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Israel News for 2-18-19 [infographic]

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Israel News for 2-18-19

Foreign Minister
PM Netanyahu has appointed Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz as interim Foreign Minister. He will serve until after the April 9th elections. Netanyahu has held the Foreign Minister portfolio since 2015.

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Polish PM Cancels

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled his upcoming trip to Israel in reaction to a remark made by PM Netanyahu in Warsaw. Last Thursday Netanyahu was asked by reporters about the Polish law outlawing anyone saying that Poland played a role in the Holocaust. He answered, “Here I am saying Poles cooperated with the Nazis. I know the history and I don’t whitewash it. I bring it up.” The PM reportedly called the report false and said that he had been misquoted and that he was only referring to individual cases of Poles collaborating with Nazis.

The Polish PM was scheduled to attend a summit of 4 central and eastern European nations in Jerusalem today. Instead, Poland’s Foreign Minister was supposed to attend, but then Israel’s new interim Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz gave a TV interview in which he said, “I am a son of Holocaust survivors and I was even born and grew up in a community made up of Holocaust survivor. The memory of the Holocaust is something we cannot compromise about; it is clear and we won’t forget or forgive. In diplomacy you try not to offend, but nobody will change the historical truth to do something like that. Poles collaborated with the Nazis, definitely. As Yitzhak Shamir said, they suckle anti-Semitism with their mother’s milk.”

On Monday morning Katz told Israel Radio that “the Poles took part in the extermination of Jews in the Holocaust. Poland became the biggest cemetery of the Jewish people.” As a result, the Polish government summoned the Israeli Ambassador in Warsaw to reprimand him.

Poland will not attend the conference, at all.

[The truth hurts, but denying it is no solution. It’s time for Poland to take responsibility for its actions during WWII, and to return Jewish property to its rightful owners and their heirs. Poland is the European Union member that has not offered any such restitution.]

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Election Update

Hatnuah leader MK Tzipi Livni announced today that she will not run for the Knesset in April and that she is quitting politics after a 20 year career. After polls showed that Hatnuah would not pass the electoral threshold, Livni sought to join forces with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, but Lapid declined. Then she tried to strike a deal with Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz, but that didn’t work either. In January, Labor Party head Avi Gabbay split off from Hatnuah.

Livni served as Foreign Minister from 2006-2009 and then as leader of the opposition from 2009-2012. From 2013-2014 she served as Justice Minister.

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Arms Sales

According to data published by the Ministry of Defense, Israeli exports of weapons and defense systems reached a new record in 2017, totaling $9.2 billion in sales. Israel is the 7th largest exporter of weapons in the world, according to a March 2018 report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Three Israeli weapon makers were among the 100 companies worldwide to make the most money by selling arms in 2017.

Around 4% of Israel’s arms sales are to what are considered to be “rogue” regimes, which Israel does primarily in order to get the votes of these countries in the UN and other such international bodies. But opposition in Israel to these sales is growing.

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Free PR

IsraelAM will be publishing a series of interviews with leaders of Israel related organizations or political or religious leaders that are staunch supporters of Israel. If you fit the bill, and would like to expose your message and mission to our audience, please let us know.

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Israel News for 2-15-19


Military Exercise

Yesterday, the IDF and the US European Command (USEUCOM) concluded a 10 day joint exercise, codenamed Juniper Falcon, which included a scenario in which an attack by Israel on Iranian interests in Syria or Lebanon elicits an Iranian retaliatory missile strike with the US coming to Israel’s aid.

Three IDF command structures, together with US air defense units, practiced a scenario in which tens of thousands of missiles and rockets are launched at Israel from Lebanon, Syria, Iran and even Iraq by pro-Iranian militias.US aircraft carriers were integrated into the exercise and used to locate, identify and neutralize threats.

