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Malka Liefer - United Torah Judaism MK and Construction and Housing Minister Ya’acov Litzman

A-G leaning toward indicting UTJ MK Ya’acov Litzman

If the accusations are true, Litzman’s meeting with a key witness in the Malka Leifer extradition case would constitute witness tampering.

Jerusalem Cinematheque presents exhibit of children’s art on coronavirus

Exhibition was created under the patronage of Chief of General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces Gen. Aleš Opata, and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Prague, the Czech Primate Dominic Cardinal Duka OP.

The ‘Sound of Music’ returns to the Negev after COVID-19 delay

The 2020 run of the show, like so many others in the country, was cut short last March when COVID-19 darkened Israel’s stages.

By PATRICIA GOLAN
22/04/2021

Back with 'The Bat': Dan Ettinger returns to Israel with 'Die Fledermaus'

Dan Ettinger is certainly giving his first gig here since the virus outbreak every chance of bringing home the kosher bacon.

22/04/2021

Syrian missile lands near Dimona nuclear reactor, interception fails

SA-5 flies from Syria all the way to Negev in the longest-range attack yet by Syria; Patriot missile activated in response.

Vote on KKL W.Bank land purchases postponed after Right loses majority

The World Confederation of United Zionists retracted its support for the measure due to a lack of consensus over the controversial motion.

Netanyahu's only way to survive is to take Bennett down with him

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The only way for Netanyahu to remain prime minister is to successfully sabotage the coalition talks between Bennett and Lapid.

22/04/2021
A screen capture of the live stream feed from a hearing at the High Court of Justice

High Court: Not nixing Netanyahu as unfit to be PM - at this time

The justices' position echoed Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit's position from Monday night in which he came closer than ever to declaring Netanyahu unfit, but still avoided crossing that line.

Why has Israel not yet recognized the Armenian Genocide?

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: Have Israel’s diplomatic, military and economic concerns trumped its moral imperative?

High Court appears to demand quick resolution of justice minister vacancy

The position has been empty since the start of April when Benny Gantz's three-month term as acting justice minister expired.

Is this the end of the road for Benjamin Netanyahu?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Had Netanyahu not alienated right-wing allies such as Bennett, Sa’ar and Liberman, he would not be in this predicament.

22/04/2021

Arabs joining the election game: The good news of the political crisis

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The crisis has produced one winner and one gospel: The winner is Mansour Abbas, and the gospel is that Israel’s Arabs are finally joining its political game.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2021 International Bible Contest for Youth on Thursday, Isr

Jerusalem still hopeful it can work with US against Iran - analysis

The US and Iran progressing toward a new Iran Deal — so why is Netanyahu so restrained?

Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman Israel's Zaka rescue unit speaks at a conference of the Israeli Televis

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, former ZAKA head, attempts suicide

Over the span of just a few months, Meshi-Zahav faced multiple sexual assault accusations and lost three first-degree family members to coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccine still 80-88% effective among chronic disease carriers

Researchers also saw that the vaccine was 92% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in people over 70.

Coronavirus: Health Ministry asks Israelis to avoid traveling abroad

Also the number of serious patients continue to drop, reaching 166. For several days in January and February they were as many as 1,200.

IAI to Provide Z-MAG all-terrain vehicle to IDF’s maneuvering units

IAI is building an assembly line for the Z vehicles to be housed at ELTA’s Land Division in Beersheba and is investing NIS 100 million in the project, according to the company.

22/04/2021

After coronavirus, what are Israel's biggest economic challenges?

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': Zev Stub and Prof. Dan Ben-David, President of Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research

22/04/2021

Coronavirus: Israel looks to re-route AstraZeneca vaccines

A day after Netanyahu told Israelis to get ready to be jabbed again in six months, Prof. Nachman Ash reaffirms that there are no certainties on when the next shot will be needed.

22/04/2021
Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman Israel's Zaka rescue unit poses for a picture outside his mother shiva,

After day of debates, Channel 12 report on Meshi-Zahav will air

The network was in the midst of preparing an investigative program for the Thursday night news about the sexual assault allegations facing Meshi-Zahav when the news broke of his attempted suicide.

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Israelis think recycling electronics is important- but don't know how

According to the survey, 76% of respondents said they would recycle if there were more recycling facilities in their city. However, only 26% said that actually do so themselves.

22/04/2021
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions session in London, B

UK affirms ICC support after opposing war crimes suits against Israel

"We absolutely respect the independence of the International Criminal Court, and we do expect it to comply with its own mandate."

Earth Day: China's Ant Group, Israel's KKL-JNF sign MoU

The preliminary MoU will see the two organizations collaborate to tackle environmental issues and encourage sustainability.

