JNS Briefs 3-30-15

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Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Jewish Democrats ask White House to tone down criticism of Netanyahu

(JNS.org) In a meeting with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodesa dozen Jewish Democrats serving in the House of Representatives asked the White House to tone down its criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his statements on the peace process.

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Shin Bet arrests Israeli Arab for joining Islamic State

(JNS.org) Israel’s Shin Bet security agency announced Monday that it recently arrested an Israeli Arab man from Jerusalem for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group.

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Hillary Clinton: get U.S.-Israel relationship back to ‘constructive footing’

(JNS.org) Former U.S. senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, a presumed candidate in the 2016 presidential race, told a prominent Jewish leader that “we need to all work together to return the special U.S.-Israel relationship to constructive footing.”

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Israel seeks 21-year prison sentence for Hamas rocket mastermind

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Beersheba Regional Court convicted senior Hamas official and Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades military academy commander Dirar Abu Sisi of crimes against Israel’s security. Abu Sisi is best known for his part in engineering Hamas rockets, which earned him the nickname “father of the rockets.” 

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Israeli Navy’s new submarine poised to begin operations

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli Navy’s fourth submarine, the INS Tanin, which arrived in Israel last September, is scheduled to begin operations in the next few months.

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Hackers threaten Israel with ‘electronic holocaust’ on April 7

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Hacker groups on Sunday posted a threat that they would launch a cyberattack against Israel on April 7. The groups that posted notices promising an “electronic holocaust” included a group identified with the international hacker network Anonymous.

Posted on March 30, 2015 .

Netanyahu: Iran’s aggression in Yemen and elsewhere must be stopped

(JNS.org) As Iran provides weapons, money, and training to the Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels who are overtaking Yemen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that the Islamic Republic “is conquering the Middle East.”

Posted on March 29, 2015 .

Israeli doctors save life of Iraqi Christian toddler with heart defect

(JNS.org) Maryam Mansour, an 18-month-old Iraqi Christian girl with a serious heart defect whose family fled the Islamic State terror group, received a lifesaving operation at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

Posted on March 29, 2015 .

Israeli envoy: U.N. ignores murder of Christians in Arab states

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The international community is turning a blind eye to the murder of minorities in the Arab world, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told a meeting of a 15-nation council on minorities in the region.

Posted on March 29, 2015 .

Israel partners with Lockheed Martin on national cybersecurity curriculum

(JNS.org) The Israeli Ministry of Education announced a partnership with the U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin to enrich Israel’s cybersecurity curriculum for high school students.

Posted on March 27, 2015 .

France to launch push for U.N. resolution on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

(JNS.org) France is planning to launch a push for a United Nations Security Council resolution that will lay out the parameters for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on March 27, 2015 .

Israel to resume tax revenue transfer to Palestinians

(JNS.org) Israel announced that it will resume the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which it suspended earlier this year over the PA’s decision to join the International Criminal Court.

Posted on March 27, 2015 .

Ex-security prisoner suspected of spying on Israel for Syria

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Several residents of the Israeli Druze village of Majdal Shams, in the Golan Heights, were recently arrested in a joint Shin Bet security agency and police operation on suspicion of spying for Syria, defense officials said Friday.

Posted on March 27, 2015 .

Israeli medical students ‘adopt’ wounded Syrian boy

(JNS.org) Six Israeli medical students have “adopted” a 14-year-old Syrian boy who was badly injured in his home country’s civil war and is currently hospitalized at Baruch Padeh Medical Center, near Tiberias.

Posted on March 27, 2015 .

Israel’s unemployment rate hits record low of 5.3%

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percentage points in February, hitting a record low of 5.3 percent, compared to 5.6 percent in January, the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said Thursday.

Posted on March 27, 2015 .

U.S. may allow Iran to keep nuclear centrifuges at secretive underground site

(JNS.org) The U.S. is considering allowing Iran to retain its nuclear centrifuges at the Islamic Republic’s once-secretive Fordo fortified underground military site, officials involved in the Iran nuclear negotiations told the Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2015 .

Spain moves closer to granting citizenship to Sephardic Jews

(JNS.org) Spain has moved closer to approving legislation aimed at granting citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled during the Spanish Inquisition.

Posted on March 26, 2015 .

Israeli President Rivlin to attend funeral of Singapore’s first prime minister

(JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin traveled to Singapore on Wednesday to attend the funeral of the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who died earlier this week at age 91.

Posted on March 26, 2015 .

Amnesty International accuses Palestinians of war crimes during Gaza conflict

(JNS.org) The human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a report accusing the Palestinian terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad of committing war crimes during the conflict in Gaza last summer, through their indiscriminate firing of rockets and the killing of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

Posted on March 26, 2015 .