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Ominous History For Biden: Incumbents Trying To Win Over Their Parties Often Struggle To Win Again

There’s plenty of worry among Democrats about whether 81-year-old President Joe Biden is up to the job itself or the task of defeating Donald Trump. Previous presidential campaigns offer lessons. None convey reasons for optimism. Going back to Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, several presidents eligible for reelection faced significant primary challenges or questions about whether they should run again. George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford pushed forward and won their nominations, only to be defeated in November. Johnson opted to withdraw — and Democrats lost anyway. Biden had no real primary fight. But his allies now acknowledge how poorly the president performed in his debate against Trump. They’ve fretted privately about Biden’s ability to serve until he is 86, and, more immediately, whether he can keep the job by defeating the Republican former president — himself a 78-year-old saddled with a felony conviction, other indictments and voter concerns over his values and temperament. The warning from history is ominous: Incumbent presidents still working to consolidate and reassure their own party this late in a first term typically do not get a second. George H.W. Bush and the ‘culture war’ of 1992 An Ivy League-educated Episcopalian, Bush was a moderate Republican and never a favorite of the Christian right or anti-tax, small-government activists. Bush appealed to the right flank ahead of his victory in 1988, saying, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” He was riding high in 1990 after a quick U.S. military victory drove Iraq and Saddam Hussein from oil-rich Kuwait. Within months, though, Bush broke his tax pledge, the U.S. economy began to falter (albeit mildly in retrospect), and the president grew vulnerable. Primary challengers emerged, notably Steve Forbes, an anti-tax crusader, and commentator Pat Buchanan, a Christian conservative. Bush won every primary but many by unimpressive margins. Buchanan, rather than endorsing Bush enthusiastically, used his GOP convention speech to enlist religious conservatives in a “culture war” against Clinton, liberals and secularism — standard Republican rhetoric today but a more divisive tone alongside Bush’s talk of a “kinder, gentler” nation. Democratic challenger and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton hammered Bush as out of touch with middle-class Americans. And billionaire Ross Perot entered the contest as an independent. On Election Day, 62.6% of voters opted against Bush. Clinton won 370 electoral votes, the second-highest total for any Democrat since 1964. Jimmy Carter and the Kennedy ‘dream’ in 1980 A former Georgia governor, Carter was a moderate Southerner from outside the liberal Democratic power structure. His 1976 nomination and eventual victory over the Republican incumbent Ford was less about ideology, though, and more about Carter’s promise never to lie to Americans disillusioned after Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Legislative successes followed, but Carter rankled Washington Democrats. Global inflation, U.S. unemployment and interest rates climbed, and Carter’s popularity fell. “Carter was never expected and accepted by the establishment,” said Joe Trippi, a 1980 Kennedy campaign staffer. Sen. Ted Kennedy mounted a primary challenge in 1980, inspiring young progressives like those who had once adored his slain older brothers. Carter famously said of Kennedy, “I’ll kick his ass.” The president won enough delegates for the nomination, even as the Iran hostage crisis compounded his problems. Yet in defeat, Kennedy used his convention speech more to rouse his own supporters rather than reconcile with the incumbent. “The work goes on, the cause endures … and the dream shall never die,” Kennedy declared, exposing Carter’s weaknesses. Against Republican […]

Is Israel On The Brink Of Signing A Hostage Release Deal With Hamas?

Senior Israeli officials are currently evaluating Hamas’s response to a potential hostage release-ceasefire deal, according to a joint statement from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Mossad on Wednesday evening. “The hostages deal mediators have conveyed to the negotiating team Hamas’s remarks on the outline of the hostages deal,” the statement read. “Israel is evaluating the remarks and will convey its reply to the mediators.” Also, a senior Israeli official told CNN that Israel and Hamas are “on the brink” of signing a deal. The first stage of the deal will reportedly see the return of female hostages, children, the injured, the ill, and the elderly. Israel will commit to evacuating the Rafah Crossing until a deal is reached on who will control the area in the future. However, Israel did not commit to a complete withdrawal from the Philadelphi Corridor or not to resume fighting after the first stage of the agreement. However, there are still reportedly major snags in the agreement, including Hamas’s insistence on Israel committing to not continuing the war after the first stage. Channel 12 News reported that Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met with the families of hostages on Wednesday evening and told them a hostage deal is “closer than ever before.” Gallant explained that Hamas is being heavily pressured by Qatar and the US to agree to a deal. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

