Israel news summary

Israel News for 3-27-19

Gaza Update
The ceasefire was broken last night when a rocket was fired from Gaza at the Israeli communities near the Gaza border. There were no casualties or damage.

In response to the rocket fire, Israeli jets carried out airstrikes against Hamas positions in Gaza. More rockets were fired from Gaza at the major Israeli city of Ashkelon during the night. The rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

The Prime Minister, back from Washington, said that Israel may take further action. The IDF called up more reserves and is increasing its troop strength along the border.

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Terror Suspects
Security forces arrested 3 terror suspects near Bethlehem last night. Palestinians rioters attacked the security forces. Palestinian sources report that one rioter was shot and killed and 3 others wounded.

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Election Update
According to 2 new polls just released, Blue and White holds a 30 to 28 seat lead over Likud. However, the right wing block has increased its seat total to either 63 or 65, which would give PM Netanyahu the ability to form a new government. At this point it doesn’t seem like Blue and White has a path to successfully forming a government, even if it joins with the Arab parties, which it has said that it won’t do.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 Israeli government employees working overseas will be allowed to cast absentee ballots today.

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Startup Nation
McDonald’s Corporation has announced an agreement to acquire Israeli AI startup Dynamic Yield, which develops personalization and decision logic technology for a sum reportedly over $300 million.

McDonald’s said that it will utilize the Tel Aviv based company’s decision technology to provide an even more personalized customer experience by varying outdoor digital Drive Thru menu displays to show food based on time of day, weather, current restaurant traffic and trending menu items. The decision technology, McDonald’s added, can also instantly suggest and display additional items to a customer’s order based on their current selections.

Dynamic Yield was founded in 2011 by CEO Liad Agmon and CTO Omri Mendellevich and has raised a total of $83 million dollars. The company has 200 employees in Tel Aviv and New York.

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