The shooting carried out by a Saudi aviation student at Naval Air Station Pensacola in December was an “act of terrorism,” Attorney General William Barr said Monday as authorities released their findings on an investigation into the attack.
Barr said the gunman, identified as Saudi Arabian Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was "motivated by jihadist ideology."
He added that Alshamrani, during last year's anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, posted a message online that "the countdown has begun" and later traveled to New York City to visit the 9/11 Memorial on Thanksgiving weekend.
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More than a dozen Saudi nationals who live in America and train with the U.S. military...
China will not be listed as a currency manipulator when the Treasury Department releases an update to its Foreign Exchange Report ahead of the signing of the phase one trade deal, sources tell FOX Business. A formal announcement could come as early as today or before Wednesday when the phase one deal is set to be signed.
China’s removal from the list is a "want" from Beijing before the deal is signed. Being included on the list impacts China’s ability to grow its economy, possibly limiting growth.
Last month, the U.S. and China agreed to a partial trade deal that calls for Beijing to purchase up to $200 billion of American products over the next two years, in addition to protecting against intellectual property theft and technology transfer. Beijing also agreed to e...
Mayor Dr. Aliza Bloch held a small ceremony on Monday, attended by Minister of Health MK Yaakov Litzman and CEO of Hadassah Medical Center, Prof. Zeev Rotshtein. During the ceremony, it was announced that an expanded medical center, operating as a branch of Hadassah Medical Center, would be built in Beit Shemesh.
The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Mayor Yeshaya Ehrenreich and Council Member Yisrael Silverstein, who holds the Health portfolio.
During the event, the Hadassah Director presented to the Minister and Mayor an annual draft plan for the establishment of a Hadassah Medical Center branch in Beit Shemesh.
Among other things, the draft includes plans for an emergency medical center, a specialist clinic, outpatient centers, operating rooms, an imaging unit and a dialysis...
Jerusalem, Israel - Jan. 13, 2020 - President Reuven Rivlin hosted on January 13/16 Tevet, the announcement of the winners of the 2020 Wolf Prize, at Beit HaNasi, in Jerusalem, Israel. The prize is awarded annually for unique contributions to the fields of science and art. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 Laureate Dr. Dan Shechtman presented the president with the decision of the prize committee. The Wolf Foundation is an official Israeli foundation whose aim is to advance excellence in science and arts. Every year, the president participates in presenting the prestigious international prize to scientists and artists from around the world, for achievements “to promote science and art for the benefit of humankind.”The prizes are awarded in the fields of science – medic...
The Israel Bar Association backtracked today (Monday) and cancelled its appointment of controversial Israeli attorney Lea Tsemel to head its Military Courts Committee, according to sources in the Bar Association.
On Sunday, the Bar Association voted to reappoint Tsemel to head its Military Courts Committee, sparking outrage among bereaved families.
Tsemel, who has served as head of the Bar Association's Military Courts Committee for the past eight years, has gained notoriety for her adamant defense of terrorists with blood on their hands.
Tsemel most recently defended Arafat Arafiah, who murdered and raped 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher in February 2019.
Tsemel has also represented members of Hamas, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Abdel Aziz Salha, wh...
The birth of Moshe represents a turning point of the Jewish saga in Egypt. This would-be savior is arrived as the Jewish slaves are being mercilessly crushed by Egyptian oppression. Pharo had legislated that all Jewish infants be flung into the Nile river and delivered to their inevitable death; Egyptian discrimination had begotten slavery and slavery had morphed into genocide. It appeared as if the entire Jewish nation was slated for annihilation. At this dark moment the greatest man to ever inhabit our planet is born. The epic birth of Moshe is preceded by verses describing the “marriage” of his parents- Amram and Yocheved. Stunningly, these verses conceal the true identity of Moshe’s parents. The Torah merely narrates about a “man” from the house of L...
Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said during a visit to Iran on Sunday that de-escalation and dialogue were needed to resolve regional crises at a “sensitive” time.
He was speaking at a televised news conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to Tehran at a time of heightened US-Iranian tensions that threaten to destabilize the region.
Sheikh Tamim also thanked Iran, with which his country shares a giant gas field, for supporting Doha by providing air and land routes after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a trade and transport boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled that two Muslims who shot fireworks directly at a Jewish family home in the Old City of Jerusalem will compensate the family members for NIS 305,000, as well as pay attorney fees of NIS 40,000.
The ruling answers a civil lawsuit brought by the family, after some of the assailants were convicted in criminal proceedings.
The attack occurred during the night, while the home was occupied by the mother of the family, her newly married daughter with her husband and their baby daughter, who at the time of the attack was only eight days old. This is a family that lost a member in an Islamic attack in Jerusalem a few years earlier.
According to the lawsuit, around 10 pm, the attackers gathered on the roof of a school near the family home, equipped with gloves a...
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders found himself on the receiving end of attacks from both President Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren on Sunday, a reflection of his rising status in the Democratic presidential race and perceived momentum just three weeks out from the Iowa caucuses.
In a tweet, Trump declared, “Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!” Sanders responded in the same medium: “It means you’re going to lose.”
But it was Warren — who has generally avoided criticizing her fellow progressive over the course of the Democratic primary — who offered the sharpest criticism of the Vermont senator, saying she was &ldq...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s main left-parties have announced they will run on a single ticket in the upcoming March 2 election.
Both Labor and Meretz had been polling dangerously close to the electoral threshold and were under intense pressure to unite into a single bloc so as not to lose valuable votes. Should one of them had failed to enter parliament, it would have all but guaranteed re-election for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his nationalist bloc.
Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz will lead the joint list, followed by Orly Levy-Abekasis and then Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz.