Israeli Seriously Injured In Massive Hezbollah Barrage, Multiple Fires Break Out

An Israeli of about 20 was seriously injured on Thursday morning after Hezbollah launched a massive barrage of over 200 rockets and suicide drones at northern Israel. The barrage was in retaliation for the IDF’s assassination of a senior Hezbollah commander in southern Lebanon on Wednesday. Multiple sirens blared in the north, including in the cities of Akko and Nahariya, starting at about 10 a.m. and continued for over an hour and a half. Hezbollah later took responsibility for the attack, claiming that it targeted five IDF bases with over 200 rockets and 20 explosive drones. Shrapnel from an interceptor missile hit the roof of a mall in Akko, sparking a fire. Three people at the scene were treated for shock. Additionally, two people were lightly injured while running to shelters and were evacuated to the Galil Medical Center in Nahariya and Ziv Hospital in Tzfas. Firefighting crews, with the assistance of teams from the Nature and Parks Authority, are fighting multiple fires that broke out in Ramat HaGolan and the Upper Galil. The IDF is carrying out a wave of airstrikes in Lebanon in response to the attack. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

H’YD: IDF Announces Deaths Of 2 Officers Killed In Gaza, One Is An Only Child

The IDF announced the deaths of two IDF officers who were killed in battle in northern Gaza on Wednesday. One officer was identified as Cpt. Roy Miller, H’yd, 21, from Hertziliya. He served as a platoon commander in the Rotem Battalion of the Givati Brigade. He was killed during a clash with terrorists inside a building. Another officer and a soldier were seriously wounded in the same incident. The second officer was identified as Cpt. Elay Elisha Lugasi, H’yd, 21, from Kiryat Shmona. He served as a platoon commander in the 7th Armored Brigade’s 75th Battalion and was killed by anti-tank fire in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City. Three other soldiers were seriously wounded in the same incident. Lugasi, z’l, is an only child whose parents are evacuees from Kiryat Shmona. He was injured in battle at the beginning of the war.. After he underwent rehabilitation, he insisted on returning to his soldiers as quickly as possible. Their deaths increase the death toll of soldiers killed in the war in Gaza to 324. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

Conservative Leading The Pro-Trump Project 2025 Suggests There Will Be A New American Revolution

The leader of a conservative think tank orchestrating plans for a massive overhaul of the federal government in the event of a Republican presidential win said that the country is in the midst of a “second American Revolution” that will be bloodless “if the left allows it to be.” Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts made the comments Tuesday on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, adding that Republicans are “in the process of taking this country back.” Democrats are “apoplectic right now” because the right is winning, Roberts told former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, the podcast’s guest host as Bannon is serving a four-month prison term. “And so I come full circle on this response and just want to encourage you with some substance that we are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be.” Roberts’ remarks shed light on how a group that promises to have significant influence over a possible second term for former President Donald Trump is thinking about this moment in American politics. The Heritage Foundation is spearheading Project 2025, a sweeping road map for a new GOP administration that includes plans for dismantling aspects of the federal government and ousting thousands of civil servants in favor of Trump loyalists who will carry out a hard-right agenda without complaint. His call for revolution and vague reference to violence also unnerved some Democrats who interpreted it as threatening. “This is chilling,” former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson wrote on the social platform X. “Their idea of a second American Revolution is to undo the first one.” James Singer, a spokesperson for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, pointed to this week’s Fourth of July holiday in an emailed statement. “248 years ago tomorrow America declared independence from a tyrannical king, and now Donald Trump and his allies want to make him one at our expense,” Singer said, adding that Trump and his allies are ”dreaming of a violent revolution to destroy the very idea of America.” Roberts, whose name Bannon recently floated to The New York Times as a potential chief of staff option for Trump, also said on the podcast that Republicans should be encouraged by the Supreme Court’s recent immunity ruling. He said Monday’s decision — which gives presidents broad immunity from prosecution — is “vital” to ensure a president won’t have to “second guess, triple guess every decision they’re making in their official capacity.” Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, said Roberts’ comments about a “second American Revolution” are “a bit terrifying but also elucidating.” The 1,000-page Project 2025 playbook calls for far-reaching changes in government, including rolling back protections for the LGBTQ community and infusing Christianity more deeply into society. “Roberts, the Heritage Foundation, and its allies in Project 2025 want to reorder American society and fundamentally change it,” Beirich said. “He’s said the quiet part out loud.” (AP)

