Thursday, November 21, 2019

Israel/World

Blue and White Party Seeks Second Chance

Formed just months before Israel’s April 9 elections and headlined by several former generals, the Blue and White Party made a strong showing, matching Likud with 35 seats.

Yet, due to the overwhelming victory by the right-wing or religious parties over those to the left, Israeli President

Israel Goes Back to Elections as Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition

(JPost) Exactly one month after the 21st Knesset were sworn in, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday to disperse themselves and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17. The motion passed by a vote of 74-45.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed the Likud faction ahead of

Trump Team to Meet Leaders of Israel, Jordan to Sell Mideast Plan

(Ynetnews) President Donald Trump’s top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they visit several locations in the region and in Europe to rally support for what they have billed as a workshop on the economic foundations of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The White House is promoting

International Fellowship Raises $275,000 for Moshav That Lost Homes to Fire

(JNS) The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has mobilized to raise more than 1 million shekels (about $275,000) in emergency assistance for residents of moshav Mevo Modi’im, a small agricultural community west of Jerusalem near the city of Modi’in. The moshav sustained a massive fire on May 23 that destroyed at least 40

European Rabbis Take to the Streets in Ulm, Germany

(EJP/JNS) Forty rabbis from all over Europe walked the streets of the German city of Ulm this week, a couple of days after Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, advised Jews against wearing kippot in public areas because of rising anti-Semitism in the country.

The defiant rabbis, all of

First Orthodox Jew Elected to Serve in Belgian Parliament

(EJP/JNS) Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Freilich, former editor-in-chief of Joods Actueel in Antwerp, a Jewish magazine founded by his grandfather Louis Davids, was elected to a seat in the Belgian parliament.

Freilich, who ran on the list of N-VA (New Flemish Alliance), a right-wing Flemish nationalist

In Solidarity With Jews, German Daily Prints Cutout of Kippah on Front Page

Ahead of the publication, which occupied about a quarter of the front page, Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt wrote: “If only one person in our country cannot carry [a] kippa without endangering himself, the answer can only be that we all wear a kippah. The Kippa belongs to Germany!”

In an

What Happens Now That Netanyahu Failed to Form a Government? 

For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay on as premier, he had to get the Knesset’s approval for a newly formed government, in the form of a confidence vote.

Netanyahu had the support of 60 Knesset members out of 120, and the opposition had 55 MKs. The wild card was Israel Beiteinu, which

US Orders Non-Essential Staff To Leave Embassy, Consulate in Iraq Amid Tensions With Iran

(JNS) The U.S. State Department ordered non-essential personnel at its embassy and at a consulate in Iraq to leave the country amid increasing tensions with Iran.

Visa services will be temporarily suspended at the Baghdad and Erbil posts.

Additionally, the State

Trump Warns Iran That They Will ‘Suffer Greatly’ If ‘They Do Anything’

(JNS) Amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Tehran will “suffer greatly” if “they do anything.”

“We’ll see what happens with Iran. … If they do anything, they will suffer greatly,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office in

Carr Warns About Anti-Semitism From Three Different Directions

(JNS) U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr warned on Tuesday about anti-Semitism from three different directions.

“In Europe, we have a confluence of anti-Semitism, from ultra-right ethnic supremacist movements to the ultra-left anti-Israel, anti-Zionist movements, to

Man Arrested in Connection With Sweden Stabbing Attack

(Israel Hayom/JNS) Danish police have arrested a man believed to have been involved in the stabbing of Jewish woman in her 60s in the city of Helsingborg in southern Sweden, according to Swedish media reports.

The suspect was arrested after crossing the border into Denmark. His identity has yet to be

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