Nine months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a written outlook of his views on Israel’s security and defense in several different forums, Israel Hayom has obtained a number of unpublished sections of the document. In an article due to be published in the United States, former acting National Security Adviser Jacob Nagel reveals newly non-classified sections of Netanyahu’s security and defense outlook. One of Netanyahu’s underlying assumptions is that there are currently no existential threats facing the state of Israel, Iranian threats notwithstanding. Nagel writes that Netanyahu thinks this situation should be maintained. Another point of the outlook is the need to protect the homefront and vital national infrastructure and government institut...
Former Massachusetts Gov. William “Bill” Weld announced Monday he is running against President Trump for the Republican nomination for president. Weld revealed that he formed a presidential exploratory committee back in February, but Monday’s announcement makes his intra-party challenge official. “In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their ‘win at all cost’ battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering,” Weld said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner. “ … It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln – equality, dignity, and opportunity for all." He added: "There is no greater cause on earth than to...
Brooklyn, NY - The Health Department today announced that it has closed a child care program in Williamsburg for repeatedly failing to provide access to medical and attendance records in violation of an Order of the Health Commissioner in response to the current measles outbreak. That Order requires child care programs to exclude unvaccinated students and staff and to maintain medical and attendance records on site and provide the Department with immediate access. United Talmudical Academy (UTA), located at 75 Ross Street in Williamsburg, failed to provide access to those records, making it impossible for the Department to determine whether the child care program has been excluding children and staff as required. Health Department staff will monitor the school to ensure it is following th...
The most important part of the Seder is the mitzvah of Vehigadita Levincha. What would be in a case where the father has the mitzvah of sippur Yetzias Mitzrayim and the son does not? In order to answer the question, let’s first elaborate upon the scenario where such a question can actually occur. The first possibility would be if the father lives in Chutz L’aretz and the son lives in Eretz Yisroel and either the father is visiting EretzYisroel or the son is visiting Chutz L’Aretz.  The above question would come into play on the second day of Yom Tov. Another case could be if the father is in a place where it is after nightfall and the son...
Baltimore's current political mess is starting to draw attention from other parts of the country. A Wall Street Journal commentary published Friday outlines in exacting detail Mayor Catherine Pugh's literary career. It points out for the entire nation the discrepancies between what Pugh has been claiming about her "Healthy Holly" book sales and the reality of the fact that many more organizations, including some who had city contracts at stake, were paying for her books than the mayor was admitting. "In hindsight, it was not the best decision to purchase Healthy Holly books," John Ashworth, the interim CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System, told writer Jillian Kay Melchior. The piece also accuses Pugh of being part of "an apparent scheme to enrich herself usin...
Commanding officer of the late Yoni Netanyahu presents PM with Haggadah, books, and other items used by his brother. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his brother Dr. Ido Netanyahu met with Yosef Shemesh, who was the commanding officer of the late Yonatan Netanyahu in the Armored Corps, and received personal items which belonged to their brother. Yonatan Netanyahu was killed while leading Operation Thunderbolt, which rescued over 100 Jewish hostages at the Entebbe Airport in 1976. The items Shemesh presented to the brothers included Yoni's commando knife, a Passover Haggadah, a shirt, books he had given Yosef, a sleeping bag, a pair of gloves, and a compass. Prime Minister Netanyahu was emotional as he received his brother's belongings 43 years after his death. "...
A man in northern France said he stabbed his neighbor because he “wanted to kill a Jew.” The attack, first reported on April 8, occurred in Bourdon, a commune in the Somme department in northern France, on April 5, the French-language 20 Minutes news website reported. The victim, a 58-year-old man, was stabbed 15 times in his stomach and face. He was injured in the liver and gallbladder and underwent surgery, according to the report. The attacker, 18, told witnesses that he “wanted to kill a Jew.” According to the report, the victim is not Jewish. Read more at Arutz Sheva.
A mother and her young children were among 16 people injured, one seriously, in a massive fire that broke out in a Haifa apartment block on Monday. After igniting in a second-floor apartment, the blaze ripped through the building on Ibn Gvirol Street, leaving one man in serious condition, one person in moderate condition and another 11 people with light injuries. Five firefighter units battled the blaze, entered the burning building and saved the life of the seriously injured man. They evacuated the approximately 30-year-old woman, in addition to her 3-year-old and 6-year-old children. The majority of the victims were evacuated to Haifa’s Rambam Hospital. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
The provisional results for last Tuesday’s Knesset election now show the Likud with 35 seats, down one from the initial results released last week by the Central Elections Committee, while the Yahudut Torah party gained a seat, rising from seven to eight mandates. The actual shift in votes was minor, however, and leaves the UTJ’s eight seat with only an 80-vote margin for the time being. The seat could thus be ‘lost’ by another minor shift in the vote total. The Likud remains the closest party to another seat, requiring just 202 more votes – if the remaining vote count remains unchanged – to regain its 36th seat. If the UTJ gains additional votes, however, the Likud will also require more additional votes beyond the 202 it currently lacks, at a rate of...