TRAGEDY STRIKES LAKEWOOD: R’ Shloimy Lonner Z”L Murdered In South Jersey

It is with much regret that YWN informs you of the petirah of R’ Shloimy Lonner z”l, who was stabbed at a mental health facility he operated in Atlantic City today, Lakewood Alerts reports. R’ Shloimy was a devoted husband to his wife, Shani yb”l, a loving father to three children, and a prominent baal chesed in the Lakewood community. Initial reports suggest he was murdered in an unprovoked and suddenly attack from an unstable resident of the facility he operated. Levaya details will be published when they become available. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

Federal Reserve: Inflation Is Cooling, But More Evidence Needed For Rate Cuts

Federal Reserve officials at their most recent meeting welcomed recent signs that inflation is slowing and highlighted data suggesting that the job market and the broader economy could be cooling. Both trends, if they continued, could lead the Fed to cut its benchmark interest rate in the coming months from its 23-year peak of 5.3%. The minutes of the Fed’s June 11-12 meeting, released Wednesday, showed that the policymakers saw several factors that could further ease inflation in the coming months. These factors included the slower growth of wages, which reduces pressure on companies to raise prices to cover their labor costs. The policymakers also pointed to several cases of retail chains and other businesses lowering prices and offering discounts, a sign that customers are increasingly resisting higher prices. Yet the officials also said more evidence was needed to demonstrate that inflation was returning sustainably to the Fed’s 2% target. They signaled that they were in no rush to reduce borrowing costs. The minutes of the Fed’s meetings sometimes provide key details behind the policymakers’ thinking, especially about how their views on interest rates might be evolving. The financial markets are eagerly awaiting more clarity about the likely timetable for the Fed to begin cutting its benchmark rate. Rate cuts by the Fed would likely lead, over time, to lower borrowing costs for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards as well as business borrowing, and could also boost stock prices. In a noticeable shift from previous minutes, the officials cited concerns that a further cooling of the job market would likely lead to layoffs. So far, slowing demand for workers has mostly appeared in the form of fewer job postings. Their stated concern about a possible increase in layoffs suggests that the Fed needs to more fully consider both its policy goals: Stable prices and full employment. That is a shift from the previous two years, when the Fed was focused solely on curbing inflation, which reached a four-decade high in 2022 of 9.1%. “The vast majority of participants assessed that growth in economic activity appeared to be gradually cooling, and most participants remarked that they viewed” the central bank’s benchmark rate as high enough to slow growth and inflation. After last month’s meeting, Fed officials issued a statement saying that inflation had resumed declining toward their 2% target. But they also scaled back their expectations for rate cuts this year, from three cuts to just one. At a news conference, though, Chair Jerome Powell downplayed the forecast for a single cut and said either one or two cuts were equally plausible. Four of the 19 policymakers said they envisioned no rate cuts at all this year. The remaining 15 officials were nearly evenly split between one and two cuts. On Tuesday, financial markets drew encouragement from remarks Powell made during a monetary policy conference in Portugal. Powell said the Fed had made “quite a bit of progress” toward bringing inflation back to 2%. Consumer price increases were persistently high in the first three months of the year, he noted, but in April and particularly May, inflation resumed the steady decline that had begun in the second half of 2023. In the latest Fed minutes, many of the officials also noted that lower- and moderate-income households are “encountering increasing strains […]

Hamas Sources: Only 2 Or 3 People Know Where Chief Murderer Yahye Sinwar Is

Only a handful of people know the location of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, according to sources from the terror group who spoke with London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. “A very small circle of no more than two or three people at most knows his whereabouts and secures his various needs, as well as ensuring his communication with the movement’s leaders inside and outside,” one source told the paper. Despite Israeli efforts to target Hamas leaders, Sinwar remains elusive. The source added, “[Israel] failed to reach many of the first and second-tier leaders [of Hamas] on the political and military levels, but it tried to assassinate some of them, some of whom were injured, and some of whom survived and came out unharmed from bombing operations in different areas and targets, but Sinwar is not among them.” The sources did not disclose whether Sinwar is hiding above ground or in tunnels. In February, the Israel Defense Forces released footage allegedly showing Sinwar walking through a Gaza tunnel with family members in October. According to the report, Sinwar is unwilling to consider exile as part of a deal. “Sinwar is thinking of two options, with no third option as long as he is alive — either to fulfill the resistance’s conditions of stopping the war, the withdrawal of the occupation forces, and completing an honorable exchange deal, or to obtain the honor of martyrdom,” a source said. “Beyond that, in his personal thinking, there are no other options. Such a proposal [exile from Gaza] is fundamentally unacceptable for Sinwar, and he cannot even think about it.” This stance shuts down the possibility that Israel consider a deal involving Sinwar’s exile from Gaza, as has been previously reported. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

