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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Israel/World

State Department: Settlements Are Legal

November 18 will long be remembered as a turning point in Middle East history. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that Israeli settlements are not illegal, per se, is the most significant shift in U.S. Middle East policy in the past generation. Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital has been a matter of U.S. law

Rockets in Israel: Understanding the Impact

The recent rocket attacks from Gaza have wreaked havoc for tens of communities close to Gaza—causing injuries, anxiety and panic attacks for many residents and disrupting the lives of many thousands of families that live in these communities. While there is no question that the communities of the South are on the “front

Orthodox Man Walking To Synagogue Brutally Stabbed in Monsey

(Algemeiner) A 30-year-old Orthodox man was in critical condition on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed by unknown assailants in Monsey while walking to synagogue.

Local media reported that police received a call at 5:49 a.m., and when officers arrived at the scene they discovered that the

Gantz Gives Up on Forming Government

(JPost) Blue and White leader Benny Gantz informed President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday evening that he did not succeed in forming a governing coalition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an olive branch to Gantz on Wednesday after coalition kingmaker Avigdor Liberman ended the last chance for Gantz

Israel Strikes Dozens of Syrian Targets After Rocket Attack, Preps for Reprisals

(JNS) Israel struck dozens of targets in Syria this week in retaliation for the firing of four rockets from Syria at the Golan Heights and Galilee by Iranian forces the day before, according to the Israeli military.

“The

UN Committee Adopts Eight Anti-Israel Resolutions

(JNS) The U.N. General Assembly Fourth Committee adopted eight resolutions last week that singled out or condemned Israel, reported the watchdog group UN Watch.

The resolutions condemn Israel for “repressive measures”

PA Blasts Trump Administration Following US Statement On Settlements

(JNS) A spokesman for Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas blasted the Trump administration following U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement of Washington’s policy shift on Judea and Samaria.

“The U.S.

Report: Hungary Blocks EU Statement Condemning US Policy Shift on Settlements

(JNS) Hungary is blocking a diplomatic effort by the European Union to issue a joint statement condemning the U.S. announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria to be illegal, the Times of Israel reported.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter  Szijjártó has made it

Report: Once Again, Jews Are Most Targeted Religious Group for Hate Crimes

(JNS) Jews were the most targeted for hate crimes among religious groups in 2018, according to an FBI report released this week.

Some 1,550 reported incidents of hate crimes were motivated by religious bias in 2018, in which 57.8 percent, or 835, of them targeted the Jewish community—a decrease from

Teen Turns Himself In to NYPD In Connection to Attacks On Jews in Brooklyn

(JNS) A 16-year-old teenager turned himself in to the New York Police Department last week in connection to a series of attacks on Jewish men in Borough Park.

The teen was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated

National Unity Government Is ‘Still Possible,’ Says Netanyahu

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed confidence this week that it was still possible to achieve a “robust” unity government, saying there was no need for the country to go back to elections.

Argentina Asks Azerbaijan To Arrest Iranian Suspect In 1994 AMIA Bombing

(JNS) Argentina is asking Azerbaijan to arrest an Iranian official visiting Baku in connection with the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Alí Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader