Gadi Eizencot selected as next IDF chief of staff

Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to be named IDF’s 21st chief of staff in official announcement to be made Saturday evening. Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz, the current chief of staff, is scheduled to step down in February.

By Yoav Zitun


Following a prolonged waiting period, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally approved Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s choice for the appointment of the next Chief of Staff. The official announcement regarding the successor of Lieutenant General Benny Gantz will be made on Saturday night. However, it can already be stated that Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot will be named as next chief of staff of the IDF. Continue Reading »

Jewish Refugee Day Commemorates 850,000 Jews Exiled From Arab Lands

While the world extends disproportionate attention to the Arab displacement during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, the Jewish refugees that were forcefully banished from 10 countries are totally ignored by all, except the Jews.

By Israel Today Staff


On Sunday, November 30, Israel will commemorate the 850,000 Jews driven from their homes in neighboring Arab countries on the occasion of the Jewish state’s rebirth.

Aharon Aboudi grew up in Iraq, before his family was evicted and forced to build a new life in Israel – Screenshot

While the international community has numerous days and events marking the flight of hundreds of thousands of Arabs from the land during Israel’s War of Independence (there is even an official UN commemoration), the Jewish side of the equation is all but ignored.

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Ben-Gurion’s vision materializes as Israel plans 22 new Negev communities


The “Negev Progress Plan”, expected to increase Israel’s desert population by half a million people in the upcoming 20 years, will be a nod to David Ben-Gurion’s vision for prosperity & settlement in the Negev, as it will also help ease overcrowding in Israel’s center.

By Hezi Sternlicht


The cabinet is set to vote Sunday on a plan for increased development in the Negev Desert, including the establishment of 22 new communities. The new plan, nicknamed the “Negev Progress Plan,” references the Jewish Agency’s historic 11 Points in the Negev plan, which established 11 settlements in 1946.

Beersheba, in Israel’s Negev desert – Photo: Lior Mizrahi

The new plan will establish settlements from Sderot to Yeruham, near the original 11.

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Security thwart likely stabbing attack: Female Palestinian with knife arrested in Hebron

Police say initial investigations conclude that the 17 yr-old girl had planned to stab Jewish security personnel at Israel’s holy site.


Security forces arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian girl found to have a knife in her possession on Friday at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

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Knife of Palestinian teen in Hebron. – Photo: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit

The knife was revealed during routine security checks. Police said initial investigations indicated that she had planned to stab security personnel.

During the incident the youth initially refused to undergo a routine security check, leading security forces to repeatedly question her to do so. Continue Reading »

Chief IDF Rabbi: Praying Muslims face Mecca, with back towards Jerusalem & Temple Mount

Chief IDF Rabbi Rafi Peretz makes controversial comments on Muslims’ relation to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem: ‘In the Qur’an, the word Jerusalem isn’t mentioned a single time, and that most Muslims have no idea what’s written in Qur’an.’

By Ynetnews



“In the Qur’an, the word Jerusalem is not mentioned even once. Nothing. It’s not even hinted at,” Chief IDF Rabbi Rafi Peretz was recorded saying in an explosive comments first broadcast by Israeli media.

Chief IDF Rabbi Rafi Peretz (Photo: Ido Erez)

Chief IDF Rabbi Rafi Peretz – Photo: Ido Erez

Speaking to a group of seminary students, Peretz said also said that “90% of Arabs have no idea what is written in the Qur’an,” the Channel 10 recording revealed. Continue Reading »

Venezuelan Lawmaker: ‘Zionists’ Financed Hitler’s Third Reich

In response, Jewish group blasts Congressman Adel El Zabayar who’s using, ‘Nazi tactics of the big lie & bogus conspiracy theories to incite hatred, endangering the safety of Venezuela’s Jewish community.’


JTA – A Latin American Jewish group has called for the removal from office of a Venezuelan lawmaker who said during an interview that “Zionists” were the main financiers of Hitler.

Zabayar (center) was part of Chávez’s delegation that visited Assad in Damascus in 2009, on a tour that included stops in Libya, Algeria, and Iran – Photo source Girish-Gupta

Congressman Adel El Zabayar, a member of Venezuela’s National Assembly, told the Hezbollah-sponsored Al Manar TV headquartered in Lebanon that: “In order to understand what is happening today in the Middle East and what happened in the world in the First and Second World Wars we must examine the original Zionist conspiracy If we look into who financed Hitler before WWII we will see that the main financiers were the Zionists.”

The Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, posted on its website the November 14 interview, with a translation from the Arabic, during which El Zabayar also declared: “If you study the history of the killing of the Jews in Europe, you find that Hitler killed those Jews who belonged to progressive organizations.” He also said: “You will not find in those lists representatives of global Zionism.

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Israel Police’s new ‘spy balloons’ gives added security to Jerusalem residents


Israel’s aerial optical security technology provides police a “3rd dimension” in efforts to quell Arab rioters
• Skystar 180 aerostat can be airborne for 72-hrs, using its sensitive cameras.
• Imam of Al-Aqsa mosque: “It is practically over the houses. It violates the privacy of people”

The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


In the face of Jerusalem’s worst wave of violence in nearly a decade, Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in the city.

The Skystar aerostat surveillance system, which the Israeli police recently started using in Jerusalem to track clashes – Photo: AP

Police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city’s eastern sector and Old City — the location of its most sensitive holy sites — to monitor protests and move in on them quickly.

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Israel accuses UN of going silent on terrorism but intolerant on building homes in Jerusalem

UN’s special rapporteur, Makarim Wibisono, hasn’t issued any statement condemning any of the terrorist attacks, even after 4 rabbis & a policeman were killed in a synagogue, but quick defending the Palestinians.



Israel on Thursday accused United Nations special investigators of ignoring the deaths of innocent Israelis and singling out the Jewish state by attacking its policy of demolishing terrorist homes.

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A bullet hole in a door of the Jerusalem synagogue where two Palestinian terrorists killed four rabbis and a police officer, November 19, 2014. – Photo: REUTERS

In the last two months the UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, Makarim Wibisono, has not issued any statement condemning terror attacks that killed Israelis in recent months, including the one in the Har Nof neighborhood in which four rabbis and a policeman were killed.

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Suggested legislation requires MKs to swear loyalty to ‘Jewish State of Israel’

MK Miri Regev’s (Likud) bill that would require new Knesset members to swear allegiance to the Jewish State of Israel, will likely inspire the ire of Arab Knesset members.

By Moran Azulay

New legislation being put forth by a firebrand Likud Knesset member could force new Israeli legislators to swear loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state before they can join the Knesset ranks; a move which will likely infuriate Arab and leftist MKs.

Likud MK Miri Regev / MK Mohammed Baracha (Photo: Gil Yohanan, Motti Kimchi)

Likud MK Miri Regev / MK Mohammed Baracha – Photo: Gil Yohanan, Motti Kimchi

With neither the wintery weather nor the stormy session on the ‘Jewish nationhood’ bill yet to pass, the Knesset is gearing up for another contentious debate next Sunday, when the Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss the proposal, by MK Miri Regev, which will put into a law the demand that parliamentarians swear allegiance to the Jewish state of Israel. Continue Reading »

IDF responds with artillery fire after IDF army jeep shot at near Gaza border

Today was 1st time since Israel’s summer ‘Operation Protective Edge’ that IDF forces opened fire on the coastal enclave.

IDF jeep’s bullet-proof window was damaged, but no one was hurt.

An Israel Defense Forces jeep patrolling the Gaza border was fired at on Thursday, prompting the army to respond with artillery fire, for the first time since the summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

IDF 155m”m self-propelled Howitzer artillery piece responds to attack. – courtesy

The jeep’s window was damaged, but no one was wounded in the incident.

The IDF Spokesman said that light arms were fired at Israeli soldiers along the border near central Gaza, and the army responded with artillery fire. Continue Reading »

Polish Officials Target Desecrated Jewish Cemetery for Housing Project

A Jewish cemetery in Grodzisk, originally destroyed during the Holocaust & is now partly used as a junkyard & storage site, is currently targeted, as residential building plans threaten its very existence.

By Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar


The Jewish community of Poland is working urgently to try and save the Jewish cemetery in Grodzisk, after the city’s council began work on a construction project in the northern part of the city where the graveyard is located, putting it in direct danger.

Jewish graves in Poland

Jewish graves in Poland – Photo: Hezki Ezra

The cemetery was destroyed during the Holocaust, and afterwards most of the grounds were transferred to the “Independent Peasants Aide” organization, under whose proxy machines and building materials were stored on the site. Continue Reading »

Report: Israel among first nations eligible for India’s new e-visa

Business Standard reports Israel is among 43 countries in the first phase of an Indian initiative to issue paperless visas to entering tourists.


India phasing in Tourist Visa on Arrival program, which will eventually be open to almost all of the 180 countries which host its diplomatic mission.

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Travelers walking in Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, March 8, 2012. – Photo: Bloomberg

Israel will be among 43 countries in the first phase of India’s new program to issue electronic visas to visitors with which it has diplomatic relations, Business Standard announced Wednesday.



The list will be issued Thursday, as is expected to include most European Union states, as well as Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Oman, Argentina and Kazakhstan.

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Palestinian Leader Accuses Israeli ‘Beast-masters’ for Unleashing Wild Boars


Another fantastical accusation is the latest in a long tradition of Muslim leaders’ claim that Israel employs supernatural means to harass its enemies.

By Israel Today Staff


If Israel’s antagonists in the region are to be believed, the Jewish state employs all manner of bizarre and even mythical tactics against its foes. The latest, according to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, is the unleashing of wild boars upon the fields of Arab farmers.

Wild boar – Israel Today

“Every night, they [Israelis] release wild boars against us,” Abbas said during a conference in Ramallah last Friday. “Why are they doing this to us?”


The accusation was apparently a little too over the top even for Abbas’ own media department, because the official English-language reports from the event omitted all mention of wild boars.

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Three Religious Girls Make Aliya to Serve in IDF Combat Unit

Being a religious woman and serving in the IDF are definitely not mutually exclusive as proven by 3 ‘lone soldiers’ Pnina Abraham, Sarah Goldberg, & Pnina Sankovich who come from religious households in North America & now serve together in an Egyptian border field intelligence unit.

By Danny Brenner


Three young religious women from North America have come to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defence Forces and serve in combat units.

From left to right: Pnina Sankovich, Sarah Goldberg, and Pnina Abraham – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The national-religious community has long debated the issue of young women enlisting in the IDF, as opposed to signing up for civil service, though recently there has a been rise in the number of religious women enlisting to field units and combat support roles.

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ISIS vows their flag will wave over Jerusalem, even if Jews & Crusaders don’t like it

The Islamic State says it will expand its rule over Islam’s holy places in Mecca & Medina, and to Rome & Jerusalem.



The Islamic State has threatened to make it all the way to Jerusalem “even if the Jews and Crusaders despise it.”

ISIS fighter

ISIS fighter – Photo: REUTERS

The threat appears in the foreword of the fifth edition of the organization’s official magazine, Dabiq – named for a town in the suburbs of Syria’s Aleppo, in which the group’s members believe their will be a great war between Muslims and the West after its armies conquer Syria.

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