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Egypt, Jordan intelligence chiefs meet Abbas in Ramallah

The visit of the two intelligence chiefs was in the context of ongoing coordination between the Palestinians and the two Arab countries in preparation for engaging the Biden administration.

Police rescue driver in flood‏

Nahariya's streets flooded, blocked due to heavy raining - watch

"We will not be able to go through a flood of this magnitude every two weeks. We need to solve this now," Mayor Marelli said.

Dr. Avi Harlev

IDF reservist doctor's family demands police probe death as hate crime

Dr. Avi Harlev's body was found with gunshot wounds on Tuesday night in Lahav Forest north of Beersheba.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny

Gantz: Netanyahu bypassed me, tried to stop push for Palestinian building

"If the prime minister wants to raise objections, he knows my number!"

Amid COVID-19, new art exhibit 'Zooms in' on young lives

The exhibition name has a double meaning, hinting at the deeper gaze into the lives of the youth that the exhibition depicts, while also referencing the Zoom video conferences.

Netanyahu: I hope to resolve West Bank settler outpost issues within days

At issue is whether Israel would make a major policy declaration in favor of expanding its settlement footprint in Area C of the West Bank.

Israel's economy could grow 4.6% in 2021

Israel's economic performance was the seventh-best of the 37 OECD-member countries, the report showed.

17/01/2021

Home Front Command tests rocket-proof windows for hospitals

This comes as a breakthrough as so far, shielded windows in secure spaces (Mamad) were usually small and located high up on the wall.

17/01/2021

Israeli video game company Playtika listed on US stock exchange

Founded in 2010, Playtika has more than 35 million monthly active users and its games include Bingo Blitz and Slotomania.

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, speaks during the Eurovision Semi-Final allocation draw

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s cultural reopening plan met with skepticism

Ron Huldai announced last month that he was creating a new party called the Israelis that would be running in the March national elections

Coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu

Gamzu on death of 47-year-old corona patient: ‘I take responsibility’

Gamzu told KAN Radio that he will “try very hard to visit the family and offer a personal explanation.”

wrestling pic

Israeli wrestler captures bronze medal at elite French competition

The American-born Finesilver earned All-American status as a Duke University grappler at the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling championship.

Ofer forest

DNA helps police solve 16-year-old murder case in northern Israel

In 2005 police received a report of a young woman's body found near Ofer Forest in northern Israel.

Yad Sarah reports demand for oxygen concentrators doubled

More than 400 oxygen concentrators were delivered to patients by Yad Sarah volunteers, and more are in stock should people need them.

Arab leaders call for boycott of 'deceitful' meeting with Netanyahu

"For 13 years Bibi has done nothing, this meeting is part of his election campaign and I won't take part in that."

National Library of Israel hits COVID-19 back with multi-lingual content

Dozens of audio books were offered via iCast, as well as educational materials in Hebrew, English, Arabic and French during the schools shutdown.

Arab-Israeli MKs violate COVID-19 regulations to end feud

“People are dying here, and not from COVID-19,” a person who attended the event said. “Where is the Hebrew speaking media when such things happen?”

Cave painting of a wild pig might be oldest art found in the world

Depicting Sulawesi warty pigs, the artwork was made with red ochre roughly 45,000 years ago.

Zodiac

Redefining family and readjusting the big tent Horoscopes for Shvat 5780

Venus, which enters Aquarius on February 1, heads straight for the Super Bowl of emotional vulnerability with Venus square Uranus, conjunct Saturn, and sextile wounded healer Chiron on February 6

By LORELAI KUDE
16/01/2021
Merav Michaeli.

Merav Michaeli: I can beat Ehud Barak

Merav Michaeli could be the only woman heading a party in the March race.

16/01/2021
A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the West Bank February 25, 2020.

Netanyahu angers Right, ignores outposts, nods to Palestinian building

The Right holds that Palestinian building in Area C helps cement the Palestinian presence there.

Israeli activists launch drive for pro-Biden billboards

The proposed billboard features the American and Israeli flags and a drawing of Biden and Harris with the message: “Democracy wins! Israelis congratulate Biden and Harris.”

Nationwide protests against Netanyahu continue for 30th consecutive week

Protesters in Ness Ziona reported suffering verbal and physical assaults by Netanyahu's supporters in the city.

