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Haredi men walk through Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
Yom Kippur synagogue closure will be ineffective among haredim - Analysis

Chief Rabbis split over synagogue closures with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Lau saying to shut down and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef saying to keep them open with reduced numbers

The flags of the United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are projected on a section
Diplomacy built Israeli-Arab peace. The private sector will sustain it

As the normalization train moves forward, the most pressing question is when, not if, another country jumps aboard.

By DANA STROUL/JTA
23/09/2020
THERE IS now a broad social realization that the elderly are the main risk group that needs to be pr
Haifa U. students launch plan to aid elderly citizens amid lockdown

Upon completion of their training, every student is paired with one specific senior citizen, allowing the relationship to be built over time.

Ultra orthodox Jews from the chassidic Breslev sect protest against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding
Prayer? Protest? What sort of state does Israel want to be?

Who would have thought that the age-old debate over whether Israel is a Jewish or democratic state would be resolved by the coronavirus cabinet?

23/09/2020
L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Israelis want two-state negotiations, prefer next deal with Arab state

A poll of Israelis has found backing for a two state solution, and support for a deal with Qatar.

No jail time, fine in plea deal for man who threatened PM, family

The court said that it had accepted the lenient plea deal against Zvi Tsabag, age 57, because of his poor health and economic status.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men arrive to pray on the banks of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv during the rit
Chief Rabbis split on closing synagogues for Yom Kippur

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Lau says close synagogues, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says keep them open with reduced numbers

Jerusalem Great Synagogue
Majority of Israelis do not plan to go to synagogue on Yom Kippur - survey

Most religiously observant Israelis still plan to attend services • most Israelis oppose demonstrations during lockdown – and most think Israeli society cannot recover from the corona crisis.

Sudanese leaders return without Israel normalization deal

Burhan and Hamdok met with US National Security Council senior director for Gulf Affairs Brig.-Gen. Miguel Correa, as well as diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.

The Ofaimme Farm restaurant at Beit Hansen in Jerusalem, on February 7, 2018. The Ofaimme Farm for s
Israeli companies can now claim grant to promote sustainable practices

Up to NIS 100,000 can be claimed from the Strategic Affairs Ministry to showcase ethical practices within Israel's business community.

Israel Katz to present ‘Beating Heart’ plan to keep economy afloat

The plan calls on using 800 inspectors to ensure that places of work operate using a stricter model than the ‘Purple Badge.’

Shimon Peres: Legacy and leadership that led to the Abraham Accords

Peres was a man of peace who never lost hope that Israel would one day live in harmony with its Arab neighbors.

SMASH Hopper on Plasan Reem vehicle.
Smart Shooter develops SMASH Hopper to be mounted on armored vehicles

Next step: Mount precision fire control system on autonomous vehicle

Bobe, a dog, was orphaned after his mother was crushed by debris during the American raid on Islamic
Man receives active prison sentence for abusing a dog, causing its death

"Anyone who harms an animal will eventually harm human beings, and the defendant's actions depict a brutality that's full of hatred towards dogs, human's best friend since the dawn of history."

World Likud splits after Netanyahu takeover fails

Both sides claim right to negotiate who will head Jewish Agency, Keren Hayesod, KKL-JNF

23/09/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net
Gov't approves total coronavirus lockdown starting Friday

Protesters to demonstrate, worshipers to pray outside in groups of up to 20 people within one kilometer of their homes

Friedman to 'Post': If UAE gets F-35s, it will be in six or seven years

"The Emirates have been trying to get F-35s for six or seven years," Friedman said. "And the delivery time is probably another six or seven years from now."

Destructive 'super-termites' discovered in Israel for the first time

The termite "destroys railroad tracks, telephone poles…and underground electricity lines causing power outages,” said Dr. Gilad Ben Tzvi.

23/09/2020
Israeli MIT Prof. Regina Barzilay first recipient of $1 m. AI award

A graduate of BGU, Brazilay is lauded in the field of AI and machine learning for creating an innovative breast-cancer predictive model and proving machines can decipher ancient languages.

Vaccine (illustrative)
Edelstein says MKs will not receive flu vaccines early

Medical teams, the elderly and those with preexisting conditions will be the first to receive the vaccine.

Mahane Yehuda market reopens after coronavirus restrictions had it shut down for the most part
OECD economic report warns of 6% decline in GDP this year

Israel will need to tackle a number of issues head on to start its recovery process: poverty, tax policy, education and social cohesion.

