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Experts agree that lockdown extension is inevitable and necessary

While the numbers of the pandemic appear to have started trending downward, the situation is still too severe to allow lifting the restrictions.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Police warn hassidic communities not to hold Tu B’Shvat celebrations

Senior rabbinic leadership of mainstream ultra-Orthodox community says going to protests riot is forbidden.

Palestinians applaud renewal of ties with US

A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that the Palestinians were “deeply satisfied” by the US official’s announcement.

Netanyahu to Davos: Israel is 'world's laboratory for immunity'

Israel closed its airports Monday for at least a week, the first country in the world to do so.

27/01/2021

New Secretary of State Blinken calls Israeli counterpart Ashkenazi

Ashkenazi congratulated Blinken on his confirmation and the two agreed to continue speaking regularly and meet in person as soon as possible, in light of coronavirus limitations.

Apple to partner with KAN for second season of ‘Tehran’

Filming for the second season will begin in the coming months and it will air in late 2021.

Mac TA, Hapoel Jerusalem lose in Europe

Yellow-and-blue falls to Fenerbahce • Reds ousted from Champions League • Ness Ziona triumphs

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/01/2021

Despite coronavirus, Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School thrives

The entire faculty and staff switched to working on Zoom, but work continues.

UN calls on Israel to help make vaccines available to Palestinians

Cooperative Israeli-Palestinian efforts to combat the pandemic in the Palestinian territories have been lauded, including by the UN.

Israeli company develops system to identify, track cannabis strains

On Monday, Tikun Olam Cannbit unveiled their new Cannabis Genetic Fingerprint (CGF) system, which the company hails as a "game changer" for the cannabis industry.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony

Netanyahu: ‘Never again’ is Israel’s mission

The world has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust and eradicate antisemitism, the prime minister lamented.

Israelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed being held by Hamas in Gaza

Knesset holds discussion on return of bodies of Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin

Aviram Shaul criticized the government for allowing his brother's body to be held captive for this long. "Those who leave for battle need to know that they will be returned," he said.

Yoav Gallant

Haifa school that invited B’Tselem D-G may face sanctions, Gallant says

The national Teachers' Union however has announced that it supports the Hebrew Reali School and will stand alongside it on this issue.

Axiom Space Station

Axiom Space unveils 1st private ISS crew joining Israeli Eytan Stibbe

The crew will live aboard the US segment of the ISS for about eight days and participate in research and philanthropic projects.

27/01/2021

Despite COVID, Israel’s defense companies say 2020 was a good year

In 2019, Israel ranked as world’s 8th largest arms exporter.

27/01/2021
A man stands next to a giant menorah as people celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, in

How Dubai’s DMCC is pioneering kosher markets in the UAE

Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director of Commodities and Financial Services at DMCC says that “since the signing of the UAE-Israel Peace Accord, we have seen a strategic shift across the region."

Amir Peretz quits Knesset

On Friday afternoon, when the resignation takes effect, he will be replaced in the Knesset by former Meretz MK Ilan Gilon.

27/01/2021
‘A CHALLENGE requiring the use of innovative advanced technologies is extreme changes in the charact

Israel Electric Corp. fined NIS 13 million for misuse of monopoly power

The decision found that the IEC misused its standing as a monopoly to harm those who would buy electricity from private electricity manufacturers.

Jerusalem provides aid to 11,000 Holocaust survivors living in the city

The municipality runs a variety of clubs and provides in-home assistance to the city's Holocaust survivors.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine plant partially evacuated due to bomb threat

AstraZeneca has agreed to supply Britain with 100 million doses of the vaccine.

Hadassah Medical Center medical staff member receives the second round of the Covid-19 vaccine, at t

At-risk children received COVID vaccine despite lack of data

The Health Ministry reportedly allowed children under 16 to receive the vaccine even if they are at risk for complications caused by the virus.

27/01/2021
Israel's Memorial Day

Despite 75% drop in suicide rates, public trust in IDF reporting drops

Nine incidents of suspected suicide were reported in the IDF in 2020, while 12 were reported in 2019.

27/01/2021

Olympics-Israel to vaccinate athletes for Tokyo Games by May

Israel, however, currently leads the world on per capita vaccinations, having inoculated 29% of its population with at least one dose.

By REUTERS
27/01/2021

IDF lone soldier from UK thwarts stabbing, Palestinian attacker killed

Cpl. Lian Harush said that after she pushed the attacker with her gun, "he went back and forth between me and my commander, trying to stab us.”