Dugit Beach Kinneret

Kinneret levels rising due to increased rainfall in Israel

Due to the high levels of rain the past several years, in addition to this winter's rain, the Kinneret water level is 3.055 meters above the lower red line level.

Men walking near screens showing falling stocks at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, in the center of Tel

Speedy COVID vaccine rollout brings global investors to Israeli stocks

Investors are betting that Israel's impressive vaccination efforts will make the country a front-runner in economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

16/01/2021

Rabbi asserts that coronavirus vaccines can 'turn' people into homosexuals

Contradicts instructions of rabbis Chaim Kanievsky, Gershon Edelstein and Shalom Cohen, three of the most senior rabbis in the ultra-Orthodox world.

Bedouin youth repair a cemetery that was vandalized in a TikTok video

"They showed us that there is another way - we can work together, to strengthen the neighborhood, to work hand in hand for a better Negev for us all."

Court orders Netanyahu prosecution to turn over additional documents

Some documents relate to top Netanyahu aides turned state's witnesses Nir Hefetz and Shlomo Filber.

Israel police rescues kidnapped dog of famous Israeli actor

Vishinsky's dog was originally procured from the IDF as a retired service dog, in recognition of the service of his son Lior, who was killed during a military operation.

Cyprus

Israeli, Cypriot colleges launch joint course study history of relations

The course will focus on the history of diplomatic relations between Israel, Cyprus and Greece, which began in the late 1940s.

A person walks past the Pfizer Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New

Pfizer CEO to be awarded honorary doctorate from Technion

Bourla, born to a Jewish family - part of whom were Holocaust survivors - in Thessaloniki in 1961, joined Pfizer in 1993.

140 thousand COVID patients illegally monitored by Shin Bet for a month

Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Zvi Hauser noted that the incident was especially serious, because it continued for about a month before being exposed.

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz walks in the Israeli Parliament during a vote on a bill to d

Gantz: Our enemies will act regardless of our elections, and so will we

Concluding his weekly briefing, Gantz called on the Israeli public to "put ego aside and focus on unity."

Tzipi Refaeli contracts COVID, debate over vaccinating inmates continues

Tzipi Refaeli, mother and agent of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, is currently serving a 16-months sentence at the Neve Tirza women's prison.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewing Gideon Sa'ar

Sa'ar to CNN: I intend to win, I believe Israelis will create the change

Interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Gideon Sa'ar insisted that the Israeli society must be unified again as "divisions are very dangerous for the future of Israel."

Coronavirus: Vaccinations and lockdowns reveal Israel’s extremes

The extremes Israelis have experienced living through this year like no other are not exclusive to the pandemic.

15/01/2021

Border Police arrests two suspects in Jenin shooting - watch

The arrests were made on the basis of information from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Aviv Geffen and Netanyahu agree on coronavirus aid for artists

The two agreed on the package at a meeting with Finance Minister Israel Katz and Culture and Sport Minister Chili Tropper.

By 2065, Israel will be most crowded nation on earth - good news

I’m one of those optimists who see our national birthrate as an expression of positive values, willingness to take on responsibility and confidence.

Palestinian police officers, wearing masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus

Three residents of Palestinian territories arrested in relation to murder

Two of the suspects were brought to a military court on Thursday and their arrests were extended 11 days.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Palestinian women: Increase in Council representation not enough

President Mahmoud Abbas amends election law, raising quota for women in Palestinian Authority legislature to 26%, not the promised 30%.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
15/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein seen during the vaccination of

Netanyahu: Ultra-Orthodox, Smotrich 'do whatever I say'

Where else would he pull mandates from? Ultra-Orthodox parties, and the Religious Zionist party, all of whom do "whatever I want."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
15/01/2021
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks during an interview with Reuters in Athens, Greece, Ja

Israel's Energy Minister speaks with Gulf states counterparts

The four Arab states, in deals brokered by the United States, have agreed to set aside hostilities with Israel.

Israeli police reinforce regulations outside on Jaffa street on January 06, 2021, during the 3rd loc

17-year-old Palestinian pulls knife on female police officer

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) forces were called in to investigate whether the attack was done with nationalistic motives, or whether it was an isolated incident.

A closing communique to the people’s coach - comment

The Sports Rabbi reflects on his decades of following the career of Oded Katash upon his departure from Hapoel Jerusalem to Greece.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Oded Katash officially takes over Greek basketball club Panathinaikos

Israeli basketball icon completes tenure at Hapoel Jerusalem • Lithuanian Adomaitis steps in

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Israel, Arab allies ‘on same page’ against Iran ahead of Biden transition

The official in Jerusalem confirmed that there is “no formal dialogue as so far,” between the Israeli government and the Biden’s transition team.

