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Friedman: US-Israel ‘righting old wrongs’ by extending W. Bank agreements

Netanyahu and Friedman have signed new versions of three agreements on research cooperation over the Green Line.

Scenes from Yitzhak Rabin memorial - November 4, 2016
Yitzhak Rabin memorial renewed in honor of 25th anniversary of his death

Renewal to include graffiti preserved from the time of the murder • the target audience for these tours are children and teens

By OMRI RON
28/10/2020
police cyber
Calls to online child harassment hotline increase 60% during coronavirus

Nearly 70% of the incidents reported to the hotline were handled as criminal cases.

28/10/2020
Tax Authority to businesses: Return COVID-19 grants or pay a fine

Roughly 150 business owners were asked to return the funds after the authority concluded they were undeserving of them.

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Israeli parallels to the Barrett Supreme Court appointment – analysis

The drama and controversy taking place in the US over the appointment of Barrett is not dissimilar to what happens here when vacancies open up on the court.

28/10/2020
Coronavirus: Here are the councils that will open school five days a week

Many regional councils have announced that they will open schools five days a week for half days.

Tel Aviv branch of the Embassy of the United States, Tel Aviv, Israel
US refuses to give Israel former Tel Aviv embassy – report

The old embassy's land is prime beachfront property on Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Street, worth considerably more than the embassy in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood.

28/10/2020
New Masorti Movement director: COVID-19 is huge challenge for communities

“We are experiencing a great societal and economic crisis, and the Masorti Movement must know how to help heal these.”

MDA places four smart defibrillator stations in Ashkelon

The device can be operated without prior medical knowledge.

By OMRI RON
28/10/2020
Holocaust survivors angry that far-right politician may lead Yad Vashem

Effi Eitam, a former lawmaker who has said that Arab Israelis should not be allowed to serve in Israel’s parliament, is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for the role.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
28/10/2020
Dan Martin thrilled with Israel Start-Up Nation

Ranked third at Vuelta, veteran Irishman full of praise for team’s young blue-and-white riders

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
27/10/2020
Vibe Israel
Israel's hi-tech scene perceived as stagnant, study finds

Despite the BDS movement never being as effective as people thought, most Israeli firms worry about mentioning they're from Israel.

27/10/2020
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi: Greece, Cyprus partnership will bring security and stability

Regional cooperation is “a central strategic component for ensuring peace, stability and economic prosperity."

Maccabi Tel Aviv downs Hapoel Haifa in Winner Cup

Holon edges Gilboa/Galil to set up final four that also includes Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Hapoel Jerusalem

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/10/2020
US acts on declaration settlements are legal, extends deal to West Bank

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich of George Mason Law School and director of the Israeli think tank Kohelet Policy Forum was a major proponent of the policy change in recent years.

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this illustrative picture
Israel asks Twitter to remove 128 fake accounts promoting incitement

The activity was linked in particular to possible war crimes suits against Israel at the International Criminal Court and the potential pending plans to annex West Bank settlements.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and Likud MK Haim Katz
A-G considering new tax fraud indictment against Haim Katz

Katz still has an opportunity to get the case closed at a pre-indictment hearing before Mandelblit.

Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative)
Tzevet 19 presents coronavirus therapies to Science Committee

The Ministry of Science and Technology met today to hear presentations from Tzevet 19, a group of volunteer researchers and scientists, regarding coronavirus technology development.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
27/10/2020
‘Israel has learned nothing’ from Rabin’s assassination, says former D-G

“Today’s demonstrators are people who served in the army and who have contributed to the development of the country, and they are also labeled traitors.”

SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Religious services minister nixes punishing chief rabbi who'd defy court

Yosef said that he would refuse any agreement to grant state accreditation in Jewish law expertise for women.

Israel to issue building permits for 31 Hebron homes before US election

The issuance of a permit is symbolic, because a Jerusalem District Court ordered injunction prevents construction of the project.

The TMTI Summit at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Companies can now file reports to the Israeli Stock Exchange in English

Chairman of the Israel Securities Authority, Anat Guetta, called the decision "a simple revision that generates a significant change."

Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the Knesset plenum, Oct. 15, 2020
Is the Supreme Court about to ax the alternate prime minister?

What would happen if the judges decide to surprise and flex their muscles?

27/10/2020
oil spill
Employees of EAPC may be indicted for involvement in 2014 oil spill

The incident took place on December 3, 2014, during the construction of the Ramon Airport north of Eilat, which required diverting a section of the Eilat-Ashkelon oil pipeline.