Biden envoy: US to reopen diplomatic missions for Palestinians

“The US will urge Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority to avoid unilateral steps that make the two-state solution more difficult.”

Israeli drones will help locate survivors during natural disasters

These drones will handle events similar to the US capitol riots.

F-16 Flight Simulator

Israeli Air Force pilots teach excellence in online flight simulator

“Our online courses capture the spirit and heritage of the Israeli Air Force, combining a thrilling flight simulator experience with an actual IAF pilot navigating the adventure.”

Meet the hospital staff's children joining the fight against coronavirus

The children have been developing their projects as part of the "Biotech - Next Generation" project.

Ultra-Orthodox men scuffle with Israeli police as they protest against the coronavirus restrictions

Haredi rioters clash with police over lockdown enforcement

Rioters reportedly threw rocks at driving vehicles, blocked roads with garbage cans and caused damage to a bus.

Aliyah from Birkenau to Baka during a pandemic: The story of Arnold Clevs

Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Arnold said he felt immensely privileged to have made it to the Jewish state.

Peretz leaves Labor to stay minister

When they decided to enter the government and Michaeli refused to be part of the coalition, Peretz could have had Michaeli removed from the party, but he chose not to do so.

26/01/2021
MK Yair Lapid speaks during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to qu

Yesh Atid to run alone, seek bonds in bloc

Lapid will encourage mergers among other parties inside the Center-Left bloc behind the scenes, in order to maximize the mandates won by the bloc.

26/01/2021

High Court: Police can’t demand Ethiopians produce ID without suspicion

The court wrote that “there is a suspicion that the authority will be used in an arbitrary way and will lead to the violation of human rights.”

International Holocaust Remembrance Day goes online for 2021

Yad Vashem has also created a sub section of its website featuring online exhibitions, educational resources and the unique “IRemember Wall.”

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz walks in the Israeli Parliament during a vote on a bill to d

Gantz: Our window to prepare for an earthquake is closing fast

‘I am not a prophet, but statistics show that in the next few years we will face such a scenario'

26/01/2021

Metal tags of children murdered in the Holocaust unearthed at Sobibor

The four tags carried the children’s names, date of birth and hometown – Amsterdam.

Supreme Court lets police check phones of PM’s PR people

Golan and Orich are senior public relations advisers to Netanyahu, giving the ruling out-sized political significance.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a Clalit healthcare center in the Arab town Tira.

Netanyahu meets with Arab-Israeli authorities to discuss lowering crime

"I want special forces, task forces," Netanyahu suggested, after indicating that the crime wave would likely spread to Jewish localities soon.

Post-COVID travel: Lower demand, lower prices, more competition for El Al

On Monday, Israel began a flight closure that prevents Israeli citizens and foreigners from leaving or entering the country.

26/01/2021
Israeli children in second grade (7 - 8 years old) using computers in a class room during a lesson a

Policewoman goes undercover as minor to uncover 23 pedophiles

The involved suspects face charges ranging from indecent acts to sexual assault of a minor.

Court: No postponing PM trial to wait for Case 4000 entities' decision

Netanyahu's lawyers had hoped that open decisions about whether Yediot Ahronot and Walla will be part of the Case 4000 Jerusalem trial could be used to delay the calling of witnesses.

A Holocaust survivor shows the number that was tattooed on his arm in a Nazi concentration camp duri

900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in Israel in 2020

A total of 179,600 Holocaust survivors live in Israel; 5,300 were infected with coronavirus over last year

Arts photographer Gadi Dagon dead at 63

The prolific photographer began his career in the 1970s in print journalism, specializing in fashion, however, his true calling came with his discovery of the performing arts.

By ORI LENKINSKI
26/01/2021
Cows graze in a grassy area near Mas'ada in the Israeli Golan Heights

Grazing cows lead to squabble on Lebanese-Israeli border

The herders from the border village of Wazzani say Israeli patrols crossed into a grey zone on Sunday between a technical fence that separates the two countries.

By REUTERS
26/01/2021
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz walks in the Israeli Parliament during a vote on a bill to d

Gantz warns of future earthquake: ‘the time frame to prepare grows short’

The leader of Blue and White, a coalition partner of Likud, lamented that the ministerial committee to oversee Homefront Command readiness for large-scale disasters hasn’t even met.