The heads of Israel’s charedi parties on Monday morning met Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his home, Kikar Shabbos reported. Netanyahu’s meeting with Shas leader Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and UTJ’s Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman came just before the two met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to recommend Netanyahu continue in his position as PM. “We recommend Netanyahu as candidate for the premiership,” said Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman. “We worked with him during the previous term. We did everything we could for the Jewish people, and so we think that he is the right candidate for prime minister.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Israeli scientists on Monday unveiled what they said was the first-ever 3D printed heart made of real human tissues and vessels, calling it a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants. The heart, about the size of a rabbit’s, marked “the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” said Tal Dvir, who led the project. “People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels,” he said. The whole, living, pulsating 3D-printed heart “paves the way to the medicine of the future, in which patients will no longer have to wait for transplants or take med...
Palestinian security prisoners are calling off a planned mass hunger strike after reaching an agreement with Israeli prison authorities, according a Palestinian advocacy group. “An agreement in principle has been reached between the prisoners and the management of the occupation’s prisons regarding their demands,” the Palestinian Prisoners Club announces in a Facebook post. The group said details of the preliminary agreement would be announced at a later date. The prisoners launched a mass hunger strike last week to protest an Israeli crackdown on illicit cellphone usage among inmates. Read more at Times of Israel.
London - Britain’s privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it’s proposing to protect children’s online privacy. Under the draft rules, which were released for consultation on Monday , tech companies would not be allowed to use “nudge techniques” that encourage children to keep using a site. The Information Commissioner’s Office said examples of “reward loops” that keep people using a site so that more of their personal data can be harvested include “likes” on Facebook and Instagram or “streaks” on Snapchat. A Snapchat streak involves two friends sending each other direct “snaps” on consecutive days...
Pittsburgh - A Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed in a mass shooting last year is inviting young people worldwide to submit artwork to cover the fencing surrounding the still-shuttered building. The art project is called “#HeartsTogether: The Art of Rebuilding.” Organizers said that Tree of Life synagogue is looking for “original, uplifting images and graphics” to be printed on windscreens that will cover the temporary perimeter fencing. The project is open to artists age 13 to 17. “It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our first responders and local and global neighbors who showed us so much love in the wake of the assault on our synagogue building,” according to a news release. The project’s goal, organizers said, &l...
Paris - U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted about the fire engulfing Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Trump wrote on Twitter after the fire broke out Monday: “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris” and made suggestions for how first responders should tackle it. He said: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out,” adding: “Must act quickly!” Firefighters were trying to contain the fire when the cathedral’s spire collapsed. Authorities say the wooden interior now is burning.
A massive fire broke out at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon, officials said. Smoke could be seen from a distance billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, while flames leaped out from two of its bell towers. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called it a "terrible fire." The fire department was fighting the flames, while the area near the cathedral was being cleared. Sources told Fox News that it appears the fire was related to recent construction done at the cathedral. Additional information was not immediately available.
(Gray News) - Emergency services say the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has caught fire. Located on a small island in the middle of the River Seine in the heart of Paris, Notre Dame is more than 800 years old. According to the cathedral’s website, the building took 200 years to build. A major operation is underway, The Independent reported.
Washington - The U.S. terrorism label for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday, amid a battle between the Trump administration and some in Congress over waivers on oil and nuclear sanctions that are due to expire or be extended early next month. The Guard’s formal designation as a “foreign terrorist organization” — the first-ever for an entire division of another government — kicked in with a notice published in the Federal Register. The move adds a layer of sanctions to the elite military unit and makes it a crime for anyone in or subject to U.S. jurisdiction to provide it with material support. Depending on how broadly “material support” is interpreted, the designation may complicate U.S. diplomatic and military coope...
Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election and stressed the need to work toward a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Merkel’s office said stressed in a phone conversation Monday the continued relevance of a two-state solution, which she said should be the goal of international efforts. Merkel also expressed her willingness to work closely and trustingly with the incoming Israeli government. During the final stretch of his election campaign, Netanyahu pledged for the first time to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in a desperate bid to rally his right-wing base. Netanyahu has reneged on election eve promises before, but should he follow through on this one, it would mark a dramati...
New York - The number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States this year jumped by nearly 20 percent in the week ended April 11 in the country’s second-worst outbreak in nearly two decades, federal health officials reported on Monday. As of April 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 555 cases of the disease since the beginning of the year, up from 465 cases confirmed by April 4. The cases were found in 20 states spanning the country. The measles virus is highly contagious and can lead to deadly complications, particularly in children. The CDC report did not say whether there have been any fatalities. The U.S. outbreak is part of a worldwide rise. The World Health Organization reported on Monday that global cases had risen nearly four-fol...
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