A Bedouin man casts his ballot in Knesset elections on April 9, 2019
At least 5 groups attempting to form Jewish-Arab party for next elections

"We met hundreds of Jews and Arabs. You cannot believe how much this issue concerns people under the radar."

1,700-year-old Greek inscription in Golan bears same name as village today

The Nafah army base was recently in the news as the setting for the acclaimed Israeli television series on the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Valley of Tears on Channel Kan 11.

IAI unveiled new Passive Coherent Location System

Using civilian radio transmitters, the system can detect and track non-emitting targets and create a full aerial picture

SOSA
What are the best Israeli hi-tech companies to work for amid COVID-19?

"There is no doubt that the coronavirus crisis was a defining event in the relationship between companies and their employees."

27/10/2020
An IAF Yasur helicopter, often used in search-and-rescue missions
IAF in desperate need for new heavy-lift helicopters. What's the hold-up?

The Yas'ur helicopters have been involved in several accidents this year, and the fleet was even grounded. Time is running out before there is a deadly crash

OurCrowd founder & CEO Jon Medved addresses the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, March 7, 2019
OurCrowd and SALT present coronavirus venture investment series

The series will seek to highlight breakthrough technologies related to issues influenced by the pandemic such as social distancing, food supply and coronavirus cures and prevention methods.

Israelis design Bulgarian remote educational system amid coronavirus

The system was developed to integrate studies through the Education Ministry for over 800,000 students using a Google-based unified system.

Israeli High Court hearing on whether Netanyahu can form next government despite indictment he faces
High Court to hear petition against Netanyahu-Gantz PM rotation deal

Justices to hear arguments against rotation deal and allowing Netanyahu, under indictment, to serve as alternate prime minister.

Food thrown out in front of IDF soldiers who arrived late to cafeteria

"The soldiers immediately received a varied and complete breakfast in a separate and orderly manner, such as packaged dishes and sandwiches."

Elbit Systems Hermes 900, with the company's logo in the background
Elbit Systems to write off $60 mln in Q3 due to COVID-19

Elbit, which will publish its quarterly results next month, said it will record the write-off in non-cash expenses related to impairment of assets and inventory.

By REUTERS
27/10/2020
President Rivlin and the Botanical Garden team at the launch of the campaign to rescue wildflower
Botanical Garden to continue project to save extinct wildflowers

The project is dedicated to the memory of the late Nehama Rivlin, who contributed greatly over the years to Israeli society and nature conservation.

PA telecoms brace for losses after Bezeq gets West Bank license

Israel trying to ‘occupy the air,’ restricting technology, frequencies, Palestinians say.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
27/10/2020
Israeli tech to hunt for early evidence of coronavirus in sewer systems

Imagine if the world knew that there would be a coronavirus outbreak two weeks before it started spreading, how much better-prepared countries could be in dealing with the pandemic.

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
27/10/2020
Sudanese refugees in Israel are the subject of a r
Sudanese nationals in Israel fear deportation after peace deal

Many in country illegally worry about their fate – which could include death.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
27/10/2020
Israeli-German friendship group led by Druz, ultra-Orthodox MKs

"The joint work with MK Pindrus is a wonderful chance to show the pluralism and variety of Israeli society," said MK Gadeer Mreeh.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
Mossad brought Chinese coronavirus vaccine to Israel

The report comes as countries and companies around the world race to develop a vaccine.

El Al to resume nonstop flights to Miami International Airport

The service will operate once weekly, completing a round trip with a Boeing Dreamliner that seats 271 people.

Children are returning to school in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic. August 24, 2020.
Coronavirus cabinet approves some retail openings, school debate rages on

"The decision of the coronavirus cabinet is no less than a spit in the face of the youth!"

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net
Blue and White: No election will be set in Israel until after US race

Trump loss seen as catalyst for initiating race when Netanyahu is vulnerable

26/10/2020
Local disciples honor Carlebach on his 26th yahrzeit

“Reb Shlomo is more alive than ever. There are so many people studying his teachings, sharing his teachings and uncovering new songs.”

26/10/2020
Israel unable to educate children during COVID-19 – comptroller

The Education Ministry failed to map how much computers, laptops and Internet service packages are needed, the report warns – nor does it know when it will be able to.

