The number of lists running in the March 2020 elections is the smallest since Israel's founding in 1948, Israel Hayom noted.
According to Israel Hayom, a full thirty party lists will be represented in the voting booths, but thanks to mergers on both left and right, just eight of these lists have a real chance of making it into the Knesset.
Several of these lists are made of a few different parties.
It is estimated that 144,000 votes will be thrown away on smaller parties which will fail to gather the 3.25% support ensuring them a ticket into the next Knesset.
The new record replaces the previous one, set in September 2019, when members of the 22nd Knesset belonged to just nine different lists. In April 2019, 11 lists were represented in the 21st Knesset, while in Ap...
Newly discovered documents that were recovered from the drowned body of a patriot pastor shed light on the fight for religious freedom during the Revolutionary War.
The water-stained documents, which are being sold by the Raab Collection, were taken from the body of the Rev. Moses Allen, a pastor and patriot who was captured in Savannah, Ga., by British forces in late 1778. Around the same time, Mordecai Sheftall, a prominent figure in the Savannah Jewish community and officer in the Continental Army, was also captured by the British, along with his son. Mordecai Sheftall is described as the highest-ranking Jew in the American Revolution.
Allen and the Sheftalls were taken to the prison ship Nancy. “Allen was persecuted for being a parson who preached freedom from the pulpit,&rdquo...
Senate Republicans are discussing speeding up the pace of President Trump's impeachment trial by using the trial rules to limit the number of days each side has to make opening arguments.
Republicans, according to senators, are discussing giving both Trump's legal team and House managers 24 hours to present their case, similar to the 1999 proceeding. But unlike the Clinton trial, each side would have to use their time within two days.
"We're going to give both sides a full and fair opportunity to present their case. ... Phase one is going to be the opening arguments from the House managers and from the White House. Each will have 24 hours spread out over two days to present the arguments they want," Sen. Ted Cru...
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he made the call to release to the media hundreds of text messages between two high-ranking FBI employees after they criticized then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race, according to new court filings the Justice Department released late Friday night.
In the messages, FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page insulted Trump as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), expressing a preference for Hillary Clinton in the election. The messages, which were exchanged on government cellphones, also revealed that the two were engaged in an extramarital affair, which has made them the subject of public harassment as well as ridicule from the president.
During former special cou...
NEW YORK (AP) — Three people were sentenced to prison Friday for a 2015 explosion in Manhattan’s East Village that was caused by an illegally installed gas line and killed two men.
Maria Hrynenko, a landlord; Athanasios Ioannidis, a plumber; and Dilber Kukic, a contractor, each received a term of four to 12 years in state prison for manslaughter and assault, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
The blast, which leveled half a block in a crowded neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants, resulted in the deaths of Nicholas Figueroa, 23, and Moises Locon, 26, and seriously injured 13 other people.
The men who died were a guest and a busboy in a Japanese restaurant housed in the building on Second Avenue owned by Hrynenko.
Ioannidis was operating wit...
Vice President Pence penned a new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, calling for Senate Democrats to acquit President Trump in the upcoming impeachment trial.
Retelling the story of President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment, Pence highlighted then-Senator Edmund G. Ross’s decision to break with the Republican party and vote to acquit Johnson.
“But at the close of the trial on May 16, 1868, he stayed true to his convictions, opposed the passions of his own party, and voted to acquit Johnson. He faced social ostracism and physical assault. Still, he knew he was right,” Pence wrote.
Pence goes on in the piece to compare Johnson’s impeachment to Trump’s, and calls on Democrats to buck their party and acquit the president in the same way as Ross.
The British government has moved to freeze all assets connected Hezbollah after proscribing the entire group as a terrorist organization, according to Reuters.
Britain’s Treasury announced the development in a statement Friday, saying it was given the authority to do so under its Terrorism and Terrorist Financing rules.
The entire group is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, Canada, the Arab League, along with various countries in South America and Australia among others.
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President Donald Trump delivered a dramatic account of the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, joked that he doesn’t care if construction projects kill all the rattlesnakes and noted his indifference to the budget during a private dinner with deep-pocketed donors Friday night at Mar-a-Lago, according to audio files obtained by The Washington Post.
Trump, his tone subdued and conversational, explained his motivation for attacking Soleimani and recounted listening to an anonymous military official countdown to the Jan. 3 strike.
The president spoke broadly about Soleimani as “the father of the road side bomb” responsible for “every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.” Trump said he heard about two weeks a...
President Trump's legal team on Saturday issued a full-throttled defense to the articles of impeachment, refuting the substance and process of the charges while accusing House Democrats of engaging in a "dangerous attack" on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.
"This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election now just months away," said a source close to the president's legal team, reading from the expected legal filing.
The legal paperwork is the first formal response to the two articles of impeachment read in the Senate on Thursday for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Trump's lawyers argued that...
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison aimed to reassure residents Friday after a brazen downtown shooting.
Khari Johnson, 20, of Gwynn Oak, was gunned down Wednesday afternoon outside Royal Farms Arena. Ashraf Shafie, the owner of a nearby store, voiced his frustrations to WBAL-TV 11
"This is not right. The mayor, the City Council, everybody should be involved in this," Shafie said. "They can't just be sitting there doing nothing. I need help. We need help in here. I thought it was rock bottom until someone got killed on the street in front of my store here. The main street in Baltimore does not have security. I used to have police come here all the time. No one is here anymore."
