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Monday, December 17, 2018

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Sen. John McCain: A ‘Brave Hero’ and a ‘Stalwart Friend’ of Israel

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) died on Aug. 25 at the age of 81. He was a Vietnam War hero, a two-time presidential candidate and a 35-year member of Congress.

A longtime friend of the state of Israel, McCain visited countless times. His first visit came in 1979, when he traveled with Washington

Israel Hails British, French Airline Decision to Halt Flights to Iran

Major British and French airlines announced Thursday that they plan to halt flights to Iran from September, citing business reasons. The decisions come in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran.

British Airways said it was suspending its London to Tehran

SodaStream Gives Workers Bonuses After $3.2B PepsiCo Deal

(Courtesy of Israel Hayom) Less than a week after Israeli company SodaStream was bought by Pepsico for $3.2 billion, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum announced that all company employees will receive a bonus of NIS 18,000 ($5,000) each.

The company employs 3,500 people, 2,000 of them in the Negev

Trump: Israel to ‘Pay’ for Embassy Move

At a rally in West Virginia, Trump said it was now the Palestinians’ 
‘turn’ to ‘get something very good’ in potential peace talks with Israel.

President Donald Trump said this week that Israel will have to pay “a higher

US National Security Adviser: No New Policy on Golan Heights Recognition

(JNS) During his recent visit to Israel, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters that despite strong Israeli pressure on the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the American policy will not be changing at the moment.

“I’ve heard the idea being

‘Gaza Siege Will Be Lifted Soon,’ Declares Hamas Leader

(Daniel Siryoti/Israel Hayom/JNS) In a fiery speech that contradicted the reports of efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared that the “Palestinian resistance will continue in its efforts to crush the siege on Gaza.”

In an address

US Deports 95-Year-Old Nazi Collaborator to Germany After Years of Unsuccessful Attempts

(JNS) After years of unsuccessful attempts, the United States finally deported Nazi collaborator Jakiw Palij to Germany, where his fate is currently unknown, although German prosecutors have previously said there may not be sufficient evidence to charge the 95-year-old with war crimes.

U.S. Immigration

Israel Calls on UN to Restore Its Peacekeepers to Syria Border

(Lilach Shoval/Israel Hayom/JNS.org) Israel has asked the United Nations to reinstate its Disengagement Observer Force on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border, outgoing Northern Command Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Asher Ben-Lulu has confirmed to Israel Hayom.

UNDOF peacekeepers were first deployed

Major Gun-Law Reform Passes, Allowing Arming of Thousands More Qualified Israelis

(JNS) A major reform to Israel’s gun law meant to put an end to terrorism on Israeli streets will make more than 500,000 more Israelis eligible to receive permits to buy and carry handguns.

The new law went into immediate effect this week and will allow hundreds of thousands of Israel Defense Forces

Two Iranians Charged for Allegedly Spying on America

(JNS) Two Iranians were charged by the U.S. government for allegedly spying on Jewish and Israeli institutions in America on behalf of Tehran without notifying Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid

Bolton, Rivlin Discuss ‘Very Challenging Time for Both Israel and the United States’

(JNS) A day after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, discussing matters related to Gaza, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other Mideast issues.

Rivlin, who welcomed Bolton as “one of the most important guests we’ve hosted here in Israel” to

ISEF Dollars Turn Disadvantaged Israeli Students Into Scholars

When Dmitry Shimelfarb was an eighth grader in Minsk, Belarus, he got the shock of his young life. He took the country’s standard psychological test to determine a child’s future, and was told he would not make the cut for university. Despite his good grades, he was urged to apply to trade school. Why? Only 1.5 percent