High School Bus Hit by Firebomb in Israel

A bus carrying students from a girls’ religious high school back home after Shabbat was hit by a firebomb Saturday night, setting the vehicle on fire. The incident occurred after the bus dropped off several girls from the Oriyah Ulpana school at Pnei Kedem, an Israeli town northwest of Hevron, in Judea, south of Jerusalem.

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Earthquake Felt in Central Israel

An earthquake was felt in central Israel, including Jerusalem, Wednesday night. The Geophysical Institute reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was at sea, between Hadera and Haifa, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the Israeli coast. The quake struck Israel at 7:53 PM. No injuries or damage has been reported in the wake of the 4.6 magnitude quake.

Synagogue Vandalized in Central Israel

A synagogue in the central Israeli city of Lod was vandalized overnight, worshipers discovered Wednesday morning. The synagogue, which is home to an Indian-Jewish congregation, was targeted by vandals who broke into the building and trashed the interior of the synagogue.

Shul Torched and Vandalized in Israel

A synagogue and cemetery in a central Israeli town were the targets of arson and vandalism Friday, Israel Police said. Fires were set inside a synagogue and cemetery in Bnei Ayish, near Gedera, Friday. Both the synagogue and cemetery were also vandalized, with graffiti spray-painted.

Ceasefire Comes Into Effect, But Battle not Over Yet

A ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt went into effect at 4:30 Monday morning, following two days of rocket attacks by Gaza-based terrorists and Israeli retaliatory strikes inside Gaza. Some 700 rockets were launched from Gaza towards Israel, killing four and injuring dozens.

Two Prisoners Returned to Syria in Goodwill Gesture

Following the transfer of IDF soldier Zachary Baumel’s body from Syria to Israel, Israel released two Syrian prisoners held in Israel Sunday morning. The IDF Spokesperson confirmed that the two Syrian prisoners had been transferred to the Red Cross through the Kuneitra crossing on the Golan Heights.

Body of Israeli Spy Eli Cohen, Not Found

The IDF Spokesperson on Monday, released a statement denying any progress in locating the body of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen. There were several reports last week claiming that Russian officials had taken Cohen’s remains out of Syria, where he was executed more than five decades ago.

Netanyahu One of TIME’s ‘100 Most InfluentialPeople’

TIME Magazine on Wednesday voted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu one of its “100 most influential people of 2019.” Netanyahu was chosen for the list’s subsection on “leaders” that also included Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Brett Kavanaugh, Robert Mueller, and international figures such as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.