UN Security Council must enforce settlement blacklist - UNHRC official

In February the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published a list of 112 businesses which it concludes operate over the pre-1967 lines.

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20
Delays, inefficiency mar Israel’s response to coronavirus – comptroller

The State Comptroller’s Report details problems in the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak on a number of fronts.

Israel Police prepare for new coronavirus lockdown regulations, Sept. 25, 2020
End Shin Bet surveillance of corona-infected citizens – comptroller

Comes out against PM stance, but carefully • agency violated privacy in four cases

Israeli clubs back in action after hiatus

Coming off Europa League highs, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Beersheba duel to goalless draw

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/10/2020
Danny Danon
Danon not taking diplomatic post while waiting for political developments

Former Yesh Atid MK leaves Herzl Museum after rift with Lapid

26/10/2020
Greece, Israel promote investment at regional economic conference

The conference will be attended by, Israel, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Cyprus and will promote investment in the host countries.

26/10/2020
The Golan Heights Winery whooshed onto the Israeli wine scene like a comet.
Israeli Golan Heights wine to go on sale in UAE

"We are excited to be the Israeli winery that will "open the gate" and introduce the residents and guests of the UAE in Dubai to the Israeli wine industry," the Golan Heights Winery's CEO said.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
As more officials leave Finance Ministry, is Katz losing control?

In a building block game called Jenga, the object is to remove as many blocks as possible before the tower collapses.

Ashkenazi: Russia should respect Iran arms embargo

“We must continue implementing the arms embargo and prevent Iran from undermining stability in the Middle East."

What did Gantz bring back with him from Washington?

The defense minister has gone to Washington twice in the past month, and today met with the Ministerial Committee for Defense Procurement.

Work at the Tower of David on October 26, 2020.
Iconic Tower of David to display new finds in major $40 million renewal

Jerusalem Mayor: Tower of David links Old City of Jerusalem to new city; and its renovation benefits the entire urban landscape

Israel's Ambassador to UN Gilad Erdan address UN Security Council - watch

It marks the first time Erdan will address the UN since Israel's historic peace agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan were signed.

COVID leads to spike in online purchases of cars, kitchens - even homes

Business is booming in all aspects of home design, perhaps due to many people settling in at home while the country is under lockdown, or waiting to surface only when a vaccine arrives.

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?
Liberman calls for probes of subs, sale of F-35s together

Lapid: Government preventing parents from working; Shaked bill would initiate elections

26/10/2020
The Market House Hotel
Gov't approves changes to NIS 300m. COVID-19 aid package for hotels

Hotels no longer need to make a choice between applying to get a property tax waiver or receiving aid, which provides financial relief for small hotels.

Fire near Kiryat Anavim, Oct. 26, 2020
Firefighters battling large wildfire near Jerusalem amid series of fires

The fire near Jerusalem was the latest in a series of large fires to strike Israel this week.

26/10/2020
Lone soldier pressured to change 'revealing' WhatsApp photo

The lone soldier told the commander she did not understand what was wrong with the photo and was again asked to change the picture.

Israir
Israir under negotiations for purchase by UAE-based NY Koen Group

The opportunity for a UAE-based company to buy Israir comes following the signing of a normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE.

26/10/2020
Nearly half of Israelis believe another assassination is possible - poll

Numerous sectors in Israeli society also view themselves as targets of incitement.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press statement at the PM's office in Jerusalem, o
Stormy cabinet meeting deadlocked on reopening of schools, businesses

Coronavirus cabinet meets Sunday to discuss putting first and second grade children in capsules.

TAU prof. receives rare, unrestricted grant of $2.5 mil

"The Polymaths Award is different. They tell you: 'Here are the resources. Do something completely new, take risks. Investigate wild ideas.'"

Apex Holdings, Virtuzone, slicks business arrangements with UAE

“We are excited to help the thousands of Israeli companies who are looking to create business operations in the UAE,” said Apex Holdings Executive Director and Co-Founder James Brenig.

Sudan agrees to negotiate accepting migrants deported from Israel

Migrant aid NGO says most Sudanese in Israel would prefer to stay.

Israeli parliament members vote at the Finance committee, during a vote on the 2017-2018 state budge
Senior Blue and White leaders believe no chance to pass 2021 budget

Should the 2021 budget be approved, Netanyahu would be practically unable to avoid handing over the premiership to Gantz in October 2021.

