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29 Jan 2019 (All day)
Israel Drenched by Late Winter Storm
The surface level of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) rose by several centimeters Monday as heavy rains drenched northern and southern Israel and more snow fell on Mount Hermon. The precipitation came after a week of summer-like weather which returned to Jerusalem and other areas Tuesday morning, but meteorologists are holding out hope for at least one more storm bringing heavy rain to the Eastern Mediterranean region before the end of winter.

Judo Tournament Winners Congratulated at PM’s Residence
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev hosted an event Monday at the Prime Minister’s Office to honor medal winners from the the Tel Aviv Grand Prix judo tournament, held last week with participants from 53 countries. "This is a great accomplishment for each one of you, but also a great accomplishment for the country," said Netanyahu, adding that Israel’s increasing stature in the international sporting scene is also helping the Jewish State in the diplomatic and political arenas.

Intel to Invest Nearly $11 Billion in Israel
In the latest crushing defeat for the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced on Monday night that US-based technology firm Intel Corp plans to invest nearly $11 billion in expanding its operations in the Jewish State, directly creating thousands of jobs and infrastructure projects in the south of the country. "This is huge news for everyone who cares about the State of Israel, the Israeli economy and Israeli citizens," Kahlon said.

"Intel's choice to continue to significantly invest in Israel is an important expression of confidence in the State of Israel and the Israeli economy," added Economy Minister Eli Cohen. "We see Intel as a partner for progress and its renewed choice to invest in Israel strengthens the economy and employment in Israel, and we expect that this collaboration will also continue into the future."

Synagogue Vandalized in Jerusalem
Jerusalemites awoke Monday morning to the shocking news that a synagogue in the capital had been vandalized. Ritual objects including Torah scrolls and prayer books were damaged or destroyed at the synagogue in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood, which has a history of tension between religiously observant and secular residents. "I am shocked at the desecration of a synagogue in Jerusalem," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. "The police must immediately find those responsible in order to bring them to justice."

"This morning we were shown a shocking case of the desecration of a synagogue and destruction of Torah Scrolls in Kiryat Yovel," Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said. "This was a serious incident that is reminiscent of dark times of the Jewish people; we will not allow crimes like this to occur in our time."

Israel Declines to Renew Mandate for Hebron Observers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Tuesday that he will not renew a 22-year old agreement which saw international observers participate in the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) project, which has been sharply criticized by Jewish residents of Hebron as facilitating activities against them. “Together we proved that it is possible to bring an end to the injustice and folly that has lasted for many years,” Hebron’s Jewish community said in a statement.

“The Israeli government’s decision means it has abandoned the implementation of agreements signed under international auspices, and given up its obligations under these agreements,” retorted Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Today’s video shows a recent INSS Conference Panel on the Modern Middle East


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