Earth Day: Israeli developments protecting the environment

Earlier this week, Israel announced the launch of its new 30-year environmental plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

22/04/2021

Israeli-American solar energy pioneer Yosef Abramowitz runs for president

Abramowitz, who has met with a dozen MKs, will join a field that is set to include former Labor leaders Herzog and Peretz, former Labor Party minister Shetreet and former Likud MK Glick.

22/04/2021

Tesla opens Tel Aviv pop-up shop

The company said that the shop in the Ramat Aviv Mall was "an opportunity for future owners to see the Model 3 up close and meet with Tesla staff." The pop-up exhibit will run for the next 3 months.

22/04/2021

Israeli wrestler wins bronze medal at European championships

Mitch Finesilver is currently Israel’s most decorated wrestler, competing in the international freestyle arena.

Rivlin receives credentials from new ambassadors from China, Japan

But both Cai Run of China and Koichi Mizushima of Japan each represent countries that are very important to Israel in terms of trade and investment.

Eritrean kids, rest of class segregated in Tel Aviv kindergartens - report

Are Tel Aviv kindergartens promoting racist segregation? So says a new report from Channel 13, which alleges that these schools are separating Eritrean children from the rest of their class.

For Earth Day, Israeli agritech company gears up to fight climate change

The agricultural tech company is hoping to use their network across 100 countries and social media following to demonstrate how small acts can total up to make a big difference.

IDF, Defense Ministry agree to shut down Army Radio

The rationale for the decision, according to former Communication Minister MK Yoaz Hendel, is to create more competition in the communications market.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
22/04/2021

Israelis protest for release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

"All the symptoms that he had before, they remain the same. Numbness in the arms and legs, back pain - they aren't going away... The situation is only getting worse," Alexei Liptser told Reuters.

Wizards' Deni Avdija reportedly out for season with broken ankle

Avdija will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday but is not believed to need surgery, according to the report.

By REUTERS
22/04/2021
Police Officers stand guard during clashes between Palestians and Israeli police outside Damascus Ga

Arabs and Jews clash in Jerusalem, multiple incidents reported

Tensions were high throughout the night in the capital

Aircraft used during the joint Israeli-Greek military exercise.

IAF completes exercise with Greece, 'practices challenging scenarios'

The exercise, “Iniohos,” was a two-week drill that included practicing various scenarios for the air forces of Israel and Greece.

22/04/2021
 Special Rabbinical Court convenes on Sunday

Rabbinical court asks Hungary to freeze funding for Jewish feuding groups

MAOIH claims that Mazsihisz owes it $33 million.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/04/2021

Jerusalem highlights April 23-29: What's new in Israel's capital?

Offerings include an eye-opening lecture by award-winning reporter Itai Anghel on what took place in Srebrenica to a fresh edition of a hard-to-find centuries-old book by Jewish mystic Nathan of Gaza

Israelis gathered in real-time for Israel's 2021 Israel Prize Ceremony, which took place on Independ

Grapevine: Round-table laureates

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

After Chabad vandalism, Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg turns negative into positive

Just under three weeks ago, at a little past midnight between Saturday and Sunday, someone tried to enter the Chabad premises.

This week in Jerusalem: Getting high

A round-up of city affairs.

22/04/2021

Jerusalem's light rail: CityPass out, CFIR in

Some interesting changes have already arrived with the new management.

22/04/2021
People walk near the light rail in the centre of Jerusalem

Jerusalem's light rail: CityPass out, CFIR in

Some interesting changes have already arrived with the new management.

22/04/2021

Mea She'arim and Muslim Quarter: A tale of two neighborhoods

Riots and violent attacks on passersby in both Mea She’arim and the Muslim Quarter (more precisely, around Damascus Gate) are prompting the police to take action.

22/04/2021

Arrivals: Dr. Barbara Gordon-Cohen

“I feel Hashem’s [God’s] guidance more and His presence. On a spiritual level, I feel very contented and happy. I feel it in the air. I feel it in the land.”

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
22/04/2021
CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands in Beijing in 2017. N

Emmanuel Navon brings to life Israel’s challenges, successes in epic book

The book retraces the Jews’ interactions with other nations, from the ancient Kingdom of Israel to the modern State of Israel today, Navon writes.

Independence Day: Forks, flypasts and the joy of being Israeli

The exuberance of this Independence Day goes beyond our usual robust patriotism.

The two faces of Israel: Inconsiderate or problem-solvers?

Where does this “two-faced” Sabra phenomenon come from?

How Zoom pushed me to get rid of my clutter

Do you think the Israel Museum would buy my old poster of Richard Nixon sitting on the toilet?

