jews to Nazi camps — seven decades after police rounded up scores of people from the seaside principality, including those who had sought refuge from the Holocaust in what they thought was a safe and neutral land. "To say this today is to recognize a fact. To say it today, on this day, before you, is to ask forgiveness," Albert said in a poignant speech recounting ...
(1 opinions  |   August 27 )

Brand New! This Will Increase Your Prophets

Brand New! This Will Increase Your Prophets
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(2 opinions  |   August 27 )

Prosecution Appeals Sentencing Bilingual School Arson Attack

Prosecution Appeals Sentencing Bilingual School Arson Attack
The state prosecutor has decided to appeal the punishment handed down against the defendants in the case of the arson attack against the Jerusalem Bilingual School. The defendants, Nachman Tuito and his brother Shlomo, were sentenced to 2.5 and 2 years imprisonment respectively. In response to the state’s position, Honenu attorney Itamar Ben-Givir explains it is interesting that the state never seems to appeal convictions of defendants who set shuls on fire. The prosecutor has filed an ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

VIDEO: Yosi Piamenta's Loved Ones Speak About His Legacy Following His Funeral

VIDEO: Yosi Piamenta's Loved Ones Speak About His Legacy Following His Funeral
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Yosi Piamenta’s sons speak about his life in this video from Arutz Sheva after his funeral. One son talks about his music and how many people he touched. He talked about how people who listened to his music became religious after listening to it. Another son said he will continue his mission. A man who used to work with Yosi Piamenta for 18 years spoke about how he tried to make people happy. Watch the video here:
(3 opinions  |   August 27 )

Israel: New Regulations Signal There Will be No Problem with the Minhag of Kaporos this Year

Israel: New Regulations Signal There Will be No Problem with the Minhag of Kaporos this Year
MK Uri Maklev earlier this morning objected to new stringent regulations that would all but eliminate the possibility of carrying out the minhag of kaporos. The major problem with the regulations was the fact that shechita was prohibited outside of an authorized slaughterhouse. The good news for those who take part in the annual minhag is the stringent regulations have been modified and while they still concern themselves with preventing the spread of disease and the welfare of the chickens, ...
(2 opinions  |   August 27 )

Trump's Lean Campaign Structure Breaks The Mold

Trump's Lean Campaign Structure Breaks The Mold
Not only is Donald Trump an unconventional candidate, he's got a campaign operation that turns the conventional wisdom of electoral politics on its head. While Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton boasts an army of more than 350 paid staffers, Trump's operation fields less than a tenth that number. It includes a coterie of about a dozen paid staffers operating out of the campaign headquarters at Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue — the same building where Trump lives and ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

Family Members of Avraham Mengistu Hold a Protest at Eretz Crossing

Family Members of Avraham Mengistu Hold a Protest at Eretz Crossing
Relatives of Avraham Mengistu, who has been in Gaza for over a year, held a symbolic protest at the Eretz Crossing to Gaza on Thursday morning 12 Elul. Some 20 relatives of Avraham took part in the event. Mengistu, who is described as mentally challenged, walked into Gaza on his own. The family insists he is being held against his will today, accusing the government of not doing enough to get him out. In public statements made regarding Mengistu, government officials told the press that ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

Clinton Likens GOP's Views on Women to Those of Terrorists

Clinton Likens GOP's Views on Women to Those of Terrorists
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out of date" policies. "Now extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world," Clinton said. "But it's a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want ...
(1 opinions  |   August 27 )

Back In Lakewood Due To Popular Demand – Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg’s Evening With The Pros

Back In Lakewood Due To Popular Demand – Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg’s Evening With The Pros
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] When he lived in Lakewood, very few people knew of his secret life. When he moved to Eretz Yisrael, even fewer knew of him. His cover was blown after he spoke at Google and was mentioned in Globes. Then he began a weekly column on page one of the business section of the Jerusalem Post, The Israeli’s version of the Wall Street Journal. With recent feature articles in Hamodia’s Inyan magazine and in Mishpacha, Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg’s talents and client roster ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

IDF Destroys Two Outposts in the Binyamin Region of Shomron

IDF Destroys Two Outposts in the Binyamin Region of Shomron
IDF and police forces on Thursday, 12 Elul, destroyed a shul and a number of buildings in the Maoz Esther and Geulat Tzion outposts located in the Binyamin Regional Council district of Shomron. The Civil Administration inspectors were backed by military and police troops, who came under attack as residents pelted them with stones. Two homes and the building used as a shul were removed. The residents also set tires ablaze and tried blocking government agents. Three arrests were made, all ...
(1 opinions  |   August 27 )

