At a festive meeting on the Golan Heights, the Government, today (Sunday, 16 June 2019), approved the establishment of a new community on the Golan Heights, to be named "Trump Heights" (Ramat Trump), after US President Donald Trump. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also attended the meeting.
Following the meeting a ceremony was held to unveil the sign for the new community with the participation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Government ministers.
Prime Minister Netanyahu at the start of the festive Cabinet meeting:
"This is an historic day for us. We are going to do two things: Establish a new community on the Golan Heights, something which has not been done for many years. This is an act of settlement and of Zionism of the first order. The second thing is to honor ...
"Moderation – religious, nationalist and cultural – are the true way to reach the hearts of people. That is the right way to live."
"Religion itself is not the problem, rather political Islam that tries to create conflict between Jews and Muslims. States such as Iran, Qatar and Turkey who fund hatred through Hamas and Hizbollah. This is not religion; this is political Islam which we must fight against."
President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Sunday 16 June / 13 Sivan, welcomed a delegation of the leadership of the Conférence des imams de France (the Conference of Imams in France) and of social activists from the Muslim communities in France and Belgium. The delegation is visiting Israel at the initiative of ELNET to learn abou...
The head of the Shin Bet security service, Nadav Argaman, met recently with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to persuade him to agree to accept tax money collected by Israel on the PA’s behalf, according to a Saturday report by Channel 12 news.
Abbas has refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding money to match the sums the PA pays to the families of terrorists.
Israel has several times reportedly tried to transfer $182 million to the PA, but the transactions were rejected. Jerusalem is concerned that if the PA collapses, it will destabilize the West Bank.
Read more at Times of Israel.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday that his organization is “investigating the rocket fire on Israel, as there was no order to any group to do it.”
Haniyeh was referring to Thursday’s rocket fire on southern Israel, which hit a religious school in the city of Sderot.
The statement was made during Haniyeh’s meeting with U.N. Envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov in Gaza.
According to Palestinian media reports, the Hamas leader stressed that Gaza’s rulers were “committed to the understandings reached as part of the ceasefire. We want it [the ceasefire] to continue.”
Also on Saturday, Khalil al-Hayya, the deputy of Hamas military leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, said that a delegation of senior Egyptian officials is scheduled to arrive in G...
A 27-year-old man allegedly trespassed into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office in Queens Saturday afternoon, a police source told The Hill.
The man sprayed a fire extinguisher while officers arrived creating a “cloud condition,” said New York Police Department spokesman George Tsourovakas.
The man was then taken into police custody, Tsourovakas said, adding that charges against the man are pending.
Read more at The Hill.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman warned Saturday that Saudi Arabia “will not hesitate to deal with any threat,” after accusing Iran of responsibility for attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, amid growing tensions between Iran and the United States.
“We do not want a war in the region … But we will not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests,” Prince Mohammed was quoted as saying in an interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.
“The Iranian regime did not respect the presence of the Japanese prime minister as a guest in Tehran and responded to his efforts by attacking two tankers, one of which was Japanese,” he s...
In just over a decade, Uber has fundamentally transformed the way people get from one place to another, unleashing both chaos and convenience.
Now the global ride-hailing behemoth is hoping to revolutionize how people get their food.
On Wednesday, the company announced plans to begin testing the first-ever commercial application of food delivery by drone in high-density urban areas, joining companies like Amazon and Google that are seeking to make unmanned commercial deliveries using the same technology. (Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)
The company’s new initiative – a collaborative effort between its Uber Eats and Uber Elevate divisions – began with tests in San Diego using fast food meals from a prominent chain, but could expand to i...
An Israel Defense Forces soldier was confined to an army base for a weekend as punishment for putting dairy and meat products in the same refrigerator.
According to Channel 12 news, he put cheese and cold cuts on the same shelf in a refrigerator on his base.
A Yisrael Beytenu lawmaker on Saturday condemned the army’s punishment of the soldier, warning it could portend further religious strictures on troops.
“Today they forbid putting milk and meat together in the same fridge. Tomorrow they’ll forbid girls from enlisting in the army. In two days we’ll become the army for the defense of Jewish law,” MK Evgeny Sova wrote on Facebook.
“We should stop this quickly,” he added.
Read more at Times of Israel.
HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly clad in black despite the sweltering weather, jammed the city’s streets Sunday in a vehement show of opposition to proposed legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony.
The marchers are demanding that Hong Kong’s leader first scrap an extradition bill that would allow some suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China and then resign. The conflict, which slipped into unusually violent clashes with police last week, is one of the toughest tests of the territory’s special status since China took control in a 1997 handover.
The demonstrators carried banners demanding that Chief Executive Carrie Lam step down and repeatedly broke into chants. Walki...
A massive electrical failure has hit Argentina and Uruguay countries according to a major electricity provider.
"A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," electricity supplier company Edesur said in a tweet.
It was also reported the power cut had affected parts of Brazil and Paraguay.
There are about 48 million people in both countries and people in some parts of Argentina are preparing to go to the polls for local elections.
Argentine media said the power cut shortly after 7am local time and caused trains to halt as well as failures to traffic signalling.
Washington - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner took in as much as $135 million in revenue during their second year as aides to President Donald Trump, generated from their vast real estate holdings, stocks and bonds and even a book deal, according to their financial disclosures released Friday.
