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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Israel Deploys Tanks, Artillery Forces at Syrian Border

Israel’s military said it deployed additional tank and artillery forces on the Syrian front on Sunday as a precaution given intensified fighting over the border between the Syrian army and rebels.

“The forces deployed this morning as part of preparations and readiness, in light of developments on the Syrian Golan Heights,” the military said in a tweet

Combating Hunger in Israel Is Part of Aryeh Lurie’s DNA

No one can understand the daily fiscal and emotional challenges associated with extreme poverty—except for those who have actually experienced it. For Aryeh Lurie, this awareness has been felt and combatted for generations, and helping to combat poverty in Israel runs in his genes.

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Israel Praises ‘Game Changing’ UN Resolution Condemning Use of Human Shields

(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) The United Nations General Assembly adopted an amendment to The Global Counter Terrorism Strategy this week, in which it denounced the use of human shields by military organizations, as well as the use of “schools and hospitals for military purposes such as launching attacks and storing weapons.”

Poland to Amend Holocaust Denial Law, Will Press Civil Charges Instead of Criminal Ones

(Mara Vigevani/TPS) Poland will amend a controversial law that makes it a crime in the country to accuse Poland of having been complicit in Nazi atrocities during World War II. Asking the parliament to change the existing law this week, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the law had not been effective and that he would seek lesser, civil penalties rather

US Army to Purchase Israeli Tank-Defense System

(Israel Hayom/JNS) The U.S. Army plans to purchase Israel’s Trophy defense system to shield its Abrams tanks, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has announced. The contract is worth $193 million, the company said.

Trophy, also known as the Windbreaker defense system, is an active anti-tank missiles and rocket-defense system designed to intercept and destroy

Israel Pursues Prisoner Swap Deal With Hamas for Abducted Soldiers

(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) Israel has sent a message to Hamas, by which they are interested in a quick prisoner swap deal in order to return the remains of Israeli soldiers Sgt. Oron Shaul and Lt. Hadar Goldin, whose remains have been held by Hamas in Gaza since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

In the message, which was conveyed by an Egyptian intermediate, Israel

Netanyahu Addresses Iranian People

(TPS) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the Iranian people this week for their courage in protesting against the regime, and said he would “never stop advocating for peace with the Iranian people one day,” a thinly veiled call on Iranians to overthrow the leaders of the Islamic Republic.

In a Facebook video praising Iran’s performance in the FIFA

Code Red Alarms Blare as Palestinians Launch 13 Missiles at Israel

(TPS) Residents of the Gaza Belt region scrambled for protected rooms overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday as Gaza Strip Palestinians fired at least 13 rockets at civilian targets in Israel in response to one IAF attack on a group that was trying to launch an arson kite at Israel, and another on two Hamas observation posts in the northern Gaza Strip. A car belonging

Rivlin to Prince William: Bring a ‘Message of Peace’ to Abbas, to ‘End the Tragedy’

(JNS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with the United Kingdom’s Prince William this week, asking the royal to bring a “message of peace” to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“I know that you’re going to meet President Abbas. I would like you to send him a message of peace,” Rivlin told the Duke of Cambridge.

“And tell him it is about

Syrian Refugees Flee to Israeli Border for Safety Against Attacks by Assad

(JNS) Thousands of Syrian civilians are fleeing to the Israeli border to escape the military bombardment of Syrian President Bashar Assad on rebel-held territories in Daraa province.

Up to 50,000 people have been displaced by airstrikes, with Jordan declaring that it has closed its borders to any new

Ethiopian Workers to Return to Barkan Wineries Following Public Outcry Over Status

(JNS) Barkan Wineries has announced that its Ethiopian workers would return to work on kosher wines following an outcry over a decision by winery ownership to fire them due to doubts as to their status as Jews.

Last year, Barkan’s management decided to upgrade to the most stringent Israeli kosher

Early-Morning Rockets Again Target Southern Israel

(JNS) Thousands of Israeli citizens once again scrambled to bomb shelters this week when Palestinians in Gaza launched over a dozen rockets at southern Israel.

Red Alert warning sirens rang out in Eshkol, Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon multiple times from 1:45 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Wednesday.