The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit all-time highs Wednesday, despite a mid-afternoon sag as a result of reports that trade talks with China hit another stumbling block.
While the White House declined to comment, several news outlets reported that trade talks between the U.S. and China hit a wall over farm purchase. The Trump administration has been touting a limited trade deal since last month. But in recent days, optimism has sagged within the farming sector.
China is the world's largest importer of soybeans and bought $12 billion worth of the crop from the U.S. in 2017.
After President Trump announced the promise of a "phase one" deal last month saying China would buy $40 billion to $50 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products.
November 13, 2019
Islamic Jihad provides ceasefire conditions to Israel: report
Palestinian Islamic Jihad provided its conditions for a ceasefire agreement with Israel: Israel stops targeted killings in the Gaza Strip as well as in the West Bank, bans use of live fire against protesters in Great March of Return border protests, and an end to the blockade on Gaza.
The conditions were set out by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhalah, based in Syria, in an interview with pan-Arabist Al Mayadeen television channel. Nakhalah said his organization had provided its conditions in response to Israel's appeal for a ceasefire.
Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod, reports of interceptions by Iron Dome
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental health issues.
The push, known as Project Guardian, was unveiled at a news conference in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, on the same day public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump began in Washington.
As part of the program, U.S. prosecutors will coordinate with state and local law enforcement officials to consider potential federal charges when a suspect is arrested for weapons possession,...
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A brutal attack, a shooting outside of a school, and a stabbing next to the Inner Harbor- three violent attacks, and police say what they all have in common is that teenagers are involved.
The picture of a badly beaten 52-year-old man in the emergency room is circulating on social media. According to the police report, the attack happened last Tuesday night.
The victim was taking a shortcut through New Hope Circle when 15 teens surrounded him. He is now recovering at Shock Trauma.
This was the first in a series of violent incidents involving teenagers.
“Out of nowhere, he found himself surrounded,” Baltimore Police Detective Donny Moses said. “They beat him, they punched him, they stomped him and then they robbed him.”
This was foll...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Wednesday, 13 November 2019), at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, met with a senior delegation of AIPAC members.
The Prime Minister updated the delegation members on the situation in Gaza and said: "The most important distinction in international law and specifically about the rules of war is that here is a dividing line. On one side are combatants; on the other side are non-combatants. He added that one "cannot fight people who are innocent civilians. You can cross that line accidentally, but you can’t cross it deliberately. If you deliberately target civilians, that’s a war crime."
Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed: "Terrorists, including the terrorists in Gaza do something entirely different. They target civili...
JERUSALEM (JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White leader and prime-minister designate Benny Gantz, visited southern Israel separately on Wednesday to areas impacted by the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu, who visited the command headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces in southern Israel, threatened to resume targeted assassination operations against terrorists in Gaza.
“The terrorists know we can put a target on them, and we will put a target on anyone who tries to harm us. They know we can get to them in their hiding places with surgical precision,” Netanyahu said, according to the prime minister’s office.
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, who took office on Tuesday, also released a similar statement. “Eve...
The EU’s top court ruled on Tuesday that goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled as produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians and condemned by Israel, which said it would try to persuade countries to ignore it.
The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said labels must not imply that goods produced in occupied territory came from Israel itself.
Labels must “prevent consumers from being misled as to the fact that the State of Israel is present in the territories concerned as an occupying power and not as a sovereign entity,” the court said.
The case focused on a winery in the West Bank, but the court referred to all territory Israel took control of in the 1967 Six-Day War, including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both of which ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said that “it is not antisemitic to criticize the policies of the Israeli government,” adding on to his prior stance that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is “racist.”
In a piece published on Monday on the left-wing site Jewish Currents, Sanders, who is Jewish, wrote that “that it is not antisemitic to criticize the policies of the Israeli government” even though it is “true that some criticism of Israel can cross the line into antisemitism, especially when it denies the right of self-determination to Jews, or when it plays into conspiracy theories about outsized Jewish power.”
In the essay, Sanders, identifying as &ldquo...
Israeli retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip killed 12 on Wednesday, the coastal enclave’s health department reported, bringing the total number of dead in the Hamas-ruled territory since fighting broke out early Tuesday morning to 22.
The IDF reported earlier on Wednesday that it was intensifying its operations against terrorists in the Gaza Strip, striking multiple facilities operated by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. Among the targets hit are a rocket factory, weapons storage facilities, and terrorist training areas.
A number of Islamic Jihad terrorists have been reported among the dead, including 38-year-old Khaled Awad Farraj, who was killed Wednesday morning by an IDF airstrike.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claims in her new book that in late 2017 then secretary of state Rex Tillerson attempted to thwart the White House’s plan to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim.
Titled “With all Due Respect,” Haley describes the former oil executive and others on the National Security Council were vehemently opposed to President Donald Trump’s plan to relocate the US mission to Israel.
“I supported the move. It was simply common sense,” Haley writes. “Embassies are located in capitals. In virtually every country in the world, the U.S. embassy is located in the host country’s capital city. Israel should be no different.”
“But others in the cabinet and White House disagre...
The US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told i24NEWS Tuesday that the US vehemently condemns the rocket attacks on its territory by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
She also took a jab at Iran, saying “we condemn the Iran regime which is ultimately the funder and facilitator of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
Ortagus stressed that Tuesday’s events were to a degree a product of the 2015 nuclear deal, as Tehran did not use the money unlocked by sanctions relief to build schools or hospitals for the Iranian people.