Health Ministry not concerned with COVID vaccination rate among haredim

This being the case, the number of those already with antibodies to the coronavirus in the ultra-Orthodox sector would be even higher, said the spokesman.

Syria, Gaza: How the IDF handles different threats to Israel - analysis

These days, the IDF can operate there multiple times a week – and that is the goal in this equation.

14/01/2021
(L-R) eTeacher CEO Yariv Binnun, Eastern Peak CEO Alexey Chalimov, and Appniv CEO Ido Niv

Under COVID, more Israeli start-ups outsource talent abroad

But the decentralized office brings up a new question: Does your team even need to be in the same country anymore?

14/01/2021

Gabi Ashkenazi: Assessing the legacy of Israel's foreign minister

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Despite being kept in the dark by Netanyahu about the Abraham Accords, the former IDF chief of staff was able make an impact at the Foreign Ministry

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana with Israel Police chief nominee Kobi Shabtai

Cabinet will meet on Sunday morning to approve new police chief

Israel has not had a permanent police commissioner since December of 2018.

By ANNA BRESKY/MA'ARIV
14/01/2021
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Argentina v Uruguay - Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israe

‘Sporting, cultural events bring true face of Israel to the public arena’

Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams is planning on returning to Dubai in February with his Team Israel Startup-Nation cycling team along with world-famous cyclist Chris Froome.

Coronavirus: 67-year-old jabbed with five doses instead of one

This is not the first time that Maccabi staff administered an overdose of vaccination.

President Reuven Rivlin

Prisoners to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines next week

"We must not back down from our sacred Jewish and Democratic values that are a moral compass for us," said Rivlin.

People who arrived on a flight from England arrive to the Dan Panorama Hotel used as a quarantine fa

Man with Health Ministry ties sends ex to quarantine 4 times

The man was investigated for forgery by a public employee, breach of privacy, breach of trust and false imprisonment.

Meet the Bedouin unit protecting Israel's border, advancing the community

The battalion is much more than a combatting unit – it is also a device for non-Jewish Israelis and gain tools that will prepare for civilian life after their military service.

14/01/2021
The Bank of Israel building in Jerusalem

Bank of Israel to buy $30b. of foreign currency in 2021 as shekel soars

The shekel has appreciated more than 10% against the dollar since the beginning of 2020.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021

Israel, Slovakia to sign extensive defense export agreement

The Israeli radar systems will be interoperable with NATO defense mechanisms.

14/01/2021

Disgruntled Arab candidates search for new ‘political homes’

At this stage, it’s not clear whether the four parties comprising the Joint List – Hadash, United Arab List, Ta’al and Balad – would again run together in the next election.

High Court rejects Honenu attack on police probe of Ahuvia Sandak case

A three-justice panel including some of the court's most conservative justices supported the police approach of having the incident analyzed by two separate divisions of law enforcement.

Labor Party to hold leadership primary

Meirav Michaeli is set to run, challenged by advertising executive Gil Beilin and possibly by Itzik Shmuli.

14/01/2021

Starling flocks shift shape in the skies over Israel

The birds that come in from Russia and East Europe every winter, swooped, pivoted and soared, taking the shape of clouds and giant creatures in the skies.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021
Gaza man with disabilities conquers karate

Gaza man with disabilities conquers karate

"I wanted to prove to myself and the world that disability is in the mind and is not in the body and that nothing was impossible," Abu Amira said.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021

Snow falls on Mount Hermon - watch

The Hermon is currently closed to visitors due to the coronavirus lockdown.

KKL-JNF

Grapevine: Lock around the clock

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

This week in Jerusalem - A round-up of city affairs

What has been going on in Israel's capital this week?

14/01/2021
Israel's Knesset

Transitioning from Safra Square to the Knesset

A significant number of city council members have moved from Jerusalem City Hall at Safra Square to the Knesset, some even becoming cabinet ministers.

14/01/2021

Conquering the Israel Trail

Six people, including native-born Israelis and new and veteran olim, share about their experiences on the trail.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
14/01/2021
Dr. Avi Harlev

Doctor, reserve soldier found dead in IDF uniform in southern Israel

The doctor was on his way home in uniform from a meeting with his reserves unit before he was found shot to death in the Lahav forest.

