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Israel News for February 6, 2017

Rocket Fired
Earlier this morning a rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza. The rocket landed in an open area, causing no damage or injuries. IDF tanks responded by firing shells at, and destroying, a Hamas lookout post near the Gaza border.

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Blood Money
Police raided the family homes of seven terrorists in East Jerusalem yesterday and confiscated cash and valuables totaling over 200,000 shekels. The funds were received from Hamas as support for having committed the acts of terror.

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Regulation Bill
PM Netanyahu has called on the Knesset to postpone voting on the controversial Regulation Bill, which would legalize settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land. Passage of the bill is expected to cause a severe international reaction. In light of his upcoming meeting with US President Trump, the PM most likely wants to avoid any potentially negative actions.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi), whose party initiated the bill, is refusing to contemplate any further postponements. Even if the Knesset passes the bill, many think that the Supreme Court will strike it down as being contrary to international law.

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Ambassadors Meet
US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley met with Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Dannon over the weekend. Haley tweeted, “Great meeting with Amb. @dannydanon of Israel to discuss our strong relationship. Never again will our allies question our support.” She is known to be a staunch supporter of Israel.

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El Al
Despite the agreement signed back in December between management and pilots, a new dispute has erupted that is causing the cancellation of numerous El Al flights. The current disagreement relates to 40 pilots between the ages of 65 and 67. According to international regulations they are not permitted to fly, but the retirement age in Israel is 67. El Al assigns the veteran pilots to train other pilots. But they also cut their salaries. Hence the dispute.

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Political Tears
What does a politician do when he needs to shed tears for the camera during an election campaign? That’s the situation that Shas leader Aryeh Deri found himself when he was filmed, during his election campaign, after the death of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. When the tears wouldn’t flow voluntarily, Deri got a little help from an onion.

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Prime Ministers
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