The IDF issued a press release stating that “the exercise included reception of American heavy-lift aircraft, deployment of infrastructure and the employment of shared C4I systems. More than 300 US servicemen and women participated in the exercise alongside 400 IDF soldiers from many units, including the Air Defense Array, the Planning and Operations Directorate, the C4I and Cyber Defense Directorate, logistic units, and other forces.”

Meanwhile, Israeli tank forces, along with air force, engineering and intelligence units, staged a massive exercise in the north of the country simulating a conflict with Hezbollah.

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Leaked Video

The PM’s Office released a 25 minute video, taken on a mobile device, of a closed panel discussion at the U.S. sponsored security conference in Warsaw.

In the video, Bahrain’s foreign minister says that the threat from Iran is much more important than the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He also said that “toxic money, guns and foot soldiers of the Islamic Republic” have hindered progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, also accused Iran of hurting the Palestinian cause by supporting militant groups battling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

When asked about Israel’s military activity in Syria, the UAE’s Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said, “Every nation has the right to defend itself when it’s challenged by another nation.”

While Netanyahu did not participate in the discussion, he was seen sitting in the audience. The video was removed shortly after it was posted, apparently upon the request of the Gulf nations. It’s unclear if the original release of the video was intentional or a mistake.

In any case the video shows that relations between Israel and the Gulf nations are changing for the better and might very soon become normalized.

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Foreign Minister

PM Netanyahu will appoint a new foreign minister on Sunday. The PM currently serves as foreign minister as well as defense minister and health minister. The Supreme Court ruled that he must give up one of his posts. The new FM will only serve until the elections in April, after which a new government will be formed.

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Election Update

The Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) and National Union parties have signed an agreement to run on a joint list in the upcoming elections. Both parties have their base of support in the national religious community.

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PM Plane Mishap

On Thursday the PM’s plane, an El Al charter, was accidentally hit by a towing vehicle on the runway of the Warsaw airport. The plane was damaged and the PM and his delegation were forced to spend an extra night in Warsaw. Another El Al plane arrived from Israel to pick them up and bring them home today, before Shabbat. [This kind of stuff never happens to Air Force 1]

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Warsaw Ghetto Visit

PM Netanyahu, US VP Pence and the PM of Poland visited the Warsaw Ghetto memorial in Warsaw yesterday. Jared Kushner was there too. To watch a video of the memorial visit click here.

New Podcast
I’ve launched a new podcast called Jewish Wisdom, as part of a larger project that will include a website and some books. The goal of the project is to share authentic Jewish teachings, insights and advice based on the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah. To kick things off I’ll be publishing a weekly podcast on the Parshah (weekly Torah portion). You can find the podcast on iTunes or Google Play. Please subscribe and share!

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Israel News for 2-13-19 [infographic]

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Israel News for 2-13-19

Syria Strikes
PM Netanyahu confirmed on Tuesday that Israel had carried out a military strike in the Syrian Golan Heights the night before. Syrian state media reported that Israel shelled targets in the deserted town of Quneitra, just over the border from the Israeli Golan.

According to another Syrian news outlet, two officers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Quneitra area.

Israeli military reporters were told that the strike targeted Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen trying to set up a base of operations near the Israeli border. The tank shelling was also meant to serve as a warning to Syria and other Iranian proxies that Israel would not tolerate Tehran’s efforts to establish a permanent military presence in the Syrian Golan.

The PM, on his way to an international conference in Warsaw to discuss Iranian activity in the Middle East, said, “We are working all the time to block Iran. We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its efforts to entrench itself in the region.”

The Syrian army has reportedly sent reinforcements to the border area.

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Terror Support
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri indicate that his government would allow Hezbollah to keep its weapons. Under UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, Lebanon committed to disarming the Iran-backed terror group.

But as Hezbollah is a major force in the government and has the most powerful armed force in the country, it doesn’t seem like the Lebanese PM has much of a choice. Does that make Lebanon a terrorist state that should be condemned, or dealt with militarily by the free world?

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Cyprus and Israel
On a recent visit to Cyprus where he met with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, President Rivlin said, “Security ties between our two countries have never been better. Our navies and commando units share space, knowledge and experience.”