MDA volunteer saves the life of zookeeper at Ramat Gan Safari

The zookeeper, Amir Bendel, apparently had a heart attack while on a routine checkup on the kangaroo yard. He initially began to feel pain in his chest and then collapsed to the floor.

Foreign nationals on business can enter Israel with a permit

Under the plan, those entering the country will not be required to pass a COVID-19 test and will not need to isolate for two weeks once they arrive.

Israeli delegation of hi-tech entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs visit UAE

The Israeli delegation features 13 CEOs currently heading leading Israeli technology companies in the fields of cyber, finance, insurance and food.

The sun rises over the Dead Sea, Israel
Israel to reopen Eilat, Dead Sea, declare them 'green tourist islands'

Entry into the green tourist areas, which house around 30% of the country's hotel rooms, will be conditional on the presentation of an up-to-date negative coronavirus test.

Has Netanyahu rendered Israel's defense establishment irrelevant?

PM has a worrying pattern of keeping the defense establishment in the dark about crucial defense deals.

Cabinet approves Bahrain peace deal ahead of Knesset vote

UAE treaty passes final ratification vote in cabinet.

Israel among ‘handful’ of countries reporting wealth increase in 2019

Despite the global economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the number of Israeli millionaires decreased by only 154 people and now stands at 157,286, Credit Suisse reports.

The Gulf-Israel Women's Forum brings children draped in the flags of Bahrain, Israel and the UAE to
Kamir Strategy, Cosmopole, launch a month of Israel-UAE Biomed events

Among the companies taking part in the webinars are Galmed, MediWound, and Ayana Pharma

The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots of the week.

From vaccines to summertime fun, KKL-JNF plays crucial role in Israel’s battle with COVID

Israel is part of the global war against COVID-19 and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) is very much part of Israel’s campaign

By BENJAMIN SINGER
25/10/2020
Clean Energy Israel
Gov't approves plan for 30% of Israel's energy to be renewable by 2030

Israel's Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel opposed the plan, saying it places a problematic emphasis on natural gas, while setting a low bar compared to other developed countries.

Test tubes, taken by a health care worker, with plasma and blood samples after a separation process
Largest coronavirus testing facility in Israel to open in Jerusalem

The new lab is expected to have the ability to effectively churn out 50,000 coronavirus tests a day, which is currently the national capacity of the entire State of Israel.

Anti-Netanyahu protests take place throughout Israel, reports of violence

Major protests have been taking place in all of Israel's largest cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.

25/10/2020
IDF launches 'Lethal Arrow' drill simulating war with Hezbollah

Large-scale, multi-front general staff drill will see thousands of troops take part.

Israelis and Sudanese promote solidarity and peace through game of chess

"It is the first time I think for Israeli players and Sudanese players to interact socially in sports," said one of the participants.

Joint List MKs, activists clash over PIJ hunger-striking prisoner

Video from the scene showed a right-wing activist shouting at the MKs followed by one of them reaching for the activist's phone.

25/10/2020
Aliyah Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata
Israel marks Aliyah Day with more 15,000 new immigrants so far this year

Aliyah way down on 2019 figures due to COVID-19 pandemic. Two new immigrants, one born in Bergen Belsen, one a pro-Israel US college activists tell their stories.

Ganit Goldstein’s 3D design, made of 100% recycled materials, presented at the exhibition
Israeli designer launches 3D-printed virtual reality fashion exhibition

Ganit Goldstein launched a virtual reality exhibition space to present one of the first fashion collections with cutting edge 3D printing.

The Bank of Israel building in Jerusalem
Bank of Israel leaves lending rate unchanged, QE program expanded

Leaving the lending rate at just 0.1% raises some concern due to the country's worsening financial crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Israeli Arab lawmaker Jamal Zahalka
Joint List condemns normalization with Sudan

Former MK and chairman of the Balad party Jamal Zahalka calls for the Sudanese people to overthrow the government because of the normalization agreement.

 ‘Turkey Prince.’
Yehuda Barkan, actor and director, dies from coronavirus at 75

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin expressed their condolences.

Police seeking to enforce mask rules attacked with rocks, discharges gun

Police officers at the scene later said that they felt their lives were threatened.

24/10/2020
Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O
Cabinet to continue schools debate Sunday

The Education, Health and Finance ministries met throughout the weekend, but the meetings ended with no agreement.

Beloved Jerusalem book exchange set on fire, books destroyed

"Burnt books conjure up such dark times in our collective history. Disturbing."

24/10/2020
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