JERUSALEM (JNS) — The mother of an Israeli-American woman currently serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence in Russia on drug charges expressed hope on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will grant her daughter a pardon.
“I came because this is the moment of truth,” Yaffa Issachar, the mother of Naama Issachar, 27, told reporters at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, after arriving back in Israel from Russia ahead of Putin’s scheduled visit to Jerusalem this week.
“We’ll know this week when Naama will be released. I want to go see [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and show him my support. I believe that Putin will pardon her,” she said.
Naama was arrested in April during a layover in Moscow on the way back to Is...
Iran is trying to analyze the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that its military shot down this month, the state IRNA news agency reported on Sunday, denying a report that a decision had been taken to send the plane’s recorders to Ukraine.
All 176 people on board the plane were killed in the Jan. 8 crash. Canada, which had 57 citizens on board, and other countries that lost nationals have said the flight data and voice recorders should be analyzed abroad.
The plane disaster has heightened international pressure on Iran as it grapples with a long-running dispute with the United States over its nuclear program and its influence in the region that briefly erupted into open conflict this month.
The military has said it downed Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 in error in th...
Group urges Orthodox community to vote slate #4 in World Zionist Congress elections
NEW YORK – The leading modern Orthodox institutions in the United States have joined together to form an “Iron Dome” to secure $1 billion in potential funding for Jewish educational and communal causes in Israel and for fighting BDS and antisemitic activity around the world. Allocation of the funds will be heavily influenced by the outcome of the forthcoming World Zionist Congress elections.
Slate #4 is the Orthodox Israel Coalition (OIC). It is a broad-based group of nine major religious Zionist and modern-Orthodox organizations that have represented Orthodoxy in the World Zionist Congress for over 100 years. It includes the Religious Zionists of America-Mizrachi, AMIT, the Orthodox Un...
It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Pesach Eliyahu Falk zt”l, noted posek and mechaber seforim. He was 78 years old. Rav Falk suffered a severe heart attack that claimed his life.
Rav Falk delivered thousands of shiurim over the years in Gateshead, where he resided, teaching talmidim at the Yeshiva of Gateshead and talmidos of the Gateshead Seminary.
He authored many notable works, including Shailos Uteshuvos Machzeh Eliyahu and his Zachor Veshamor series on the laws of Shabbos. He also authored Oz Vehadar Levusha on the laws of tznius. His other works include Modesty: An Adornment for Life (1998), Modesty: An Adornment For Life: Day By Day, ...
In May 2019, ISIS lost its final stronghold in Syria and what was left of its “caliphate”—namely, the territory and population that it had controlled—crumbled. The event was a far cry from its peak in 2012-14, when it controlled entire swaths of Syria and Iraq, and ruled over millions of people.
Now, as the Middle East enters the so-called post-caliphate era, it might be tempting to believe that the international community is safe from ISIS attacks; however, observers in Israel caution that this is unfortunately not the case.
Professor Boaz Ganor, founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, pointed out that while hybrid terror organizations, as ISIS was once, rule over a territory and population, classical terro...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum and are hosting the 5th World Holocaust Forum in Yerushalayim on Thursday. This year’s event, titled, “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism,” commemorates 75 years since the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. According to Rivlin, the purpose of the gathering is “to think about how to pass on Holocaust remembrance to generations who will live in a world without survivors, and what steps we must take to ensure the safety and security of Jews, all around the world.”
Rivlin sent dozens of world leaders personal invitations to the gathering, and nearly 50 accepted, including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prince...
Funds reportedly passed on Sunday following meeting of defense and finance officials.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi agreed that the IDF will receive an additional NIS 2 billion in order to kick start the military’s Momentum multi-year defense plan.
The amount was reportedly agreed upon Sunday after Kahlon, Kohavi, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Chief of Staff Eyal Zamir met with Accountant General Roni Hezkiah.
The new multi-year plan, which is built on the IDF’s new victory concept, uses the motto “readiness and change” and focuses on improving the military’s defensive and offensive capabilities.
As part of the plan, the military will invest significant amounts to close the gaps in sev...
The crowd cheered as Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam called upon them to wage Jihad and seek martyrdom.
Jerusalem will soon become the capital of a global caliphate, a Palestinian preacher has told a crowd of Muslim worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, before calling on them to seek martyrdom.Speaking at an event held by Hizb ut-Tahrir to mark the anniversary of the 1453 AD capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire, Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam said the date brought tidings that Rome will soon be conquered in the name of Islam.
The event sparked disturbances on the Temple Mount where al-Aqsa is located, forcing the Israel Police to disperse the crowd, which numbered in the hundreds.In a video recording of the event uploaded to the...
At least two people are dead and 15 people have been injured in a shooting in Kansas City, according to the Kansas City Police.
Officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of Noland Road in the southeastern part of the city at about 11:30 p.m. when they received reports of a shooting. They arrived to a chaotic scene outside of a crowded bar where they say one adult female was shot and killed in the parking lot.
No shots were fired by any of the responding officers.
Up to 15 people self-transported to area hospitals and three of them are currently in critical condition.
According to police, a line had formed to get into the bar when the suspect started shooting into the line of people. Police say they do not know why the suspect did this and are currently investigating what started the i...