Israeli-Cypriot relations have blossomed in the last decade following gas discoveries in waters off both countries. Israeli company Delek has a stake in Cyprus’ Aphrodite gas field, which lies close to Israel’s massive Leviathan deposit. Greece is also a partner with Israel and Cyprus to build an underwater pipeline to carry natural gas from deposits in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe via Greece and Italy. Turkey, however, claims that exploration off the shores of Cyprus infringes on its rights and the rights of breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

Rivlin said that he and Anastasiades discussed expanding the Israel-Cyprus-Greece partnership to include other countries.

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UN Ban
The United Nations Human Rights Council has reportedly warned a number of companies in Israel and abroad that they face inclusion in a UN blacklist over their operations in Israeli towns and industrial zones in Judea and Samaria, as well as eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

According to Yediot Ahronot, the UNHRC is preparing an expanded blacklist, set to be published at the 40th UNHRC session in Geneva next month, over the objections of the US and Israeli missions to the UN. The list is thought to include some major international companies including Coca Cola as well as the major Israeli banks, pharmaceutical giant Teva and military contractor Elbit Systems.

The new blacklist could cause some foreign businesses to leave Israel and could make it more difficult for Israeli firms on the list to secure investment capital from abroad.

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Startup Nation
Prognose 220 Mil, an Israeli startup located in the Negev, is using specially trained dogs to sniff saliva samples to determine if that person has cancer. The test costs NIS 400. If the dog sits still after sniffing the sample, it indicates that cancer is present.

Researchers in the United States discovered back in 2011 that dogs can accurately detect advanced stages of colon cancer using breath and stool samples of patients. The study showed that the dogs were able to successfully identify even early stages of cancer in 33 out of 36 (92%) breath samples and in 37 out of 38 (98%) stool samples.

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US cybersecurity company Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) yesterday announced the acquisition of Israeli SaaS security platform developer Luminate Security. No financial details were disclosed but sources close to the deal estimate that it was for about $200 million.

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New Podcast
I’ve launched a new podcast called Jewish Wisdom, as part of a larger project that will include a website and some books. The goal of the project is to share authentic Jewish teachings, insights and advice based on the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah. To kick things off I’ll be publishing a weekly podcast on the Parshah (weekly Torah portion). You can find the podcast on iTunes or Google Play. Please subscribe and share!

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Israel News for 2-11-19

Act of Terror
After a thorough investigation, the Shin Bet (Israel’s version of the FBI) has determined that the brutal murder of 19 year old Ori Ansbecher in Jerusalem last Thursday was in fact an act of terrorism.

The terrorist, Arafat Irfayia, 29, left his home in Hebron carrying a knife, say the young woman in the forest and murdered her. He is believed to be affiliated with the Hamas terror group and was previously imprisoned for possession of a knife and illegally residing in Israel. During his interrogation in 2017 he said, “I want to be a Shaheed (martyr).” When the interrogator asked him how he intended to become a Shaheed, he replied, “I will do it again, I will buy a knife again and I will come back here to go to jail or be a Shaheed. I will do anything in order to go to jail. And if you release me, I’ll come here with a knife and I’ll be a Shaheed.”

A gag order has been placed over other details from the investigation.

The Border Police’s counterterrorism Yamam unit hunted down the terrorist, based on security camera footage, and captured him in a building next to a mosque in Ramallah.

PM Netanyahu personally relayed the Shin Bet’s conclusion to the Ansbacher family during a condolence call he made with his wife, Sara, at their home in Tekoa, south of Bethlehem, on Sunday evening. The victim as in the midst of her year of national service.

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Terror Payments
PM Netanyahu has promised to implement a law, passed in July 2018, to deduct payments to terrorists from tax money Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

The PM said, “By the end of the week, the staff work necessary for implementing the law on deducting terrorists’ salaries will be completed. Next Sunday. I will convene the Security Cabinet, and we will approve the necessary decision to deduct the funds. Let nobody doubt it, the funds will be deducted starting next week.”

