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Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party, has called on the IDF’s prosecution to demand the death penalty for Omar al-Abed, the Palestinian terrorist who butchered three family members in their home on Friday night. Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman concurred with Bennett’s call to have al-Abed executed. “The option of the death penalty exists in military courts. There is no need for special legislation; only a request for it in court. I call on the military prosecution to demand the death penalty for the terrorist who murdered the Salomon family,” Bennett stated…

Legislation to put a seemingly insurmountable obstacle before any Israeli leader seeking to divide Jerusalem in diplomatic negotiations can move forward after the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved it on Sunday. The amendment to Basic Law: Jerusalem pushed by Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett states that giving up Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem would require approval by 80 MKs, two-thirds of the Knesset. Bennett said that “uniting around the united Jerusalem bill will strengthen us in the world and prevent future pressures on Israel.” “Jerusalem was saved from the disaster of division twice, with efforts to divide the…

Two Israeli Druze police officers were killed by Arab terrorists in an attack early Friday morning near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The officers, identified as Haiel Sitawe, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22, both hailing from Druze villages in northern Israel, were fatally shot by three Arab terrorists shortly after 7 a.m. local time, near the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The terrorists were eventually shot dead by police inside the Temple Mount complex. Israel’s Shin Bet security agency identified the terrorists as Muhammad Ahmed Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamad Abdel Latif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mafdal Jabarin, 19. They…

A growing majority of Israelis no longer sees the presence of Jews or the Israeli military in the so-called “West Bank” as an occupation. Many do see it as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy which wasn’t what the researchers behind a recent survey hoped to find. Under the banner “Save Israel. Stop the Occupation,” Tel Aviv University professors Dr. Nimrod Rosler and Daniel Bar-Tal set out to reveal what most Israelis think about the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria and the Jewish settlements there. According to the survey, as reported by Israel National News, a mere 30 percent of Israelis…

The United Nations cultural body UNESCO Friday passed a resolution declaring Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site, in the latest example of what legal experts are calling “narrative warfare” against Israel and Jews. As part of an ongoing Palestinian-engineered diplomatic campaign, an “emergency resolution” UNESCO presented to its World Heritage Committee claimed Israel is causing “irreversible negative effect on the integrity, authenticity, and/or the distinctive character of the property,” which the resolution refers to not as the Cave of the Patriarchs, but as the Ibrahimi Mosque. The site is where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he has reached a deal to delay Israel’s controversial conversion bill by six months while a government-appointed committee will examine drafting a new compromise on the issue. “Harmony within the Jewish people is important to me,” Netanyahu said as he prepared to leave for the burial of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. “It’s important to me as the prime minister of Israel, and it’s important to me personally as a son of the Jewish people.” As part of the deal, the Reform Jewish movement and other groups also postpone any actions with the…

The international mainstream media painted last week’s meeting between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as “productive.” Apparently, that description wasn’t entirely accurate. The London-based Arabic-language daily al-Hayat instead called the meeting “tense,” and said it ended with a serious rift between the Americans and the Palestinians. According to Palestinian officials who spoke to the newspaper, Trump is now considering pulling out of the Mideast peace process altogether. The Jerusalem Post quoted an American administration official as saying that was “nonsense,” though he did not refute other details of the al-Hayat…

Hundreds of former generals and senior security officials warned that proposed US legislation to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority may harm Israel’s security. Commanders for Israel’s Security issued a statement saying that the Taylor Force Act, named after the American killed last year in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, could bring about the end of security cooperation between Israel and the PA. The bill would cut all US funding to the Palestinian Authority except that earmarked for the Palestinian police, some $60 million, a fraction of the approximately $500 million Palestinians have received annually from the United States.…

At the recent cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an urgent discussion on home front preparations for a major earthquake that is expected to hit Israel in the coming years. The discussion kicked off a nationwide emergency drill involving rescue forces from the army, police, and medical organizations. “As part of our efforts and actions to improve home front emergency preparedness, we are beginning today a national earthquake exercise, called ‘Earthquake 2017,'” said Netanyahu. “There are enough earthquakes around us in all senses of the word, but we live adjacent to the Syrian-African rift, and an earthquake can…

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