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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Israel/World

Jews Worldwide Mourn Passing of Rav Shteinman, zt”l

The never-ending cycle of Torah study in Bnei Brak was at a standstill this week as the entire city mourned the loss of Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, zt”l, who died on Tuesday at the age of 104. Universally regarded as a gadol hador, or “greatest of the generation,” his voice was sought by Jews worldwide

Abbas Announces Withdrawal From All Peace Agreements With Israel Since Oslo

(JNS) Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the Palestinians are withdrawing from all peace agreements with Israel since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The PA president said he would refuse any future U.S. involvement in the peace process and threatened that there will

Erdogan Calls on World to Recognize Eastern Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

(JNS) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called on world leaders to recognize eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Turkish leader condemned Israel as a “terror” state

Jewish Center Bombing Casts Shadow Over Argentine Politics 23 Years On

(AFP and combined sources) In 1994, a bomb blast destroyed the headquarters of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and wounding 300. On Thursday, a prosecuting magistrate ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Kirchner and called on the Senate to begin procedures to strip

Controversial Shabbat Bill Passes First Reading in Israeli Knesset

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) The Israeli Knesset on Tuesday approved a controversial bill that would limit commerce on Shabbat. The legislation passed its first reading in a 59-54 vote and will now head to the Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee, which will draft it for its second and third readings.

Talya Erblich Is Meeting Her Goals at Michlalah

Talya Erblich is studying at Michlalah Yerushalayim in the Bayit Vagan neighborhood of Jerusalem. She grew up in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and most recently Elizabeth. She attended Breuer’s and Passaic’s Yeshiva Beis Hillel for elementary school, and Bruriah for high school.

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Why Israel Has World’s Highest Percentage of Teenage EMTs

Sixty percent of the volunteer staff of Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency-response network, are teenagers.

When the dispatcher alerted them about a two-week-old baby who’d stopped breathing, 16-year-old Ori Cohen and his Magen David Adom crewmates were right nearby with their

Education Minister Bennett Lauds Israel’s Only Bnei Akiva Chapter for the Disability Community

(Courtesy of ALEH) On Monday, December 4, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited the Jerusalem facility of ALEH (www.aleh.org), Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, to mark the opening month of Bnei Akiva activities with Israel’s only chapter for children

World Reacts as Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Seven decades of American foreign policy are now forever altered with the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the United States. On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump declared Jerusalem the capital city of Israel and directed his State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to

US House Passes Taylor Force Act; Bill on PA Terror Payments Now Heads to Senate

(JNS.org) The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Taylor Force Act, which would cut U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the PA does not halt its payments to convicted terrorists and their families.

“This bill is pretty simple: If you finance or reward terrorism, you

Israeli Air Force Declares First Fleet of F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets Fully Operational

(JNS.org) Less than a year after receiving its first nine F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S., the IDF declared the fleet of aircrafts fully operational Wednesday.

“The announcement of the operationalization of the ‘Adir’ aircraft comes at a time in which the IAF is operating on a

IDF Launches Surprise Military Drill in Northern Israel

(JNS.org) The IDF’s Galilee Division initiated a surprise military drill on Tuesday in preparation for a potential escalation along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria.

Hundreds of IDF Logistics Corps soldiers were called up on Sunday to participate in the spontaneous drill