Under the new law, which was sponsored by MKs Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) and Avi Dichter (Likud), money that would otherwise go to pay stipends to roughly 35,000 families of Palestinian terrorists and their families will be automatically frozen in accordance with the Paris Protocol—without the need for a special approval from the Cabinet.

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Gaza Violence
Hamas resumed violent clashes against the IDF along the Gaza border after months of quiet. Last night dozens of Gazan’s launched firecrackers and fireworks at IDF forces east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces used crowd dispersal measures to keep the rioters away from the border fence.

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Iranian Scientist
According to British newspaper The Sunday Express, a 47 year old Iranian nuclear scientist was reportedly smuggled out of Iran to the UK in a joint operation of the British Intelligence Agency MI6, the CIA and the Mossad. The Mossad reportedly smuggled the scientist from Iran to Turkey, where he was transferred to MI6. The scientist reportedly helped orchestrate the assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist who was killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Tehran in 2012.

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UK Flights
British airline Virgin Atlantic will begin daily Tel Aviv – London flights in September. In June 2018, Israeli Shai Weiss was appointed CEO of Virgin Atlantic.

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Holocaust Collaborators
According to a report published by Dr. Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1,408 Finns volunteered with the Waffen SS Division Wiking, and participated in massacres against “Jews, Civilians and Prisoners of War in Ukraine and the Caucasus Region” between 1941 and 1943 while serving on the Eastern Front.

Zuroff praised Finland for its “willingness to investigate and expose a dark chapter in its history, which had previously never been revealed, is an example of unique and exemplary civic courage… and for their determination to expose the historical truth even if it was painful and uncomfortable.”

He said, “Throughout Eastern Europe, we are witnessing systematic attempts to rewrite the narrative of World War II and distort the history of the Holocaust to hide the crimes of local Nazi collaborators in a shameful manner. In the Nordic countries, the role played by local SS volunteers has never fully been examined. Finland’s course of action regarding the role of local Waffen-SS volunteers is an example of the opposite, one which we hope will be emulated elsewhere.”

According to the report, between July and August 1941, at least 10,000 civilians, over 6,000 of which were Jews, were believed to have been killed by these units. The massacres took place in dozens of locales, including Hrymailiv, Ozerna, Skalat, Tarnopol, Zboriv, Zolochiv and Krivichi.

The report was primarily based on the diaries of 76 Finnish SS volunteers.

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Israel News for 2-7-19

US Blocks UN
The US blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement expressing regret over Israel’s decision to end the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). Kuwait and Indonesia had circulated the draft statement, which warned Israel “to protect the Palestinian civilian population in Hebron” and the rest of the West Bank and stressed “the importance of the mandate of the TIPH and its efforts to foster calm in a highly sensitive area and fragile situation on the ground, which risks further deteriorating, as reflected in the escalating cycle of violence.”

The US made it clear that Israel has the right not to renew the temporary mission.

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Syrian Missiles
Satellite images taken by Israeli ImageSat International company and published by the IDF reveal that the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system recently deployed in Syria has become operational and a potentially dangerous challenge to Israeli air strikes against Iranian related targets.

Although the missile batteries have reportedly been operational for almost 4 months, this is the first time the system has been photographed in an upright position. The batteries are still believed to be in the hands of the Russian troops who will continue training Syrian military personnel on their use in the coming months.

The PM’s office announced that the PM will be meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow in 2 weeks to discuss the Iranian presence in Syria. Netanyahu said, “We will continue to try and prevent Iran from arming itself. This is the main issue I intend to discuss with President Putin.”

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Senate with Israel
The US Senate passed the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act by a vote of 77-23 on Tuesday. The bill allows states to penalize businesses that take part in boycotts of Israel — a clear blow to the BDS movement. The bill also calls on the Trump administration to certify conditions had been met for the groups’ “enduring defeat” before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan. It also includes provisions supported by both Republicans and Democrats to impose new sanctions on Syria and guarantee security assistance to Israel and Jordan.

