Israel Drenched by Late Winter Storm

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Headlines from Jerusalem, 29 January 2019

“The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights” Genesis 7:12

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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.
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NEWS BRIEFS

Russian Officials in Israel to Discuss Syria and Iran

Senior Russian officials were in Jerusalem on Tuesday for meetings with their Israeli counterparts, with discussions about the ongoing situation in Syria and relations with Iran at the top of the agenda. The meetings come amidst an escalating war of words between the Kremlin and Iran’s clerical regime, as well as an increasing willingness on the part of the EU and individual European governments to censure Iran over its conduct in Syria and its development of nuclear capable ballistic missiles.
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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.”

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.

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.

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Rethinking Israel’s Syria Campaign
Gershon Hacohen, BESA

Moscow’s public demand that Israel stop its attacks in Syria places Israel’s longstanding air campaign at a critical juncture despite PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s avowed determination to sustain it for as long as necessary.
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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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