Two officers have died after a shooting on Sunday near one of Hawaii's most scenic spots, Diamond Head, where several homes were also set ablaze, officials said.
The incident unfolded at a home near the Honolulu tourist destination when authorities were responding to a domestic violence call, officials said.
Honolulu police responded to reports of a woman who was stabbed in Waikiki when the officers arriving on scene came under fire from the suspect. Police believe the suspect, who may have been using an AR-15-style rifle, is dead, but they have yet to confirm that due to the fire.
The two police officers were identified as Tiffany Enriquez, a seven-year veteran, and Kaulike Kalama, a nine-year veteran. Both were wearing bulletproof vests, but were hit above them, po...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 20, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mr. Yossi Lax, Z’L, brother of Asher Lax.
The levayah will take place today at 11:00am at Levinson’s.
Kevurah will be in Eretz Yisrael.
Yossi was the produce manager at Seven Mile Market for the past 30 years.
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed two bills on Wednesday designed to address the rise of hate and anti-Semitism in the Garden State. The first increases security funding for nonprofits at high risk for terror attacks while the other reclassifies some hate crimes as domestic terrorism
Murphy signed the bills just two days after the state’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, released a report showing there were 944 bias incidents reported to law enforcement in 2019, representing at 65 percent increase from 2018. The incidents include the deadly Dec. 10 shooting at a kosher grocery in Jersey City, N.J.
“Our state and our nation are facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred,” said Murphy in a press release. “We recently bore witness to how this...
MSNBC is running scared because Trump is winning.
President Trump is weighing whether to release his administration’s Mideast peace plan ahead of Israel’s March 2 general election, Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 13 reported Sunday.
Trump is expected to make a final decision in the coming days as he holds talks with his peace team and regional leaders in the Arab world.
Making the decision public will take into consideration several factors, and will be made following senior Kushner’s expected meetings Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue & White alliance, later this week in Yerushalayim.
Read more at i24NEWS.
The National Science Foundation announced earlier this month that the first national U.S. observatory to be named after a female astronomer will honor Jewish scientist Vera Rubin.
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Cerro Pachón, Chile, will be renamed the NSF Vera C. Rubin Observatory.
Science operations at the facility will begin in 2020.
Rubin, who died in 2016 at the age of 88, is most well-known for discovering evidence of dark matter.
The observatory renaming recognizes her role in better understanding dark matter and the study of dark energy will be one of the facility’s main research topics, along with taking an inventory of the solar system, exploring the transient optical sky and mapping the Milky Way.
Paul Dabbar, Department of Energy undersecretary for scie...
Speaker of the Israeli Parliament Yuli Edelstein announced Sunday that a full debate in the Knesset plenum will be held next week on establishing a key committee that may strip away Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity from prosecution.
“As I said a week ago, the process of hearing the Prime Minister’s request for immunity has become polluted,” Edelstein said in a statement, referring to his decision last week to not obstruct the establishment of the Knesset plenum despite his personal objections to the process.
The embattled prime minister is facing multiple indictments stemming from a wide-ranging corruption probe where he is accused of breaching the public trust, bribery and fraud.
Read more at i24NEWS.
Nearly half of Israeli youths in 2019 failed to enter or complete their mandatory military service in the Israeli Defense Forces, Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Sunday.
Citing newly published data collected by the IDF, the newspaper reported that 32.9% of men received military service exemptions due to mental health reasons, with another 15% dropping out from the army in line with historical averages.
Coupled together, nearly half of men (47.9%) failed to complete their military service, raising concerns among the institution’s top brass.
Read more at i24NEWS.
Israel’s military announced on Sunday the start of construction of an underground network of sensors along the Lebanese frontier to detect any cross-border tunnel building.
The project is getting under way a year after the Israeli military said it had destroyed a series of infiltration tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
“All the drilling is being done on the Israeli side of the blue line,” military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, referring to the border demarcation with Lebanon, said in a conference call with journalists.
He said the planned Israeli network “was not a wall” but seismic and acoustic sensors buried in the ground.
Israel informed UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon about the work “to make sure everybody knows what...
A secret document seized during a raid by Israeli intelligence on a compound in Tehran in 2018 proves Iran was building a nuclear weapon back in 2002, according to an exclusive report by the British newspaper MailOnline.
In the newly revealed document, which is addressed to Tehran’s top nuclear official, Moshen Fakhrizadeh, Iranian scientists outline their plans for a warhead to be fitted on a missile. Fakhrizadeh scribbled a handwritten note on the document, requesting that it be archived.
The document forms a key part of a report to be released soon by the Friends of Israel Initiative (FOII), a group of foreign policy experts and other former senior officials, the British paper reported.
After being “briefed extensively by Israeli security officials” on the contents ...
These are tumultuous days for Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s right-wing Lega (League) Party. Recent polls have projected that were elections to be held in Italy today, he would be elected prime minister, but his political opponents are trying to strip him of his immunity so they can bring charges against him for alleged misconduct while he was interior minister.
Since arriving on the political scene six years ago, Salvini has transformed Lega Nord per l’Indipendenza della Padania, better known as Lega, from a fringe movement into Italy’s largest right-wing party.
Dubbed by Italian media as “the face of anti-immigration politics,” Salvini entered the government in 2018, only to resign abruptly in the summer of 2019 after clashing with his coalition partner, ...