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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Israel/World

Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill Passes Into Law

(Gil Hoffman/Jpost) The controversial Jewish nation-state bill became Israel’s 14th Basic Law this week after it passed into law in the Knesset plenum by a vote of 62 in favor, 55 against, and two abstentions. The law passed after a stormy debate full of theatrics that stretched more than eight hours.

Egypt Issues Ultimatum to Hamas, Demands They Halt Flaming Kites Against Israel

(JNS) Egypt issued a warning to Hamas to put a halt to launching of flaming kites and balloons into Israel from Gaza, according to a report in Ynet. The ultimatum followed Israel’s announcement this week that it would close the Kerem Shalom crossing to gas and fuel supplies after Hamas launched a rocket into Israel. Medicines and food

Netanyahu, Security Chiefs Hold Briefing With IDF Gaza Division

(TPS) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and senior intelligence officials held security consultations with the IDF Gaza Division amidst ongoing cross-border attacks by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

“Today is the fourth anniversary of

Online Safety Tips From One of Israel’s Top Cyber-Experts

(Courtesy of Bar-Ilan University) Professor Yehuda Lindell is one of Israel’s leading scholars on the subject of cyber security. For the past three years, he has headed up the Center for Research in Applied Cryptography and Cyber Security at Bar-Ilan University, home to one of Israel’s top cyber-security labs. Lindell and the team of researchers

Foreign Volunteers Can Pre-Register to Help Israel in Event of Large-Scale Earthquake

(Courtesy of United Hatzalah) Following the continued tremors and aftershocks that have shaken Israel’s north for the past week, Israel’s Health Ministry and the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) have informally asked United Hatzalah to pre-register all available and willing members of Hatzalah organizations

Jerusalem College of Technology Alum Wins Israel Defense Prize for Role in Detecting Hamas Tunnels

Col. Yaniv Avitan, a graduate of JCT’s electro-optics department, heads an IDF team that during the past two years located nine cross-border attack tunnels dug from Gaza into Israel.

(Courtesy of Jerusalem College of Technology) Col. Yaniv Avitan, a graduate of the Jerusalem College of Technology’s

Haredi Lone Soldiers Receive New Home in Jerusalem

(Courtesy of Friends of Nahal Haredi) A new apartment building for haredi lone soldiers was inaugurated last week in Jerusalem.

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu), Jerusalem municipal council and mayoral candidate Moshe Leon,

SCOTUS Pick Draws Mixed Reactions From Jewish Groups

President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday of his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court drew mixed reactions from U.S. Jewish groups.

The Republican Jewish Coalition praised the pick, saying in a tweet:

Crews Use Israeli Tech to Assist Thai Soccer Team Rescue

(Mara Vigevani/TPS) An Israeli technology provided voice and video communications between rescue workers and 12 teenage members of a soccer team and their coach who were rescued this week after having been stranded underground for close to three weeks in Tham Luang, Northern Thailand.

Maxtech Networks is

Abbas Declares Israeli Legislation Won’t Stop Him From Paying Terrorists

(JNS) In a meeting with Fatah Party leaders, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared he would not stop paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families, despite new Israeli legislation withholding funds in the amount paid to killers and attackers from taxes collected for the P.A.

Israel Sees Record Number of Tourists for First Half of 2018

(JNS) Israel saw a record number of tourists in the first half of 2018, injecting billions of dollars of revenue into the Israeli economy.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, from January to June 2018 about 2.1 million tourist entries were recorded—an increase of 19 percent over the same

Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1B From Israel

In 1999, North Korea demanded Israel pay it $1 billion in cash to stop the planned sale of missile technology to Iran and other enemies of the Jewish state, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The offer was reportedly made by then-North Korean Ambassador to Sweden Son Mu Sin to his Israeli