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Meet the WestEnd girls behind ‘Valley of Tears’

The two women launched their London-based production, financing and international sales company for feature films and television 12 years ago.

Netanyahu, Gantz argue their way into an election neither side wants

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Between now and then, there will be endless speculation about how the coalition could still be saved.

03/12/2020
The Warner Bros logo is seen during the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, France,
Warner Bros to stream next year's movies while they are in theaters

Upcoming movies affected include "The Suicide Squad," a new version of "Dune" and a "Matrix" sequel.

By REUTERS
03/12/2020
Israel's fourth election: What will be the same, what will be different?

DIPLOMACY: There is one seemingly timeless issue that will dominate this campaign as it has the last three: Benjamin Netanyahu.

03/12/2020
How will Israel remember the coronavirus when it's over?

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The COVID-19 government will be counted alongside the broad governments that won the Six Day War, the war on hyperinflation and last decade’s war on Palestinian terror.

WITH THE leadership and skill of savvy veterans Guy Pnini (left) and Gal Mekel (right), Israel has r
Israel breezes into EuroBasket in style

With blend of youth and veterans, blue-and-white maintains perfect 4-0 qualification record

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/12/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, December 2, 2020
Netanyahu trial - Prosecution to court: Reject motion to dismiss charges

State attorney called on the court to move forward with the trial in February as scheduled.

Amir Peretz announces run for president

The race will be held in May or June, likely with a new Knesset.

03/12/2020
First immigrants from Ethiopia in Operation Rock of Israel land

Approximately 100 more members of the Falash Mura community are expected to arrive on Friday, reaching a total of 2,000 by the end of January 2021.

UN SPECIAL Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov briefs the UN in New York
Mladenov’s Libya appointment on hold until replacement found

No timeline has been set for the process of seeking a replacement.

Thousands attend funeral of Mir Yeshiva rabbi, violating regulations

Attendees are reportedly throwing stones at police, who are trying to enforce coronavirus restrictions.

By EVE YOUNG , SARAH BEN-NUN
03/12/2020
Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Judges express skepticism over Leifer’s Supreme Court extradition appeal

The judges expressed skepticism on several occasions to the claims by Leifer’s defense attorneys.

Ministry too busy with 'real problems' to investigate rape of the disabled

While parents of children with special needs were horrified by the report of the abuse and the response of the ministry, the truth is that few were surprised.

Special event to mark the International Day for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Israel holds special event at UN on rights for persons with disabilities

"By presenting the personal stories and human faces of the project participants, we believe a deeper understanding of their needs and the realities of their lives will be created" – Amb. Shachar.

Benjamin Lee: An outstanding oleh

Benjamin Lee, 25 - From London to Jerusalem, 2018

Reuniting Ethiopian families: Operation Zur Israel begins

In October, the Israeli government passed a resolution to reunite 2,000 Ethiopians with their families living in Israel.

People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat
Shirbit hackers demand almost $1 million in ransom money to stop leaks

The hackers have already published large collections of files containing the private information of customers and employees.

03/12/2020
UNGA approves five anti-Israel resolutions, but Palestinians lose votes

The resolutions are part of a package of close to 20 such texts that the UNGA passes annually. No other country has so many resolutions leveled against it.

KKL-JNF helps doctors make aliyah from France

Doctors and their families take the courageous step of emigrating from France as part of a KKL-JNF project

By NOA BAR
03/12/2020
Wizards' Deni Avdija: Fired up and excited to play in world's best league

Asked to describe himself, he said that he is very emotional on the court and a big competitor. "I'm just working hard, being positive, and helping the team as much as I can."

Come home, Jonathan Pollard

From the moment that Pollard was sentenced in March of 1987, he was subjected to what can only be described as “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Jerusalem Film Festival to light up the Hanukkah season

The 37th Jerusalem Film Festival will run December 10-20 online.

Coronavirus vaccine under development (illustrative)
Obama, Bush, Clinton volunteer to get COVID-19 vaccine on camera

About six in 10 (58%) United States citizens would agree to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Jerusalem lights up in purple to honor disabled children

Among the buildings that will light up throughout the night are the String Bridge, the municipality building and Teddy Stadium.