Doctor inspects an x-ray, illustrative
UAE and Israeli healthcare companies join forces

It will mark the first joint product launch between the UAE and an Israeli technology company, following the signing of the Abraham Accords.

Israeli delegation goes to Bahrain to bulk up peace deal

Prime Minister’s Office acting director-general Ronen Peretz and Foreign Ministry director-general Alon Ushpiz led the delegation to Manama, Walla News reported.

Israel and Italy finalize arms deal

Jerusalem to purchase advanced training helicopters, Rome to purchase spike missiles and simulators.

CHEQ acquires Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity start-up ClickCease

CHEQ holds offices in New York, Tel Aviv, Shanghai and Tokyo, and its specializes on delivering ad-verification cybersecurity to big name advertisers and media agencies.

Pre-army trainees help disabled classmate climb a mountain

The other pre-army program participants “see him and not the chair,” said Itay Mori's mother.

23/09/2020
Yuval Noah Harari's 'Sapiens' to be adapted into graphic novel

The adaptation, entitled 'Sapiens: A Graphic History,' will be available in October.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/09/2020
Gantz in US talks of Iran, Israel's QME in shadow of F-35 sales to UAE

He emphasized that Israel's defense system backs and appreciates the US's policy of pressure on Iran on the international front, while being in close cooperation with Israel on the subject.

‘THE GOLDFISH Theory’ is one of the entries in the 21st International Student Film Festival
Tel Aviv Student Film Fest goes online

The festival features Israeli and international competitions, as well as animated films, digital media and experimental and video programs.

‘Asia,’ ‘Here We Are’ among Ophir nominees

Sixty films were considered for awards in 18 categories.

Mul-T-Lock to establish Dubai subsidiary

The Israeli company already has subsidiaries in the UK, France, the US, Canada, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Turkey, Slovenia and the Netherlands.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT
A-G: Replacing me with outsider would undermine foundations of gov't

A-G, Ohana, Blue and White, Likud battle over protests during coronavirus

Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the re
Mass protests and large indoor minyans make no sense now - analysis

Both freedom to protest and freedom of worship are fundamental rights in a democracy. But on certain rare occasions the rights of individuals need to be curbed temporarily for the public good.

22/09/2020
Israel's colossal coronavirus failure - analysis

The public must hold up a mirror to itself.

Guy Niv becomes first Israeli to complete all 21 stages of Tour de France

Niv is part of the Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) cycling team, Israel's first professional cycling squad who also made their debut in the Tour this year.

General Kochavi at Daliet El Carmel
IDF chief observes coronavirus relief efforts in northern Israel

During the visit, Kochavi was presented with local emergency preparation plans. He also observed IDF's local relief efforts in wake of the coronavirus.

A beggar sits and asks for money amid the coronavirus crisis, Jerusalem, 2020
Nat'l Economic Council chairman: Poor are least impacted by COVID poverty

Rivlin asks to reduce fines for people in dire economic circumstances

Settler housing starts drop 50% under COVID-19

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan has called on Netanyahu to immediately open up the bottleneck on settler building plans.

Indian and Israeli officals holding copies of the memorandum.
Israel Start-Up Nation Central, India's iCreate partner up

Start-Up Nation and iCreate initiated the Online Acceleration Program, aiming to partner up Israeli start-ups with relevant Indian counterparts to work on innovative solutions

Ofer Golan (R), Topaz Luk and Jonathan Urich seen with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prim
Netanyahu aides fined for violating quarantine

The two advisors were spotted in public while they were supposed to be in quarantine.

Jewish-Indian MMA star to make aliyah to Israel after High Holy Days

In partnership with the Absorption Ministry and the Interior Ministry, around 722 Bnei Menashe including Hrangchal and his family will be making aliyah following the High Holy Days.

Bennett denies celebrity doctor is target for Yamina list

Yamina leader wants to bring half a million Jews from US, France to volunteer against coronavirus

22/09/2020
Ambassador Nadav Eschar offers an award certificate to his Vietnamese counterparts.
Vietnam to give Israel 100,000 coronavirus face masks

The masks, produced by a local company called PSD, will be delivered to ZAKA volunteers in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking out a barred window
How low will Netanyahu go to save himself as his legal cases heat up?