Man Accused Of Killing Detroit Synagogue Leader Claims He Simply Found The Body

A man charged with killing a Detroit synagogue leader during a violent overnight encounter denied any role Wednesday, telling jurors that he never entered her home but had discovered and touched her bloody body outdoors. Michael Jackson-Bolanos repeatedly said “absolutely not” when his attorney asked if he broke into Samantha Woll’s townhouse and stabbed her last October. Woll’s slaying immediately raised speculation about whether it was some type of antisemitic retaliation amid the Israel-Hamas war, though police quickly knocked down that theory. Jackson-Bolanos acknowledged that he didn’t call police to report what he had found. “When I realized she was dead I wanted nothing to do with the entire situation,” he told the jury. “I’m a Black guy in the middle of the night breaking into cars and I found myself standing in front of a dead white woman. That doesn’t look good at all.” His testimony was a dramatic moment in a trial that has mostly centered on circumstantial evidence. Police said Jackson-Bolanos’ jacket had spots of Woll’s blood. While there is video of him walking in the area, there’s no evidence of him being inside her home. Woll, 40, was found outside her home, east of downtown Detroit, hours after returning from a wedding. Investigators believe she was attacked inside the residence but got outdoors before collapsing. She was stabbed multiple times and had head wounds. Jurors saw pictures of blood smeared on the floor of her townhouse. Jackson-Bolanos told the jury that he was tugging on car doors at 4 a.m. to try to find unlocked vehicles when he saw Woll’s body. His story suggested how her blood could have ended up on his coat. “I didn’t shake the body,” he said. “I just checked the neck — no air, no breath or nothing. Once I realized I just touched a dead person I just grabbed the bag and I left.” Jackson-Bolanos, who has past criminal convictions, said he feared calling police because he didn’t want to explain what he was doing in the middle of the night. It took weeks for police to settle on Jackson-Bolanos. Investigators first arrested a former boyfriend who made a hysterical call to 911 and told authorities that he believed he might have killed Woll but couldn’t remember it. Jurors saw video of the sobbing man’s encounter with police last November in a parking lot. “I had motive and opportunity and I don’t know what the third one is but I probably had that, too,” he told officers. But the man, who had been under treatment for depression, testified at trial that he had no role in Woll’s death. “I believe now it was an adverse reaction to a medication,” he said of delusions. Woll’s sister, Monica Rosen, said she had told police soon after the slaying that another man had been stalking Woll. But she testified that she was in shock at the time and “had no basis to use those words.” “My sister was the epitome of good. She had no enemies to my knowledge,” Rosen said. Woll was president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. She was also active in Democratic politics, working for U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and state Attorney General Dana Nessel. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Woll was a “beacon in her community.” The trial, which […]

Biden Bestows Medal Of Honor On Union Soldiers Who Helped Hijack Train In Confederate Territory