Instead, the funds went to its regional proxies, unleashing terror in the Middle East.
Read more at i24NEWS.
MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) said on Monday that until Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz does not return the mandate to form a government to the president, there is no chance of a breakthrough in the contacts to form a unity government.
“Nothing will happen in the next nine days and no unity government will emerge. If there is a development it will only be in about 21 days and then there will be pressure on us to compromise. We are preparing for this,” Maklev told the haredi radio station Kol Barama.
The charedi MK attacked Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman, saying, “He calls Arabs terrorists but is willing to give them power. The Arabs will not support any government if they do not receive their wishes and Lieberman will be the one who gives them ...
The Samaria Military Court today sentenced the mother of the Barkan murderer to 18 months in prison, paying a fine of NIS 5,000, as well as paying compensation to the families of the murdered in the amount of NIS 40,000.
The mother was convicted of failing to prevent the attack in the Barkan industrial zone where Kim Levengrond and Ziv Hajbi were murdered, despite knowing her son’s intentions.
At the hearing, the president of the military court said it was of great importance for family members to report relatives’ intentions to carry out attacks. “The defendant genuinely and subjectively suspected her son would carry out an attack, and did not act as required by law to prevent the planned attack.”
In the conviction itself, the judge wrote “the value of hum...
India’s intelligence service has warned Israel of immediate, specific threats to Jewish institutions and Israeli tourists in the country, Israeli and Indian media reported on Monday.
India has shared with Israel specific information regarding advanced-stage plans by terrorist cells associated with global jihad groups to target Israeli and Jewish sites throughout the country, including a synagogue in southern India and concentrations of Israelis in the country’s north and west, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Monday .
The information, which according to the report was received from “intelligence services of a third, friendly country,” also pointed to the possibility that Israeli tourists could be abducted.
India has yet to apprehend the cell ...
Doctors in Michigan said Tuesday they had performed what they believe is the first double-lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were damaged from vaping, highlighting the extreme steps medical experts are taking as they confront a nationwide rash of vaping-related illnesses.
The medical team from Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital said the patient, a 17-year-old male, underwent the roughly six-hour transplant surgery on Oct. 15. He spent a month on a life-support machine after suffering “complete lung failure” and would have faced “certain death” without the operation, according to the doctors.
The teen’s family described him as an athlete who was in perfect health before he was admitted to the hospital in early September with what appeared to be pneumon...
Backlash to EU court ruling requiring labeling of products comes in fast and furiously Jewish and pro-Israel groups blasted the ruling by the European Court of Justice requiring products coming from the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights to be labeled as such and not “made in Israel.”
The court decided, “Israel is present in the territories concerned as an occupying power and not as a sovereign entity.”
The decision stemmed from a case brought by brought by Israeli wine producer and exporter Psagot Winery Ltd., along with the Lawfare Project.
The Lawfare Project said the decision by the European Union high court not only “supports derogatory French-labeling requirements imposed on Israeli products, but it also mandates similar requirements t...
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time a top diplomat testified Wednesday that President Donald Trump was overheard asking about “the investigations” he wanted Ukraine to pursue that are central to the impeachment inquiry.
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, revealed the new information as the House Intelligence Committee opened extraordinary hearings on whether the 45th president of the United States should be removed from office.
Taylor said his staff recently told him they overheard Trump when they were meeting with another diplomat, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, at a restaurant the day after Trump’s July 25 phone call with the new leader of Ukraine that sparked the impeachment investigation.
The staff explained that Sondland had called the president...
ROME (AP) – Pope Francis has denounced the “inhuman, un-Christian” rebirth of anti-Semitism, weighing in on an issue that has convulsed Italy in recent weeks.
Speaking at his general audience Wednesday, Francis denounced anti-Semitism, saying it is raging after the world thought the “brutalities” of the Holocaust were over.
He said: “Here and there, there is a new rebirth of persecuting Jews. Brothers and sisters, this isn’t human or Christian. Jews are our brothers. And they must not be persecuted. Understand?”
In Italy, controversy flared recently when Liliana Segre, an 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor and senator-for-life, called for the creation of a parliamentary committee to combat hate, racism and anti-Semitism after revelations that ...
DENMARK (AP) – Two men, aged 27 and 38, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of “gross vandalism” of gravestones in the Jewish section of a churchyard in northwestern Denmark.
Danish broadcaster DR, citing information from a detention hearing that was briefly open before continuing behind closed doors, reported that the 38-year-old man was a member of a neo-Nazi group.
The men are suspected of scrawling in green paint on 84 gravestones and knocking over several of them in Randers, some 177 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of Copenhagen.
Police spokesman Klaus Arboe Rasmussen said their motive was to target “a particular group of the population based on their religion.”
He added that the men, who were not identified in line with Danish practice, also are su...
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.
The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above sea level Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimeters (2½ inches) lower than the historic 1966 flood. Another wave of exceptionally high water followed Wednesday.
“Venice is on its knees,’’ Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said on Twitter. “St. Mark’s Basilica has sustained serious damage, like the entire city and its islands.”
One death was blamed on the flooding, on the barrier island of Pellestrina. A man in his 70s was apparently electrocuted w...