14/01/2021

On the Israel Trail: A love letter to Israel

Some people complete the trail a bit at a time over a period of years; others, like Moss and her husband and son, hike the entire trail in one go.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
14/01/2021
David Kochav the first recipient in the Magen Avot V'Imahot program

Coronavirus: In 10 days, all assisted living residents will be vaccinated

Last week, MDA gave approximately 150,000 first-round vaccinations to workers and residents in these facilities.

Arrivals: ‘The feeder’

ELISHEVA LEVY, 53 FROM MANCHESTER TO JERUSALEM, 1989

The journey of an Iraqi-Israeli-British man and what he learned

In From Babylon to Jerusalem, Nathan (with an assist from his friend Andrew Edwards) reflects on his life.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
14/01/2021

The paradox of Israeli-Gulf relations behind the scenes

The formal recognition of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was considered more important than extending sovereignty over a slice of the West Bank.

By COLIN SHINDLER
14/01/2021

Dating - Why everything is freezing, and not just the weather

Now it’s 2021 and nothing is as you envisioned.

By LORI SALKIN
14/01/2021

Israel's deal with Pfizer - Should your privacy be for sale?

If media reports are accurate, it appears that Israel is trading something far more precious than money in exchange for the inoculations: the privacy of each and every one of us.

Health and beauty pleasures to get you through lockdown

This week look for a new perfect scent, indulge in new ice cream flavors, add some glamour with Beyonce’s makeup and don’t forget to trim your beard in style.

By NERIA BARR
14/01/2021

Uri Bar-Ner - In the line of duty in diplomacy for the State of Israel

Former ambassador Uri Bar-Ner reflects on his long career in the ‘holy task’ of diplomacy for the State of Israel

By JORDANA BENAMI
14/01/2021

Gadi Golan - Israel’s last man in Morocco

In 1998 came the call to represent Israel in Morocco, an unusual posting.

Fifth Operation Rock of Israel flight lands in Israel

The immigrants will enter coronavirus quarantine for two weeks and then be reunited with family members who are waiting for them in Israel.

A meeting discussing the plans to develop the US embassy in Jerusalem, January 13, 2021.

Jerusalem approves expanded US embassy

The approved plans include expanding the current embassy site in Arnona, as well as the construction of a new embassy on Derech Hebron.

Maccabi Tel Aviv dealt tough home blow

Olympiacos rallies for Euroleague overtime conquest of yellow-and-blue ahead of Baskonia visit.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/01/2021

Netanyahu woos Arabs with ‘new age of brotherhood, prosperity, security’

Police drag protesting Joint List MKs away in what Knesset speaker called unacceptable behavior.

Bennett calls New Hope 'Bubble Party'

Sa'ar and Bennett have both declared their candidacy for prime minister in the March 23 election.

13/01/2021

Israeli, Moroccan envoys confirm cultural ties

The envoys met at the Moroccan Embassy a month after the two countries re-established ties under the US brokered Abraham Accords after a two-decade hiatus.

Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday

What does another Netanyahu trial delay mean for elections?

With the hearing moved back to February 8, does the court intend to start calling witnesses in March, maybe even the week of elections?

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?

German prosecutor closes bribery investigation into Submarine Affair

"There is no sufficient suspicion of criminal offenses against specific domestic persons," a spokesperson for the Bochum Public Prosecution Office said.

Rabbi Kanievsky repeats call for ultra-Orthodox to get vaccinated

The rabbi relented however at the beginning of the current lockdown and agreed that schools in the sector should close for “several days.”

Sheldon Adelson speaks during an inteview

Adelson death could tank Case 2000 against PM, indirectly harm Case 4000

Any loss in Case 2000 could also affect Case 4000, since part of the strength of the two cases is to show a pattern.

Israel, UAE sign visa-free travel agreement

The visa-free agreement will go into effect on February 12.

Former NY consul-general Dani Dayan running with Sa'ar

Dayan shares Sa'ar's Argentine background

13/01/2021

Rabat Jewish leader: You can’t have prosperity without peace, stability

Morocco is a bridge to Middle Eastern and Near Eastern investment to Africa

Israeli fintech company Rapyd raises $300 million

The company was originally called CashDash when it was founded by three Israelis in 2016.

13/01/2021
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