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Israel came under heavy rocket fire Tuesday morning after the Air Force bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a targeted strike which killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:48 pm

The operation against Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was approved by the IDF chief-of-Staff, Shin Bet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the security cabinet.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:46 pm

Former chief military prosecutor explains that it is not clear
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:45 pm

The IDF reinforced its troops and prepared for multiple possible situations. Shelters in Ashkelon were opened and school was canceled as a "severe security event." Ashdod is in a state of emergency.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:32 pm

Amidror said, “there might come a situation where we will have to act directly in Iran to stop the Iranians. The world is not ready to act…not NATO, not the US…they prefer to close their eyes.”
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:24 pm

#JiHadEnough, which was used in the IDF's tweet announcing the assassination of Baha Abu Al Ata, is the latest in the IDF's misguided social media campaigns.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:23 pm

This incident could have long-term consequences as it may be perceived as part of Russia's attempts to intervene more in the region after the Syrian civil war.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:20 pm

Annual Anglo gathering for over 4 decades sunk by rising costs, growing bureaucracy.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:17 pm

Israel holds that such labeling helps the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement boycott such products.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:08 pm

Attacks like this only further divide the nation, Dershowitz said.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:58 pm

"If you need to move to safer areas in response to the rocket attacks, you should bring your pets with you."
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:40 pm

In the barrage of more than 150 rockets, there were several near-deadly strikes, but no actual deaths.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:37 pm

CNN's Jerusalem Correspondent Oren Liebermann was seen in the live video trying to maneuver away so he could continue reporting, but a hand kept blocking the camera and blacking out the transmission.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:35 pm

Rivlin welcomed the laureates, their families and members of the administrative public council of the Zalman Shazar Center, named for Israel’s third president.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:29 pm

"I see Israel in a position of having to choose between America and China," said McGregor.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:18 pm

Israel was saying very clearly – all of Islamic Jihad is in our sights and is a legitimate target. No one is beyond Israel’s reach.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:18 pm

Gantz: Security of Israel is above politics; PA: This is a crime.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:14 pm

While working for the Post, Mekhennet has written about the rise of extremism and terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and ISIS in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:04 pm

“This might take time,” Netanyahu said. “We have to let the IDF do their work.”
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:02 pm

Nearly 4,000 people from all over the world will be in attendance for the IAC summit, which is taking place from Dec 5-8 in South Florida, and will be discussing pressing matters in the Jewish world.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:41 pm

The comments drew criticism from MKs on the Right and the Left
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:35 pm

The fellowship has been heavily involved, via donor money, in enhancing the security of civilians living close to the Gaza Strip.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:33 pm

People wondered out loud whether or not there would be a war.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:20 pm

The president recounted Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds's heroic actions at the Veterans Day Parade in New York
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:15 pm

The appeal was made to President Trump on humanitarian grounds, as Pollard's wife is suffering from cancer
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:10 pm

PIJ is important for Iran because the Islamic republic's regime often argues that the terrorist group is the center of “resistance” against Israel and the US.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:08 pm

“On orders from the highest political echelons, the Israeli army is launching an assault on the Palestinian people."
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:54 pm

The press conference took place an hour and a half after Bennett officially took the new role.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:36 pm

Netanyahu: Gaza Operation will take time; We will hit anyone who hits us.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:31 pm

Two people reported dead and six others injured after a building was targeted near the Lebanese Embassy in Damascus, right after PIJ leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was killed in Gaza.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:12 pm

Fund founder: our unique perspective is 'informed by the Israeli experience'.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 8:41 am

America will leave a military presence on the ground to keep pressure on ISIS
Posted: November 12, 2019, 8:31 am

Prof. Dan Ben David predicts that by 2065, some 35% of Israel’s population will be ultra-Orthodox, compared to its current level of 9% of the population.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:27 am

Two defendants received 11 and 9 years in jail for robbery and causing severe bodily harm, but were neither charged with murder or manslaughter. The remaining defendants were sentenced to 7 years.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 2:08 am

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman laid out his ‘ultimatums’ to the heads of the two main parties – Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz – in an interview with Channel 12.
Posted: November 11, 2019, 8:41 pm

With sanctions looming in Congress and a protest outside the White House, Washington is getting ready for Erdogan visit.
Posted: November 11, 2019, 7:51 pm

Twitter announced last week that it had suspended numerous Hezbollah and Hamas affiliated accounts following a letter and implied threats from US Congressmen demanding the social media giant prevent itself from being used by terrorists.
Posted: November 11, 2019, 4:45 pm

In the book, which is due to be released on Tuesday, November 12, Haley touches on her behind-the-scenes interactions with then-top Trump officials.
Posted: November 11, 2019, 3:42 pm

Supporters have raised nearly $50,000 in 24 hours to cover legal fees – much more than expected.
Posted: November 11, 2019, 2:56 pm