Levy-Abekasis, who heads the more centrist Gesher faction, said on Monday that it was merely a “technical union” dictated by reality to save precious votes. The union helps bolste...
NEW YORK (VINnews) — Internet video site YouTube has inexplicably deleted thousands of videos of former Israeli Knesset Member and Jewish Defense League founder Rabbi Meir Kahane, closing an account which had uploaded the videos with no apparent explanation given for the move.
According to a Jewish Press report, Youtube removed 2,600 videos with footage of Rabbi Meir Kahane and his disciples some weeks ago.
The account, which was operated by Michael Miller, an American immigrant to Israel who co-manages the social media pages for Boomerang – Fighting For Israel, a pro-Israel advocacy group, was also deleted at the same time. Miller tried to appeal the closure of the account a number of times but was rebuffed by Youtube. The video site responded to his queries by stating  ...
NEW YORK (AP) — A water main break flooded streets on Manhattan’s Upper West Side near Lincoln Center and hampered subway service during the Monday morning rush hour.
The Fire Department of New York responded to the flooding around 5 a.m. near Broadway and West 62nd Street. The water spread for blocks and was several inches deep in places.
“It’s crazy, you need a boat or something to get through. I didn’t end wear boots today and now we got all this,” commuter Michael Romero, 27, of the Bronx told the New York Post.
Abigail Marie, 33, of Manhattan, said city workers and firefighters responded quickly after the streets started “flooding a lot and from all directions.”
“You have to be careful, there’s big puddles around and they...
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (VINnews) — A gentile woman whose car hit a pothole and burst a tire was witness to an example of selfless Jewish kindness, as a young orthodox man stopped immediately, got out of his car and began changing her tire. The woman, Eboni Hester, decided to publish her experience on Facebook, stating that “it truly made my day.”
So today I was taking Blu (my dog) to the vet to get checked out. Driving thru Lakewood I hit a pothole & caught a flat tire, as I was pulling over a pickup truck slowed down & immediately made a U-Turn. This gentleman hopped out of his truck & told me to just watch for oncoming traffic for him as he changed my tire for me. The entire time he kept asking me if I was okay, & telling me to watch the cars so I wouldn&rs...
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday it’s been gut-wrenching to listen to stories from relatives of 57 Canadians who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week as he attended one of several memorials across the country.
Speaking at a memorial with a capacity crowd of 2,300 in Edmonton, Alberta, Trudeau said he has learned many of the victims came to Canada in search of new opportunities for their families, but those families are now consumed by grief and outrage.
The plane was shot down by an Iranian missile moments after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday. All 176 on board were killed, including 138 who were headed for Canada.
Iran has admitted the plane was mistaken for a hostile target amid soaring tensions wi...
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young plans to sign the plastic bag ban into law Monday in an attempt to crack down on single-use bag pollution, according to a spokesman.
At a National Aquarium event Monday, Young will approve the bill that would ban retailers from using plastic bags in most situations and institute a 5-cent fee for other bags, according to a spokesman.
The Baltimore City Council passed the bill nearly unopposed in early November 2019. Councilwoman Danielle McCray was the only member to vote against it, stating that she supports the ban, but believes the fee to be a regressive tax on low- and fixed-income residents.
In November, Councilman Bill Henry thanked activists who had fought for the measure, "not just on this most recent incarnation but for all of t...
DALLAS (AP) — Mike Bloomberg isn’t going to be the loudest campaigner in the Democratic primary contest, and he’s not planning to spend time talking about his rivals. With the first votes just weeks away, he acts more like he’s running in a general election than a primary.
While the top Democratic candidates campaigned in Iowa and Nevada this weekend, Bloomberg was on a five-stop bus tour Saturday of reliably Republican Texas, which doesn’t vote until March 3. The only rival he spoke about was President Donald Trump, and he talked about Texas as a battleground in November rather than a soon-to-be-voting primary state.
The Texas tour was an early touch-the-flesh foray for Bloomberg, who is trying to reach voters with hundreds of millions of dollars in televis...
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has postponed a visit to the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates this month because of security concerns related to increased tensions between Iran and the United States, Reuters reported on Sunday.
Katz had planned to attend the Expo 2020 in Dubai but “on the instruction of security officials” put off the visit, an Israeli diplomat said, according to the report.
Another diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying that the move was a precautionary measure against Iran possibly attempting to target Katz as retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Jan. 3.
Israel has a pavilion at the expo, despite the fact that there are no formal diplomatic relat...
President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani joins Judge Jeanine Pirro on ‘Justice.’
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced a bill on Thursday to give $3.3 billion in annual U.S. assistance to in accordance with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Israel.
While the Trump administration has upheld the MOU—the biggest promise of U.S. military aid made to any nation—the bill would put it into law.
Rubio told Reuters the bill was crucial amid “unprecedented threats,” while Coons told the outlet that “the events of the past few days are a stark reminder of the importance of U.S. assistance to Israel’s security.”
U.S. forces killed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a strike at Baghdad Airport on Jan. 3.
Four days later, th...
Israel’s budget deficit is projected to be at least 4% of gross domestic product in the next few years if the government does not make tax and spending adjustments of tens obillions of shekels, the Israeli Finance Ministry said in a report on Sunday.
A year-long political stalemate has made it difficult to take proper fiscal steps since the caretaker governments are limited in power. A third election in less than a year in March would mean a 2020 state budget would not be approved until at least the middle of the year.
In the meantime, a pro-rated version of the 2019 budget is being used.
Israel posted a budget deficit of 3.7% of GDP in 2019, above an initial target of 2.9%.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has come under fire from economists who say that he and Prime Minister Benja...