Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid is the party of the Ashkenazim, the secular people
Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid is the party of the Ashkenazim, the secular people, the bourgeoisie of the upper-middle class. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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An official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed back at Yair Lapid Monday, accusing the Yesh Atid leader of being "drunk with power" for his comments that he could replace Netanyahu as prime minister within 18 months.

An Iranian official said Israel will regret its air strike against Syria last week, נוא without spelling out whether Tehran or its ally planned any military response.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers arrested 25 Palestinians in the West Bank, including top Hamas activists, a Palestinian rights group reported. Palestinian sources said that in addition to the arrests, Israeli soldiers broke into the headquarters of a charitable organization in Tul Karm this morning and confiscated papers and equipment.

An Egyptian opposition party claimed police tortured one of its members to death, electrocuting him and beating him repeatedly on the head - the latest case alleging police brutality in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Anat Kamm, who is serving three and a half years in prison for leaking hundreds of classified documents to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, has asked the newspaper for NIS 2 million in compensation.

Changes at the top of the Jerusalem District police are being felt in the eastern part of the capital. Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem have complained that the police, under new district commander Maj. Gen. Yossi Prienti, have been implementing an almost-declared policy of collective punishment against neighborhoods considered too disruptive.

With beer, greasy food and an epic Super Bowl, Americans in Tel Aviv found community at Mike's Place bar, where even the power outage and the absence of the much-anticipated commercials didn't dampen the mood for the aficionados.

On May 6, 1935 a girl who immigrated to Palestine from Germany wrote a letter to George V, the King of England, thanking him for helping the Jews.