Ben-Gurion Airport is empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Israeli lawyer arrested for smuggling erectile dysfunction gel

The Health Ministry defines Kamagra, an erectile dysfunction medication, as a dangerous drug for public health

03/12/2020
TEDxJaffaWomen event
Israeli company Bizzabo raises $138 million amid demand for event software

Bizzabo's software has been used by major Fortune 100 companies in eCommerce, technology, education and media.

03/12/2020
Malka Leifer, An Ultra orthodox teacher wanted in Australia for child sex abuse, seen on a screen vi
How can pedophiles be stopped from entering Israel? - analysis

For all the media coverage that Leifer’s case has garnered, it is a separate phenomenon involving sexual predators which has become the greater problem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, December 2, 2020
Netanyahu: Gantz 'needs to stop dragging Israel to elections'

Vote was on preliminary reading. Meretz and Yesh Atid-sponsored bills pass; bills sponsored by Yamina and Joint List fall.

02/12/2020
Who's at fault for Israel’s third coronavirus wave? - analysis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “lied to all of you."

Israeli public's attitude towards disabled people improving - survey

A decline was recorded in the percentage of those who believe that people with disabilities abuse state benefits – from 13% in 2019 to only 8% in 2020.

Bahraini minister: We will make peace with Israel a success story

“I believe strongly that the continuity and prosperity of this peace should be filtering down to common citizens of Bahrain and Israel.”

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syr
Israel in negotiations with Novavax to purchase COVID-19 vaccine

Two dozen coronavirus red zones named as criteria changes

Israel National Cyber Directorate Chief Legal Adviser Amit Ashkenazi
With no cyber law, can gov’t stop Shirbit-style cyberattacks?

Top cyber lawyer tells 'Post' how INCD gets companies to reduce vulnerabilities

The IDF's new Sa'ar 6-class corvette warship
Israel's new Sa'ar 6 warship arrives in Haifa from Germany - WATCH

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi: "This is a holiday for the State of Israel, the IDF and the Navy."

Leifer extradition appeal set for Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has already rejected several appeals by Leifer’s defense team on different aspects of her case.

Biton: No budget to legalize West Bank settler outposts

Right now the Civil Administration lacks the ability to service Israeli and Palestinians in Area C, according to Biton.

Sudan puts Israel ties on hold until US grants immunity

If Congress does not pass the bill before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, it would likely become a much lower-priority item and take months to get back on the agenda.

Orna Hozman Bechor wins second term as Chair of Ashdod Port

Over the past four years, Hozman Bechor has led the port in the face of increasing competition caused by the entry of new ports.

Israel Start-Up Nation finalizes roster for 2021, introduces Chris Froome

This will be ISN's largest lineup to date, comprising 32 riders from Israel and 16 other countries, as well as nine new cyclist signings which include the addition of Chris Froome.

Netanyahu, Gantz need action to back up their words – analysis

Mouthing words, but then acting in a different matter altogether, does not gain the public’s confidence.

02/12/2020
Czech Republic to open ‘diplomatic office’ in Jerusalem

The new office will be part of “efforts to further strengthen Czech-Israeli relations.”

Israel gives Palestinians tax funds, despite terrorist payments

The Finance Ministry confirmed that Israel paid NIS 3.768 billion to the PA, and only deducted the cost of services provided, not the “pay for slay” funds.

Israel, Ukraine free trade agreement to go into effect New Year's Day

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky highlighted positives of the agreement, a culmination of seven years of negotiations, through his Twiter account.

Aircraft crashes near Mishmar HaNegev, Nov. 24, 2020
Preliminary report received on crash that killed instructor, cadet

Not yet possible to determine cause of crash; plane had two malfunctions prior to accident; recording devices on plane severely damaged.

A Visa credit card is seen on a computer keyboard in this picture illustration
Visa, Keren-Shemesh program to support small businesses

Building a presence and conducting business activities online is a skill particularly relevant in these challenging times.

The story behind the miracle story

In the fraction of the second of a fateful fall he managed to thank God for the good life he’d lived.

Health professionals: there are no easy answers to coronavirus crisis

“We had to make decisions we never thought we would have to make about closing the skies and closing the country in lockdowns.”

Mullets find new home in Kinneret, help preserve lake's ecosystem

Populating the Kinneret with mullets usually takes place once a year. It's done in order to preserve the lake's quality of water by maintaining a balanced population of algae.