22/04/2021

COVID talk: A lesson in linguistics

There has been a long list of “new” terms that have irked me, starting from day one and “flattening the curve.”

By JODY KASNER
22/04/2021

The joy of vacationing inside Israel - Jerusalem

The number of Israelis going on holiday here at home is expected to rise significantly now that we are heading into the summer season.

By MEITAL SHARABI
22/04/2021

The Drama of Radio: The past and the future

Audio drama’s special quality? It builds a private, exclusive picture in the mind of each audience member.

Israel's entertainment industry is coming back to life post-coronavirus

The showbiz community was one of the worst-hit sectors of life here during the seemingly interminable pandemic lockdown period, and folks who like to get a regular dosage are looking forward.

22/04/2021

A spiritual aliyah for one Holocaust survivor

"During those years in the convent, it was the hope of being reunited with my parents that gave me strength to live in silence."

By ESTHER POSNER , EVA BERGSTEIN
21/04/2021
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Israel’s open banking reform takes first step

A new bank opened last month in Israel – for the first time in over 40 years

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/MEDIA LINE
21/04/2021
New Knesset member Avi Maoz seen at the Knesset , ahead of the opening Knesset session of the new go

Far-right Noam MK denigrates democracy in maiden Knesset speech

Labor MK and Reform leader Rabbi Gilad Kariv condemned Maoz’s speech as "Israeli fascism and Jewish fundamentalism."

A local resident takes a selfie in front of a mural of George Floyd after the verdict in the trial o

What can Israel learn from Floyd trial transparency? - analysis

what if the trial of Ben Deri, an Israeli police officer convicted of the negligent homicide of a Palestinian, had been broadcast like Derek Chauvin's?

The almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2021.

Will Netanyahu renege on his promise to re-open Israel’s skies? - Analysis

"My approach ... is that it is necessary to tighten because we are in a reality that is still completely unclear," the prime minister said.

Police stand outside a hotel where a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan

Europeans warn against attacks on Iran nuclear facilities

“We condemn escalatory measures by any actor which could jeopardize progress.” Iran’s clerical establishment said it will not return to the 2015 agreement unless all sanctions are lifted.

21/04/2021
Students from the University of Birzeit clash with Israeli security forces (unseen) near the West Ba

Supreme Court backs detaining W. Bank minor for anti-Palestinian violence

The defendant-minor and seven other unidentified persons came to the Palestinian village of Surta armed with weapons, and attacked four Palestinian residences.

Israel's Knesset remains paralyzed for another week

Until the committee appoints chairmen and members of temporary Knesset Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense committees, there is no parliamentary oversight over the government on those key issues.

21/04/2021

Coronavirus: Rollout of electronic bracelets to start in May

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for SuperCom said that they have 5,000 kits ready to be deployed as soon as the government wishes.

Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat goes back to ‘bassics’

38-year-old Adam Ben Ezra offers intriguing, rhythmic renditions at this weekend’s music celebration

21/04/2021

Dead Sea Revival Project’s photography exhibition opens in Arad

All told, 3,524 photographers submitted close to 15,000 pictures.

21/04/2021
Shlomi Elkabetz in the new HBO series "Our Boys"

‘Our Boys’ sold to Indonesia, which has no diplomatic ties to Israel

Our Boys, the television drama created by HBO and Keshet International, has just been sold to several Asian markets, among them Indonesia, the largest predominantly Muslim country in the world.

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Ethiopian Israeli suing rabbi for casting doubt on her Jewishness

According to the lawsuit, the mikveh attendant stayed at home for a month and a half after being shamed by Druckman due to the public embarassment he had caused her.

Unemployment in Israel drops below 10% for first time since pandemic

If unemployment drops below 10%, benefits will be reduced by 10% – and if the rate drops below 7.5%, the program will be canceled completely.

21/04/2021
People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat

Israel's cyber authority incentivizes greater defense mechanisms

The trend of companies placing more and more of their critical information in the digital sphere spiked during the coronavirus era and continues to jump.

Hate sign put up against lesbian kindergarten teacher in Be'er Ya'acov

"It is an unending frustration and unfortunately the police are doing nothing to stop this hatred," kindergarten teacher Aviva Levi said.

Gynecologist gets 18 months in prison after sexually assaulting patients

The court filing said Schechter used a vibrating device to rate the "pleasure levels" of three women on four separate occasions. One woman reported that he using his fingers as well.

Fresh vegetables are sold at the shuk (market)

Food waste in Israel totals NIS 3.2 billion annually

According to the report, food waste in Israel is estimated to total at around NIS 3.2 billion a year and accounts for 35% of the volume of municipal waste.

Floyd case: Arab MKs want justice for racist police violence in Israel too

"Convicting the killers will be a first step on the path to justice for families and an end to racist police violence against civilians."