Over the weekend, protesters demonstrated in front of the Barcelona training camp calling on the stars to cancel the sold-out match in Israel.
Posted: November 11, 2019, 2:42 am

Taking place from December 3-10, the festival, produced by Theater Company Jerusalem and managed by Osnat Gispan, will feature over 100 artists at Beit Mazia in Jerusalem.
Posted: November 10, 2019, 7:51 pm

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.
Posted: November 10, 2019, 7:37 pm

Antisemitic slurs, vandalism of Jewish graves and synagogue egged by youths.
Posted: November 10, 2019, 3:59 pm

“Schreiber is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is actually dead, in which case this appeal is moot,” Judge Amanda Potterfield wrote.
Posted: November 10, 2019, 3:22 pm

“Despite America’s sanctions... Iranian workers have found an oil field with 53 billion barrels of reserves,” Rouhani said in a speech in the central city of Yazd.
Posted: November 10, 2019, 9:11 am

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said before the third death was confirmed he feared the number of deaths could rise.
Posted: November 9, 2019, 10:21 am

In every game there are players who make errors and don’t play well, and that can easily lead to discontent and negativity within the team.
Posted: November 7, 2019, 9:15 pm

This weekend is the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht. Not a round anniversary but worth commemorating every year.
Posted: November 7, 2019, 8:30 pm

Jewish state shows shortage of healthcare providers, aging medical personnel
Posted: November 7, 2019, 7:11 pm

The data showed, however, that among Jewish men, the rate of people diagnosed with the disease has decreased, as has the number of men who smoke.
Posted: November 7, 2019, 5:27 pm

Flood warnings have been issued in southern Israel. Popular hiking trails and tourist spots in the Judean desert are also being closed.
Posted: October 25, 2019, 7:57 pm

The new threat to Israel is clear. Iran could respond to Israel’s many recent strikes on Iranian regional proxies and weapon depots by flying in low and hitting key Israeli infrastructures.
Posted: October 25, 2019, 5:05 pm

The Civil Administration had two wooden buildings demolished recently because they were built illegally. The forces demolishing the buildings were violently attacked by Hilltop Youth.
Posted: October 24, 2019, 10:17 pm

Jeffrey claimed that Iran is under pressure from US and Israel.
Posted: October 24, 2019, 1:36 am

A close-knit English-speaking community in Ashkelon is stunned to discover a murky secret.
They were right under our collective noses and had been since June 2017. Hannah and Mark Schwartz, a lovely California couple. He, 74, a retired medical researcher, and Hannah, 67, a successful PR marketer. They were members of the (mostly) Anglo synagogue near the Ashkelon beach across the street from the small apartment where they lived. They went to services every Shabbat and holiday in a synagogue where members from every English-speaking country in the world were represented and they fit in just fine.

They were very active in the congregation, went to shiurim (classes) and synagogue functions, and had lots of friends – all Anglos. They went out to dinner often, socialized, were very well liked and well-respected members of the Ashkelon Anglo community.

While everyone would talk about their kids and show off their grandkids, Hannah and Mark never went into any detail other than to casually mention that they had four kids and several grandkids, but never a photo was seen in their home, except for one of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson. They were ambiguous about their lives in California, but very interested in their friends’ and their families. They had no driver’s license or a car, nor were they members of any of the country’s health funds. They were inseparable, always did things together. There was no reason to suspect anything out of the ordinary – just another retired American couple, enjoying their life in the country that they said they loved and the lovely city of Ashkelon that they had truly embraced. Mark, a former surfer, told me this city of 138,000 with its beautiful beaches and comfortable climate was pretty close to home.

Not being a member of this particular synagogue, I only met them for the first and last time in June when I was invited for lunch at a mutual friend’s house. I sat across from them and instantly liked Hannah: huge smile, chatty, smart, easy and interesting to talk to, (with almost every second sentence ending with “Baruch Hashem” (Blessed be God) accompanied with “high-fives” to the woman sitting next to me). She told me she had owned a successful PR business back in California, but didn’t mention which city, and was, in fact, helping someone here in the community get her nonprofit organization up and running.

Hannah was dressed in “toned-down chic” (you could tell there was money) wearing a huge hat to cover her face during the 15-minute afternoon walk to lunch to protect it from the early afternoon sun. “You have to take care of your skin,” she told me. Actually, no one I spoke to knew what her real hair looked like since she either covered it with a baseball cap, or a large sun hat in the summer or winter hat during the cold, or wore a wig. I was also sure she had some work done on her face but then, why not?

Mark was tall, handsome, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and reminding me of the California surfer he said he had been. He was very sure of himself to the point of being smug and borderline obnoxious, and showed a huge knowledge of Jewish history and law. The Schwartzes told me that they had been living in Guatemala before making aliyah. I thought this rather odd since they were both very religious and I didn’t think there were many Jews there, especially religious ones. They explained that land there was cheap but they ultimately decided to “come home” to Israel and came here in June 2017. Their very simple lifestyle revolved around the local temple and they were always together.

