Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday that the July 1 date slated for Israel’s West Bank annexation bid is “not set in stone.”
The remark was made during a meeting with a US delegation team, including Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and US special envoy Avi Berkowitz, who arrived in Israel last week for talks ahead of July 1, Hebrew-language outlet N12 reported.
“Israeli citizens are concerned over the coronavirus and expect a thorough and immediate management of the situation,” Gantz stipulated, cited by N12.
“Before promoting diplomatic moves, we need to aid Israeli citizens to succeed in returning to work and respectfully earn a living again,” he added.
Read more at i24NEWS.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz announced on Monday a NIS 2 billion ($580 million) plan for self-employed workers and business owners to help with their recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.
The plan includes special grants of up to NIS 400,000 ($116,000) for businesses whose turnover is up to NIS 20 million ($5.8 million) a year, who lost at least 60 percent of their gross revenue in May-June, the ministers said in a statement.
It was also decided that businesses with a turnover of up to NIS 100 million, who have lost at least 80 percent of their gross revenue during May-June, will receive the same compensation.
Read more at i24NEWS.
New York malls will need high quality air systems that can filter out the coronavirus before they will be allowed to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.
“Any malls that will open in New York, large malls, we will make it mandatory that they have air filtration systems that can filter out the Covid virus,” Cuomo said at a press briefing.
High efficiency particle air filters, or HEPA filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of Covid-19 in the air, according to a presentation from Cuomo.
Read more at CNBC.
In a recorded address to the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Virtual Summit 2020 on Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted the application of Israeli law to areas of Yehuda and Shomron —part of the “Peace to Prosperity” plan unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump in January.
“President Trump’s plan confronts a lie head on: that the Jewish people are foreign colonialists in our own ancestral homeland,” said Netanyahu.
“It makes clear that the Jewish people have a valid, legal, historic and moral claim to Judea and Samaria,” he continued. “Applying Israeli law to places in Judea and Samaria will not set back the cause of peace; it will advance the cause of peace. I encourage the Palestinians not to lose anot...
(CNN) First, health officials said we shouldn't wear face masks. Then, they said we should. Now, many are saying we must wear masks if we want to keep the economy open and save tens of thousands of lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities."
"Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms," the CDC said.
But the benefits go both ways. "We know now there's scientific evidence that masks both keep you from infecting others but may also partially protect you from getting infected," said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White Hous...
New Letter: State and Local Coalition Comes Together To Appeal for Federal Aid Pew: 76% Favor Financial Assistance For State and Local Governments
ANNAPOLIS, MD—On today’s White House call with the nation’s governors, Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the National Governors Association, continued to stress the urgent need for federal action to help states address budgetary shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In this unprecedented crisis, more than 1.6 million government workers have already been laid off, and states across the country face the prospect of devastating cuts to essential services,” said Governor Hogan. “If swift action is not taken, states will be forced to make cuts that could cost several million additional jobs, which ...
Baltimore, MD - June 29, 2020 - TA will do an additional distribution today from 4:30-5:30pm for those that did not yet receive dinner meals.As a reminder, there is no distribution on Wednesday. There will be dinner distribution this Thursday, with our new summer schedule, and times will be announced later this week. Have a great night!
Twitch, a streaming platform owned by Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos, has temporarily banned President Trump’s account for “hateful conduct” stemming from footage of the president’s speeches.
“Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,” a Twitch spokesperson told Fox News.
A rebroadcast of Trump’s 2015 campaign launch -- when he famously criticized people crossing the Mexican border to illegally enter the United States -- and comments Trump made at his recent Tulsa rally were flagged by Twitch.
"To hear direct...
The shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner in Iran in January was due to human error and not an order from senior military authorities, the military prosecutor for the Tehran province, Gholam Abbas Torki, said on Monday, the regime-aligned news agency Tasnim reported.
There was no indication that the downing of the airliner, which killed all 176 people aboard, was due to a cyber attack on Iran’s missile or air defense systems, Torki said, adding that three people were under arrest related to the accident.
Indoor dining in New Jersey will not come back Thursday after all, a major blow to an industry that has struggled to survive since the coronavirus outbreak began in March, the Daily Record reports.
Gov. Phil Murphy said this afternoon that after seeing a spike in coronavirus cases in states that have reopened indoor dining, he is postponing the return of indoor dining indefinitely. “It brings me no joy to do this but we have no choice,” Murphy said.
Murphy also noted that at some New Jersey restaurants, which were allowed to serve meals outdoors starting on June 16, he has seen reports of overcrowding and patrons not using face coverings. “The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others,” he said.