Knesset pushes off vote on custody bill

The bill would cancel the so-called Tender Years Clause, which since 1962 has guaranteed custody to the mother of all children if one of them is five years old or younger.

02/12/2020
Ask Jess: To gift or not to gift

Some timely words on coping with thorny conflicts involving stepchildren

By JESSICA FELDMAN
02/12/2020
Arab students (illustrative)
Court uses Jewish Nation-State Law to block funding for Arab students

State gets High Court postponement over law’s constitutionality.

Rivlin hosts injured IDF veterans to raise awareness for disabilities

Israel’s Defense Ministry has not yet moved with the times, continuing to refer to injured IDF veterans as "disabled."

Conserving your cash: More tips

“You can make a very good meal from an egg,” a friend told me, a comment that has stayed with me to this day.

UAE expects 'warm peace' and progress with Israel and Palestinians

“It's about the long-term vision, not immediate quick wins. It's about a vision against extremist views and interference,” says UAE Policy Planning Dept. director Jamal Al-Musharakh.

Children’s hope of a better future

A new film looks at Palestinian youngsters and how their lives are impacted by the continuing Israeli occupation of their living and breathing space.

02/12/2020
Grapevine December 4, 2020: Rahav of Rehavia

The movers and shakers in Israeli society

Getting away with the Israeli Land Rover Club

After months of lockdown in the city, an invitation for a drive on the slopes of the Golan Heights was exactly what the doctor ordered.

By AMI YACHIN
02/12/2020
Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopens

After two and a half months in which it was closed to the general public following the spread of the coronavirus in Israel, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopened last Tuesday.

People with disabilities disproportionately hurt by coronavirus pandemic

“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the fact that the most vulnerable in society are hurt first and more than the rest of the population."

02/12/2020
 Israeli judoka medalists pictured alongside Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams.
Israel to host judo Grand Slam in Tel Aviv

“It will be critical for Olympic qualification criteria, which ensures great competition. All the greats will be coming here to ensure their participation in the Olympics.”

In 24 hours: 1 woman dead, 1 injured, partners arrested in both cases

Police suspect that the woman died of an overdose or poisoning after she and her partner took drugs together.

02/12/2020
'Gov't distributes Band-Aids instead of solutions' - activists

Protesters dressed up as medical workers and handed out adhesive bandages to show the impact a lack of a budget is having on Israel's health system, as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Tel Aviv light rail
Israel ranked 31st in gender equality out of 100 countries

Israel's highest score was for Israeli women's access to education and its lowest was given for female-positive legislation.

02/12/2020
Gov't to invest NIS 50m. to help companies impacted by COVID-19

The pandemic has heavily damaged business activity in Israel; this project initiated by the Economic Ministry will aim at strengthening the economy.

Blue and White to vote to disperse Knesset today as elections loom

Netanyahu urges Gantz to keep government together, claiming that unity is needed to fight the coronavirus and save the economy.

02/12/2020
Israeli tennis player Mika Dagan-Fruchtman
Mika Dagan-Fruchtman first Israeli invited to UAE tennis tournament

Dagan-Fruchtman, 17, is from Raanana and is ranked among the top eight tennis players in Israel and among the top 200 in the world.

02/12/2020
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
The Knesset dispersal bill will inevitably be an anti-climax - analysis

Netanyahu and Gantz and their parties’ ministers will remain together in the government. The tension between the two leaders will continue.

01/12/2020
Effi Eitam, seen at the Jerusalem Supreme Court during a hearing on oil searching in the Golan Heigh
‘No chance’ for vote on Yad Vashem chair, says Blue and White

Effi Eitam, who served as an IDF brigadier general and as an MK and minister for the hard-right National Union party, made a series of controversial comments during his political career

Benny Gantz
Blue and White propose gay surrogacy bill, opposed by Netanyahu faction

The Shas faction bashed Benny Gantz, accusing him of burning bridges on the way to an election.

01/12/2020
Education Min. will operate 'holiday schools' during Hanukkah vacation

The program is meant to provide Israel's kindergarten children and first and second-graders with a sense of continuity and a stable framework, which has been lacking.

Coronavirus crisis: ‘This is the beginning of the third wave’

“We enjoy looking at the green part of the map, but the orange and red part is starting to rise,” Sharon Alroy-Preis warned.

Money returned to family of the deceased: 'I knew I had to return it'

It's not every day that you meet a business owner willing to return money to a client after a purchase has been made.