A few months before the yearly lease on their apartment was up, Hannah and Mark decided to move into another one nearby. They wanted something a little bigger “as long as it was still near the synagogue.” They called a mutual friend, Sharon, and made arrangements to check out her apartment on the following Thursday night. And that was the last anyone had heard from Hannah and Mark Schwartz.

Always reliable, it was unusual for them not to show for a meeting or a get together without phoning. When they didn’t come over or answer her many phone calls, Sharon was a bit surprised. She thought that perhaps they had suddenly moved up their planned trip back to Los Angeles, where Mark said he needed some medical work done because he had health insurance there. But neither answered their phones and no one had seen them around. They weren’t in shul for Friday night or Saturday services and didn’t answer their door when friends went looking for them. Everyone who knew them was perplexed, they had literally disappeared into thin air. Poof! Disappeared.

AND THEN, a few days later, news came that spread like wildfire and absolute shock throughout the community: the FBI had swooped into the city in the dark of night and had arrested them, Hannah and Mark Schwartz. But oops, those weren’t their real names... They were, in fact, Dr. David Morrow and his wife, Linda, dubbed “The Jewish Bonnie and Clyde” by a US paper.

According to newspaper reports garnered from all over the Internet, Dr. David Morrow was a very successful plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills who had founded the Morrow Institute. His wife was the executive director and in charge of billing. They were active and highly respected members of the Orthodox Jewish communities in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Palm Springs and very generous contributors to Jewish causes. So far, so good, until they were arrested in California on charges of cheating health insurance companies of more than “tens of millions of dollars for cosmetic procedures that were not medically necessary,” according to the US Attorney’s Central District of California office of the Department of Justice. Add to that a guilty plea of conspiring to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return, Dr. Morrow was in huge trouble. He was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in federal prison and had his medical license revoked. In her ruling, Judge Josephine L. Staton noted that Morrow’s “greed knew no bounds,” and that he showed an “utter disregard for patients’ well-being and safety.”

“This defendant was a successful doctor who owned a medical clinic and multiple valuable residences, yet he engaged in a scheme designed to steal tens of millions of dollars from insurance companies by tricking them into paying for cosmetic surgery,” said Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown. “After admitting guilt, he went on the lam in the hopes of avoiding the punishment that was sure to come. When he is taken into custody – and he will definitely be captured – he will serve the lengthy sentence he deserves as a result of his greed and fraud.”

According to CBS TV News Local 3 (Palm Springs, California), the case against the Morrows is so massive that it has “kept federal investigators busy for the last 10 years.” When asked how they managed to get away, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office, said that they had no idea. In the months leading up to David Morrow’s sentencing, authorities realized the couple was missing, along with nearly $2 million in cash, (Guatemala?). Some of it may have been from the sale of the Morrows’ Beverly Hills mansion and several cars for more than $9 million.

Morrow, aka “Mark Schwartz,” and his wife, Linda, known to us all as “Hannah,” were found right under our noses here in Ashkelon. We have no idea how they got here and how they got caught. We’ll probably will never know unless, perhaps, someone makes their story into a movie.

Upon finding the Morrows, the FBI immediately extradited Linda/Hannah to the US on charges of passport forgery, fraud and identity theft. She entered Israel with a fake Mexican passport. She faces a potential sentence of 500 plus years if convicted, including charges of conspiracy, 23 counts of mail fraud, six identify theft charges and failing to report a health care scheme to authorities. As for David, as of this report, he is in an Israeli prison, still fighting extradition.

Linda and David Morrow, in the role of Hannah and Mark Schwartz played their parts well; no one remembers ever seeing them in a bad mood. Their friends describe them as always relaxed, smiling and laughing, active in the synagogue and praying there regularly. Yet they had to be looking over their shoulders almost every minute of every day, unless they were so smug and sure of themselves that they could outwit the FBI and other police agencies just like they fooled all of us.

The Morrows, who worked together as a team, were inseparable after retirement, and were always together, will most likely never see each other again, except perhaps for a fleeting few minutes in court. Somehow, I can’t see her in prison garb, but I suspect she’s doing just fine. (People here call them “chameleons” because they apparently can fit in wherever they are.) We also wonder how David is managing to successfully fight extradition and remain, at least for the time being, in Israel. It is agreed that he must have one hell of a law team.

The Schwartzs/Morrows left this community, which welcomes new people into the fold with open arms, somewhat wary and mistrustful to greet the next newcomers to Ashkelon and that in itself, is a crime. Many of their friends said it was like being in a bad play.
 The Morrow Institute was located in Rancho Mirage, California, a very fitting name for them, since their lives were indeed a mirage. Ashkelon became their Act II.
Posted: September 24, 2019, 4:56 pm