Baltimore, MD – June 25, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Harry Rashbaum, z'l, husband of Betty Rashbaum, father of Shira R. (Jeffrey) London and Rona L. (Nossi) Gross.Click here to be part of learning Mishnayos for the ShloshimShiva will be observed at 2412 Forest Green Road. Visiting will be outside with masks and social distancingSun - Tues
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President Trump blasted Democrats on Monday over a move to strip John Wayne’s name from a California airport while taking aim at Princeton University for a similar decision involving a school honoring former President Woodrow Wilson.
The president slammed “Do Nothing Democrats” over the Orange County, Calif., Democratic Party’s efforts to condemn Wayne for making “racist and bigoted statements” during a magazine interview and their vote to remove his name from an airport in Santa Ana.
“Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center. Now the Do Nothing Democrats want to take off the name John Wayne from an airport. Incredible stupidity!” the president wrote.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested Monday he may put the third phase of reopening from coronavirus restrictions on hold for the New York City area amid what he said were warning signs that residents are not abiding by social distancing guidelines.
Both Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed concerns specifically about the planned reopening of dine-in restaurant service at reduced capacity, with Cuomo telling NY1 this aspect was of particular concern.
“We have a week before New York City enters the next phase and we have numbers every day … but malls and indoor dining are things that I’m concerned about and we may consider slowing them down for next week,” Cuomo told NY1. “I would not want to roll back anything we’ve done. I want to contin...
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Sunday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by the start of 2021, but warned that the U.S. would likely not reach herd immunity if a substantial portion of the population refused to take it.
Fauci said during an interview with CNN that aired as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival that he would settle for a vaccine that was 70-75 percent effective, noting that it would “bring you to herd immunity level.” But he said that it was “unlikely” the U.S. would be able to quell the outbreak if 30 percent of the population refused to take the vaccine when asked about recent survey results.
“That’s one of the reasons why we have to ma...
CNN political commentator Van Jones, who commended President Trump for his recent executive order on police reform, had actually attended secret White House meetings to craft the new measure, according to a report.
Jones, 51, who hosts “The Van Jones Show” on CNN, enthusiastically supported Trump on the network for his order to create a system for tracking police misconduct, ban most chokeholds and incentivize officer training in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis even as activist groups rushed to criticize the order as doing too little.
Unbeknownst to the viewers, Jones had joined his new pal Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, in the White House to discuss ways to frame the order on police reform, according to the outlet.
The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are due in court Monday for a hearing that could deal with bail amounts and other issues.
It’s the second pretrial hearing for the men, who were fired after Floyd’s May 25 death. Derek Chauvin, 44, is charged with second-degree murder and other counts, while Thomas Lane, 37, J. Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34, are charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin.
Among the issues that could be addressed during Monday’s hearings in Minneapolis are motions to reduce bail. Chauvin remains in custody, with his bail set at $1 million with a list of common conditions. Thao’s conditional bail was set at $750,000. Lane and Kueng are free on bond. Also unresolved is whether the four will be tried together...
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he’s come up with a plan to cut or transfer $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget and would not guarantee the department’s headcount won’t shrink — even as shootings surge across the city.
“I’m excited to say we have a plan that can achieve real reform, that can achieve real redistribution — while at the same time ensure that we keep our city safe, while we make sure that our officers are on patrol around where we need them around this city,” de Blasio said during his daily City Hall press briefing.
De Blasio and the City Council must reach an $87 billion budget deal by Tuesday that would cut expected spending by an estimated $8 billion overall. The plan to slash the NYPD budget comes as gu...
Jerusalem, Israel - June 29, 2020 - New headlines have been made as Tel Aviv-Jerusalem ranked #6 in the world, along with Los Angeles, in startup locations recommended by Global Start Up Genome.
On June 29, 2020, JLM-BioCity hosted a conference "COVID-19 INNOVATION: New York Meets Jerusalem" held a Zoom meeting with the New York-Israel Chamber of Commerce with over 100 in attendance world-wide .
The meeting highlighted exciting innovations taking place in Israel to help fight COVID-19. Four Jerusalem companies pitched their latest developments in the fight against COVID-19, in a session moderated by Noah Berkowitch, SVP, Development Unit Head, Hematology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Boris Shor, Director, BioIdea (NY).
The Jerusalem companies presen...
Baltimore, MD - June 29, 2020 – Below you will find an email from Rabbi Jonathan Aryeh Seidemann of Kehilath B'nai Torah Congregation advising his congregants about a case of a mispalell in shul who has tested positive for COVID-19 and a letter from Dr. Menachem Cooper to the community reminding us that the virus is still very much amongst us.
The following notice was sent yesterday from Kehilath B'nai Torah to its’ membership:
Boruch Hashem, from what we can observe, the mispalilim at KBT are continuing to be masked while attending davening and are properly spacing from one another (though members of the same household of course may continue to sit next to each other). We have so far attempted to facilitate spacing by removing the shtenders and stacking chair...