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Sacramento-Ashekelon: Sister Cities

27 Av 5772 – August 15, 2012
To a packed Council Chamber, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to name Ashkelon as a sister city.

EU Now Includes City in Pre-1967 Israeli Territory in ‘Forbidden Zone’

27 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
An EU directive will impose customs duty on products made in the cities of Modiin and Maccabim-Reut, built on what was no-man's land between 1949 and 1967.

‘Jewish Home’ Chairman: Bennet Is an Opportunist, His Plans Are Empty Spin

"The zigzaggy conduct of Naftali Bennet is classic opportunism, and the public will judge him for it, his plan is nothing but empty spin,” said on Monday Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, head of the "Jewish Home" Knesset faction. Hershkowitz was referring to the candidacy of MKs Zevulun Arlov and Naftali Bennet, and quoted an opinion piece published last weekend by Mekor Rishon's pundit Sofia Ron-Moria, where she quipped that she "won’t buy a used car from Bennet or Orlov."

Former GSS Chief Dichter to Lead Home Front Office

After feverish searches by the prime minister's office for some former senior IDF official to be appointed as Minister for the Defense of the Home Front, late Monday on night, following all-night meetings with the prime minister and the minister of defense, the appointment of MK Avi Dichter was finalized.

Haredi Rabbis Decided: Yeshiva Students May Go to Recruitment Centers, But ‘Must Not Sign...

Against the background of the expiration on August 1 of the Tal Law, which attempted to manage Haredi recruitment, the Moetzes Gdolei HaTorah (Assembly of Torah Sages), the supreme rabbinical policy-making council of several Haredi organizations in Israel convened Monday night in Bnei Brak at the home of leader of the Lithuanian sector, Rav Steinman, to solidify the policy of military conscription.

Philanthropist Zev Wolfson, Supporter of Torah Institutions, Dies at 84

A world renowned philanthropist, Wolfson helped spread Torah through kollel and outreach programs with many catering specifically to secular Jews in an effort to bring them closer to traditional Judaism.

Two Israelis Charged with Blackmailing a New York Rabbi

The Tel Aviv District Attorney's offices today submitted to the magistrate court an indictment and an arrest order against Shay Cohen and Simon Soriano,...

Is Sheldon Adelson Destroying Israel’s Newspapers?

Sheldon Adelson is shopping for a new printing house for his paper, while other Israel newspapers are laying off dozens in the wake of Yisrael Hayom's market takeover.

Toronto Government Approves Rally to Eliminate Israel Inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini

An Islamic group's request to mark International Al-Quds Day on Aug. 18 has been approved by the Ontario Legislature.

Hungarian Lawyer Seeks Indictment against Nazi Hunter Efraim Zuroff

A Hungarian lawyer has urged authorities to charge Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff with making “false statements” against an alleged war criminal. Attorney Futo Barnabas said...

Where are the Egyptian Generals?

Rumors are flying around Egpyt that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Sami Hafez Anan have been placed under house arrest by...

Florida Woman Sues El Al for Making her Give her Seat to a Haredi...

25 Av 5772 – August 13, 2012
Debra Ryder, a Jewish resident of Florida and an El Al passenger, is asking the carrier for 50,000 shekel ($12,500) in compensation for allegedly...

Israeli Pediatric Association Calls for End to Metzitzah B’peh

The Israel Ambulatory Pediatric Association is calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite that is also under fire in New York. Direct oral-genital...

IDF to Test Missile Attack Alert System on Mobile Phones

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday began a week-long drill of a text-message warning system that sends alerts to cellphones about imminent missile attacks in particular areas. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "All of the threats that are currently being directed against the Israeli home front pale against a particular threat, different in scope, different in substance, and therefore I reiterate that Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons."

Morsi Instituting Sweeping Changes in Army leadership, Constitution, Political Appointments

25 Av 5772 – August 12, 2012
Egyptian president Morsi made several sweeping decisions on Sunday afternoon, announced by the presidential spokesperson in a televised statement. Al Ahram reported that, to start, Morsi cancelled the addendum to the constitutional declaration, issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on June 17. The addendum stipulated that the head of the SCAF, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, was to remain minister of defense until a new constitution was drafted. Not any more.

Combat IDF Sergeant’s Team Finishes Second at World Bridge Championship

A combat soldier in the Kfir Infantry Brigade, Sgt. Lee Rosenthal, is also one of the best bridge players worldwide. Just last week the Israeli bridge team placed second in the world bridge championship for competitors under the age 21 held in Taicang, China a week ago. The skillful players overcame teams from China, Italy and dozens of other countries, defeated only by the Dutch team by a single point. Among the team members are two IDF soldiers, completing their full service.

Iran Pushing Underdog Angle, Warning Sanctions Endangering Hospital Patients

In its war against the West and Israel, Iran has apparently given up its attempt to portray itself as being unaffected by the sanctions against its economy and, taking a page out of the Palestinian playbook, is now switching to the opposite approach, pushing the suffering of individual Iranians under the cruel sanctions. Of course, for all that to change practically overnight, all Tehran has to do is stop its nuclear project and open up its facilities to international inspectors.

Syrian 400m Hurdler Disqualified after Failing Drug Test

Syria's Olympic 400m hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Olympics after testing positive for methylhexaneamine, according to the BBC. Almouhamad, 23, finished eighth...

“This is Only a Test”

The IDF Homefront Command will be testing a new nationwide SMS alert system between Sunday and Thursday this week. Each day the testing will be...

Rocket Attack from Gaza

At 11:53 PM on Saturday night, a rocket was launched from Gaza at the Eshkol region in Israel. The rocket fell in an open...

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