President Joe Biden on Wednesday awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to two Union soldiers who stole a locomotive deep in Confederate territory during the Civil War and drove it north for 87 miles (140 kilometers) as they destroyed railroad tracks and telegraph lines. U.S. Army Pvts. Philip G. Shadrach and George D. Wilson were captured by Confederates and executed by hanging. Biden recognized their courage 162 years later with the country’s highest military decoration, calling the operation they joined “one of the most dangerous missions of the entire Civil War.” “Every soldier who joined that mission was awarded the Medal of Honor except for two. Two soldiers who died because of that operation and never received this recognition,” Biden said. “Today, we right that wrong.” The posthumous recognition comes as the legacy of the Civil War, which killed more than 600,000 Union and Confederate service members between 1861 and 1865, continues to shape U.S. politics in a contentious election year in which issues of race, constitutional rights and presidential power are at the forefront. Biden has said that the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump was the greatest threat to democracy since the Civil War. Meanwhile, Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, riffed at a recent Pennsylvania rally about the Battle of Gettysburg and about the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The president said Wednesday that Shadrach and Wilson were “fighting and even dying to preserve the union and the sacred values it was founded upon: freedom, justice, fairness, unity.” “Phillip and George were willing to shed their blood to make these ideals real,” Biden said. Theresa Chandler, the great-great-granddaughter of Wilson, recalled for The Associated Press how the Union soldier had the noose around his neck on the gallows and spoke his final words. She said that Wilson essentially said that he was there to serve his country and had no ill feelings for the people of the South, but that he hoped for the abolition of slavery and for the nation to be united again. “When I read that, I had chills,” Chandler said. “We can feel that as a family and that we’re enjoying our freedoms today, what he tried to move forward at the time.” Brian Taylor, a great-great-great-nephew of Shadrach, said this was an opportunity for his ancestor to be remembered as “a brave soldier who did what he thought was right.” “I kind of feel that he was a bit adventurous, a bit of a free spirit,” Taylor said. Shadrach and Wilson are being recognized for participating in what became known as the Great Locomotive Chase. A Kentucky-born civilian spy and scout named James J. Andrews put together a group of volunteers, including Shadrach and Wilson, to degrade the railway and telegraph lines used by Confederates in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On April 12, 1862, 22 of the men in what was later called Andrews’ Raiders met up in Marietta, Georgia, and hijacked a train named The General. The group tore up tracks and sliced through telegraph wires while taking the train north. Confederate troops chased them, initially on foot and later by train. The Confederate troops eventually caught the group. Andrews and seven others were executed, while the others either escaped or remained prisoners of […]

IDF Is Collecting Data On Working Chareidim

The IDF is collecting data on working Chareidi youth, Kan News reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the IDF will try to meet the initial goal of recruiting 3,000 Charedim this year without creating a major clash with yeshivos. Therefore it collected information from income-tax data about Chareidim who are working and at the first stage, it will send draft orders to Chareidim who are not learning full-time. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week mandating the draft of bnei yeshivos and the halt of funding to yeshivos, the office of Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara wrote a letter to the IDF demanding that it immediately implement the Court’s ruling. Baharav-Miara ordered the army to immediately draft 3,000 bnei yeshivos and warned the government not to continue funding yeshivos serving students eligible for the draft “directly or indirectly.” (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

WATCH: Biden Says Republicans Are “Stupid” And “Really Really Dumb” For Ignoring Climate Change

President Joe Biden on Tuesday lashed out at former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, labeling them as “stupid” and “really really dumb” for denying the existence of climate change. During a briefing on extreme weather at the D.C. Emergency Operations Center, Biden announced new measures to protect workers and families from the impacts of extreme weather. He also took aim at Trump and Republicans in Congress for attempting to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act, which he called “the biggest climate protection bill ever.” “They deny climate change even exists,” Biden said. “They must be living in a hole somewhere. At the expense of the health and safety of their own constituents, they deny it exists.” Biden criticized every single congressional Republican for voting against investments that created jobs and combated climate change. He also slammed those trying to repeal climate provisions and kill jobs, calling it “outrageous” and “really stupid.” “Everyone who willfully denies the impacts of climate change is condemning the American people to a dangerous future, and either is really, really dumb or has some other motive,” Biden declared. “How can you deny this climate change, for God’s sake?” (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

Colorado Dairy Worker Tests Positive For Bird Flu, Fourth Person Linked To Outbreak

A fourth farm worker has been infected with bird flu in the growing outbreak linked to dairy cows, health officials reported Wednesday. The worker had direct contact with infected dairy cows on a northeast Colorado farm, state and federal health officials said. The man developed pink eye, or conjunctivitis, received antiviral treatment and has recovered. Three previous cases of human infection linked to cows have been reported in dairy workers in Texas and Michigan since March. Two of those workers also developed pink eye, while one had mild respiratory symptoms, In 2022, the first U.S. case of bird flu was detected in a Colorado farm worker exposed to infected poultry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new infection “does not change” the agency’s assessment that the risk to the general public remains low. Surveillance systems tracking flu in the U.S. have shown no unusual activity, officials said. However, people with prolonged contact with to infected birds or other animals, including livestock, or to their environments, are at higher risk of infection. The Colorado man was being monitored when he developed symptoms because of his work with dairy cows, according to the CDC. Tests at the state level were inconclusive, but samples sent to CDC tested positive. Full results of genetic analysis of the sample are pending. As of Wednesday, more than 135 dairy herds in a dozen states had reported infections with the H5N1 virus that originated in poultry, according to the Agriculture Department. (AP)

IDF Demolishes Home Of ISIS-Inspired Palestinian Who Murdered 14-Year-Old Binyamin Achimeir

