Tehran, Iran - The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency reported.
Major General Hossein Salami, named head of the force last month, added: “This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution.”
The United States has sent further military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles, in a show of force against what U.S. officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region. Read more at Reuters
The White House is set to unveil a sweeping new plan that would radically transform the makeup of immigrants in the United States, ending the visa lottery program and implementing a comprehensive merit-based admissions procedure, three senior administration officials told Fox News on Wednesday.
The move would more than quadruple the number of immigrants admitted because of their work-related skills, while dramatically slashing the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties. Currently, approximately 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections.
Those percentages, under the new plan, would shift to 57 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Ten percent of immig...
Agudath Israel of America commends New Jersey State Senator Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen/Passaic) for his introduction of S3647, a bill which aims to make hiring security personnel more accessible and affordable for houses of worship and nonpublic schools in the state.
The bill allows certain police officers to serve as security personnel at houses of worship and makes the process easier for nonpublic schools to hire these officers for less than the cost of private security guards.
“This bill will lessen the financial burden on synagogues and schools, allowing them to hire security personnel,” said Rabbi Avi Schnall, director of the New Jersey office of Agudath Israel, who assisted in the drafting of the bill. “We are grateful to Senator Sarlo for taking the lead on this import...
A helicopter fell short of its landing pad, located on West 30th Street, and went down in the Hudson River Wednesday, the FDNY confirmed to Fox News.
It happened in the vicinity of 12th Ave and West 34th Street in New York City and authorities were called to the scene at 2:26 pm. The FDNY boat and land were dispatched to the scene.
The pilot landed on the river, exited the helicopter, and was rescued by a NY Waterway ferry crew aboard the Gov. Thomas Kean ship. Additionally, the helicopter has been secured, the FDNY said.
Capt. Adam Sciaino was carrying passengers between West 39th Street in Manhattan and 14th Street in Hoboken when he saw the helicopter go down at about 1:20 p.m., making it his second rescue in 10 years.
Deckhand Edwin Montoya deployed...
NEW YORK (AP) — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S.
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. Right now, customers have to take the extra step of requesting tools from their carriers or downloading apps from other companies to help them weed out most unwanted calls.
The rising volume of calls in the last few years, driven by how cheap and easy it is for scammers to call millions of people as well as weak enforcement, has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to act. The volume of calls has risen to roughly 5 billion per month, acc...
House Democrats are "heading into a world of hurt" if they escalate their fight with Attorney General Bill Barr over access to the full Robert Mueller report, according to constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley.
Turley, a George Washington University law professor, issued the warning during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. As lawmakers grilled him and other legal scholars on issues having to do with executive privilege and congressional oversight, Turley stated that while he generally tends to give weight to congressional power, they are sure to lose if they go to court for the purpose of holding Barr in contempt for not releasing the full Mueller report.
"You are heading into a world of hurt if you go to the D.C. Circuit," Tur...
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Less than a year after the terrible blaze in the city of Beitar Illit in which Efrat Gindburg, 4, and Zvi Ginsburg, 2, perished, their parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Reuven Yehoshua Ginsburg, celebrated the birth of triplets this morning, welcoming a son and two daughters to this world.
The aforementioned fire took place on Rechov Knesses Mordechai in Beitar Illit at the end of the month of Tishrei.
Reb Reuven Yehoshua is a son of Rav Shlomo Ginsburg, R”M at Yeshivas Harei Yehuda in Moshav Bais Meir, and a grandson of the famed mashgiach, Rav Chatzkel Levenstein zt”l. Mrs. Ginsburg, a daughter of Rav Nosson Dovid Shapiro of Mosad Harav Kook, is a teacher at Talmud Torah Orchos Chaim.
Reb Reuven Yehoshua is a member of the kollel at Yes...
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In a song recorded many years ago by the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger warbles, “Time, time, time is on my side…”
The sentiment is, or course, the attitude of youth. And arrogant youth at that. As we age and grow more insightful, it becomes eminently clear that time is not on our side, is not on the side of anything ephemeral; not on the side of anyone or anything that marks the passage of the minutes, hours, days, months and years.
Time does not take sides. Time is not our ally. It is as amoral as it is unrelenting. It is not just...
Bill Barr did not mince words about his brawl with House Democrats when he ran into Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday on the sidelines of a Capitol Hill event.
According to a source close to the attorney general, Barr approached her in a holding tent after the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and asked whether she had brought her handcuffs.
The quip was a reference to the calls from some rank-and-file Democrats for Barr himself to be arrested, amid the fight over access to Russia probe documents.
The House Judiciary Committee voted last week to hold Barr in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted Russia report and underlying materials, as President Trump asserted executive privilege to protect tho...
Former Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday over his threat to to travel to Ukraine in order to pressure authorities in that country to investigate he and his son, Hunter Biden.
Giuliani said he planned to travel to Ukraine to ask officials to investigate whether Joe Biden had once pressured the government there to dismiss a top prosecutor who was investigating a gas company at a time when Hunter Biden sat on the company’s board of directors.