Speaking to C4, Harrison said police share his frustration and stressed that ...
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Jack Young have released statements regarding a viral video that reportedly shows a sergeant being spit on and attacked.
"Just before midnight last night, one of our sergeants was conducting a business check on Pennsylvania Avenue when a person in the business became argumentative with the sergeant and spat in his face. Subsequently, as the video that was recently posted online shows, several other people began kicking the sergeant as he was trying to arrest the suspect," says the statement from Harrison.
Young released a statement, saying, "The video circulating of a Baltimore police sergeant being attacked while trying to do his job and make an appropriate arrest is a reminder of the dangers our law enforcement ...
Moshe Greenblatt, the 22-year-old Jewish man who was stabbed Saturday in Kiryat Arba, near Hevron, spoke from his hospital bed about the terror attack.
"Thank G-d, I feel good," Greenblatt said. "The knife broke and he didn't manage to stab any of the people around me."
"It's sad that a Jew cannot walk wherever he wants in the Land of Israel, especially in Hevron - a place which belongs to us - and they don't do anything to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future."
The terrorist who stabbed Greenblatt was apprehended by IDF troops and an Israeli civilian at the scene.
Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic Hanoch Zelinger said: When we arrived at the scene we saw the injured man, a 22-year-old man walking while conscious and stabbed in the shoulder,"
Three suspected white supremacists arrested in Maryland and Delaware this week had discussed opening fire from different positions at Monday’s planned pro-gun rally in Richmond, Va., in the hopes of causing chaos, law-enforcement officials said.
Authorities also confirmed they arrested three other men in Georgia this week who are allegedly linked to the same violent, white-supremacist group, called “the Base,” as the men who were heading to Virginia. The Georgia men were arrested on Wednesday for plotting to murder a Georgia couple, the Floyd County, Ga., police department said Friday.
The group’s activities include recruiting members online, meeting to discuss strategy and practicing at a paramilitary training camp on a 100-acre tract in Silver Creek,...
GREENBELT, Md. — A federal criminal complaint filed Tuesday charges three alleged members of the racially motivated violent extremist group "The Base" with firearms and alien-related charges, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
The complaint charges Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33, of Elkton, and Newark, Delaware, and William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 19, of Denton, with transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so. Lemley is also charged with transporting a machine gun and disposing of a firearm and ammunition to an alien unlawfully present in the United States.
The complaint also charges Lemley and Canadian national Patrik Jordan Mathews, 27, currently of Newark, with transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony. The complaint also charges Mathews ...
Parshas Shemos / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP!
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 17, 2020
Today: 20 Teves
Chatzos today: 12:17 PM
Hadlakas Nairos Shabbos: 4:51 PM
Shkiah: 5:09:22 PM
Tzais HaKochavim: 6:00 PM
Mercy Health Services President and CEO Thomas R. Mullen will retire this year, the health system announced Thursday. Mullen will be succeeded by David N. Maine, the system’s executive vice president.
Mullen, 63, has been with Mercy for nearly 29 years, joining the system in 1991 as chief financial officer. In a release, the system credited him with its growth and fundraising successes.
Mullen was elevated to the role of CEO in 1999.
Mullen will officially retire in July and continue to serve Mercy as a senior adviser through December 2021.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we extend our deepest gratitude for Tom’s peerless leadership,” Sister Helen Amos, chair of Mercy’s board, said in a statement. “His efforts during these past 28 years have mad...
Iran is now enriching more uranium that it was before agreeing to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.
In a televised speech, the Iranian leader said, “We are enriching more uranium before the deal was reached. … Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress,” according to Reuters.
Earlier this week, Britain, France and Germany—concerned by Iran’s gradual backing out of its commitments under the deal—triggered the JCPOA’s dispute resolution mechanism, a move that could potentially lead to the re-imposition of U.N. sanctions. The three nations stressed however that there remained committed to the deal.
On Thursday, top E.U. diplomat Josep Borrell met with Iranian Foreign Min...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 17, 2020 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Ephraim And Tova Liebes on the birth of a daughter.
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Mazel Tov grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Faivel and Chaya Liebes
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 16, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mr. Larry Singal, z'l, father of Mrs. Devorah Meth and Dov Singal.Shiva will be observed at 15021 Sutherland St. Oak Park, Michigan 48237.
Dovy is currently in Detroit and will be returning to Baltimore for Mincha this Monday and observing Shiva through Wednesday morning at his home, 3306 W. Strathmore Ave.
Mincha/Maariv (Monday & Tuesday) - 4:55pm
Shacharis (Tuesday & Wednesday) - 7am
Dovy Singal can be reached at 443-683-6371 Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
Maybe you know the old Yiddish joke? Back in prewar Minsk, Shmerel and Berel are having a conversation. During a pause, Shmerel suddenly remembers a bit of bad news he has to relate.
“Did you hear about Yankel the barber in Pinsk?”
“No,” Berel replies questioningly.
“He’s not here anymore,” Shmerel says, using a Yiddish euphemism for someone recently deceased.
“Oy!” exclaims Berel, “You mean Yankel, with the huge round nose?”
Shmerel nods a sad yes.
“Yankel who has only one eye?” Again, a confirmation.
“Yankel with that big scar across his cheek and the pimples?!” Another sad nod.
“Ay, yai, yai,” moans Berel. “Aza sheyne Yid! (What a beautiful Jew!)”
The story came bac...