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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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Today is the 407th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Google is celebrating it with a Goodle Doodle of the Dutch artist's 1659 oil on canvas self portrait.

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The influential European Council is voting Tuesday on whether to define ritual circumcision a "violation of human rights."
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Boys should be protected by law from circumcision just like girls, say activists. And if the ACLU backs marriage equality? Picket them because it also is against circumcision bans! Welcome to Oakland.

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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The safest bet in Israel is that the national lottery Mifal HaPayis will make money. It announced Sunday that it raked in $810 million in the first six months of 2013, 14 percent more than in the same period last year. The most popular game is the lotto, which brought in $214 million, one-third more […]

The Rabbinical Council of American has issued guidelines to prevent sexual abuse
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Orthodox Jewish institutions have been stunned by charges and evidence of sexual abuse, particular concerning children. The organization of Orthodox rabbis – RCA – has issued guidelines to prevent abuse.

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

Who says Netanyahu does not want peace with Abbas? He picked up the phone to wish him greetings on Ramadan. Why didn’t Kerry think of that? Maybe Arabs will call tonight and wish Bibi a good fast.”

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

An Israeli military court has convicted a Palestinian Authority terrorist for the April murder of 31-year-old Eviatar Borovsky, who lived in the community of Itamar, in northeastern Samaria. Zagal stabbed Borovsky to death as the father of five waited at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. Border Police officers shot and wounded Zagal at […]

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Anthony Weiner met with the Rebbe of Munkacs, Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinovich.
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

“To underestimate Weiner is to make a huge mistake,” Mr. Hikind said.

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Jordan’s official news agency told its readers on Sunday that police on the Temple Mount protected Jews from angry Muslims to allow them “to perform their Talmudic prayers and rituals.” Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabian media routinely incite Muslim furor with false reports about Jews on the Temple Mount, where they are not even allowed […]

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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An alleged shoplifting incident in Hong Kong in 2006 has become a major issue over whether Yaakov Frenkel will return to his former post as Governor of the Bank of Israel, replacing Stanley Fischer who is quitting in mid-term to return to the United States. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s nomination of Frenkel two weeks ago […]

 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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Poland’s chief rabbi said he will resign if a definitive ban on kosher slaughter is imposed in the country. “I cannot imagine serving as chief rabbi in a country in which the rights of the Jewish religion are curtailed, as I would not be able then to serve properly my coreligionists,” Rabbi Michael Schudrich wrote […]

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President Barack Obama appealed for calm on Sunday, following the Zimmerman acquittal.
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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The acquittal of Zimmerman Saturday dominated television news and the Internet on Sunday, with incidents of protests in communities as far away as San Francisco.

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Israeli F-16I Fighting Falcons. According to news reports, the IAF is maintaining an airbase on Turkish soil, from which it attacked Syrian targets on July 5.
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

Anyone reading the report on this level of cooperation between the Turkish and Israel has to be thinking about their cooperation against Iran.

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Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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An Egyptian military source told state news agency MENA that a member of a terrorist group was killed on Sunday as he was attempting to plant an explosive device on El-Sheikh Zuweid road in north Sinai. The source further denied media reports that the explosion happened in the vicinity of a vehicle owned by security […]

 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

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At least three people were killed and 17 wounded early Monday morning in the northern Sinai when terrorists used rocket-propelled grenades to attack a bus carrying workers employed at a cement factory, security and medical sources told Al Ahram. They said the bus was set on fire in El Arish, part of a sharp rise […]

Josh Mandel, state treasurer of Ohio, purchased $42 million of Israel Bonds in March
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

For those Ohioans who prefer that their state get a lower return on investment than tarnish their government dollars by investing in the Jewish State, news of the Israel Bonds purchase was more than they could bear.

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The Pakistani Taliban are a sort of surrogate of al Qaeda, roaming the region in search of Islamist causes. They just found one, in Syria.
 

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

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Will America and the EU repeat the dreadful mistake of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, whose CIA assembled and trained the nascent al-Qaida Mujahedeen?