The IDF has demolished the home of Ahmed Dawabsha, a 21-year-old Palestinian accused of murdering 14-year-old Binyamin Achimeir in a West Bank terror attack in April. Achimeir went missing while shepherding near the outpost of Malachei Shalom on April 12, and his body was found the next day. Dawabsha, a resident of the West Bank town of Duma, was arrested on April 22 and charged with Achimeir’s murder last month. According to prosecutors, the attack was inspired by the Islamic State jihadist movement. The IDF demolished Dawabsha’s home in Duma overnight, citing a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians accused of carrying out deadly terror attacks, which aims to deter future terrorists. In addition to the demolition, six wanted Palestinians were detained in other West Bank operations. Since October 7, the IDF has arrested approximately 4,200 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including over 1,750 affiliated with Hamas. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

Soldier Arrested For Allegedly Killing A Nukhba Terrorist On Oct. 7

A discharged soldier was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly murdering a Nukhba terrorist on October 7th and brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, where the police requested an extension of his arrest, Channel 12 reported. According to the report, a police investigator accused the soldier: “You interrogated a terrorist in the field, then shot him in the head. That’s why you are suspected of murder.” The soldier replied: “I didn’t murder any terrorist but I eliminated the terrorists who shot at us.” The report was later taken down but not before it was quoted by every other media outlet. The police later slapped a gag order on the case and there are likely details that are unknown about the case. Some social media reports said that three soldiers were arrested. Channel 14 News journalist Yinon Magal quoted the soldier’s father as saying: “On October 7th, while half of the country was in shelters and half of the country was probably sleeping.. my son and another soldier he knows, without being called, quickly drove in their own to the south in order to help and save as many people as possible.” “They encountered terrorists in the Shaar Negev area. They eliminated some of them and even managed to rescue the wounded. The soldier who was with him was even injured in the incident while trying to rescue injured soldiers. Among other things, they risked a lot in order to prevent attempts to kidnap the bodies of soldiers who were in the field.” “Today we found out that there are delusional elements in our dear country who are trying in every way to demoralize our soldiers and instead of handing out medals to people who did the maximum while others didn’t even do the minimum, they are busy trying to discredit soldiers.” Dozens of Israelis showed up outside the court in Tel Aviv to protest the arrest. One of them explained, as quoted by Ynet: “This is a young man who went down to the south that morning, saved lives and saved the bodies of soldiers so that they wouldn’t be abducted. There is no connection here to the right or the left.” (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

With July 4th Holiday Rush, TSA Expects To Screen Record Number Of Travelers This Weekend

Nicole Lindsay thought she could beat the holiday-week travel rush by booking an early-morning flight. It didn’t work out that way. “I thought it wouldn’t be that busy, but it turned out to be quite busy,” the Baltimore resident said as she herded her three daughters through Palm Beach International Airport in Florida. “It was a lot of kids on the flight, so it was kind of noisy — a lot of crying babies.” Lindsay said the flight was full, but her family arrived safely to spend a few days in Port Saint Lucie, so she was not complaining. Airlines hope the outcome is just as good for millions of other passengers scheduled to take holiday flights over the next few days. AAA forecasts that 70.9 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home over a nine-day stretch that began June 27, a 5% increase over the comparable period around the Fourth of July last year. Most of those people will drive, and the motor club says traffic will be the worst between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. most days. Federal officials expect air-travel records to fall as Americans turn the timing of July Fourth on a Thursday into a four-day — or longer — holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration predicts that its officers will screen more than 3 million travelers at U.S. airports on Sunday. That would top the June 23 mark of more than 2.99 million. American Airlines said Sunday is expected to be its busiest day of the entire summer; it plans more than 6,500 flights. TSA was created after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and replaced a collection of private security companies that were hired by airlines. Eight of the 10 busiest days in TSA’s history have come this year, as the number of travelers tops pre-pandemic levels. The head of the agency, David Pekoske, said Wednesday that TSA has enough screeners to handle the expected crowds this weekend and through the summer. “We have been totally tested over the course of the last couple of months in being able to meet our wait-time standards of 10 minutes for a PreCheck passenger and 30 minutes for a standard passenger, so we are ready,” Pekoske said on NBC’s “Today” show. Peggy Grundstrom, a frequent traveler from Massachusetts who flew to Florida to visit her daughter and granddaughter, said the line for security in Hartford, Connecticut, was unusually long. “It was busier than I have personally seen in the past,” Grundstrom said. “But, you know, I prefer to fly unless it’s very local. I’m at a stage where I don’t want to travel in a car for long periods of time.” Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to Amsterdam on Wednesday had to put their travel plans on hold for several hours when the plane landed in New York because spoiled meals were served in the main cabin shortly after takeoff. Delta apologized to passengers “for the inconvenience and delay in their travels.” (AP)

