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The smell of a bakery...
A few days off may be just the break you need sometimes

Running uphill: The power of a good morning and a day off

Netanyahu at Rabin event: My life is threatened, no one does a thing

Yair Lapid told the Knesset that part of Rabin's legacy is leadership telling the truth, keeping promises and remaining strong under pressure and said such leadership is missing now.

29/10/2020
Hula Nature Reserve
Bird-watching amid the coronavirus pandemic: We can't travel, but they can

Take a jaunt up North and spend some time with these “tourists.”

By MEITAL SHARABI
29/10/2020
Demonstration of the Independents on Jaffa Street in Tel Aviv.
Hundreds of business owners demonstrate in Tel Aviv, burn tires

The protesters blocked the main street and burned tires, fabrics and mannequins and demanded that government ministers allow the street shops to open.

Greece likely to stay a 'green' country - Health Ministry officials

"Despite our concern, it is likely that there will also be political and economic pressure to keep it green, since turning Greece into a red state – will cause economic and political damage."

Habima Theater
Tel Aviv Municipality to take over Habima Theater

The theater has been at serious risk of shutting down for almost a year since before the coronavirus pandemic, with debts having reached NIS 100 million.

29/10/2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner applaud as US President
Sudan’s deal with Israel is against all odds

Unlike the UAE and Bahrain, Sudan was directly involved in conflicts with Israel and sent troops to fight against the Jewish state in major Arab-Israeli wars.

By JOY MALKA ROTHENBERG
29/10/2020
Lord Balfour's writing desk. Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv.
Anniversary of Balfour Declaration: Remembering Arthur James Balfour

Thank you Britain for your Balfour Declaration – Chag Balfour Sameach!

Reuven Rivlin hosts Rabin commemoration for the last time in his tenure

The president touched on recent displays of division in Israeli society, saying that "25 years later the country is splitting like the Red Sea."

Tal Gilboa greets a bovine friend at a dairy farm in Kibbutz Givat Chaim Meuchad
Tal Gilboa's lifelong mission: Fighting for animal rights

Tal Gilboa is willing to go to great lengths for a cause she believes in

29/10/2020
Yitzhak Rabin visits with Stephen M. Flatow.
The night Yitzhak Rabin came for tea

Sitting on the couch next to Rabin, I asked him straight out, “How could you negotiate with Yasser Arafat and sign an agreement with him?”

By STEPHEN M. FLATOW
29/10/2020
Kochavi sends message of hope to IDF soldiers in memory of Yitzhak Rabin

"For a moment, in the midst of controversy and deep sorrow, Israeli society found a way to come together," Kochavi wrote in a letter that was distributed to IDF personnel.

Labor courts are dealing with many challenges and crises all hitting at the same time.
Nat'l Labor Court chief justice attempts to hold workplace world together

A ‘Magazine’ exclusive on Varda Wirth Livne, the woman attempting to hold the workplace world together

Coronavirus cabinet approves plan for opening first, second grades

The Health and Finance ministries are battling over the opening of street shops. The cabinet is also expected to discuss allowing synagogues to operate.

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.

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 Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
Most teenagers exposed to use of dangerous substances on social media

According to the survey, out of 1,144 in grades 7-12, a vast majority are exposed to the use of dangerous materials by influencers on social networks.

By OMRI RON
29/10/2020
Education system to mark 25th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's murder

The activities planned for this year will be under the theme of "Unity and Cooperation."

By OMRI RON
29/10/2020
Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City
Security cabinet meets for three hours, as Hamas renews threats

Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya warned that the ceasefire signed with Israel at the end of August was coming to an end soon.

29/10/2020
Avi Berkowitz: Annexation is not off the table, just pushed off for now

On the proposed sale of F-35s as part of the Israel-UAE deal, Berkowitz said that "It is not a component of the deal – a peace deal. Everyone knows the Emiratis have had this request for many years."

Decision replacing United Israel Appeal chair invalid, won’t be respected

Steven Lowy, chairman of the United Israel Appeal board of trustees says ‘all avenues’ will be explored to prevent incumbent world chairman Sam Grundwerg from being ousted in six months.

