In October, the government infuriated the public by contributing millions to cat welfare but refusing to raise the miserable stipends paid to enlisted troops. Their salaries are now to be raised by 50% from next year at the cost of $300 million — the first such salary increase since 2017.
Combat troops will now receive $1,012 monthly in their third year of service, combat support troops $558, and administrators $407 monthly, still short of Israel’s minimum wage of $1,060.
Stipends of national service volunteers are to be raised by $180 monthly to $270, at a total cost of $20 million.
Finance ministry officials were angry that Avigdor Lieberman failed to coordinate the wage increase with them, saying there was only resources to pay half the $300 million cost.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan sent a scathing letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres following statistics published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in which it differentiates between the murder of “Israeli Citizens” and “Settlers.”
The OCHA report listed the number of Israeli and Arab casualties, either killed or wounded in hostilities, from 2008.
The letter, sent Friday, was authored following the discovery that the agency’s website separates Israeli casualties into three categories – security personnel, civilians, and “civilian settlers.”
Additionally, following the murder of Eli Kay in a terror attack in Jerusalem committed by a Hamas-linked terrorist...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 6, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Yehuda Chaim Liebman (Baltimore) and Meira Simblist (Denver) on their engagement.
יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
In the daily situational assessment on the coronavirus convened tonight (Monday) by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, the policy of testing and isolation for returnees from abroad was discussed, which will be adopted when the current restrictions expire.
A decision has not yet been made on when the current restrictions will end. A situational assessment will take place later this week and decisions will be made in accordance with the morbidity data in Israel and around the world.
The following are the main policies that are being formulated for the period after the end of the current restrictions:
Unvaccinated people returning from yellow or orange countries will be required to quarantine for seven days and to receive two negative PCR tests (on the firs...
Defense Minister Benny Gantz will take off from Israel to Washington DC early on Thursday morning. His meetings will center on policy and security issues. Minister Gantz will also participate in the IAC Summit in Miami on Friday.
On Thursday, Gantz is scheduled to meet with Israel’s Ambassador to the US Mike Herzog as well as with the leadership of AIPAC and with US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, at the Pentagon.
He will also meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department and hold a meeting with think tank leaders.
On Friday, Gantz will have lunch with the IAC leadership and later that afternoon (US time), will deliver remarks at the IAC National Summit.
Explosions were heard in the Syrian port city of Latakia overnight Monday, the Syrian news agency reported.
According to the report, a fire broke out in the area.
Official media outlets in Syria claimed that the explosions and fire were a result of an air strike carried out by Israel.
The reports also indicated that Syrian air defenses responded to the "Israeli aggression" and intercepted most of the missiles.
A military source told Syria’s official SANA news agency that at around 1:23 a.m., "the Israeli enemy carried out an air strike."
According to the source, a number of missiles were fired from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, southwest of Latakia, and the attack targeted a lot with containers in the commercial port of Latakia.
About two weeks ago, Syr...
A wind advisory is in effect for much of Maryland Monday. The National Weather Service issued the advisory from 6 p.m. to midnight for much of central and northern Maryland due to the potential for powerful winds that could cause damage.
The Bay Bridge is under limited wind restrictions, the Maryland Transportation Authority advised Monday afternoon. During limited wind restrictions, no house trailers or empty box trailers may cross the bridge, as sustained winds are 40 to 49 mph.
During the wind advisory period, winds will be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
People should secure objects outside. Drivers should be careful, especially with high-profile vehicles. Tree limbs may blow down, and a few power outages could res...
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a key Donald Trump ally who was poised to be the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee if Republicans win back the House in 2022, said Monday he will resign at the end of this month to become CEO of Trump’s new media and technology company.
“Recently, I was presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in. I’m writing to let you know I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021. …” Nunes told constituents.
“Rest assured, I have not, by any means, given up our collective fight — I’ll just be pursuing it through other means.”
Nunes is slated to be...
Baltimore, MD - Dec. 6, 2021 - The Baltimore Community greatly anticipated one of the highlights of Chanukah; the annual Car Parade and Grand Menorah Lighting.
Over 70 Menorah-topped vehicles and 20 Police vehicles paraded through Northwest Baltimore and Baltimore County led by Baltimore City and County Police Departments, spreading the light and joy of Chanukah. The Parade was led by 12 Police Motorcycles. Baltimore County's first Jewish and female Police Chief, Melissa Hyatt joined in the Parade and hundreds of people came out of their houses to watch the parade pass by.
The Parade ended at Quarry Lake where for the first time a Grand Menorah Lightning and light and tightrope show took place sponsored by Chabad of Maryland and Chabad of Park Heights and was organized by Shli...
Incoming NYC Mayor Eric Adams will not commit to enforcing Mayor deBlasio’s new vaccine mandate on private companies when he takes office in several weeks.
According to the NY Times, Adams is going to reevaluate the controversial mandate, as well as other current Covid policies enacted by the authoritarian Mayor. On Monday, a spokesman for Adams suggested that while Adams will follow the “science”, he won’t necessarily follow deBlasio.
Evan Thies said, “The mayor-elect will evaluate this mandate and other Covid strategies when he is in office and make determinations based on science, efficacy and the advice of health professionals.”
There has been much speculation over whether Mr. Adams, who has not taken a position on many of the lame-duck Mayor&rsqu...
A Hamas terrorist died as a result of the collapse of a tunnel east of Gaza City today, several sources reported.
