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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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PM Indictment Talk Roils Israel

After the Israel Police announced this week that it had collected enough evidence to warrant indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, reactions quickly fell along partisan lines.

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett immediately criticized the prime minister for not

Trump: ‘Palestinian Authority Isn’t Interested in Making Peace’

(Arutz Sheva) President Donald Trump refused to comment on the release of a much-anticipated US Middle East peace plan, suggesting that the Palestinian Authority was not interested in ending the conflict with Israel.

The president spoke with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, claiming that the PA was

US Seeks to Increase Aid to Israel by $200M in 2019

(JNS) The annual funding Israel receives from the United States may be increased by $200 million in 2019, according to President Donald Trump’s fiscal year budget request. Israel is expected to receive $3.3 billion in 2019.

The requested funds are the result of a $38 billion 10-year memorandum of

White House Denies Netanyahu’s Claim of Talks on Israeli Settlement Annexation Deal

(JNS) The White House recently denied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that he is in talks with the Trump administration on the annexation of Israeli settlements.

“Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false,” White House Spokesman Josh Raffel said in a statement. “The United

Poland Set to Pass Controversial New Law Criminalizing Kosher Slaughter

(JNS) Just one week after passing a controversial law criminalizing phrases indicating Polish responsibility for heinous crimes against Jews during the Holocaust, Poland’s ruling party has sponsored a new bill including a clause that would criminalize kosher meat slaughter. If the law is passed, anyone found guilty of slaughtering animals

Abbas Meets Putin in Moscow in Attempt to Reduce US Role in Peace Process

(JNS) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, in an attempt to sideline the United States and strengthen Russia’s role as a power broker in negotiating an outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Abbas told Putin during their meeting in Moscow that, “We state that from now on we refuse to

IAF Commander Visits Hospitalized Pilot; Says Decision to Eject Saved Both Lives

(TPS) Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin praised Maj. A for deciding to eject from his F-16 after being hit by anti-aircraft fire, and said the spur-of-the-moment decision likely saved his life and that of his navigator.

The hospital said in a statement that the pilot’s condition has improved. The navigator, who was lightly wounded, has

2017 Saw Rise of Anti-Semitic Incidents in Germany

(EJP/exclusive to JNS) The number of anti-Semitic incidents rose last year in Germany, according to a Berlin newspaper which quoted a government report.

1,453 anti-Semitic incidents were perpetrated in 2017, including 32 incidents of physical violence, 160 incidents of vandalism, and 898 incidents of

Fmr. IDF Intelligence Chief: Shootdown of Iranian Drone Could be Prelude to Israel-Shia War

The interception of an Iranian drone that targeted Israel suggests that the chances for a war between Israel and Iran-led forces, the first Israel-Shia war, have increased, General (ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israel’s military intelligence told a conference call on Saturday.

The

ALEH’S ‘Tikkun Olam’ Program Teaches Israeli Teens the Importance of Inclusion

(Courtesy of ALEH) In September 2016, ALEH (www.aleh.org), Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, joined forces with Israel’s Ministry of Education to launch “Tikkun Olam,” an experiential education program that exposes Israeli high school students to peers with

A Volunteer Builds Champions

(Courtesy of Boys Town) Sometimes the weakest students at Boys Town Jerusalem are the luckiest. These days, the biggest winners are the students having the toughest time in their high school English classes. Thanks to the kindness of a caring volunteer tutor, those boys are now making extraordinary strides.

Sam Zimmerman, a native of Teaneck, New

Israel’s Sheba Medical Center Offers New Hope for Stroke Victims

(Courtesy of Sheba Medical Center) The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer has extended the treatment protocol for stroke victims from eight hours to 24 hours. The hospital states that the new protocol not only allows doctors to treat more patients but also gives hope to stroke victims and their families.