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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.

OurCrowd founder & CEO Jon Medved addresses the 2019 OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, March 7, 2019
OurCrowd and SALT preset 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.

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.

Thousands of hi-tech jobs coming to Jerusalem with First Station expansion

The plan is one of three proposals approved by the municipality, adding housing and hotel units as well as expanded retail and commerce options to the surrounding areas.

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.

Hadassah Ein Kerem coronavirus department staff, on the roof of the hospital
Hadassah flyover to thank coronavirus medical staff

As part of the surprise, Hadassah's CEO, Prof. Zeev Rotstein, a veteran pilot, was among the 6 aircrafts pilot who circled in an organized structure above the hospital.

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.

Hinnom Valley
Jerusalem’s First Station complex to add housing, hotels, retail

Part of project will enlarge adjacent Margalit Startup City for hi-tech projects.

ISRAEL HAS to examine carefully how much the US wants to sell the F35 to the UAE.
Israel will not oppose US sale of F-35s to UAE

Joint statement by the PM’s Office and Defense Ministry says Gantz’s trip to Washington secured Israel’s QME, won't oppose sale of F-35 to UAE.

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.

Documentation of the working process including: a screenshot of a photo by Dan Robert Lahiani, a fil
Jerusalem's Manofim Festival takes to Zoom for 2020

This year’s online program runs October 27 to 29.

24/10/2020
Beloved Jerusalem book exchange set on fire, books destroyed

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

24/10/2020
Sick with COVID-19, Saeb Erekat’s organs start to deteriorate

Erekat was admitted to the hospital earlier this week after suffering from coronavirus for the past month.

Bar-Ilan studies how breast cancer patients gain weight during treatment

"We hope that in the future we will be able to identify those women who are at risk for weight gain through a simple examination – and perhaps even suggest ways to prevent this phenomenon."

Israeli dermatological surgeon specializing in skin cancer wins award

The award is given annually to outstanding Mentors of the ASDS International Traveling Mentorship Program.

Overhead view of Beersheba
Tourism Ministry approves plans to develop cities in the Negev desert

The ministry intends to construct two new tourism complexes, one in the Beersheba River Park and the other in the Mitzpe Ramon Municipality.

Stanley Fischer
Fischer hopes to boost Israel's Bank Hapoalim as board member

Hapoalim, Israel’s largest lender, on Thursday elected Fischer to a three-year term on its board of directors.

By REUTERS
24/10/2020
El Al plane
Israel's El Al to resume Zurich flights, codeshare with Swiss

Last week, El Al resumed flights to Frankfurt and Amsterdam, while flights to Los Angeles, Miami and Kiev will restart.

By REUTERS
24/10/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu's supporters celebrate his birthday across Israel

A group known as "Netanyahu's loyalist" flew a helicopter draped with a banner wishing the PM a happy birthday.

Israel’s secret weapon: 800 channels on social media

Relations with Arab world, country’s global standing improve thanks to social media department deep within Foreign Ministry.

By FELICE FRIEDSON , URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
23/10/2020
New coronavirus awareness campaign launches in ultra-Orthodox community

The campaign features posters labeled the same way obituary posters are typically labeled and emphasizing the different rates of infection in the different populations.

Abused women, women's orgs. 'horrified' by MKs' comments on anti-abuse bill

"What the Members of Knesset said is horrifying," said Amalia, a mother of three who lives in a shelter for abused women. "It is horrifying that there are people like that who sit in the Knesset."

23/10/2020
Why is the once rising Joint List falling fast in polls?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Ayman Odeh’s Joint List would fall from the 15 seats it received in the last elections to 11 if Israelis headed to the polls today.

23/10/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky (second from right) and Knesse
Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

Natan Sharansky's memoir explores his struggles within the USSR, and during his Israeli political career.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
23/10/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did Bennett teach Netanyahu
Netanyahu’s lead over Bennett rises to 10 seats in new poll

The gap between Likud and Yamina grew from a low of five seats in an October 8 Panels Research poll and seven last week.

23/10/2020
Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
IDF strikes Gaza after two rockets fired towards southern Israel

This was the third time within a week that rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.

23/10/2020
Israel, UAE initiate academic partnership following Abraham Accords

This agreement will open the door to joint research projects and databases, as well as publications.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/10/2020
Benjamin Netanyahu, Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz
Berkowitz: Biden win could harm normalization deals with Israel

“I am nervous, if I am just being completely honest,” said Avi Berkowitz, special representative for international negotiations to US President Donald Trump.

Israel's Independence Day flyover passes above the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan
Hospital flyover to salute COVID-19 frontline workers around Israel

Lt. Col. (Res.) Dan Sion, the lead pilot for the flyover, thanked MDA for their "endless giving in difficult conditions."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/10/2020
Israeli journalists attacked while covering COVID-19 haredi communities

Members of Israel’s haredi Orthodox minority increasingly blame the media for their ills, including stringent lockdown conditions.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
23/10/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv aims to get back on track

After three straight Euroleague losses, yellow-and-blue on the road to face Khimki Moscow

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/10/2020
Courage in Motion ride not slowed by coronavirus

Despite travel difficulties, annual Beit Halochem cycling event to benefit disabled IDF veterans takes place in Israel and Canada.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
22/10/2020
Mayor Moshe Lion greets children on the first day of school, September 1, 2020.
Moshe Lion powers through the coronavirus bazaar

Lion is convinced that only through talks can he get things moving and obtain the best results.

22/10/2020
A wedding huppa (illustrative)
Grapevine, October 23, 2020: Wedding Ward

The movers and shakers of Isareli society

Inside Ticho House, 2015
Examining the work and legacy of Anna Ticho

The writer, a nephew of the Tichos, delivered these comments at the opening of the Anna Ticho “Lifescape” exhibit, on October 25, 2018.

By CHARLES TICHO
22/10/2020
Right-wing, Orthodox bloc makes big gains in WZC agreement

The right-wing, religious-Zionist and ultra-Orthodox bloc of the World Zionist Congress took control of the major Zionist organizations, other than Jewish Agency.

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Martin wins Vuelta stage

After consecutive third-place finishes, Irishman pulls off late attack to claim emotional victory for blue-and-white team in Spain

By REUTERS
22/10/2020
Vocal tasters and testers: 23 Israeli Music Festival to go online

This year’s significantly pared-down edition will take place at 1 p.m. on October 30 and goes by the title of “From the Drawer to Song – Choir Lab.”

22/10/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
High Court appears to back Shin Bet coronavirus surveillance

A heated part of the hearing was where Gan Mor accused the state of using the Shin Bet because they do not trust citizens to tell the truth.

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