Yagdil Kosher Wines Offer Amazing Summer Deals Including 20% Off All Wines in “Stock Up for Winter” Sale

Yagdil Kosher Wines Offer Amazing Summer Deals Including 20% Off All Wines in “Stock Up for Winter” Sale
[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] “There’s been a sore need for a new kosher wine and liquor store,” says Yagdil Wines owner Chaim Gluck. It was a tough job, and few wanted to do the legwork. However in spite of the challenges ahead, Yagdil’s owners stepped up to the plate. After traversing permits and lawyers, they achieved the license that would allow them to provide the entire Catskillls community with something that was badly needed – A new kosher wine & liquor ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

Polish Official 'Convinced' That Mystery Nazi Train Exists

Polish Official 'Convinced' That Mystery Nazi Train Exists
A leading Polish cultural official said Thursday he is "convinced" of the existence of a Nazi treasure train that has been missing for 70 years and which two men claim to have found recently. Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski also warned treasure hunters in southwestern Poland to stop looking for the "so-called 'gold train'" because it could be mined and dangerous. Since the end of World War II, local Polish legend has said that a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

Egged Taavura Strike Beginning on Sunday

Egged Taavura Strike Beginning on Sunday
The Egged Taavura Company has announced it is launching an open-ended strike beginning on Sunday, 15 Elul. This is not to be confused with ‘Egged’ that runs lines in cities around Israel. Union leaders explain they have hit a stone wall regarding their battle for employee rights and passenger security and therefore they feel the need to launch the strike. Urban lines that will be affected by the strike include Ashdod, Netanya, Jerusalem corridor communities, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, ...
(1 opinions  |   August 27 )

Bnei Brak: Child Hospitalized After Drinking Bleach

Bnei Brak: Child Hospitalized After Drinking Bleach
A child was rushed to a local hospital on Wednesday 11 Elul after he ingested bleach. The incident occurred in a home on Ganei Gad Street in Bnei Brak. A two-year-old child drank the bleach which was reportedly placed in a plastic cup. Ichud Hatzalah EMT Yehuda Hildesheim reports the child was conscious and alert when they arrived on the scene. He was transported to a hospital in stable condition. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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AP Sues Over Access To FBI Records Involving Fake News Story

AP Sues Over Access To FBI Records Involving Fake News Story
The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer. AP joined with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. At issue is a 2014 Freedom of Information request seeking documents related to the FBI's decision to send a web link to the fake ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

Arabs And Jews Face Off at Barzilai Hospital

Arabs And Jews Face Off at Barzilai Hospital
Police in the Ashkelon district on Wednesday evening 11 Elul at about 20:30 received a call for assistance, reporting a brawl between Jews and family members of former hunger-striker Muhmad Alaan, who remains in Barzilai Hospital. Police arrived on the hospital complex headed by Ashkelon Police Chief Shimon Portal. Police distanced the sides in an effort to restore order. Police arrested five persons for disturbing the peace. Alaan, who was imprisoned in Israel in the past was in ...
(3 opinions  |   August 27 )

Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential Year

Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential Year
The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race. Underdeveloped party resources such as voter data files could become a serious disadvantage for the eventual nominee, particularly if that person is not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would enter a ...
(1 opinions  |   August 27 )

IAF Retaliates for Wednesday Night Rocket Attack in S. Israel

IAF Retaliates for Wednesday Night Rocket Attack in S. Israel
The Israel Air Force during the night (Wednesday-Thursday) of 12 Elul attacked terrorist objectives aligned with Hamas in central Gaza. The aerial assault was in response to a rocket attack into the Eshkol Regional Council area of southern Israel on Wednesday night. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities or injuries in the rocket attack. State officials released statements to the media that it holds the Hamas regime responsible for any and all rocket attacks from Gaza into ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 27 )

MSNBC Ending Sharpton's Daily Show

MSNBC Ending Sharpton's Daily Show
Al Sharpton is losing his daily show on MSNBC, with the network saying he'll be downshifted to the weekend. Sharpton's "Politics Nation" has aired at 6 p.m. EDT on weeknights for the past four years at the ratings-challenged news network. MSNBC is in the midst of wholesale changes under NBC News boss Andrew Lack, deemphasizing its left-leaning programming during the daytime hours in favor of more straight news shows. Sharpton's show occasionally put MSNBC in awkward positions, since he ...
(2 opinions  |   August 27 )