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Netanyahu: Efrat and Gush Etzion ‘will always be part of the State of Israel’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked the opening day of the school year telling students in Efrat that Efrat and Gush Etzion will always remain part of Israel.

Prime Minister Shifts Own Financial Portfolio on Eve of Possible Iran Strike

The committee for permits in the state comptroller’s office has allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 15 – at his own request – to make changes in his investment portfolio, both overseas and locally. The request comes in the wake of threats by the PM to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future. But it appears that Netanyahu's financial move was done in full transparency and in complete adherence with legal procedure.

Israeli Rabbis Prove Religion Works Better than Diplomacy in the Middle East

A small group of religious Jews accomplished what Israel's foreign ministry could not in 3 years of attempted diplomacy - namely, to meet with representatives from the Turkish government and attempt to heal the Turkey-Israel rift. From August 15 - 17, Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev, Shas deputy finance minister Yitzchak Cohen, the chief Rabbi of Geneva, Professor Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University and other leaders met with no less than twenty Turkish parliamentarians.

Uniformed Haredi Soldier Kicked Out of his Shul

He was told that since he was wearing the uniform of the “Army of the Zionist State,” he was not permitted to enter the shul.

Migron Outpost Residents Say They Will Stay Put Until Court Hearing

Residents of Migron said they will not leave the Samarian outpost until the Israeli Supreme Court rules on a request to halt their evacuation.

Cabinet Secretary, Dignitaries Attempt to Strengthen Migron Residents

Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser arrived in the last hour to visit the new neighborhood established to accommodate the residents of Migron who are slated to be evicted from their homes today following a Supreme Court hearing.

16th Century Ladino Women’s Siddur Reissued in Hebrew

A 500-year-old Sephardi women’s prayer book is being reissued in Hebrew.

Hadassah Foundation Awards 13 Bat Mitzvah-Year Mini-Grants

The Hadassah Foundation announced 13 mini-grants for organizations serving Jewish young people in 11 states.

Estonian gas company apologizes for using Auschwitz in ad

An Estonian gas company apologized for using a photo of Auschwitz in its advertising.

Three Detained 12-13 Year-Olds Deny Firebombing Arab Taxi

Three young residents of the Gush Etzion community of Bat Ayin, aged 12-13, were on Sunday on suspicion of involvement with the Molotov cocktail incident that took place a week and a half ago. Jewish residents of the Gush Etzion region noted that rocks and firebombs are frequently thrown at Jewish cars in the area in which the firebomb was thrown. “The determination that Jews threw the firebomb is hasty and most irresponsible,” say residents of the area.

Jury Said Hotel Owner Is Anti-Semitic, But She Insists: ‘Some of My Best Friends...

The Santa Monica hotel owner claims she never did or said the things the jury determined she did.

Rav Ovadia Yosef: We Must Pray for the Destruction of Iran

Rav Ovadia Yosef said on Saturday night that we should focus specifically on Iran, and say, "May the good Lord obliterate them, destroy them…"

Rockets Hits Sderot Industrial Zone

At 9:05 AM, a barrage of 2 rockets hit Sderot, and hit two factory grounds in the industrial park. One of the rockets, hit a...

Tzohar Launches Campaign to Improve Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbinic Services

Among the items that Tzohar is calling for will be to elect new rabbinical court judges who would be more open to the needs of the general public, not just the religiously observant sectors; and new guidelines for managing the marriage, divorce and conversion processes in Israel – three areas that have been particularly alienating to secular Israelis.

Obama Campaign Enlisting Support from Radical, Anti-Israel Rabbis

The Obama campaign seems to have no clue as to which rabbis would enhance the president's clout among Jewish voters, and which are political hemlock.

Several Thousands Protested in Egypt

On Friday, several thousand Egyptians protested against the Muslim Brotherhood and their new Egyptian president Morsi. Protesters marched in Cairo and Alexandria. The Muslim Brotherhood...

Neil Armstrong (82)

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, died at age 82 on Saturday, July 25, 2012. “That’s one...

Latest Flytilla Lands

The latest Flytilla attempt landed in Jordan on Saturday. The anti-Israel activists plan to attempt to cross over into Israel via the Allenby Bridge...

Samsung to Pay Apple More Than $1 Billion Dollars

A US Jury found Samsung guilty of patent infringment of key features of Apple's iPhone and iPad. The jury awarded Apple over $1 Billion dollars for damages ($1,049,393,540 to be exact). While in the issue of Samsung's claims against Apple, Samsung was awarded nothing.

Jewish Democrats Slam GOP for Ron Paul Tribute, Jewish Republicans Slam Dems for Carter...

"Paying tribute to this man who disparaged the U.S.-Israel relationship on Iranian television and empathized with Iran's nuclear weapons program – on top of the history of his hate-filled newsletters – is a national disgrace," the National Jewish Democratic Council said in a statement. Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said the video tribute was a "small price to pay" for denying Ron Paul a convention speech, and his delegates the opportunity to vote for him – agreements that the Romney campaign apparently extracted in exchange for the tribute.

Several Shot at Empire State Building

As many as five people were shot Friday in front of the Empire State Building in New York, a spokesman for the New York Fire Department said.

200 Protest in Cairo

It is still early in the day, but according to Arab news outlets,  200 people in Cairo have begun protesting against Egyptian President Morsi...

Knesset Speaker Rivlin: Must Attack Iran, Can’t Keep Bluffing

Rivlin said, “If we don’t attack [Iran], we will lose our deterrence with our enemies. If Israel keeps threatening and threatening, but in the end doesn’t act, it will place us in a bad strategic position. Israel’s deterrence capabilities are a strategic asset that has no equivalent.” Rivlin then went on to attack specific individuals, such as Kadima head Shaul Mofaz, and the various former intelligence chiefs, condemnibg what he believes is their need to comment in real-time on the Iran situation, because otherwise they won’t be considered “in.”

Rabbi Lior: No Need to Worry about Iran Threat

The Iran threat does not scare Rabbi Dov Lior. The rabbi of Kiryat Arba/Hebron believes that it is forbidden, and there is actually no...

Facebook Pictures Provide New ‘Ammunition’ for the Committee to Preserve Purity

Here’s the new method for combating modesty problems: on posters that were displayed publicly on Wednesday in Beitar Illit, Israel, signed by the Committee for the Purity of our Camp, a woman’s picture appeared including her full name and the ‘fact’ that she had gotten married not in accordance with halacha (Jewish law).

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