“It’s sort of Giuliani’s style and this administration,” said Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. “It is inappropriate. Unrelated to me, it’s just inappropriate to send your lawyer to a foreign government ...
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner struggled to answer questions about his plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators Tuesday, according to GOP officials, winning little support for the proposal.
Publicly, senators emerged from their weekly Capitol Hill luncheon, applauding the White House senior adviser’s pitch to move U.S. immigration toward a merit-based system that prioritizes highly skilled workers, a task he undertook at Trump’s behest.
But privately, Republican officials said Kushner had difficulty answering questions from a friendly audience, prompting Trump’s other senior adviser, Stephen Miller, to interrupt and take over the conversation. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to f...
A Greek billionaire and heir to the Coca-Cola fortune was arrested on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts after a search of his private jet uncovered more than $1.3 million worth of cannabis on board, according to multiple reports.
Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport after customs officials found approximately 5,000 cannabis plants in addition to seeds and a variety of other cannabis products, according to the Vancouver Sun.
David claimed the plants on board were “all hemp” and were related to a new venture to start a legal cannabis business in the region. He was charged with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation, ...
Hackers interrupted the Eurovision Song Contest broadcast on the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) website Tuesday, streaming a fake Israel Defense Forces’ video message warning all viewers near the contest venue to immediately seek shelter.
The two-minute video was only played in Israel. It appeared as an IDF message telling anyone within 1.2 kilometers (0.7 miles) of the contest venue in northern Tel Aviv to seek immediate shelter due to the threat of rocket attack.
Kan issued a statement saying that it believes the video’s reach was limited, and that “the [European Broadcast Union] and Kan view cybersecurity as being of the utmost importance, and the matter is being investigated.”
Though pro-Palestinian activists have attempted to make the Palestin...
John T. Earnest, the 19-year-old man charged with killing 60 year-old Lori Kaye and wounding three people in the Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 27, pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes on Tuesday.
Earnest only spoke twice during the hearing—once to acknowledge his name and once to agree with his court-appointed attorney’s decision not to seek bail.
Prosecutor Peter Ko said the government had not made a final decision regarding whether or not to seek the death penalty. He reaffirmed plans to try the case separately but simultaneously with state charges of murder and attempted murder, which could also expose Earnest to the death penalty.
Last week, a federal affidavit described Earnest as hate-filled and harboring anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim sentiment. He had said tha...
Danish police have arrested a man believed to have been involved in the Tuesday stabbing of Jewish woman in her 60s in the city of Helsingborg in southern Sweden, according to Swedish media reports.
The suspect was arrested after crossing the border into Denmark. His identity has yet to be made public by police.
The victim, who is in serious condition, is believed to be the wife of a senior member of the local Jewish community.
According to local reports, the attacker stabbed her nine times while she was on her way to work on Tuesday. The woman reportedly collapsed and cried for help, and was taken to a nearby hospital by first responders.
A manhunt was launched after the attacker fled the scene.
Ron Tannenbaum, a member of the Swedish Jewish community, said: “The situation is b...
Researchers at a Canadian firm announced Tuesday that they have found evidence of a global disinformation campaign targeting U.S., Saudi, and Israeli interests online backed by Iran.
The University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab said Tuesday in a report that it had uncovered a “network of inauthentic personas and social media accounts,” dubbed “Endless Mayfly,” operated out of Iran targeting the U.S. and other regional rivals of Iran.
The newly-uncovered organization “spreads falsehoods and amplifies narratives critical of Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel,” according to the report.
“Our investigation identifies cases where Endless Mayfly content led to incorrect media reporting and caused confusion among journalists, and accusations of ...
Democratic Party leaders have spent recent months doing their best to assert that their support for Israel is still solid. But their job just got a lot harder. With so many Democrats rushing to the defense of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) after she sparked outrage with comments in which she engaged in Holocaust revisionism on a Yahoo News podcast, the question now stands as to whether there is anything one of the party’s young left-wing rock stars can do or say that will cause its leaders to condemn them.
The comments from Tlaib were not the first time she has earned notoriety by offending Jews and supporters of Israel. Earlier in the year, both the Palestinian-American congresswoman and her colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), tweeted about Jews buying Congress, and promoted the no...
An earthquake was felt in central Israel, including Yerushalayim, Wednesday night.
No injuries or damage has been reported in the wake of the 4.6 magnitude quake.
The Geophysical Institute reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was at sea, between Hadera and Haifa, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the Israeli coast. The quake struck Israel at 7:53 PM.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Gaza - Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel’s creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, which controls Gaza, announced a general strike, closing schools and public institutions to allow for a large turnout.
For a year, Hamas has staged protests every Friday along the perimeter fence dividing Israel and Gaza, demanding an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.
More than 60 Palestinians were killed at last year’s demonstration, which coincided with the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
This year’s demonstration, however, comes two weeks after a cease-fire was reached ...