 

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

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Liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei was sworn in on Sunday as Egypt’s vice president—incharge of international relations, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported. ElBaradei was nominated last week as prime minister in the transitional period, but he could not get his appointment past his Islamist opponents. ElBaradei served as director general of the International Atomic […]

 

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

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European governments including Britain are increasing their back-channel contacts with Hamas, all but ignoring the official EU policy of maintaining political isolation over the terrorist organization that continues to see the destruction of the Jewish State as its primary goal. According to the Guardian, four senior Hamas officials have stated that their ongoing communication with […]

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Posted on: July 14th, 2013

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On Sunday, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Israel, two Haredim attacked a religious IDF soldier. The soldier did not require medical treatment. A brawl erupted after the attack, and the two suspects fled. Police are trying to locate them. This is the sixth such attack on religious soldier in Jerusalem in recent months.

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Egyptian army soldiers are part of an air-land offensive against Hamas, Al Qaeda and other jihad terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula
 

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

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Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. The Egyptian military demolished hundreds of smuggling tunnels in and out of Hamas-controlled Gaza Sunday and is preparing for an all-our onslaught of Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorists in the Sinai, Egyptian media reported. The Egyptian offensive is a political and military shock to Hamas, with reverberations in Ramallah and Washington, on the eve of yet another attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to re-ignite the “peace process.” “The reduction in smuggling will make it difficult for Hamas to maintain the level of its revenues, and therefore it will be hard pressed to contain the protests against its rule,” according to the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS). “It will also be difficult to infiltrate weapons into Gaza, mainly enhanced rockets and surface-to-surface missiles.” The Egyptian Aswat Masriya media outlet reported that 805 tunnels along the smuggling route, centered in the border city of Rafiah, were destroyed. Most of the tunnels have been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza. The Egyptian army will also close the Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” an official source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. It placed a severe siege on Hamas but without a peep from the international community, which still condemns Israel for the maritime embargo that is aimed at preventing the import of terrorists and weapons from the sea. Terrorists in Rafiah targeted a military checkpoint Saturday, but no casualties were reported, and Egypt opened the Rafiah border crossing for four hours Saturday to allow humanitarian cases to cross the border. The tunnels have been a key route for terrorists to travel freely back and forth to the Sinai Peninsula and establish terrorist outposts aimed at staking out bases for attack on Egyptian tourist areas, such as El Arish, as well as urban areas. The army killed at least five terrorists on Friday, but Egyptian media reported a larger-scale offensive is in the works after an attempted assassination of Second Field Army commander Maj. Gen. Ahmed Wasfy on Wednesday. Egypt is using heavy arms and warplanes, maneuvers that are prohibited under the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 without Israel’s approval. With the unstable and radical anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood out of power, thanks to the military “impeachment” or coup – take your pick – Israel is not blocking any offense, “Security sources confirmed that Israel does not mind that the Egyptian forces use heavy artillery and warplanes during the operation which is expected to start very soon” military sources confirmed to the official television on Saturday. Official added, “The army had decided to cleanse the Sinai of armed gangs and terrorists "The operation will continue until it reaches its objectives, which are not only military but also aim to develop the Sinai.” Meanwhile, state media have reported Friday that two Egyptian Apache helicopters hovered over olive groves south of El-Arish before they fired shells at bunkers of Jihadist gunmen who were preparing to attack army checkpoints. The Egyptian Air Force on Saturday sent in two Apache helicopters to gun down jihadists after it received intelligence information that they were hiding in olive groves and preparing to attack military checkpoints. On Friday, an Egyptian helicopter was seen in the skies over Gaza for the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967. The Hamas terrorist organization is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore is a natural enemy of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago. Hams has denied Egyptian military statements that its soldiers jailed 32 Hamas terrorists and arrested dozens others in the Sinai Peninsula last week. Hamas figuratively shot itself in the head last August when it mounted a severe attack on the Egyptian army, killing 16 soldiers near Rafiah in a multi-pronged attack that was intended to continue into Israel but was foiled at the last minute by the IDF. Ever since, Hamas has been an undeclared enemy, and even the Morsi regime was suspicious of it. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority also is benefiting from Hamas’ miseries but is suppressing its joy because Hamas has widespread support among Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are fed up with chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Any moves by the Secretary of State Kerry to win some kind of a forum between Israeli and Palestinian Authority are a useless exercise without the inclusion of Gaza. Another fallout of the offensive against Hamas might be negative for Israel in the near-term. “The motivation of Hamas and jihadi elements from Sinai to launch attacks against Israel is increasing,” INSS thinks.

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