The terrorist was said to be Hani Sami Salah, 26, a resident of the Al-Tufah neighborhood in Gaza City.
This incident occurred just days after Maj. Avichai Adraee, the IDF’s spokesman in Arabic, issued a warning to the residents of the Gaza Strip to stay away from Hamas’ tunnels following several landslides in the area, the result of the collapse of Hamas’ terror tunnel network.
Adraee stated that in the last month, the Gaza Strip witnessed more than three such collapses. “According to estimates, the cause of these collapses is linked to the underground system of Hamas,” he noted in Arabic.
“These events are a new example, but not the onl...
The space rivalry between the U.S. and China is suddenly heating up after a top Chinese scientist said his nation may be able to send astronauts to the moon for the first time by 2030.
Coming just weeks after President Joe Biden’s top space official set out a similar timetable for new American lunar exploration, the comments set up the possibility of dueling missions between the two of the world’s best-financed space powers.
While China has made no secret of its desire to launch crewed lunar missions, the optimistic outlook from Chinese Academy of Sciences member Ye Peijian raises the possibility of an accelerated timetable to match the Americans.
“As long as the technological research for manned moon landing continues, and as long as the country is determined, it is e...
A group of British Chabad teens who were harassed by a youth mob in London while celebrating on an open-top bus returned to the scene of the incident to light Hanukkah candles on Sunday night.
The menorah lighting event was organized by Chabad and was attended by around 50 people who showed up in solidarity, the Jewish Chronicle reported.
At the beginning of Hanukkah, the teens were celebrating in an open-top bus on Oxford street when they were attacked by a mob of violent youths. The mob attempted to smash the bus's windows while others made Nazi salutes and spit. Police were called to the scene and the Chabad teens returned unharmed to the bus.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime by London police.
The show of defiance by Chabad and its supporte...
Michigan school officials could still face charges following the tragic Oxford High School shooting last week that left four students dead and seven other people injured.
"It’s possible, yes," Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said on NBC’s "Today" show when asked if it was "possible that school officials could face charges."
She did not elaborate further on her comment.
New details on how the school handled suspected shooter Ethan Crumbley emerged this weekend, when Oxford Community Schools superintendent Tim Thorne sent a letter to the school community.
The letter explained that on the day of the shooting, school leaders met with Crumbley and his parents following a teacher seeing violent drawings made by Crumbley. Cru...
Human rights attorney Brooke Goldstein blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Sunday for being part of "systemic anti-Semitism."
"There is an alarming rise of Jew hatred to the point where it has become systemic … I use the word systemic for a reason because Jew hatred is no longer on the fringes of society – it has become systemic. [It comes from] politicians like Ilhan Omar, who accuse Jewish Americans of having dual loyalty," the Lawfare Project director, Jewish civil rights legal arm, said on "Fox News Live."
"This is coming from someone in the United States right now in a position of power," she added.
Goldstein, including some of Omar's Democratic colleagues, view the congresswoman's past statements on Israel to cross a line into&nb...
After five terrorist attacks in under three weeks, the defense establishment believes there is an increased intention to carry out terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, Kan News reported.
The defense establishment is preparing for the possibility of copycat attacks. In recent days, the IDF and the police have sharpened their instructions to soldiers and officers, but for now it has been decided not to raise the level of alertness among the security forces.
According to the report, the Palestinian Authority is concerned that the attacks will inflame the situation in the territories under the PA's control, and therefore the security forces have increased their activities to arrest potential terrorists - including Hamas terrorists.
In addition, about 40 wanted suspects wer...
Woodbourne, NY - Dec. 6, 2021 - Zos Chanukah by Rabbi Mordechai Jungreis Niklesburg Rebbe Lighting In Kiryas Woodbourne and welcoming the Pre 1-A class from Yeshiva of Queens.
Prices at the gas pump have dipped once again, and they're likely to drop even more, according to an industry expert.
Currently, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. is $3.347, Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, told FOX Business.
On Sunday, De Haan noted that prices fell "to $3.349/gal, the lowest since Oct. 19" and that "more declines" are likely to follow in the coming days.
De Haan told FOX Business on Monday that with "crude oil edging slightly higher, we may have slightly lower chances of seeing the national average fall under $3 [per gallon]."
Currently, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $67.84 per barrel.
However, he is still expecting "more price drops across the country this w...
The Biden administration won’t send U.S. officials to attend the coming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, staging a diplomatic boycott that drew immediate criticism from China.
An announcement of the U.S. boycott is planned for this week, an administration official said Monday.
The decision to withhold official U.S. representation at the Olympics was made several weeks ago, though administration officials waited to make the announcement to allow some time to pass after a phone call last month between President Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to stabilize tense relations, advisers to the administration said.
While such a boycott would keep U.S. officials from attending the games, the move wouldn’t affect participation by athletes.
A former Democrat state lawmaker slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she undermined the existence of smash-and-grab robberies across the country, calling her a "danger" as she advocates emptying prisons and defunding the police.
Former New York assemblyman Dov Hikind joined "Fox & Friends First" on Monday to discuss her remarks, as many critics argue the rhetoric is "tone-deaf" amid a rampant crime surge nationwide.
"These crimes that are being committed, there are real victims out there," Hikind explained. "The bail reform that she supports, where criminals walk out before the police officer finishes the paperwork, it's ridiculous, causing new victims out there. It is really out of control."
Last week, O...