Breaking! 3 Frum Sphardi Siblings of Abducted Children at Risk of Abduction

FRANCE – After several months of suffering in a secular institution, three innocent frum children are at risk of being joined by another three siblings. The drama began this winter when the French police swooped down on the home where a family from Eretz Yisrael was staying in Armentieres, France, and forcibly snatched three helpless children from their mother’s embrace.  Following their father’s placement in an institution due to emotional imbalances, the local authorities falsely deemed the mother neglectful and incapable of caring for her children. Maimon, 7, Esther, 5, and Shlomo, 3, were placed in a secular institution, alongside Arabs and other children, where they are being physically and emotionally abused. The authorities confiscated the yarmulkes of Maimon and his freshly-shorn brother, and had their peyos cut. When the oldest protested that the food they were served was non-kosher, he was placed on drugs to reduce his mental awareness and force him to give in. This Thursday  – July 4 a court hearing will be held in France to determine the fate of the 3 captive children, if they will IY”H return to live in a Jewish home, or C’V they must remain by Goyim – totally assimilated from Yidishkeit until they are 18 years old Rc”l. A massive Atzeret will be held in Beth Medrash Guovoha – Lakewood, today at 10:30 to Daven and say Tehilim and beg Hashem for mercy on the Jewish children in France, to bring them back to a Jewish home. Askanim involved in the case say that the only way to save these innocent children from definite shmad and return them to their family, is by way of a lengthy and costly legal process. The latest is that the authorities are now threatening to take away the remaining three children. Please daven for the mother, Rivka bas Gila, and her children – Maimon, Esther, Shlomo, Rochel Brocha, and Avrohom. To help the family and Askanim or to donate Click Here or call 646-718-9907

SAGES OF CHELM: State-Attorney Seeks Probe Against Ben-Gvir For Inciting Against Gazans

State Attorney Amit Aisman asked Attorney-General Gali Baharav-Miara to launch a criminal investigation against National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir for allegedly inciting violence against the residents of Gaza, Kan News reported on Tuesday evening. According to the report, the request is intended to satisfy the International Court of Justice at the Hague that Israel is investigating Israeli officials for statements inciting “genocide.” The State-Attorney and Attorney-General’s Office responded to an inquiry on the matter by stating: “As the State of Israel informed the International Court of Justice in The Hague, all statements on the matter that could amount to a criminal offense are being examined. Contrary to the publication, no decisions were made on the issue by the heads of the law enforcement system.” The absurd request was condemned even within the state attorney’s office and no one believes that such an investigation would lead to an indictment. In fact, the request is so outlandish that a Walla reporter even jumped to Ben-Gvir’s defense, first clarifying how much he dislikes Ben-Gvir, saying, ‘there are a thousand reasons to dislike him” and describing him as “one of the most failed ministers in Israel’s history.” The reporter continued by saying that, “still, the State Attorney’s decision to open an investigation against Ben-Gvir is the kind of folly that is usually read in the stories of the sages of Chelm.” “It sounds absolutely crazy on the face of it. Let’s start with the obvious: it’s stupid. The few quotes that can be interpreted as ‘incitement to violence against the citizens of Gaza’ by Ben-Gvir are based on leaks from cabinet meetings. For example, it was published on this website that in November 2023, Ben-Gvir argued with the Prime Minister about the concept of ‘non-involved’ and claimed that ‘this old man who runs with a stick to abuse citizens, is he not involved? He is a terrorist! He is indeed involved.’ He later claimed at the same meeting that ‘those who distribute candy and encourage murder are involved, those who came to loot are also involved – terrorists.’ Is this incitement to violence against the residents of Gaza, or more like an opinion – not even that extreme relative to the man – that was heard as part of an entire discussion?” “Still, ‘inciting violence against the residents of Gaza’ – during a war in Gaza – is far from the worst thing he did during his term in government. In fact, he didn’t say anything more serious than Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (‘No electrical switch will be flipped, no water break will be opened and no fuel truck will enter Gaza.’) or President Herzog who was quoted in The Hague as saying: ‘The rhetoric that civilians are not involved in the fighting is not true. We will fight until we defeat them.'” “Ben-Gvir did not incite violence against the citizens of Gaza any more than anyone else who sat in the cabinet at that meeting. Everyone discussed the violent way in which to respond to the violent attack that surprised Israel. Given that no one suggested attacking Gaza with flowers and candy bars, they all incited violence in the same meeting just like Ben-Gvir.” Ben-Gvir responded to the report by stating: “Unbelievable! The State Attorney is trying to prosecute an Israeli minister for ‘incitement’ […]

