The recent explosion at a military site in Isfahan, Iran was reportedly a drone attack on a munitions factory, according to Al Arabiya al Hadath, citing American sources, according to Arutz-7. The attack was carried out by the US Air Force and another country, not Israel. The attack was intended to send a message to Iran and Russia about not allowing factories for exporting ballistic weapons. According to Iranian media, three suicide drones were used, similar to previous attacks. US and foreign sources report the attack was successful and caused significant damage, while Iran claims it was unsuccessful with only minor damage. The US Secretary of State is scheduled to arrive in Israel following a recent joint military exercise between the US and Israel.
Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant during his visit to the Judea and Samaria Division: “We will act decisively and forcefully against anyone who threatens our citizens.”
He added: “While we will not hesitate to act against terrorism, we wish to regain calm and stability on the ground, and this means maintaining the routine lives of those who are not involved in terrorism.”
Today (Sunday, 29 January 2023), Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant visited the Judea and Samaria Division and conducted a situation assessment together with General of the Central Command Yehuda Fox and Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brig. Gen. Avi Bluth.
The Minister was briefed on IDF activities and met with soldiers and commanders serving in the area.
Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant: &l...
The Israeli government has officially dropped the special tax on disposable dishware, such as cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, etc, according to Arutz-7. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich of the Religious Zionist Party pushed the plan, which was supported by the government's Charedi allies who felt the tax unfairly targeted larger Charedi families who rely heavily on disposable items. Environmental Protection Minister Idit Silman of Likud criticized the end of the tax, stating it led to a reduction in the use of disposables and reduced environmental and health damage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Smotrich vowed to find an alternative solution to reduce the use of disposables and bring a plan to the government for approval within 6 months.
Five people arrested after a fatal terrorist shooting attack near a shul in Yerushlayim on Friday night are suspected of involvement in the attack, according to Arutz-7. The police opened an investigation into the shooting and arrested several suspects, including some relatives and neighbors of the 21-year-old attacker, who was neutralized by the police. Five suspects' detainments have been extended due to further investigation into their involvement. The attacker's mother, two other suspects, and another suspect believed to have connections to the attack have also been arrested. The investigation into the attack continues. Another shooting attack on Shabbos morning is also being investigated, with the 13-year-old attacker, his mother, father, and brother arrested. The police hav...
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken took off on Saturday night for a trip to the Middle East which will see him visiting Israel.
“Headed to Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank. My fourth trip to the region as Secretary underscores our commitment to deepen bilateral relationships and people-to-people ties, promote human rights, and strengthen regional and global security,” he tweeted, adding photos of himself before take-off.
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 29, 2023 - Fox45 reports that Senator Kagan is sponsoring the Gas Price Gouging Act (Senate Bill 178) which requires retail gas stations in Maryland to display the prices for regular gasoline clearly and visibly with credit, debit, and cash prices stated. The current law requires gas stations to post the lowest price for regular gasoline, which is often cash, and 78% of drivers use credit or debit cards. The act aims to address the "bait and switch" technique used by gas station owners who publicize a lower price but charge a higher price for using credit or debit cards. Retailers may add a 25-cent per gallon surcharge. Most states have regulations that require cash and credit prices to be displayed and the highest price to be most prominent. Gas stations make a small ...
More support is showing up for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan Bates’ legislation looking to implement tougher penalties for certain gun crimes as bipartisan cosponsors move the proposal forward.
Currently, the maximum penalty for misdemeanor illegal gun possession is three years for offenders 21-years-old and older, but five years for those between 18 and 20 years old.
State’s Attorney Bates wants to level the playing field and raise the maximum penalty to five years for people 21-years-old and older.
Mayor Brandon Scott said Friday that it “makes no sense” to have different maximum sentences for people of different ages convicted of misdemeanor gun possession.
“I look forward to supporting the state’s attorney. I told his staff earlier t...
Governor Wes Moore, a veteran himself, is focusing on keeping veterans in Maryland and easing the tax burden on them.
He unveiled the 'keep our heroes home act;, it provides $30 million in relief to veterans and their families.
The act, if passed, exempts the first $25,000 in veteran retirement income for 2023 then $40,000 in 2024, up from just fifteen thousand right now.
"This is going to represent the largest shift that we have seen in the way that the state of Maryland taxes its military benefits that we have seen in this state's history," said Governor Moore.
The governor says the goal is to get a full exemption on military retirement income.
A short while ago, a report was received regarding a shooting attack at the Almog Junction.
A terrorist arrived at a restaurant, fired one bullet and fled the scene.
After the terrorist fired one bullet, a firearm malfunction occurred and he was unable to continue shooting.
IDF and Israel Police are searching the area. No injuries were reported in the incident.
A major Kentucky newspaper published an op-ed on National Holocaust Remembrance Day telling Jewish people that they "do not have a monopoly on persecution and atrocities."
Even though the January 27 memorial focuses on the monumental tragedy of six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War, the Courier-Journal – part of the USA Today Network owned by parent company Gannet – lectured that the day be used to memorialize "every genocide" for the sake of inclusivity.
The op-ed, titled "Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time to remember more than one atrocity," warned that fixating specifically on the Holocaust during such a memorial results in people "negating and trivializing the horrors of the past and the injustices of today."
It also made a point...