Israel's political crisis attacked by Gantz, Rivlin and Hayut

The crisis was attacked at the largest ever swearing in ceremony of judges in Israel.

View of Mount Hermon covered with snow as it seen from the northern Golan Heights, near the border w

Syrian Arab Army forces position themselves on Mount Hermon - report

Reports have surfaced recently of both Israeli and Syrian airstrikes in areas close to the border.

Coronavirus: Yad Sarah aims to vaccinate 30,000 Holocaust survivors

The health funds have been cooperating with Yad Sarah, as they committed to vaccinate all Holocaust survivors as soon as they arrive, without the need to wait in line.

A Wall of Honor, Hope, and Heritage

Jewish National Fund-USA donor Bob Chertkof joins the Wall of Honor

By MATT ROBINSON
26/01/2021

Skunk spray, burning bins highlight gov't impotence to haredi resistance

"I don't believe in coronavirus," says recently recovered coronavirus patient.

Haredi protesters burn garbage in protest of the light rail construction in their ultra-Orthodox nei

Haredi protests in Jerusalem continue against light rail construction

The protesters, numbering in the hundreds, at Bar Ilan Junction, burned garbage cans and blocked the road, as well as damaged passing vehicles and the current construction areas of the light rail.

An Israeli shekel note is seen in this June 22, 2017 illustration photo.

Bank of Israel vs the FX market: Can $30 billion stem the shekel's ascent?

For now, the plan has worked. The shekel has slipped 5% to 3.28 since the Bank of Israel announcement. Analysts believe speculative flows have been mostly scared away.

By REUTERS
26/01/2021

Eden Alene to perform ‘Set me Free’ at Eurovision 2021

Alene is the first Israeli of Ethiopian descent chosen to represent Israel at Eurovision.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits next to foreign minister Israel Katz during a cabinet

Israel's economic assistance plan met with skepticism, anger

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit warned that discussing such a plan was inappropriate during election season.

25/01/2021

Labor leader Merav Michaeli wants Ron Huldai to run under her

New Labor leader removing party from government

25/01/2021

Israeli Arabs frustrated by ‘lenient’ police response to Jewish violence

Umm el-Fahm mayor: “The police see Arabs as an enemy and Jews as citizens.”

Malka Leifer

Leifer extradited to Australia after six years of legal battles

Leifer is wanted on 74 counts of sexual abuse and rape of minors.

High Court considers ordering state inquiry into Case 3000

Lawyers debate if alleged PM crimes had expired.

Anarchy in Bnei Brak as ultra-Orthodox vandals run riot

Ultra-Orthodox politicians condemn police response.

Israel Elections: Joint List on verge of breaking up

Odeh's party: No Likud branch will be allowed inside the Joint List

25/01/2021
SECURITY SURVEILLANCE monitors. Privacy advocates argue that even if the official transfer of data d

Privacy Authority: We balanced COVID-19 era, despite setbacks

Until the coronavirus era many thought, “privacy had died. But now it has come back and big time."

Israeli clubs face crucial continental clashes

Maccabi Tel Aviv has a pair of Euroleague contests, while Jerusalem needs help in Champions League.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/01/2021
Tel Aviv University campus

Arab students studying engineering & computer science doubled in 5 years

In addition, the number of female Arab students studying in these fields have tripled.

By GADI ZAIG
25/01/2021

Emirates becomes first UAE company to enjoy Israeli status

The novel procedure is meant to aid UAE firms wishing to work in Israel before their country’s embassy opens.

Facebook blocks Netanyahu bot for seeking private COVID-19 vaccine data

The Likud responded that Netanyahu cares deeply about the public getting vaccinated and was merely trying to help with the vaccine awareness campaign

Knesset approves increased COVID-19 fines at first reading

"Do you really want to give each police officer a bomb in the shape of a NIS 10,000 fine?" asked UTJ MK Ya'akov Asher.

A nurse works in the new COVID-19 ICU for children at Hadassah-University Medical Center

Coronavirus: Hadassah stops accepting COVID-19 patients

Prof. Zev Rotstein, head of Hadassah, said that the hospital, located in Jerusalem, no longer had enough equipment or medicine to provide for new patients.

Dakar in 1944

On this day: Israeli submarine 'Dakar' vanishes in maiden voyage

The cause behind the vessel's sinking has never been determined.