Ivanka Trump’s stake in her family’s Washington, D.C., hotel down the street from the Oval Office generated $3.95 million in revenue in 2018, barely changed from a year earlier. The hotel, a favorite gathering spot for foreign diplomats and lobbyists, is at the center of two federal lawsuits claiming Donald Trump is violating the Constitution’s ban on foreign government payments to the president.
Another big Ivanka Trump holding, a trust that includes her personal business selling h...
In light of reports about contacts between senior members of the charedi parties and the chairman of the left wing Kichol V’lavan party, Benny Gantz, UTJ officially announced on Friday that its political partnership with the Likud will continue even after the elections.
“Contrary to the various reports, the partnership with the Likud and Netanyahu will continue even after the upcoming elections,” said the short message, which sought to put an end to the various speculations on the issue.
On Thursday, journalist Ben Caspit reported in the Maariv newspaper that prior to the dissolution of the Knesset two weeks ago, UTJ officials were in contact with Kichol V’lavan leaders in an attempt to prevent new elections from being called.
Read more at Arutz Sh...
Talk radio host Brian Mudd weighs in on how likely Trump is to win Florida in 2020.
President Donald Trump is “all in” for a constitutional amendment banning desecration of the American flag, he said in an early morning tweet Saturday, backing such an effort by two Republican senators.
To commemorate Flag Day – which also happens to be Trump’s birthday – Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota introduced the amendment on Friday.
“All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!” Trump tweeted.
This isn’t a new position for the president, who a few weeks after the 2016 election tweeted: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or y...
Iran has multiplied the speed at which it enriches uranium but it is still far from the maximum rate possible under its nuclear deal with major powers, meaning it would be months before production ceilings are hit, diplomats who follow it say.
Against a backdrop of rising tensions with the United States, which pulled out of the 2015 deal a year ago and has since imposed ever more punishing economic sanctions against Tehran, Iran has stayed within the deal’s key limits while threatening to discard at least some of them.
Since it withdrew from the deal, Washington has reinstated its sanctions against Tehran and added new ones in a bid to isolate the Islamic Republic — an effort Iran calls “economic terrorism.”
Iran‘s response has included accelerating uranium...
Tehran, Iran - They still cry “death to America” in Iran.
President Donald Trump claimed otherwise in a Fox News interview as he took credit for a taming of Iran that is not apparent in its actions or rhetoric.
TRUMP, speaking about Iranians “screaming death to America” when Barack Obama was U.S. president: “They haven’t screamed ‘death to America’ lately.” — Fox News interview Friday.
THE FACTS: Not true. The death-to-America chant is heard routinely.
The chant, “marg bar Amreeka” in Farsi, dates back even before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Once used by communists, it was popularized by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the revolution’s figurehead and Iran’s first supreme leader after the U....
The Secret Service arrested a man who climbed over a fence onto White House grounds shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, according to a report released by the District of Columbia police.
Dayton Hershey, 21, of Paradise, Pennsylvania, was detained immediately after crossing a barrier on the northwestern side of the Treasury Building fence along Pennsylvania Avenue at 9:09 p.m. Hershey was taken into custody by the D.C. police and charged with assault on a police officer and unlawful entry.
Police did not say why Hershey jumped the fence. Attempts to reach Hershey’s family members Saturday were unsuccessful. According to court documents, Hershey pleaded guilty to speeding charges earlier this year and last summer.
White House security operations were not impacted, according to a Secret Ser...
Israelis participated in a wedding held this week in the village of Deir Qaddis in the Ramallah area, sparking a furor on social media, as reported by Kan journalist Nurit Yohanan.
Arab residents of the village were furious that Jews participated in the wedding, who were there on the invitation of Palestinian Arab guests, who work together with them in a car repair shop.
In the video of the wedding, young Jews wearing religious garb dance with the local Arabs to the sound of Middle Eastern music as PLO flags are seen in the background.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Miriam Ben Gal, who lost husband in Samaria stabbing attack, becomes engaged to widower Elad Rabia, graduate of Beit El Yeshiva.
Joy mixed with sadness. Miriam Ben Gal, the widow of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, who was murdered in a stabbing attack in Samaria, became engaged to Beit El Yeshiva graduate Elad Rabia, whose wife died of a serious illness.
The engaged couple said in a message:
“Praise and thanks to the Creator for all the goodness that He has bestowed upon us. Even in times of trouble and in difficult times, we have seen the hand of the Good Lord, who showers kindness on us without limit.
“We are happy and excited to announce that we have been blessed twofold and we are privileged to build a new home on the houses that went lacking.
“We would li...
Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was convicted Sunday of improperly using state funds to illegally procure private catering services at the Prime Minister’s Residence.
Her conviction comes as part of a plea bargain accepted by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court that saw her escape a charges of aggravated fraud in exchange for her confessing to lesser criminal charges of receiving a gift by purposefully exploiting other people’s mistakes, but not by fraudulent means.
Netanyahu was ordered to pay a NIS 10,000 ($2,800) fine and reimburse the state a further NIS 45,000 ($12,500). Her lawyer requested that the sum be paid in 10 monthly installments.
Read more at i24NEWS.