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Israel Kellerman, who lives in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood where Friday night’s murderous terrorist attack took place, says that the main task after the attack is to help residents who need help from a mental standpoint.
"What needs to be dealt with now is the assistance to those who were injured. This is an attack that took place under the homes of families with many children - many of them were standing at their windows or passing by on the street and saw this horror happening right in front of their eyes," Kellerman told Israel National News on Saturday night.
"There are many who are feeling anxiety and everything should be done to help them and bring them back to normal after what they saw and heard," he added.
"The feelings the d...
Security Cabinet Statement
The Security Cabinet, this evening (Saturday, 28 January 2023), decided on a series of steps to fight terrorism and exact a price from terrorists and those who support them:
1. The home of the terrorist who carried out the terrorist attack in Jerusalem will be sealed immediately ahead of its demolition.
2. National insurance rights and additional benefits for the families of terrorists that support terrorism will be revoked.
3. Legislation on the revocation of Israeli identity cards of the families of terrorists that support terrorism will be discussed at tomorrow's Government meeting.
4. Firearm licensing will be expedited and expanded in order to enable thousands of additional citizens to carry weapons.
5. In response to the abhorrent at...
Sealing the terrorists' houses and arrest of family members is also among the possible steps
A political source on Saturday detailed the steps that are expected to be taken by Israel's government following two terrorist attacks that rocked Jerusalem in the last 24 hours.
According to the source, beyond the reinforcement of security forces, the cabinet is expected to approve sealing the terrorists' houses, arrest of family members and their relatives, expediting and budgeting requests to receive weapons and promotion of the Family Deportation Law.
Seven civilians were massacred by a Palestinian terrorist in Friday's attack outside a synagogue in Jerusalem and two others were wounded in another shooting in the city on Saturday, the latter attack p...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the start of the Security Cabinet meeting this evening (Saturday, 28 January 2023):
"On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I would like to send my deepest condolences to the families of those who were murdered in this awful and despicable terrorist attack in our capital Jerusalem. This was a reprehensible attack at the entrance to a synagogue on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
I thank my friend, US President Joe Biden, who spoke with me and expressed outrage and condolences over this terrible murderous attack. I also thank the many other leaders, including from Arab countries, for standing alongside Israel at this time. We are all praying for the wellbeing of those who were wounded in the two attacks.
I would like to commend the police offic...
This evening (Saturday, 28 January 2023) Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant held a situation assessment in a classified security location, together with the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Head of the ISA, and additional security officials.
Minister Gallant was briefed on the details of the recent events and the intel activities conducted by Israel’s security forces.
Minister Gallant instructed the defense establishment to assess a series of immediate actions to be taken against lone attackers and their enablers and families. In addition, Minister Gallant and the IDF Chief of the General Staff agreed on the need to reinforce and support efforts by the Israel police.
Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant: “I instructed Israel’s defense establishment to increase defensive...
My heart breaks at news of the horrific terror attacks over Shabbat in Jerusalem. We have lost seven innocent civilians in a murderous terror attack, who had only just welcomed Shabbat into their homes and communities. May their memories be a blessing.
This morning in synagogue, as the cantor recited the "El Malei Rachamim" prayer for the souls of the victims of the attack, there was not a single dry eye among the worshippers, including me. We were all moved together.
These awful terror attacks remind us again of a simple and painful truth: whatever disagreements we may have between us, against our enemies, who want to harm us and rise up to kill us, we must maintain our unity. My support and trust are with the security forces, who are working night and day against terrorism.
I call on ...
President Isaac Herzog spoke tonight, after the end of Shabbat, with United States Vice President Kamala Harris.
Vice President Harris phoned the President to condemn the deadly terror attacks, give strength to the people of Israel, and express deepest condolences on behalf of herself and the people and leadership of the United States, after a painful Shabbat on which seven civilians were murdered and five injured in terror attacks.
President Herzog thanked Vice President Harris for her warm words and underscored that Israel and the United States must work together and fight terror with determination. In their conversation, the President added that Israel is looking forward to Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit this coming week.
The President also received calls from German ...
Following the deadly terrorist attack in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem, on Shabbat evening, an Arab student studying law at Kiryat Ono Academic College uploaded a mocking post to his social media accounts, highlighting his glee at the loss of Jewish life.
On his "status" page on WhatsApp, the student posted a screenshot from Facebook in Arabic where someone asked, "What's going on in Jerusalem?" and another person replied, "Someone's working on dispatching settlers off to their G-d."
Students in the Arab's second-year class were furious to realize that their classmate thought that the slaughter of Jews was something to mock. Several contacted Israel National News to express their anger.
"This also happened right after another incident on the campus, when a student pick...
Liora and Moran Atsilov, daughter of Roza Atsilov, who was wounded in the shooting attack in Neve Yaakov on Shabbat evening, recounted how their mother came face-to-face with the terrorist.
"She had gone out for a walk, and suddenly she stopped short as she realized that a bullet had hit her in the leg - and then another one in her arm," they described. "She turned and saw the terrorist and said: Please, don't hurt us. And he actually replied, speaking in Hebrew - he told her that he wouldn't shoot at girls. Then he turned away and shot someone else - a young woman - in the head."
The sisters added that, "It took so long before anyone from MDA came to help, to provide first aid. The police also took a long time to arrive, even though there's a police station right nearby. ...