NYPD Chief Of Department Phil Banks Abruptly Resignes
The NYPD's Chief of Department, Philip Banks, has just resigned. Chief Banks is a 28-year veteran of the department, and was expected to become first deputy commissioner, the number two spot in the department. Sources tell YWN that Banks allegedly had a disagreement with Commissioner Bratton which led to Banks resigning.
The news has sent shock waves through the department.
Chief Banks, 50, joined the New York City Police Department in July 1986, and began his career on patrol in the 81st ...
Compromise Giyur Bill to be Presented at the Weekly Cabinet Meeting
A compromise version of the controversial Giyur Bill introduced by Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita is scheduled to be presented to the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday 9 Marcheshvan. Those in the know are signaling the revised version is likely to be approved by the cabinet on Sunday. If this is the case, the ball will be back in the Bayit Yehudi court as party leader Naftali Bennett will then have to move with the newly approved version. This will replace the MK Elazar Stern version of the bill ...
REMINDER: Change Your Clocks On Motzei Shabbos (USA) - And Check Your Smoke Alarms
Don’t forget to “fall back” and check smoke detectors this weekend.
On Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 a.m., time will revert back to standard, giving everyone an extra hour to sleep in.
Since 2007, the time change has reverted to standard time on the first Sunday of November and changed to daylight savings time on the second Sunday of March.
Hence the phrase, “Fall back, spring ahead” to help people remember which way to turn their clocks during what season.
Daylight savings is also ...
Body Guard Assigned to MK Moshe Feiglin
Knesset security officials have assigned bodyguard to Deputy Speaker MK Moshe Feiglin following the attempted assassination of Har Habayis activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick.
Due to Feiglin’s often-heard remarks and activism promoting freedom for Jews on Har Habayis, Knesset security officials have decided there is a need for additional protection for Feiglin.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein called on Knesset Security to remain vigilant and provide additional protection for any and all ...
Israel: Gas Prices Going Down on November 2nd
The price of gasoline at the pumps is going down on November 2nd, officials announce. At present, a liter of 95 octane gasoline in Israel sells for 7.37 NIS, which is the equivalent of $7.86 per a US gallon based on the Bank of Israel exchange rate of 3.75 at the close of banking hours on Wednesday 5 Marcheshvan.
On November 2nd the price per liter will be 27 agorot less, 7.05 NIS, which is the equivalent of $7.52 a gallon based on the same exchange rate.
Officials in the Office of ...
3,000 Police Assigned to the Capital to Prevent Islamic Violence
Police have reopened Har Habayis to permit Muslims to visit the site and conduct Friday prayers. The area was closed down to Muslims and non-Muslims alike on Thursday following the attempted assassination of Har Habayis activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick. Rabbi Glick remains hospitalized in Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Police officials report that generally speaking the Jerusalem force number 1,200 but they are not taking chances, more than doubling the manpower that will be on hand Friday to ...
Hospital Reports Improvement in the Condition of Yehuda Glick
Officials in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim report a slight improvement overnight in the condition of terror victim Rabbi Yehuda Glick. Rabbi Glick remains intubated and sedated, listed in serious condition after being shot several times at point blank range.
The tzibur is requested to be mispallel for Yehuda Yehoshua ben Rivka Ita Brenda bsoch kol cholei am yisrael.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Rishon L'Tzion Meets with Rabbi Chaim Druckman
With the Giyur Bill set on the Knesset agenda for next week, Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita met with Rabbi Chaim Druckman Shlita. The meeting took place on Thursday 6 Marcheshvan. It should be remembered that Rabbi Druckman was the head of the state giyur program. Rabbi Yosef met with him in the hope of preventing the bill from being voted into law next week. The meeting was held in Rabbi Yosef’s apartment in the Sanhedria neighborhood of Yerushalayim.
Rabbi Yosef detailed ...
FM Lieberman to Sweden: The Mideast is More Complicated than IKEA Furniture
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the decision by the government of Sweden to recognize a Palestinian state is an unfortunate decision which strengthens radical elements and Palestinian recalcitrance. Such measures only serve to bolster the Palestinians' unrealistic demands and delay an agreement. The only way to reach an arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians is for the parties to conduct sincere negotiations.
It is unfortunate, said FM Lieberman that the Swedish ...
4 Har Habayis Activists Arrested Trying to Ascend to the Site
Several dozen Jews arrived at the Kosel Plaza on Thursday afternoon 6 Marcheshvan. The activists tried to force their way onto the bridge leading to the Mughrabi Gate, seeking to ascend to Har Habayis.
Police made four arrests. There are no reports of injuries.
In a related matter, Arab MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi commented to the media on the Israel Police decision to close Har Habayis to all, including Muslims.
Tibi said “The closure of Har Habayis and al-Aqsa to worshipers is an act of ...
First Presidential Debate in Works for Republicans
The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California's Reagan Library in September 2015.
Former first lady Nancy Reagan noted that the country is less than a year away from the beginning of an important national conversation. "I can't think of a ...
Inspectors Nab Shipment of Protected Items at Ben-Gurion Airport
Inspectors from a number of government agencies on the night between Wednesday and Thursday (the eve of 6 Marcheshvan) apprehended a sizable shipment of sea creatures and plant life categorized as ‘protected species’ and thereby prohibited to be brought into the country.
The shipment included 58 cases containing a total of 1,180 fish and protected creatures totaling 870kg (1,918 lbs.). A total of 248 different species were apprehended, all banned from importation.
Included among the ...
Bratton: No Credible Threats Against NYC Marathon
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says there are no credible threats against Sunday's New York City Marathon.
This is the second time the race has been run since the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Security was stepped up last year, and organizers plan similar measures Sunday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday that he and Bratton attended a meeting the day before that included various city agencies and the FBI to go over preparations.
Last year, barriers ...
Annual Rabin Memorial Rally this Motzei Shabbos in Tel Aviv
The annual memorial rally held for the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin will take place in Tel Aviv on motzei Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha. The rally seems to attract fewer participants with each passing year. This year will mark 19 years since the prime minister was assassinated.
Organizers this years decided to call the rally “Remembering the murder – fighting for democracy”. A campaign is underway to reach many youths affiliated with various youth organizations to come out in the ...
Obama Official Cursing Out Netanyahu - A Halachic Analysis
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman]
It is a news story that most religious Jews wish to ignore. An anonymous senior Obama administration official described the Prime Minister of Israel with a word that is called by the Talmud as “Nibul Peh” – curse words that should never be used. The Israeli government response to this outrage, however, is probably correct. The Obama administration was probably trying to pre-empt Netanyahu’s condemnation when Obama will announce a deal that will allow Iran to ...
Dempsey: US Considering Empowering Sunni Tribes
The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon is beginning to consider ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq's Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told reporters Thursday that empowering the tribes is one of three key elements of a strategy for rolling back IS fighters in northern and western Iraq.
The other elements are advising and assisting Iraqi government troops and creating ...