The bill is not expected to pass, as is, by the Democratic controlled House of Representatives because some argue that the right of American’s to participate in boycotts (like BDS) is protected by the constitutional right to free speech. [ But Anti-Semitism is not protected by the constitution ]

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Rabbi Passes
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews passed away of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 67. He founded the fellowship in 1983 which raises $140 million annually for Israeli and Jewish causes. Eckstein dedicated his life to building interfaith bridges and cooperation between the Christian world, the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

The U.S. Congress honored Rabbi Eckstein for his interfaith bridge-building. He has been given numerous awards from organizations around the globe, including the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Award presented to him by the JDC in the Israel Knesset by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the government of Israel’s award for Special Contribution to the Welfare of the People of Israel, the Man of the Year award from the Federation of Jewish Communities presented to him at the Kremlin in Moscow, the Jerusalem Prize by the Economic Forum, and over 100 additional honors and awards from various other groups, including Chamah, Colel Chabad, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Hadassah, and more.

Eckstein was eulogized by Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Jewish Agency Director Isaac Herzog and many other prominent Jews and Israelis.

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New Podcast
I’m launching a new podcast called, “Jewish Wisdom: Authentic Jewish Teachings, Insights and Advice from the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah”. I’ll also be including episodes on the weekly Torah portion. The podcast will be available for download in iTunes and the Google Play Store next week. Until then, you can listen to the podcast episode on this week’s Torah portion of Terumah here.

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Israel News for 2-5-19

Terrorists Killed
Last night 2 terrorists threw explosive devices at an Israeli army unit near the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Jenin in northern Samaria. The soldiers shot and killed both terrorists. No Israelis were hurt.

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Infrastructure Plans
Just 2 months ahead of the April elections, the Prime Minister’s Office has released a report titled “Infrastructure for Growth for 2019” that outlines NIS 196 billion (approx. $54 billion) in investment in infrastructure for the coming years. The report includes 207 projects, either in progress or in the budgeting or ministerial approval stages.

The report includes every infrastructure project estimated to cost more than NIS 100 million that has undergone economic feasibility testing, or that appears in a government decision or in a budget summary. About half of the infrastructure budget – NIS 98 billion – will be financed by PPPs (public-private partnerships).

Included in the approximately NIS 100 billion of investments in public transport are:

• A light rail to connect the central areas of Petah Tikva, Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv and Bat Yam at a cost of NIS 16 billion (to be completed in 7 years).

• A light rail line in Jerusalem from the Ramot neighborhood in the north to the Gilo neighborhood in the south that extends to Emek Refaim in the heart of the city. The construction will cost NIS 10 billion and is also expected to take 7 years.
 
• A new entrance road to Jerusalem from the west, connecting Highway 1 in the Givat Shaul area to the Givat Mordechai interchange on Menachem Begin Boulevard. The road will include two tunnels: one under the Har Nof neighborhood and the other under the Yefe Nof neighborhood. The project will be completed within 4 years and cost NIS 1.1 billion.
 
• Expansion of the highways leading into Tel Aviv (an addition of three highways to the north, east and south) at a cost of NIS 4.7 billion.

Other projects include:

•  The construction of two combined gas and water turbine power stations totaling NIS 4.8 billion, as a massive overhaul of the electricity market.

• The establishment of a new hospital in Be’er Sheva within five years and improvements to psychiatric hospitals (unknown cost).
 
• Construction of 70,000 sqm of Ministry of Finance offices at a cost of NIS 700 million, which is expected to be completed within four years.
 
•  The establishment of Ministry of Defense intelligence complex at Shoket Junction, near Be’er Sheva and the transfer of most intelligence units to that location.
 
•  Establishment of a facility to recycle energy from waste. The facility will handle 1,500 tons of waste per day and be built within three years.
 