Netanyahu’s advisers find themselves in a pickle with trials and coronavirus

22/09/2020
Shlomo Kerner
From New York to Jerusalem - A Lone Soldier's Story

Shlomo fulfilled his dream by serving in the Israeli army as a Lone Soldier in the Border Patrol. And he was in for a big surprise...

Why is Benny Gantz in Washington?

Despite corona, the defense establishment cannot ignore Iran and the UAE procuring F-35s.

New Mediterranean energy forum launched with Israel as member

The forum includes Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Italy.

Chief Rabbi David Lau prays at special prayer service during coronavirus outbreak, March 2020
Chief Rabbi: Lockdown can't be enforced only on synagogues

Also on Tuesday, Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch stressed that "synagogues are not the enemy of the nation."

22/09/2020
Finance Min. D-G warns corona cabinet: Steps you take will cost billions

The warning arrives on the heels of another relief plan, to the tune of NIS 10.5 billion, approved by the cabinet on Monday night.

Grotto: Goal of lockdown is to drop to 7% infection rate

"It is not possible to present anything concrete at the moment – it depends on what the success of the lockdown will be."

22/09/2020
Peres
Shimon Peres remembered in a manner he would have appreciated

Using previously unseen footage, the event explores the world of former president Peres and draws inspiration from his most valuable work, vision and the legacy he left behind.

Cabinet approves coronavirus economic relief package

The cost of the approved plan is estimated at NIS 10.5 billion.

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/09/2020
Mac TA braces for clash with Salzburg

Amid coronavirus complications, Austrian champ presents dangerous obstacle for yellow-and-blue.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/09/2020
Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Malka Leifer saga far from over - analysis

There still are three roadblocks that can slow Leifer's extradition if she exploits every defense procedure as expected.

David Lau
Chief rabbi: Awareness of domestic violence necessary in our community

He announced that there are a number of aid organizations for women that are suffering in their own homes from physical and verbal abuse. "Call on them when it is needed," he said.

21/09/2020
Israel surpasses US in coronavirus patients per capita

“Israel has been one of the leading countries in the world in infected people per capital for a while,” said Prof. Ronit Calderon-Margalit.

21/09/2020
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Court rules Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu must have disciplinary trial

Apparently racist and political comments made by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu are not permitted for public official, and Chief Rabbinate must hold disciplinary trial for him.

BWR solutions being used to pollinate palms in the Jordan Valley
Blue and White Robotics secures $10m. for autonomous vehicle platform

The funding round was led by Jesselson Investments, Peregrine VC and Entrée Capital.

EU-Israel Association Council back on agenda after annexation scrapped

EU Commission Josep Borrell is strongly in favor of restarting the Association Council with Israel.

Erdan to UN: Choose between supporting Iran and terror or Israel and peace

Do they want the UN to be a body that promotes peace and security in the world, or one that is blackmailed by countries that violate human rights and support terrorism?

21/09/2020
The week in readers' pictures

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

No date set for cabinet vote on UAE peace

A spokesman for Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said that it may be on the agenda for next week.

Young Israeli film makers seen producing a short film in the market in Jerusalem's Old City on June
Historic film collaboration announced between Israel and UAE

Training programs will be developed for filmmakers from both countries.

Defense Ministry begins construction of smart-fence along Gaza border.
IDF's Border Defense Array school trains thousands of troops each year

The school started out with 70 instructors, by next year it will have 150

Ministers to get 10% pay cut

The Monday vote is meant to start the new Jewish year with a message of “improving the national spirit,” yet it comes as bankruptcies surge, with 2,283 businesses closing in June.

Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, as Sara Netanyahu and Jared Kushner l
Health Ministry might penalize Netanyahu aides who violated quarantine

Social media adviser Topaz Luk and foreign affairs adviser Reuven Azar, senior aides to the prime minister, broke quarantine rules over the weekend.

New wave of college grads arrive in Israel amid COVID-19 to teach English

The program run by BINA is a partnership between the Jewish Movement for Social Change and MASA Israel Teaching Fellowship.

Assuta Ashdod University Hospital
Coronavirus cabinet to meet today, as seriously ill spike

More than 1,300 COVID-19 patients hospitalized * Netanyahu shifts blame to MKs

Bulgarian court hands down life imprisonment for Hezbollah terrorists

The conviction leaves the families of the victims and Israel partially unsatisfied because Hezbollah itself was not formally indicted or convicted.

Yair Golan
Meretz MK demands debate in accords with UAE

Golan, who is a former deputy chief of staff of the IDF, said the agreements must be reviewed to guarantee that Israel kept its qualitative military advantage in the deals.