Meir Shalev
Esau, An Israeli film based on a biblical sibling rivalry - Watch

“Esau,” a drama based on the novel by the same name by Israeli author Meir Shalev, stars Shira Haas, Harvey Keitel and Lior Ashkenazi.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
29/10/2020
Outgoing IDF intel analysis chief: Changing world means revolution in intelligence

This integration is necessary to achieve the best use of new technological techniques for sifting data.

A theater stage
Roi Segev to be new director of Haifa Intl Children's Theatre Festival

Segev has been a writer and director for many years in theater and for television.

Benjamin Netanyahu
‘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.”

Dolphin attacked by shark near Israel, 2020
Dolphin attacked by shark in first recorded incident in Israel

"Since here in Israel we had not yet identified a single dolphin with scars, it had led us to think that there are no - or almost no - such attacks."

Award-winning documentary ‘The Last Sermon’ set for digital release

Movie follows survivors of Tel Aviv suicide bombing as they travel across Europe in bid to understand religious extremism.

By THE MEDIA LINE
29/10/2020
ONE OF Google’s Quantum Computers in its Santa Barbara, California, lab in October 2019.
Over 570 register for Technion's first quantum computing summer school

"The course will give participants an opportunity to research and discover by themselves the possibilities that are hidden in the world of quantum computing."

Planes put our fires in the north.
Fire breaks out after IDF drill held in different location than planned

Roughly 370 acres of forest were destroyed in the fire damaging the natural habitat of the area which can take up to 40 years to restore.

Did the US just recognize Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank? – analysis

Ask the Palestinians and their answer would be a resounding “yes.”

Israeli children in second grade (7 - 8 years old) using computers in a class room during a lesson a
BIGI streaming platform for kids launches in Israel

BIGI features programs from Israel and around the world, including such shows as Arthur, the kids’ version of Ninja Israel, Galis and many more.

 Abu Ghosh
Live from Abu Ghosh, it’s the orchestra

The performance, which will be broadcast via YouTube, Facebook and on the ICO web site, takes place this evening (Thursday) at 8 p.m.

28/10/2020
Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem
A last-minute reprieve for Islamic Museum auction

Until a day or so ago, over 200 works stored and exhibited at the museum were due to be offered for auction at Sotheby’s in London.

28/10/2020
25 years since Rabin’s death: Marking the day is the message – analysis

Rabin’s assassination does not seem so very long ago. The reason: Israel solemnly commemorates the day year after year after year.

28/10/2020
Knesset votes down parent labeling bill

Blue and White boycotts bill it backs.

28/10/2020
Candle-lighting ceremony ushers in 25th anniversary of Rabin’s death

Rivlin will light a large memorial candle in accordance with Jewish tradition of lighting candles in memory of the dead.

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.

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
Byzantine church discovered in Banyas nature reserve

According to scholars, the church, which used pagan architecture, was founded on the site when Christianity became the official religion in Israel in the fourth century CE.

Hagee Ministries holds 40th annual Night to Honor Israel

The event included a list of high-profile speakers, and saw $1.4 million donated to various Israeli and Jewish charities.

IDF soldiers pack, deliver sweets to homes of coronavirus patients

Colel Chabad was specifically chosen by both Home Front Command and government ministries to implement much of the food distribution and support efforts amid the coronavirus crisis.

THE US Supreme Court
Will the US judicial right-wing swerve influence Israel’s Supreme Court?

Although there is no parallel timeline, there have been cases where judicial trends in the US have had an impact in Israel too.

 Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv K
Gantz expands definition of bereaved family to include siblings, orphans

Upon bestowing the first few certificates, Gantz noted that "this is a small and symbolic act, which has a great significance."

An empty classroom in Israel (Illustrative)
Education Ministry: Grades 1-2 will get at least four days in school

All studies will take place in capsules of up to 18 students, as originally requested by the Health Ministry.

Netanyahu to Hezbollah: 'Those who attack us will meet a steel fist'

The IDF launched a large-scale multi-front exercise on Sunday morning, simulating war with Hezbollah.

19-year-old pop singer blamed for sustaining rape culture by MK

Others have claimed that the video, provocative as it may be, doesn't do anything that wasn't done countless times before.

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
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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