Israelis Mark Yom Kippur

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20 Sep 2018 (All day)
Israelis Mark Yom Kippur
Israel came to a standstill on Wednesday to mark Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calender. Millions of Jewish men and women spent the day praying in Synagogues while many children took part in the traditional day of biking and otherwise playing in the empty streets. One group which was kept busy was the Magen David Adom ambulance service, which reported treating 1,728 people for injuries suffered in bike and scooter accidents, dehydration and weakness caused by fasting.

Israeli Air Force Team in Moscow for Consulations
A senior-level team from the Israeli Air Force was in Moscow on Thursday to present data to Russian officials regarding the downing on Tuesday of a Russian Air Force reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday, killing 15 Russian serviceman. The Kremlin blamed Israel for the incident, saying Israeli attack aircraft used the Russian plane for cover as they launched a strike on Iranian-supplied missiles being transferred to Hezbollah in Syria’s Latakia province. The anti-aircraft missiles fired by Assad regime forces at the Israeli planes hit the Russian plane by mistake, according to the Kremlin assessment.

Israel immediately issued a statement expressing sorrow over the loss of the Il-20 surveillance aircraft and its crew, but put the blame squarely on Assad regime forces which "fired indiscriminately" in the general direction of the Israeli aircraft without taking into account the presence of the Russian plane.

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued  a statement blaming the loss of the aircraft on "a chain of tragic chance events" but promised that the Kremlin would fully review all relevant data and take steps to ensure such an incident was not repeated, prompting analysts to speculate that the season of Israeli freedom of action in the skies over Syria might be about to end.

Iran Named Major State Sponsor of Terrorism
The US State Department issued its annual survey on global terrorism Wednesday, once again naming Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. "Designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984, Iran continued its terrorist-related activity in 2017, including support for Lebanese Hizballah, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, and various groups in Syria, Iraq, and throughout the Middle East," the report said. It added that Iran has a highly active offensive cyber program which has carried out attacks against computer networks belonging to a variety of governments and private entities around the world.

Also on Wednesday, U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told Bloomberg News that German manufacturer Volkswagen will soon terminate its operations in Iran in compliance with US sanctions, adding that the US is "pleased with this decision because Iran diverts its economic resources away from its people to spread violence and instability across the globe."

PA Gives Stipend to Family of Ari Fuld’s Killer
The Palestinian Authority announced this week that it will provide a monthly stipend of NIS 1,400 to the family of Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin, the terrorist who murdered 45-year-old Israeli journalist Ari Fuld last Sunday. The announcement led to a renewed debate in Israel over enforcement of recently passed legislation which would deduct the amount of money the PA budgets for such stipends from the amount Israel transfers to the PA from collected taxes on Palestinian goods and services traversing Israeli territory.

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