• The construction of 2,550 classrooms and kindergartens annually by the Ministry of Education; reinforcing 80 structures and making 127-132 schools accessible annually.

Of course, if the elections result in a new government, some (or all) of the projects may not be approved.

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Population Surge
Dozens of Knesset members and candidates have signed a proposal called the Shamir Plan, created by the Nahalah movement, that calls for a government initiative to increase the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria from roughly 450,000 to two million, which would make it equal to the Arab population.

The signatories include Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), ministers Yisrael Katz (Likud), Yariv Levin (Likud), Zeev Elkin (Likud), Gilad Erdan (Likud), Naftali Bennett (New Right), Ayelet Shaked (New Right), Miri Regev (Likud), Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), Ayoub Kara (Likud), Yoav Galant (Likud), Gila Gamliel (Likud), and Ofir Akunis (Likud).

In addition, dozens of MKs and candidates in the Likud primaries (being held today), as well as Knesset hopefuls on the Jewish Home and New Right lists, have also signed the pledge.

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Embassy Drill
Hundreds of Argentinian security forces and and emergency responders held a large-scale drill Sunday simulating a hostage-taking scenario inside the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. Israeli officials did not take part in the exercise, although several embassy employees played the parts of the hostages.

Around 400 special forces troops, with the support of helicopters, armored personnel carriers and first responders, were involved in the drill.

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Israel News for 2-1-19

Election Update
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed PM Netanyahu that he will announce whether to indict him prior to the upcoming elections in April. Mandelblit explained to Netanyahu’s attorneys that “the prosecution is examining the investigative materials in a professional and orderly process, in order to make a fundamental and professional decision as soon as possible. This process has already been decided, even before the decision to advance the elections, and there is no justification to deviate from it.” He added that the public deserved to know Netanyahu’s legal state before heading to the polls and failing to do so would harm the principle of “equality under the law”.

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Election Disruption

According to American media and tech company Vocativ (founded by an Israeli), the Iranians are using hundreds of bots to post content on social media sites in an effort to cause discord among the Israeli public to disrupt the upcoming elections. According to Vocativ’s analysts, there are at least 350 fake Iranian accounts operating on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram, whose posts have the potential of reaching some half a million Israelis every month.

Meanwhile, Facebook announced that it had recently deleted 783 fake accounts and groups that originated in Iran.

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UN in Israel

A delegation of 40 United Nations ambassadors arrived in Israel Thursday morning for a five-day visit led by Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon after visiting Warsaw and the Majdanek extermination camp, where they held a memorial service for the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

The delegation will tour the City of David archaeological site with Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon, visit the northern border with Lebanon to view the Hezbollah tunnels, and meet with President Rivlin and PM Netanyahu.

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Lebanese Government

Lebanon has formed a new government, which includes Hezbollah. The terror group made significant gains in last year’s Parliament elections and now runs several government ministries including the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, Hezbollah continues to threaten Israel with invasion and destruction. Go figure.

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Soldiers Indicted

A platoon commander and four combat soldiers from the IDF’s haredi battalion Netzah Yehuda were indicted Thursday for severely beating two Palestinian detainees. The incident took place earlier this month during a manhunt for As’am Barghouti, who shot and killed two soldiers from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion at the Giv’at Asaf outpost. The two Palestinians were arrested on suspicion they helped Barghouti and his brother escape.

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Traffic Deaths

For the first time in 5 years, the amount of people killed in road accidents has dropped. In 2018 the number dropped 13% to 315. Even though it’s still a huge number, it’s still way below the average for developed nations. The number of deaths per 100,000 residents in 2018 was 3.5. The US average is 12.4. The average for high-income countries is 8.3. The global average is 27.5.

Traffic Police Spokesman Superintendent Shahar Gamzo, “Use of cellphones is the main cause of accidents today, without a doubt.” During 2018, although the number of accidents dipped to 11,600, cops wrote over 110,000 tickets for cellphone offenses.

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