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Yuval Rotem Replaces Dore Gold as Foreign Ministry Director

1 Tevet 5777 – December 29, 2016
Yuval Rotem has experience as an ambassador and as a chief of staff at the Foreign Ministry.

Collision Along Dead Sea Raises 2016 Traffic Fatality Count

The year 2016 has been declared the deadliest of the past five years on Israeli roads, according to the Road Safety Authority.

27,000 New Israelis Came Home in 2016, Down from 31,000 in 2015

Aliyah from Brazil increased significantly, with the arrival of some 760 new immigrants this year, compared with 497 in 2015.

AG Approves Netanyahu Criminal Interrogation with a Warning

So far, every investigation against the PM that was approved by the AG since his appointment has ended with a dismissal of the case for lack of supporting evidence.

Majority of Israeli Leaders Condemn US Secy’s Speech

Most Israeli leaders slammed the "farewell speech" by US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying he lacks understanding of the conflict with the Palestinian Authority.

Full Text: Reaction by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Secy Kerry’s Speech [video]

"Israeli families have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and advance peace. My family has been one of them."

Netanyahu’s Furious Reply After Kerry Scolds Israel in State Dept. Speech

29 Kislev 5777 – December 28, 2016
"Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. We pray for peace."

Democratic Whip to Kerry: Shut Up!

'I urge Secretary Kerry and the Administration not to set forth a formula, which will inevitably disadvantage Israel in any negotiation.'

Ukrain’s Deputy Speaker: Mend Ties with Israel by Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Our advice to all the foreign missions in Israel is to beat the crowds and start moving their own embassies to the capital, while the rates are relatively reasonable.

Hush, Hush Startup Nation: Netanyahu Awards Intelligence-Operational Achievements

The prize is awarded once every two years for high-level planning, flawless operation, and outcomes that significantly contribute to the field of preventative action and state security.

And Now for Something Completely Different: State Dept. Spokesman Lying through Teeth [video]

"What I’ll say is that we reject the notion that the United States was the driving force behind this resolution. That’s just not true."

Exposed: Transcripts Show Obama Team Conspired with Abbas, Erekat, on Anti-Israel UN Vote [video]

Kerry advised Erekat the PA should ask for parameters to a forced permanent solution, after discussion with the Saudis, who a few years ago had advanced a two-state based Middle East peace resolution.

Russia: 2-State Solution Only Possible Through Direct Talks

Russia says it voted for UNSC resolution 2334(2016) because it reflected "the general view of the international community."

Israel Cuts All Development Aid to Angola in Retaliation for UNSC Vote

28 Kislev 5777 – December 27, 2016
Israel has cut its assistance to Angola in retaliation for that country's vote in favor of the anti-Israel resolution at the UNSC.

NIS 15 Billion Allocated — With A Plan — To Develop Northern Israel

There have been many plans announced to develop northern Israel, but this time the government is putting money and a time frame behind the proclamation.

Major Sting Operation Uncovers Terror Attack Plans in Northern Negev region

Two Israeli Arab terrorists were caught planning a major terror attack, aimed at Israelis in the northern Negev. Potential targets were Arad, Dimona and/or Nevatim Air Base.

Second Suspect Detained While MK Basel Ghattas Freed on House Arrest

A second suspect is detained on suspicion of providing MK Basel Ghattas with cell phones to give to terrorist prisoners.

President Rivlin to Israeli Christian Leaders: ‘United Jerusalem Is the Eternal Capital of Israel...

'I stand here today to repeat in the clearest way: the State of Israel is deeply committed to ensure the religious rights of all faith communities in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.'

Bennett’s ‘Breaking the Silence’ Bill Bars Anti-IDF Groups from Israeli Schools

MK Lapid said 'Israel's school system must not permit entry of organizations that slander IDF officers and soldiers, calling them criminals and encouraging insubordination. Consider what happens to a student who hears these stories just before joining the Army.'

Biden on Pushing Ukraine’s Anti-Israel Vote: I Din’ Do It

President Obama personally directed his Administration's lobbying efforts ahead of the expected vote. Obama, vacationing in Hawaii, convened a discussion Thursday with Biden, Kerry and other top national security officials.

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