By JOSH ARONSON/ MAARIV
01/12/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Gantz’s dilemma: Fight now or hope luck will shine once again - analysis

It is a dilemma with bad options for Gantz. Supporting Knesset dispersal means following Lapid's lead, going against dispersal means caving in to Netanyahu.

01/12/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelms Kfar Saba

Cohen leads yellow-and-blue with goal and two assists • Maccabi Haifa downs Beitar Jerusalem.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/12/2020
Netanyahu, Regev congratulate Israir for first commercial flight to Dubai

"When we land in Israel we clap our hands," Netanyahu noted, referring to an Israeli tradition of applauding whenever landing back in Israel after a trip abroad.

The Jerusalem Film Festival will light up the Hanukkah season

There is still a possibility that filmmakers will participate in in-person screenings with very small audiences, but nothing definite has been announced yet.

Personal information leaked in suspected cyberattack on Shirbit insurance

The blackShadow hacker group tweeted photos of ID cards, drivers licenses and forms containing private information including names and addresses.

01/12/2020
Can PM get 2nd court to show evidence undermining key state’s witnesses?

Main court issues split-the-difference ruling on evidence in dispute

Saudi Arabia officially approves Israeli flights over its airspace

In September, Saudi Arabia declared that it will be allowing all foreign civilian flights to fly over its airspace, but didn't mention Israel.

MK Miki Zohar, 2019.
Divorced men's group threatens coalition chair

Matan Kahane of the opposition Yamina Party said he would only agree to postpone the vote, if it would help the bill pass. But he said he saw no point if the Knesset is about to be dispersed.

01/12/2020
Dubai Port receives first shipment of goods from Ashdod

“This move will go down in the history of the two countries," Kimoha chairman Kiran Asher said.

Odelia Fitoussi
Israeli Odelia Fitoussi elected to UN panel for persons with disabilities

“I feel privileged to be a member of the CRPD – the place where Israel was a partner in creating a new language for people with disabilities."

Lev Tahor, Guatemala
Lev Tahor cult member fled Israel to Guatemala despite stay of exit order

"The community has been declared an abusive cult by the court, in light of the fact that within the community it is customary to punish minors and adults in a severe and cruel way."

By MATAN VASSERMAN/MAARIV
01/12/2020
An Israeli soldier wearing a face mask walking in Jaffa Gate, outside Jerusalem Old City on July 5,
Coronavirus pandemic brings dark times to Jerusalem's Old City

But a modern-day plague, the coronavirus pandemic, is now keeping the visitors away from the Old City and bringing hardship and heartbreak to residents.

By REUTERS
01/12/2020
Israel welcomes Bahraini trade delegation: ‘Meeting as equals'

Some 40 business and tourism leaders from the Gulf State will hold work meetings with Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis.

Keren Grinspoon Israel names new executive director

Arbel will replacing Galina Vromen, who is retiring from her role after serving KGI and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for 18 years.

Health Ministry working to survey children's diets during COVID-19 crisis

Parents are asked to take just a few minutes to fill out a survey available in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Even at 37 years old, Guy Pnini is a big contributor to the Israel National Team, and it was his lat
Israel clinches EuroBasket 2022 berth

Pnini, Mekel and Cohen lead blue-and-white over Poland, sealing perfect 4-0 qualifying record.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/12/2020
Amit Eastman nominated as next state attorney by Justice committee

The position has been mostly unfilled since December 2019.

Members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia
500 members of the Falash Mura community set to come to Israel

The Interior Ministry and Jewish Agency officials are processing the Falash Mura immigration requests.

Lapid downplays option he will add Blue and White MKs to Yesh Atid

Lapid said he would prefer his own MKs who did not give into temptation to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

30/11/2020
Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot
A new left wing party won't change the country's fortunes - analysis

Casting longing eyes toward Eisenkot as some kind of political savior seems a relic of a bygone era.

30/11/2020
L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Jerusalem Post, Khaleej Times team up for first-ever Dubai conference

“We are moving toward an era of progress, prosperity, peace and friendship in the Middle East."

30/11/2020
App could replace Shin Bet tracking of COVID-infected citizens

The traffic light app would parallel the ministry’s traffic light rating system for cities.

Czech trucks to the rescue

Tatra fire-fighting trucks in Israel

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