“I’M NOT LEAVING”: Biden Vows To Keep Running As Signs Point To Rapidly Eroding Support

A defiant President Joe Biden vowed on Wednesday to keep running for reelection, rejecting growing pressure from Democrats to withdraw after a disastrous debate performance raised questions about his readiness. But in an ominous sign for the president, a leading ally publicly suggested a way that the party might choose someone else. “Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can as simply and straightforward as I can: I am running… no one’s pushing me out. I’m not leaving. I’m in this race to the end and we’re going to win,” Biden said in a call with staffers on his reelection campaign, according to a top aide who posted his comment on the X social media platform. Biden was pulling every possible lever to try to salvage his reelection campaign — talking to top legislators, pumping up his campaign staff and meeting later in the day with Democratic governors before a planned weekend blitz of travel and a network TV interview. But there were signs that support for Biden was rapidly eroding among Democrats on Capitol Hill. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a longtime Biden ally, said he would back a “mini-primary” in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention next month if Biden were to leave the race. Clyburn, D-S.C., floated an idea that appeared to be laying the groundwork for alternatives by delegates during the Democrats’ planned virtual roll call that is scheduled before the more formal party convention. “You can actually fashion the process that’s already in place to make it a mini-primary and I would support that,” Clyburn told CNN. He said Vice President Kamala Harris, governors and others could join the competition. “It would be fair to everybody. … Because if she were to be the nominee we need to have a running mate. And need a strong running mate.” Clyburn, a senior lawmaker who is a former member of his party’s House leadership team, said he has not personally seen the president act as he did on the debate stage last week. “I saw what I saw last Thursday night, and it is concerning,” Clyburn said. Some suggested Harris was emerging as the favorite to replace Biden if he were to withdraw, although those involved in private discussions acknowledge that Govs. Gavin Newsom of California and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan remain viable alternatives. But for some insiders, Harris is viewed as the best prospect to quickly unify the party and avoid a messy and divisive convention fight. Even as pressure around Biden mounted, he and Harris made a surprise appearance on a call with staffers from his reelection campaign and offered a pep talk, stressing the stakes of the election and returning to Biden’s previous post-debate comments that he would get back up after being knocked down. The president told those assembled that he was not leaving the race and would not be dragged out. Asked a short time later whether Biden would consider stepping down, White House press secretary Karine Jean Pierre said “absolutely not.” “He understands it is fair for people to ask that question.” she said, while adding, “I cannot lay out something that would change the president’s mind” about seeking a second term. She also said Biden “is clear-eyed. And he is staying in the race.” Democrats are unsatisfied with the […]

Harris Surpasses Biden As Favorite To Win Democratic Nomination In Betting Market

Vice President Kamala Harris has overtaken President Joe Biden as the favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in a major betting market. According to PredictIt, a political wagering website, Harris’ shares surged to $0.52, while Biden’s plummeted to $0.30, following a report from The New York Times that Biden is considering dropping out of the race. The odds shift occurred rapidly, with Harris’ shares jumping from $0.40 to $0.52 in a matter of minutes. This sudden change in odds reflects a significant loss of confidence in Biden’s ability to win the nomination and the general election. ElectionBettingOdds, a site that tracks odds across multiple betting markets, shows Biden with a 14.9% chance of winning reelection, making him a 6-1 underdog against Trump. Harris fares slightly worse, with a 14.2% chance of winning the general election. Trump, on the other hand, is favored to win with a 58.2% chance. Biden has been leading the Democratic field for months in the betting markets; However, his campaign has faced numerous challenges, and this latest report has seemingly spooked bettors, leading to a massive shift in odds in favor of Harris. It’s important to note that betting markets are not always predictive of political outcomes, but they can provide valuable insights into public perception and sentiment. In this case, the sudden shift in odds suggests a growing lack of confidence in Biden’s candidacy and a rising possibility of Harris becoming the Democratic nominee. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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