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House of Representatives to vote on bipartisan bill to prevent use of human shields
The bill mandates that the president impose sanctions on any entity that “knowingly and materially supports, orders, controls, directs or otherwise engages in” the exercise of human shields by the terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.
Injured pregnant terror victim improves, newborn baby in critical condition
“We just keep praying for her recovery and the recovery of her baby,” said Liora Silberstein, mother of Shira Ish Ran. “They will need a lot of prayers. He was born in the 30th week, and she lost a lot of blood—this little family needs a lot of strength in the next few weeks and months.”
EU seeking to help Iran as US gets tougher, pressing allies
E.U. Foreign Affairs and Security Policy head Federica Mogherini told reporters on Monday that a sanctions workaround to assist firms doing business with Iran will be done by the end of the year.
Israel thwarts terror attempts in Judea and Samaria
An car-ramming attack near Hebron failed to injure passengers of an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle. The attacker was fatally shot. An attacker was shot at an injured by security forces in a separate car-ramming incident in the Jordan Valley.
On last day of Hanukkah, archaeologists find ancient wick in the Negev
A unique lamp wick dating back to the Byzantine period was uncovered by the Antiquities Authority at the Negev Desert Roman Empire settlement of Shivta.
Report: Australia to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
In October, newly appointed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that he was open to officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the Australian embassy there from its current location in Tel Aviv.
At International Human Rights Day conference, Israeli minorities praise Jewish state
The conference aims to underscore the unbreakable connection between Zionism and human rights, and to counter those who use the call of human rights to slander and delegitimize Israel.
PBS to air ‘Tree of Life’ concert of unity and hope after Pittsburgh shooting
“The voices of this community—from the chief of police to those who were directly impacted by the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue—affirmed that hatred can’t weaken the city of steel. Pittsburgh ‘strong’ is a reality,” said Corporation for Public Broadcasting president and CEO Pat Harrison ahead of the Dec. 11 nationwide airing and live stream.
Pro-Israel Christian group tops 5 million members
“It’s clear our mission is resonating with Americans all across the country who share our commitment to defend Israel,” said Shari Dollinger, the organization’s executive director.
Ohio man arrested for planning attack on synagogue
Damon Joseph, 21, was charged with a count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.
Jordanian TV commentator: ‘The Holocaust, the greatest lie in modern history’
Speaking on Al-Quds TV (Lebanon) on Nov. 11, Jordanian political commentator Sufyan Tal said that Rupert Murdoch and Alex Springer are prominent Zionists who are recruited to make the world believe Jewish-Zionist lies.
Israeli gas line to Jordan lauded as ‘boost for peace’
Work on a major Israel-Jordan natural gas pipeline is part of a landmark 15-year, $10 billion deal inked in 2016 • Project expected to become operational in late 2019.
Israel’s Diaspora affairs minister to devise plan to bring French Jews to Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks Naftali Bennett for a solution after Bennett warns that Israel is unprepared to accommodate 200,000 French Jews who want to make aliyah • Bennett: Israel has a moral obligation to help French Jews come to Israel.
Palestinian man murdered in Israel for selling land to Jews
Yaron Doron and Israel Hayom Staff
Police believe that Ahmed Salameh, 51, was murdered for mediating land sales in Judea and Samaria to Jewish settlers • Unidentified assailants shot him at close range in his car • His father was killed 30 years ago under similar circumstances.
Pompeo: Hezbollah terror tunnels ‘violate the most basic premise of sovereignty’
The Israel Defense Forces launched “Operation Northern Shield” to eliminate tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israel.