21/09/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Defense Minister Gantz heads to Washington

Gantz will fly on a charter flight with a small team including his military secretary, the Defense Ministry Chief of Staff and the head of the ministry's political-security division.

Malka Leifer
Court orders Leifer’s extradition to Australia

Melbourne teacher wanted on 74 charges of sexual abuse, rape of minors

Bar Refaeli arrives in Kiryat Ono to begin community service

The former 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit model was sentenced earlier this month for tax evasion on earnings from her international career.

21/09/2020
Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández and Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu
Honduras to move embassy to Jerusalem by end of year

Currently there are two foreign embassies in Jerusalem, with the United States having moved its embassy in May 2018, followed by Guatemala.

21/09/2020
Israeli singers contribute to International Peace Day broadcast

The annual Peace One Day happening, which has been going for 19 years now, is happening on September 21 with streamlined events with megastars such as, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Annie Lennox.

20/09/2020
Ben-Gurion University professor plans Arabic language revolution in Israel

Dr. Yonatan Mendel wants the Jewish state to become a Middle Eastern hub for learning Arabic, drawing students from Europe and the United States

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
20/09/2020
Israeli fintech company partners with UAE-based CEO of Barker and Booth

Fintica creates AI solutions for the financial sector, notably self-learning technology to gain more detailed market reports - allowing users to make well-informed decisions in real time.

11 anti-Netanyahu protesters arrested at Jerusalem demonstration

Ramming attack attempted at Jerusalem protests · Suspect arrested and investigated

21/09/2020
Mirit Harari dies at age of 52 after battling cancer for two years

In February 2019, Harari made headlines when she shared her personal experience with dealing with the disease in a Facebook post.

Temple Mount remains open despite nationwide coronavirus lockdown

The Waqf stressed that if Israel does not ban Jewish worshipers from ascending to the Temple Mount, they will allow Muslim worshipers to arrive at any time.

20/09/2020
Restaurateurs in Israel smash plates to protest coronavirus lockdown

The coordinated protest took place in multiple cities, with owners in Bat Yam, Tel Aviv and Haifa seen smashing plates.

20/09/2020
Head of Public Health Services: Protesters are harming the nation

Referring to the protest of nearly 200 people at Tel Aviv's Frishman Beach on Saturday afternoon, Dr. Sharon Elrai-Price voiced strong concern – and criticism.

First baby of Jewish new year 5781 born in Ziv Medical Center

Following him were another seven babies who were born later during the night between Friday and Saturday.

Iran media reveals 70% may oppose compulsory hijab laws

Iran’s regime polices women’s bodies and has been seen beating and harassing women who do not dress “modestly” enough for the male-dominated theocratic patriarchy that runs the country.

Abuse illustrative
Woman attacked by husband regains consciousness, shares new details

"She called me a few minutes before it all happened and screamed - 'I can't take this any longer, I'm leaving! He's hitting me, he won't let me leave, help!'"

20/09/2020
Israeli director makes Jewish character in Holocaust film Roma instead

Noomi Rapace told him that she believes she has Roma ancestry and she was emotionally connected to their story. So they changed the Jewish character into a Roma one.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
19/09/2020
HANANEL EVEN HEN and Shiran Habush celebrate during their corona-era wedding at an Efrat public park
Major survey reveals Jewish Israeli attitudes on religion and state

The survey focused on religious freedom, conversion, religious status, transportation on Shabbat and pluralism among Israeli Jews.

18/09/2020
Fireworks illustrative
As nation enters lockdown, fireworks in Abu Ghosh seen from a distance

Police officers who were stationed at the nearby Hemed Junction, outside of Jerusalem, soon realized that a wedding was taking place in clear violation of the lockdown restrictions.

New survey reveals tourism industry reached record highs before COVID-19

According to the survey, 94.4% of tourists ranked their visit to Israel as good to excellent.

18/09/2020
Health Ministry publishes outline for holding protests during lockdown

"In these complicated days of dealing with a state of emergency that requires limiting the freedom of individuals, increased efforts need to be made in order to protect the freedom of speech."

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid looks to future

Lapid: In December, elections will be initiated that will take place in March.

18/09/2020
L to R: United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister A
Ashkenazi, Bahraini and Emirati FM's exchange Rosh Hashanah greetings

"May it be a blessed year of realizing peace and stability in the region."

18/09/2020
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