25/01/2021

Rivlin to preside over largest ever swearing in ceremony of judges

Fifty-four new judges and registrars will pledge to judge fairly without fear or favor, ignoring status and refraining from taking bribes.

Haredi rioters torch bus in Bnei Brak, Jan. 24, 2021

Bnei Brak bus driver: 'I don’t know how I’m alive'

"For 15 minutes the police either could not or did not want to send a car – all the while one of the people rioting got onto the bus and began punching and kicking me."

Discovery to begin investing in Israel's Channel 13

The decision is pending regulatory approvals.

New COVID economic program to distribute new round of grants

"We will soon be the first country in the world to step out of the Corona and open up our economy."

25/01/2021
Israel's Knesset

On this day: Israel held first ever elections for Knesset in 1949

Israel's first election for Knesset was scheduled to take place in October of 1948, but was postponed due to Israel's bloody and long-fought War for Independence.

25/01/2021

Life-threatening tumor found in child's brain had hair, teeth

Doctors say that finding such a growth happens approximately once a decade.

Crematorium II in Auschwitz-Birkenau 1945 by artist and Holocaust survivor Yehuda Bacon

Behind the Glass Booth: Art and Eichmann’s trial

The paintings that showed the horrors of the Nazi war criminal will be analyzed for Int’l Holocaust Day.

Tel Aviv launches incubator for emerging playwrights

All the writers sponsored by the project will receive payment for their playwriting and dramaturgical work.

Former Islamic Movement head, Sheikh Abu Najm, shot to death in Jaffa

Another man was also injured in the shooting, and was evacuated to Wolfson Hospital independently. He is classified as being in serious condition.

Haredi rioters torch bus in Bnei Brak, Jan. 24, 2021

Haredi rioters clash with police across country - WATCH

Violent protests against corona restrictions break out in Bnei Brak, Jerusalem and Ashdod

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HBO’s next Israeli show: ‘Possessions,’ about French woman in murder case

“Possessions,” filmed in French, Hebrew and English, involves a young French ex-pat woman living in Israel who is accused of murdering her husband on her wedding night.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
25/01/2021

Head officer of lockdown enforcement suspected of breaking lockdown

According to lockdown restrictions, Israelis are restricted to an 1,000 meter radius from their homes.

Maccabi Haifa maintains solid 1st-place lead

Greens now prep for big test vs Mac TA • Beitar blanks Kiryat Shmona • Petah Tikva tops Ashdod.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
24/01/2021
Ben-Gurion Airport is empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Government shuts down incoming and outgoing flights until end of month

On Saturday only 2,394 people tested positive but very few tests administered • Death toll stands at 4,361, some 1,000 of which in January

CENTCOM general to visit Israel as Biden admin. looks to deal with Iran

McKenzie’s upcoming visit comes at a time of increased tension in the region due to Iran’s continued aggression.

Galatz army radio

Closing Army Radio: The beginning of the end of Israel's public broadcast

There is something anachronistic about an army station in a democratic country.

24/01/2021
Ambassador Eitan Na'eh in Abu Dhabi

Israel opens embassy in UAE

The embassy is in a temporary structure until a permanent one is found.

UAE cabinet approves opening embassy in Tel Aviv

The UAE and Israel agreed to normalize relations in August, a deal forged largely over shared fears of Iran.

By REUTERS
24/01/2021
Rivlin calls on new top cop to be responsible

Rivlin calls on new top cop to be responsible

“We trust you to enforce rules with wisdom and sensitivity. You are the Police Commissioner of all Israelis – Jews and Arabs. You are responsible for public order for all of us,” said Rivlin.

Israel and UAE to start student exchange program

The student exchange program comes following a normalization agreement between the two countries.

24/01/2021
Rav-Pass by HopOn

You can now pay to ride the bus via app, but it's still not so simple

However, while the apps streamline the payment process substantially, there are some quirks that users may find confusing.

24/01/2021

Ron Huldai: We are ready to reopen all the cultural institutions today

The Tel Aviv municipality has been supporting the cultural centers within the city for over a year, and Huldai said it was high time those laces were opened to the public.

By NERIA BARR
24/01/2021

Security forces arrest Palestinian planning terror attack

The arrest was carried out in cooperation between Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operatives and Border Police anti-terror officers.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
24/01/2021
Dr. Raphael Angel from the conference.

Abrahamic Business Circle Founder says “We believe in economic diplomacy”

“I have never had an issue being a Jew here in this country,”

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