Bezeq to install fiber-optic Internet in Arab educational institutions

The initiative is part of a five-year plan to bolster hi-tech within Arab society, sparked by an appeal by the National Council of Arab Mayors.

Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O

'Parents will burn the state' until children are protected from abuse

Parents felt extremely helpless after Emilia Ostrovsky, who was convicted for child abuse, was released to house arrest.

Religious Zionist Party posts videos against Ra'am leader Abbas

"Mansour Abbas is anti-Zionist and supports terrorists. One sweet-mouthed speech and you already want to make a government with him? Have you gone mad?" The Religious Zionist Party exclaimed.

Rabbis support House bill to make US aid to Israel more transparent

The bill does not intend to change or diminish the amount of aid going to Israel, but it will prohibit the use of US funding to go towards acts categorized as human rights abuses.

Israel set for international bond offering, likely in euros

There will, however, be fewer issues this year than in 2020, when the government had to issue a record amount of bonds to fund its pandemic stimulus plan, he said.

By REUTERS
21/04/2021

Why did Ayelet Shaked meet Mossad chief Cohen week before election?

The purpose of the meeting though so close to elections, did raise eyebrows.

GMV contracted to supply systems to Jerusalem Light Rail

GMV will provide the AVLS and DMS systems to the already established red line, as well as the green line currently under construction.

Israelis gather for 10th annual Big Bong Night cannabis protest

This year's protest was marked by the special emphasis on the benefits of medical cannabis products for people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband Serge Klarsfeld

Oscar-nominated filmmakers to produce documentary on French Nazi hunters

Lerner’s 2011 documentary “Hell and Back Again” about a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/04/2021

Netanyahu can lose power in the blink of an eye - analysis

There were two messages from the wink: That the effort to end Netanyahu's career has many co-conspirators and that Netanyahu can no longer afford to waste any time.

20/04/2021
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit talk at the Prime Minister

The impact of not having a justice minister - analysis

No major laws can be passed without a justice minister since such a minister runs the ministerial legislative committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Likud must oust Netanyahu to save right-wing coalition - settler chief

Both MK Gideon Sa'ar who heads New Hope and MK Bezalel Smotrich who heads RZP are under pressure to join a Netanyahu led coalition or risk imperiling a right-wing government.

Netanyahu gives up on forming a government

He said he would instead seek a direct election for prime minister, which he said would pass if Yamina supported it.

20/04/2021

McGee, Holon handle Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel Winner League

Giboa completes season sweep of Maccabi Tel Aviv • Hap TA earns pivotal win over Herzliya

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/04/2021

Moshe Gafni: If Likud becomes the opposition, UTJ will follow

The UTJ leader said his party was “ideological” and could not be bought by various promises and deals, and added that he would “flourish” in opposition.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Gantz scrutinizes Israel's rehab division after IDF vet self-immolated

During a tour of the Haifa rehabilitation division, Defense Minister Benny Gantz identified some urgent issues that will be addressed by the team working to reform the state's rehab facilities.

Mediterranean Biennale returns with fourth installment

The aim of this year’s show is to explore the theme of multicultural cooperation and the role of art as a bridge between peoples, places and of ideas in order to develop a transcultural dialogue.

By DANIEL SHORKEND
20/04/2021

If Hezbollah attacks Israel it will bear severe consequences - Gantz

Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that the IDF is ready for any attempts Hezbollah may make and that Israel is working to stop Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold.

20/04/2021

Learning to be financially independent with 'The Cash Machine'

Financial independence means having enough income to pay one's living expenses for the rest of one's life without having to be employed or dependent on others.

20/04/2021

Coronavirus: Rollout of electronic bracelets in Israel never began

The devices were described as a key to ensure that those entering the country complied with quarantine requirements, in order to prevent new variants from spreading.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the impact of coronavirus with representatives from the

Israel's government debt at NIS 984 billion - up 20% in 2020

Covering the coronavirus crisis required raising approximately NIS 265 billion in 2020, compared to NIS 137 billion in 2019.

20/04/2021

Is there light at the end of the (Hezbollah) tunnel?

Internationally-known social media influencers took a step into the dark as they journeyed to the recently uncovered Hezbollah tunnels on Israel’s northern front.

Boeing to provide IAF with technical support for the Apache choppers

The direct commercial sale, awarded in December 2020, is a five-year follow-on contract that builds on Boeing’s current IAF Apache support.

20/04/2021

Coronavirus: Lifting of outdoor mask mandate ‘liberating,’ Israelis say

Cases of the coronavirus continue to plummet as some scientists claim country may have reached herd immunity.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
20/04/2021
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